Though he is comfortable in his career, Patrick wanted to finish what he started years ago, so he enrolled at ASU Online in summer, 2016. As a child, his family followed the Sun Devil basketball team, so he had some familiarity with ASU. He has one son in college and another approaching high school graduation, and hopes his enrollment will inspire both of them.
Patrick has been a business owner since 1994. His business, Atlantic Wine Inc., is a wine import company and he communicates with many clients online. Though he is comfortable with his online needs for business, this was his first online learning experience, so there was a bit of a learning curve.
“I’d never really used Excel, so I had to take a course on that. I anticipate there will be much more learning of not only course content, but systems and software used.”
Though there have been some challenges, overall, online learning has been the perfect fit for Patrick.
“It’s been great. I have my computer and I pull up my work for a few hours a day. It hasn’t affected my professional career at all.”
A few months ago Patrick learned that his advisor, Danalee, would be travelling to Atlanta for a conference. Danalee reached out to Patrick to see if he had suggestions for a location to hold an ASU event and he immediately offered his wine bar.