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I m worried about college - Can someone explain all of this to me?

Asked by furtherinvestperson (24points) February 3rd, 2017

I am currently in 11th grade, on an online high school program. I realize next year will be my last year in high school, so I need to prepare. My GPA is 4.0–3.5, I get good grades and take school seriously, however… I am very worried and have stomach aches over college. I live in LA (suburb of it) and want to take my courses online for college. I, however, am having trouble finding colleges that offer bachelor s degrees in online courses. I did find colleges in my area that offer online college program courses but do not state whether or not it is a bachelor s degrees. My parents have suggested University of Pheonix… but I am scared that employers will be less likely to make my resume seriously – even though I realize that employers tend to care more about the fact that you just have a college education and your experience). I plan on going into criminal justice and want to take law as my major. So, I have questions:

a) Is it possible to take online college courses that offer bachelor s degrees (online)? If so, can you suggest some?

b) Do employers care where you went to college, or do they care more about you just having a college degree/experience? Will taking University of Pheonix s online courses and getting a bachelor s degree through there affect my chance at a good job?

c) Does anyone have any advice?

Thank you all so much in advance.

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dappled_leaves's avatar

Well, first, a University of Phoenix degree is worthless. Please don’t do that.

Second, I would strongly suggest that if you plan to work among people once you get your degree, you should consider going to university and sitting in classes and interacting with people, rather than getting an online degree (if that is even possible for the major you are planning). That experience is part of what a university degree is about. It’s not all about the GPA.

If you’re dealing with anxiety about going to classes in person, have you sought counselling about this? If not, is there another reason you prefer to take classes online only?

MrGrimm888's avatar

Kind of depends on if you have an intended profession.

You mention criminal justice, and law. If this is with the intention of going into law enforcement, like to be a policeman, then you’re place of education is less relevant.

If you’re thinking about being a lawyer,you’re school would be more pertinent.

As far as anxiety, I was quite nervous too. But college was awesome. It’s nothing like high school. I enjoyed it…

If you’re anxious about personal interactions, I would seek the help of a doctor,or therapist.

It’s VERY normal to be nervous in regards to such a transition. But it’s just another stepping-stone.

Good luck.

Peace n love…

Patty_Melt's avatar

I agree that attending classes would be far more beneficial than online.
Sure, it is going to feel creepy, especially if you are getting your high school online. Honestly though, it is a terrific experience.
Do you have any colleges at all you could visit?
If you are able to get around, you should visit at LEAST one campus. Check out the cafeteria, the grounds, the student union.
Don’t be afraid. Checking it out is harmless.
Contact a college guidance counseler, or two, or ten. They can be very helpful with information, and just helping you feel at ease.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

My wife was a hiring manager for years. Online degrees were usually not met with consideration.
I do not know of any undergraduate programs that are highly regarded and online. Part of a well rounded education is working closely with othersso if you have severe anxiety please seek counseling for it. Otherwise you will have to face your fears. All that said, legit programs often will offer a small subset of classes online, I have tried a few and feel they are not as effective as physically being present.
There are online programs that are worth just as much as a classroom format but they are generally professional degrees such as an MBA. I know you don’t want to hear it but university of phoenix is a waste of time and money, pretty much any online undergraduate degree will be.

janbb's avatar

Can you identify what it is that makes you anxious about attending classes? I agree with the others that a solely online college course is not respected or beneficial. Some reputable colleges do offer part of the course load as distance learning but classroom time and interaction is important. If you are not ready to leave home or anxious about the work, a local community college can let you live at home and give you some support in areas you may need it. You could attend one for two years and then transfer to a four year school. University of Phoenix and other forprofit distance education programs are not respected.

gorillapaws's avatar

DON’T do University of Phoenix. I screen resumes regularly for our business when we have positions open up. If I saw a U of Phoenix degree that would be worse than no degree, because it indicates the person is so dumb that they spent thousands of dollars for a POS degree.

I second @janbb‘s concerns. Physically attending college is a really valuable experience. So is making connections with lots of other people. These connections can become future business partners, investors, etc. later in life. That’s a big part of the value of your degree is the social connections you make. Maybe you have a disability/medical condition or something that makes it impossible, but if there’s any way you can make it work I would suggest trying your hardest to engage with other students at a physical school.

Cruiser's avatar

Criminal Justice is a fairly specialized field and if I were you I would contact potential employers ie law firms or DA offices that you may ultimately work for and ask them what they look for as to the background of the degree of potential hires. I went to college and upon graduating I came to find out that in my field they only hired graduates from 2 colleges mine was not one of them.

BellaB's avatar

Can you arrange to complete high school in a non-online school? or at least take some of your classes in person?

Online degrees at the bachelor’s level are generally not accepted.

If you’re nervous about taking classes in person at the university level, I’d recommend you start making the switch to non-online sooner rather than later.

Don’t even bother looking U of Phoenix up. It’s a complete waste of $

If you’re looking at a law degree you really need to get used to working with people directly. Online isn’t going to cut it. If you are home-schooling are you at least part of a local debate team/club?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, first, let me assure you there is nothing to be nervous about, but I understand. My oldest was scared when we got her enrolled in her first college course at a local community college. So…I enrolled in the same class (a computer class) and we took it together. From then on she just sailed through.

I agree with everyone. You really really need to go to a real class, with other people. I would suggest going to a fairly local community college first, just to get your feet wet. Get your first two years of pre reqs in. Pre reqs are really just a review of stuff you learned in high school, just more in depth. Then decide where you want to go from there.

And no. I’m pretty sure you can’t get a bachelors from any online college. Plus it wouldn’t look so great on your resume.

Don’t be scared. It will be fine. You’ll be fine. Eventually you might find your self taking college courses throughout your life just for fun! Just look at the things colleges offer, and tell me it doesn’t excite you!

johnpowell's avatar

Go to actual classes. I understand the appeal of online shit but it is just not the same. And college/university is a lot different. You go to class and go home and read. It is less social. If that is your motivation for taking online classes.

And the University of Phoenix is pretty much resume in the bin. The same goes for all online only Colleges.

I would suggest talking with a Counselor at a community college. I did my first two years at a CC while I figured things out. I saved a ton of cash and my degree from a university doesn’t mention it.

Dutchess_III's avatar

^^Yeah, half of what I learned came about through discussions with the teacher and other students.

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