Hi friends, I'm Dan and this is my first post. I'd like to talk about deciding on a distance learning degree in Creative Writing or English. I live in an isolated part of the Midwest; had to move here years ago to take my current job, so I can't move away to attend a "traditional" university. After two years at community college I attended Southern New Hampshire University online and earned a BA in English/Creative Writing. Now I'd like to earn a Master's in English or Creative Writing, but I need help deciding which school to choose...or if I should even attend at all. I've been looking at University of Texas--El Paso and Western New Mexico University. Both offer online Writing degrees. I went from community college to an online BA program...and I'm worried that getting a grad degree online is going to affect me negatively in the future. I'm concerned that when the time for vertical movement comes, my education choices (almost all online, and at little-known schools like Western New Mexico) will look poorly. Am I worrying too much and overthinking this? I feel like if the choice comes down to applicants with "traditional" degrees from "popular" schools and me (with all online degrees from lesser-known schools), the decision will definitely not be in my favor... I earned 4.0 GPAs at community college and SNHU. I work very hard and I want to earn a Master's. Am I selling myself short and hurting my future by looking at schools like WMNU--schools that might give the impression I'm taking the "easy way out" and not a hard worker, or not dedicated to success? Can anyone recommend a course of action? I can't leave my job, and the odds of finding a similar one elsewhere are low. Is getting a grad degree from a small, mediocre school like WNMU, or even a better school like UTEP, worth the time and expense? Thanks much, sorry for the prolix post, Dan Z.