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July 22, 2005

And Reality Has Set In

About a month ago, I was accepted to University of South Carolina. My A.A. is done but it's time to start working on my B.A.

We had the debate a few months ago about continuing my education at University of Phoenix - Online or go to a live classroom.

University of Phoenix


  • I can travel for work and still go to school
  • It's on my schedule
  • It is accelerated (5 weeks)
  • I made good grades
  • It is the #1 Online University in the country
  • Could be finished with my B.A. in 1.5 - 2 years


  • It is expensive (although the same price as USC)
  • I don't get to meet local people
  • I don't get the benefit of the classroom experience

    University of South Carolina


  • Local & Live
  • Get to meet people
  • Get the traditional classroom experience
  • More options in majors


  • Will not be flexible with me on scheduling
  • Will get docked grades when missing classes when traveling for work
  • Has very few online classes
  • Is the same price as University of Phoenix
  • Would only complete 20-30 units a year (take longer to graduate)
  • Classes are TOO LONG (I like short, accelerated classes)

    I really did have my heart set on going to USC. I was excited. I was scheduled for my Orientation, setting up options for Financial Aid, looking forward to meeting people.

    But I'm afraid it's not going to happen.

    I'm going to go back to University of Phoenix. I liked it. I did well.

    I talked to my dad about it to get his opinion, and his thoughts were that it didn't matter where I got my degree, as long as it is accredited, respectable and I can check that box on my resume.

    He got his MBA at University of Phoenix (the ground campus). He is working with people that graduated from Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, etc., and he is out running them! And he also said that he works with VP's that got their degrees at University of Phoenix Online.

    So I'm waiting for my advisor to call me back from UoP. My sister was excited that we were both going to the same school (different campuses) and we were both going to be "Gamecocks" (the mascot).

    But, the traditional route didn't work for me. I did that to myself. So now it's time to buckle down and just get it over with.

    Posted by Sissy at July 22, 2005 04:50 PM | TrackBack
  • Comments

    Oh no! You were found out!

    You hae to do what fits for you. Only YOU know that. We can make suggestions, tell us what worked and didn't work for us and why, what we've seen and not seen, but those are only data points. You have to make the choice that works for you! Which is what you are doing. Good!

    Posted by: Bou at July 22, 2005 09:46 PM

    If it ain't broke, don't fix it!!!

    Posted by: Amy at July 22, 2005 10:17 PM