One thing that I have always regretted is not finishing college. College was a goal of mine and I had all intentions of getting my degree and entering the workforce as a college graduate. However I found as I was finishing high school that the dream was not as easy to come as I thought. I never thought about how I would pay for it. I guess I just thought as a good student I would go to college.
I learned a very hard lesson when it comes to college and tuition (In 1992). There is a difference between in state and out of state tuition. When I graduated high school I had a small scholarship to a Florida school. I had applied and gotten accepted to a local college and then my parents decided to move out of state. I couldn’t image living on my own at the time so I just simply moved with them. Then I found out that if I wanted to go to school in Michigan I would pay out of state tuition until I had lived their a year.
I took a few classes and then we moved again to another state. I eventually had a good job, met my husband, started a family and put college off. I still would love to see if I could get my degree. What keeps me from it now is probably the same thing that keeps many mothers and wives, family obligations and time. I know that I am doing well with my accounting job and Shibley Smiles but I also know that when it comes to work I have pretty much reached my limits due to lack of a degree. Every once in a while I will start researching college again and recently learned about WGU. According to this online colleges list, it is one of the top schools in Utah that offers affordable, accredited online degree programs.
I noticed that not all grads are in school. They were at home, at work, on a bus, this caught my attention because I know that there is no way if I decide to go back to school I could get to a classroom. I have embraced technology and all that it has to offer and in any of my research I have always been looking for an online college. I did some research and found that WGU does offer a BA in accounting which is what my goal would be in order to further my career in the accounting field. I believe that experience is the best teacher but many businesses are requiring a degree even for entry level positions.
Did you know that WGU is about half the cost of other online schools? Right there you got my attention! I would love to get a degree but I don’t want to go into debt doing it, at this point in my life that just doesn’t make sense. Taking this to another level this is something that may end up being affordable for my son who will be graduating from school this year. My only fear with him is if he has the willpower to do his work while at a computer instead of in a classroom. For me this is the perfect solution, as you go at your own pace. You can take assessments when you are ready which means if you learn fast you can get through the term faster saving time and money. Of course the question is, “Is WGU recognized as a “real” college?” You will be happy to know that WGU has the same accreditation as state universities and private colleges.
To sum it all up WGU is cost effective, you can go at your own pace, and has the same accreditation as other colleges. If you are looking to finish your degree I encourage you to check out WGU.
If you went back to school what would you study?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Western Governors University. The opinions and text are all mine.