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What College Is Right For You?

21 Dec

I know the feeling! There are a million colleges to choose from that all specialize in your specific career path and offer “the best online courses for you!” It seems like every college is the college that you should go to. It can definitely be difficult to see behind the marketing smiles and sayings of each and every school and see which one will actually be the perfect fit for you to attend.

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Online quizzes are a great way to see which schools would be a good choice for you. Of course, you don’t want to go onto just any site that anyone could have created. You want to know that the information you are receiving is legitimate, yet honest… and definitely something unbiased! Remember in grade 10 when you had careers class and you took all those quizzes to see which career was the perfect fit for you, your personality, goals and dreams? Well it’s kind of like that, only for figuring out which college is right for you.

Seventeen is a prestigious magazine for teens just like you. Their website offers a quiz that you can take to match you up with a college to your taste.

Another magazine offering quizzes to help you with your decision is Alloy.

Another website that I would suggest taking their quiz is on myusearch!

USNEWS offers a really good quiz as well!

What I would suggest is taking all the courses that you possible can, and see which college comes up the most for you. Do some research and see if the quizzes are right. At least it’ll give you some lead way on your decision! There are a whole bunch of other sites that offer sites so do a search and see what comes up for you!

For now, good luck! Remember that college choosing should be fun!

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Is A College Degree Worth It?

11 Nov

So you’re unsure if a college degree is worth it? First, worth what? Worth the money you are about to invest? Worth the time? Worth the hassle? I’m going to assume your biggest concern is about the money; is a college degree worth all the money you have to spend. Well firstly, there are tons of scholarships and grants that will help you pay off that college degree and decrease that debt once you have completed school. Just take a moment and refer back to that common sense. If a college degree wasn’t worth it, would businesses, schools and the government give you money just to help you and encourage you to accomplish that post-secondary goal of yours, so you can work your dream job? Common sense – of course it is worth it. It’s worth it even if you were to pay for it completely by yourself. It’s all about your accomplishments, goals and happiness. If you thrive on the thought of flipping burgers at a fast food restaurant for the rest of your life, maybe a college degree isn’t worth it, but in all honestly… if that is your goal and dream job, you need to think about the future of your life with a minimum wage and repetitive job working with teenagers for the rest of your life.
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I know that a lot of people have gone to school just to have that degree/diploma under their belt. It makes your resume look better and it shows your commitment and determination as well as intelligence to potential employers. In this case, again, yes a college degree is worth it. It is going to help you be successful.

Speaking of success, it is proven that people with a degree earn more money. This kind of relates to my last point. It looks better to potential employers, which is going to get you that job instead of the guy sitting next to you in the interview room that never went to college.

SO you tell me, are you still wondering if a college degree is worth it? It depends how much you crave happiness and success. If you are content with having a dead-end, minimum wage job for the rest of your life, then sure – you don’t need a college degree for that… but is that really what you want? You can be anything you want to be. Remember that. I promise you that it will be worth it!

How Do I Get Involved?

21 Oct

If you’re going to school online, especially if you’re going to  one of the best online colleges, you surely want to get involved, right? But how in the world do you get involved with your school when you do it online!? Seems like a brain buster or oxymoron! However, it is possible and why wouldn’t you get involved? College is all about the experience, and despite a common misconception, you aren’t “missing out” just because you decide to do your courses online… you just need to know how to do it right and not just sign in to your computer, do your assignment and sign right off.

If you are taking Online courses from a College or University that also has in-class courses, you more then likely have access to the campus just as any student would. If you are feeling a little lonely from taking online courses, go to the student library or a trip to the campus gym.
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In addition to that, you can also join the clubs and before you start sipping on your HATE-ORADE, school clubs aren’t as nerdy as you may think. The football team and cheerleading squad is a school club, so join, join, join away!  If you can’t find a club that pertains to your interests, start your own! Maybe even start a club specifically for students taking online courses! Have your favourite online professor support your idea and sponsor you!

