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Kelsey Evert

Kelsey Evert

Alumna, Class of 2014
Major(s): Dental Hygiene
Hometown: Salem, Oregon

Why did you choose Oregon Tech Online?

I knew that the most effective way to earn my bachelor’s degree while working full time would be to enroll in an online program. I chose Oregon Tech Online because of the program’s esteemed reputation, realistic expectations and user-friendly appeal. Initially I was apprehensive about online schooling, having no prior experience with it, but from my first contact with Oregon Tech’s staff I felt reassured and gained confidence with the prospects of my success.

What do you like best about your major?

Throughout the progression of my courses, I was able to network with other students and developed a sense of comradery with other hygienists also working towards their bachelor’s degree. It was really fun getting to know other students in my same profession whose aims were similar to mine in the development of their education and career.

What has been the greatest aspect of completing your degree online?

I loved being able to do the online coursework at my own pace and on my own timeline. Doing courses online allowed me the flexibility to complete projects while I traveled and worked from my laptop anywhere in the world. I was able to do schoolwork while in Hawaii, Las Vegas and even Mexico!

What career do you hope to have after you graduate from Oregon Tech?

Achieving my bachelor’s degree allows me to further my career as a dental hygienist and has helped me to become an adjunct clinical faculty member at Oregon Tech’s dental hygiene program in Salem. In completing this new facet of my education, I feel more empowered and positive about my future as a dental hygienist and feel that many doors for my future are open. Attaining my bachelor’s degree has now even given me the hope of looking forward to completing a master’s degree- before I would have never dreamed this possible!

Do you have any advice for incoming students?

My advice for other students would be to take one day at a time, persevere and to never give up. The program can be challenging at times, however, it is said that anything worth achieving will be difficult to overcome. The amazing and gratifying feeling of graduating will be worth the hours spent studying, hard work and dedication to achieving a higher education.

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