Maybe you’ve been thinking about going back to school for quite a while, but there are some burning questions you need answered first. Well, you’re in luck – we’ve compiled and answered the top five questions adults have about going back to school, particularly for those weighing the possibility of online degrees.
Halloween has passed, but here’s a horror story college students often face: The paper or project that you’ve spend hours on suddenly disappears from your computer screen. You immediately try to bring it back, trying hard to resist throwing your laptop across the room.
Schools are using social media more often these days to get the word out about why their colleges and universities stand out and to connect alumni with prospective students. They’re no longer scared of social media, but embracing everything it has to offer, especially in promoting their programs to students like you.
The other day, I received an e-mail from a college professor about a free massive online class on infographics and data visualization, taught by expert Alberto Cairo, a University of Miami professor. The course wasn’t offered through University of Miami, but as the first massive open online course offered by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, based at the University of Texas in Austin.
To get in the six-week course, students don’t need to apply or be selected. If you have an Internet connection, you’re in, and there’s no limit to the number of students in your class. But it offers an extra credential for those who participate and meet course requirements — a certificate (for $20) to show employers or add to your resume.
But if you take steps now to readjust to student life, you will be equipped to handle the assignments, tests, online discussions and other class requirements as they ramp up during the semester.
Here are five ways that you may not have considered but are key to readjusting to life as a student.
As I’m writing this, I’m not at my home office or even at my favorite coffee shop, where using the Internet is tried and true. Instead, I’m in a guest bedroom at my in-laws’ home, where we’re staying for a bit on vacation. The wireless Internet works, but there’s an annoying glitch: I can receive but not send e-mails. I’ve already spent too much time trying to figure out what’s wrong.
That’s why I admire online learners. Technology can be frustrating and unpredictable. Online students must have the patience not to want to stomp on their laptop when they can’t get connected to their class discussion or are facing an assignment deadline and need to log onto the school website.
I admit it, I’m one of those Walt Disney World addicts. But if you’re not, hear me out: The creativity that surrounds me when I visit the Orlando theme park energizes me, even helping me deal with the heat and crowds during a summer visit.
I’m not an artist or actor, but I find that the characters, shows and parades, nighttime spectaculars, design of the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland, and beautiful interiors in Disney resorts reinvigorates my creative juices in my own professional work as a writer.