Shannon Higgins

Shannon Higgins, a Communicating Arts alumni from Reedsburg, Wis., found a supportive home at UW-Superior and the Online Learning program.

A HELPING HAND

A dedicated student, mother and young professional, Higgins 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, Shannon found a balance in her school and personal life as she completed her degree. 

"When you are part of the Online Learning program, you become part of a community of individuals who are attempting to strike the same type of balance," she says. "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."

CONNECTING TO THE CAMPUS

Although Shannon was an Online Learning student, she found the time to visit campus and make connections to those who had helped her along the way. 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," said Anne.

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