Woods Online Student Experiences

By enrolling in an online degree program, you are choosing to aspire higher for yourself, your career, your family, your future and your life. It’s important that you find a distance education program that fits your goals and needs. Read what current students and recent graduates are saying about their distance learning experiences at The Woods:

Laura Mabry

Laura Mabry's passion is to work with young children and their families to help them build a strong foundation of learning skills for the future. By offering children challenges in their areas of strength and guidance in their areas of weakness, she will help pave the way for many children to be successful in their lives. Laura is married and has a 7-year-old son. She valued the flexibility that the Woods Online program offered which allowed her to balance homework with her family, work and every day chores.

“I chose Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College because I wanted a college that viewed me as an individual. I also wanted to earn a degree from a liberal arts college. With Woods Online, I am able to balance my homework with my family, work and everyday chores. It isn’t always easy but it is doable with a ‘can do’ attitude. SMWC is a great college and I’m proud to be called a ‘Woodsie.’”

Laura Mabry
Early Childhood Education/Mild Intervention - Rockville, IN

William Welch

William Welch is a supervised release unit officer employed by the state of Indiana. Six months before graduating from SMWC, he was also able to obtain a position as a paralegal at Modesitt Law Firm. He hopes to move into a full-time position in the legal field and perhaps attend law school someday. William states that his experience in Woods Online has prepared him for the challenges that he would face in law school and has given him the knowledge, skills and resources required to be successful in the paralegal field.

“I chose Woods Online because of the flexibility it offers for adult students. SMWC has high academic standard and an excellent reputation. I can’t think of a better establishment to invest in for an education. I had an outstanding experience.”

William Welch '15
Paralegal Studies - Terre Haute, IN

Deborah Gatchel

Deborah Gatchel graduated with honors from the Woods Online program at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Deborah runs her own day preschool facility.

“My degree will help me in meeting the needs of the children that are enrolled in my all day preschool. It also shows parents that by enrolling their child in my facility that their child’s educational needs are being met by a qualified teacher.  My accomplishment of graduating from college is also a testimony to others that it is never too late to go after your dreams." 

Deborah Gatchel '14
Early Childhood Education -  North Manchester, IN

Joshua Clancy

Joshua Clancy was able to work full time and obtain teaching experience while also taking courses through Woods Online. Additionally, the flexibility of the program allowed him to continue to coach football and basketball. Time management was critical for Joshua as he completed the teacher licensure program.

“The biggest factor that made me choose SMWC were the quick responses that I received from everyone. I could tell that they truly care about my goal of becoming a teacher. I love how the admissions and financial aid departments as well as the professors are so responsive and will go out of their way to help with any questions.”

Joshua Clancy
Teaching Licensure - Greenwood, IN

Michael Coleman

"I chose Woods Online because of the reputation of SMWC and the convenience of being able to work full-time and go to school.

My favorite thing about Woods Online is being able to work full-time , raise a family and still having the time to go back to school. If it wasn't for Woods Online I wouldn't be able to further my education.

My favorite class so far has been Healthcare Administration class because it’s what I am going back to school for. It’s interesting learning about how technology has change in the health care field."

Michael Coleman II
Healthcare Administration - Terre Haute, IN

Rhonda Adams

Rhonda Adams aspired to do more with her life. She decided to go back to college and start the Woods Online program when her son was only a few months old. Her decision really paid off. Upon graduation, she was promoted to the accounts payable clerk position.

“I wanted something more than a traditional campus program and to be able to support my family at the same time. SMWC let me learn in a way that suited my situation.”

Rhonda Adams
Accounting Information Systems