Sometime during my two year gap year, I decided I wanted to get a college degree. By this time, those who were in my high school graduating class were already in their first year of college. I knew getting back into the classroom environment would be hard. Plus, I had so much experience doing school online that when an opportunity to get a degree online came my way, I went for it.
I knew online college was for me since I’d already spent a good deal of my education online. Though I can’t speak for every online college, I can share from my experiences. So here I attempt to answer whether online college is for you.
1. What’s your major?
Online college is for you depending on your major. Not all majors are available online. For example, you can’t really get a medical degree online. But you can for things like business administration, marketing and general education.
Figure out what your major is, then decide whether online college is for you.
2. What’s your learning style?
If you don’t use the computer often, or just can’t sit at a computer for long periods of time, maybe online college isn’t for you.
Also, if you’re a person who always needs step by step instructions and someone to really direct or answer questions at any given time, you may have to reconsider online college. Each of my classes have a dedicated professor, but the he or she isn’t necessarily there for me to ask a question and get a reply within seconds.
3. How disciplined are you?
As often as I’m asked this, no you can’t ‘show up’ in your pajamas. I mean you could do your assignments in your pajamas if you’re at home, but I find getting dressed and ready for the day, even if you’re just staying at home to do school, can actually help set the tone for the day. If I stay in my pajamas all day, I’d feel like doing nothing.
Just because things are online, doesn’t mean you can necessarily do whatever you want. You need to set aside a good amount of time to concentrate. Online college is for you if you can manage your time well.
4. What’s your budget?
While online college isn’t nearly as expensive as going to a physical school (because of added expenses of staying at the school or food and other costs) it still costs money… but it isn’t as bad as a physical school.
If you don’t want to get into debt, online college may be something to consider.
5. What’s your schedule like?
If you have a family relying on you and or are holding a full time job, understand that it is possible to do online college at night or during the weekends, but it’s still college. There are times that you need to write papers, or collaborate on group projects with other students. You’ll need to figure out how you can fit school into your schedule.
These are just some questions to get you thinking if online college is the way to go for you. Leave a comment below with any thoughts or questions!