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WVU Online Student Testimonial - Ryan Wagner

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It was on me to own my growth

Ryan Wagner

"Something I really enjoyed about the online learning environment is that I was truly in control of what I was learning."

Ryan Wagner posing for a photo in front of a lake.

Ryan Wagner at graduation.

Ryan Wagner with his son on the beach.

Ryan Wagner with his wife on the WVU campus.


Ryan Wagner chose WVU Online because of the partnership that the Reed College of Media established with the Defense Information School (DINFOS, Military Training).

"My experience very much reminded me of basic training in the military," he says. "We owned our individual growth, but we grew together—as a team. The online setting was not a challenge for our connection."

He says it’s that connection he had with his fellow students that was the best part of his WVU Online experience.

"Going through the challenges with the same class, week-in and week-out, really did bring us together as a group. My fellow students challenged me to be better, and I took that responsibility seriously and owned every step of it. It was on me to own my growth and go beyond the expectations."
"The whole journey from the day I inquired to the day I graduated was seamless," he says. "A great ‘customer’ experience from start to finish is really hard to find. We learn a lot about that in this program...this was great at every step and exceeded expectations. On top of that, when I was part way through this program, I landed an amazing professional opportunity that I was searching for. Then, I was offered the opportunity to teach, right here at WVU. This program opened doors I never dreamed I would even have the ability to knock on so soon. It changed my life in a way I knew was possible, but that I was struggling to get to."

q & a

What is your advice to other students?

"Own your growth and hold yourself accountable!"

Why would you recommend WVU Online?

"Everything was excellent. Everything!"

What was the best part of your online experience?

"The teachers were great, as was the support staff. Every touch point was amazing."

What are your future plans?

"My future plans are to continue to teach as an Adjunct Professor, continue to grow within our field, start my own podcast, and eventually work my way into teaching full-time."

What does "Mountaineers Go First" mean to you?

"When you lean into and own your life by earning your degree at WVU, it helps to propel you forward. Mountaineers Go First because we lead the way. At home. At work. In our communities."

What is one word to describe the program?


What is one word to describe WVU Online?


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