Hey 20 somethings, do you consider a DL bachelor's degree lame?

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  1. LaceyLady

    LaceyLady New Member

    You don't have to be afraid! Not all teenagers are like that!:cool: Just bring her up right!

    When I was young, people would tell my parents "just wait until she is a teenager". When ever I heard that I would think "really?".
     
  2. LaceyLady

    LaceyLady New Member

    Wow! Now you know why I don't want to spend too much time with kids my own age. I can do without that kind of college experience!:smirk:
     
  3. LaceyLady

    LaceyLady New Member

    Thank you.
     
  4. emissary

    emissary New Member

    Not lame. I can party on my own terms; I don't need no stinking cohorts.
     
  5. AUTiger00

    AUTiger00 New Member

    I think this is kind of a silly discussion, especially when the question is posed on a board devoted to distance learning. Of course no one here is going to think it is "lame" to earn your degree via distance, that perception is likely different among typical 18-22 year olds.

    For what it is worth this is my stance, I in no way see a degree earned via distance from a reputable school as "lame". That said, I would find it odd if a student who had the opportunity to go to a traditional college, to have the traditional experience (which encompasses so much more than just going to class), chose to do it via distance on a full-time basis. Distance learning programs are designed for people with life circumstances that prevent them from attending on campus programs/studying full-time, not for 18 year olds fresh out of high school.

    And this isn't a knock at LaceyLady, she seems like a very intelligent girl and I won't pretend to know her life story, but I would advise someone like her-someone who has the opportunity to go the traditional route at 18- to do just that. It's so much more than going to classes, it meeting people from different backgrounds and learning to function in a diverse setting surrounded by differing views and not just in class, but in extra-curricular activities and social settings. Also, employers love to see extra curricular activites/students that have had leadership experience. That's harder to come by when you're studying via distance. The personal maturity I experienced between 18-22 was drastic and I know it made me a more well rounded person. That would not have happend had I earned my degree from my parent's house. She mentioned she intends to go to grad school on campus and have her "traditional" experience that way.t he experience of going to graduate school on campus is completely different than the undergraduate experience. Trust me, I thought grad schools was going to be another 2 year party - a two year vacation from the real world - the truth is I worked harder in those 21 months than I have in my entire life. While social aspects existed it was not even close to my experience while earning my BS. My advice to someone like her would be to have the traditional college experience. I wouldn't view the degree she earns via distance as "lame", but if I was a hiring manager it would definitely raise some questions on an interview.
     
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  6. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    There's more than one way to get all of that diversity and well-roundedness. If campus life works for you, then fantastic! I'm glad I never went to B&M college, even though I had a desire to. I would have missed out on everything that has helped expose ME to diversity, helped ME out of my timid shell, see and do awesome things that I never would have planned for coming out of high school. Working in several different universities and cc's over the past few years has made it abundantly clear that I missed out on absolutely nothing.
     
  7. AUTiger00

    AUTiger00 New Member

    That's not really a statement you can make if you never experienced it. Glad you feel that way though. Good for you.
     
  8. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    I've never experienced sticking my hand in a blender while it was operating, but I'm nearly 100% certain that it would hurt... :saevilw:
     
  9. Student_Rex

    Student_Rex New Member

    I recently turned 20 so I'll chime on a bit on this heh.. Well, I graduated HS at 17, I went to a community college right after HS. I took around 5 classes the first semester. Well the result wasn't good heh..I passed only two classes BARELY, withdrawing the remainder. (The two classes we're health wellness and a how to survive college class which didn't give me credit for nothing heh..) Anywho, everyone told me, it's okay bro, freshman college students always do poorly the first semester. Later, I found a full time job (retail job HORRIBLE). I was around 18 now, and registered for the next term and took 3 classes. I met alot of new friends that semester, and met a girl and I was basically more concentrated on her more than my studies >.< !! I remember, the weekends was party party party with local universities around us (UM,NSU,FAU,FIU,MDC) and I only passed one class that term, withdrawing the two. Now, I know it is my fault and I did not put any effort in concentrating for college, I took my next term more serious. The girl I met, (I am dating now) was taking online classes from the community college and she basically introduced me to distance learning. I took four classes online the next term, and passed all of them with an A! I still went to work full time, and had a social life. I did not find online school work easier, although more convenient. The girl I dated transferred to NSU, and I actually left my community college because they didn't really have a lot of online classes. I transferred some of the credits to Penn Foster, and almost finishing up with them and will transfer to one of the big three sooner or later. Also took many ALEKS,SL, and Clovis courses. So, in my opinion as a 20 year old I don't think it's lame. You'll be surprised a lot of students just paying to go to UM,FSU,UCF just to party and that's it. (Some of my friends are idiots heh) Even though I don't attend school on campus anymore, I still visit local schools around me and my friends there to hang out. Sometime's I'd go to the NSU library and study there. I plan on wrapping my bachelors with either Excelsior or TESC than applying to Nova Southeastern University or Florida International University for my Master's degree. Anywho, Thank God! That there is distance learning, otherwise I would probably be struggling in school because I don't have time since I work, and a girlfriend lol :kiss: =]
     
  10. wmdude

    wmdude New Member

    I am in my late twenty's and agree, distance learning is not lame. For some people, this is the best way for them to learn. I did the traditional route, and it never worked for me. I wanted to meet people and enjoy college, but even after trying different schools, found that many of my peers wanted to drink and party all the time. For me, this was not my goal. Some people are better learning in one environment over the next. Each person needs to weigh their options and choose the best route. Fresh high-school graduates need to visit campus, spend a day their, and then decide if the campus life is for them. If not, distance learning is here and provides fantastic opportunities. There are many clubs or groups someone doing distance learning can join. And distance learning is starting to change in social offerings, just look at Penn State, they have an online psychology club, which hosts live speakers over the web and other interactions, and other majors are starting to look at creating clubs. As distance learning continues to evolve, it will become closer to traditional methods.
     
  11. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    I'll answer the question with another question: why do you care what a twenty-something thinks? My son is 21 years old and he isn't paying my bills. If he thinks a DL degree is lame (which he doesn't), that's HIS problem!
     
  12. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator Staff Member

    I'm amazed that this question is drawing criticism. Just a casual question out of curiosity. You critical members need to chill.
     
  13. recruiting

    recruiting Member

    Nope, besides who really cares what someone else thinks I DON"T..

    Can't help but wonder if it was earned at the Harvard U via DL if they would say that - probably not.

    Now as for missing out on the drinking, girls, and overall interaction, then maybe, but again who cares what some think....

    Go GIT IT!!
     

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