Division of Continuing Studies

Online Student Stories


Jacob Peterson IPFW Alum Playing SoccerMy name is Jacob Peterson and I am about to enter my 11th season playing professional soccer in Major League Soccer (MLS).  I am currently in my 5th season with Sporting Kansas City, but I have spent time with the Colorado Rapids, Toronto FC, and the San Jose Earthquakes.  I originally enrolled at Indiana University in 2005 to play soccer for the Hoosiers.  While in Bloomington, our team was fortunate enough to win two NCAA Championships in 2005 and 2006.  The success of our team led to individual options for me to advance my career playing professionally.  Halfway through my junior year at IU, I was drafted into the MLS.  This was a lifelong goal of mine, and I could not turn down the chance to do what I love for a living.  Of course this meant having to leave Bloomington and to put my studies on hold. 

After a few years concentrating solely on my soccer career, I felt it was time to fulfill the promise I made to my parents when I left college early; to earn my degree.  After speaking with my academic advisors at IU they pointed me towards IPFW and the wide range of programs that the school offers.  IPFW felt like a perfect fit to continue my studies through the online general studies program.  The flexibility that the program allows is extremely important in my life and in my current career. 
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Rebecca Goetz earned an associate degree in interior design from IPFW in 1990 and decided to return to school and work on a bachelor’s degree to expand career opportunities.  “By taking courses online, I increased and updated my technology skills, while feeling more comfortable utilizing software relevant to my job."
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“Born and raised in Cambridge, Mass., I came to IPFW with hopes of pursuing a professional volleyball career after graduation.  I saw how a lot of my teammates had to miss practices and workouts because of class and I didn’t want to be one of those students.  IPFW Online allowed me to have the necessary flexibility that I needed when it came to my class schedule, which in turn would allow me to be able to make all practices and face-to-face classes."
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Mustafa Moshref chose IPFW’s online master’s program because of the “availability of courses and the times required to achieve a MS degree. Additionally, the cost effectiveness of the program compared to other graduate schools was the primary factor why I chose IPFW,” Mustafa said.

“As a parent, it was my personal motivation to achieve a higher degree of education. To be an example for my children to achieve academic excellence all while working and supporting my family,” Mustafa shared. By going through the online program, he was able to obtain his M.S. in Nursing because the structure of the classes allowed him to study at his own pace while giving him the freedom to be able to schedule and complete the physical work (clinical rotations) as required by the program.

The format of IPFW’s online program has helped Mustafa succeed as a result of its flexibility and affordability without taking him away from his primary responsibilities.


SSG Cameron Marley first came to IPFW while in the Army Reserves and attended physical classes. After deciding to switch to Active Duty Army in 2010, he made the decision to become a part of the IPFW Online Learning Program.

“The advising, classes, websites, and tech support has been top of the line. Thank you IPFW!”

While selflessly committing his time and service to the United States Army, Cameron has traveled to many different places - New York, Kentucky, Iraq, Afghanistan, and now stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky – he was still able to take classes from wherever he was to complete his degree.


Sarah Schlatter first earned her associate’s degree at IPFW by attending traditional classroom-style classes and later decided that she wanted to return to earn a BSN to become a Nurse. As a mother with a young child, things always come up unexpectedly and it always seems like there are never enough hours in the day, which is why Sarah decided to transition to online classes at IPFW.

“I work full time so I needed something that was flexible, something where I could just come in and learn the material,” Sarah recalled.

By enrolling in online classes, Sarah was able to tap into lectures and view course materials whenever she had a free moment. This allowed her to complete her degree at her own pace while still being able to be work full time to support her family. Being a parent is a full time job, one that you have to be available at every second of the day and able to drop whatever you are doing to be there for them. “At one point, unfortunately, my daughter became very ill and ended up in the ICU. My online professors were just amazing with their support and understanding,” Sarah shared.

The online staff is wholly dedicated to their students, going to great lengths to make sure their students succeed. “… towards the end of my BSN, I had maxed out on all of my financial aid and student loans. My online professors got together and helped me find the scholarships that allowed me to finish my degree.” Sarah graduated in May of 2014 with her BSN thanks to the help and full support of IPFW’s online community.

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