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Friday, November 17, 2006


Wow, it's Friday already. Payday. Christmas gift time.

So, I've been pondering if I should go to an online university, a community college, or just straight to an in state school (UNC, NC State, possibly Duke)?


sabine said...

I vote state school, but that's because I like mine.

CCs are like extended HS. Blech.

And I don't really know anything about online Unis, but Sar is taking some online courses, she could probably give you some awesomely sweet insights.

Silly college boys.

Bonamy said...

I imagine going to a state school will ultimately look the best for anyone who cares about that sort of thing, but the professors usually don't give a rat’s ass about you or your learning experience, they are more pre-occupied with publishing something so they can stay at their university of choice.

And I disagree with Sabine about community colleges. It's smaller and generally not as respectable because the rich kids don't go there- but you still get your degree, and the teachers are generally there to TEACH. I've had the opportunity to actually be at several universities, attend some classes- check out the dorms, and it was just (for me) overall disappointing.

I am, however, taking some classes online because I want to get a taste of it before I plunge into AIUniversity Online. They are nationally accredited, which is of course essential, and the courses are excelled for a faster attainment of your Masters or Bachelors. If you like the people, the projects, the "school" life- probably online isn't so hot. But I am truly enjoying it one hundred percent. I work on my own time, at my own pace, and it's really for me. I can stay at my full time day job and still get my education.

sabine said...

And so it begins.

I must actually disagree with Bonamy, on a few things. To start, I think that there are many, many professors that take as much as it wanted/necessary/etc. to make their students successful. As a matter of fact, every prof I have had thus far, has been as helpful and accommodating as my HS teachers, who I knew for YEARS.

To teach is a gift, and they are passionate about their fields, and I think it's better that way.

As for any potential employer looking more fondly on your resume, isn't that, at least partly, the point? What's the point in attending a school that does not do this for you? Does it seem a waste of money in the end? You can learn anywhere, but if you're going to pay for it, don't you want the ending benefits?

CCs, I don't really have much experience with, but really, I have spoken with CC profs, students, the whole nine yards, and in the end, I think the appeal of a CC is the high school, down to earth, one on one feel. At least that's my understanding. One of our HS teachers also taught a few classes at NMC and she also taught my honors lit and College Prep, both of which I Aced, and she said she taught them like her CC classes. State school curriculums on the other hand, seem to be a little more tough. They move faster, cover more material, and in the end come out to the opposite feel, not because the profs don't care, but because so much is covered.

I have no problem with CCs, and I think they fit the lifestyles of A LOT of people, but it seems to me that state is the way to go if you are looking for a long standing post high school education.

But again, to each his own.
: )