Timothy Cox '14
Academic Advising Master's
Timothy Cox completed his academic advising master's degree while working and living in a county hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in the fall of 2012. His 4.0 GPA is proof that determination and support from family and a university can bring academic success through even the most challenging situations.
After traveling out of state during the storm, Cox waited a week for a flight home to Old Bridge, New Jersey. He worked in student services for Brookdale Community College, returning not only to floods, downed trees and damaged property, but to students who needed his support more than ever. It was difficult, if not impossible, to continue his own coursework.
Now in Germantown, Maryland, Cox continues to use his Kansas State University Global Campus experience to create a ripple effect in helping others achieve their educational goals.
Academic Advising Master's Student Experience
We caught up with Timothy to give you an idea what it's like to be an online student in the Master of Academic Advising program.
How did you first become interested in academic advising?
"The decision to attend a community college was one of the best educational decisions I have made. Since earning my degree, I have seen myself as an advocate of community colleges and their mission. As a professional with advising duties, I enjoy helping other community college students achieve their educational objectives. The relationships that I establish with my students and the progress I see them make over the years are what I enjoy most about the field."
How did you find the K-State Global Campus program in academic advising?
"I was researching programs that could supplement my first master's degree in higher education administration, and K-State's program is the only one of its kind in the nation. I am also involved in the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), the organization K-State coordinated with to create the academic advising master's degree program. My supervisor told me that the program would be an excellent professional development opportunity as I pursue doctoral studies and future job opportunities."
Are there any specific instructors/mentors you have had at K-State who impacted your experience?
"Dan Wilcox is arguably one of the best professors I have ever had. The insight he provided on each assignment showed me that he is knowledgeable about the field and is as passionate about academic advising as his students. As an aspiring doctoral student, I am appreciative that he takes the time to review my work and make suggestions when needed.
Christy Craft is also a great professor. Her frequent responses in the discussion board posts keeps me engaged and she is always willing to explain the most difficult concepts."
How receptive was the staff at K-State Global Campus when you needed help?
"Honestly, K-State reaching out to students after Hurricane Sandy made me feel like I was officially part of the K-State family. From emotional counseling to academic assistance, it was great to see that resources were available to all students. My professors were very understanding of the challenges we were facing and were willing to extend deadlines if needed.
"It's always easy to give up when things get rough, but I came too far to lose sight of my goal. Even though I am hundreds of miles away from K-State, knowing that I am cared about makes a big difference."