Exploring the Future with Proper Preparation
Ani Agahian may seem like your typical teenager, but at 15 she has already completed four college courses and is on her way to earning her freshman year requirements. Ani discovered Global Freshman Academy (GFA) while searching for flexible class options that wouldn’t require her to commute into campus (after all, Ani has yet to earn her driver’s license!).
How did you discover GFA?
I was searching for options that would allow me to take my General Studies courses online so I could start earning college credit early. I found GFA, which seemed like a great option for me. I was excited to learn more about what college courses are like so I can figure out what I want to major in later on down the road.
Have you taken college courses outside of GFA?
I’m homeschooled, so I am familiar with online coursework and have also taken a few courses through Foothill College.
What was your favorite class and why?
So far, my favorite class is Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval Europe. It was a challenging course, but the videos and discussion board really kept things interesting.
What was your favorite assignment and why?
I really enjoyed my design project assignment for Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval Europe. I went to the Egyptian Museum here in town, took photos, and learned about Egyptian civilization through the museum. I was able to take what I was learning in class and apply it to something in my life.
Did you feel supported during your courses?
Overall, course materials, assignments, and expectations were explained well, but if I had questions, it was easy to reach out to the professors to ask for help. I could also chat with my classmates in the discussion boards, which was another place to ask the professor questions as well.
What recommendations do you have for someone considering GFA courses?
I was able to work through these courses with my brother, which was extremely helpful, so if you can take the course with a friend or family member, I suggest it! Another tip is setting deadlines and sticking to them. I mapped out my calendar to make sure I had enough time to study for quizzes and stayed on track. Just follow the goals you set for yourself and you’ll do great!
What do you enjoy doing outside of the classroom?
I love photography, videography, coding, programming, playing Taiko (a Japanese drum), and I have a job doing lighting design at a local theater.
Inspired by Ani’s story? Learn more about Global Freshman Academy here.
“Overall, course materials, assignments, and expectations were explained well, but if I had questions, it was easy to reach out to the professors to ask for help.”