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Carrie Dean

Degree pursued: 
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

Take a moment to introduce yourself – what you do/where you live/family/how long have you been working, etc.?

I am currently living in Brockville, working full time as a clinical secretary for The Royal. I have been employed there for eight years. My husband and I have a very busy family life, with four children, ages 16, 13, 10, and eight.

What made you decide to pursue online learning?

I have always known that secretarial work is not for me. Due to circumstances, however, it was the job that best suited me eight years ago. I completed a college-level course and began working immediately. However, I have never been satisfied in my job and I continually strive for more. Finances prevented me from attending a more traditional student role on campus so online learning seemed like the best solution.

How did you find the experience using technology to accesses classes?

I really enjoy online learning, and the technology is great! I didn't have many problems with accessing from a technical standpoint, but there is a strong IT presence, ensuring that all goes smoothly for everyone.

What advice would you give to someone starting an online degree?

It helps to be organized and self-disciplined. When I tell people that I'm doing an online course, the comment that I consistently hear is "You must be very disciplined and organized." It's too easy to simply take a night off from studying; "I'll do it tomorrow" turns into "I'll do it next week" and before you know it, you're behind. For this reason, I do something to do with my studies every single day. Given that I have a full time job and four children, it's not always easy, but it gets done.

What are your hopes/dreams/ambitions after your courses/program?

I hope to apply to medical school when I have the required credits.