My Online Academic Experience
All throughout high school and some of college I have never been a great student. I never really developed study habits, and in all honesty, I just strongly disliked school. I didn't like sitting in a classroom having to do group projects with people who couldn't care less about what their grade was, and I never learned anything by a professor standing in the front of a room lecturing me.
After High School in 2010 I did not go to college right away, I needed a break. When It was time for me to being college I took classes for a couple years at my local Community College, taking the basic classes I needed. I then transferred to San Jose State University to study Child and Adolescent Development. Well, that was a disaster. I live about 45 minutes from SJSU, had to leave home at about 7:00am to park and get to my 9am class on time. That wasn't even the bad part. I took one semester at SJSU and when I went to register for the following semester, all the classes I needed were already filled. The CHAD program was so impacted that students had a very hard time getting into classes. This was not a game I wanted to play.
So, though the community college I had attended I came across an online program through Arizona State University. I knew I would be able to handle online classes because through the community college I had taken a handful and really enjoyed them. I spoke with an enrollment advisor through ASU and it really did sound like the perfect program for me. My biggest concern? Would my diploma say "Online" on it? (It doesn't by the way.)
Although online classes are the future, I still feel like there is a stigma associated with it. If someone says they got an online degree it may seem less of a success or of lesser value than an "on campus" degree.
My experience with Arizona State University was absolutely amazing. I have never been so successful as a student. I graduated with my BS in Family and Human Development in August 2017. I have made some amazing online friends, and the sense of community through Arizona State is like nothing I have experienced in regards to an academic institution. I had such a positive experience through Arizona State that I actually WANT to go back to school to get a Masters. This is a thought I had never entertained because of my lack of positive experience with education.
Check out the online degreesthrough ASU. They have a ton on Undergrad and Graduate programs available.