Plan Ahead if You Want to Come to America for Higher Ed

Posted on June 15, 2018

Isn’t it great. One of the most aggressive online promoters of US higher education to foreign students says it’s narrowed the process down to a five-step program. Five little steps to transform yourself into an American undergrad and all the benefits that go with that.

Let’s forget, for a moment, that battle royale going on among various sectors of the US Government. Visas. Permits. Family. Residency. Proof. You hear about it every day.

So, instead, let’s move on to their five-point plan:

Step 1 – Research Your Choices.  Thank goodness they offered that nugget; can you imagine doing this without performing some level of research based on what you want and can do?

Step 2 – Finance Your Studies. That’s right. Before you even apply or visit or assess the school, by all means, collect all the money you can and begin applying for every grant, scholarship, and discount known to higher education. And, while you’re at it: get a job.

We interrupt this inane list to insert another item – Learn English. There, I said it. If you don’t have some level of competency with the primary language of the USA, you will be forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars to learn nothing and taken nothing away from your investment of time and money (not that American-born students don’t have that unfortunate problem, too.)

Returning, now:

Step 3 – Complete Your Application.  These are mighty ambitious folks, these list-makers Apply to school. As the third step. How many schools? Which schools have folks “most like me” or graduates who have successfully matriculated into the job you covet. Sorry. Looks like you’re on your own for that.

Step 4  — Apply for your Student Visas.   Good luck with that. As an outsider, I’d have started the list with that. It is a process that takes time and money. And if you don’t have both, you don’t have a great shot at landing in the classroom of your dreams.

Step 5 – Prepare for Your Departure.  As I said – terribly ambitious without specifics or realistic expectations.

No discussion of grades and background. No mention of language. No real pricing and payment strategies. Just research, get yourself financed, write an application, and get your visas and airline tickets.

That’s not the way. Not anymore. Think about stretching your favorite target American college to reach your hometown in Serbia or Spain or South America. Online programs let you bring the learning to you. After one or two classes, your chances of admission and success are dramatically increased.

Moral of the story: just because someone says they have a checklist and program to get you across the Ocean and into America as a student…it isn’t necessarily so.

6 Reasons Going Back to School is Easier Than Ever

Posted on May 29, 2018

From 2015 to 2016, the number of students enrolled in an online course in the US rose to 6.3 million, which speaks volumes of the continuous growth of the distance education market. The demographics of non-traditional students is mostly made up of adults looking to earn a degree, gain expertise, or a competitive edge in their profession.

Whats Best For Me previously noted how employers value further studies in looking to promote their employees, even if it’s obtained through online means. Adults who wish to go back to school and acquire an advantage may find it easier to do so now more than ever with the help of the internet, and here are six reasons why.

Inexpensive courses

Compared to a traditional institution, online course offerings are relatively cheaper due to the reduced need for materials and other associated costs. Affordable study materials can be accessed online and students won’t have to pay for housing and transportation. In addition, on-campus classes normally include fees like electricity, maintenance, and laboratory usage, all of which can really jack up the tuition. Web-based courses lessen or eliminate those expenses altogether.

More experience

Adults have the upper hand over younger students when it comes to experience, family-, practical-, or career-wise. A Global Sharp survey shared by the World Economic Forum showed that the majority of the respondents interested in taking an online class are motivated by skill-specific certification. This means that they either want to supplement their training or expand their skill set even when they’re already employed.

Flexibility of schedule

Since the distant education target market is primarily adults with other full-time commitments, colleges/universities that offer online courses can cater to different schedules. This gives students the opportunity to go over lessons whenever possible and still be able to carry out day-to-day responsibilities.


Students can study at the comfort of their home, the office, or wherever they have access to the necessary technology. Stay-at-home parents can watch over their children while fulfilling their school requirements; employees can simply find a conducive study space in the workplace when needed, and those who don’t live close to a university will find that online learning fits the bill.

No need for social interaction

Maryville University lists social anxiety and lack of confidence among the major difficulties faced by adult learners. They feel out of practice due to their years away from school and out of touch with the prevalent college culture caused by the age gap. Students, who are only looking to further their knowledge without being overwhelmed by social anxiety, can completely avoid such issues with internet-based courses.

Accelerated learning programs

Adults are divided whether online programs are worth the additional 4 or 5 years. However, most online universities offer accelerated learning programs which allow takers to earn the same degree for a shorter amount of time. The Wall Street Journal reports that each compressed course can even take as short as four weeks to finish. Afterward, you can move on to the next required course in the program. In as short as a year, you can earn a degree even while managing a full life.


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Life is Not a Zero Sum Game

Posted on May 16, 2018

“Zero-sum is a situation in which one person’s gain is equivalent to another’s loss, so the net change is zero. A zero-sum game may have as few as two players or an infinite number of participants (think the entire country, industry or world)” – source:


Just because you didn’t get on the career path that you wanted doesn’t mean there isn’t room for you now. Just because someone else got on that train doesn’t mean there isn’t a ticket waiting or you. And, as you know, as far as we are concerned, after high school– whether you do it immediately after graduation or 25 years later – education is key to that golden ducat.


This is particularly true if traditional education isn’t for you. The role of apprenticeships and professional/career education couldn’t be more timely or valuable. Whether you want to be a medical technician, HVAC certified repair person or commercial pilot, demand is significant enough to allow those dreams to come true. As specialized careers grow in importance, specialized training grows with it. A traditional Liberal Arts degree may not get you where you want to be – today or at any time since you left high school – and now is the time to act and claim your brass ring.


Don’t let your relatives or so-called friends talk it down – the path to a career isn’t always straight and may not include a traditional 4-year college.


You’ve always loved working with your hands; now’s the time to think about moving from repairman to certified technician. Seeing the world is what you always wanted; it’s not too late to train to sit in the cockpit of a non-passenger jet. Think autonomous cars are a way off: image how far away commercial drones are from flying over America’s towns and cities.


These are all growth areas. That they match your interests and goals is a plus. But just because you didn’t make the move – or finish the trip – doesn’t mean you can’t now. Life is not a zero-sum game – our economy needs more certified technicians in medical, automotive or HVAC. That means the train may have left the station, but there’s a stop just ahead of where you can climb aboard. Careers are trained, not made, and that may not include traditional college.