Online BSBA Student Spotlight Session

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Current online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration student, Megan Cannon, and our enrollment advisor AJ Arroyo discuss her experience as a student in this program offered online at Rider University. In this session, they discuss her experience in the program, admission requirements, frequently asked questions and more.

Transcript

A.J.:

Good afternoon. My name is A.J. I’m an enrollment advisor here with Rider University. Thank you all for joining us today for our Online Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration webinar. I’d like to take a second to introduce our very special guest. Today we have Megan Cannon. She is a current student in the Business Administration program. Megan, thank you for joining us today.

Megan Cannon:

Thank you for having me.

A.J.:

Absolutely. Now Megan, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Megan Cannon:

I have been in school roughly about eight years. I have two, almost three children. I’m due in November with my third. I’m a senior here at Rider. I’m in the CCS program studying business administration, graduating in December. I work at Jefferson in the emergency room. I do a lot of insurance work collecting co-pays, making sure insurance is valid. I started here at Rider as a full-time undergrad coming to campus four days a week. I was taking four classes. Then I learned about the Continuing Studies Program and I switched over.

A.J.:

Awesome. Thank you very much for that. Can you tell us a little bit about Rider University kind of as a whole what got you interested in coming to school here?

Megan Cannon:

I remember coming for the tour. I brought my daughter with me and everybody was so nice to her. It was just so welcoming. I’m not a traditional student. It was hard for me to kind of adjust, but everybody was really welcoming. Even now when I bring both of my kids to campus, I mean, besides everything with the coronavirus, but everybody is so nice. It’s a nice atmosphere to be in.

A.J.:

Perfect. Perfect. What’s your experience been like with the online program? I know you said you switched from the traditional to the continuing studies online. What’s been your experience with that so far?

Megan Cannon:

The online program definitely just works better for my lifestyle. It’s definitely self-motivating. You have to be on top of all of your schoolwork because you don’t have a teacher sitting next to you and telling you what to do, but it’s been really good. I’m very upfront with all of my professors. I tell them my situation. So far, everybody has been really nice and accommodating.

A.J.:

That’s good to hear. I know you said that you’re working while you’re in the program. How has the pro program itself already impacted your career?

Megan Cannon:

I think the program itself has really taught me to be professional. I have deadlines with different coursework and homework that I have to do. It’s the same at work. I have to do my best at work obviously to keep my jobs. Rider has definitely taught me that I have to be professional. I have to do my work on time and put my best foot forward.

A.J.:

Awesome. What’s it been like for you as far as the coursework itself and communicating with your professors? I mean, how has how’s that been so far?

Megan Cannon:

Now that I’m getting into a lot of like the harder courses, like macroeconomics, microeconomics, it’s definitely a lot more just very time consuming studying and making sure I’m doing all my homework on time. But all my teachers if I have an issue with anything I’ve always reached out. I’m very open. I’m very honest with them as far as, “I didn’t get this homework done,” or whatever the case may be. It’s just all about balance and having a schedule and sticking to it.

A.J.:

Absolutely. With that, I mean, do you have any other advice that you would give to any potential students?

Megan Cannon:

My advice would be just to be very honest and you just have to set very honest goals. If you don’t get the test score that you want, you have to forgive yourself. Especially in my situation where studying isn’t my first priority because my kids come obviously before anything, but I’ve definitely learned to take it a little bit easier on myself, but still putting my best foot forward. That’s why I do a lot of my schoolwork at night when they’re sleeping or during nap times and stuff. I think just setting honest goals with yourself is something that’s really important because you don’t want to overload yourself and then set yourself up for failure.

A.J.:

Definitely. Just kind of having that honest conversation with yourself on putting in the work, but also just being realistic.

Megan Cannon:

Yeah, for sure. You can only do so much. I think coming into this program and coming into Rider, I wanted to take seven classes at a time. That’s very unrealistic. Even for somebody that’s a traditional student. You can’t do it. I think just being easy with yourself and knowing your limit. You’re going to graduate when you graduate. It’s going to be the same as if you tried to rush it. It’s a good experience.

A.J.:

Absolutely. Absolutely. I know you spoke before about everybody being very friendly, especially when you had to bring the kids to campus. How have you felt with the support from the College of Continuing Studies since you’ve transitioned over from the traditional program?

Megan Cannon:

I work very well with Angela and with Candy, she works in Financial Aid. Angela has always been very honest with me. I could call her at 5:00 or 6:00 at night or email her. She’s always told me, “Maybe you shouldn’t do this. Take time off for your kids.” I think that’s something important coming from somebody at school to tell me like, “Hey, it’s okay to take a break if you need to. Come back next semester. Come back refreshed.” Because like I said before, you set these goals that you want to just get done everything in a year and it’s not realistic. I think having that person on your side and like everybody has been at that program with me, it’s really helped me.

A.J.:

Fantastic. Fantastic. Yeah, at this point I’d like to kind of jump in and kind of start going over the program as a whole and what students can expect from the program here.

Megan Cannon:

Okay.

A.J.:

All right. The first thing, especially the biggest, the program is 100% online. There are no campus visits required as a part of the program. The way we have it set up is we have 14 week courses per semester. Some of them will be 14 weeks. Some of them will be seven weeks. We do offer three semesters a year, spring, summer and fall. The degree program itself is 120 total credit hours to be able to graduate. Students who are transferring into the program can transfer up to 90 credits from a combination of two and four-year schools. Just keep in mind that the acceptance of those transfer credits will be at the discretion of the registrar’s office. That’s something that we’ll be able to evaluate those transcripts as a part of your application process.

