Graduation is a time to celebrate accomplishments. It’s a time to acknowledge the efforts made by students and their professors to push one another to be the best version of themselves.
That’s exactly how Richard Growney, a former student veteran and now a graduate of NC State, felt after earning his Master’s of Business Administration degree through the NC State Jenkins Professional Online MBA Program.
“I was interested in a degree that was going to challenge me,” Growney said about the online MBA program. “I knew I would be stepping into a program that would push me.”
Growney, who is an active-duty member of the U.S. Air Force, said he considered many factors before choosing NC State. Being one of the top-ranked online MBA programs in the country made his decision a little easier. NC State’s Professional Online MBA program is ranked 9th on Princeton Review’s list of top online MBA programs. It’s also ranked 13th on U.S. News and World Report’s list of top online MBA programs for veterans.
But that wasn’t the only factor that helped Growney select NC State to earn his master’s degree.
“State provided me the opportunity to take both traditional and online courses simultaneously, a variable several other schools would not entertain,” he said. “NC State’s Online MBA allowed me not to miss a beat even during a stressful move, which is not feasible in most traditional classes,” he added.
Online and distance education courses are just as demanding as any traditional course. Growney said, at times, many of the online courses proved to be more demanding and required a higher level of self-discipline.
“If you are an individual who can easily plan out a schedule and successfully accomplish tasks in the established timeframes, distance education is for you,” Growney said.
But Growney said his success would not have been possible without the guidance from his professors.
“Any military member, regardless of branch, will tell you no battle is won individually; it takes a collective group with the vision and drive to complete any task,” Growney said. “The support I received from my counselors and professors was phenomenal. I was able to work with great folks, like Sarah Pickel, who were able to guide me to graduation success.”
Growney also gives credit to his peers for molding the course of his success.
“Collaboration with other students was a regular occurrence in virtually every class. Building and developing these new relationships each semester required all of us to rely on each other’s skillsets in addition to honing our own,” he added.
The new graduate hopes to use these new concepts and developmental skills to further build professional relationships in the armed services.