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"WGU is great"

I am still working towards my degree at WGU, but I do feel the need to give my review so far. First of all, iIve been to two Colleges before WGU, both being actual campus colleges. Neither of them were for me. I have a very hard time sitting in a classroom for 2-3 hours straight, listening to someone explain things to me I already know. Therefore, I either stopped going to class completely and failed, or I dropped out. I thought I was someone who just wasn't right for College, which disappointed me because you need to have at least a Bachelors Degree in today's time to get anywhere in life. I didn't know what to do anymore. After a year of being out of school, I started getting really anxious about doing nothing with my life. I decided to start doing research on Online colleges (I see the commercials all the time, but never knew what they were about). Most of them I researched had ridiculously high tuition fees and I couldn't afford them. I came across WGU, liked what they had to offer, liked that my degree would be accredited, etc. Tuition wasn't too bad, either. I decided to enroll. I will be completely honest, I thought doing college online would be MUCH easier than a traditional college. Now I'm in my second year, and I couldn't of been more wrong. WGU is actually A LOT harder than the traditional colleges I have experienced, which is why online college is NOT for everyone. You REALLY need to know your stuff in order to pass the tests and do the projects/papers. They are very tough on grading, and if you don't get a passing score (equivalent to a B) on the exams, you cannot pass the course until you do. You get 4 attempts I believe to pass the test, if you fail after the 4th time, you automatically fail the course. There is no evening out scores, doesn't work that way. In a traditional college I'd barely study, and be satisfied with my 70s and occasional 80s/90s. Same thing with papers and projects, you MUST get a B or higher or you have to keep revising them over and over. I can honestly say I've learned SO much more at WGU so far than I ever learned in a traditional college. The best part is you can work at your own pace, but you do have a mentor who calls you once a week, or once every other week, to make sure you stay on track. There have been a few occasions where I've fallen behind on my assignments, and I'd have major anxiety about taking my mentors call, lol. So I always make sure I have everyday done before the phone call, so I don't feel as if I'm disappointing her. So in summary: it's a GREAT educational option if you are motivated and actually WANT to learn. If you think taking courses online is going to be an easy thing, you are very wrong.