Online Expands Connections
Finally, although it may appear to be counter-intuitive, the online nature of the program has allowed me to create connections over a geographically expansive area. Modern technology and collaboration tools allow individuals and groups to connect and collaborate instantaneously. The previously mentioned study group meets using Google Hangouts and Skype, allowing us to see each other and share our screens to explain complex topics when needed. Further, I’ve had the opportunity to meet up with some of the study group members face to face in person while travelling for work and have attended a few industry conferences together.
Find a Study Buddy or Study Group
My greatest recommendation for anyone who pursues an online degree at Utica, is to take advantage of the opportunities for collaboration provided by these unique programs. Beyond expanding your professional network and improving your grades, joining a study group and making connections will make the overall experience even more enjoyable. Whether you are just looking for a friend, want to share your struggles with remembering how to write academic papers, want to get motivated to finish an assignment or need some assistance with understanding course material, finding a study buddy or joining a study group is your best option. Use the Student Lounge section of your course webpage to let your fellow cohort members know when you’ll be travelling to their part of the country or even propose a study session.
About the Author
Steven Eisenhauer is a Financial Industry Compliance professional with international banking and money service experience and a focus on Anti-Money Laundering in Mexico and Latin America. Steven is currently pursuing his Executive Master of Science in Financial Crime and Compliance Management to expand his knowledge in the fields of Fraud Management and Cybersecurity.