The Long, Slow Game

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Maniac Craniac, Aug 7, 2020.

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  1. MiracleWhipz

    MiracleWhipz Member

    Don't take this rudely at all but I wonder if you have ADHD? when I was growing up (I'm not that old thank you) ADHD wasn't really a thing. Maybe a kid or two here or there but unless you were the kid pretending to be a dinosaur in class you were just distractible, talked too much, never finishing things etc. It wasn't until I was in my mid 20s that it finally hit me that I had all of the classic symptoms of ADHD and got tested. Sometimes I wonder what it would have been like for me if that would have been embraced when I was younger because if I wasn't interested in something I wasn't doing it period but if I liked something I would hyper focus until I knew everything about it. It's an intense way to be sometimes but knowing what I know now I think it makes me better. Something to think about...sometimes the behavior we question doesn't mean we need therapy to change it maybe embracing it is the better way to go :)
     
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  2. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    I started thinking about transferring to the University of the Cumberlands. I'm not sure why I hadn't thought of it until now. It appears to be a solid school that fits easily into my miniscule price range.

    The one question I'm not sure about is: what difference would it make?

    I'd be going from a school that nobody has heard of to a school that not many people have heard of; from a school that has no USNWR ranking to a school that has a decent but not particularly high ranking; from a school that has a campus in Greece and administrative offices in the US to a school that has both a campus and administrative offices in the US; from a school that has quite a weird name to a school that has a somewhat unusual name; from a regionally accredited school that has no programmatic accreditation for its MBA to a regionally accredited school that has a near meaningless programmatic accreditation for its MBA.

    Sometimes I think I need to upgrade schools because I know HAU, for all of its strengths, is very low on the recognition totem pole. Other times I think that unless I go to a big name school, and I'm just not going to shell out the expense for one, it won't really make a difference.
     
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  3. Finish at HAU. Really, unless a top tier program, it really won't matter.
     
  4. People really need to keep in mind, that even as acceptance of online schools increases, schools that heavily advertise that are online, that promise quick etc as is the case with U of Phoenix with their CBE and even now WGU, that those schools become associated with not as good for many. A no name school that is RA for an online degree is better than a bigger name associated with being all or mostly online.

    Truly big names, they can have some brand value, but you barely get any network value compared to in seat.

    You are the product always, and a MBA is a suit. A no name school is a lower end brooks brothers, how you wear it, fit tailoring, accessorize etc makes it so it can work anywhere. In a room of Armani, it can still work depending on the person. A univ of Pheonix, American Intercontinental etc are men's warehouse and it will work in some cases and work against you in others because it is what it is.

    The big name ranked programs online are also a brook Brothers, but high end and almost equal to a low end Armani...

    I have hung out with real princes in a low end brooks brothers...
     
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  5. AsianStew

    AsianStew Active Member

    ^^THIS^^ HAU is already RA, you're in the middle of the pack along with any RA school. If it's not in the top 100, you're in that secondary pile already. One good thing about finishing at HAU before you go wandering off to another educational journey is, it's already got built in the requirements for the DBA at slightly more recognized degree granting institutions, it is good for laddering upwards. Even if the MBA is the last frontier for you, it will check the boxes at all new applications for jobs, provide you sufficient learning, etc. I vouch for getting your HAU done before you consider another educational path.
     
  6. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    Wise words.

    Just 2 days ago, I was thinking I should blow through the MBA as quickly as possible then use my tuition reimbursement to get my dream degree-the MA in Applied Linguistics from UMass. I could do the MAAL at a turtle's pace to take as much employer tuition reimbursement possible. I could even save more money by taking 2 linguistics classes as a non-degree seeker from HAU's MA program and transfer those in.

    That is probably the most sensible option. I just can't settle on any one thing and it drives me crazy!
     
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  7. you will never regret having the MBA. Really, for the price we got in, the fact that the course is run by great people, not terribly crazy work wise. Finish it up. You have been content with the slow game, so doing and finishing this is not a problem. Think, dream about what else you want to do, meanwhile...finish this.

    Plus, you are a fun classmate
     
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  8. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    I like UC a lot, as you know. But honestly, stay the course.
     
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  9. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    I'm staying the course. :emoji_innocent:

    I just needed to consider my options to make sure I wasn't missing out on something better.

    I can use the remaining tuition reimbursement from my job to do what Chris suggested, and explore what some of my other interests are. Too many to count. :emoji_dizzy_face:
     
  10. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    The MBA is going well.

    The big question, as always, is what comes next?!

    The degree that I have wanted for many years- MA in Applied Linguistics from UMass-Boston?

    The less expensive version of the same degree from a different school- MA in Applied Linguistics from Hellenic American University?

    The degree that I'd find interesting, and would make me more well rounded, but doesn't really fit in with my current plans- M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction from a school TBD?

    A dime-a-dozen degree that happens to fit well with my goals, but isn't necessary for any of them - MA in Communication from a school TBD?

    Or, do I go crazy and try to finish the longest, slowest doctorate in a subject that I have some interest in?

    Decisions, decisions!! :eek:
     
  11. do WGU's M Ed. in Circ and Instruction after we are done the MBA.. I will join ya, considering it.
     
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  12. Rachel83az

    Rachel83az Active Member

    Applied Linguistics sounds like fun! But I think it would be a useless degree for me, so I don't think I could personally justify even HAU.
     
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  13. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    I would think one of these, with your experience in the MBA informing the decision between them.
     
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  14. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    I've been looking closely again at the Birmingham MA in Applied Linguistics, and it's a really attractive program. Admittedly, I felt somewhat nervous about getting a distance degree from another country, but I've become much more open to the idea in general, recently.

    I've also been doing some searching on what prospects people with such degrees end up seeing in the general job market, and I was pleasantly surprised. For a long time, I didn't know if after getting an MA in Applied Linguistics I could expect to do anything other than what I'm already doing with my career. Not that I have a problem with what I'm doing, but I really want to be ready for a time when I may have to move on and change careers in order to get by.

    I've learned that Linguistics and Applied Linguistics degrees are marketable for jobs in education, communication, professional writing, social science research, forensics, information technology, localization, law, and probably more that I still don't know. For the first time, I'm feeling like I can do exactly what I want while also doing the practical thing thing.

    And how can I feel bad about the one-two punch of having an MBA and an MA in Applied Linguistics? There has to be SOMEONE that would hire me, right? :emoji_blush:
     
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