Meet Sheryl Lance: Grandmother, Volunteer, and eCore Student

Sheryl Lance, 54 
University of North Georgia

During a presentation at this year's annual eCore Faculty meeting, I asked the audience to send me examples of students in their courses who were excelling in class. Before the presentation ended, I had an email from Dr. Nihal Gunay saying she had a non-traditional student that was taking her first online class, and "she has been awesome!" Let's meet Sheryl, our brand new and "awesome" online student.

What is your home institution? University of North Ga.  Gainesville Campus

What is your age? 54

Are you currently employed? If so, where and what do you do? Yes. Mulberry Farms, Inc. Office Manager/Accounting

Why is completing your degree important to you? It is something I never had the opportunity to do when I was younger, but have always wanted to do.

Why did you choose to take online classes through eCore/eMajor? I was feeling a bit overextended with working 50+ hours a week and taking classes in the evenings. I thought an online class would provide a change.

How would you describe the instructors you've had in your eCore classes? Excellent!

What has been the best thing about taking online classes? Much more flexibility.

When you're not doing school work, what are you doing? I live alone so work very long hours in order to meet my financial obligations. I also have 2 adult children and two grandchildren I love to spend time with. In addition to that I volunteer with an organization that advocates for abused and neglected children (CASA). When time allows I love to run. It provides great stress relief! 

How and when do you make time to focus on your school work? In the evenings and on weekends. I must be honest, it takes a great amount of self discipline.

What would you say to someone who is considering taking their first online class? I would highly encourage it!