A.J.:

Now, the program is asynchronous. There’s not a specific day and time during the week that you have to be online when you’re able to make time in your schedule. Would that be like what you do, Megan, once the kids have gone to sleep or during that time or for students who maybe work nights getting their schoolwork done during the day. As long as your work is done by its due date, everything is good to go.

A.J.:

The program is designed to be completed, it’s possible to be completed within two years if a student’s coming in with transfer credits. The overall length of the program will ultimately determine how many credits you’re coming in with and then of course, how many credits you take in any given semester.

A.J.:

All right. Now, as far as moving into the actual admissions requirements for the program, we are looking for an associate’s degree in business or at least have completed half of the credits required towards a bachelor’s degree. It’s going to be right around 60 or more credits. Now that being said, all of your studies must have been completed within the last 10 years. If you’re looking to apply and we’re thinking about those courses that we want to try to get transferred over, they have to be completed within the last 10 years. We’re looking for a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher between all attempted coursework. We’ll need the completed application. There is a non-refundable $50 application fee. Then we will also need official transcripts from all other colleges and universities that you have attended.

A.J.:

Moving into the tuition and financial aid side of things, the cost of the program is going to be $500 per credit hour. That doesn’t include books and university fees. Those fees are things like tech fees, which is going to be $50 per course, there’s a $35 distance learning fee per course. Now, financial aid is available to students who apply and qualify through the FAFSA application. That’s the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, but students who may also receive any type of employer tuition reimbursement, we accept that as well, any military tuition assistance or VA benefits that students may be entitled to. We do also have monthly payment plans that can be set up for any costs that students may have to incur out of pocket. Definitely plenty of ways that we can work with students and make the money side of everything possible for sure.

A.J.:

Alrighty. At this point, what I’d like to do, Megan, is we have some questions that we get asked a lot about the program. If you are able to, we’d like to see if we can maybe get some of those answered.

Megan Cannon:

Yeah, of course.

A.J.:

Absolutely. I think our biggest question is how much time on average do you spend on coursework?

Megan Cannon:

I think per week, I want to say about six hours, but I definitely break it up. Like I said, I do a lot of my work at night. I’ll pick a night where I’ll do a lot of work, a lot of things that I can get done out of the way for certain courses. Then I’ll pick another day where if I have to write a paper or anything like that I can kind of work on one thing at a time.

A.J.:

Definitely. Definitely splitting up your time across the week with all of your courses for sure.

Megan Cannon:

Yeah. Trying to get everything done in one night is not really the way I learn.

A.J.:

Online learning can be pretty tricky sometimes. What tips or tricks do you have that can help students succeed in a 100% online program?

Megan Cannon:

Like I said before, definitely just having a schedule of when you’re going to do your work, what you’re going to do that night, making sure that there’s no distractions. Because it’s definitely easy when you’re home and I’m sure people that work from home can experience this too. There’s a lot of distractions, your TV, you could be playing music or whatever. Just making sure that you’re in the right mindset and you’re in a good headspace can definitely go a long way.

A.J.:

Absolutely. Absolutely. Now, what kind of career path are you looking at after you graduate? I know you said that you’re currently working now and we’ve kind of addressed how the degree program itself helps with that, but what does your career path look like with your degree after graduation?

Megan Cannon:

I actually just got an internship doing marketing for a nonprofit organization that works with down syndrome children. I liked marketing. I like the marketing side of business. I’m not really a finance person. I’m definitely looking into marketing or even something in pharmaceuticals. I like being creative and I like showing my creative side so I think that would probably suit me better.

A.J.:

Awesome. That’s something that you feel with the program, you’re feeling prepared to be able to make those kinds of career moves?

Megan Cannon:

Yeah, I think Rider has a lot of connections and resources as far as Handshake and the career center that I could really utilize to make those connections. Even doing this internship that I’m going to end up doing in the summer, I can use it on my resume. I think the resources that Rider has given me as far as meeting the deadlines and being professional like I stated earlier, I’ve learned a lot about how I can grow professionally.

A.J.:

Absolutely. Kind of touching on that, what resources are available to online students in the business administration program?

Megan Cannon:

Even though all of your coursework is online, you still have all the resources available that traditional students have too. You have the gym, the library, all of the resources that they have, the career center Handshake online, like I said earlier, even just reaching out to your teachers.

Megan Cannon:

There’s been days where I take myself to the library and I just write a paper and just to get out of my normal routine and go somewhere else where I can really focus. That’s what’s nice about Rider. You may be online, but you’re still involved. It’s not like you’re separate, you can’t use the gym or you can’t do whatever anybody else is doing. You can still do that and still stick to what works for your lifestyle.

A.J.:

Awesome. Awesome. Yeah. We definitely are here to support our students as much as we can. That pretty much wraps up all the questions that we had. Megan, I want to thank you for taking time out to talk to us today about your experience in the Online Business Administration program. Thank you so much.

A.J.:

To everyone in attendance, I just want to let you know, we are currently accepting applications for our upcoming summer and fall semesters. Please contact us today at (877) 856-5140 or you can email us at admissions@online.rider.edu. Or you can schedule an appointment on our live vcita calendar page. Thank you so much for joining us and everybody have a great day.