Student Spotlight: Ben Spencer, ASU – OnlineBusinessDegree.org
Ben Spencer began his college quest at Bennington College in Vermont, studying theater and directing. However, he decided online education was a better fit for him and he is now pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Technological Entrepreneurship and Management from Arizona State University Online.
Spencer, 30, currently works in New York City as a quality assurance analyst.
What made you choose this particular school?
Spencer: “I was originally born in Tucson, Ariz. However, I lived in Phoenix for eight years. I wanted to attend a nationally recognized school that also had a brick and mortar campus.”
How did you decide on your field of study?
Spencer: “Like many students, I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to study. I had taken classes in psychology, liberal arts, and some sciences. I had always been interested in tech as well, and wanted an applicable degree in a growing field.”
What made you choose online education?
Spencer: “Online education really has to be the best experience I’ve had in school so far. I love the flexibility of being able to study anywhere I want. I knew that I didn’t want to attend a traditional lecture class. An online education allows me to study in smaller segments, and works around my obligations. And, frankly, I love the Internet so it was a perfect match.”
How do you balance your course load with your other obligations?
Spencer: “Attending school online teaches you how to manage your time. I work and attend school full time, so I have to budget my time wisely. With a little bit of practice, it becomes second nature.”
Tell me about your online peer group.
Spencer: “My peers are from all walks of life: young students, ASU students, working professionals, and even stay-at-home moms. For the most part, the classes seem diverse, with people from all over the country. However, the highlight of my classes has been the teachers.”
What do you hope to do with your degree upon completion?
Spencer: “Anything to do with the Internet. I’m also interested in project management, programming, maybe even creating my own business one day.”
What advice would you offer other students who might be considering online education?
Spencer: “I would say go for it!”
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