We’re back to the involvement topic, folks! My favorite subject to discuss when we’re talking about college education. It’s very clear I have a bias here, so you shouldn’t be surprised by this. However, I’m going to tie in student involvement with something I’m sure everyone cares a lot about – career advancement.
I have to start this second-part post with a disclaimer – each institution will have different options to get involved, and I can’t guarantee every suggestion I make here will be available at every online university. However, I strongly encourage you to begin to look into your options – and to look into the options available when you are still deciding on which school to attend as well!
Student involvement in college is a big part of the higher education experience in traditional universities. Because most traditional students are leaving their parents’ houses, saying goodbye to their social circles from their hometowns and high schools, and entering a whole new world for the first time, getting involved outside of the classroom is a vital part of creating a life on campus.
While college rankings might have their place in choosing a college, they cannot measure attractiveness, the availability of professors between classes, the influence of a college on the development of intellectual skills and analytical competencies or on personal growth and change. Additionally, college is where students develop relationships with peers and with alumni…sometimes a trip to a traditional campus is the only way to determine if a college is a fit for you, even if you plan to take online courses. Do what you can to learn if that college can help you to achieve your goals. The following lists of what to look for on college campuses include information you can find online, and other clues you can find when visiting a campus location.