Yolande Davies - BBA student studying with Milpark from California
Why did you choose to study with Milpark?
My mom completed her BCom in Banking with Milpark and graduated at the age of 56. She was extremely complimentary of the process. 2 years ago I decided that I wanted to complete my BBA.
What aspects of the programme do you like the most?
I appreciate the lectures where we are able to ask any questions we might have. I also enjoy the discussion forums.
Explain a bit more of your fascinating story – how you ended up studying etc.
I moved to the USA at the age of 18 and completed hospitality management via distance education through a South African college. At 20 I went to work on Cruise liners where I spent 10 years working my way up in the Food & Beverage industry. I met my husband onboard 3 years into my career. I became a stay at home Mom when leaving the cruise industry and 4 years ago my family relocated to California. I was determined to return to studying and wanted to achieve my BBA. I tried numerous universities here in the USA as well as distance education universities and it was simply cost prohibitive. I remembered my mom’s experience and was extremely surprised and happy to note that due to the currency conversion it would cost me 1/6th of the price for the same degree in the USA.
What do you like most about studying via distance learning and what have been some of the challenges you’ve faced?
I enjoy that I am studying with like-minded mature students. I appreciate hearing the South African perspective on issues and it makes me feel more connected to home.
The biggest challenge I had was early on in the process - finding an exam venue that met all the required criteria and one I could use on a regular basis (every 8 weeks) for exams was difficult. During my second subject the exam venue that I had booked informed me that they would be unavailable. Scrambling to find a new venue in a 10 day time frame was tough.
A more regular challenge I face would be the time difference. Lectures always occur between 6-8am on Friday’s California time. This timing causes havoc with prepping the kids for school. I have learnt to multitask really well.
Any advice for someone else studying abroad with Milpark?
Do it! I do not regret it, not even for a moment. The Milpark staff have been so efficient and their communication with the international exam venue has been nothing short of outstanding. The security surrounding the exam paper delivery makes me feel assured that Milpark values its credibility as an educational institution.
What would you say is your study philosophy - how do you achieve your study goals and stay focused?
Monday’s are my days off from studying. Tuesday - Sunday I spend a minimum of 2 hours a day studying. My husband is extremely supportive and takes the kids out of the house every Saturday so I can complete the finishing touches on my assignments.
What are your plans for the future once you have graduated?
I plan to return to work. I have been fortunate enough to be a stay at home mom but wish to return to work part time until my children are a little older. I will use my hospitality background as well as my BBA to pursue a consultant role.
21 Aug 2019