When I was 15 years old, I took the ” homeschool” option at my high school and instead of learning typical high school classes, I started taking classes at a community college instead. Because I was so young, I mainly took online classes until I turned 17 and felt comfortable taking classes with other community college students.
This option was relatively new in my day, however online learning has become a serious option for virtually all levels of study now. It’s mainly to do with the growth of MOOC (massive open online courses) which now cover virtually every subject and at every conceivable level right up to Harvard degrees! Some still have restrictions but it looks like education will be a truly global opportunity as these course develop. The restrictions can be bypass though – for example use an England proxy to access UK only online courses.
It was amazing how much I learned in my two years at community college. In fact, it was in community college that I first heard about a power of attorney form. That little form, as simplistic as it is, started my fascination with the legal world and started me down the path of a paralegal education. Once I finished up my two years at community college, I headed to a four-year college in my community to receive the remainder of my education. Of course with the increased online options now, I actually might go that route because even if you invest in the most secure VPN service you can find it’s a huge saving being able to study from home.
It was amazing how much money I saved by starting at a community college first. As touched upon in a previous blog post, starting at a community college and then transferring really is the way to go. You save money, you still get a great education, and you still can get a degree from a prestigious four-year school. I never felt like I missed out on the college experience by starting at a community college – in fact, I felt smarter than my peers for going the less expensive route!