If you are in the same geographical location as some of the other online students, set up a study group. Now, the only way to find out about your “classmates” is to talk to them which leads me to my next topic.

Most online courses offer a forum and a chat room so you can socialize with the other students, and ask questions pertaining (or not) to your course. Start a conversation in there and get everyone chatting away! At the very least, your online class will be much more enjoyable if you have someone to talk to that can relate.

Lastly, you can go greek and nope, you don’t have to be on campus to do so! There are a lot of online sororities and frats, so why not join in on the fun, right?

And there you have it! The easiest way is to obviously go on campus and get involved, but when all else fails, pick up that handy laptop of yours and put it towards some social media, that’s not Facebook.

What Are The Benefits Of Online Courses?

18 Oct

You may not think that there is a big difference between online college courses and traditional college courses, but there is! Taking online courses instead of traditional ones can actually be very beneficial to the student.
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Of course, the biggest benefit of taking online college courses is the flexibility it gives you. You can do the course whenever, wherever and take as much time as you please, within reason of course. As long as you have your laptop, WI-fi (or a rocket stick) then you’re good to go! Online courses are great for students that have a busy schedule due to work… or lots of partying. Hey… I’m not judging! A lot of single-parents take courses online and even athletes! I know a lot of people who are professional hockey players and they get paid big bucks to play a sport, but they want that degree under their belt and with next to no available time and constantly traveling, they decided to complete their goal by taking online courses. Genius, right?

Another huge benefit is that taking courses online saves you money! Don’t believe me? Consider the costs of student residency if you were to go away for college. Most places also charge plus utilities – so up goes your expenses dramatically. On top of that, you have transportation costs, either your car (insurance and gas) or a bus pass. Don’t forget Moneythat you will need to eat, so add groceries onto that list as well… and trust me, the list is endless.  That’s a couple thousand dollars (on average) that you’re saving a month just by taking online courses. I don’t know about you but this sounds golden!

Due to growth in online programs, you have the luxury of studying anything you want with whatever school you want. Okay, maybe not anything and any school – but it’s getting there. Tons of programs and degrees can be earned from online courses, and a bunch of schools that are offering these opportunities.

Ultimately, you get to do school when you want to do school and work it around your schedule, save money and study what you want to study. Can it get much better then that?

Is an Online College Degree as Credible as a Traditonal?

28 Sep

Lately, I have been thinking about going back to school. The only way I personally will do so is by taking online classes. The reason being is that I simply do not have the time or schedule to rearrange my life to go to classes that are set in stone. Another main reason of mine is because that 30-60 minute commute to a school is 30-60 minutes that I can spend working on my online classes or working my job. It just fits better for me, and that’s that. However, now that I am seriously considered getting an online college degree, I start to wonder if this is as credible as if I were to physical go to school. Although I have done an extensive search for the best online colleges, distance learning and talking to several friends of mine that have done online classes themselves – I was still left with the question: Is an online college degree as credible as a traditional degree? Alas, more research and I have some things you may want to consider when actually applying to an online college!

As I mentioned previously, make sure you search for the best online colleges and accredited online colleges. Make sure that the online school you are considering applying to is not online known, but also legitimate, prestigious and recognizable. The worst would be to have a potential employer say, “you went to school where?!” Make sure to avoid this question and apply to somewhere that people will know, such as Wilfred Laurier or University of Phoenix.

Consider the level of degree that you are aiming for. It is said that pertaining an online bachelors degrees may be considered acceptable yet less credible than if you were to get online graduate degrees. Hmmm, something to think about, right?

The field of study and industry is also a biggie. Personally, I completely understand this. For example, would you rather go to a doctor that has online degrees – or a doctor that had hands-on teaching and training?  …That should be a rhetorical question!

Conclusion? Obtaining an online degree can be just as credible as a traditional degree. As long as you consider where you are applying to, and the field of study. To be honest, would a legitimate online college let you get your medical PhD strictly online? Probably not.

As for the advice from my friends…. online classes takes a lot of dedication, hard work and commitment.

What is a Fraternity and is it for me?

