Lisa Martin balances it all to complete KU degree online

Lisa Martin is a wife, mother, full-time employee and non-traditional student completing her degree with the flexibility of the KU College Online. Here’s Lisa’s story.

Major: B.G.S. Liberal Arts & Sciences Online

Why did you choose your major? I chose my major in part because it was an option offered by KU that allowed me to obtain a Bachelor’s degree 100% online. However, learning the flexibility that comes with a Liberal Arts & Science degree made the final decision-making process easy.

“Employer and coworker support are crucial for me as an Online Liberal Arts and Science major. From the 5 am starts, to flight following aircraft or maybe homework during my lunch break. I couldn’t do it without the entire team. You know you’re an online college student when lunch is spent with books, notes, and 5 open tabs for one assignment.” Quotes and images contributed by Lisa during her KU College Instagram Takeover on September 14, 2017.

What has been your favorite class? And why?  My favorite class is a toss-up between German 130 with Professor Vanchena and History of Art 100 with Professor Long.  The reason that they are my favorites is that they both were challenging and beyond my comfort level. However, they were well organized, educational, and made me look at things from a different perspective.

Who is your favorite professor? My favorite professor is Elizabeth Long from History of Art 100. I am forever grateful for the encouragement, feedback, and willingness to assist me when needed.

How did you hear about the College Online? I live in Lawrence and happened to notice a sponsored ad for the College Online via social media.

Why did you decide to take College Online classes? Working my full-time job at this time doesn’t allow for the flexibility to attend class in person. The College Online offers me not only the flexibility, but allows me to complete my degree and graduate just like everyone else.

What would you say to someone thinking about enrolling in the College Online? 

"I highly recommend it. Online offers so much flexibility, for those that did not have the opportunity to finish or are looking to go beyond an associate’s degree."

How do you balance your classes with other commitments? The way I balance classes and commitments is by preparing accordingly and keeping a schedule. I prepare and schedule so that at least a minimum of two hours a day are devoted to class time.

How will the College Online classes help you meet your goals after graduation? The College Online is providing me with the opportunity to obtain something that no one else in my family has, a college education.

What motivates you? Besides the goals and high standards that I have for myself, I would say I am also very motivated by my husband. He is so proud of me and shares with everyone how proud of me he is so I could never let him down.

A supportive husband, dog and coffee machine helps Lisa keep up with her studies when she returns home from work and has assignments to do. Images contributed by Lisa during her KU College Instagram Takeover on September 14, 2017.

What do you do after you’ve clocked out? From the moment that I clock out from my job, I am clocking into to my studies. While clocking in at work allows me to apply what I have learned in class, clocking into student mode immediately following allows me to learn how to be a better spouse, mother, and grandmother.

What is a fun fact about you that surprises people? A fun fact about me is that I am terrified of water, so I will never have the opportunity to take that ‘Dream Cruise’.