The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina

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Student Spotlights

Meet some of the students who are earning their degrees through The Citadel's evening and online degree completion program.


richard_owings2Richard Owings Jr.

What program are you currently enrolled in?
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Have you recieved any other degrees?
I have three associate degrees; an Associate in Applied Science in Electronics Engineering Technology from Trident Technical College, an Associate in Applied Science in Aviation Maintenance Technology from The Community College of the Air Force, and an Associate in Science in Electrical Engineering Transfer from Trident Technical College.

When do you expect to graduate from The Citadel?
May 2017

What is your career goal?
My career goal is the become one of the best Automation Engineers around. I will continue my education in control signals and systems, and utilize this knowledge and experience from the workforce to specialize in conveyor systems and assembly lines.

What is your favorite part about being an Evening Undergraduate student at The Citadel?
My favorite thing about the program is that I can still have a career here in town while I go to school at night. The professors are tough, but fair. I also like that I have the opportunity to graduate from such a distinguished college as well.

What advice would you give to a student just beginning their Evening Undergraduate degree?
The advice I would give someone is the same advice that someone once gave me. Don't come into the program just looking to graduate, come into this program looking to absorb as much knowledge as you can. Start planning your career now by looking into things and figuring out what you love to do and have a passion for. Internships are a great way to make yourself more marketable to the companies you want to for work. I would also say that this program is not a sprint, it's a maraton, so pace yourself so that you can finish on time and get to where you were going in the first place. 


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Ashley Sipple

What program are you currently enrolled in?
Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education

Have you recieved any other degrees?
I'll be receiving my Associates of Art from Trident Technical College in December of 2016.

When do you expect to graduate from The Citadel?
May 2018

What is your career goal?
After I finish my undergraduate degree, I'm planning on furthering my education by completing a Master's program. Then, I plan on teaching high school.

What is your favorite part about being an Evening Undergraduate student at The Citadel?
My favorite thing about being an evening undergraduate student at The Citadel is the quality of the professors and their willingness to help. Additonally, there is a lot of one-on-one time with the professors, which ensures that we're grasping everything that we're being taught.

What advice would you give to a student just beginning their Evening Undergraduate degree?
My advice to a potential evening undergraduate student would be to never give up. In times of tribulation, keep sriving and find comfort in the resources that are readily avaliable to you at The Citadel.


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Michael Meuli

What program are you currently enrolled in?
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Have you recieved any other degrees?
No, but I have received Life and Health, Series 6, and Series 63 securities licenses while in school.

When do you expect to graduate from The Citadel?
Spring 2017

What is your career goal?
My short-term career goal is to continue making myself more marketable in both production and management training, both of which are achieved through The Citadel's EUGS program. My long-term career goal is to continue advancing within the framework of the banking industry.

What is your favorite part about being an Evening Undergraduate student at The Citadel?
My favorite part about being an EUGS student at The Citadel is the program's utilization of practical and in-the-field sources of information, professors, and speakers necessary to provide a working knowledge of those experienced sources.

What advice would you give to a student just beginning their Evening Undergraduate degree?
Take your courses seriously and approach them with an eagerness and willingness to learn. You will undoubtedly gain the most from this experience by engaging in all assignments and with your peers, and this is achieved first and foremost by planning, staying ahead of schedule, and using all of the resources The Citadel provides to you. Evening studies creates a fantastic opportunity to interact with and learn from all walks of life. To that, we must add the sacrifice, both financially and socially, that we each make in such an undertaking. For those reasons, the program should be approached with an "all-in" mindset. It is also important to remember to have fun and enjoy it. It flies by and will be over before you know it!


brian_christieBrian Christie

What program are you currently enrolled in?
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Have you recieved any other degrees?
I have my Associate of Science from Trident Technical College

When do you expect to graduate from The Citadel?
May 2017

What is your career goal?
My ultimate goal is to work as a design engineer. I am a very creative person who loves working on projects and tinkering with machines. My career as mechanic in the Army gave me wonderful hands-on experience, and allowed me to branch into several other fields including the automotive, military contractors, and construction equipment trades. Looking into the future, I aspire to work in space, renewable energy, or electric vehicle industries.

What is your favorite part about being an Evening Undergraduate student at The Citadel?
My favorite part of the evening undergraduate classes are the friendships I have made with both my classmates and professors. The decision to pursue a bachelor's degree decades after high school typically requires EUGS students to become more devoted to academics because they have no free time to waste. The professors in the electrical engineering department have been critical to my success at The Citadel. They provide a challenging yet friendly environment for the students to learn and come together.

What advice would you give to a student just beginning their Evening Undergraduate degree?
Come to terms at the beginning with the long hours you will have to spend studying on nights and weekends. There have been many weekeneds during my program where I have met with classmates at the library to study. You should also get to know your professors. They are genuinely good, friendly people and have a profound interest in the field of engineering. The professors all have a plethora of knowledge and advice to share, you just have to make the effort to get to know them. They care about your education and want all of their future graduates to succeed.


alex_overeemAlex Overeem

What program are you currently enrolled in?
Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Have you recieved any other degrees?
No, this is my first degree.

When do you expect to graduate from The Citadel?
May 2017

What is your career goal?
My long-term goal is to be a self-employed engineering constultant with no bounds for helping both local and international communities.

What is your favorite part about being an Evening Undergraduate student at The Citadel?
The teachers in my program are my favorite part about the EUGS program.

What advice would you give to a student just beginning their Evening Undergraduate degree?
If you need help in your math and science classes, come see me! I am a tutor.


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Alan Sipple

What program are you currently enrolled in?
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Have you recieved any other degrees?
Yes, I have an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice from Trident Technical College.

When do you expect to graduate from The Citadel?
May 2018

What is your career goal?
After I finish my undergraduate degree, I'm planning on working in law enforcement. I hope that I will one day transition to working for a federal agency.

What is your favorite part about being an Evening Undergraduate student at The Citadel?
My favorite thing about being an evening undergraduate student at The Citadel is the flexibility. I can get my day-to-day tasks completed during the day and complete my studies at night without the stress of scheduling conflict.

What advice would you give to a student just beginning their Evening Undergraduate degree?
My advice to an evening undergraduate student would be to put all of your effort into earning your degree, take it one day at a time, and ask for help when you need it.


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