As an online student, you are often balancing work, family obligations, health and fitness, and your school work every week. Trying to make all of this fit in your schedule can be incredibly stressful, as I discovered during the four years that I was an online doctoral student at Northeastern University. I graduated with my Ed.D. in 2015, but as I reflect back on my online education experience, I am always struck by how stressed I sometimes felt and often wonder how I got through the program successfully.
The holidays can be a joyous time of family, friends, food, and fun — bedecked halls and mantles, twinkling lights, gifts, parties, turkeys, hams, cookies, chestnuts roasting on an open fire … *sigh*
Maria Schwartz, ’19, knows a thing or two about hard work and dedication. A former baking and pastry student at the Johnson & Wales University campus in North Miami, Florida, Schwartz is now in the process of completing her BSBA – Operations & Supply Chain Management degree online through JWU.
Encouraging graduates to face their biggest fears and overcome challenges are common themes in student speaker remarks at commencement ceremonies.
At the Johnson & Wales University Graduate Studies Commencement, the Class of 2018 witnessed this lesson firsthand as Rhode Island native Marissa Mayo ’16, ’18 MBA, who lives her life with a speech impediment, delivered an inspiring address.
In his novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” In my opinion, this statement could not be truer. For many, September signals the beginning of a new season, a fresh school year, and an adjustment between the heat of the summer and the chill of winter (depending where you live, of course).
This summer I took my first ever online class at Johnson & Wales. I am currently a full-time student at the Johnson & Wales University Providence Campus but wanted to continue my education and earn some extra credits over the summer. I was accepted to an internship program based in Jerusalem and chose to take an additional class while I was away. While looking through the online options, I stumbled upon a free elective called “Culture and Food” and figured that there was no better class to take while I was exploring abroad.
Each May, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in downtown Providence hosts the Johnson & Wales University commencement ceremonies. The graduates are the focus of the celebration; however, for Kara Morissette ’18, who earned her BS – Liberal Studies from the Johnson & Wales College of Online Education, this day was just as much for her friends and family, especially her two young children, who were in the crowd watching her walk.
For many, fall is the beginning of a new academic journey. Whether you are a new or returning Johnson & Wales University College of Online Education student, we want you to know that success is possible if you work hard and dedicate time to your studies.
To kick off your fall courses, here are seven motivational quotes from people who know a thing or two about being successful.
Fall 2018 courses are right around the corner, and that means Johnson & Wales University graduate degree programs, except for the master’s level education programs, will begin to follow a semester calendar.
All undergraduate, continuing education, and master’s level education programs will follow a semester calendar starting in fall 2020.