I am three weeks into my first semester back at school. It’s so different than what I thought it would be. If you don’t know, I’m getting my degree in Mass Communications and Media from Arizona State online.
(I am currently wishing I was doing in person because it snowed in Chicago and I’m upset about it.)
I had no idea what online classes were going to be like but honestly, I love it.
I thought I was going to just be watching a video of the normal lecture and taking a ton of notes and have way too many assignments than I could handle.
(Which is how I felt when I went to college in a traditional class room.)
The way classes are set up is actually very doable. Each semester is split into two terms, each 7.5 weeks. So to be a full time student you would take two classes per term.
(Are you following? Because everyone that I have explained this to looks at me like I’m stupid.)
I was nervous about taking two classes for my first term since I haven’t been a student in quite some time. I thought I was going to struggle to keep or make time for my schoolwork, but it’s been the opposite actually.
(I’m actually using the planner I bought. Who am I.)
I wrote down all my assignments and due dates for the whole term and have been checking them off when I complete them. I have been ahead of schedule every week so far!
(I’ll take my gold star now please.)
I really like that the classes are set up to be one lesson per week and you basically have that whole week to do everything you have to do and if there is a specific due date for something, I know at the beginning of the week so I can plan accordingly. The only downside so far is that there is a lot of reading on your own.
(Duh. It’s all on your own. What were you expecting…)
So far, each week consists of doing the reading, or watching some videos and then some sort of discussion post and replies and then a quiz.
(I’m told discussion boards are the bane of online student’s existence.)
I’m usually one to leave the reading until the last minute because I never feel like it’s all that important. But since I don’t have a lecture or lesson or anything, the reading materials are all I have to go off of.
But I have found myself making plenty of time for my schoolwork. I make use of any random free time by bringing my laptop with me. I want to do well and I want to make this worth it. Plus, honestly the classes being shortened is perfect for me because I think they’ll manage to hold my attention all the way through as opposed to losing interest halfway through the semester.
I’m also only taking classes I enjoy because I only need credits that pertain to my degree and electives. This is the part of college I was always looking forward to
(I’m taking a Sex and the City class next semester!)