How FIU Online helped me reach my goals!

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How FIU Online helped me reach my goals

While pursuing my  undergraduate degree, something life changing happened to me. I said “Yes!” to my now husband when he got down on one knee in front of the Cinderella Castle at Disney’s Magic Kingdom and asked me to marry him. Planning a wedding was fun but  time consuming; a real challenge for a senior in college!  We were planning a wedding and looking for a home at the same time. I really did not have the time to commute to and from FIU (Florida International University) to finish my degree with everything I had going on in my life. I decided to  take a few online classes

Online classes gave me the flexibility to complete my degree. I took all of my courses through Blackboard which was  very user-friendly. I was able to complete all  my assignments, quizzes, exams, and projects on my own time. To make a long story short, I was able to finish my Bachelor’s degree, purchase a beautiful home, marry the man of my dreams, all while working a full-time job.

These were great accomplishments, but I didn’t want to stop there. I wanted to  further my education but just didn’t see how I could fit it in my busy lifestyle. I was the proud owner of a new home that required many renovations. I had a new career that I needed to excel in and a new husband I needed to dedicate time to.. Luckily, a co-worker told me about her experience with FIU Online, so I decided to check them out for myself on the FIU Online website. I was a little scared at first, but quickly recalled my experience taking online classes.  I took the plunge and  applied for the Online Master in International Business. My Enrollment Coordinator was Stephanie and she was great in helping me through the entire application and enrollment process. Grad school is no joke; there was a lot of  information about the program, financial aid, etc. I had to submit recommendation letters and write a personal statement. With so much to do, the best part was that I did not feel alone during the process. Stephanie truly  assisted me every step of the way. Thank you, Stephanie!!

The program was only 12 months and it seems like yesterday when I started. Each professor was amazing and I learned so much from each of them.   The online cases, lectures, projects and helpful tools were instrumental in guiding me as I learned the material.  I even received motivation from my academic advisor, Cindy, who not only guided me but encouraged me to work hard. Thanks to FIU Online, I did not have to sacrifice spending time with my family to earn my degree.  I was able to complete my degree on my own time. Pursuing my degree with FIU Online was one of the best decisions I have made! If you are thinking of graduate school, just do it!  Say yes to FIU Online and get ready to succeed!


Article by Nateli Rodriguez

Enrollment and Recruitment Coordinator at FIU Online


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