Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Online Learning Could Be For You

You may have heard me talk before about being in school. I graduated last year from UH at Manoa where I was attending classes on campus. This fall I started a Masters program through an online program on the mainland (Texas). Going from an on campus program to an online one can be a bit of an adjustment, but if you are a mom like me it may be necessary.

Attending classes on campus definitely has its upsides. It’s great meeting new people face to face, experiencing life on campus, and being able to go to an office and speak with your professors. However, online college programs have upsides too, especially for parents.

The biggest thing? You can plan to do your work on your time. Are afternoons or mornings better? Does naptime fluctuate? How about your spouses work schedule? I’m a mother of two and my husband is in the military, my schedule is all over the place. So if I can sit on the couch in my pajamas with a hot cup of tea while simultaneously participating in class discussions, I’ll take it!

Just because your classes are online doesn’t mean they're second rate, there are a lot of great programs available with degrees just as prestigious as those earned on campus. You may even find that it’s easier to earn a degree that you want because your options are more varied. If you’re only depending on what your local school offers then you may be limited in choices of degrees, but if you attend class online you will have more to choose from. Especially when it comes to graduate degrees, like special education masters programs, or International Relations like I'm doing.

Choosing a school that fits your needs is really important, so make sure you do your research and read reviews. Even better, try to find someone that attended that school, or a few someones, and get a first person account of their experience.

There are a lot of advantages to attending school online, so if you’re thinking about taking classes I definitely recommend you consider it!

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