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Posted on Apr, 03 2015

We asked instructors of NDSU online classes why they chose to go into their specific field and why they would recommend their profession to others; here is what some of our instructors said.

Why did you choose to go into your given field?

“I enjoyed the content of Family and Consumer Sciences and felt that it is important for everyone to have skills and knowledge in regards to nutrition, finances, consumerism, and relationships.”

– Mari Borr, assistant professor in the online M.Ed. in Family and Consumer Sciences Education program.

 

"After the tragic attacks of 9/11/2001, I decided to focus my career on national security.  As I was completing my graduate work at the University of Delaware, I was able to join the Central Intelligence Agency as a Graduate Fellow.  From there, my interest in counterterrorism and security only grew and I've now been working in this field of expertise for 13 years."

- Jarrett Brachman, instructor in the online Master of Transportation and Urban Systems program.  

 

“Because I wanted to keep my mom in her own home as long as possible.  Good nutrition and exercise are important ways to do that.”

– Ardith Brunt, associate professor in the online M.S. in Dietetics program.

 

“My aunt was a nurse. I was (starting at age 6) extremely interested in what she did.  She was such a caring, kind nurse and that really influenced me as well.”

– Maggie Mackowick, assistant professor in the blended-learning LPN to BSN program.

 

Would you recommend your given field/career to other people?

“I would definitely recommend a career in teaching Family and Consumer Sciences. There are many job openings right now nationwide. It is a very demanding job, but it is also very rewarding.”

– Mari Borr, assistant professor in the online M.Ed. in Family and Consumer Sciences Education program.

 

"Absolutely - there are many opportunities to get involved in the national security and transportation security field - intelligence analysis, practitioner, strategist, technology research and development, and much more.  I have found my career to be both intellectually engaging and personally rewarding knowing that I'm helping to make my community safer and smarter."

- Jarrett Brachman, instructor in the online Master of Transportation and Urban Systems program.  

 

“Yes, because it is very versatile, family friendly, and can be very helpful to the individual when they practice what they learn.”

– Ardith Brunt, associate professor in the online M.S. in Dietetics program.

 

“Yes, there are so many opportunities in nursing! You can be in a clinic, hospital, community and specialize in pediatrics, OB, oncology, public health, critical care, etc... You can go on for an advance degree and teach, do research... you can see the opportunities are endless.”

– Maggie Mackowick, assistant professor in the blended-learning LPN to BSN program.

 

Tell us why you chose to go into your profession.

Or, as it often happens, how did your profession end up choosing you?  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or tag @ndsuotl and use #ndsuonline in your social media responses.