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The Ups and Downs to getting an online education

By Edited Apr 24, 2016 0 0

One thing I never thought I'd be? 19 years old and taking online classes. I graduated with A's and B's, on time, and as a 17-year-old. I was to be moving a few hours away from home to attend an accredited college so that I could become a teacher. Little did I know that a year and a half later I would find 
myself packing everything back up and heading back home. Now I am sleeping on my mothers couch, working my butt off so that one day I can get my own place, and taking online classes. I was just like everyone else...c'mon. You know what I'm talking about. Everyone has this stigma that online classes do not work, and are only for those who can't survive at a real college. But there is a side of taking online classes that no one but real online students know about. First off, you get 10x more attention, and advising than you do at a ground school. Many parents worry that their kid wont get that quality time needed 
with a professor but in reality, it is much easier to get a hold of a professor, advisor, financial counselor, and other students than at normal Universities. Secondly, with online classes you can fit school into your life, not your life into school. When I was at the ground school it was extremely difficult to make time for friends, and family, let alone work which was taking up almost 40 hours of my week. With online classes, if you want to sleep in until 4 in the afternoon and then start on your homework, GO FOR IT! If you have 7 kids and a full-time job and the only time you get to yourself is after midnight, GO FOR IT! If you travel way too much and would hate to settle down, then GO FOR IT!Thirdly, your communication skills will go through the roof! I never had any idea how bad my communication skills were until I started my first class. 
Since everything is written, you learn how to communicate in such an exceptional manner, that you will impress all those around you. But with everything good comes a little bad, and so, let's get to the dark side 
of receiving an online education.Since you have the freedom to come and go whenever you want with your 
classes, it can be easy to let time slip away from you, and next thing you know its saturday night and you still haven't completed any of your assignments. You have to be very strict with yourself and be much more organized than you  would normally have to be at a ground school. It's always a good idea to 
make a schedule out for yourself because if not, you'll get lost. Another very important downside to online classes is the cost. Most online universities charge double what a regular school might. I can speak from 
experience when I say that because financial aid paid for all my tuition when I was at the ground school, but now that I am taking online classes, I still have to pay some money out-of-pocket. They do work with you when it comes to setting up a way to make payments, but it is always something to keep in mind.And one of the biggest downsides to online classes (that I believe) is how everyone else feels about online classes. I feel as if I am constantly having to defend my choice of how I receive my education. I believe that if it is my money, and my time, then I should be able to do what I choose with my life. All I am saying is that if you choose to take on an online education, be ready for those rude looks people like to give, or disappointed faces from family who wanted more from you. All in all, I love my online school so much more than I enjoyed being at my ground school. I do miss the atmosphere, but I feel that I have learned much more with this school in just a few months than I ever did at my last school in a period of a year and a half.  



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