Back to Blog Medical Laboratory Science Leadership Graduate says her Degree Made a Difference BlogStudent StoriesUC Online News Share Share on FacebookFollow us on LinkedInShare on PinterestShare via Email Getting a degree takes dedication and hard work. Take it from Sarah Jaworski, who recently graduated with a Masters of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Leadership at UC Online. At this stage of her education journey, Sarah says that this degree was rewarding and helped her reach her long-term professional goal. She’s now a laboratory supervisor in Indiana. She has no regrets! Sarah told UC Online about her journey, including what she learned along the way, and what professionals considering this opportunity need to keep in mind. What inspired you to pursue this opportunity at UC Online? I want to eventually become a program director of a Medical Laboratory Science program, which requires a master’s degree. Receiving a master’s degree has always been a goal of mine and I know I would regret not pursuing this opportunity. I had heard of UC’s excellent reputation of their undergraduate MLS (Medical Laboratory Science) program and expected nothing less going into graduate school. I like my employer in Indiana and knew I wanted to continue working and earning money and laboratory experience while pursuing a higher education. Overall, how would you describe the online learning experience? I found the online experience to be flexible given my work schedule. I work overnights at my hospital full time, where I constantly work weekends, holidays, and overtime. Being able to complete my assignments at any time of the day in any environment was essential to succeed in my professional career and as a student. What were your expectations of the program and do you feel they were met? Going into the master’s program, I knew it would concentrate more on academic writing compared to constant tests and exams that I faced in undergraduate school. I was correct in this assumption. I was also expecting to learn more about creating and teaching medical curricula which this program did by providing me foundational knowledge I will take with me as I pursue a future career in MLS education. What would you say to someone who is considering this or any other program at UC Online? This degree can be extremely helpful in reaching your long-term professional goals. I would advise future students to have an idea of what they would like to do with their degree before entering the program. Having a purpose and determination before entering the program can motivate them to keep working and balancing school, work, and their personal lives. What do you plan to do with your degree? I recently accepted a position at IU Health as a Laboratory Supervisor, a position I was able to apply for because of this degree. Eventually, I would like to become an MLS clinical instructor and then an MLS program director. Overall, would you recommend UC Online to others? Yes. They are an established institution in the Midwest for Medical Laboratory Scientists that can provide a great deal of resources and opportunities for scientists who are continuing to learn and grow in the MLS Field. Forging Your Future at UC Online Sarah isn’t alone in advancing in her career thanks to the education provided at the University of Cincinnati. Call today at (833) 556-8611 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or connect with an advisor by following the steps online to learn more about why UC Online is the right choice for you!