Successful Student

Andrea Coston

Andrea CostonAndrea is from Atlanta, GA and graduated from the MLIS program in Fall, 2013 and will be receiving her School Media Specialist Certification in Spring, 2014. The Center for eLearning recently asked Andrea a few questions regarding her experience at VSU.  Here are excerpts from the conversation:

Why did you choose Valdosta State for your graduate education?

I chose Valdosta State because it was the only school offering the MLIS program in the state of Georgia. I also chose it because my degree program was offered in the online format.

When you were considering graduate programs, why did you choose an online degree rather than a traditional face-to-face program?

I work full time and I felt that taking an online program would work best for me financially. Valdosta is almost four hours away from Atlanta so I could not attend in person. In addition, I also have an undergraduate and graduate degree so being involved in on-campus activities was not a big consideration for me.

As a student, what benefits/advantages did the online format offer you?

Taking online courses lets you work at your own pace on your own schedule. As long as my assignments are delivered by the due date, it doesn't matter if I do the assignments during the day or in the middle of the night. There is a definite flexibility to online learning that you don't get from the traditional format. 

If you were talking to a prospective student, what would you tell them about your degree program?

I would tell them that while the program is flexible you still have to work hard. If you are not disciplined then you will not succeed. Online learning is not an easier way to get a degree, it's just different. Prospective students should be prepared for many group projects! Online learning may not be for everyone but it was a great fit for me.

What is your overall experience like in the program?

The MLIS program has been an excellent experience. I am changing careers and have learned a lot about my new profession. I am very glad I chose VSU. I feel that I am getting a great online degree from a quality institution. 

Congratulations Andrea and thank you for being an outstanding VSU online student ambassador.