Do you want to know about online college? Is it right for you? Well I know that it was right for me because I go to online college with Southern New Hampshire University and I love it! and I know for sure that it was the right choice for me personally to make, but there are definitely some pros and cons to go into college online and I thought that I would share those with you in case you’re trying to decide whether or not you should go to online college whether you should go back to school online, whatever it is you’re going through I wanted to help you make that decision.
We’ll start with the advantages of going to college online.
Advantage Number One
You can pick your own schedule, whenever you want to go to school at least for my school specifically, I know that there are some where you have to log in every day or whatever for at least five minutes, but with my school specifically I can go online and go to class whenever I want to, It doesn’t matter if it’s a Sunday, it doesn’t matter if it’s 3:00 in the morning, I can go to college whenever I want to, so I can really plan my schedule around it and it makes everything so much easier, because it’s just so flexible.
Advantage Number Two
You can literally go to college anywhere and it’s never going to interrupt your schedule, for example what I mean by this I could move to Costa Rica tomorrow, and my schoolwork would be completely unaffected and I could still be going to school with southern New Hampshire University, and if that’s so great to me because I love to travel I love to just go places on a whim and just be like you know what I want to get out of here for two weeks and as long as the place has Wi-Fi I can go to school still, which is awesome in my opinion.
Advantage Number Three
It’s my personal favorite,
you can go to school naked! and nobody will know.
Advantage Number Four
It’s typically cheaper than going to college the regular way, I know personally with my school I do have to pay a little bit more but because my classes go by a lot faster, so I’m paying more but I’m really not because I just go through more classes more quickly if that makes any sense.
Advantage Number Five
Usually, you only take two classes at one time at the most, typically one to two, I know that with my specific school, you have to be a really good student and have a super high GPA to even be considered into taking three classes at one time, it helps for people who are either really busy already or have a super busy work schedule or they’re a parent or they just get overwhelmed with a lot of work really easily, because you only have two classes to take at one time, so there’s really not too much to get overwhelmed about.
Advantage Number Six
The fact that your peers are going to be from all different walks of life, all different colors and shapes and from all different backgrounds doing all different occupations of all ages and that’s really cool, because growing up in a small town, upper-middle class, or just middle-class, I was not surrounded by a very diverse peer group, so going to college online you’re going to talk to 50 year old moms and grandmas, you’re going to talk to eighteen year olds in the military, like who are at a base hundreds of miles away, like you talk to everybody, and that’s really cool.
Let’s talk about the disadvantages of going to college online.
Disadvantage Number One
You are going to have some self-control, because if you’ve got an internet tab open with your schoolwork and you can just click one little mouse click over and be on Netflix or Pinterest or other social media, you’re going to get distracted pretty easily so you’ve got to have a little bit of self control to be able to just be like okay you know what I’m just going to sit here and do my homework and that’s it.
Disadvantage Number Two
Although I said that you do get to talk to people from all walks of life, that is true but you typically are not going to make friends the traditional way, if you’re going to make any lasting friendships at all, I don’t know if this is just because I’m not very interested in making friends with online college or what but since you’re not going to be actually seeing them you’re only going to be talking to them for like eight weeks, because that’s how long classes normally are, you’re just not going to make very many friends going to online college, so if that’s what you want to go to college to make friends then online college might not be the option for you.
Disadvantage Number Three
There aren’t going to be any college parties for you to party yet, because you’re going on a computer so if that bothers you then that’s a disadvantage.
Disadvantage Number Four
You will be lacking in face-to-face interaction with your professors and your fellow students, and that’s really hard for some people. I know the only time I really struggled with that was during math when I had to take a couple math courses, because I’m just not the best with it so not being able to have the teacher right in front of me writing the stuff down on the board to help me understand, that was a bit tricky so if that’s how most classes are for you maybe online would not be a good option, however since those math classes I’ve never had a problem and I actually kind of prefer it, if that bothers you or if you need that face-to-face student-teacher interaction then online college might not be the option for you, although a lot of teachers do videos and post them and do live class videos that you can watch on your computer so you can see it in a classroom type setting, but it’s still not literally in the same room, so that can get a little difficult.
I mean really that’s it, it’s simple there are pros or cons as there are to everything and life, personally I would highly recommend going to college online especially if you like to travel if you want the flexibility and if you’re going to go back to school as an adult with a full time job or two full time jobs and a family and really busy schedule, whatever you have going on, I think that online college is a great thing to implement into your schedule.
It’s a really good option to implement into your busy schedule to advance your career to advance your degree, but if you lack the self-discipline or you need that face-to-face interaction maybe there are other options that would be a lot better suited to your life and what you need.
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