Over the next few weeks we will be profiling recipients of the Jane Ireland Student Fund scholarship. Each recipient will share a little about themselves, their experience learning online, and how receiving the Jane Ireland scholarship has helped them in their pursuit of their degree.
To start off we have Alexia Adams, a recent World Campus graduate from Minnesota. Alexia graduated with a bachelor’s in psychology in spring 2012 and says she will enroll in a master’s of public health degree program in 2013.
How has receiving the Jane Ireland scholarship helped you achieve your academic goals?
Receiving the scholarship was the only way to achieve my academic goal! I had no other options available to finance my last semester. Without the assistance of the scholarship, I would have otherwise not been able to graduate.
What attracted you to the Psychology program at Penn State World Campus?
I was attracted to the program due to my background in science and research. When reviewing the degree requirements for this program, I felt that I had already taken many courses that could be applied to this degree, but also had the opportunity to take other challenging and interesting courses to complete my degree. So much of psychology is research-based, and being a clinical research professional, I thought this was a great fit for my current professional interests as well as my future educational interests.
How would you describe your World Campus experience?
My experience with World Campus has been great. My advisers have been fast to respond to my questions about degree planning and courses offered. My instructors have also been fast to respond to questions concerning course material. Between the posted lectures and assigned text reading, this experience has far surpassed the in-person education experiences I have had in the past.
What advice do you have for other students?
This is your education and you are your best and strongest advocate; be responsible for your performance and academic development. Be proactive about planning your degree, research the different courses required or available to complete your degree requirements. Be an excellent communicator in your courses with both your instructor and classmates, and also with your adviser. Most of the students in Penn State’s World Campus are adult learners, where work and home lives often provide a challenge of balance to our academic lives. Remain committed and determined to yourself and to achieving your academic goals.
About the scholarship: Formerly known as the World Campus Student Fund, the Jane Ireland Student Fund is a scholarship program funded by World Campus staff and students. For information on this, and other World Campus scholarship opportunities, be sure to check our Scholarships page.
About Gichuhi Kamau
As a member of the World Campus student communications team, I contribute to the Corner of College and Allen blog, and assist with sending out communications to students. As an alum coming from a family of Penn Staters, I'm happy to share the history and traditions of the University with World Campus students. Read more about me.