Adult degree programs convenient for students

At the age of 30, Adam Allen says, “Online is the way to go.” 

Allen is the purchasing coordinator for Weaver Popcorn, Inc., located in Van Buren, Ind., and is currently enrolled in Huntington University’s adult degree program online. Allen received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University, but wanted to further his education and pursue a bachelor’s in business management.

When Allen was looking to go back to school he knew that attending a university onsite and working full-time would take valuable time away from other necessities, like spending time with his wife.

“I didn’t want the commitment of class,” he says. “I wanted the freedom to do it on my time.”

Allen first considered Ball State’s online program, LEAP, because it was close to home, but he found that there were times he would be required to physically go to the school for class.

“I did a search on the computer and HU popped up and I thought, ‘Why haven’t I thought of Huntington?’” he says.

Allen says the program’s system is set up very well and the communication with his professors is outstanding.

“I know more about my HU professors than I ever did at Purdue,” Allen says. “I can ask them any question and not feel like a bother.”

Each class is structured in the same way, so Allen knows what to expect, and when projects and homework will be due. However, going back to school isn’t all as easy as he first expected.

“You still have to discipline yourself,” he says. “I can’t stay out late if something is due.”

Allen’s biggest roadblock in going back to school was the fear of failure. He says it took some courage to actually do it.

“I was fearful of what classes to take and when, and having to register and do all of that by myself,” he says, “but that is all taken care of for me and I don’t have to worry about it.”

If Allen receives at least a B in his classes, his employer pays for his schooling.

“I’m never out of money,” he says. “I have not paid a single penny out of pocket.”

Being at a Christian institution has helped Allen in regards to the way he relates to people.

“The way the professors treat me makes me want to be a better person,” he says.