Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Eric Grebing
Congratulations to Eric Grebing! Eric is an awardee of Concordia University-Portland’s full ride scholarship and began our online Master of Education program in February 2012.
Name: Eric Grebing
Hometown: Eastern North Carolina
Program: Master of Education in Educational Leadership
What inspired you to pursue your master’s degree at Concordia Portland?
I decided to pursue a master’s degree because I wanted to broaden my perspective on education and increase my effectiveness as a teacher. I also wanted to have the ability to take on a more administrative role in a school. Concordia’s program was a perfect fit because of its fast pace and flexible schedule. I also wanted to pursue my degree while working full time in the classroom, so the online program was my best option.
What does being awarded this scholarship mean to you?
This scholarship was a huge blessing to me. The scholarship allows me to save for future doctoral work and not accumulate debt while I remain in the classroom. I also consider it an honor to have been awarded such a valuable scholarship for my essay.
Describe your experience so far in the master’s degree program. What are some aspects of the program that you enjoy the most?
I have enjoyed the breadth of topics that we have explored thus far. Concordia’s Master of Education program does a great job of coupling readings and discussions with the opportunity to connect the coursework to our students. In only six months of coursework, I already feel that I know much more about myself both as an educator and a leader. I also have enjoyed interacting with the others in my cohort in threaded discussions. While I have never met any of my classmates in person, I feel like we have forged relationships while collectively developing our practice.
Would you recommend the program? Why or why not?
I would recommend this program highly to anyone who wanted to pursue a master’s degree while staying in the classroom. The courses require a high level of commitment every week, but the relevance of the assignments to the classroom helps to keep motivation high. The ability to improve one’s practice and obtain a degree in only 53 weeks makes the program an exciting opportunity for educators who are willing to put in hard work.