Going to college for the first time—or going back after a few years away—can be scary. The first big hurdle is choosing a school that provides the top-notch education you expect and also feels right to you. To give you a better idea of what life at Averett University is all about, we asked students to keep track of their experiences here. Here’s what they have to say.

Name: Victoria Dillard

Current Occupation: Actively seeking employment

Start Date at AU: 3/4/19

Program of Study: Masters in Criminal Justice

Why did you decide to pursue your MSCJ?

I am a fast learner and pretty much self-taught. I felt like Averett would provide me with the best possible outcome. Averett is in my hometown and has been established for a long time. I really felt like this was home.

Week 1:

I’m always nervous until I have a class or two, but my first week of class was pretty laid back. It was the introduction to Averett and the workload was less than with a traditional online course. The technology was easy to use and the layout was easy to follow. It’s always better when you don’t have to fight with technology! I know if I stay on top of my work and read ahead, I’ll be successful at Averett. I feel I held my own the first week and will have the grades to prove I did well.

I feel right at home at Averett!


Week 2:                                                                                                                                               

My second week was great. My online courses are not as stressful as going to class and I’m free to show my own perspective. I’m building good professional bonds with the other students, and the Averett staff is fun and reliable. Overall, I am handling everything relatively well. I may be starting a new job soon, but I think I can still achieve my goals at Averett.

So far, I have been impressed with how much Averett and the professors care. I love the environment and feel genuinely at home. I am a Cougar! Here is my little cougar cheering me on. His name is Tiger.

Week 3:                                                                                                                                               

It’s already my third week! Classes are going smoothly. I learned that I passed my intro class with an A and so far I have an A in my current class. I like the setup and the confidence inspired by my classmates and the professor. I hope to use some of what I’ve learned in an upcoming job interview.

The atmosphere is great, and I’m enjoying my working relationships with other students and the professor. The curriculum is great, too. It’s more of what I am used to coming out of a bachelor’s program and going into my master’s.

I think everyone should go back to school because it broadens the mind and spirit. It can be a little stressful, but after the first class, you know what to expect. I feel right at home at Averett!

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