One of the challenges of being in an online program and not being local to anyone or the university itself is that there are not too many options available for meeting up with classmates to study. For those of you who may not be used to collaborating with other classmates, it will take some time to get used to the idea. After a few classes, you will come to recognize certain names throughout the program. These are the people you want to get to know because you will find common ground with them that may lead to something even better down the road.
I remember that during my time in the HAD program, helping another classmate ended up giving me the same favor in return. It was during my community health course, and the classmate was serving overseas in Japan, so obviously the time difference was huge. We had some statistical work to complete and he had reached out to me in an email asking if I felt I had a handle on the work.
He was in luck, because I did! Since phone calls were not an option for either of us, over the next couple of weeks, he would email me to clarify if he was completing the assignments correctly and I would try my best to explain to him that he could learn the concepts himself.
Fast forward to about two semesters and I find myself in the same boat as my former classmate with my accounting and finance management classes. (I will never understand how I can have such a grasp on statistics, but math, specifically math done in the finance management class, eludes me.) During the finance management class, I also lost my father.
I would have surely failed, if not for the help of my study buddy, Christina. We spent several hours on the phone during that class and she patiently walked me through the steps of the assignments doing her best to improve my comprehension of the subject.
An unknown author once said, “Everyone makes a big deal about the importance of team dynamics…but if you do things with the right people, everything else will fall into place.”
The important thing to remember is if you have the chance to “friend,” someone in the program takes the opportunity. We are all striving for the same goal and sometimes you never know when that friendship may come in handy. I encourage you to take the time to read about the classmates that you will have when you do your icebreaker post, which is common in the majority of online classes. It will amaze you to learn what your classmates are into and what common grounds you may have with them!