Can Online Degrees Solve Some of the Most Common Problems Facing Students?

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Attending college is considered a rite of passage by many students and their families. Students look forward to expanding their horizons, making new friends and obtaining a degree able to open the door to the fantastic career they’ve set their sights on. But adjusting to life on campus and managing finances can be a challenge; and for some students the challenge is just too great. Could online degrees offer a solution? Let’s take a look at some of the most common problems facing students and find out.

Sleepless Nights -  Running Up Scary Levels of Debt

Obtaining a degree is expensive no matter which kind of tuition students choose. With a traditional campus education, students need to find the funds to cover both their accommodation costs and their tuition fees; and if that campus belongs to a public, out-of-state college, the tuition fees can be very high indeed.

A student continuing to live with their parents and taking an online degree, only has to pay for tuition and has the opportunity to work full-time as the courses are designed for part-time study.

Earning a full-time income while studying in the evenings and at weekends allows students to pay for a significant portion of their college education, reducing the need for student loans and increasing the chances that they can graduate without a crippling debt load blighting their future.

Mom, I Want to Come Home - The Homesick Blues

Heading off to college is an exciting experience, but it’s usually the first time that young people have left the security of the family home. Finding themselves in an unfamiliar environment, cut adrift from their friends, while having to get to grips with the demands of their academic workload can leave students pining for home.

Most students, particularly those in their freshman year, will experience homesickness at some point, and these feelings can be an even bigger problem for the most introverted students who take a long time to develop a new social network on campus.

Everyone has to fly the nest eventually, and generations of college students have navigated this process successfully, but students today are different from their predecessors in a significant way — and it’s not their fault. 

For the first time in history, an entire generation of parents have wrapped their kids up tight in a loving blanket of cotton wool that’s meant to protect but all too often ends up as a safety blanket that’s hard to let go of. Some kids just aren’t ready to be independent at eighteen.

Online courses eliminate the homesickness problem entirely and can even offer a way for the 30% of students that drop out of college to complete their studies. With many of the leading universities in the world offering everything from online History and English degrees to an Online Master of Science in Computer Science, students won’t have any problem finding a suitable course.

Brain Drain - Partying Too Hard

Young people are blessed with a superhuman ability to party long into the night and still function the next day after just a few hours of sleep - sometimes for weeks at a time. But the keyword here is function. Having a sleep deprived and hungover brain isn’t helpful when it’s time to pay attention in class, hit the library for a research session or get to work on an important paper. There’s a world of difference between functioning and excelling.

Scientists now know that even mild sleep deprivation causes the same cognitive impairment as being drunk. Regular sleep deprivation causes a cascade of physical stresses that can lead to anxiety, depression, burnout and a weakened immune system incapable of mounting a defense against the bacterial and viral infections that spread so readily at school.

Partying is a big part of campus life, and while students away from parental control for the first time are keen to make the most of their new found freedom, partying too hard can result in life changing consequences. Aside from the academic issues, the party lifestyle has implications for student safety. Data reveals that 43% of campus assaults involve alcohol consumption by the victim, while 69% of attacks are carried out under the influence of alcohol. 

When students take a course online, they’re less likely to get sucked into the hard partying lifestyle that can affect their academic progress and compromise their personal safety.

Online courses aren’t for everyone and many students absolutely flourish at a good college, but there’s no denying that online degree programs can eliminate many of the biggest problems faced by a significant number of students; and as long as the degree course is offered by an accredited and well regarded institution, prospective employers are more than willing to accept degrees earned online.

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