Jenna Anderson didn’t expect that when she visited Trine University with her son RJ
she would eventually become a student at the school herself.
“Even though we live within a half-hour of Trine, I really knew nothing about it until
we went for a college visit his junior year of high school,” the Kendallville, Indiana,
RJ is in his second year at Trine as a design engineering technology major, and Jenna
recently started the Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership (BSOL) program
From that initial visit, RJ said he was drawn to Trine by its small size and the quality
of its engineering program.
“To our delight, we discovered an amazing opportunity for him,” Jenna said.
A while after RJ started at Trine. Jenna was promoted to a leadership role at the
Kendallville Public Library. She holds an associate degree in broadcasting and decided
it was time to look for opportunities to complete a bachelor’s degree.
“I have been taking informal leadership training for several years, but finally decided
it was not too late to go back to school,” she said. “Once I found out that a couple
of my ‘local heroes’ have degrees in organizational leadership, it sealed the deal.”
She said she didn’t initially think about Trine as a possibility until TrineOnline’s
BSOL degree program came up in an online search.
“I thought about Trine primarily as an engineering and teaching school; I didn't think
about there being an online degree in organizational leadership,” she said. “These
days, it's tough to tell which online schools are trustworthy, but because I knew
Trine, I felt comfortable attending online.”
“Through my experience with the college, RJ’s professors and his advisors, I have
really developed a trust and an admiration with the university. Once I found out that
Trine has an online organizational leadership degree, it was not hard to make a decision
on where I would apply.”
“I was happy when my mom told me she was attending Trine,” RJ said. “She knows how
much I like Trine and she decided to attend herself.”
RJ was able to give Jenna some early pointers on using Trine platforms like the myPortal
and Moodle systems.
“I walked her though the basic functions and just let her explore,” he said.
“It allowed me to jump right into the class, because I was already familiar with the
format,” Jenna said. “It was a big help in getting started!”
Jenna said at this point she is only able to take one class at a time, so it’s unlikely
she will march across the platform in Trine’s 2023 Commencement with RJ. But she intends
to finish no matter how long it takes.
“I will appreciate RJ's help when I have to take College Algebra,” she said.
Jenna hopes the BSOL degree will help her gain the leadership skills to be a “coach”
rather than a “manager.”
“I hope this degree will help me move even further in that direction, and open up
career opportunities in the future,” she said. “I am happy where I am at. However,
if life changes, a degree will certainly be a help in launching a new career.”
Photo: From left, RJ and Jenna Anderson.
Last Updated: 02/16/2021