Recently, I had to write an article regarding whether attendance should be mandatory for first and second year college students. I chose to take the view that it should not be for various reasons.
First, consider that being at college is a choice. It is not like high school where a person has to be there if under the age of 18. Additionally, there are times when other obligations in our lives take importance than being in a classroom. Professors understand such complications in their students’ lives and are more than happy to provide lecture notes on the Internet.
There is no doubt that online education is the next big thing. Universities are saving money by offering courses online rather than in person. Some do it due to lack of space on campus. They need to somehow accommodate the thousands of students that need similar courses. Others do it because it is convenient for many of their commuting students.
For-profit Universities have been flourishing due to the ease of attracting students from all over the country. Given people’s situations at home and work, most just do not have the time to go back to college full time. So they take advantage of these opportunities by taking classes online. But what are some of the things missing from this digital interaction? Are you getting the most out from an online education? Here are some of the things you should be concerned about and keep in mind. These things should help you decide whether an online education is the right path to choose if you have a choice.
Too many times do I hear people saying that college education is a waste of time and money. To them, life experiences are worth more than a degree. I do believe what they are saying is correct to a certain degree, but one has to keep in mind that college education is only what you make of it! If a person is going to college only to party and get a piece of paper after 4 years, its probably better for her to just save the money. For others who are going to college to learn how to think, to make connections and to absorb the material that helps humanity advance, you have made the right choice!
It is true that not every person that goes to college is making the right choice for him or herself. But do not try to tell the people that are going to college that they are wasting their money just because you chose not to. One thing almost everyone forgets is that not everyone has the same goals as others when they make a choice to attend college. For example, you might have been blessed with a way to make money without ever having to step in a classroom, but that same opportunity is not going to be available to everyone else. Just because never having to attend college worked out for you, it might not work out for others.
You have worked hard through college and graduated with a Masters in Business Administration. Although you could not get into one of the Ivy League colleges, you still decided to get an MBA at your local Bum-fuck State University. Now you are sought after to manage the fortune 500 companies that dominate the world economy. You are the genius that will end world hunger and bring peace to the world.
WRONG! Allow me to point out how and why your MBA degree is worthless in most cases. Unless you went to a university that is well known for their MBA program, you will be flipping burgers!
College students everywhere are preparing for the upcoming Fall 2010 semester. If you are one of such people, you have probably been busy filling out the necessary paperwork to get as much financial aid as possible. You have filled out the FAFSA form. You have been to the college financial aid office to clear up any problems there could be. Despite all the necessary preparations there is always something that holds up the disbursement of your award to you at a very critical moment. This is exactly what happened to me just recently and I am completely furious about it!