5 Things My Online Education Gives Me
Jun 17, 2019, 9:00 AM.
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I have had a wonderful experience taking classes completely online as a means to earn my bachelor’s degree.
This was not originally my method of choice. But, as a military spouse and busy mother of two, taking classes online was the best fit for my situation.
I have been a student for years and have attended several institutions because my husband’s career required us to move around a lot. Thus, I did a little research to find a “portable” online program that would allow me to continue my education and finally finish my degree. That’s when I found FIU Online.
Today, I am an FIU Online psychology student and I will graduate next year. Along the way, I’ve learned a ton and gained some invaluable insights. But there are five things that my online experience gave me, that will continue to influence my worldview well into the future:
1. Hope for the Future
I think that nothing is more crushing than giving up something you want to do. In my particular case, I’ve always wanted to earn a bachelor’s degree, but my life circumstances made that a difficult goal to attain. However, FIU Online is allowing me to work toward my objective. Online education is a wonderful option— especially for those of us who are unable to get to a physical campus or relocate often. Hence, I’m hopeful for the future because if I can do this, then there is nothing I can’t do.
2. A Dream Fulfilled
I always dreamed of being able to study abroad, but was never afforded the opportunity in my younger years. As an FIU Online student, I was thrilled to find out I could take part in Study Abroad trips. When a chance presented itself last year, I immediately jumped at it. I chose the environmental sustainability program in Costa Rica because I am a nature lover.
3. Memories of Making a Difference
I enjoyed our volunteering efforts most on my Costa Rica Study Abroad trip. I definitely enjoyed touring the country and seeing the cloud forest, but nothing came close to the joy I felt when we completed our assigned humanitarian tasks. The goodbye hugs, the joyful tears, and the appreciation of the people we helped are memories that I will carry with me. The experiences you gain from structured educational travel can be life changing and the memories are yours to keep forever.