Sitting around the house, in your pajamas, with a hot cup of coffee by your side is the image you most likely conjure in your mind when thinking about earning an online college degree. While an online education can in fact allow you to learn in your pajamas, it is anything but a lounging experience. In fact there are many reasons why earning a degree online can be more challenging than getting a degree at a physical campus.
Is online education right for you? Is it something you will embrace, or learn to hate? The answer to these questions and more follows. Earning an online college degree is largely based on ones personal motivation. If you find yourself motivated without encouragement, then online education is probably for you.
Conversely, if you have an issue with the idea of having to do things on your own, on a regular basis, online education might take some getting used to. The fact is that like anything else online, you must choose to turn on your computer, login, and access the information. While students face social pressures if they do not attend a physical campus regularly, in the digital world, the only person keeping tabs on your work, and attendance, is you. Therefore it takes a personal commitment to make earning a degree online a reality. Another important aspect of online college degree programs is the ability to operate a computer.
Chances are if you are able to access this article, you know your way around the internet. But, it is important just to review the fact that online college degree programs expect you to have a reliable internet connection, and computer that is virus free, and enough hard drive space to store whatever documents, and recordings the university sends out. Working two jobs, and have a flare for getting a lot of sleep? If this is the case, earning a degree will take some major sacrifice, and this is exactly why online programs offer financial aid. Utilizing the vast government resources, financial aid can offer assistance with living expenses, food, and tuition. Deciding if earning an online college degree is right for you will take an honest analysis at the current work schedule of the potential student, and what changes can be made to make time for study. Each program is unique, and will require different commitments from a student.
It is necessary to look at online college degree program course guides, and syllabuses if possible to get an idea of what it is that you will be doing on a day to day basis. The more research done now, the better understanding of the program will be later. Simply ask any admission counselor about the program of your choice when considering enrolling for an online college degree program.
It is the counselor's sole job to help you understand what college is all about. While there are certain people that were born for an online education, others must find out what it is that works for them. The most important aspect of them all when it comes to weighing if an online college degree program is right for you is time. Take your time when researching this life changing decision, so that when it is made, it is made with complete confidence that the online college degree program that you enroll in is the best one for your needs.
After all the only question that truly will go unanswered in your search for a online college degree program is the one you choose not to ask.
Andy West is a freelance writer for Virginia College. Virginia College Online offers many Online College Degreeprograms. Please visit Virginia College Online at http://www.vconline.edu/index.cfm to select the online program that is right for you.