The amount of students that are choosing to attend school online has increased dramatically. Online schools have grown at an alarming rate, but the question remains the same. Is going to an online college best for you? There are several things that a person should consider before choosing to attend college online. The number one question that should be considered is how much of a self-starter are you? Online colleges have a low graduation rate. This is primarily because people perceive going to school online as an "easy" solution to their education concerns. Unfortunately, the idea that attending online school is much easier, is a fallacy.
Many people who have completed a degree online will generally tell you that attending college online is actually MORE difficult then it would be to attend the actual campus. Why? Because going to school online is 100% purely self-motivation. You do not have the opportunity to surround yourself in a social environment where everyone is trying to obtain the same goal. Being around people with a common goal helps tremendously with accomplishing personal goals. Also, the "college" experience (i.e. learning independence and social skills) is not included in the online program. Attending college on campus changes a person and shapes them into who they are as an adult.
Online colleges are generally best suited for people who are over the average age of college attendees or in a different stage of life (i.e. single parents) who want to still obtain there degree. At a certain age, many people have more responsibilities including maintaining a household and holding a steady income. These factors impair certain individuals from attending a school that has daytime hours. Also, it can be uncomfortable after a specific age, to be surrounded by a room full of 20 year old young adults.
Although this may be the case for many people, these rules do not apply to everyone. Each person is in a different place in their lives and making the decision to go to school online may be great for one person (despite age) and bad for another. The key is to find a happy medium for you.
TOP THINGS TO CONSIDER:
- How good are your computer skills?
- Are you able to concentrate at home?
- Are you a self-starter/motivator?
- Can you handle working on assignments mostly alone and not in groups?
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Written By: Te-Shandra Haskett, MBA
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