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Online School?

podlovepodlove Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
So for a number of reasons, I've been considering doing online school. My anxiety has been getting pretty bad, keeping me from being able to do my work in class. Working around people, however irrational it may be, makes me extremely nervous, and due to this I've been bombing tests and such lately, no matter how well I know the material. I just completely blank.

Unfortunately, due to the fact that my parents don't really care to get involved with emotional issues, I can't really get help with it until I'm 18, which will be about 2 years. Besides, even if it could I don't have the time to let my grades suffer at this point. I guess I could always go back if I get my anxiety issues resolved before high school is over.

Also, I've recently gotten a job on a fairly decently-sized website as one of the main programmers, (few couple hundred-thousand members ... you can't even imagine how thrilled I was when I got the offer. It literally made my life~) and mine is starting to take off. While I understand school should always come before these projects, it would be nice to have a little more time to work on them. P: It would also let me graduate on time: my mom had me held back as a kid because of my anxiety, and I'd REALLY like to be in the right grade for once. I feel like it'd be easier for me to get the credits to do so with the more flexible schedule online school provides.

The only problem I really have is the lack of social interaction that could likely take place if I do online schooling -- I'm finally at least getting over the social part of my anxiety, and now this happens! :/ I was thinking maybe I could go visit my current friends at lunch if the school approved every now and then, and join clubs of some sort. Maybe volunteer some other places with people my age, or get a more traditional job with short hours. If I'm able to save up for a car this summer, that is haha.

So yeah, pretty much just wondering what online school is like, especially for those of you who previously attended regular school. Did you miss the social interaction? If so, how did you deal with it? Were there any sorts of clubs/groups that you joined outside of school? If so, what?

Also, how can I get my parents a little more warmed up to the idea? At the moment, even me asking to go to a different school gets them all fired up. They have it in their heads that the private school I'm going into is the best thing ever for me, but at the moment it's really not.
Maybe the recent drop in my grades will be the thing that gives them a reality check.

Can't use the anxiety as an excuse -- they don't want to take the diagnoses seriously, or even accept that I'm not alright. It's sort of complicated.

Also, what do colleges think of online schools? My dream is to get into a fairly decent technology school despite how bad I've screwed up this year (I might be screwed now, but imo it's /always/ worth a shot) ; thinking of a few particular ones in the top 50.
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Replies to: Online School?

  • GeekMom63GeekMom63 Registered User Posts: 1,957 Senior Member
    We didn't do online school for homeschooling, so I can't really help with that. I hope others can. I am listing other options not because I object to online schools - I don't - but for completeness.
    • make your own curriculum by taking individual online classes, but I don't really know if there are enough individual online classes. Math is easy - Aleks, EPGY, AoPS, eIMACS, but I just don't know about the others.
    • umbrella school that gives help with classes or dictates curriculum, but you learn on your own
    • your state probably has some sort of "online public school" that allows you to be a public school student for funding and diplomas and stuff, but really learning on your own. K12 is an example of that.

    Congratulations on your job - that's excellent! BUT, you've raised a VERY important tangential issue. Lots of people get good jobs in programming and quit school because they've got good jobs in a fun and popular field. That's great for NOW, and you have more money than all your friends, and you feel like an adult, etc. BUT DON'T FALL INTO THAT TRAP! I've been programming for 25 years, and I love it. But I have a few friends who have not completed college, and it doesn't matter how good they are - it's TOUGH to get a job when you have no degree. It may or may not be unfair, but that's the way it is. I especially see you as susceptible to this, even though you don't mention it, because of the comfort level you could get by not having to work around people.

    Please get your anxiety issues taken care of (good luck with your parents) and don't fall into the "success trap" of a good early job. Good luck!
  • TutorIndiaTutorIndia Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    I suggest you look at these sites also:




  • kypdurronkypdurron Registered User Posts: 2,247 Senior Member
    ^ Really? a group that just happens to be your exact username?
  • TigerFreeTigerFree Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
    I think Tutor India meant to put a hyphen before the name. :)
  • kypdurronkypdurron Registered User Posts: 2,247 Senior Member
    oh, okay. That makes sense.
  • tosinwasheretosinwashere Registered User Posts: 121 Junior Member
    But Tutor India is an actual website, so it's very possible he's trying to promote it.
  • mountedantmanmountedantman Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
    I like Educator.com
    Its cheap, effective, and you get much freedom to hear what lectures you want, and most lecturers respond to questions.

    It's good for those who are looking to understand concepts before taking exams, rather than getting any credit.
  • karansingh00karansingh00 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Hi i am medical student i wants to know about online medical courses
  • zoraplk12zoraplk12 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Oh really a great thread. I have collect some sites from here. I think this will help me..
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