Fact 1: Earning a college degree online is challenging.
Fact 2: Earning a college degree online while in the military presents challenges that very few people understand.
At Oregon State University Ecampus, we can’t tell you about an experience that we haven’t lived ourselves. But we can put you in touch with military service members, veterans and spouses who have.
That’s why we created the Oregon State Ecampus military ambassadors program that lets you chat directly with military-connected personnel who found the right work/life balance to earn their degrees online.
The ambassadors program is just one element of the wide-ranging support services for military students who learn online with Oregon State. These OSU alumni know exactly what it takes to juggle the demands of the military lifestyle and their degree requirements.
You can connect directly with an ambassador as they share valuable insights into what it’s like to be an online learner and how to succeed academically.
Here are some of their areas of expertise:
- Time management
- Work-life balance
- Connecting with military classmates
- Deployment and moving while in the military
- Online learning vs. on-campus learning
- Military support from Oregon State
Our current ambassadors include an active duty staff sergeant in the Air Force, a Navy veteran and military spouses from the Navy and Air Force.
“Working full time and taking classes is difficult, but the organizational skills, discipline, and time-management skills I learned in the military are very helpful,” said Albert Diaz, who earned his computer science degree online after serving in the Navy. “The military instilled a grit in me that has helped me push forward.”
OSU Ecampus has a long, successful track record of supporting active duty military, veterans and their families. U.S. News & World Report ranks Oregon State No. 3 in the nation for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans.
One major reason that Oregon State Ecampus is so well-respected by military personnel is because the OSU faculty who teach online are deeply invested in helping their students succeed and making them feel like they’re a part of the university community.
“I never felt like I couldn’t ask a question. I never felt like I wouldn’t receive an answer. I think that was really important too because that way you really build this relationship with the instructor,” said Janine Romero, a liberal studies graduate whose husband serves in the Air Force. “I feel like the instructors here, they know who I am, and it’s because I was able to engage with them as often as I did.”
Take advantage of Oregon State’s military ambassador program and talk with people who have been in your shoes and can help you develop a plan to earn your degree online.
“My advice to people who are considering pursuing a degree is do it. It may look intimidating, but it’s definitely worth the time and effort,” Diaz said. “There’s a strong military community at Oregon State.”