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Student Story: Online Classes Help to Manage Multiple Majors

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Posted on Sep, 12 2011

Hard-working student Mercedes Lee is no stranger to getting ahead in the game of completing her education. A student triple-majoring in crop and weed science, management communication, and women and gender studies, Lee had to find a way to be able to manage all the time the courses for multiple majors would require.

For a head start while still in high school, Lee completed online classes for college credit, nearly giving her enough credits to be considered a sophomore by the time she began classes at NDSU her freshman year. Now a junior at NDSU, Lee remembered how far those online classes got her and decided that would be a good way to get ahead in her communication major and free up time for other classes offered on-campus in the fall. Over the summer, Lee took 15 credits, which included her two remaining pre-communication classes, allowing her to be able to enroll in upper level communication courses this fall, all without ever stepping foot on campus or in a classroom.

“The thing that I find most helpful when taking online courses is that it gives students the opportunity to make their own schedules and work with professors in a completely different atmosphere. I enjoy having the chance to create my own learning atmosphere while deciding how much I want to put into a class. If I decide that I don’t feel like working on a particular subject one day, I am not obligated to attend lecture and I don’t have to worry about missing notes,” said Lee. Though she primarily takes on-campus classes, the ability to take 15 credits at her own pace this summer, instead of coming to campus multiple times a week, Lee was able to work without having to request time off for class and go on family vacations.

Taking online courses allows you to decide what you want study and when, can help you stay on track to graduate, or even add another major…or two! Contact North Dakota State University Distance and Continuing Education or visit our web site for more information on hundreds of available online courses and majors.