#MyMnState: A Long and Uncertain Journey

“Just be prepared for a long and often uncertain journey. The good stuff doesn’t come easy.” – Tim Westergren, Founder of Pandora

We shared that quote with Tom (our #MyMnState featured student) and asked if it had any significance in his life. His response: “Yes. On many levels: life, the Navy, school…”Empty quide-post in savana

Tom’s journey to online learning at Metropolitan State University has been long and uncertain. After high school, he spent one semester at Itasca Community College, then transferred to what is now Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Fergus Falls for a semester. Not sure what his path was, Tom says:

“I walked into my parents’ house after quitting school and my job. The phone was ringing and it was the Navy recruiter from Alexandria. We had talked a year earlier, but I wasn’t interested then.”

Definitely put in a “right-place, right-time” situation, Tom joined the United States Navy and spent 20+ years serving our country at 8 stations, on 3 ships. In the Navy, Tom learned more about himself and his career goals. No surprise, he realized that he is highly skilled in order and organization. Managing numbers, inventory and people are his thing, so an online degree in accounting seemed like a natural move.

Join us next time as we check in on Tom!

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#MyMnState: Meet Tom

Welcome to our #MyMnState blog series, where we’ll follow Minnesota State college and university students on their path to a college degree! Each featured student has chosen to take online learning courses, so the focus will be on their challenges, solutions and progress as an online learner.

Let’s get started!

Who are you?  Hi, my name is Tom. I’m a student at Metropolitan State University.

What are you up to? I’m working on a degree in Accounting in Business Management. (I made that up myself). Technically, I’m earning an Individualized Studies, BA and taking courses in accounting and management. man sitting and smile

When do you plan to graduate? I’ve been taking part time courses since fall 2011 and have four left, but I’ve hit the wall. My plan is to take one online course each semester, so I’ll be done in another four semesters.

Where were you before you started at Metro State? In the Navy for 20 years and 18 days. And then in Wisconsin, until I moved back to my hometown in Minnesota. I’ve been working full-time – still do.

Why this degree? Why now? When I moved home, I joined the local VFW and started helping out with the books and general management. My kids graduated and are on their own, so I decided to get to work on my degree.

Join us as we learn more about Tom and follow his online learning journey!

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