Studying abroad can be one of the most valuable college experiences you can have. It may be difficult to imagine yourself choosing when or whether you will study abroad early in your college search/career. But, living and studying in a foreign country is a big decision that requires a lot of thought and planning. Get ahead of the game and start now!
Whether you are just beginning to explore study abroad options or you have been dreaming of your time abroad for years, make sure to consider the costs. Going abroad can get expensive, but most students would agree the experience is well worth the cost. Follow these tips to reduce the stress of funding your future study abroad program:
Online education is becoming more common and more widely accepted. As of 2010, more than 30 percent of college students were enrolled in at least one online course, and the majority of faculty and administrators surveyed view online courses as equal in quality to traditional coursework.
However, completing an online course isn’t as easy as rolling out of bed and logging on to your computer. Various studies, including a five-year study of 51,000 students, have found that students in online courses are more likely to fail or withdraw than students in traditional courses. The first massive, open online course (MOOC) offered by the nonprofit edX had an impressive initial enrollment of 155,000 students. However, not even 15 percent completed the first assignment, and a mere 5 percent passed the course.
Since online education seems to be here to stay, it’s important for you to understand the challenges so you can prepare to succeed.
The end of the academic year is the perfect time to reflect on what went well, what you wish you’d done differently and how you can use these insights to position yourself for future success.
I can already hear the cries of “I have so much to do that I don’t have time to think about the past, much less the future.” Resist the temptation to put it off. Take advantage of the clarity and sense of urgency that moments like these present. An hour invested now in honest reflection about your academic progress and habits can pay off big by helping you be more focused, efficient and effective in the future.
So, you’ve carved an hour out of your busy schedule—what’s next? Continue reading