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WVU Online Student Testimonial - Adison Nordstrom

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Software Engineering M.S.

Building good relationships with other students

Adison Nordstrom

"WVU Online is a super flexible program that has allowed me to further my education while also beginning my professional career."

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"Student-Focused"

Adison Nordstrom completed her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at WVU in 2019 and decided to complete her master’s in Software Engineering at WVU Online as she works full-time as a systems engineering contractor for the NASA Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation Program.

"WVU Online is a super flexible program that has allowed me to further my education while also beginning my professional career," she says. "Additionally, the fact that the software engineering program has a mix of full-time professors and professionals in the software engineering industry teaching the courses was a very appealing aspect."

She always considers her professional engineering work from the context of the material in her courses, because she says this allows her to develop a stronger understanding of the course material.

"Applying your experiences outside of the classroom to what you’re learning also helps you to share your unique perspective with your instructors and your classmates."

As an online student, she finds that she is able to access the resources of a strong R1 university, such as the WVU Libraries, as well as skilled faculty and helpful advisors.

"I've also built good relationships with other students that I’ve worked with in multiple classes."

q & a

What is your advice to other students?

"It's important to take the initiative to reach out and interact with both your instructors and your peers, and to establish relationships."

Why would you recommend WVU Online?

"WVU Online is a really flexible way to further your education. Additionally, it is reasonably priced."

What was the best part of your online experience?

"There are many group projects within the Software Engineering program and I've learned a lot from my peers in these, especially as we work in a wide range of engineering/software development positions."

What are your future plans?

"I will continue working as a systems engineering contractor for the NASA Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation Program."

What does "Mountaineers Go First" mean to you?

"To me, it means that Mountaineers are driven to keep pushing themselves, to keep climbing and developing as professionals and as people, and to become leaders in our many industries. As a WVU undergrad this was one of my reasons for continuing my education, and the Software Engineering program allowed me to do so at the school I already called home."

What is one word to describe the program?

"Enlightening"

What is one word to describe WVU Online?

"Student-focused"

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