Introducing Alicia Hazelwood
My name is Alicia Hazelwood. I’m currently pursuing my master’s degree in quantitative psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology with Ball State Online. I am graduating in the winter of 2018 and then will continue into the doctorate program. I greatly enjoy my work as a graduate assistant at Ball State as well.
I am so grateful to have found the online program offered by Ball State in my field. The convenience of online learning has allowed me to pursue not only my dream of higher education but also my dream of being a mother. I am able to stay home with my son and still receive an exceptionally high-quality education.
Because of my interest in online learning, I have entered the field of educational psychology. I am looking forward to continuing research in distance education in my doctorate program. I am especially interested in research that will improve online learning structures and improve retention rates.
In my free time, I am busy being a mom to my three-year-old son. I enjoy watching sports of any kind but I especially love basketball and baseball. I use cycling and running to compensate for my love eating good food.
Introducing Caroline (Klein) Heston
My name is Caroline Heston. I am a graduate student, double majoring in adult and community education and executive development for public service.
In May 2010, I received my bachelor’s from Indiana University-Bloomington in nonprofit-management with a minor in fund-raising. The traditional learning environment was conducive to my development as a student at that time. However, as I began to focus on all the other things in life, an online degree was a better fit with my work schedule (and play schedule). For me, the biggest adjustment to online courses has been my dry sense of humor, which never translates well digitally!
I currently work as an administrative coordinator for a laboratory focused in anthropology and archaeology. Prior to this, I worked at a local woman's shelter. As far as my aspirations and career goals, I try not to be too rigid! I just focus on doing my best in my current position, but someday I would like to be Dr. Heston!
I am so grateful to not only help other students with what I have learned as an online ambassador and online student, but to learn from others as well. On any given day, you will find me reading, hiking, biking, or playing with my wonderful dogs and cats. Recently, I have gotten back into PokemonGo! Also, because I am accident prone, I don’t go anywhere without a Tide To-Go Pen.
Introducing Kaylee Parkos
My name is Kaylee Parkos. I am a junior majoring in Criminal Justice/Criminology through Ball State’s online program. I spent my freshman year at Ivy Tech Community College working on core credits before transferring to Ball State my sophomore year. I plan on graduating a semester early in December 2019, which I am on track toward achieving, and transitioning into my future career by that point. My career goal is to work with troubled kids/youth crime victims through a non-profit organization or the court system. Ball State’s online program allows for me to complete my coursework on my own schedule. The flexibility allows me to work around my job schedule and pursue outside hobbies. I also enjoy teaching myself course material, which is a significant part of online classes. I also have been able to make genuine connections with professors and peers through my online courses, which has enabled me to learn essential life skills I can implement in all areas of my life.
One of the most rewarding experiences I have had so far because of Ball State’s online program
is having the opportunity to interview the Executive Director of Chaucie’s Place - a child advocacy organization in Hamilton County, IN. Having that experience helped me understand my intended future career and has helped me decide what courses I need to take in the next few semesters to be successful. My goal as an online ambassador is to help fellow students become comfortable with the Ball State Online experience.
Outside of college, I work part-time at Noblesville Schools in their Miller Explorers Program, a
before-and-after-school program for students in kindergarten through 5th grade. I reside in
Noblesville, where I have lived my entire life. My interests/hobbies include riding roller
coasters, photography, traveling, writing, developing my taste buds further, and spending time
with my friends, family, and my beloved Bichon Frise.
Introducing Kat Parker
Hello, fellow Cardinals!
I am Kat Parker, and I am a junior with Ball State Online. My major is in general studies with minors in psychology and business information technology. It is my hope that I will graduate sometime in 2022-23, so if there are any of you part time college students taking one or two courses a semester reading this, please know that you are not alone. Each semester gets us one step closer to our goal!
Besides taking courses online, being an ambassador, and working in a middle school as a guidance secretary, I am a wife and mother. When my older daughters were already in college and my youngest was finishing her junior year in high school, I felt the time was right to finish what I started back in 1987 as a freshman at Ball State to earn my degree. As much as I wanted to take classes on campus, I needed a flexible program that would allow me to continue being a wife, mother and employee as well as a student. With Ball State offering multiple online degree programs, the choice to return to Ball State was simple.
Being an older student has been challenging at times but my focus and purpose is stronger than it was 30 years ago. I am definitely a better student this time around! It is my hope to help inspire and encourage older adults who are thinking about getting a degree that it is possible at any age and at any pace. Whether you are a full-time or part-time student, the journey is different for all of us but the destination is the same.