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Online or On Campus Learning: Which One Is Best for You?

The choices in online education have exponentially grown over the last decade. In the beginning, there were only a handful of colleges offering a few majors through convoluted and difficult interfaces. At that time, the choice between attending an online school and a brick-and-mortar institution was a clearer choice. Today, however, the field has broadened tremendously, and with it has come an increase in opportunity and resources. Online education is being taken seriously by institutions of higher learning, and students are flocking to the opportunity to achieve their academic goals while continuing to meet their current obligations to family and career. Here are some points to consider when choosing between online and in-class attendance.

Convenience

The biggest advantage that persuades many to choose an online degree program is the element of convenience. The opportunity to be free of rigid class schedules means that many who are attending classes to enhance their current career path are able to do so after work. For parents, online class work and attendance can be scheduled around the obligations of child rearing. The advantage for many students that are recently graduated from high school is that attending online opens up the availability of far away colleges without requiring an expensive and often traumatic relocation.

Degree Choice

Information technology is one of the fastest growing job fields in the world, and online schools offer a wide variety of college degree programs for those interested in joining that market. However, there are still many degrees in the sciences and liberal arts that are not available online. Choosing a major was once a difficult choice that students could put off while fulfilling their core class requirements, but now it has become more critical to make that decision prior to enrollment. Prospective students must make the choice of schools based on the degree they desire, but the reality is that some professions can only be pursued through brick-and-mortar attendance. This is most relevant at the undergraduate level. If you are not sure what major you want to study, it may be best to attend a campus-based university, where you have the time and ability to gain exposure to a greater variety of fields of study.

School Prestige

There are two major opinions related to school prestige that differ on their views of its necessity. Some believe that the content of an education determines its value, while others associate college degree value with the name of the institution one has attended. This is a matter of opinion that has evidence on both sides of the argument, but it is a realistic consequence of one’s school choice. The advantages of a brick-and-mortar institution can most frequently be associated with the alumni support services and the networking that is achieved while in attendance. When physically attending a school, one’s interaction with peers and professors is much more personal and valuable to the future support of one’s academic and professional endeavors. In the online environment, everyone is geographically isolated and there is rarely any additional interaction, which means there is little chance of building friendships and professional contacts.

Deciding to attend college online or at a physical campus can be a difficult choice. Selecting between the two options should be made based on which is most complimentary to one’s individual goals and needs.

Janet Snyder is a freelance blogger, who writes about options in higher education. Herself a student, Janet recommends getting a masters degree in strategic management to help you on your career path.

 

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The Advice of Steve

With the death of Steve Jobs came the end of an era. He was the CEO and visionary of Apple. He inspired many people to do great things. He will not be forgotten, but will always be remembered as an extremely intelligent, and passionate, man. He left behind words of advice that we should all ponder as we find our place in this world.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it…”

Jobs said this when he spoke for the Stanford graduation ceremony on June 12, 2005. Jobs was right when he said our time was limited. We may think we have time for everything. We don’t, and we need to make time for the most important things. Follow your heart in everything that you do. That is the best way to ensure long-term happiness.

“Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”

This is so true. If you are a college student right now, don’t just go through school doing the minimum requirements. Make sure you do quality work in order to get all that you can out of your education. Don’t slack off.

“…saying we’ve done something wonderful – that’s what matters to me.”

Spoken to the Wall Street Journal in 1993, Jobs inspired people not to only think about money. Doing what is great for the world is what really matters. Success does not only come in the form of money although many think it does.

“I think if you do something and it turns out…then you should go do something else…”

Many people will do something great and then stop there. This makes them failures, I think. Jobs says it best with this quote. After you do something great, go out and do something else that’s great. Don’t quit while you’re ahead.

“There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

Don’t be scared of anything. Steve Jobs was innovative and if people didn’t like his ideas, he did it himself. Being scared will only limit what you can do. College is hard sometimes but it is doable. There is nothing to lose in this world. Like Jobs says, just follow your heart. If you do that, you will have no regrets. Jobs once said, “I want to put a ding in the universe.” He did. You can too.

About the Author

Meagan Hollman writes pieces MyCollegesandCareers.com. My Colleges and Careers puts people on the right path for career, and higher education, exploration. The site helps people find online mba programs that are tailored to their exact needs.

