When senior Jill Lucas, Dodge Center, MN, began her online degree, she already had a two-year degree in radiology from Riverland Community College in Austin, MN. Following her graduation from Riverland, she went to work for Immanuel St. Joseph’s Hospital in Mankato, MN, and a year later moved to a new position in the radiology department at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where she has worked for the past 13 years.
Chanjoo Lee travelled all the way from South Korea to attend fall convocation and to receive his 4.0 plaque. “I enjoy my international business major and anything I can study related to trade economics or international business law,” he says. “Distance learning offers me an opportunity for closer monitoring of my progress.”
Amber Oestreich is an overachiever. She holds two jobs, is pursuing her BS in International Business, and recently fit in a study abroad trip to South Africa. She shares how she juggles her responsibilities and what her future may hold.
Bridget Steffes' story as a nontraditional online student is one many can relate to. She was a young mother who chose to set aside the completion of her degree to focus on raising her family. Almost two decades later, she decided it was time for her to focus on herself.
For graduate Joe Cretesio, the Crookston campus means a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and a chance to dream. "When you wake up in the morning, you need to have dreams," Cretesio says. "And you need to remember that age is not a prerequisite to attaining a quality education."
Jim O'Brien was destined to play professional hockey, and sure enough, he was drafted to the National Hockey League (NHL) at the age of 18. It was an incredible opportunity. However, O’Brien’s choice to play meant that he would have to put another opportunity on hold—his college education.