Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Randell1234, Feb 23, 2009.
Nope. I will finish come heck or high water. I will finish. I have until February 28, 2017.
Great news! Never give up.
After taking several courses at UMUC's Master of Telecom Management I dropped out. I felt that the only learning I was doing came from reading the assigned textbook. Most professors were more focused on how students used APA citation than in teaching the subject of the course.
I dropped out of Excelsior the first time I enrolled in 2004. Talked out of it by a roommate who told me, " No one will hire you with a degree from a distance school. Just enroll in a regular school"
Which I did. A local community college- I had attended Truman College (Two classes) before Excelsior but due to working 12 hr shifts a a nursing home, was not even able to take night classes. I eventually took another job and I attended Harold Washington College in 2005, which was closer to work. Both are city colleges within the City Colleges of Chicago community college system. I finished yet another two classes, yet life got in the way, class times were not always convenient even though they targeted adult learners, and I didn't enroll for another class.
My friend above had no idea what she was talking about. I realized when I almost enrolled at Roosevelt University ( a brick and mortar here in Chicago) and she said "noone will hire you", that it wasn't because of Excelsior being a distance learning institution. Roosevelt wasn't. It was the name. My roommate attended Northwestern University. No other school would ever be as good.
Listening to her I still had no degree.
So I stopped listening.
I enrolled in Ashworth's associate degree program in Healthcare administration in 2006 because I planned to work on the admin side of the hospital I was working as an LPN at, but was again talked out of it by the librarian who agreed to proctor my test. She said, " Go to a real school."
I became discouraged and dropped out.
In 2007 I enrolled in Excelsior. It was slow going at first, I'd take a clep here and a clep there. But between 2007 and 2008, I might have taken just a few test. By 2008 I found instantcert and this forum, and took a test or two a month. By 2009 I had my Bachelors. FINALLY.
I took the liberty of highlighting key points in your post. The bolded words pretty much summed up what's happening out there in the unenlightened world regarding distance education. And your realization that there are alternatives and they can work. Congratulations on your tremendous accomplishment and please do your best to serve others.
Temporary washout (okay, kinda long) and back on track
I "washed out" of doctoral program at CCU or at least went on "hold" for a long, long time. Fortunately, they were gracious, wrote a new contract, and allowed a "teach out". It will be done shortly and a goal achieved feeling of accomplishment is ahead. I'm appreciative of Cal Coast and have found their staff to be very supportive and professional.
I definately am trying to spread the word! I have told many people who are struggling to finish their degrees. It is sad that despite me telling them they have options, there are people who tell them to do it the traditional way. Nothing wrong with the traditional way. I think most young people should. But as a working adult, the traditional way wasn't created for us.
Had I not listened to my Northwestern University friend, well meaning though she was, I would have had my degree much earlier. I tell people. You can have your degree a year or two from now or keep listening to the naysayers and MAYBE, MAYBE finally finish your degree 10 years from now. Maybe one day they will come to their senses. I finally did, although it took years. I washed out a few times, but finally got that piece of paper in 2009 from Excelsior.
someone plese stop me!!!mfg::arg:
I have just re-enrolled at the University of London. But not in the Math program. No, I've gone full bore "Fries with that?" and enrolled in the Philosophy program.
Stay tuned for further insanity.
What's that saying about doing the same thing, over and over again? :crazy:
I know, I know.:worried::ugh1:
She finally dropped them like a hot mess. Way too much drama with that school. Left at the ABD status. Started at Mississippi College in the Counselor Doctoral Program. No drama, just results. Will defend her dissertation in August of this year.
Make that August 15, 2017...sigh...
Keep us posted.
Make that December 15, 2017 on Google Hangouts
That's great news. My own thing hasn't worked out (again). I'm back at the drawing board but not feeling all that motivated at the moment.
It's been a few weeks... are you motivated now? New path? Update
My own situation is reflective of many of the conversations we've had on this board. My degree in Engineering Technology has given me a career that allows me to live modestly and independently, pay my bills and enjoy some minor luxuries like owning my own home, a pool and some time/money for hobbies, etc. At the same time, I don't mind saying that my job is not very interesting or fun. I like some of the people I run into but that doesn't always balance the scales for me. Coming out of high school my personal situation was such that I had to be self-reliant and I made choices that supported that goal. I have what I consider to be a comfortable life but it's not very personally fulfilling. I have other interests but the prospect of making a living at them are slim. I have sampled several different schools and I'm confident in my ability to perform academically in grad school. The programs that interest me the most are not cheap (don't bother. believe me, I've checked) and so to me this means that they also demand a serious commitment.. I have only minor tuition support from my employer, no military background and none of the other traditional sources of funding for grad school. It would all be out of pocket. I have, in effect, become the poster child for the "Fries with that?" debate. So, do you stay put, stay safe and read a bunch of books to pseudo-satisfy your interests or do you take the plunge and go all in. If I choose the latter you'll likely know it because I'll disappear from this board due to not having enough time, etc. Stay tuned.
If I may make a suggestion, I'm a big fan of MOOC's, they might be just what you need to satiate your desire for learning, or reignite your interest for a formal program. The overwhelming majority are free (about $50 if you want the certificate), and I've been very satisfied with my experience.
How is the dissertation going?
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