Trista Skarlupka, BHS candidate

No time to earn a degree? Our student Trista Skarlupka proved this argument invalid when she enrolled in Dominican University’s BHS program. Trista is a graduate of Triton College and currently a student at Dominican University working to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services.  A Financial Aid advisor told her about the program thinking it would be convenient and would fit Trista’s lifestyle. Trista already has a busy schedule, so she really benefits from a hybrid program that is largely online.  It allows her to make her own schedule while working to obtain her degree. She shared with us a little about her experience with Dominican, her professors, her classmates, and the way she believes the program has benefited her.  She said:

“This program is flexible for my schedule, the professors are extremely helpful and kind, my peers are interactive, and my advisor guides me every step of the way to ensure I am receiving everything I need to be successful in my future.”

While taking her online classes, she is not only learning valuable information she will be able to apply in her career, but she is able to have a Dominican experience through her peers and professors. Trista says: “In my classes, the professors and other students are very open minded and welcoming of new ideas and questions”. Whether it is responses to general questions about course material or on weekly discussion boards, Trista stated that she feels valued and respected by all, in keeping with Dominican University’s Caritas et Veritas (love and truth).

While primarily an online student, Trista was able to utilize the valuable resources that Dominican provides their students. This includes the library services, which she said she became very familiar with and uses frequently. She also relies greatly on her academic advisor, with whom she worked closely to find the perfect concentration within her major that suited her own professional goals.

In addition to her Bachelor’s in Human Services degree, Trista declared a concentration in Training and Development. She strongly feels that the skills she is learning directly apply to her current career and long-term career goals. Being in retail management, she often deals with issues involving professional ethics, organization change and development, training and “yes”, she says, “even math”.  Long term, she hopes to work in Human Resources working to recruit, hire, train, and develop new employees for her company. She also hopes to obtain her Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management sometime within the next five years.

Trista highly recommends Dominican University, and enjoys the personal connection she feels while attending. “I know my peers and professors. I love how I can ask questions in class because of the small class sizes. The campus is also very beautiful.”

When asked if she had any advice for students looking into the BHS program, Trista responded:

“My advice to others would be to just speak with an advisor to get more information on the program. They are very friendly and informative. Also, do research on what Human Services is and research what the degree can be applied to in the professional world. It is such a huge umbrella and can be applied to so many careers. It might surprise you.”

All of us at Dominican University’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies wish Trista all the best in her bright future and career.