Getting My Masters Online Was One Of The Smartest Things I've Ever Done.
By Patti Faustini in Online Students / Fri December 10, 2010
Patti Faustini, from Prescott, Arizona received her masters online from Grand Canyon University in Education, and is currently an online tutor for a writing school. She is therefore very qualified to give you the inside-word on what it's like to be an online student, providing you tips and advice along the way.
There’s no question that earning my B.S. from Ohio State was an awesome educational experience (unruliness at that Big Ten game shall remain classified to protect the innocent). But equally terrific was the process of earning my M.Ed online from Grand Canyon University. I was thrilled and impressed with the instructors’ personal attention and response time, the program’s level of instruction, and the flexibility and freedom that accompanied a high quality online education. I also got a big kick out of my cohorts’ online antics.
Getting my master’s online was one of the smartest things I’ve ever done. In truth, an online education was, for me, a better education. In addition to becoming expert in my chosen discipline, learning online necessitated I acquire technological proficiency now requisite in our virtual world. My instructors taught me everything I needed to know about technology, which was everything. The benefits of that training continue to this day.
Obtaining an advanced degree online also provided me with plenty of freedom and flexibility as I raised my children, which contributed to fun memories for us, not to mention more income. My online master’s degree ultimately paved the way for me to take groups of hormonally challenged 8th graders on three memorable tours of Spain, Italy, and North Africa (an adventure which friends tell me would not be attractive to a sane person). We had a blast and I think we helped to improve our nation’s image abroad… well, other than that one incident in Malaga, Spain. I led another group (senior citizens who, while more sedate, were just as much fun) to Israel and Egypt, another result of credibility established because of my advanced online degree.
My online master’s qualified me to teach English, social studies and languages (Latin and Spanish), which I did for 20 years in both the public and private sectors. I currently write professionally and tutor university students in an online writing laboratory. I love writing business letters, magazine articles, and blogs while lounging in my jammies (whoever said you should “dress professionally when working at home” apparently hasn’t heard of the joys of elastic ).
Earning my degree online freed me; I can write where I want, when I want, about what I want. Last week I wrote a complex, well received real estate letter. Do you think the company cared (or knew) that I wrote from a gorgeous Arizona state park, sitting in my yellow Joe Boxer camp chair drinking coffee by a cozy morning camp fire? Nope. They pay me for skills I have as a result of getting my M.Ed. online and they don’t care where I write as long as I come up with what they need.
I’m now living in Prescott, Arizona, a beautiful home base from which our family (hubby, 16 year old son, and I) can visit our older children and cruise around in our RV (…and guess who gets to write while traveling?). We recently moved here after 30 years living in beautiful- but-snowy Whitefish, Montana so this is a sunny, welcome change. We’ve exchanged our x-country skis for mimosa trees, so forgive me if I don’t sound like I’m grieving.
I figure where we are at any point is a result of choices we make. I’m glad I chose higher education and to earn my M.Ed online. It’s a choice I recommend for your consideration, as well. Check out my blogs and I think you’ll see why.