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Student Turns to NC State Online After Moving Overseas

NC State Online and Distance Education has allowed MacKenzie Welch to be with her husband while he’s stationed overseas in Italy without falling behind in her studies.

Welch attended NC State her freshman and sophomore year, then she got married and moved to Italy to be with her husband.

Welch said she didn’t want to get behind in completing her undergraduate Animal Science degree, so she enrolled in online and distance education courses.

Not only is Welch a full-time student working toward her degree, she’s also a full-time employee at Capo Fitzone, a gym at a military base in Italy.

Although Welch isn’t too sure what she wants to do, she knows having a degree will help her.

“I’m not sure what I want to do for a career, but I have some different ideas in mind. Having this degree though allows me to further my education if I choose to, as well as successfully find a job with my animal science skills,” Welch said.

Welch added that one of her favorite online and distance education courses was her Agribusiness Marketing class with Dr. Frederick Parker.  

“Dr. Parker went above and beyond to make sure that I had everything I needed to successfully complete his class. He worked with our six-hour time change to make sure assignments were available to me so I wouldn’t have to stay up into the middle of the night completing them,” Welch said.

Welch added that Dr. Parker made time to assist her and was very personable throughout the process of transitioning from a traditional student to an online and distance education student.

“Distance education is a challenge for some people, but if you go into it with an open mind you can really prove to yourself that you have what it takes to make it in the real world,” Welch said.

Welch said her online and distance education courses taught her how to balance life with her school work.

When Welch completes her online and distance education courses, she’ll still have to come back to Raleigh to finish one semester on campus to complete her labs and other courses not offered online.

Welch hopes to complete her degree by December 2017.