People discovered that you can get an excellent education from the comfort of your own home, for a lot less money and a thousand times more convenient, a few years ago, and online education was the newest fad.
However, as international airfares got more affordable, people began to travel again for their studies, and online degrees fell out of favor with students. However, it is not for everyone!
Yes, even if going to a real campus for your studies is increasingly common these days, online courses are still a great alternative and a great choice for your Master’s or Bachelor’s degree.
But let’s see 5 of the perks of studying online:
1. Enjoy your studies from your couch, in your favourite pyjamas
Ah, this is an amazing perk: getting to continue your life.
No, seriously! People tend to drop everything in order to go and study abroad, and that isn’t necessarily bad, if you are a student, in the beginning, trying to figure out who you are and what to do.
But, if you already made a life for yourself back home or in another country, then online degrees are the best way to be sure that you can continue it, hassle free, only having some courses, once in a while.
And, that, by default, comes with a lot of pros: less money to spend, studying whenever and however you want, not worrying you are late to class or that you don’t have anything to wear, and so on.
2. The application process is a thousand times easier
Okay, let’s assume you got accepted to a normal degree, one that requires you to travel on campus and everything. After the high of “Yes, I got accepted” disappears, you will be left worrying about: visa paperwork, accommodation, work permit, residence permit, and all types of other permits, until you will start feeling sick at the first sight of a queue or a postal office.
But, with online degrees, you don’t need to worry about anything: apply online, get accepted, and you’re done! Honestly, doesn’t this sound like the best and the easiest way to start your degree?
3. You get to meet people you wouldn’t normally get to know
The world is made of 7 billion people and getting the chance to meet the cool ones are super slim. But, with an online degree, the friends you will make are generally once in a lifetime.
Think about it: this may be the only thing you will have in common, and this can start the best friendships you could hope for, even if it’s a distance thing, at first.
So, keep your mind and heart open, and see what connections you make with such an opportunity.
4. A diploma is a diploma, no matter where you study from
Probably this is the biggest stigma online universities get: online courses don’t have the same value as the campus ones.
Yes, maybe courses in Surgery should be taken in a lab, or somewhere where you get access to practical expertise, but, when it comes to plenty others, an online degree is just as good as a campus one in the eyes of employers.
Usually, the only differences are that everything takes place in a virtual classroom, and that you can watch the recordings of the classes / submit your homework anytime before a deadline, and that’s it!
5. You get to practice some skills that campus degrees won’t test
Imagine total freedom, to pick when you want to study, how to study, how much, and so on, without being surrounded by other colleagues or the stress that the teacher can come and check what you’re doing on your laptop.
Having this much liberty means that you will have to coordinate and control yourself, so you would manage your time properly, and that can be a moment of true maturity.
So, now that you know that an online degree is just as, or even more awesome, than a campus one, why not take this leap and apply to one today?