Excelsior College Online Degree:
Liberal Studies

After attending Excelsior College online, Jean earned a job in a technology firm. Read more about her experience below.

It wasn't all roses. But taking the bad with the good, this degree helped advanced her career.

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Describe what you liked best about your Excelsior College online learning experience.

I appreciated the fact that I was able to use many facets of my life experience to pass multiple choice exams. Most of the exams that I took were graded on a curve, which meant that I only had to do as well as the average freshman, in some cases. As a 30-year old mother, I probably applied myself much more than the typical 19-year old college student. I also liked that I was able to do it quickly, as the only time limits were those imposed by me, and my ability to study for the various exams.

Overall, it was a much less expensive option as well. Excelsior College is a regionally accredited university, and my degree is a valid one. I have used it to obtain a well-paid position in a technology firm. If I hadn't found this means of completing my degree, I'd likely still be working on it.

Describe what you liked least about your online degree program.

Because the experience was primarily online, and there was neither required class attendance nor participation in online study groups, I lacked the interaction with other students. This was unfortunate, because it contributed to my missing out on the traditional college experience. Because of my age and life situation, however, it was unlikely that I would have been as sociable as I might have had I gone to college when I was fresh out of high school. I also didn't like that in some cases there wasn't much flexibility in the electives that I could choose. I felt that this was a reasonable trade-off, though, for the speed and low cost of the degree overall. Because the school was far from where I live, I was unable to attend the graduation ceremony. I would have liked to have that experience, but it was a reasonable trade-off for being able to receive the degree at all through non-traditional means.

Has earning this degree helped or hurt your career?

The degree helped me qualify to work at my current position, and I increased my earning potential significantly.

What would you say to others who are thinking of pursuing an online degree?

It is worth pursuing, as long as you select a degree that will provide you with marketable skills.

Jean|St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada|Excelsior College|Liberal Studies

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