Today I finished my first week of online college. I have to admit, it is not as challenging as some people make it out to be. The programs in which I use for my numerous classes are easy to understand and the professors are always checking their emails in case I have any questions. The most challenging part about being an online student is the miscommunication that happens between me and the professors, but thankfully I have professors that listen to what I have to say via email so our misunderstandings can be eliminated. My favorite part about being an online student is the fact that all of my assignments are open. Thus, I can complete any assignments in advance if I know I will be too busy to do them during the time they are actually assigned. You might be curious as to what work I had to accomplish during my first week of college, so here is everything listed down below.
Business Applications & Solutions
- Answer introduction questions to textbook
- Complete two pre-tests
- Complete two final tests
- Read in the textbook
- Post in the discussion introducing ourselves
- Respond to a classmates post
- Create a blog post explaining what he expects us to do for our first project
- Watch “Social Media is Good for Democracy” debate and take annotations
- Complete 112 math problems
- Extra credit quiz
- Take Ch.1 quiz
Principles of Business
- Class does not start till 9/10
Since I started college on Monday, all that I hear from friends is “Online college is so easy”. Being told over and over again that online college is not the real deal is starting to get on my nerves due to the fact that it is harder than traditional college. For instance, I had 107 pre-calculus math problems due this week, but I did not have a professor going through them step by step. If I did not understand something, I had to read or watch educational videos in order to do them correctly. In a traditional college setting, I could visit with my professor during office hours and ask him or go to the learning center for assistance. With online college, the student needs to be able to learn materials by themselves, be great at time management and be willing to put in the extra work that it takes with being an online student. Traditional college is hard and so is online college so I do not understand why others seem to think otherwise.
Since I begin college on Monday, I am helping my friend move into her dorm tomorrow and will be returning to campus on Sunday for freshman orientation. I am excited to start college, but currently stressing over the fact that my college bookstore still has not sent out my pre-calculus access code that I ordered on Tuesday. Thus meaning, I cannot complete any math homework until I receive it. Our professors were supposed to share what textbooks we needed and other materials for the class 2 weeks in advance, but my math professor did not. I just hope that I receive my access code in time so I can complete any homework that is assigned. Anyways, I am excited to begin college, but nervous about how pre-calculus is going to go since I never took it in high school. Throughout this month, I have been on Khan Academy studying it, but there is still a lot I am not familiar with. My plan is to put in 100% and hope that is enough to get a good grade. I am also looking forward to my business classes because when I was looking through one of the textbooks, I stumbled upon income statements and if you know me, then you know I love anything accounting related. I will be posting a blog sometime towards the end of next week so I can share my first week of online college with all of you.