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What is online education like? How do I keep up a social life or a job while taking online courses?

I am trying to transfer to a fully online program. My first choice is CUNY School of Professional Studies. I am wondering what online learning is like. I have attended a brick-and-mortar college for over three years and am curious if it is difficult to adjust to an online education. Because I'm a traditional student, I am concerned about how my social life will be. I don't have a job yet, but I am also concerned about managing a job to pay for my education as well.

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Grace Yu

If you would like to know how online learners manage their education, job, and personal life AND you already have a school in mind, I would say it would be worthwhile to reach out the the institutions you are interested in attending, and message their recruiters.

Ask if they have current students who may fit the profile you're looking for (e.g. traditional to online, full-time online, etc.) whom you might be able to talk to about their experience with the program. Emphasize to the contact that this is to gain perspective on your decision about whether or not to apply to their program. Typically, they are open to putting you in contact with a few people in hopes of getting you into their program.

It's important to be specific about the program and school you choose and asking current or alumni students from said program because, as Kenya said, "online classes are different based on the school."

Best of luck!


Answered 3 years ago

Grace Yu

Kenya McCoy

You have to be very dedicated and disciplined when taking online courses. Some instructors are lenient, but you are strictly on your own. It boils down to what kind of learner you are. If I had the time I would love to take on campus courses because you physically get to interact with other students. With online classes you will be social which can be a problem because there is no set schedule as to when you have to show up to classes, however online classes are different based on the school.

Answered 7 years ago

Kenya McCoy