Blending the Best of Both Worlds

Posted: February 27, 2018 12:00:00 PM CST

UNK Grad Luke AckermanAsk any college student, on campus or online, about the biggest challenge they face during their college career. The majority of their answers will have one common factor – time management. It is a skill that students quickly realize is essential for success, but easier said than done.

Luke Ackerman is close to finishing a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from UNK in 2017, he decided the best time for his MBA program was right away.

“It wasn’t a hard decision for me to start the program right after I graduated,” Ackerman said. “That’s not always the case for everybody, though. Some people take a year off and just work, others take five years off. Only you know when you are ready to go back and continue your education. For me, I knew that if I took time off and got out of the groove of doing homework constantly, it would be hard to come back.”

Ackerman, originally from Holdrege Nebraska, is set to have an eventful 2018. He will finish the MBA program in May, get married in June, and start a new job later in the summer.

“This is easily one of the busiest times in my life,” he said. “Trying to do well in school while also helping plan a wedding is a challenge. Time management is key in making everything work. I have to be able to get everything on my checklist done while also making time to just enjoy life. If you don’t have that balance, the stress can become too much.”

Four blended courses will finish out his final semester: Financial Accounting Seminar, Integrative Capstone EXP., Strategic Analysis and Decision Making, and Marketing Management Seminar. Blended courses at UNK refer to courses delivered partly online and partly on campus. The purpose is to empower students to take control of the learning experience in a more personalized style of learning.

“I feel like blended courses give a student the best of both worlds in a way,” Ackerman said. “You get a small portion of that traditional classroom setting, but you also have flexibility. There is usually a timeline of when you have to get work done, but the students have more freedom. Life throws curveballs every once in a while, so it’s nice to have flexibility.”

After earning his master’s, Ackerman will continue his journey in Omaha, Nebraska working for the public accounting firm Seim Johnson. They specialize in auditing and tax services for individuals, nonprofits, and healthcare entities.

“My time at UNK has been quite the experience,” he said. “I am extremely grateful for the relationships I have made with faculty and other students.”

Get started in the MBA blended program, or view a complete list of online or blended program options from UNK eCampus

Photo by Molly Kluver Photography

By: Dylan Munson

Category: General, eCampus

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