Occupation: Data Clerk
Start Date: August 2016
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2018
My name is Bridget Barlow, I am a sophomore at Lamar University, and I am studying to obtain a Communications degree. I currently live in the small, but beautiful town of Fairhope, Alabama. Thanks to Lamar’s online program, I am able to take courses and work toward my goal. I am very thankful for both the opportunity and ability to “attend” a reputable and cost effective university without totally giving up my personal life.
While online school has been a great experience overall, I still have times where it feels like too much at once. For example, a couple of weeks ago I was on my seventh week of an eight-week term, meaning that there was more work than usual in preparation for the conclusion of the classes. Not only was it a busy week for school, it was also a busy week for my personal endeavors. I take care of my four-year-old niece full time, while my sister works. This is usually not a big issue, but I also had to go away that weekend for a wedding.
I had two papers and a lengthy interview video that had to be done in a matter of days. I will not lie; I felt like I was never going to get on top of all that I had to do, but when Thursday night came, I knew I could not wait any longer to get my interview done. I nailed down a time and place for it, then we met up and got it done! Knowing that the wedding was Sunday, I had to make sure I could get my papers and test done by Saturday. Though it was not something I wanted to be doing in the moment (because there was a pool downstairs and a beach across the street), I realized that it was the big picture I should focus on: getting my degree! Taking that into consideration, I locked myself in my room and got to typing. Finally at 11:45 p.m. Saturday night, I was finished with all of my school work. A huge weight had been lifted, and I was able to enjoy the wedding with nothing hanging over my head.
While I knew what I had to do, I still found myself floundering to get my work done. Why? All I had to do was put my goals in perspective, and everything else would fall into place. When I finally stopped to think about what was more important, a little pool time or my future, I had no trouble focusing on the prize. What I am saying is, yes, there will be times when school seems like a total job, but when you realize all you are working for and why, you can find the motivation to get it done!
Endless Summer…Well Kind Of
August 29, 2017
Wow! Is it time to start the fall semester already!? While, yes, I do have to start getting back into the swing of my academics, I can’t help but reflect on how lucky I am.
Earning My Confidence
July 29, 2017
At first, I was offered two major options when it came to picking my Lamar University online program: eight weeks or fifteen weeks each term.
Put the “Pro” in Procrastination
June 28, 2017
I have been a Lamar online student for over a year now, and I am still very content with the decision to take part in this program.
Keeping Your Eye on the Prize
June 5, 2017
My name is Bridget Barlow, I am a sophomore at Lamar University, and I am studying to obtain a Communications degree.
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