CollegeOnline.org recently had the opportunity to conduct a student interview with Will Deyamport, III, MSEd. Will is currently a full-time online doctoral student. In addition, he presents at conferences, and writes for several blogs, including myFootpath.com. Will received his undergrad from University of Mississippi, and currently attends Capella University.
Dive into Will’s mind to learn more about his experience pursing his Doctorate degree online.
I earned my master’s there, and I am currently an Ed.D. Candidate in the Educational Leadership and Management program.
What was the hardest thing for you when pursuing your online studies?
Being motivated and self-disciplined. If it is an asynchronous online degree program, there is no set schedule or anyone telling you when to meet or reminding you when to post your discussions or assignments. I had to learn not to procrastinate. What helped me was thinking of my degree program as a job.
How has an online degree prepared you for your life as a professional?
Personally, as a family life educator, I needed a master’s degree that would give me a solid foundation in the best practices of teaching and learning. Unfortunately, at traditional schools, a non-K-12 degree program means getting a degree in Adult Education, and I wanted/needed a more flexible degree program, in which I could focus my coursework on my individual professional needs. After researching the options available to me, including degree programs in family life education, I chose to pursue a master’s degree at Capella University.
The M.S. in Professional Studies in Education gave me the foundation I was looking for in educational philosophy, classroom assessment, curriculum development, and various educational theories. Additionally, I was able to take other courses to broaden my knowledge-base in life and career developments, coaching, human development, and human sexuality.
What is the number one coolest technology that you used in your online courses?
The coolest technology I have used would have to be Skype. Working on a doctorate is an isolating experience, so to be able to connect with my mentor and fellow classmates has been a blessing and a much needed pick me up when I needed it.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
In 10 years, I would love to be the chief digital strategist for an education-focused program and teach as an adjunct professor. Ultimately, I would like to head a social media institute where I want to lead the discussions about the social, cultural, technological, and educational issues of our time.
Thanks Will! If any other online students out there are interested in sharing their college experiences, email the Editor, Allie Gray Freeland at firstname.lastname@example.org