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Over the past few years, online colleges have grown in popularity. Many colleges that have a campus now offer online courses and/or online degrees. Whether or not to take online courses can be a challenging decision that mostly relies on your own abilities and self dedication.

As a new mother, when I wanted to go back to college and finish my BA, the only option I could see was to go to an online school. The idea frightened me because I had never taken classes without having to physically attend classes at least twice a week per course. The first time I went to get into taking the online courses, I chickened out last second. I couldn't see spending the money (which is almost the same as going to a physical school) to do classes in my own living room. I was also nervous about my own dedication level. When I left college, my course load was so great that I often could not do all my homework and would have to pick and choose which assignments I needed to do and which ones I could get away with skipping (such as reading for a debate). I was afraid that not going to class would make it too easy to not do the homework and the money going into the school would be wasted.

On my second time through the process, my husband and I talked about my options. Did I want to go to a physical college? Take night courses? Do some courses online and some at a school? And mostly, was I ready to leave our son with some one else while I was at class. The answer to all of those questions was no. Finally I had to decide what online school I would go to. Some of the most important things I had to figure out were:

  • What am I going to major in?

  • Which colleges offer my major?

  • Do I want a school that has video conference at least once a week or a school that allows me to do all the work on my own time?

  • How many classes do I want to deal with at a time?

  • Do I want to be a full time student or a part time student?

The list went on, but those were the big questions. I chose a school that was middle ground. My work is due on Thursday, Sunday, and Monday each week and I have to sign in twice a week to meet attendance; however, I am not required to sign in at a particular time and I can do my homework ahead of time.

If you do not think an online college is right for you then you might want to consider attending school at a physical campus


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Madeline Perry 5 years ago from Australia

I so understand where you're coming from. I signed up for two courses last year. I had two years to complete the whole course and here I am, with only 6 months to go and two whole courses to complete!


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Kantrybe 5 years ago from New Hampshire Author

I am persuing a degree in Social sciences with a concentration in education


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shanaya 5 years ago from Living in my Own Dreams:)

You won't believe I was searching above kind of Information only. And my goodness you helped me at the right time.

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Kantrybe 5 years ago from New Hampshire Author

I am glad I was able to help you out! I remember how hard the process was for me too. I hope everything goes smoothly for you and good luck with furthering your education :)


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ecamper23 5 years ago

Excellent checklist, were you able to balance your education and family life?


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Kantrybe 5 years ago from New Hampshire Author

I have been able to juggle all my responsiblities so far. I graduate in December and have been on the Deans list since starting November 2009.


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mbaker2012 5 years ago

These are all good points, one of the best points of online learning is being able to finish early.


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cmellon86 5 years ago

I find that online schools suit older peoples' needs more.


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marilnelanoon233 5 years ago

These questions are still needed in online learning, you still want to have a flexible schedule that allows you to work and have time for your family.


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mandymoreno81 4 years ago

It's all about what suits your learning style and schedule. I'm learning on campus during the academic year, but taking online classes on the off time.

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