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Student Testimonials

Hear what students say about their experience at Post University

Chris Vargo

Why did you choose Post University?

Well, I was going for my engineering degree in the early ‘80s, but I dropped out. I never had any desire to go back to school because I was moving ahead. Then after a while, I knew the only way I was going to get further ahead was to go back to school.

From a career standpoint, it was the best decision I've ever made. It has increased my knowledge of how all aspects of business are inter-related. Everything in business is so intertwined and most employees without a degree have no clue how intertwined each aspect of the business is. I was clueless about this even though I thought I had a good understanding of business. I learned so much that I didn't even know I didn't know.

I chose Post because it has a good reputation. I have fellow colleagues who have gone to Post and are now alumni. And, currently there are about eight or nine of us from my company who are enrolled at Post.

I will be graduating by September of this year. I have a 3.96 GPA. I started with 42 credits and I cannot believe how easy going to college is. It's easy now because my values have changed. When I was in my 20s and 30s, I was interested in cars, girls and beer. Now, I want my degree. Better late than never.

Why do you think getting a college degree is so important?

In the last 8 years, I was unemployed twice. I had multiple positions that I was qualified for, but I didn't have a degree, and I needed one to get ahead. I think with a degree I'll be able to advance in my current position. It will increase my worth to the organization. Since I went back to school, I've made decisions that have helped save the company money. Business Law, in particular, has helped me learn how to save money for the organization.

What has it been like to take online courses?

Online classes are great! You have to be disciplined and get your work done. You can get into some really interesting dialogues online with students who really want to learn. Some of the professors are really interactive, and others let the students drive the interaction. You learn a lot from your fellow classmates. My advisors are both wonderful, too.

You've also taken courses at Post's regional locations. What's that been like?

I've taken some courses at Danbury Regional. The regional courses are good, traditional learning. You get face-to-face time with the professor and the students.

Why did you decide to take both online and regional location courses?

I thought it would be better for me to take certain courses at a regional location and others online. I took accounting courses and art history and some other courses at Danbury because I wanted that face-to-face aspect.

But with online courses, you have more time to concentrate and put together your thoughts in writing. It gives you a chance to really express your thoughts and make sure your message is being communicated clearly. It requires you to be more concise and use more critical thinking. There's also a deeper exchange of information among students through blackboard. In a classroom setting, you're working more off the top of your head.

For me, it's been a fun balance between online and regional. It's the best of both worlds. I can say, ‘what do I feel like doing this mod'? There's so much flexibility.

What's the biggest challenge to returning to college after so many years?

The biggest thing is to be disciplined. I think the first course students should take is “Learning Across the Lifespan” because it teaches you some basics. I am proficient with computers and the Internet, but this course provided critical knowledge about research paper formats, proper methods to quote or cite the works of others, and how to use a virtual library. Heck when I was in college you would go to the card catalog files to find sources for the information. Now it is a press of a button. Saying I was apprehensive about returning to college would be an understatement. One of the advisors encouraged me to take this course first; if it wasn't for her guidance, I would not have been this successful.

Also, I think you should only take one to two courses at a time. Don't overload yourself. Then, get yourself into a routine and follow that routine. Work your schedule.

What's the biggest benefit so far?

I learned how to think outside the box. I have to honestly stay the knowledge over the last few years while attending regional and online courses at Post University has totally changed my life and my view on education.  I have promoted Post University to friends and colleagues.  There have even been a few colleagues at work who have provided positive feedback to me, indicating that my education has improved my communication and critical thinking skills.

What's next for you?

More than likely, I'm going to continue on with my Master's Program at Post. Multiple instructors have strongly encouraged me to go through the Masters program. I'm strongly considering it. I'm having a blast!

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