Eric Ramos, active duty in the U.S. Navy
What was your educational experience prior to WSP? Would you consider yourself a confident student?
My educational experience before WSP was some college taken before I enlisted in the Navy, back in 2015. I attended Saddleback College for my freshman year, and after a rough year, I enlisted in the Navy, and three years into my enlistment, I enrolled in National University. I wouldn’t considered my self a confident student just yet, but I have matured and improved from my freshman year in college.
Had you participated in any sort of virtual learning before? If so, how does your WSP experience compare to that?
I have participated in a virtual learning setting, as I attended National University online. My WSP experience was ten times better compared to my online school setting. While attending WSP, we had the chance to see our professors' faces and hear them teach live, compared to my school, where everything is prerecorded, or assignments are posted on Blackboard.
Why were you excited to participate in WSP this summer?
I was excited to participate in WSP this summer because I wanted to see where I stood in a traditional college environment. Even though I didn't expect WSP to be virtual when I applied, I was still able to learn a lot about myself and got educated on helpful tools to help me study better.
What have you learned so far that you think will be helpful as you pursue your degree?
I learned how to think critically as I read, which has helped me take better notes (analytical reading). By actively taking notes as I read, I have been able to shorten my study time as I’m able to find the information a lot easier. This skill has also helped with writing essays, as I now have my notes to guide me to quotes or any other valuable information I may need to complete my essay.
What was your favorite session, and why?
My favorite session was the Unit 1 Seminar, The Declaration in Context. I enjoyed this lesson because we looked at different readings and dove into the Declaration of Independence in ways I have never done myself. I also enjoyed interacting with the alumni of WSP during the alumni panel because they shared their transition from the military into school. Listening to alumni success stories and how they have accomplished so much in school was amazing and a confidence boost. It was a confidence boost for me because in the military, when we are getting ready to separate, our chain of command tends to want to scare the service members into reenlisting because they claim the civilian world is a scary place.
Are there any instructors or fellows who have made a difference for you at WSP?
My favorite tutor has to be Dani. He is an awesome tutor and helped me complete my essay. My favorite fellows have to be Derek, Lisa, and Jazzmen; they were accommodating and understanding throughout the week. I got pulled back into work for a couple of hours out of the day, and they understood about my issues, and overall I received excellent advice from them.
Is WSP having any effect on how confident you feel as a student?
WSP is having a strong effect on me and how I will go forward with this confidence I have gained. I know the program was only a week, but that week was all I needed to get motivated and reassure myself I can conquer school and graduate. I have also gained a new family, and I know I can always contact WSP if I have any issues or questions.