Age 32 | Los Angeles, CA
Stephanie Pavlik has learned a lot through Arizona State University (ASU) and edX’s Global Freshman Academy (GFA). In just three online courses, she’s gained a wide spectrum of general knowledge in astronomy, human origins and western civilizations, not to mention sharpened critical-thinking and writing skills.
Still, above all of this, Stephanie most values a different piece of knowledge that she’s gained from her GFA experience.
I’ve learned that I am capable of learning brand-new concepts, understanding them and being successful on quizzes. With starting college for the first time at age 32, I wasn’t sure I could do it. But I can.
Stephanie started working at age 17 before she graduated from high school in the Seattle area. “I always had two or three jobs and I just kept working, working, working,” she says. “I had to focus on supporting myself.”
Two years ago, Stephanie began her current job as a senior venture associate at a small, family-backed investment fund in Los Angeles. “From the beginning, my employer always told me that they would support me if I wanted to go to college,” Stephanie says. “I had started looking into it when a co-worker heard a commercial on the radio for Global Freshman Academy. I looked into it right away and signed up in spring 2015.” She has completed and purchased credit for three courses, is currently taking two more, and is excited for additional courses in upcoming semesters.
I’ve really enjoyed all of my courses. All of the ASU professors have been very interesting and passionate, and that’s made engaging with the subject matter easy. I’m learning things I would never learn in my day-to-day life, and I think that’s important.
Stephanie has found the edX platform easy to use and navigate. “I also really like that when you first sign up for a course you can see who else around the world is taking it,” she says. “The discussion boards for each course are really useful, and I’ve especially benefited from the memory-practice feature. It’s helped me to solidify a lot of concepts. I think it’s a great way to learn and study.”
Stephanie is well on her way to completing her freshman year of college through GFA. When she finishes, she hopes to continue earning her bachelor’s degree from ASU. “I had a lot of friends from high school who went to ASU, and I know it’s a great university. I’m excited to continue and see what my future holds.”
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