One of the best things about online learning is that students can pursue their degrees from virtually anywhere — even another continent. Just ask Karen Duey '95, '18, current location: Antarctica.
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Part of online learning’s appeal is that it is flexible and convenient. Need to work full time and pursue a degree? No problem. Live too far from a campus that offers your degree? Easy, sign up for an online option. But for some reason, many online students don’t realize that the very qualities that drew them to pursue their degree outside a classroom make it entirely possible to do so from anywhere in the world.
In 1985, I decided that it was finally time to get a college education. I was 21 and had already been in the culinary business for five years. To date, I had experience working in restaurants, hotels, and on a privately-owned yacht. Up until then, I had not done well throughout my secondary school experience in England. I chose to leave school at 16 to work in a job I actually enjoyed, all while getting paid.
Kristen Batista ’17 loved her undergraduate experience at Johnson & Wales University in Providence: She made great friends and memories as a member of the Wildcat Dance team and worked hard in her pursuit of her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, which she says allowed her to tie together her “specific talents and interests within the arts, humanities, and communications fields.” But before she could finish her degree on campus, her husband, Nashay, a United States Marine, received the order
Going to college once meant packing up your car, moving to into a dorm on campus, and attending class in ivy-covered brick buildings.
Today that traditional experience is still available, but it’s not always a realistic choice for everyone who wants to pursue a college degree.
At Johnson & Wales University’s College of Online Education, we know that making the commitment to go back to school can be tough. In order to do well as an online student, you will need to make time for your studies while managing the aspects of your everyday life — and that can be overwhelming. But don’t worry; we’re here to help you!
If you’re trying to find a balance between your schoolwork, job and life, keep these five tips in mind:
1. Make a schedule — and stick to it!
Let’s face it: the holidays are exciting and fun but can sometimes drain you of your desire to do anything work-related. If you’re like me, all of the hustle and bustle makes it difficult for you to maintain your productivity level. Whether you’re taking classes or trying to complete tasks at work — or both! — procrastination can creep in and prevent you from accomplishing all of the things on your plate.
Here are five tips to help you stay on track as the year winds down:
1. Plan ahead.