We recently had the chance to interview Rasmussen College student, Karyn Aspan. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with a Criminal Offender specialization through Rasmussen College Online, with an expected graduation of March 2013. In this interview, she discusses her experiences as an online student, and why she chose to pursue a degree (and career) in criminal justice.
Tell us a little bit about yourself...
I live in a small town about 50 miles south of Chicago called South Wilmington, IL. I was studying psychology at another university, but decided to continue my studies in criminal justice. I studied at a community college a couple of years ago, but decided that I would like to be an attorney to help abused children and animals. Rasmussen College seemed like the best choice; one that I have not regretted.
What made you decide to go into the criminal justice degree program?
I love learning about the law and what our rights are.
What is your favorite thing about your courses?
I love the convenience of the online classes because they have so much flexibility. I can start an assignment, stop and go cook dinner, or play with one of my ten dogs.
Do you find it any harder to conduct your classes online, versus a traditional, classroom-based course?
I have done classroom-based classes and I believed that online would be more challenging, but this has not been the case. I actually find it easier, but this is probably because of the convenience factor. I do not have to be in a certain place at a certain time. It is less stressful and fits into my life much better.
What qualities does your ideal online instructor have?
I have enjoyed all of my professors! I like that I have had several challenge me outside of the classroom. I like the fact that they push me to do better or have faith in me to the point that they suggested I write for the Rasmussen blog.
What are the hardest and best things about college at Rasmussen College?
I could not say that anything has been hard, but the best thing is the professional relationships I am forming and the online friends I have made. I also like the fact that Rasmussen does not use e-books!
What are your career goals post-graduation?
When I am done at Rasmussen College I plan on attending law school. I want to help children and animals and find ways to better protect their rights.