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Erica Gough

Degree pursued: 
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

Take a moment to introduce yourself

I am a student and an artist, currently living in Kingston. I am originally from Smiths Falls which is where I spent my life until I left for college when I was 17. From there I went to London, and then Kitchener. Deciding to be closers to family and friends my boyfriend and I moved back to the area. He and I have been together 6 years but have been friends much longer. We met when we were 7 years old! We spent a year in Harrowsmiith and have moved into the city for his work.

What made you decide to pursue online learning?

I decided to pursue online learning for a couple of reasons, the first being that going back to school after having been graduated for 2 years was very daunting. Something about getting back into the classroom was far less appealing than being at home. I also chose online learning because at the time of applying I had been struggling with my mental health and it was likely that anxiety would cause me to miss classes on days I just couldn’t bear to leave the house. I am happy to report I am feeling much better these days but online learning was a safe option for me during applications. And finally, I chose online learning because I’m not sure yet if Kingston is going to be home for long and should we decide it’s not I can still go to Queens to finish my degree!

How did you find your first online course/learning experience?

I enjoyed my first experience very much, because I took a summer semester as my first semester and took a full course load I was told it would be too challenging. It was challenging but I felt great having completed it and being on the fast track to graduation!

Would you recommend online learning to others? Why/why not?

I would recommend online learning to someone who could really put their mind to it and do the work because of the nature of online courses you have to be good at time management and self direction . It can be very challenging sometimes and to be honest I surprised myself and a lot of the people close to me with how well I have been able to manage it.

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

I hope to continue doing well, complete my studies at Queens in December 2017 and begin the final step of my education in January 2018 by taking the course to become a registered art therapist.