Student Spotlight: Marla Villanueva

Why did you decide to do your master’s degree online instead of on campus?

I currently work full-time as the Inventory Management Lead at Amazon Books. As a dedicated leader on my team, I wanted to balance my career with education. While an online program is a lot to manage, it was the right fit for my busy lifestyle.

Why did you choose LIM College?

I’ve had employees who are LIM alumni and I noticed that they had a very focused mindset. Now that I am a LIM student, I see why! The coursework is focused on topics relevant to the industry and the specific online curriculum fills gaps in my experience.

What do you like best about your program so far?

I like the flexibility. This has been the busiest year of my life – I decided to pursue my master’s degree the same year as my wedding. But I schedule time to study and prepare assignments ahead of time to meet deadlines. I did have to submit some assignments on my wedding day, but that comes with the territory!

What advice would you give someone who’s considering applying to an online LIM master’s program?

Build relationships with the advisors and staff. It really helps to be able to reach out to a person when you need assistance with something like financial aid, scheduling, etc. It’s a very personalized experience. Everyone is easily accessible.