Online business student sets sights on a firm of the future

A. Eversten

“I felt the business administration degree would help me learn priceless job skills,”Angela Evertsen, Fishers, Indiana, a student in the Ball State bachelor’s degree completion program in business administration.


Thirty-two credits into an online bachelor’s degree that she started on the campus of an Arizona university, Angela Evertsen was not happy.

Her career ambitions had changed. The program seemed overpriced.

Meanwhile, her husband, who was about to finish a master’s degree in architecture on-site at Ball State University, suggested she explore the university’s online programs.

That’s when Evertsen discovered that she could pursue a bachelor’s degree completion program in business administration and do it fully online. She also realized that her goal of earning a business degree could complement her husband’s goal of opening an architecture firm—with her as business manager.

“I felt the business administration degree would help me learn priceless job skills,” says Evertsen.

After moving to Arizona in junior high, Evertsen began working on a degree in journalism at a university in Arizona in 1997 before getting married and starting a family. Over the next 15 years, she learned inside sales and customer service on the job with a company in Phoenix and later owned and managed a consignment shop in Pennsylvania. She didn’t drop out of school as much as she simply stopped out.

In 2013, she resumed her studies, this time through the school’s online program. But when she found that Ball State gave her the bachelor’s in business she wanted at a competitive price, she transferred in 32 credit hours, even though her prior major was journalism.

Now in her third semester of the program, Evertsen admits it hasn’t been easy. “I’ve cried all the way through calculus,” she says with a laugh.

She rewards herself for reading a chapter in economics with reading a chapter or two of a mystery or romance novel. “When you literally sit here all day doing homework, you have to take breaks,” she says.

Evertsen was worried when she learned that her ISOM 249 Fundamentals of Business Communications course would require a group project.

“It scared me that we would have to work on projects online,” she says. “We had to write a business proposal for a company that was struggling, so we consulted daily through group chats.” It turned out to be one of her favorite classes.

Despite the challenges of being a full-time student and a full-time mom of four daughters, Evertsen has maintained an impressive GPA.

Knowing that there might be an opening someday in her husband’s future architecture firm, she is choosing courses carefully.

“I’ve learned a great deal of business communication that will help in our future goals,” she says. “I’m learning a lot of valuable information that will help me establish our dream.”