Making Student Success a Priority
My name is Janice Wilson and I work as a student success coach for EKU Online. My passion in life is helping students develop the skills needed to successfully balance the demands of school and their personal and professional lives.
Adult learners in particular face unique challenges when earning a degree. The majority of online students work full-time and many have families to support and care for. Finances are an increased concern for adult learners, as is carving out enough time in a busy day to study.
As a student success coach, I am available to work with students one-on-one to develop the strategies that will enable them to become exceptional learners without abandoning the people and things in their lives that are also important or necessary.
I speak from experience. It wasn’t that long ago that I started my own educational journey as an adult learner. My life wasn’t going the way I had planned and I wanted to make a change. I felt compelled to go back to school, but I hadn’t taken a class in 25 years. In addition, I had bills to pay, a family to support, chronic health problems to manage, and a job to maintain. All competing for my time and energy.
If I was going to do this, I had to find a way to be able to handle the stresses of school and manage the rest of my life without putting my health in jeopardy. And, being an overachiever, getting by was not enough, I needed to do my very best!
So, I dedicated the next chapter of my life to finding a way to balance all my responsibilities and creating a roadmap for success along the way.
The same skills we help students to develop now, not only made me successful in my undergraduate program, but also gave me the confidence to continue on in graduate school where I completed three master’s programs and am currently completing a doctorate.
Advancing your education is a big investment and requires sacrifices. I know how important it is to do well and stay motivated. I am excited to have the opportunity to help other students find ways to balance their responsibilities and walk across that stage on graduation day. I can tell you it feels amazing.
Published on August 10, 2018