Hello everyone! First, I’d like to apologize for my delay in getting this post out. Schoolwork has been kicking my booty lately and that’s been my main focus the past few weeks. Today I’m going to be writing a post that’s a bit different from what I typically write, but I’m really excited to be sharing it with you. I’m currently a dual enrollment student with Liberty Online, and this is my second semester taking classes from them. I thought it would be interesting to share my experience (spill the tea?) with Liberty Online! I hope you enjoy it.
What Classes I’ve Taken + What I’m Majoring In
The first class I took with Liberty was UNIV-104, which is basically an “introduction to online learning”. There were a lot of assignments on time management and diligence. I found this class to be very easy, most of the work consisted of things that I already knew and were just basic concepts necessary for school in general. I did appreciate that it also included tutorials on how to use all the functions of Blackboard (the server the majority of online colleges use). Blackboard can be a bit confusing to those just starting out, and video tutorials are very helpful. My professor for this class was wonderful! She took the time to connect with all of her students individually and I appreciated that so much. As a first-time dual enrollment student, college classes can seem intimidating. She made it easy to make the transition! This class lasted for 8 weeks, as have all of the other classes I’ve been enrolled in.
The next term (still in the first semester) I took ENGL-101 and BIBL-104. These were both required in General Education at Liberty. I loved both of them, although English was probably my favorite. The Bible class workload was intense, and the tests were pretty difficult and lengthy. However, the material covered was so beneficial to me personally growing in my knowledge of the Bible. For English, three essays were required during the course, in addition to tests and other assignments. English is my favorite subject, and although writing papers might not sound enjoyable to you, I actually find it fun. Depending on the subject matter, I can easily write 500+ words relatively quickly. Having this blog has honestly helped my writing skills so much! I owe you all a thank you for reading my ramblings. 😅 The only thing I found truly difficult in the English class was the formatting. I’d never used any type of formatting (APA, MLA, & Chicago) for my papers before. This was a bit of learning curve as I was completely clueless as how to go about setting up my paper, but it’s easy to get the hang of once you practice it a few times. I use APA, in case you were wondering. (I’m sure you weren’t actually wondering but you’re welcome for letting you know anyways. I’m just a generous person, what can I say?)
After Winter Break, second semester rolled around! Gotta love that post-Christmas food coma you’re in for like a month. I’m currently enrolled in ENGL-102 and PSYC-101. It’s only been a few weeks, but so far I’m enjoying them. This English class is focused on fiction literature which I love, so I think I’m going to really like the assignments. So far, Psychology hasn’t been exactly what I had hoped but I think it will be more interesting as the class goes on. Right now it’s focused more on the anatomy of the brain, and science isn’t exactly my strongest subject. However, I’m excited for the rest of the class and am looking forward to learning more about the human mind.
When you’re taking classes through dual enrollment, deciding your major isn’t required. That being said, I’ve almost completely made up my mind on what I’d like to pursue. Drum roll please…….
Early childhood education!
That was way more dramatic than it needed to be, but it’s fine.
I’ve always loved working with kids, and I think that working with preschoolers is my strongest area. I’m so excited to see what the future holds for my career. This major will also be beneficial to me once I become a mom. (Something else I’m very excited for in the future!) It can be achieved entirely online, and I plan on completing it all with Liberty.
What My Classes Included
Forums – these are a way to interact with your fellow students and spark civilized debates/conversations. Usually you are given a prompt to write a short essay on, then you respond to your classmates posts with your opinion on the subject. This are one of my favorite parts in the curriculum, I love to read how other people interpret the prompt.
Online Textbooks – this is a feature of Liberty that I love, but I don’t think this is as common at other institutions. They provide online textbooks at no cost to the students. Guys, this saves so much money. I’m so grateful that they offer this service!
Study Guides – these are extremely helpful when studying for tests. Even though most entry-level online courses with Liberty have open book tests, it’s very beneficial to understand the material so you don’t have to waste your time flipping through the virtual pages.
Open Book, Open Note Tests – like I stated above, I’ve had open book tests in every class, including my current ones. This is such a blessing, but you still need to understand the material because they are all timed.
Time Management is Key
My agenda was a big help in keeping track of due dates for my assignments. There are several due dates per week for different assignments and it can be easy to miss one if you’re not careful. Here are some cute agendas that would be perfect for mapping out your work!
Another place to get cute agendas is Marshalls/TJ Maxx! They both have a similar selection of trendy designs.
I hope you enjoyed this peek inside my life as an online college student! It’s definitely been a bit of an adventure these past several months, but I’m really enjoying it so far.
Have a great rest of the week, everyone!