Daniel Matthews has accomplished a lot in his 26 years; two years at an international university, working as an events promoter, political campaigning, and employment at a major broadcast media company in Washington, D.C. However, through it all, the one thing he didn’t have under his belt was a college degree.
While enrolled at St. Andrews University in Scotland, Daniel often had trouble focusing in large lectures and wasn’t getting the one-on-one attention he required. After a couple of years, Daniel withdrew from the University to pursue other opportunities, but quickly found that a college degree was holding him back from doing what he enjoyed on a day-to-day basis. In order to try and continue his education, Daniel began taking online classes through edX, where he then stumbled upon Arizona State University’s (ASU) and edX’s Global Freshman Academy (GFA) courses and decided to enroll, since he didn’t have to pay for credit until he passed.
GFA was a perfect fit since he was able to take classes at home and learn in his own working space and style. Daniel’s key to success with GFA has been developing a habit that involves logging into his courses once or twice a week, and finding a place where he can sit for three hours to knock everything out and watch the weekly lectures and videos.
Since enrolling in his first GFA course in fall 2015, Daniel has earned academic credit from ASU in four different courses, including Introduction to Solar Systems Astronomy and Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval Europe. Moving forward, Daniel hopes to re-enroll at a university and transfer the credits he earned through GFA. He notes that the grades he has earned from ASU show what he is capable of and he is confident they will contribute to his path of securing a degree in computer science with a minor in math and statistics, with the ultimate goal of becoming a Data Scientist.