By ASU Online brand ambassador, Katlyn Taylor

I started off my ASU Online journey right after I graduated high school. I had spent the last two years simultaneously getting my associate’s degree while in high school, working two part-time jobs and somehow keeping my sanity. I wanted a program that would be challenging but would also allow me to work full-time to pay for school.

ASU Online was a lot different than being on campus, in the best ways possible. I am someone that is huge on school spirit and was afraid I would lose that aspect going into an online program; I was so glad to be proven wrong. I was given all of the same amazing opportunities and resources as my friends who were on campus at ASU. My bachelor’s seemed to fly by, and before I knew it, I was in Arizona walking across the graduation stage next to all of my fellow graduates.

Then came graduate school. I knew I wanted to pursue higher education, so a master’s was destined for me. I received input on pursuing a Master’s in Communication Studies (MACS) from the amazing professors I had during ASU Online, and they even wrote my letters of recommendations. It was important to me to continue the strong connection I had with ASU; it had become my home in the short time it took to finish my bachelor’s, and I wanted to learn more and grow as a student. By obtaining my bachelor’s and now pursuing a master’s through the same school, I’ve been able to see a different side of the university. It has also allowed me to give back in ways I would have never thought of if I did not go further. I have strengthened my school spirit and the relationships I have made with students and professors by staying with this amazing university.

Taking the leap from undergraduate to graduate school can seem daunting— impossible even. I advise any students that have even the smallest inkling of going further in their education to reach out to their professors, faculty and even connecting with graduate students in the school you’re looking to go to!

The biggest hurdle I faced when getting into my graduate program was writing the personal statement: what is so special about me, that I should be accepted to get my master’s degree here? With the main focal point of the MACS program being “advocacy,” I took that and ran with it. I poured out my passion for my future career and education and explained how I’d use that passion to advocate for myself, my community, and even my university.

The professors at ASU want nothing more than for you to succeed, and they support you in doing so. My professors from undergrad still check in on me today as a graduate student to see how I am doing, and it makes me so happy to know that I have these amazing professors supporting me and my future endeavors.

If I could go back and give myself one piece of advice, it would be to trust my gut and never doubt myself. Thanks to my amazing family, friends, and faculty, I was able to regain my ambition and passion and strive for my masters. Who knows, maybe once I finish my master’s, I might be looking to stick around for my PhD!

We're so excited to share Katlyn’s story! Katlyn is a part of our #LearnASULive team, an ASU Online brand ambassador program highlighting students who are earning their degrees while living their lives to the fullest. If you enjoyed this, be sure to check back for new articles from Katlyn so that you can follow along with her journey. To check out all her posts to date, visit Katlyn’s Instagram.

Want to hear from our other ambassadors, too? Use the #LearnASULive hashtag across your favorite social channels to browse through them!

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