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There's a great deal of respect for anyone who continues their journey of learning, especially for those people who manage to defy all odds, graduating in the top percentile of their class, diploma in hand. Of course, not everyone graduates with top marks, but they do graduate. For some people, the bigger the adversity, the fiercer the determination to complete college/university. Unfortunately, life sometimes throws some nasty curveballs that can thwart even the best intentions.
The following are some key obstacles met by students working toward an online degree or diploma, and ways to overcome them:
Money: A degree is expensive and sometimes, even with a full or part-time job, money can be tight. Make sure to have a financial plan in place before even applying for college/university online. You may have to get a student loan, or actively search for scholarships/grants.
Work: The reality for many people is the need to work while obtaining a diploma or degree. For some people, the decision to share the information with the employer is easy to make, especially if the employer is supportive. On the other hand, you may be spending unnecessary emotional energy keeping the diploma/degree a secret. The stress is likely to detract from your studies. If your employer is supportive, look for ways to capitalize on their belief in you by asking for a short-term paid (if possible) or unpaid leave of absence.
Family: Family commitments mean different things for different people. You may need to be the shuttle service for your young teen, or available certain times of the week to keep an eye on the toddlers. Whatever your commitment, it's important for the family to understand the importance of this education and your reasons for striving toward that ultimate degree.