College: Traditional or Online?

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Personally I believe traditional college education to be more beneficial to students you come directly from high school, like I did. At that age these students adjust much more easily to the college environment. Being a traditional college student I was able to make friends and adjust to living without my family easily because of being in the same situation as many of the friends I acquired. I think the college experience is much more than learning skills that can be later used in life, I feel that college also readies students for the real world, the world away from the safety net of our parents. I have evolved into a much more independent citizens now that I don’t live at home a majority of the year. Another aspect of traditional learning is the ability to learn with a group. If you don’t understand the material as it is taught to you by the instructor you can form study groups within your class and then decipher the instructor’s teachings.
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On the other hand I can see how online learning can be beneficial to non-traditional students. These are students already adjusted to the real world who are learning to go further into their careers. I know it can be difficult to attend classes everyday when you have a full time job and/or a family to take care of.
I feel as a traditional student I would have less motivation to do the work required for an online course because of how easy it is to get to the material. I would use my procrastination skills to put all the work off till the end,  and ultimately, I would have  learned little because I would have just memorized for the tests and then immediately forgotten the material.

What are your thoughts?

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