If you were a graphic designer and your client asked you to produce a logo within a couple of days, that is a very realistic expectation to have in a real-world setting.

Kendall Hiti is a senior Strategic Communications major who thoroughly enjoyed her experiences with Elon Summer. Hiti participated in an online course and completed an accredited internship with the school of communications. Utilizing summer as an opportunity to get ahead on credits in order to be part-time during the spring semester of her senior year. While interning as a brand strategist for an advertising agency in San Francisco, Hiti felt that the class component necessary to obtain accreditation was challenging but manageable. Denoting that components of the class helped her to concisely relay relevant work experiences to future employers in interview settings.

Additionally, Hiti took an online summer graphic design course to fulfill a communications elective credit. She appreciated the organized set up and clear expectations of the course. Her professor posted pre recorded lectures on Moodle and would explain the assignments at the end of every video. Disclosing that the professor’s thorough spoken explanations were preferable, as opposed to reading the assignment prompts on her own. Although the expectations were high to get a lot of work done within a short amount of time, she appreciated the challenge and thought the class content to be transferable to a professional setting. Hiti explained that “if you were a graphic designer and your client asked you to produce a logo within a couple of days, that is a very realistic expectation to have in a real-world setting.”

Hiti encourages summer students to use their professors as a resource, especially attending their office hours dedicated to helping students outside of the normal class time. Her biggest advice for academic success in an online course is to focus on time management and organizational skills.