Is an Online Education Right for You? It is For Me!
My partner over at Carving Out a Voice currently has an article posted titled Is an Online Education Right for You?.
In the article she touches on her personal experiences with not only online classes that she took to further herself in her former job, but her experiences in getting her MFA in creative writing as well. In addition she discusses the pros and cons of an online education versus an education at a traditional university, as well as the challenges of choosing an online university that will provide a challenging and truly educational experience.
As I was reading the article, I began to think about my own online experience. 3 years ago I decided it was time to go back to college, and become the first in my family to earn a degree. I have a full time job which occupies 40 to 50 hours a week, so I was enticed by the flexibility that an online education has to offer. I first enrolled in an online university that offered an associate’s degree in business thinking that this two year degree may help me further my career in the transportation industry in which I currently work. However after the first few classes, I realized that the curriculum was in no way challenging, and after discussing it with my partner decided to transfer to the college where she was earning her masters.
Not only did I change universities, I changed my degree as well. I decided that with my almost fanatic love of history, it would be beneficial for me to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in history. When I graduate, I plan on going to graduate school, possibly to a traditional university to enhance my advanced education experience. Once I’m finished, I hope to become a history teacher at either a high school or university. Hell, I may even write a book or two based on historical events. If I do end up writing a book, you can count on the fact that it would include the type of analysis that only my in your face perspective can provide.
The difference between my current university and my former university was quite a shock at first. While I was able to maintain an A average at the former college with little to no effort, I now must work my ass off to maintain the same GPA. I love the fact that I am challenged by the work load, and I feel as if I am actually learning something. When I earn my degree, I will accept it proudly, because I worked my ass off for it. This would not have been the case if I continued to study at the former school.
No matter what your age or level of education, if you want to return to school and online education may be just the ticket for you. As I mentioned previously, you have a somewhat flexible class schedule in regards to your studies, and you can complete your education from the comfort of your own home. However, online education requires more discipline than a traditional university in my opinion, because you do not have an instructor looking over your shoulder to supervise. You do indeed get out of this what you put into it. Furthermore, if you do enroll and find the classes ridiculously easy, remember that you do have other choices, and you can transfer to another college in search of something more challenging. Most credits earned are transferrable to traditional universities as well. In fact, there are more traditional colleges than ever who offer the opportunity of an online education.
Online education no longer carries the stigma that it once did. It can be challenging and rewarding. Online degrees are starting to become the norm rather than the exception, and prospective employers are recognizing the legitimacy of such an education. If you choose to go this route, make sure you research the schools you’re interested in, so that you can find a program that’s right for you. You won’t be sorry you did; I know I’m not.
- Is an Online Education Right for You? (carvingoutavoice.wordpress.com)
- The Online Education Guide (education.com)
- Affordable State Colleges with Online Undergrad Business Degree Programs (brighthub.com)
- Get Log in with Online Higher Education Courses (socyberty.com)
- How to Choose the Right Online University for You (carvingoutavoice.wordpress.com)