Choosing the Right College: What is Your Schedule?
Time is the one irreplaceable thing in our lives. We cannot get it back when it’s lost, and we cannot create more of it.
If you’re an adult learner choosing a college, your decision perhaps will hinge on whether there’s enough time for you to accomplish your goals. College is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make in your life, and as an adult you’ve got a greater understanding of what’s at stake. The last thing you want to do is make a commitment to something you can’t finish.
Like everything else in life, it’s best to go in with a plan. Whether you’re returning to school for your degree, or if this venture is your first college experience, you’ll want to know exactly what you’re getting into. If a traditional college is going to conflict with your work schedule, then you may be better off choosing an online school. While that solves one conflict, you still have to consider how your classes are going to affect your family and social life.
What are your school’s requirements?
Not all online schools are the same, so you’ll need to do your homework. Explore your options, and plot out your potential day according to your school’s requirements. That way you’ll know when the school week begins, when you’re expected to attend lessons, post your work, and take part in class discussions.
The Ashford Experience is an online tool that allows you to explore one week as a virtual student at Ashford University. Take the tour and then imagine how you would arrange your priorities. With school on your schedule, will you still have time for evening hobbies? How much time will you have to devote to family and household chores? Will you be able to get a full night’s sleep?
Plan your schedule
When you go back to school, your calendar is going to be your best friend. So why not get started early and plot out your current schedule? The more organized you become, the more prepared you’ll be when it’s time to commit to your college. If you don’t have a calendar handy, take a page from Ashford University’s guide, “How to Choose the Right College For You.”
Start keeping track of your life, and you’ll begin to notice the little gaps in your schedule – 20 minutes here, 2 hours there. Think about how you’ve been filling those gaps, and you’ll know whether that’s time you can dedicate toward earning your next degree.
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Written by Jason R. Latham, Content Manager for Bridgepoint Education.