college online

Kayliecia - posted on 03/21/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )




Did you or are you going to an online college? do you like it? Is it hard? Which one are you going to? What for? How old are your kids? did you take student loans out? if not how'd you pay for it?..the reason why im asking is i want to go to an online college im worried however the costs. and if it is really best for me. im going to a community college and found that i dont like it..i hate going..and i hate leaving my kids.

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Beth - posted on 01/05/2011




Yes, I am back in school, I attend Walden University, which is fully accredited, and I am getting my PhD in Psychology. Is it hard? Yes, it is hard as hell! Compared to brick-and-mortar classes, I think these are MUCH harder, as you have little interaction with other students, there is an enormous amount of reading assigned each week for each class, plus discussions, responses, quizzes, tests, and a paper to write. All of the classes have every one of these assignments each week, which means I am studying continually every day of the week. I feel like I am living with my books and laptop!
Is it expensive? YES! I have loans, grants and scholarships, but yes, it is very expensive. Compared to a community college, it is about double or triple the cost, but then again I am taking higher level courses, all transferable should I choose to go to a different university, whereas the courses I took at the community college years ago did NOT all transfer, and they certainly didn't go up to the PhD level of education.

Online education is no joke. If you go to a reputable school, you are going to be spending a lot of time studying and working online to get that degree. I average 40-50 hours a week doing schoolwork, but then again I have a 4.0 GPA. I figure since I'm having to pay for this, I better do well!
I don't know what you want to study, but my field requires me to do clinicals, and they arrange for me to do those at local hospitals and centers, so I'm not having to move to do them. You should consider this when you are choosing a degree program and which school you want to attend.

I really don't think I could handle all of this if I had little ones in the house. My daughter is away at her university, so I have plenty of quiet time to do MY work, thank goodness! If I didn't, I'd never meet the deadlines and do all the work assigned.
I wish you well, and I hope you can find the right school for you!

Erin - posted on 03/21/2010




I'm going to a community college in my town and I do a lot of my classes online, but some of them I have to do there. I'm going to Nursing School starting in the winter of this year. It is a little harder online due to the fact that you are pretty much teaching yourself the material but you always have your teacher that you can email questions to. My son is 2 1/2, but I'm pretty lucky right now because my husband is off work due to an injury at work so he can watch him while I do some of my work. I get Financial Aid so it pays for me right now to go to school. You have to be good with time management too, it's very easy to say to yourself "Oh I can do this tomorrow" and then tomorrow turns into next week lol. good luck to you.

Katherine - posted on 03/21/2010




I have and I liked it. You go into class once in a while. There are a ton of grants out there for moms right now. Nursing is a big thing. You would need SOMEONE to watch your kids at some point to do papers and research. Don't do loans, do a grant!!!

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