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Online college courses are a quickly growing method of study that has, in the past twenty years, gone from virtually nonexistent to one of the most popular ways to earn a degree. Students around the world have realized that studying via a computer can be just as beneficial to their learning as studying at a college and universities are responding. In fact, more than half of the colleges in the world now offer online branches of study.
Despite its popularity, many St Louis students wonder if online study is right for them. Both collegiate and online study has their advantages and disadvantages and you should consider them before making a decision.
Studying In A St Louis College – This is the most traditional method of study anywhere, and it is easy to quote its merits. You will have everyday access to professors and staff, you will be able to interact with other students in a physical setting, have the opportunity to meet and engage with intellectuals and of course, be able to use physical lab, computer and library equipment.
College study has its disadvantages as well. You may have to travel away from your home to go to college, you might have to live in a dorm room which could be crowded and loud, you will have to show up on time for lessons which can greatly inhibit your chances of any employment during that time. You might also find yourself being pressured by your peers to party, drink or participate in behavior that could negatively affect your studies.
Despite these issues, studying in a physical St. Louis college is a great idea for anyone who does not mind showing up to class and does not have prior obligations to keep them away from doing so.
Online Study – Online study is the less traditional method of going to college, but it has its pros and cons as well. But first, the benefits of studying online. Online students have the freedom to study their lessons at anytime and anywhere so long as they turn the work in on time. This allows you to hold a full or part time job and then study when you get home, or to keep obligations such as spending time with your kids or taking care of loved ones.
The cons of studying online include that you will have to discipline yourself into studying. There will be no physical teachers or classrooms to force you to study. This will be a test of your willpower and you might not make it through.
On the other hand, if you do, you can expect a very rewarding study experience that allows you to study whenever and wherever. If you have the determination to study on your own and don’t mind missing out on a physical teacher, then you could actually learn more in an online classroom. Studies show that without the distractions of other students and ‘temptations’ of college life, you could end up learning more easily and more efficiently than more traditional students. The choice is yours.
Anyone going to a St Louis college or trade school should consider looking into any available scholarship and education grants. A college education is one of the most expensive things you might have to pay for other than a house, so getting a little help with it is a great idea. Fortunately for most of us, there are government grants, student aid centers and even private institutions that are willing to fund the ‘next generation’ of great thinkers and job holders. If you want to go to college and need monetary aid, then consider looking in these sources for your scholarship.
Human Rights Department – The very first thing you should do is check with your local human rights department. Either this department or the scholarship department at your St Louis of choice will be able to help you with finding any scholarships or grants that you can apply to. In fact they will most likely help you with filling out Federal grant application forms such as for the Pell Grant (An up to $5,500 per year grant for needy students) and then any specialized student needs grants that you might apply for.
Minority Grants – Minority Grants can most likely also be accessed through local scholarship departments at St Louis schools. These grants are intended to help needy students to attend college. Common examples of minorities include women, blacks, Hispanics, Asians, American Indians, the disabled, short or tall and etc. Common grants in this category range from $200-$25,000 so make sure you choose your applications wisely. Remember that anything helps so don’t be stingy about filling out applications.
Competition Scholarships – Have you ever wanted to win scholarship money by doing something? If you’re good at arts and crafts you could win $10,000 to go to college via the Duct Tape Stuck at the Prom contest. You could also win $2,500 for making something with wool via the American Sheep Industry. Are you a skateboarding enthusiast? The Patrick Kerr Skateboard competition offers $10,000 to the winner of their annual skating competition. To be used towards collegiate study of course.
Essay Scholarships – An essay scholarship is a simple scholarship that requires you to write an essay in order to win. Some of these scholarships simply require you to say why you would like to go to college as well as your goals while others require you to write on a specific theme. Don’t enter into one of these if you aren’t confident in your ability to write a good essay. Many of them have thousands more applicants than they need each year so you will be quickly rejected. If you are a good writer or are willing to proofread and rewrite your content extensively, you could have a chance at winning anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. The Alba George Watt Memorial Contest awards 3 prizes of $500, the FRA Americans Contest awards $10,000 (plus smaller prizes) to young students.
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of great scholarships out there that anyone can apply to. If you are planning to attend college, ask with your human resources manager and start sending in applications, essays, and in the case of the Hallmark scholarship, your own greeting card design.