Name: Laura Irvin
Graduation Year: 2015
Program: Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics degree
Why did you choose Central Michigan University’s Global Campus and your specific program of study?
I knew I wanted to further my education within the field of nutrition and after reviewing all of the programs in the area, going to CMU was an easy choice to make. The flexibility that Global Campus offers, the classes available, the affordability, and the payment plans drew me in. It was exactly what I was looking for!
Please describe your overall experience at CMU’s Global Campus.
I really enjoyed being a Global Campus student. I was able to be present "in class" in the comfort of my own home while still learning at the same time. I didn't have to worry about commuting, traffic, weather, being sick, etc. I liked that the classes met at a certain day and time every week to hold me accountable in my studies. The professors are really understanding of your personal life and are always willing to work with you if something comes up. I felt like I was really supported by the staff, professors and my fellow classmates despite being off campus.
What CMU resources did you find helpful?
The professors and program coordinators were all very helpful – for example, I was wait listed for my very last class in the program (I had computer issues the first night class registration opened). My program coordinator and professor were able to squeeze me into the class in order to avoid pushing back my graduation. I also used the Global Campus Library Services a lot to look for research articles, especially "Documents on Demand." The CMU Writing Center was useful by proofreading all of my papers prior to submission. I thought all of these programs were helpful, easy to use, and improved my learning experience at CMU.
How do you expect your CMU degree to help you achieve your career goals?
I switched jobs toward the end of my degree program and I believe my master's degree helped me to get a better job within my field. I think it also helped me obtain a more competitive salary. Because dietitians will be required to have their master's degrees by 2024, I think it was worth the time and investment to complete this now in order to stay competitive later. It was also great because I was able to get continuing education credits for my dietitian registration for every graduate credit hour I took, so this program was helpful on many levels.
What advice would you give to other working professionals interested in completing a degree or certificate program with CMU’s Global Campus?
Go for it! CMU's Global Campus programs are flexible, convenient and affordable to most everyone. While it is tough to juggle many different life responsibilities at once, this program is definitely possible even if you have a family, full-time job, etc.
What’s next for you after earning your degree from CMU?
I will continue to work at my new job and look for opportunities to teach as a nutrition instructor at local colleges.
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