COLL100 Waiver Request
March 27, 2017
COLL100 Waiver – To Grant, or Not to Grant
That is the question. Here I sit, simultaneously scarfing down last night’s leftovers with one hand while tasked with convincing the powers that be with the other. A quick glance at the clock and I realize my lunch break is about to expire. Why do I deserve a waiver for COLL100? Please allow me to place both hands on the keyboard to explain.
Above all else, the granddaddy of all personal traits when diving into any situation, intending for success, is experience. When tasks are familiar, they become routine. I have successfully completed 39 credit hours via DeVry University Online and I have recently offered my official DeVry transcript to APUS for proof. On-line course environments varied by class. Some required more interaction than others but they all had their basic similarities. We, the students, were required to login and participate in discussions weekly. Instructor assignments and examinations were completed and submitted by the required due dates. For group projects, our teams would meet in a virtual classroom to work on assignments. We would perform presentations for classes via a combination of class room tools, such as white-boards and voice services.
Aside from my previous on-line educational experience, my career experience adds weight to the scale leaning to the side of granting a waiver for COLL100. I have been employed in IT since 2004. I have held the job titles of Network Administrator, IT Manager, and Network Engineer. I am currently one of the go-to support engineers for resolving multiple types of customer IT issues via on-site visits or remote support services, from complete network outages to ransom-ware infection recoveries.
My career and educational minded goals are simple. They are to always keep moving forward. In the world of IT, we have no choice. Technology is ever-evolving and we either keep up with the times, or we get left behind. I stay current on my career related certifications and strive for higher level credentials when I find myself with the time and funding. My educational path took a slight side step years ago when my GI Bill depleted. I have decided now is a good time to pick up the ball and start moving forward again. I keep a close watch on job posting requirements, not so much for job searching, but for assessing where the industry is headed. Cybersecurity is gaining more and more wind behind its back and I don’t foresee it slowing down any time soon. When I read the course requirements for the B.S. in Cybersecurity, it was a no-brainer. Even though I will take a credit transfer hit, this academic path fits perfect with my career goals.
If you ask me what makes a successful on-line student learner, my advice from experience would be the following. It’s understanding the importance of attention to detail by reading the instructions and understanding the tasks completely. It’s knowing who your support team is in case of required assistance. Outside of the classroom, for very busy folks like myself, time management becomes extra critical for succeeding with on-line learning for meeting deadlines. Holding the previously stated skills would, without a doubt, assist with the success of any potential on-line learner.
So back to to the beginning. To grant, or not to grant, that is the question. Have I convinced you? Is the scale leaning particularly in one direction hopefully to the side of my benefit? I have demonstrated my experience which sets me apart as a successful on-line learner as compared to a less knowledgeable student who may have a more difficult time attempting to dive right in. If anyone is deserving of a COLL100 waiver, it is I.