Author: Janelle Gergen, Online MS in Communications Student
Nelson Mandela once said, “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”
I cannot say the choice to pursue graduate education, in addition to the daily responsibilities of marriage, motherhood and full-time employment was made without some level of fear. However, choosing Purdue University specifically for a Master of Science in Communication has become a reflection of the hope I have for future endeavors. There are four main reasons why Purdue offered me the consolation I needed to make that choice.
1. Asynchronous Online Coursework
As a committed wife, mother and employee, I require flexibility so that I can continue these important roles in life. I am able to complete coursework when it fits in to my (already jam-packed) daily routine. Asynchronous means I can arrive to my office early in the morning to squeeze in some schoolwork before the official work day begins, I can use my lunch hour for schoolwork too and after my children are in bed each evening I can do some more! Or, I may need a few days off from coursework altogether in order to accommodate the needs of my family or my employer. Asynchronous allows me flexibility!
When researching the cost of graduate education, I discovered the MS in Communication from Purdue is one third to one half less than some other programs in the nation. The investment is affordable for my budgetary needs!
3. Regional Accreditation
Purdue University has been regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Region since 1913. This means Purdue delivers high quality education by having a clear mission, acting with integrity and demonstrating high levels of evaluation for the sake of improvements and future planning. Regional accreditation equates to excellence!
4. The Feelings Were Mutual
Every step of the way, Purdue’s Admissions Team showed their support for me. They saw value in what I have to offer and how the MS in Communication can impact my future. From the initial phone inquiry I made, to the first weeks of class, the Admissions Team provided exactly what I needed to wholeheartedly move forward. They felt I was a strong candidate and it helped to solidify my choice. Purdue showed how much they believe in me and that they, too, have hope for my future.
Janelle Gergen is a student in Purdue’s online Master of Science in Communication degree program. The program can be completed in just 20 months and covers numerous topics critical for advancement in the communication industry, including crisis communication, social media engagement, focus group planning and implementation, survey design and survey analysis, public relations theory, professional writing, and communication ethics.
About the Author
Janelle Gergen obtained a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Minnesota State University, Mankato, in 2005. She currently works in communications, serving the Roman Catholic Diocese of Crookston as Website Administrator and Associate Editor of Our Northland Diocese newspaper. She has been married for 12 years and is the mom of three children.
*The views and opinions expressed are of the author and do not represent the Brian Lamb School of Communication.