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I Switched to Online Learning, and Love it

Holly Lipovits

Posted on February 25, 2020 19:30

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I recently made the transition from a state college to an online college, and it was the best decision I ever made.

Within the last year, I attended a state college in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, known as Cleveland State University (CSU). My major is English with a Creative Writing concentration. Saying I enjoyed my time there would be a lie. Since then, I have transferred to an online institution, known as Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). 

A few things come to mind thinking back on my two semesters at CSU. One is that each semester I had to pay to take the bus downtown, which is absolutely dreadful. One-way was 45 minutes, with mild delays of either traffic or the bus not coming at all until the next loop. I was charged over $120 per semester to take the bus, which isn't all that bad, but incidents did occur during my time there.

To illustrate, I remember a homeless woman boarding the bus. She began to argue with another woman who accused her of not being allowed on-board, and of having a bad odor. The police ended up having to come and escort the woman off the bus due to all of the bickering and nonsense. Since then I have loathed taking any public transportation … unless I really have to. 

There were also the tuition rates. While CSU's tuition rate was reasonable, I always found myself paying out-of-pocket for expenses that my loans and grants would not cover. To be specific, a little over $1,000 per semester. On the other hand, SNHU's tuition was a bit lower in price, with hardly any out-of-pocket payments besides the necessary textbooks. I have been able to put more of my paycheck into my savings and retirement plan rather than extravagant school expenses that were simply a waste of money. 

My final reason is the convenience and freedom I get from taking courses online. While I did enjoy my time in lecture rooms and workshops mingling with fellow English majors, I found myself too strangled from the back-to-back classes, on top of waking up before dawn to catch the bus. I am able to learn with little-to-no distractions versus the loud and hectic city. The online courses I am taking are the exact same as in CSU's curriculum, yet they are offered at a lower cost. 

I understand that online courses may not be for everyone, but I personally enjoy them and feel as if I am still receiving the same amount of learning and feedback from my instructors. They allow me to sleep in on some days and work between my job and other aspects of my life. I'm able to watch my savings account grow without the large debts that came from CSU.

I must say, it was the best decision I have made within my academic journey.

Holly Lipovits

Posted on February 25, 2020 19:30

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