When teenagers became demanding, it was nice to be able to say that I had my own work and priorities. I enrolled in a program that offered an online component. When I moved to NYC where the New School university is physically located, I took a few classes onsite but ended up doing almost all of my work through the online program as it was more flexible and fit more easily into my lifestyle. Ten percent of the students in this program participate through the online track. The online classes were harder and required more accountability and slacking more evident than onsite classes. I did have my nose in the books or my fingers clicking on the computer for much of my time in NYC and it took longer because I had to accommodate the move.
New School was one of the first to have a media studies curriculum and also one of the earliest to offer an online component. With a journalism undergrad degree, my interest was to find a program that combined theory, design and practical application to the study of media. As technology has wrought huge changes in the media landscape, especially online, it has been a fascinating experience to study these changes and be pushed to immerse both in technology and media to understand and grasp the shift. It was also a way to apply my interests and abilities to something constructive and also accomodate my husband's corporate transfer.
An education is something you can always take with you and it can never be taken away. With a lot of moves and resettling efforts and leaving behind experiences, this has been something I could claim that stays with me through moves. So this month mom and one child claim graduate degrees and another child gains a high school diploma.