Ani loves a lot of things, photography, videography, coding, programming, playing Taiko (a Japanese drum) and her lighting design job at a local theater. With her many interests, she’s not sure what her professional future holds, but at 15 she’s started taking Global Freshman Academy (GFA) courses through edX and Arizona State University to help decide on an area of focus, and prepare her for college.
Ani isn’t new to college courses, she is homeschooled and has taken other online classes, as well as courses at her local community college. She’s now taken two GFA courses and especially loved the design project assignment through her Western Civilization course. “You could do something different that encompasses an aspect of the course, so I went to the Egyptian museum, took some photos and learned about Egyptian civilization through the museum. The design aspect of the project was cool because you got to combine what you were learning with a skill you already have and are good at. I was able to learn more and experience different learning methods while put the learning to practical use.”
Ani was lucky to have a friend and brother going through the courses at the same time, so they were able to quiz each other and discuss course materials. They agreed that the video and discussion board components of the courses kept it interesting and challenging. Ani felt that she could always reach out to professors with questions or confusion but overall things were explained well and the course materials really complimented everything they learned.
Ani’s suggests taking the courses with a friend or family member, but since that isn’t always possible, her top tip is setting deadlines and sticking to them. Map out your calendar to make sure you have enough time to study for quizzes, stay on track and follow the goals you set for yourself and you’ll do great!
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