Hello, everyone. I have a bit of a problem that I have a hard time trying to find the solution to. I'm not sure if the online college I enrolled in was the right decision.
First,I studied in public grade school up until fourth grade, where I was taken out of public school to be homeschooled. I have been in homeschooled up until graduation.
After that, I enrolled in my first online college to pursue a computer degree. About a year into my program though, I wasn't able to finish my education because of problems on the school's end. I was sent a notice in the mail and on their website that my first college would no longer be in operation.
Of course I was disappointed because of what had just happened. When I was enrolled in my program of study I was committed to finishing it. I tried my best to submit my coursework on time and get good grades. Anybody would become upset if that happened.
However, I didn't let that discourage me from pursing my education. I had around fifty credits from the school, and I began seeing if they could be transferred to other colleges. I had first tried a community college. When that didn't work, I tried two universities, to see if the credits would transfer into an online degree similar to the one I pursued at . When that didn't work, I applied for two other universities, one was online. If I was accepted into the other school, I would have to go on-campus to study in my program. Good news was, I got an envelope in the mail saying that I was accepted. The only problem was that this university didn't accept my credits. This meant that I would be doing a whole bachelor's degree program from the start and with increased tuition costs. With or without credits,the school's tuition was still affordable for me though. I just wanted to save money and don't want the transfer credits to go in vain if they don't have to. When the orientation started, me and my family attended the university conference with all the future students. We got to walk in the dorms and
meet some of the faculty. Yet while on campus, I was very stressed and the people there weren't very helpful. As I sat in the conference with the other students, I felt even more stressed and I stayed to myself. I couldn't bring myself to socialize with any of the other kids there because of the pain I felt. The dorm rooms were very small and there was lots of walking we had to do. As I looked to see what the university had to offer, I began to wonder "was it really worth it?". Why spend four years stressed out at an on-campus college when I could get the same type of degree at an online university from home?
After returning from the university orientation, I was concerned about the next step I wanted to take. Did I want to go on to attend the brick-and-mortar university or should I opt out and choose the other online university I had applied for before
orientation? I prayed about it and talked it over with my family, and that did help.
I opted out of the traditional college in favor of the online university. This university did accept my transfer credits and lessened my tuition costs significantly. The counselors were very helpful and responsive over the phone. Just last week, I finished my first course of my four year online bachelors degree program. That program focuses on a small aspect of the one I would've been pursuing at the traditional university but at a fraction of the cost.
Yet there was still a problem I had. Did I make the right decision? Was going to the online university the right path or was I wrong for opting out of the traditional university just because it was cheaper? If I continued on the traditional university route, I would be sure to land the career I wanted but at the expense of a rigid school schedule,possibly being an outcast among other students, and being stressed. With the online university route, I would be able to study at my own time and pace at a cheaper tuition cost, but at the expense of probably not landing quite the career I wanted. My counselor at the online university said that I have the option to opt out if I wanted to, but I'm not going to do that until I am 100% committed that that is what I want to do. I can't continue to change my mind halfway during admissions because I'll never progress towards graduating anywhere and I could cause friction with counselors. I don't mean to cause any trouble; I was very courteous and friendly with everyone I came into contact with. I am just not sure which path to take in regards to my education, especially after what happened with my first school.
Which is the best route for me? Did I make the right decision?