This summer semester beat me up...

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by DxD=D^2, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. DxD=D^2

    DxD=D^2 Member

    I'm just sharing my experience...

    I don't know which of you took summer courses this year, but I know this much... I did. In fact, I was taking a full load of undergrad classes (12 units).

    Liberty consist of two sub 8 week sessions. The last two weeks from the first 8 week classes lap over the second session. So basically if you were doing full time, you would be having 8 classes within two weeks of each other. This is what I did, while working full time, and having my own things after work to take care.

    I ended up with two A's and two B's. (I guess my 4.0 will have to wait for grad school). Anyways, although it was difficult, and I was so close to those two extra A's, I am happy it's over. Although, I'm not too thrilled that I have no break in between, but this was my choice (so who's to blame?).

    I am so grateful that I am closer to finishing my degree. I have to say, that online education has been a great asset for me. It is one of the things that has helped me finish my long effort of pursing my degree. I'm sure many of you can relate. If all goes well, I should be done in May (but that's if I continue to do my full time, 12+ units). This semester, I am doing my typical 12 units at Liberty, plus one class at my Alma Matter to get a GE out of the way. Although I enjoy the online format, I am finding a love in the B&M of this English class. Maybe for grad school, I can find a hybrid model. ;)

    Anyways, I just wanted to share my experience and I hope it encourages someone out there.
  2. Julie1014

    Julie1014 New Member

    Wow! Congratulations on surviving a crazy summer semester!:banana: I only took one class over the summer, and found it challenging. I am taking two courses right now for the fall semester, and I can't imagine taking more than two at a time!

    I think your grades are awesome! You should be so proud of yourself!:fest30:

    I have found your post very encouraging, and I appreciate it. Distance learning is difficult for me. I learn much better in a classroom environment. I am unable to attend classes in person right now, but I can appreciate your comment about your B&M experience.

    I hope you have a very successful fall semester! :smile:
  3. fritzy202

    fritzy202 New Member

    I took 3 courses this summer and it about killed me! I ended up with two A's and an A-, but considering I had a C in one class for a while I was thrilled to end up with the A-. I usually only do 2 classes during a regular term, but in a shortened term 3 was murder, so I can totally sympathize with you. I'm just glad it is over and I don't need to do it again!
  4. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    I took no classes this summer and that nearly killed me!
  5. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator Staff Member

    Spoken like a true eduholic.
  6. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator Staff Member

    Way to hang in there, DxD=D^2. You are amazing, taking all of those units and working full-time. May you rise up on wings of eagles, run and not be weary, walk and not faint.
  7. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    I do NOT have a problem (as I consider a future program)...
  8. cdhale

    cdhale Member

    To add my experience...

    I have been working on Sam Houston's History MA for the past year, just for something to do. I took two courses this summer. One was very easy to do, enjoyable, and I learned alot. It was a study of the Balkans up to the 19th Century. Got an A.

    The other was a study of Soviet policy in the Cold War. It is a killer. Interesting and fun, but the writing requirements were insane. In fact, I am not done yet! Most of the class is not done yet. We were all given an extension until the end of the FALL semester to get it done. I am about half done... plus I am taking another course in the fall (much easier, it is on Anglo-Saxon England).

    The Soviet class had some assignments that had more writing than I did for the ENTIRE Balkans course. Geez...
  9. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    A class on Anglo-Saxon England at Sam Houston State University?
  10. TEKMAN

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    I did not take any class over the summer, but I felt I education was overwhelm since I prepared for Cisco and CISSP exams. BTW, I bombed the CISSP exam by 100 points... Now, I am back to my Doctoral degree at Nova Southeastern University.
  11. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    Great work! I have never done 12 units at once via DL. I have taken 12+
    at a butt in the seat College, and it is not easy. Summer sessions are especially taxing.

    Keep it up.

    Abner :smile: :banana: :banana: :banana:
  12. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I have been toying with the idea of doing a Labor Relations degree at the National Labor College. They have some on-campus residencies which I think would be cool. Or I may do certificate. Hmm.

    Link for ref.

    Contact the National Labor College

    Pretty impressive partnerships:

    Academic Partnerships - National Labor College

    Abner :smile:
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  13. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    This is my plan for next month - EI Certified Trainer

    Become a Certified Trainer in EI

    Attend SoEI's Train-the-Trainer EI Certification Workshop (2-days)

    September 5 - 6, 2012 Tampa, FL

    Then maybe this for October - EQ-i 2.0 Certification Program
  14. RAM PhD

    RAM PhD Member

    John Bear once posted about a PhC degree (chancellor of philosophy), which would be above/beyond the PhD (if it ever developed). If one ever becomes available, your sig line would look even better Randell. You would have to change it a bit. :)

    PhC, PhD, MBA, MS, BS
  15. bassethorn

    bassethorn New Member

    National Labour College is accredited by Middle State. Tuition fee for union members is cheap $270/credit hour. Not bad to earn a Labour Studies degree. More expensive (almost double) though for non union members.
  16. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    Exactly. Luckily, I am a certifed union Job Steward, so I would get the discounted price. This school has excellent prestige in labor circles. It looks like they have a partnership with Harvard as well. Can't beat that!

  17. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    Oh, I see you have Athabasca in your sig line. How did you like it? I am thinking of enrolling my wife in there 3 year bachelors degree program, although I am aware it is not the tradtional 120 units/credits we have here.


  18. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    ... should be abbreviated ChP (as in cheap, cheap)
  19. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    Sure, it will be changed right about the time I announce that my wife left me because it became wife vs. school!
  20. bassethorn

    bassethorn New Member

    Abner, I had already completed 3 years of business administration studies, traditionally ass-in seat, at the BCIT before transferring my credits to Athabasca to complete my bachelor’s degree (3-year, post-diploma) in industrial relations and human resources. I like the Athabasca courses because they were exactly what I wanted, and flexible to start at the start of each month. Back then when I did it (early 2000s) my professors/tutors and I mainly contacted by phone or mail (not using emails that much for some reason), they were all very knowledgeable being either scholars or practitioners and responsive, and I feel that I received a good education without having to give up my job to attend UBC or SFU. Tuition was reasonable (around $500 per course) and covered all required study materials (study guide, books, cassette and VHS tapes : )) so at least it saves you a lot of trouble shopping. With a student card, I could take out books from UBC and SFU libraries without any problems, and if required, Athabasca can also mail me books from its own library without additional cost. I completed 2 courses every 4 months, so took me almost 2 years to graduate. Unfortunately due to schedule conflict I did not attend convocation in Athabasca. Looks fun from its convocation website. Would have loved to visit that northern town of oil boom and come home with my degree in hand. It had full university status just like University of Alberta and University of Calgary in that province, and there was no question that my degree would be recognized across Canada. I subsequently was accepted into Queen’s University and completed my master’s degree. Now that Athabasca has RA by Middle State, its degrees should have wide acceptance in the US. It has both 3-year and 4-year bachelor degrees.

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