Should I Go Back to School?

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Rex, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. Castlerock

    Castlerock Member

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    I have taken my university degree and accounting designation online through Blackboard OLE. I love that part about it because I can access it anytime, anywhere (especially at work:lol:). It also lists my marks and has all the course content included. The part I did not like was having to read a computer screen all the time. My eyes have gotten so much worse (and they were bad to begin with).

    In most classes we were put into groups and then had to participate in weekly discussions and then submit a group report by Sunday at midnight (the only thing I hated since that meant I had to do most homework on weekends). This was sometimes challenging as people in my group would not post anything or contribute to the report but would get the same grade. Or people's contributions made no sense and some could get argumentative.

    Some instructors were good and kept us involved; others did nothing and sometimes we never even got assignment marks back (which bothered me, since we had deadlines that had to be met, but the instructors weren't held to theirs). And some went way overboard, with wanting us to post everyday and they must be meaningful posts. We were graded on our participation.

    It's not for everyone though. You have to have self-motivation and willpower (of which I stuggled with). There were days when I really did not want to do any homework or would struggle with assignments - and there is no one to turn to. You could discuss issues but not answers - which is really hard sometimes. All this while working fulltime and raising a family did not help matters either. I felt guilty if I had to miss a hockey game or family function. While studying for exams, I had my husband take the kids out for the day so I could study in a quiet house. But there were days where I said screw it - I am going to be with my kids - I will settle for a 75% rather than 85%!!

    But I made it throught the 5 years and graduated this past weekend. I am very proud of myself and could not have done it without the support of my family.
     
  2. overedge

    overedge Well-Known Member

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    Yay Rex!! Don't forget to give the teacher a virtual apple :lol:
     
  3. milanessa

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    Congratulations!
     
  4. Yehudi

    Yehudi Well-Known Member

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    Good Luck Rex. I just finished my first quarter. We had homework before the term started and the pace just keeps increasing.

    Are you doing an Accelerated Program? I can't imagine how people will be able to cram all the coursework into one year. I barely survived the first 7 weeks.
     
  5. Rex

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    I have an assignment due tomorrow for my Administrative Management course - which I've done already :). Friday I have a two page paper due for that class AND my State & Local Government course - due at midnight.

    I'll be a busy boy.
     
  6. Angelskates

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    Good luck, Rex! :cheer2:
     
  7. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Yehudi. No, it's not accelerated. But there are lots of written assignments.
    Thanks :)
     
  8. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

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    My books have not arrived yet. I told my school counselor and she said she took both classes without her books and got a B!!! She insists that the answers to my questions are online. I got some work done on my assignment that is due Friday. My goal is to stay ahead of the game if I can.

    Thanks everyone for your unwavering support!!!
     
  9. Prancer

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    She may be right. I hardly ever bought textbooks for classes, even before the internet, and did all right. Of course, my memory was a lot better back then :shuffle:.

    The problem with finding answers online is that they aren't always the same answers you would find in the book, so be careful. You might want to search for your books online--there are a lot of textbooks uploaded in Google Books and you can sometimes get all your reading done there if you ration yourself.

    If you are paying for your books yourself, I might be able to save you some money :D.
     
  10. Civic

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    Good luck Rex! I know you can do it. Feel free to send me a pm if you need help finding articles, books or stats for your assignments.
     
  11. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

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    This is working for the discussion topics in the Cyber Cafe, but I've got two papers due Monday for each class that specifically ask you to respond to questions in the book....:eek:. Oh well, persistence will find a way.

    Thanks Civic, I will. Stand by ;).
     
  12. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

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    Check to see if your library system has these books, even older editions. If they don't, then talk to your professor and ask him for either an extension, or for him to (shh...) perhaps scan just those pages of the book and send them to you.

    I assume the books are being sent to you from the school, and you didn't purchase them yourself, right?
     
  13. myhoneyhoney

    myhoneyhoney Well-Known Member

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    Rex, thank you for starting this thread, it's really informative.

    I've been a stay at home mom since 1999 and now that my kids are in school full time I'm thinking of going back to school then get myself back into the working world. The plan is for my salary to purchase our cars, annual vacation, and savings. I never realized that online degrees were frowned upon... I have a lot of researching to do!
     
  14. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

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    Check to see if your local colleges have classes that fit your schedule. Many colleges have part-time and full-time degree programs that might work for you, especially if your plan is to take classes while your kids are at school. If you already have some college credits behind you, some colleges also offer accelerated degree completion programs specifically for adult students, which might appeal to you.

    If you find that you really have to do this degree online, stick to the online degrees offered by reputable, old-fashioned-style, brick and mortar schools. So look at the many online degrees offered by UMass Amherst, Northeastern, Drexel, Florida State, U Denver, Regis U, etc. Also look at the colleges in and near your home state. Some may offer online degrees, and if you got an online degree from a school that's commutable to you, it won't be obvious you did the degree online from your resume.
     
  15. myhoneyhoney

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    Thank you for the advice! Luckily I'm in the San Francisco Bay Area so I have several to choose from... Cal States, maybe even a UC if they'll accept me. My last college credits are from 1998 so I doubt they're still eligible.
     
  16. jlai

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    For those that only need some deadlines to follow, it works. Even back when I was doing brick-and-mortar school I often end up reading the book and ignoring the teacher (I'm visual person), so online works fine. It does need self motivation, and I try not to pick classes that look like it is going to draw out (like requiring 21 assignments insread of 10) :)

    That said, I've never had a teacher online who is willing to challenge me. Most of the online classes I have had, as long as you give a decent effort and do everything you're asked on paper, you get an A--even in subjects I'm not particularly strong in. The instructors' reasoning is that they are not there physically to help you with understanding materials, so they cannot hold you accountable for things that may be a challenge to grasp. So easy As it is.
     
  17. Couchskater

    Couchskater New Member

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    I always love these discussions. Plain and simple: go back. I got my BSW at 46 and my MSW at 50. Now, 10 years later, I have had my ups and downs, but have a good job and a son who just received his college degree (proud mom).
    I went to a small, local women's college (Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA), which really TOOK CARE and helped women returning to school. Now, they too have online and Master's level courses. Ask for the Lifelong Learning person (or something of that sort). There were fewer older women back 15 years ago, but 3 of us were in that BSW class in our 40's and loved it all.
    Don't let anything stop you.
    jms
    BSW, Summa Cum Laude
    MSW, Honors
    LSW
    Happy:D