Is the Virtual College right for me?
This self-assessment test cannot predict with any certainty whether
you are a good candidate for distance education courses. However,
distance education takes time, dedication, and self-motivation. Before
taking courses through the FHSU Virtual College, examine your life and
priorities. With a few adjustments in your life and mindset, you may
exceed all expectations for a distance education student. Choose
carefully, and FHSU will be happy to assist in any way possible.
We've heard them all!
- I'm too busy.
- I don't have time.
- I travel for work.
- My family comes first.
- There's no college nearby.
- I've been out of school too long. (see note below)
- I won't do well.
- I can't afford it.
- I need a babysitter.
- I can't take classes during the day.
- I'll feel out of place with all those "kids." (see note below)
- I heard that dropout rates are high.
- I don't have a computer.
- My computer is too old.
- I don't have access to the Internet.
- It won't help me.
The typical distance learner is employed full time and has personal
commitments that compound the efforts to furthering an education. A
successful distance learner will overcome all obstacles to achieve
The first day of school our professor introduced himself and
challenged us to get to know someone we didn't already know. I stood up
to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned around
to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that
lit up her entire being. She said, "Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I'm
eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?"
I laughed and enthusiastically expounded, "Of course you may!" and
she gave me a giant squeeze. "Why are you in college at such a young,
innocent age?" I asked.
She jokingly replied, "I'm here to meet a rich husband, get married, have a couple of children, and then retire and travel."
"No seriously," I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.
"I always dreamed of having college education and now I'm getting one!" she told me.
After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake. We became instant friends.
Every day for the next three months we would leave class together
and talk non-stop. I was always mesmerized listening to this "time
machine" as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.
Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she
easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she
reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She
was living it up.
At the end of the semester, we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I'll never forget what she taught us.
She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to
deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the
floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the
microphone and simply said, "I'm sorry I'm so jittery. I gave up beer
for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I'll never get my speech back
in order so let me just tell you what I know."
As we laughed she cleared her throat and began:
"We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we
stop playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being
happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every
day. You've got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die. We
have so many people walking around who are dead and don't even know it!
There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up. If
you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don't
do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am
eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do
anything, I will turn eighty-eight. Anybody can grow older. That
doesn't take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always
finding the opportunity in change.
Have no regrets. The elderly usually don't have regrets for what we
did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear
death are those with regrets." She concluded her speech by courageously
singing "The Rose." She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and
live them out in our daily lives.
At the year's end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all
those years ago. One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her
sleep. Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in
tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it's never
too late to be all you can possibly be.
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