Heather Herbert became a stay-at-home mom, stay-at-home student, and stay-at-home employee when she decided to go to school online. Online learning has given her the flexibility she needs to reach for her goals and to be the parent she wants to be.
Herbert began her distance education program at Darton State College in fall 2009. She earned an associate degree in Psychology in spring 2011 and is now working on two more associate degrees in English and history.
“Being a student at Darton has provided me with amazing opportunities. Without their online programs I could not have re-started my education while looking after my children.”
Herbert used Georgia ONmyLINE to narrow down which colleges had her desired programs, which is how she found Darton. She says, “It was extremely helpful.”
As Herbert thinks about her future education goals of earning a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree, she is also thinking about her career goal to be an English professor at Darton. “It is my fondest wish that I could someday be a colleague of the wonderful people who taught me so much,” she says.
Although Herbert is earning her degrees online, she has access to Darton’s education programs including participation in honors societies, educational travel, online work-study, and scholarships. Darton is a member of a two-year international honor societies, Phi Theta Kappa, and an honors literary society, Sigma Kappa Delta. She works from home in Darton’s online writing center where she reviews student papers.
“I am very aware that most online students do not get these chances, and I am truly grateful that Darton has such an inclusive, welcoming program for their online population. When I enrolled at Darton, I hoped to receive an education. I never dreamed that I would find a community.”
“What do I like best about online learning? Everything. Without online programs, I could not be enrolled in college.”