Wow....I thank God for the opportunity to go to JIU. Yes, I was a little afraid at first reading a few of the negative reviews, however I have never been a person to listen to someone's judgement. My experience was an awesome one. Was it easy, not at all! There are some amazing leaders Dr. N, Dr. B, Dr. AJ, Dr. P, and a host of others who work at other major universities.
They knew their craft and were willing to work with you. One thing I do want to say is this, there are no handouts in life. Doctorate programs should be challenging and are not for anyone to hold your hand. You must put the hard work in to get positve results. I was told by one of my committee members my work was not acceptable to his liking and he was not going to sign my dissertation approval. One day later on the weekend, I get a call with him telling me everything that needed to be changed and helping me make the corrections. We have challenges in our lives, but it's about taking whatever the criticism is and making the necessary adjustments to be successful.
Was everything perfect, of course not! I am not perfect and neither are you! In order to achieve any dream in life, we must be determined and not take no for an answer. Again, this was not suppose to be easy and if it was, then everyone would walk around with Doctorate Degrees!!
I realize that if we take the negative experiences and turn them into postives, they become learning gains. For me the online program was even more challenging because time managment becomes vital. JIU, thank you and God bless all my cohorts who made it through the struggle! God is good...Amen