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Get to Know the Peer Ambassadors: Meet Steve


August 21, 2012 http://www.southuniversity.edu/whoweare/newsroom/blog/get-to-know-the-peer-ambassadors-meet-steve

Steve Warner is a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology student specializing in System Security. Steve served 10 years in the Army in the US and Germany. He then spent 10 years as a Nuclear Biological Chemical instructor in the reserves! He is now in his third year at South University Online Programs and has been named a Peer Ambassador as well as Treasurer of the Association for Computing Machinery. We were able to get Steve to take some time away from his busy schedule to answer a few questions about how he got involved at South University Online Programs.

Why did you decide to attend South University Online Programs?
I checked out several schools and South University Online Programs had an excellent veterans rep in Richard Peoples who made my enrollment a pleasure. I was also impressed by the accreditation of the school and how few problems others had as compared to other online schools.

What are some challenges you’ve faced as a new student and how did you overcome them?
Getting used to the online library, and I followed the guidance of my instructors who helped me acclimate to it. Also getting my credits transferred, and I just stayed in communications with my finance counselor.

What are your favorite resources at South University Online Programs (online library, tutoring, counseling, community, etc.)?
Now I really enjoy the online library and its broad scope of material available. I also enjoy being part of the honors program and really enjoyed receiving the different certificates and graduation tassels South University Online Programs sent free-of-charge. It was an unexpected surprise to receive a veterans plaque and pins for the National Technical Honor Society.

How did you become involved with the student community?
I was invited to join the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) based on my grades, and became more involved after meeting the people already involved like Aileen Dillon, Director of Student Services who is a great asset to South University Online Programs!

What do you like about being a Peer Ambassador?
I enjoy being a Peer Ambassador because I have been through both the traditional classroom setting and an active online student for several years. I am also an army veteran and older student who can relate to many of the issues people in these categories face and help them by directly assisting them or giving them the information on where they can get their questions answered.

What are your future goals?
My future goals are to continue with my education at South University Online Programs through my current degree and into the Master’s program and eventually teach in an academic setting and online. I also have an interest in possibly working for the government since I have so many years of military service already. I think I would be happy in either setting.

Why should student attend the upcoming New Student Meet & Greet hosted by the Peer Ambassadors?
The meet and greet is a combination online and voice (phone) conference where new students can meet the Peer Ambassadors and learn about resources available from both academic and personal interest groups. It is a very casual atmosphere where questions can be asked by typing or verbally asking and new students can get instant feedback on issues they may be having from experienced students and staff.

Join Steve and the other Peer Ambassadors for the next New Student Meet & Greet on August 21st at 8pm ET! Register here.

If you’re interested in joining the Association for Computing Machinery, please visit their Connections group. New members can apply to run for office up until August 24th!

The information and opinions expressed and/or any artwork displayed herein [or in this publication/presentation] represents the independent opinions and ideas of individual students attending South University Online Programs and do not represent the opinions or ideas of South University Online Programs.

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