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Columbus State is the largest provider of online courses in Ohio, and Buel's taking advantage of that fact. Taking lessons online and emailing questions to the professor can be easier than raising your hand to ask a question.
Buel was surprised to find that online Math classes were right up his alley. Columbus State uses a series of online tutorials called MyMathLab, so he's able to pause, rewind and review lessons until he gets it right.
"For me, online math classes are wonderful because I can learn at my own pace," Buel says.
Columbus State has been a good place to explore your interests, Buel says. With Columbus State's low tuition costs, he's taken the opportunity to try some interesting classes such as dance, creative writing, Women in Literature or Japanese civilization.
"Everyone has this expectation that you should go to college right after high school, without a break," Buel says. "I don't feel that that was me."
His next steps are coming into focus: Buel plans to study filmmaking, possibly at a college in California. He's an avid writer of fiction and poetry, and he wants to try his hand at screenwriting.