Maybe you planned on taking online college classes, or maybe you didn’t. Either way, the possible reality of your situation is that you’ll be learning and taking classes all from your computer, without any in-person interaction. Sure, you could look at the downsides to this and complain about your situation, but that’s not going to get you anywhere. Look on the bright side of things, and check out these 1o perks of having college classes online!
1. Your exposure to coronavirus will be decreased
Our first perk is an obvious one, especially in today’s climate. Given the coronavirus is most likely the reason you have online classes in the first place, you might have no choice but to accept this perk. But, if you take a step back and look at things from a different perspective, the difficult decision your university made in regards to having no in-person classes is actually a blessing in disguise. You won’t be exposed to the virus, and you also won’t be able to spread it to others. Even though some people may complain about the format of classes this year, it’s always important to see the positive side of things!
2. You never have to leave your house
Our next perk when it comes to taking online college classes is a great one. If you’re taking all online classes, you never have to leave your house! Ok, maybe “never” is a strong word, but your classes will not be the reason for you having to leave the comfort of your home. Forget tearing yourself out of bed in the morning to hurry to that 9 A.M. class, because if your classes are all online, you don’t even need to move from your bed. And, what’s better than a day spent relaxing at home? For me, not much!
3. You can go to class from your bed
Like I said previously, if online classes mean you don’t have to leave your home, why even leave your bed? I realize that some classes might be formatted with a live video component, so not everyone is going to want to attend class from their bed, but this is a great option if your classes are more low-key. All you have to do is wake up, grab your computer, and get to work. No more uncomfortable lecture halls or freezing cold classrooms, just snuggle up in your cozy bed!
4. You don’t have to socialize with people
This next perk might only seem like a perk for any anti-social people like me, and I know I’m not the only one out there who feels this way. Socializing with classmates and even friends sometimes can be exhausting, so imagine just not having to do that! Now, I don’t mean completely shutting yourself off from the world, because you need at least a little human interaction. The perk here is that you won’t have to talk to that person in your class you always try to avoid or make small take with your professor when you walk into the classroom. Take advantage of some alone time!
5. You can control your learning environment
A huge perk of having online college classes is that you are in complete control of your learning environment. Whether you’ll be studying in your dorm, your room at your parents’ house, or your off-campus apartment, you’ll be the one in charge of creating a learning environment that works best for you. No longer will distracting classmates be popping their gum in your ears in your lecture hall or come to class smelling like they just came from football practice. You can create an environment that truly sparks your creativity and makes you motivated to get some work done!
6. Your schedule is more flexible
Having only online college classes is not only slightly more convenient, but it will also free up a lot of your time. You’ll save time by not having to commute to and from class and a lot of online classes are assigned work to complete on their own time, rather than a videoing in during a scheduled time. This will allow your schedule to become a lot more flexible, meaning you don’t necessarily have to plan your other activities around your class times because you might not have specific class times. Make sure you use this extra free time wisely!
7. No more commuting
Part of the reason why your schedule will be more flexible is because of the fact that taking an online college class means that you don’t have to go anywhere to attend it! Whether you live 30 minutes from your university, down the street, or right on campus, you’ll be saving lots of time by erasing that commute to class. Plus, no more getting stuck in traffic, no more sweaty treks across campus in the heat, and no more climbing up several flights of stairs to get to your classroom. There’s always a silver lining to everything, trust me.
8. You’ll have better attendance
You might think I’m crazy about this next perk of taking online college classes, but let me explain. A lot of things could stop you from attending class one day: sickness, car troubles, other commitments, etc. But, when you’re attending class from home on your computer, a lot of those issues disappear. You won’t need a car to get to class, and even if you’re feeling a little under the weather, it’s simple enough to just log onto Zoom or whatever website you attend class on and still get those attendance points. So, don’t give in to the excuses and go to class!
9. You’ll save money
There are lots of ways you could save money when taking online classes, so this one is definitely a perk. You’ll save gas money from the lack of a commute, and since you’ll be going out less, you’re less likely to spend money on unnecessary things you don’t really need. At some universities, online classes will also cost slightly less than in-person ones, so you might have that perk as well. And, if you end up living at home with your parents for the semester, think of all the money you’re saving by not paying for your dorm or apartment!
10. You’ll learn more self-discipline
Having all online college classes is both a blessing and a curse, and sometimes it might be hard to see the positive side of things. But in the long run, online classes are going to teach you so much about self-discipline and motivation, and you’ll be gaining more things than you realize. You’ll be forced to be more proactive with your studies because no one is going to be constantly reminding you about that exam or paper like a professor would during in-person class. You’ll really have to put in the extra effort when taking online classes, but I promise it’ll be worth it in the end!