Online education has pretty much eradicated any of the excuses people use to get out of going to college. There are several common excuses, and no matter how good they sound, they are all wrong. See if any of these apply to you.
My Grades Aren’t Good Enough
Even if you weren’t an A+ student in high school, you don’t get to use your academic abilities as a reason to avoid college. There are hundreds of universities online, and they all have different acceptance standards.
Colleges care about test scores, but there are also a number of other things that go into enrollment. It all depends on the program.
The online LLM program will have a higher standard to meet when compared to an electronics certificate, but you won’t know until you apply. Narrow down your interests, then look at the different online options available. They could vary from for-profit, not-for-profit, or state-run institutions, all with their own set of criteria.
My Family Didn’t Go
Not going to college because no one in your family did isn’t a great excuse. If anything, it should be a motivator for you to be the first.
Consider the honor and respect it will bring to you and your family name when you receive your degree.
While it may seem intimidating and difficult to attempt college on your own, online colleges have just as many support systems and peer groups to connect you with others who feel the same way you do. You should definitely break the family tradition of not going to college.
I Don’t Know How to Apply
The internet has made it much easier to apply for college. Forms can be filled out and submitted online, entrance exams (if required) can be taken online, and you can even apply for scholarships online.
Online schools have admissions and enrollment specialists that are always ready to answer your questions or walk you through the enrollment process. You don’t even have to leave your bedroom or change out of your pajamas. Someone will be available to get you started.
I Can’t Afford College
This is one of the biggest excuses people use, but frankly, you can ‘t afford not to go to college. The earning potential for college graduates is vastly greater than those who never finished their degree.
Because so many companies and industries realize the importance of higher education, there are billions of dollars available in scholarships and loans for students just like you. It is easy to apply for aid, both through state and federal channels, as well as through the institution you choose.
There are certain income qualifications that must be met according to the different programs, but you won’t know how much help you can get unless you look into it and ask questions. Some companies offer tuition matching or reimbursement programs, so always see how your employer may be able to help with your college education.
It Will Be Too Hard
College isn’t a walk in the park, but it isn’t impossible either. There are thousands of students who graduate from online colleges every year. They probably had the same fear and excuses you do, but at the end of the day, they took a risk that paid off.
College is work. There are lectures to watch, papers to write, and projects to be completed. However, these are all manageable. Your peers will share your frustrations and your joys, and this camaraderie makes the process more enjoyable and worthwhile.
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Even though you are online, you still have professors and support staff that will answer your questions or provide tutoring. An online network is actually more beneficial than what is traditionally found on campus, as you are confined or restricted by time and location. It is a lot easier to connect with a peer electronically.
If you really want something bad enough, you will find the inner strength or motivation to push past excuses and go after your dreams. A college education is life changing, and with thousands of online opportunities changing accessibility and affordability, you really don’t have an excuse worth listening to.
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