Graduation stories - Donna Daly


BA (Hons) Business and Management

Studying online has been the best thing to happen to me. I have finished with a First Class Degree, gaining the same initials I would have got if I’d gone to an actual campus. Plus the flexibility has enabled me to complete the degree within three years whilst keeping a full-time job. Sensational!

Although I was apprehensive prior to starting the degree (I was never an A* student) I quickly became familiar with the format and deadlines and actually started to enjoy my course. The way in which the course is broken into manageable pieces meant that I could study whilst still carrying out my full-time job and part-time evening job, sometimes studying two modules at a time. Also, the way in which seminars are presented across the internet, has always been a bonus as it removes the need to travel to a classroom.

Whilst studying for the past 18 months it has not always been easy and sacrifices have had to be made; weekend shopping, afternoons in the park and evening television have often been cast aside in exchange for the completion of an essay. I have also had to move house three times whilst studying, which was fun as long as you kept an eye on where your laptop and text books were at all times.

"I would encourage anybody to study for their degree online as it is so accessible, and the help and support provided is invaluable. I never believed that I could achieve at this level but now that I do, nothing can stop me or hold me back."

All of that said, completing this degree has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my entire life. I have shown not only others but also myself that I am capable of something really special if I set my mind to it. I have completed my course and gained a Distinction for every module completed except one, which even now I still cannot believe, I work hard but I have never achieved something at this level. In addition to my academic achievement; I have also been able to contribute to some really important projects within my workplace, due to my new found knowledge of theories and practices. Managers and senior staff have approached me for guidance and support and this has been a real morale boost.

I would encourage anybody to study for their degree online as it is so accessible, and the help and support provided is invaluable. I never believed that I could achieve at this level but now that I do, nothing can stop me or hold me back.

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