 

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When You’re Ready to Reboot

By the time you reach adulthood you’ve doubtless faced a lot of changes in your life. In line with the natural order of things we tend to experience successes and gains, but also great loss. If change has come upon you due to things like the kids moving out or going through divorce, you may feel like the life you have is no longer the one you want. The upside is that it’s never too late to reinvent yourself. Any number of steps, both big and small, can help you give your life a reboot; here are just a few…

Change your look.

Sure, it may sound simple but what better way to embrace inner change than by changing your appearance? First envision the new you you want to become and then have that picture reflected in everything, from your wardrobe to your hair. Ditching the corporate job to become a visual artist? Guess you won’t need those power suits any longer. Trading in the McMansion for an Airstream and a dream? Then you might want to consider an easy-to-manage hairstyle and high performance clothes that are suited for adventure. Or maybe you’ve always been a brunette and you think auburn might better reflect your new zest for life; it doesn’t have to be completely drastic but your new style should herald change.

Move to a new town.

Still feeling constricted by a well-meaning community that thinks it knows you? If your attempts at bringing positive change into your life consistently meet resistance from friends and family then you may want to consider moving. This is no small change, that’s for sure, but there are few things more liberating than being able to go to a new place and start fresh. Imagine your life becoming a blank canvas just waiting for new vivid patterns of color. Lifelong friends will always be there, no matter what the geographical distance; whereas the naysayers delivering the negative energy will simply fall away.

Go back to school.

Higher education is a terrific way to give your life a positive charge. Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn more about photography, or dance, or theatre; why not take this time to feed your mind and soul? You’ll not only learn remarkable things about your subject of interest, you’ll also surround yourself with people from all walks of life. When done strictly for yourself higher education can be an incredibly expansive experience. Granted, you might feel a little out of place at first but when you really look around and get to know other students you’ll find any number of things you have in common with them. You’ll also feel good that you’re making real steps toward improving your life. And if you’re prone to brooding, school will keep you far too busy to mull over those “what ifs” in life. However you choose to revamp your life, try approaching it remembering that this is not a dress rehearsal and that you were born to shine. So what changes do you see coming?

Author Emma Bell writes for Coupon Croc. Ready for that new look? Find some saucy and affordable fashions with these ASOS discount codes.

 

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Three Reasons to Attend Online Colleges

In this time of economic turmoil, getting a higher education is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it is hard to procure any decent job without having at least some continued education outside of high school. At the same time, college has become more expensive than ever, with tuition, room and board fees skyrocketing annually. What’s a working class individual to do? The answer is online schooling.

Doing your college courses on the Internet allows you more freedom than any brick and mortar institution ever could, and you can often get a great education for a portion of the cost.

1. Ivy League Schools Are Available Online

 

Although, in the past, colleges advertised online were names that many of us had never heard of, now you can get a degree from recognizable, venerable names like Cornell University. eCornell is a program that is fully owned and approved by the Ivy League school, which awards you an eCornell certificate upon completion. eCornell certificate programs include Human Resources, Business, Hospitality and Healthcare. With these online programs, you can learn financial management and leadership skills that other Cornell students would learn on campus, but you can do it from your computer.

 

2. Skill Acquisition When It’s Convenient

 

Going to a four-year (or more) Ivy League school can be challenging as a freshman, right out of high school, let alone when you are already a parent or have an established full-time job well under way. Programs like these that allow you to earn your degree online make it so that you can work school around your own schedule—whatever that may be. As long as the work gets done when it is due, you can study and write any time of the day or night that best suits your free time and level of alertness.

 

3. Serious Resume Enhancement Without the Costs

 

One of the biggest benefits of distance learning online is the fact that it is typically much less costly than attending a conventional college or university. Think about it: you don’t have to drive to campus every day so that saves you gas money and parking pass fees. You don’t have to live on campus either, so you are saving literally thousands of dollars in boarding and meal costs. All you are paying for is tuition and books. Even the cost of online tuition is often far less than typical tuition, because professors don’t necessarily need to be on campus each day instructing you.

Of course, having a degree on your resume, especially from a prestigious school, can pay off at work. If you pursue a related program, you could end up getting promoted or receiving a raise. In addition, many employers pay partial or all tuition fees if the program is directly related to your position.

Jessica writes about a wide variety of topics.  She especially enjoys writing about education. You can learn more about Ecornell Certificate at http://www.collegenetwork.com

 

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