Don't let the bumps slow you down: The road to college success

WSU Global Campus Virtual Mentor Robin Dimick and sons

Hi everyone. My name is Robin Dimick and I am one of the WSU Global Campus Virtual Mentors. I started mentoring for WSU in the summer of 2011 and have loved being able to stay connected with the school and the students. Go Cougs!

I am a 45-year-old mom of seven kids (only my two youngest are at home with me now), which is why my journey through education was nontraditional.🙂

Like many Global Campus students, my road to success was bumpy and had many stops and starts. I started my college career many times (originally 20 years ago) but couldn’t finish until I started an online degree with Green River Community College in 2006. I finished my AA, finally, in 2009 and started at WSU that fall. I graduated from WSU in May 2012 with two bachelor’s degrees; one in Social Sciences and a second in Criminal Justice. I got within two courses of a Master of Science in Justice Studies with Southern New Hampshire University online before I had to drop out to care for my youngest son. He is autistic and has some major medical issues.

Due to my son’s condition, his doctor told me right before summer break that he could no longer go to a traditional daycare setting and that I would have to try and find in-home care for him. I missed many days of work and was eventually given a leave of absence to care for my son. I had a difficult time finding an in-home provider for my son and was unable to work all summer. Since my son’s condition is degenerative, I knew I needed to find a work-from-home opportunity that would be more permanent. In August, I found a program of study that would allow me to learn the skills needed to work in the medical field while also telecommuting.

On September 24th, I started my new online studies in Medical Billing and Coding through Everett Community College. Unlike the social sciences and criminal justice degrees I obtained, medical terminology and anatomy are not subjects that come easily to me.

Luckily, I have been a Virtual Mentor for years and have been giving advice and sharing tips on how to get the most out of an online education for quite some time now. These tips and tricks that VMs (myself included) share each semester have made it possible for me to learn something that is not my strong suit.

Speaking of tips, have you tried the free tutoring available to WSU students? It can be a great resource! Not only can you leave a question for a tutor, but there is the opportunity for live tutoring through eChat.

One other great feature of eTutoring is the eWriting Lab. This feature allows you to submit a draft of your paper to a tutor, ask for specific feedback, and receive a tutor's response within 24-48 hours! If you haven’t used this free service before, be sure to check it out on the eTutoring website.

If you don’t already take advantage of the tips in the Virtual Mentor Forum (located in the Discussion Board area of your course), I would recommend that you do—you never know when the information might just save you. 🙂

Wishing you all perseverance and happy studying….

Robin ~ your WSU Virtual Mentor

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