Alumni Special: John Bierchen

A few years ago, John Bierchen was coaching youth hockey, playing junior hockey and interning with the Tampa Bay Lightning. With his career underway and with no time to pursue college through traditional, on-campus avenues, he earned his bachelor’s degree through Bama By Distance. We checked in with him recently to see how he’s doing...
 

Student Spotlight: Meagan Bennett

Job Title: Marketing and Communications Manager for the Office of Information Technology at The University of Alabama Location: Hoover, Alabama Current Bama By Distance Program: MA in Communication Studies with a Specialization in Organizational Leadership Undergrad: BA in Public Relations, Minor in Communication Studies The University of Alabama, 2013 Fun Fact: “I wish I was...
 

Interview an Expert

Details about UA’s online MA in Journalism from Dr. Wilson Lowrey As new technology constantly redrafts today’s media landscape, a master’s in Journalism from The University of Alabama can equip aspiring professionals with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in a number of career paths. With online coursework through Bama By Distance,...
 

Navigating the Financial Aid Process

You’ve decided to pursue a degree by distance through The University of Alabama – congratulations! The application process, which often includes completing an application for financial aid, can be stressful. Here are answers to some common questions about financial aid that might help make the process go more smoothly. What’s the cost of earning my...
 

Celebrating December Graduates

Commencement is always a special time for graduates and their families as they celebrate the culmination of all their hard work. The determination required to earn a degree from The University of Alabama deserves recognition along with a sense of pride in personal achievement. Graduation is a time to celebrate this success and look forward...
 

Stop with the Impostor Syndrome

So you’ve decided to go back to school. Your friends and family have probably shared their opinions, but what about your inner voice? You’re probably asking yourself things like: “Who thought starting this program was a good idea?” “You’re going back to school at your age?” “How can you juggle getting a degree with the...
 

7 Tips for Communicating Online

Even in an online course, you can still enjoy interaction with your instructor and fellow classmates. But communicating online brings with it unique challenges that students in traditional courses might not have to face. Here are some guidelines to help you successfully communicate online: Preparation – Each course will have a syllabus and other documents...
 

Finish Strong – Finals Week

Winter break has a totally different meaning for online and distance learning students. Your average freshmen might look forward to laying around the house while their parents cook for them, but non-traditional students still have to go to work and fulfill all of life’s other duties. But that doesn’t mean distance students are any less...
 

So You’re Going to a Transfer Fair

As an adult student, you may read this headline and think, “Aren’t transfer fairs for 20-year-old students moving away from home to attend college? If I complete a bachelor’s degree, I’ll have to do it online. A transfer fair isn’t for me.” This is a myth I am pleased to debunk. Transfer fairs serve all...
 

Time Management Tips for Online Learners

Time management is difficult for everyone – students, employees and parents.  It’s even more difficult when you’re trying to juggle multiple roles! Use the following tips to help organize your time: Budget your time – Plan on spending an adequate amount of study time per class. A good rule is to spend two to three...