Healthcare Administration Student Succeeds in Online Learning Environment | ECPI UniversityLike most military veterans, Welcome Knox knows how to face down a challenge. She’s been doing it her whole life. An Air Force veteran, Welcome spent more than four years on active-duty and seven years in the reserves. Currently, she is working on her Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration at the Columbia, South Carolina campus, having already earned her associate’s degree in the field. A great source of pride to her loved ones, Welcome is the first person in her family to graduate from both high school and college.

Shortly after enrolling at ECPI University, Welcome had to have surgery which would prevent her from attending on-campus classes. She requested online classes and soon discovered the faculty to be very helpful and understanding. “They were so very responsive. I’d send an email to them and they’d get back to me an hour or two later, not two days later,” she says. “ECPI University is definitely, the best decision I ever made!”

Welcome is working the third shift at Wal-Mart while attending school so she has to be highly-disciplined in planning her schedule. “After work, I’ll take a shower, eat, and relax for a few minutes, and then get on the computer,” she says. “I’ll spend two to three hours doing classwork, then go to bed and sleep for six hours. After waking up and getting my bearings, I’ll get back online and make a couple of posts or do an assignment.” Her advice to first-time online students is simple: “Don’t expect to master it all at once. It will take some getting used to, but you’ll get the hang of it. There are people there to help, and don’t be afraid to ask.

“My two biggest supporters are my mom and my daughter, Alyssa. “Having such strong support from my family has helped me through difficult times, and has provided a great foundation for future academic and career success.”

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