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Online Education: My Experience
Posted By Ron On January 4, 2008 @ 1:00 AM In Debt,Life,Money,Online Degrees | Comments Disabled
Getting a degree online  is not easy. It requires a tremendous amount of drive and discipline. Here is what I have learned after getting a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree (both online) through two different schools:
Once you get started:
I started at a major state university over 20 years ago. As an 18 year old, I wasn’t mature enough to know what I wanted to do with my life and, I found myself constantly changing majors. I dropped out after 4-1/2 years with no degree and thousands in debt, got married, got a job, had children and began just living life. But I regretted not finishing college and went back for among other reasons, to set an example to my children. I hadn’t performed well previously and my low grade point average haunted me after going back because the university had minimum GPA requirements based on your hours completed. I took two classes and did well, but these two classes put me into a different classification with a higher overall GPA requirement. When I went to fall registration, I was told that I would not be allowed to register. I appealed to the dean but he told me that I wasn’t college material and that I should consider trade school. I was devastated and demoralized.
A decade of different jobs went by and I still desperately wanted to finish college. I began researching online and distance education options and found Baker College . I enrolled and thankfully was able to transfer many of my previous college credits. I will always be grateful to this school because of the way their advisers were so encouraging.
I graduated with honors with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2004. So much for not being college material.
A year later, I decided to research MBA degrees and discovered the University of North Alabama . It was quite affordable and I began in 2006, graduating in December of 2007 with a 3.82 GPA. My motivation was two-fold. First, I was motivated  because I wanted to make myself more valuable to my organization and second, for personal reasons. I wanted to learn and to keep my mind sharp. 
Should you take this step? Only you can answer that. You may say, “But it will take two years.” Think of it this way: if you had started two years ago, you would be finished by now. Only you can make the decision. Only you can do the studying and only you can take the tests. This has to be a decision that you have to make.
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