November 2012 - Student of the Month - Sara Andrews

Sara Andrews, a Master of Education in Instructional Technology student is the November 2012 Graduate Student of the Month.

Graduate School: Where are you from originally?

Andrews: I was born in Modesto, California, but was raised in Maine. 

Graduate School: What undergraduate institution(s) did you previously attend?

Andrews: I graduated from the University of Maine at Machias with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Entrepreneurial Studies with concentrations in Management and Business Sustainability. 

Graduate School: Why did you choose to attend UMaine?

Andrews: I chose UMaine because it offered an online program that fit perfectly with my interests. It would allow me to work full-time, take care of my family, and still attend school. I also talked with my current advisor, Gail Garthwait, during the application process and was convinced that I would get all the support that I needed to succeed. I was right. 

Graduate School: What degree program are you pursuing? 

Andrews: I am in the M.Ed in Instructional Technology program. 

Graduate School: What are your plans after graduation? 

Andrews: Thanks to the knowledge and skills that I have already attained from UMaine’s Instructional Technology program, I was able to secure a position as an Instructional Designer at St. Joseph’s College. After I graduate, I intend to explore MBA and/or PhD options as well as seek an adjunct teaching position. 

Graduate School: What do you consider your most important accomplishment here so far?

Andrews: My most important accomplishment at UMaine so far is really just learning what I’m capable of. I’ve gained a lot of confidence from the experience of taking a rigorous course load in addition to working full-time. I wasn’t sure I could handle three graduate level courses with that work schedule, but I’ve learned that if you dig deep, sometimes you’ll surprise yourself! 

Graduate School: What is the highlight of your academic experience so far? 

Andrews: The highlight of my academic experience has been engaging in the learning communities that have been provided. I have been continuously enriched by the shared knowledge of my peers. They have challenged my perceptions at every turn, and I have grown a lot because of it.

Graduate School: What is your favorite place on campus? 

Andrews: I am a distance learning student, so my favorite place on the UMaine campus is my virtual classroom – Moodle. 

Graduate School: What other important information about yourself would you like us to know?

Andrews: I have been incredibly blessed to have the support of my amazing family throughout this process. I could not have done it without the support of my partner, Michael, and our family, Troy, Danae, Jayden and Mallory. They have made a lot of sacrifices along the way, and I am sure they are looking forward to my graduation almost as much as I am!