Recruiting students from across the U.S., Campus is the new alternative to online community college. We’re on a mission to maximize access to a world-class education to set students up for success no matter what their next step is. Read on to learn about our students’ unique experiences.
College can be hard, and going to school online is no exception. The Campus online associate in business program is a rigorous program designed to set students up for success, whether they aim to transfer into a four-year school or start their career. Today our Campus Trailblazers, the very first students to join the Campus program, share their advice and learnings from their first year at Campus.
What advice would you give to an incoming student?
Responses have been edited for clarity and length.
Make sure that you’re keeping up with your classwork and homework. The second you fall behind in college, it all just piles up on top of you. It can get overwhelming quickly. What I’ve done to mitigate that is this: as soon as I’m assigned something, I try to at least get it started right away.
Also, if you need help with anything, there are so many resources you can use. There’s the free tutoring, there’s the TA and professor office hours, and there are even wellness services like Sibly, a personal mental health coaching app that you can use whenever you need someone to talk to. Plus, there’s all the help from our student support coach, Joe. Use the free resources in the program if you need help!
Take the risk. Joining an online program, or any program, is risky when you don’t know what to expect, but talk with a counselor and ask all your questions. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
I’ve also always been one of those students who struggles with asking for help – I used to not ask for help, moving as though I’d rather fail than go to office hours – but I think that’s because I was always one fish in a big pond.
And now, I’m not like that anymore. I’m in a class of 12 fish. Everyone knows our names and our birthdays and when our homework is due. I think that really helped me with my struggle with asking for help.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. That’s number one. I know for me, I don’t ask for help often. I hate asking for help. I’ve always had to do everything by myself, so I’m accustomed to being on my own. In the past, if I were failing, I’d tell myself that I would just figure it out.
Ask for the help.
That’s what the professors are there for. That’s what TAs are there for. That’s what the Campus staff is there for. They are there to help you.
Second piece of advice: Everyone is going through stuff in life – it happens – but don’t let it knock you down. You have to keep moving. Your book is not done yet. You still have so much left to write. You have so much to do and experience and give to the world.
Don’t let failing an assignment or missing some classes bring you down. That goes back to communicating with the staff and the team. They’re not going to know what’s really going on unless you tell them, and they’ll do their best to help.
Become a Campus Student
If there’s one thing all three students can agree on it’s this: use your resources when you need support.
As a Campus student, you may be online, but you’re never alone. Community and support are part of the Campus experience. You’ll have access to:
- A personal student support coach from day one through graduation
- Free, on-demand, one-on-one tutoring
- Free, 24/7 wellness resources
- A career coach in your second year
We’re here to help you every step of the way. If you want to join the next class of Campus students and take courses with students like Jae, Josephine, and Romeo, click here to start your application.