What is it like to be an online student? How will I interact with my classmates and professors? How difficult and time consuming is the process? These are all questions that applicants, who are new to online learning, ask us. And rightly so. All of our professors and advisors are experienced in the online environment and will step you through the process. Your fellow students will also be invaluable resources as well as the almost limitless resources you will find on the web. We recently sat down with three of our best online learners to discuss how they approached their coursework and what a Linfield degree means to them.
Fred Van Drimmenlen
I'm Jennifer Rhafir, I'm a third-year marketing major at Linfield's Adult Degree Program. I decided to come back and finish my degree because a year ago I had my daughter Sonya, and it absolutely changed my life forever. And I knew that by obtaining my degree that I would open up opportunities career wise. By having that degree, I could better the life of my family.
My name is Kathy Attaway and I’m a senior in the RN to BSN program at Linfield College. The initial reason that I decided to get my bachelor’s degree is that it’s the trend in nursing now to make the bachelor’s the minimum requirement for professional nursing.
I'm Fred Van Drimmelen. I have a Bachelor of Science in Management from Linfield and I'm currently working for Cisco Systems. What attracted me to Linfield as a program was the small liberal arts education and the focus of the professors within their fields of study.
The process of me transferring to Linfield from my previous college was absolutely easier than I ever could have imagined.
Having all of my past experience and education count was so much easier than I expected. Really, it was all done for me. I was contacted immediately and given plenty of information and just walked through the whole process. I had my whole plan laid out from the beginning.
Compared to my expectations of registration and enrollment, it was much simpler than I would have expected to start with. It was facilitated by my advisor and the staff at Linfield quite effectively.
I had never been in an online class format and it was absolutely overwhelming. So although there were challenging times when I first began to pursue my degree online, I learned how to reach out to my professors to find out exactly what was expected of me for each class. I also learned how important it was to reach out to my fellow classmates and use the discussion element of the online courses to further my ability to learn within the class framework.
I think the most useful part of online learning as opposed a classroom is that you get a chance to interact with everyone. I really believed online learning would be getting an assignment, completing it on my own and then uploading it to some site. I had no idea that there would be so much interaction, not only with the professors, but with my fellow students.
The phrase that you get out of the process, what you put into the process, is very true in the online learning environment. If you go into it wanting to absorb and learn it is a very effective toolset.
Sometimes I have to take it upon myself to research exactly what I'm looking for and it's made me a stronger learner. I've become a stronger researcher, and I know that if I'm not comprehending something that I have the tools to go out and find exactly what I'm looking for.
The satisfaction of being able to do an online course, whether I'm in Oregon, whether I'm in Ireland, whether I'm in Israel, whether I'm in Arizona, it's very helpful to the learning process to accommodate my schedule.
The online learning environment is amazing. You can fit it in whenever you possibly can. I can be a stay at home mother as well as a student. I need something flexible enough that when my baby is taking a nap, I can squeeze in some calculus homework. It fits the needs of your life.
My experience in the Linfield program gets a 4.0. It has been not only a wonderful learning environment, but also a wonderful networking opportunity.
I absolutely felt like part of the Linfield community.
Meet some of the students and recent graduates of our adult degree program and learn about their experiences in their own words. More and more people are seeking an opportunity to achieve a higher level of learning throughout their careers and lives. Whether going back to college to complete their degree or pursuing a new career path, online degree programs are offering adult students what they need.
In these videos hear about real experiences from current Linfield College students and recent graduates who took advantage of the adult degree program to earn a degree or certificate online.
Jeremy Gingerich started his career as a salesman at a Ford dealership. Eventually he decided to restart his career by going back to school. Jeremy enrolled in Linfield's adult degree program to earn his post baccalaureate accounting certificate online. With the support of his wife and two children, Jeremy, at 38 years old is now an accountant with Wilcox Arredondo & Co.
Craig Ostbo's professional career started on a summer trip as a drummer with a rock and roll band, and it turned into ten years as a professional musician. Though Craig still enjoys playing the drums, he is now the principal and co-founder of Koopman Ostbo Marketing Communications, where he serves as Chief Marketing and Brand Strategist. Craig eventually decided it was time to go back and complete what he started, by enrolling in the Linfield Adult Degree Program to achieve his bachelor's degree in management.
Michelle Lagos at 41 years old is a hair and makeup stylist/business owner. After starting her career as an office assistant at the District Attorney's Office in Eugene, OR, Michelle developed her business and enjoys a wide network of family, friends, and business associates. She is active as a volunteer with non-profit organizations in her community. Michelle chose the Linfield Adult Degree Program for an opportunity to pursue a higher level of learning and graduated with the bachelor's degree in the social and behavioral sciences.
Brian Roberts had been working in his job when he decided he needed a restart. He determined it was time to go back to school to earn his post baccalaureate accounting certificate. Brian discovered that companies are seeking individuals with work experience who want to continue learning to advance their career, and now, as an accountant at 28 years old, he works for a CPA firm in Portland, Oregon.