Below, he shares the pros and cons of attending the University of Phoenix.
Describe what you liked best about your online learning experience.
The convenience of being able to do most of my assignments at home was the best aspect of attending an online school. This allowed me to work a normal full-time job, raise my family, and obtain my four year degree.
Additionally I really don’t enjoy sitting for long periods while listening to lectures. I like to get up and move around, so attending an online school was the perfect fit for me.
Finally, I think one of the most beneficial aspects of attending school online is the fact that I didn’t have to go anywhere each day. I didn’t waste time or fuel commuting back and forth between school and home. The time saved I spent working on my assignments and completing my courses.
I can definitely say that if I hadn’t attended an online school I still would not have a four year degree.
Describe what you liked least about your online learning experience.
Because there was no rigid schedule it was difficult for me to get some of my assignments done on time. Frequently I would find myself waiting until the very last minute to complete an assignment. This made for some very late nights.
Another aspect I didn’t like about attending an online school was I didn’t get to feel like anyone else knew what I was going through. I didn’t feel any camaraderie with other students. My classmates were faceless beings and so sometimes it was hard to stay motivated.
The final thing that I didn’t particularly like was not being able to have hands-on experience with a lot of the tools. My degree was in IT and so without having a real lab, as is the case with an online school, it was more difficult to learn some of the concepts and ideas
Has earning this degree helped or hurt your career?
This degree has helped me secure a major promotion. I can't believe it would ever hurt my career to have a degree.
What would you say to others who are thinking of pursuing an online IT degree?
Some people won't like the online experience, but for others it is great. I would say if it's right for you, don't listen to those who try to talk you out of it.
John - Boise, Idaho - University of Phoenix - BS in IT