Excelsior College Online Degree:
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