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UMassOnline Graduate Karen Tan
Karen Tan, Bachelor's Program in Information Technology, UMass Lowell

"It was a very memorable experience and I am proud to have earned my degree from such a top-notch University!"

I began my Bachelors Program in Information Technology in January of 2002. Working full-time always prevented me from pursuing the completion of my degree sooner; I was very determined not to let that stand in my way once I made my decision to finish my degree. I had never taken online courses so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. My first course was a very challenging one, C-Programming. Many people had asked me how you could learn to write computer programs without being in a classroom. I had wondered the same myself and while I struggled with the course assignments throughout that entire first semester, the suffering was not much different than it would have been in an ordinary classroom environment. If you asked questions, you got answers. If you required one-on-one time with the instructor, you got it. If you needed tutoring, it was available to you. If you didn't ask for help, then you would not receive any! The same would have held true in any classroom – no instructor can read your mind, so it was up to me to ask for help! From that point on I realized that I may not be "in" class on a given night or day, but I was still "in" class.

Lowell's BS in IT was a very challenging experience, but if it weren't for the excellent faculty that taught the courses and the fact that everything was online, I may not be writing about my experience today. Working in IT full-time can be very demanding and calls for odd work hours. This left me feeling as though I could not commit to any particular days or nights in a classroom. With online courses, I chose to do as much as I could during the week, but left my weekends wide open and devoted to my studies. Most assignments were due on Sundays or Mondays, which definitely made the program geared toward full-time working adults – especially those like me who put off most of their coursework for the weekends.
It was a very memorable experience and I am proud to have earned my degree from such a top-notch University!

UMassOnline Graduate Leanne DuckgeischelLeanne Duckgeischel, Online BBA, UMass Amherst

 "Although I live in California and run my own business, the BBA program has allowed me the opportunity to obtain my business management degree from a prestigious university while concurrently pursuing my professional career."

My name is Leanne Duckgeischel and I'm proud to say that I am a graduate of the first graduating class of UMass Amherst Isenberg School of Management online BBA program. Although I live in California and run my own business, the BBA program has allowed me the opportunity to obtain my business management degree from a prestigious university while concurrently pursuing my professional career. Obtaining a degree online has many obvious challenges however the online program is equipped with various resources and the latest technology which provides a stimulating learning environment taught by a world class faculty.

In May 2006, I had the privilege of traveling to the UMass Amherst campus to attend my graduation from the Isenberg School of Management. It was a privilege to meet my fellow classmates, the faculty, and the board members of SOM. Since I graduated in May, I have joined the UMass Alumni Club and have already enjoyed meeting fellow alums at various events in Southern California. The Alumni Association is an excellent way to stay connected to the UMass family in addition to networking with business professionals. Graduating from UMass Amherst Isenberg School of Management is an experience I will never forget and will take with me in the future as I continue my professional career.

UMassOnline Graduate Pat Patel
Pat Patel, Online BBA, UMass Amherst

"What made the ceremony most special in my eyes was the fact that the online BBA graduates walked alongside the on-campus BBA crowd."

My graduation experience was exhilarating and the students, staff and faculty of UMass made it even more phenomenal.  Even though I hadn't met most of the individuals prior to the ceremony, I received a warm welcome and immediately felt like a member of the UMass family.  Some of my professors came up to me and surprised me by knowing my identity and contributions as a student.  My academic achievements were honored with acknowledgements and certificates which validated every effort I put to earn an "A".  What made the ceremony most special in my eyes was the fact that the online BBA graduates walked alongside the on-campus BBA crowd.  Not only did I feel like one of the "traditional" students, I also felt that I received the same respect and honor as my fellow graduates did.  Thank you UMass for making a proud Alumnus out of me.

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