How to Finally Earn A Degree In 2015
I am the first person in my family to attend college and earn a degree. After earning my Bachelor’s degree on a traditional college campus, my sister and mom were inspired to get degrees themselves.
Although it was challenging for them to go to college for the first time, they were able to fit college into their lifestyle by taking classes online! They knew an online degree would advance their careers and give them a sense of pride and accomplishment.
You should try earning a degree too!
Our nation has seen a continued increase in women earning degrees for quite some time. According to the Department for Professional Employees, “The U.S. Department of Education predicts this trend to continue, with women representing a growing proportion of annual post-secondary degree recipients”. Even though this is on the rise, there are many women that have yet to pursue this goal and are unaware of their options. Many of us are busy with our everyday lives – careers, parenting, etc. and we do not see a college degree as a possibility.
Listen up ladies! There are options to make this goal a reality. If you are unable to go the traditional route of attending classes on campus full time, look no further than your town, even your computer. Here are just a few options that you can check out:
1. Local community colleges offer night and weekend classes, along with university extension programs.
2. Many universities offer blended programs where you take a portion of your programs online and on campus. My senior year of college followed this format and I enjoyed the flexibility of earning a degree while keeping my full time job.
3. Join an online program! Universities nationwide like Boston University, Penn State, University of Wisconsin, Arizona State University and Virginia Tech are now offering online programs. In fact, according to a report released by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 61% of online learners enrolled in undergraduate courses are women.
Let the classroom come to you! You can sit on your coach, lounge by the pool, even run on the treadmill while learning. If you take a blended or online course, you can often access the classroom through your portable devices!
It is time to earn a degree in 2015! There are so many options available, so why not try? Even if you are unable to commit to a degree program, get your feet wet by taking a course here and there to determine what subject matter interests you. A college education is worth the time and energy it takes to graduate. When you walk across the stage to get your diploma, you will understand what I mean. You can do this!
I am a born and raised California girl who grew up in Los Angeles. After graduating with my Bachelor’s degree in sunny San Diego, I planted roots with my new husband and French Bulldog puppy. I hold a Master’s in Education and have spent a majority of my professional career in Higher Education. I enjoy traveling, learning, cooking, wine, Pilates, attending concerts and reading for both my book clubs.
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