26 Sep

Just like a Sorority, a Fraternity is a social organization of close-nit friends – a brotherhood. Of course like most things, there are horrible stereotypes about people that are in a Fraternity. Frat boys are assumed to be jocks, cocky, douche-bags, sluts… the list goes on and on. Wait a second.. fraternity or not, did I just describe the typical man? Oh, I’m just kidding! Stereotypes are rude assumptions made up from envious, insecure people. Scratch your previous judgement of fraternities and frat boys, because Hollywood’s Old School isn’t necessarily the most accurate idea of a fraternity. They are just a group of guys that like to hang out together… and maybe get a little crazy from time to time. The boys didn’t get to school on a Fraternity scholarship! Anyone of those frat boys could be taking any course your school offers, whether it be on how to become a psychiatrist or an online engineering program, so leave the judgement in high school! We’re supposed to be some-what of adults now, right? 😉

If you’re thinking of joining a frat, be prepared to go through the pledging process. It is just like when you tried out for your high school football team, or the rookie party back in your hockey days. It’s just a fun way to get to know everyone, and see if you are a good fit for the group. Who wants a Debby downer in the group? No one, so of course they do want to go through the applicants to make sure the group will maintain a close brotherhood after you join. If you are interested in being in an active, social group – then a frat is definitely something to consider. Frat life is full of fun, social events. Yes, parties are involved, but school events such as formal dances, fundraisers and community work are often done by Fraternities as well. They aren’t just a group of guys that get drunk, sloppy and sleep around…. they do more then that too! Just kidding again! 🙂 But jokes aside, a fraternity is no different then any group of friends that like to do things together!

What is a Sorority and is it for me?

26 Sep

There are a lot of rumours, stipulations and assumptions about what a sorority is, what sorority life is like, who is in a sorority, etc. and a lot of them aren’t the nicest or classiest to say the least. This isn’t necessarily the case though. Unfortunately, a lot of times when you think or a sorority or sorority girls, Hollywood movies like Legally Blonde, American Pie or Dukes of Hazard come to mind. I mean, sure – Sorority girls throw amazing parties, date frat boys and have a great time – but how is that any different from everyone else that attends school. I mean, even students taking online college courses do these exact same things, but it isn’t considered near as bad unless you have those Greek Letters on your clothes somewhere. Just because sorority girls are known for having fun doesn’t mean that they are dumb, promiscuous bimbo girls. They wouldn’t be in school if this were the case, now would they? Believe it or not, some of these girls are going for a psychology degree or to learn how to become a forensic scientist or how to become a cop! So before judging a sorority girl, remember that they can be in any program that that school offers.
Now that I got my rant out about petty stereotypes, I will explain to you what a sorority is. It is simply a social organization for undergraduates. Literally, it is just that.  It is a  group of social females who enjoy hanging out with their closet friends. Yeah sure! They get invited to the best of the best parties, and the wildest events – but it’s because they are in a social organization. Just like if you were in a robotic or art club. They hang out with their friends, go to school, they obtain their degrees, they’re just like everyone else. The only difference? This type of close-nit family of friends has a name to it, in Greek lettering.

Are you thinking of joining a sorority but don’t know if it is for you? As I stated above,  a sorority is just a social organization of female students. Just like most clubs, you need to “audition”, or in this case “pledge” to join. You will go through a series of events, questions and interviews with the current sorority girls to see if you click and are a great match for their group. Of course, if someone is a negative nancy and hates on anything social and is shy and quiet, they wouldn’t fit in well with a bunch of crazy, loud and fun girls. This is why there is the pledging process. You also have the opportunity to back out if you don’t like the girls either!

Sorority life can be different for anyone, but generally it is just living the college experience to the fullest. If you live in the sorority house, it can be different as you’d be living with a bunch of your sorority girls which inevitably comes with more drama and gossip then if you lived on your own or with one other person. It’s a big party of events, community fun and friends but many of the times, a Sorority requires you to maintain a high gpa – which can be a struggle for some. If you can multitask fun and your school work, then you’re set!