Online Degrees: Are They Relationship Savers?
Relationships come in many different types, shapes and forms. I’m sure that almost all of us have had friends or family or at least know someone who left, and sometimes lost loved ones, as they ventured off to school in pursuit of a higher education. Others may have known people, or they themselves had to face the leaving or jobs, sacrifice time with family, or tackle similarly tough decisions when it came to the pursuing of their educational career.
However, with online degrees now a viable option for a variety subjects, some of these difficult decisions might not have to be made. Here are some situations that might be avoided by taking the online degree route rather than attending a college campus to obtain an education.
The High School Split
The high school split is probably one of the most prevalent relationship issues encountered when a person goes off to college. The relationship that was cultivated in high school, often a first love, struggles to survive the parting of two hearts as they venture off in different directions. Maybe it’s that one person is heading to college while the other goes to work or that the two are attending different schools.
During this time, it may be that one person grows in maturity and education or finds that the atmosphere of the college campus just offers too much temptation. This leaves the couple possibly finding it extremely difficult to maintain the relationship over the course of the college education and it eventually fades or dissolves completely. The ability to obtain an online degree however, could prevent the dissolution of the relationship and keep the couple together.
Another scenario that presents itself when it comes to how relationships are affected by getting a brick-and-mortar education might be that of the family. While leaving home to attend school can be part of the learning and growth process, for those who may already have a spouse and/or children, it can place an inordinate amount of strain upon family relationships. An online degree can help a person with family responsibilities and obligations still pursue their education while at the same time meeting familial commitments.
Work Related Issues
For those who have waylaid their educational endeavors until later in life, they might find that a job or career may be standing in their way. The decision to quit working full time to further an education is often a detractor to such a move and may push getting an education away to a later date or eliminate the possibility altogether. With the ability of careerists to obtain an online degree however, it often presents the opportunity to continue working while at the same time taking courses needing to fulfill educational requirements, thus maintaining the employee/career relationship that can be so important.
It’s been said that one of the top reasons couples fight is over money, but you don’t necessarily have to be in love to encounter money issues in relationships. Going to a campus-based school can put a heavy monetary weight upon not only the student, but also the parents that might be helping to support him or her during this time. The costs of tuition, housing, food, books, transportation, extracurricular activities, and many of the other associated expenses with a campus-based education can be an enormous strain on the relationships of parents, children or spouses. An online education may eliminate many of these costs, thereby easing the strain on these relationships.
The Tough Call Avoided
While the online degree option might not be a guaranteed savior when it comes to your relationship, whatever it may be, this alternative might help you avoid a particularly tough decision. Whether it comes to your career, your significant other, or your family, choosing an online degree may make deciding between your education and your relationships easier and more straightforward.