What Type of Adult Learner are You?

Aug. 25, 2013

Every adult learner is different, but many share a few common characteristics. So while your motivation for going back to school may be unique, you can be sure that plenty before you have had a similar desire to go further in life.

Let’s hear from a few of these people, shall we? The following stories offer a glimpse into the lives of three real students who chose to further their education. They sought a cohort-based education that would allow them to form relationships with their classmates. They wanted to learn from professors who are experts in their fields. And they hoped to build business connections they could use throughout their careers.

As you’ll see, all of these students earned the education they needed to change their lives. Will you be the next to join them?

The Family Man

Selling cars just wasn’t cutting it for Greg Mosley. The husband and father felt stuck in his career and began looking for new ways to move forward. Greg had been out of school for nine years and was apprehensive about returning to the classroom. But a conversation with his sister convinced him that now was the time.

Greg’s sister was earning her MBA at MidAmerica Nazarene University and filled him in on the school’s cutting-edge business programs, including Kauffman FastTrac courses aimed at aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. By earning a Bachelor’s degree at MNU, Greg found the opportunity to begin a new career in the financial services field. And while Greg was reluctant to take time away from his family to earn his degree, he knew the payoff would make it all worthwhile.

“I had the chance to give back to them,” he says. “It’s easy to make the sacrifice when you have the support and you know there’s something on the other side.”

The Global Leader

Pete Brumbaugh felt a calling to do something bigger. Sure, his career as a public relations specialist was going great—but Pete knew he could do more. To reach his goals, he knew he’d need an MBA. He’d need to gain skills applicable to his career and find new ways to stand out in the global business world.

It wasn’t long before new opportunities presented themselves. As part of his MBA program, Pete helped an international relief agency solve a strategic problem. His presentation to the agency led to a consulting opportunity—then a job. Building on his newfound passion for making a global impact, Pete went on to become the director of sustainability at Global Brigades, Inc., where he advocates development for underserved communities in Honduras, Panama and Ghana.

“MNU really prepares you to be a pioneer,” Pete said. “You don’t settle, and you don’t accept the status quo. You’re pursuing something better. You’re pursuing a better life—a life filled with purpose and passion.”

The Role Model

Students in “Mrs. Smoke’s” 8th grade class rarely have to be coerced into paying attention. That’s because Dyane Smokorowski, the 2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year, loves what she does—and her passion and enthusiasm for teaching shows in the classroom.

While earning her Master of Educational Technology degree at MidAmerica Nazarene University, Dyane learned to run a student-centered classroom that incorporates a variety of technology strategies to help students build stronger communication skills. Her students now use tools like Skype to connect with classrooms on all seven continents and with more than 30 experts in areas ranging from the entertainment industry to the American Revolution.

Dyane is actually the second Kansas Teacher of the Year in the past three years to have earned a Master of Education degree at MNU. Karen Tritt, a foreign language teacher in the Shawnee Mission School District, won the award in 2010.

Whether you fit into one of these categories or create your own, you can earn the education you need to change your life at MidAmerica Nazarene University. It’s up to you to take the next step and contact MNU today.