What is your name and degree program?

Well, my name is Dorothy Chatelier-Orelus. And I graduated FAU last semester with my doctorate in nursing practice. I’m a nurse practitioner.

When did you start taking online classes?

I started the program in 2014. It’s a three-year, full-time program. And since that time, I’ve been taking courses both online and on campus.

Why did you decide to become an Owl?

Their caring philosophy, I’ve always carried the caring philosophy throughout my nursing career. And it’s one of my favorite theories. So, when I found out that’s what FAU has as their philosophy, that definitely drew me into applying to the school.

What’s the best part of taking classes online?

The time, not having to come on campus, I am a full-time worker. And I have two small children. Being married with small children, I really couldn’t afford to be here on campus Monday through Friday. Therefore, taking classes online was, to me, perfect.

What advice do you have for future Owls considering online classes at FAU?

Organization is the key. Try not to procrastinate. Because at the beginning of the program, I realized I had some issue with organization. And I had to draw myself back into finding a way to organize myself. And that helped. It paid off greatly.