8 Reasons Why Online Classes Are The Way To Go

8 Reasons Why Online Classes Are The Way To Go

Taking online classes is a great way to keep a routine during your summer break.

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I personally love online classes. Going to a college of 50,000+ students means sharing a classroom with hundreds of students sometimes. When taking online classes, your classroom is composed of your comfy bedroom, your computer, (maybe) your dog, and you, of course.

1. You Get To Sleep In, Most Of The Time.

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Taking online classes means that you determine your own schedule which can be great for students who already have a solid routine. I love taking online classes because it means that I can watch lectures from home which is something you can't do with traditional classes, especially if your professor takes attendance (boo, what a drag). This means, obviously, that you can sleep in. Who wouldn't want that?

2. You Can Be A Full-Time Student Without Sitting In A Classroom All Day.

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You can absolutely take 12 credits online which would make you a full-time student. I usually take all online courses during the summer because it means one thing: FREEDOM! Sure, online classes still require you to do lots of work, but at least you won't be stuck in a classroom. I love having the freedom to complete classwork outside of class.

3. Taking Online Classes Opens Time For Other Things.

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Online classes are also particularly great because you won't have strict, segmented blocks of time dedicated to sitting in a classroom. For me, this means that I can dedicate time to an internship or a job. I'm doing just this over the summer: I will be taking a few online classes to keep working on my degree, but to also free up time for my summer internship.

4. You Can Work From Your Sweet, Sweet Bed.

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I know it is a horrible habit and practice to work from your bed, but I love it. For me, there is no better way to complete assignments than in my pajamas, from bed. This also sets me up for some prime naps.

5. You Can Work Ahead, And Get A LOT Done.

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If you are anything like me, you like to work as far ahead as possible in order to keep your schedule tangle-free. As opposed to traditional courses, online courses usually have all of the assignments unlocked and ready for you to work on. I like to grind out upcoming assignments because it makes me feel both productive and less stressed. If you are one to postpone things, online classes may not be for you. However, if you like to get ahead and fly through assignments, then online classes may be the way to go.

6. You Can Get Out Of Awful Classes Like Public Speaking.

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Wait, you can take public speaking online? YES. I have to take public speaking as a requirement for my major, but you won't be watching me awkwardly give a speech in a classroom. Instead, I'll be submitting audio files online. I can write and speak, but I will not be suffering through high school speech class 2.0.

7. You Can Even Go Back To Your Hometown, If You Want.

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Lots of people who go to my school want to go home during the school year. Personally, I love Gainesville and would like to stay here year-round. However, by taking online courses, you have the freedom to go home or stay if you'd like. Traditional courses tether you to your campus, but online courses let you run wild. You can work from ANYWHERE.

8. You Can Add Online Courses To Supplement Your Traditional Schedule.

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Even if you aren't a huge fan of online classes, you can add a few to add some more credits to your schedule. I added an online class to my spring schedule to add some more credits without adding hours spent at school. I am taking 17 credits now, but you wouldn't know it. I am not on campus super often, but rather working comfortably from home. If you can't fit all your courses into a traditional schedule, consider taking one or two online to free yourself up a bit. Trust me, you'll be able to take a breath.

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Dear Mom and Dad, You Don't Understand What College Is Actually Like In The 21st Century

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that.
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College is not what you think it is. I am not sitting in a classroom for six hours listening to a professor speak about Shakespeare and the WW2.

I am not given homework assignments every night and told to hand them in next class.

I do not know my daily grade for each of the five classes I am taking, and I don't know if my professor even knows my name.

College today is a ton different than how it was 20+ years ago.

I go to class for about maybe three hours a day. Most of my time working on "college" is spent outside of the classroom. I am the one responsible for remembering my homework and when my ten-page essay is due.

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that. I am a responsible person, even if you do not think I am.

I do get up every morning and drive myself to class. I do care about my assignments, grades, my degree, and my career.

I spend a lot of time on campus having conversations with my friends and relaxing outside.

I am sick of older generations thinking that us millennials are lazy, unmotivated, and ungrateful. While I am sure there are some who take things for granted, most of us paying to get a degree actually do give a s**t about our work ethic.

Dear mom and dad, I do care about my future and I am more than just a millennial looking to just get by.

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How To Stay Mentally Healthy In College

Our mental health is just as important as our physical health.

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Staying healthy in college seems really, really hard to do. Classes, friends, clubs, and the whole fact of living by yourself can create a lot of stress and anxiety. Most students, and people in general, don't really know how to deal with stress or how to take care of themselves mentally, leading to unhealthy behaviors physically and mentally. If you don't take care of your mental health, your physical health will suffer eventually. Here are a few tips and tricks to help take care of your mental health:

1. Eat a well-balanced diet

Eating fruits, vegetables, grains, and other healthy foods will help you feel more energized and motivated. Most people associate eating a balanced diet as beneficial for your physical health, but it is just as important for your mental health.

2. Keep a journal and write in it daily

Writing can be one of the most relaxing and stress-relieving things you can do for yourself. Writing down the issues you are struggling with or the problems you are encountering in your life on a piece of paper can help you relax and take a step back from that stress.

3. Do something that brings you joy

Take some time to do something that brings you joy and happiness! It can be really easy to forget about this when you are running around with your busy schedule but make some time to do something you enjoy. Whether it be dancing, writing, coloring, or even running, make some time for yourself.

4. Give thanks

Keeping a gratitude log — writing what brings you joy and happiness — helps to keep you positively minded, which leads to you becoming mentally healthy. Try to write down three things that brought you joy or made you smile from your day.

5. Smile and laugh

Experts say that smiling and laughing help improve your mental health. Not only is it fun to laugh, but laughing also helps you burn calories! There's a reason why smiling and laughing are often associated with happiness and joyful thoughts.

6. Exercise

Staying active and doing exercises that energize your body will help release endorphins and serotonin, which both act as a natural antidepressant. Keeping an active lifestyle will help you stay happy!

7. Talk out your problems

All of us deal with stress and have problems from time to time. The easiest and probably most beneficial way to deal with this stress and anxiety is to talk it out with a close friend, family member, or even a counselor.

8. See a counselor, peer mentor, or psychologist

Just like it was stated in the previous point, it is beneficial to talk out your problems with a counselor. We all have issues, and it is OK to ask for help.

Keeping up your mental health in college can be a struggle, and it may be hard to even admit you are not mentally healthy. This is OK; you are not alone. If you want to see a psychologist or would like to learn more about mental health, there are resources. You can also take a self-assessment of your mental health. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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