While I know I started my blog then dropped out for over a year now. I want to come back with my mini girl thoughts. If anyone has seen my previous posts I am a young mom and having my baby girl led me to dropping out of college after my second year. When I had my baby girl I decided on taking online courses to clear out any general ed requirements until I come back to school. At first I’m thinking “Okay this is an online class so it must be easier to handle, right?” WRONG!
For anyone who was as ignorant as me the reality is online classes are only convenient in terms of managing time. It’s convenient that I don’t have to wake up in the morning to go to school instead I wake up to go to work then study when I am home. It allows me to be a full-time employee without having to worry about “oh my class is this time to this time but I need to work these times.” The real struggle is to find it in yourself to put aside the time needed to work on your online courses. Which meant no video games, no partying on weeknights, and limited me-time if I wanted to be a mom and a student at home.
I had a friend ask me why am I so stressed when I am only taking online courses, they’re easy! Well unfortunately, to that friend they’re not because besides finding time to do my lectures, readings, and assignments its also finding your motivation to get through it and not get distracted or avoid it altogether.
On a good side note I recently applied to go to Oregon State University through their E-Campus in order to (finally) finish my bachelor degree. I was excited and spoke about it to my other friend and she kind of had this “oh no” tone like I’m not going anywhere with my degree because I’m getting it through online. Which, wow, kind of hurts but reality here is for everyone who sees “online degrees” the same way she does I see why. I used to be like that too. After taking online courses I realized the fact that I have to force myself to sit and study I’m absorbing the content so much better than when I was taking sit-down classes. Not that I’m saying traditional classes are bad it’s just easy for us to space out and fall asleep then miss a part of lecture. While online I have to keep reading and re-reading until I am ready to move on or my professor will post videos and I can rewind and watch again.
Now while I realize I’m starting to sound like I’m saying “online classes are the way to go” I would also like to say if you can and want to take classes the traditional way then go for it! I’m not going to lie I do miss going to campus, walking to class, seeing people, just stepping out of the house, etc. It’s an experience to have but for me my life circumstances make online class most convenient. Whatever you choose to do what matters is that you are learning!