Online coursework helps students

“Being an SDSU student in mass communications has made me a better representative in how I communicate and promote the sport of rodeo,” said Dani Taylor. Taylor, a senior majoring both in mass communication and political science, was crowned Miss Rodeo North Dakota Oct. 12, 2014, during the championship round of the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo.

Dani Taylor has been taking advantage of online classes while serving as Miss Rodeo North Dakota.

Dani Taylor has been taking advantage of online classes while serving as Miss Rodeo North Dakota.

Although she will finish her credits online following her year as Miss Rodeo, Taylor said the experience she gains is worth the extra time. The contacts she has made, and will continue to make, with companies such as Wrangler, Justin Boots and Kippys, and media outlets will help her throughout her career.

Taylor likes taking classes while as she appears as Miss Rodeo.

“My experience at SDSU has given me better social skills, speaking skills, writing skills and overall knowledge to be better prepared for the responsibilities that go along with this title,” she said.

Like Taylor, Chris Kirkvold is a journalism student. He is taking courses through University Center in Sioux Falls working on a degree from South Dakota State. He values the experience he gains while working full time and finishing up his journalism degree.

“The ability of taking online classes through all the state schools allows me to gain a broad perspective and get current experience as I earn my journalism degree,” he said. Kirkvold is an example of the possibility of obtaining a bachelor’s degree while working full time.

Terry Harris, one of Taylor and Kirkvold’s professors, said that as long as time management is thoroughly attended to, this nontraditional route is possible, “The number of students finishing online by D2L is growing all the time. Students are now planning their next destinations ahead of the traditional graduation experience.”

Megan Jordre

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