Brandi Hamilton, Online Student, Selected for Prestigious C200 Scholar Award

As seen in the Webster News, two online MBA students, Brandi Hamilton & Cassandra Flowers, were each awarded a $10,000 scholar award by the Committee of 200 (C200). They can use the award to address educational costs or invest in tools needed for their professional goals. Besides the monetary award, they will also have access to the C200 Scholar Network and opportunities to network with members of the organization.

To be considered, applicants had to be an outstanding female student enrolled in the MBA program at any Webster University location. These students exemplify extraordinary leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, and a commitment to supporting other women.

Founded in 1982, C200 is an organization of the most senior women executives’ in successful private and public companies from around the world who manage more than $300 billion in annual revenues and assets. The primary mission of C200 is to foster, celebrate and advance women’s leadership in business. For full story

c200-strobleBrandi-newsWe wanted to talk a little further with our two online students about this award and their experience online at Webster. Brandi Hamilton’s interview is below, and click here for Cassandra Flower

OLC: What does this award mean to you?

Brandi: Being selected as a C200 Scholar has been the highlight of my year. This wonderful opportunity comes at a pivotal point in my life when I am seeking guidance and career mentorship. The opportunity to connect with other women in business is invaluable and I’m honored to be part of the C200 community.

OLC: What has been your most rewarding experience in an online course thus far?

Brandi: So far, the most valuable online class I have had online was Organizational Behavior. I learned about the concept of emotional intelligence and its importance for managers. Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify, use, understand, and manage emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges, and defuse conflict. These skills have assisted me in becoming more successful in both my personal and professional life. They will make me an outstanding leader.

OLC: Why do you choose to do your degree online?

Brandi: I take some classes online, and others on site at Webster campuses. I enjoy both. However, the convenience of online classes is unparalleled.

OLC: What is the best part of taking classes online?

Brandi: The flexibility is the best part of taking online classes. I am able to learn at my own pace, and my professors are always readily accessible. Another great aspect of taking online classes is the ability to check a grade’s status at any time.

OLC: What do you like about WorldClassRoom online environment?

Brandi: Specifically, what I like about Webster’s online courses is that they are not isolating. They are very similar to an “in class” experience. Students are given weekly opportunities to connect with one another. The WorldClassRoom platform is well-designed and serves as a hub for interaction and flexible learning.

OLC: How do you approach your class on a daily basis? Do you have a set pattern for accessing certain tools or parts of the course each day?

Brandi: I log into WorldClassRoom three times per week so that I can be actively involved in class discussions. The convenient alerts I receive when someone comments on a discussion are helpful and assist me in being responsive with my peers. In addition to checking WorldClassRoom periodically, I set aside one “work day” per week to complete my assignments. Each week can vary depending on my availability. There have been weeks when I’ve only had time to check WorldClassRoom twice, and because of the format, I am still able to effectively complete coursework.

OLC: What is the hardest part about doing all of your coursework online?

Brandi: The hardest part about doing coursework online is missing some of the on-campus activities.

OLC: What is the easiest part about doing all of your coursework online?

Brandi: The easiest part of doing coursework online is the accessibility of class notes, presentations, peers and professors. All these things are available at my fingertips whenever and wherever I need them.

OLC: What advice would you give to incoming online students?

Brandi: I would advise incoming online students to actively be involved in weekly discussions, and to interact with their peers. I have found peer discussions insightful. Their experiences vary from mine and it is insightful to see different perspectives and approaches to the same issues.