Success Stories

  • Concordia University Student Explains Her StraighterLine Success

    Barry Lenson

    A new video shows how Ebru Eren, a student at Concordia University Irvine, used StraighterLine  to graduate, finish college sooner, save money . . . and more! Ebru Eren Essex, a student at Concordia University in Irvine, Calif., was working hard to finish her undergraduate program at Concordia University Irvine. But when she visited her advisor one day, she hit a snag that put her studies and her finances at risk. “I thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown,” she explains in a video that Concordia created and put online. “I was almost done with my bachelor’s program at Concordia, and I found out that I was still shy 13½ units!” Ebru was worried that she wasn’t going to graduate, but then her advisor pointed ...

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  • StraighterLine Student of the Month: Margaret Robertson

    Barry Lenson

    When the recession made Margaret Robertson shut her business down, she didn’t slow down a bit. She turned to education and StraighterLine to explore new career options and achieve new success. Let’s hear Margaret’s story in this recent conversation with the StraighterLine blog. StraighterLine: Can you tell me a little about yourself - where you live, what you do, and what your career and educational plans are? Margaret Robertson:  My name is Margaret Robertson and I live in a tiny country town in East Texas called Elysian Fields. I am a mother of five, plus one more child that we recently took into our home. I also have one four-month-old granddaughter and another due in August. I have been in the hair business for 23 years, mo ...

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  • StraighterLine Student of the Month: Beverly Williams

    Barry Lenson

    Some students take online courses at StraighterLine to get a start on college. Others take courses to complete their Bachelor’s degrees. But there are many other reasons to take StraighterLine courses too, as we learned in a recent conversation with Beverly Williams. After taking only one StraighterLine course, Beverly moved her career in a whole new direction. Let’s find out how. StraighterLine: Did you use StraighterLine courses to finish college? Beverly Williams: Actually, I had already earned a BA from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 1998, where I majored in French. Then I earned a JD from Concord Law School in 2008.  However, all the jobs I was interested in preferred a business degree. So I started working at Th ...

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  • Student of the Month: Elizabeth Smith

    Barry Lenson

    Elizabeth Smith earned three credits in college algebra from Charter Oak State College in just 10 days thanks to StraighterLine. Total cost? $138. She stands for everything that is possible when you accelerate through a self-paced course. She saved time and money with StraighterLine’s help, and so can you by enrolling now. “I was referred to StraighterLine by my advisor at Charter Oak State College… And I had a few small classes that needed to be tied up,” said 42-year-old Smith. “I immediately emailed StraighterLine and within the day I was already signed up for my algebra class. I had an advisor right away, I had full access to tutoring, and I knew I could do it at my own time frame. For me I needed to get it done in less t ...

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  • Student of the Month: Nino A. Diaz

    Barry Lenson

    When he was a teenage father, Nino A. Diaz had to put his education on hold so he could work to support his family. But he is a resourceful man.  He knew that even though he was busy working, he didn’t have to stop making plans for the future. “I made a goal to graduate from college before my son completed his high school education,” he explains. “This is important to me since I have been encouraging him to attend college as a traditional age student. StraighterLine helped to reinvigorate my motivation and complete my goal of being a role model to my son.” In a recent conversation with StraighterLine, Nino A. Diaz told us even more. Let’s hear what he had to say . . . StraighterLine: What is your favorite thing about ...

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