I just finished my first year of graduate studies, plodding along at the turtle pace of one class a semester, or nine semester hours per year. Too slow, perhaps?
Actually, considering my husband and I logged over 14,000 miles on our Trustee Toyota at the same time, I was studying at 1500 miles a (semester) hour!
Regent University’s distance education program fits well into a busy lifestyle like ours. While racking up the miles visiting family, friends and staying plugged into a ministry, I’m still able to pursue my graduate degree. When my family is on the move, Regent University moves with us–as long as there’s an internet connection or café somewhere!
What makes the distance education program even better is the Christ-centered, dedicated professors who provide well-organized, comprehensive instruction and follow-up. Each professor I’ve had has personally prayed with and encouraged me, and always pointed me to Christ through their syllabi, projects, readings, and desired outcomes. School email, Blackboard technology (Regent’s online learning “classroom”) and online library resources faithfully support professors and students, and knit them into a team, working toward the same end—to equip one another to serve the Lord and be a light to the nations!
Such a Christ-centered and distinctly professional program is convenient, but not easy. Although, nothing worthwhile really is. Studying on the road–or at home for that matter–requires focus and discipline, learning how to prioritize time, energies, and assignments. Sometimes it means pulling away from the crowd to read, watch a video, or pour oneself into a research project. Or it might mean owning library cards from different cities like I do.
Non-traditional education is becoming the new traditional, and Regent makes it more feasible than it used to be. When I started my educational pursuits in the mid-‘70s, I attended an inner-city college in Denver that had no real campus. Classes were held in various high-rise office buildings or low-rise modular trailers. Through the ‘80s and ’90s, as a mom and sailor, I took courses and CLEP exams as often as I could—whenever they were available on base. Finally, in 2004, after enduring the wiles of D.C. traffic to attend evening on-campus classes, I completed my Bachelor’s degree. That was when I was 50.
Now, I hope to complete my Master’s before I’m 60. Thankfully, Regent University’s online program makes this goal possible and plausible, from the comfort of my laptop and couch. Or car.
I can be a student, pursue my educational goals, AND stay on the road at the same time.