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56 G.I. JOBS | FEBRUARY 2017 | GIJOBS.COM Did you deploy overseas while working on your degree? Roberts: Yes, absolutely. Most of my degree was performed overseas in some region of the world. Very little work was done within the United States. What was your biggest obstacle in earning a degree online? How did you overcome it? Roberts: The biggest obstacle would have to be balancing family life, work and learning a new profession. It was challenging, because none of the three things were cohesive to each other. It was difficult to determine which one would take the priority on a given day. I realized quickly that many of the distance (online) students were career changers, and for many of us we were missing that college experience where you connected with your fellow students. Realistically those classes were one of the stresses that unbalanced my family and work. They were the new addition to the mobile of my life. In order to balance my three obstacles I thought to create a group on Facebook that allowed distance dietetic students from K-State to join and connect with each other. In 2012 I sought permission to do so from STUDENT VETERAN Ken Roberts Age: 37 Military Service: Master Sergeant (E-8), Marine Corps (1996-Present) Current Duty Station: Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, Calif. Expected Retirement: 30 June, 2017 (on terminal leave 28 April-30 June) MOS: Logistics Chief (0491) Degree: Bachelor's degree, dietetics, Kansas State University Global Campus, Spring 2016 Other degrees/diplomas/certs/licenses: 15 certifications Why did you opt for an online degree program as opposed to an on-campus or hybrid program? Roberts: I knew I was going to be active in the Marine Corps for quite some time, and had no plans to separate until I retired. I was good at my job and a good Marine, so why get out when you're still having fun. I needed an online program that was accredited and worth the time and money. How did you research your opāĻžons? Roberts: I researched online programs with AND, and found Kansas State University. They offered a 2+2 program where you could complete the prerequisite work through Barton County Community College all online, and guaranteed the transfer of those courses to the Didactic Program in Dietetics with K-State. Why did you choose Kansas State University Global Campus? Roberts: From what I could tell, K-State was one of the first colleges in the country to begin teaching dietetics as well as the first to teach it online. They are in my opinion a top-notch university.

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