Amy Wilmes: One step at a time to an undergraduate degree
Amy Wilmes is a recent alumna of Morningside's Organizational Management program, which is an 100% online bachelor's completion option designed for busy adults. After graduating in May 2019, Amy is sharing a little of how she found the program, what her Morningside experience was like, and encouraging others to go after their goals as she did.
Organizational Management Graduate ‘19
Sioux City, IA
Employee at Great West Casualty
Favorite book: “Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry” by Mildred Taylor
How did you learn about the Organizational Management program at Morningside College?
"There was a flyer posted on the bulletin board at work that caught my attention one day. Finishing my undergraduate degree has been on my list since I graduated from Northeast Community College in 2013. Life happened and it had been put on the back burner. After some consideration, I decided it was time to go back and complete my degree."
What attracted you to enroll in Morningside’s Organizational Management program?
"The most appealing aspect of this program is the flexibility and convenience. The classes are online so you can be virtually anywhere and work on your time. Having the classes set up in eight-week increments puts you on the “fast track” to your degree. Because they take 16 weeks of class and squeeze it in to eight weeks, the pace is more intense than a traditional semester. Michelle Laughlin was great about working with me to lay out a plan of study that we both felt would fit my schedule."
What is something you have learned in the program you have immediately been able to use?
"Learning to cope with and lead change have been two popular subjects covered in some of my OM courses. At my work, there have been many changes happening. Having that extra knowledge of how to handle change had made all the difference."
Was there ever a time when you felt worried or overwhelmed by balancing work, life, and earning your degree?
I remember reading through the syllabus in some classes and feeling some anxiety as to whether or not I could meet the challenge and accomplish the tasks. What worked for me was to take each task as they came, one day at a time, one assignment at a time. There were many occasions throughout the journey that I surprised myself in what I was capable of - that was a great confidence booster!
What would you say to encourage someone who is thinking about finishing their bachelor’s degree?
Do it. Your future self will thank you for taking the chance of personal growth. I am happy I have found this program. It has worked so well with my schedule and I am looking forward to applying the knowledge I learned going forward!
What are a few things you enjoy doing in your free time?
I love being crafty. I recently took up quilting and crocheting last year. I also enjoy doing projects around my house, gardening, and upcycling furniture.
Final thoughts or pro tips for someone thinking about Morningside?
Take advantage of the resources the program offers. The Writing Center will help with your writing skills, and the library online database is packed with information needed for research. I wish I had used those resources a lot more than I did.
I am amazed at how fast two years went for me. In the beginning, May 2019 seemed so far away, but I blinked and two years were gone. I am thankful I made the decision to complete my undergraduate.