Melissa Molina has taken seven StraighterLine classes, and she plans to take more.
Why is she such a committed StraighterLine student? “I added the money up and discovered that they cost me an average of about $50 per class,” Melissa ways with a laugh. But when you talk to this energetic young New Yorker, you learn that StraighterLine did more than just save her money.
Here are notes from a recent conversation.
StraighterLine: What led you to StraighterLine?
Melissa Molina: There I was in my twenties. I had a good job as an office manager in a radiology practice, but I realized that if I wanted to advance my career, I needed to earn a college degree. So I went online and found StraighterLine. I have to say, I was skeptical about online education at first.
SL: Why skeptical?
MM: Well, how would it work? But then I thought about it and realized that online was a better option for me. I was working a job. I am the mother of a toddler. I have family responsibilities. My life is like that. Once I started taking courses, it turned out that I can do my coursework over my lunch breaks, on weekends, whenever time is available.
SL: What courses have you taken?
MM: So far, I have taken Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab, Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab, Microbiology, Business Law, Business Statistics, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, and Pharmacology. I plan to take more.
SL: That’s a lot of classes!
MM: Well as I said, I want to move into a more managerial position. And that means earning a college degree.
SL: And you are doing that too, correct?
MM: Yes, I am currently a student at Excelsior College. I will graduate next December.
SL: So you were able to transfer your credits to Excelsior, which is one of our Partner Colleges, and then attend that college as a regular student? How did that work? Was it difficult to transfer your credits over and enter a degree program there?
MM: No, it was all really easy.
SL: As you mentioned, you were able to fit your courses and studying around your busy schedule. Were you pleased with the quality of the courses? Did you have questions that you needed answered while you were taking courses, and how did that work?
MM: The classes were all very good for me. As I said, the flexibility. And no, I really did not need to contact technical help or instructors while taking the courses, so I can’t comment on that.
SL: Have you recommended StraighterLine to other people? Would you?
MM: I have recommended StraighterLine to friends who mentioned they were thinking about going back to school.
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