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"If you want to get ahead, I recommend that you take online classes."
"I was worried about whether or not I was actually capable of going back to school and earning my bachelors degree after all these years. I was worried that things had changed so much that I wouldn’t be able to keep up, but she listened to my fears and encouraged me to try. And 2 years later, I have proven to myself that I am capable of doing it."
"Don’t jump into the first degree program that you find."
"I think it is important for all online students to stick with their program even if it seems overwhelming. One you get past that first class, you will develop a rhythm in your coursework and you will become more comfortable with the online format."
"I would tell other students that online learning is just as challenging as traditional learning."
"I wanted to attend a school that allowed me to move through the program at my own pace and not have to rely on other students to complete an assignment."
"I think that students who want to succeed with this kind of structure and course materials need to practice self-discipline. In my experience, I have to make sure that I understand my assignments and schedule time to work on them or they will not get done. My education is my responsibility, and I will not finish if I get lazy."
"A major strength of my digital forensics program is the exchange of ideas with fellow students. We have a class discussion forum where our teacher posts questions that require a response. The transfer of knowledge that occurs through those peer discussions in invaluable. Often, my peers will come up with an entirely new way to approach a problem that I would never have considered."
"Studying online has allowed me to be fully present in my 5-year-old daughter’s life. I am able to do my coursework when she was asleep or at school, and I can take my computer with me if I am traveling out of town, so being an online student has not significantly impacted my life."
"I had a wonderful advisor who I communicated with by phone and e-mail. He went out of his way to make sure that I was comfortable with all of my classes."
"If you are looking into an online criminal justice degree, I recommend contacting schools that offer criminal justice programs and signing up to talk with their advisors."
"Do not begin an online program thinking that it will be easier to complete than a program at a brick-and-mortar institution."
"I decided to pursue a degree in early childhood education because I love working with children, and I want to do something that helps people."
"An online program allows me to access coursework from my home, which is extremely convenient for my personal situation."
"The online learning environment doesn’t lend itself to face-to-face interactions with faculty or peers. It is more of a businesslike transaction of knowledge, so once I leave a class I doubt that I will communicate with my professors again. Even so, our professional relationship is great. They challenge me and provide useful feedback that helps me to succeed."
"I think that the best way to interact with your professors as an online student is to use the message board system. That way, the other students in your class can read your question as well as the teacher’s response."