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Finding a helping hand in Distance Learning

Posted on Dec 20, 2013
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Finding a helping hand in Distance Learning

As the rigors of courses consume student's energy and time, a helping and supportive hand is always welcomed. Shannon Higgins, a communicating arts major from Reedsburg, Wisconsin, has found a supportive home at UW-Superior and in the Distance Learning Center.

A dedicated student, mother and young professional, Higgins has enjoyed her time being a part of UW-Superior's online education community. The culture of support streaming from advisors, to instructors, and to fellow classmates has enabled the pursuit of her educational goals to be possible. Working full-time and utilizing the flexibility of online courses, Higgins has found a balance in her school and personal life as she completes her degree. The "best part" of this balance is the support she feels from everyone in the online community: "when you are part of the distance learning program, you become part of a community of individuals who are attempting to strike the same type of balance. The camaraderie you feel helps get you though the days that are a little more difficult than others and it's nice to have that kind of support."

This past year, Higgins visited campus for the first time in hopes of making some physical connections to campus and having some fun in the Twins Port area with her family. Her visit allowed her to meet her advisor, Anne Carlson, who was equally as excited to make a connection in-person; "Shannon is a very strong and dedicated student. It's always a pleasure to meet our online students face to face and Shannon and her family are absolutely wonderful."

During her visit on campus, Higgins spent some time in the Career Services office to explore her future after graduation. In hopes of landing a career in the human resources field, Higgins wanted to meet with the staff to make sure she was on the right path to pursuing her career goals. During her visit, the director of Career Services Kathy Pykkonen, worked with Higgins to explore the human resources field and cultivate her interest. In the end, her visit resulted in the construction of an individualized minor that will hopefully accelerate her start in the human resources field.

As graduation will soon be approaching Higgins in 2014, there is no doubt that she will find success in all of her endeavors. The journey and adventures of her campus visit reassured her that she will always have a home at UW-Superior, with a helping hand always in reach.

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