How a Working Adult Fit Earning a Bachelor's Degree Into Her Schedule. A StraighterLine Success Story.

Beth Dumbauld

Angel-BrownWhile working part-time, without reliable transportation – and juggling family responsibilities, Angel Brown is well on her way towards earning her bachelor’s degree. Here’s how she fit college into her life:

Earning a Bachelor’s Degree to Expand Career Opportunities

“I want to earn my bachelor’s degree to better my future,” says Angel. “I have my AA in Business and recently got a part-time job in the restaurant and hospitality industry. I want a chance to expand my career opportunities.”

Determined to go back to school and position herself for career success, Angel discussed education options with her family. Without reliable transportation to campus, Angel’s mom suggested online courses.

Choosing Online Courses To Save Time, Money – and Reduce Transportation Hassles

“I have five siblings and don’t have my own car. I started taking online courses to save my family time and money,” Angel says. “I continue taking online courses because they fit into my schedule and allow me to work part-time.”

Help Finding the Right Degree Program

To research degree programs, Angel signed up on CollegePlus, a coaching service that guides students through the process of earning online degrees.

After deciding to pursue her BA in Marketing at Thomas Edison State College (TESC), a StraigherLine Partner College, her CollegePlus advisor recommended taking courses from StraighterLine.

“My CollegePlus advisor explained how StraighterLine works and that the credit would transfer directly to TESC,” she says. “I enrolled immediately.”

Taking Advantage of Self-Paced College Courses to Finish Quickly

Angel enrolled in two StraighterLine courses: Business Communications and Principles of Management. “The courses were great,” Angel says. “I work best by myself, so it was good to learn on my own.”

By working ahead in her course, Angel saved time and money towards her degree. “StraighterLine helped me finish my courses quickly. If I had taken them somewhere else, it would’ve taken me a lot longer.”

Passing Exams at Home with Online Proctoring 

When it came time for finals, Angel liked being able to take her exams from home with online proctoring. “I have had some online classes where I had to go to a proctor location and take my test in a secluded room, and I felt a lot of pressure. With ProctorU, I could take my exam at home with my webcam. I felt comfortable and forgot the proctor was even there.”

Advice To Other Online Students: Don’t Procrastinate

Angel has some words of wisdom for her fellow StraighterLine students: “Don’t procrastinate. With no set schedule, it’s easy to put it off, especially when you have stuff going on at home. Make sure you do the things you need to do, and be accountable.”

Angel’s Path To College Success

After completing her StraighterLine courses, Angel simply and successfully transferred to Thomas Edison State College. She plans to complete her BA in Marketing this year. Congratulations, Angel!

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2 thoughts on “How a Working Adult Fit Earning a Bachelor's Degree Into Her Schedule. A StraighterLine Success Story.”

  • Gloria Abney

    I just need to know how to get started.

    • Beth Dumbauld

      It's easy to get started. With StraighterLine, you can:

      -Select the courses you need, sign up in minutes and get started now
      -Work at your own pace
      -Take your exam when you’re ready
      -Easy and reliable credit transfer

      If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to [email protected] with your phone number and we will reach out to you shortly. You can also call our Student Advisors directly to get more information: (877) 950-7983

      We’d love to welcome you to StraighterLine!

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