Can You Take a Vacation While Earning an Online Degree?
By Dr. Robert Gordon
Program Director, Reverse Logistics Management at American Public University
Earning an online degree means a two to four year commitment (or more). Unlike a traditional university where summer semesters are generally optional, earning an online degree often means taking classes continuously. But it is possible to take a vacation, if you are willing to accept some intrusions.
If you plan a vacation while taking a class, the first thing to look into is connectivity. Make sure that you can get Internet access. Contact the hotel or wherever you plan to stay in advance to make sure that connectivity is available. Even if your vacation is taking you on a cruise to the Bahamas, most modern cruise ships are connected. Determine if the connection is wireless or if it requires a network cable. It is also a good idea to ask about the connection speed.
Another thing to look into is if your online university offers a mobile app for your iOS or Android devices. A robust mobile app will make it easier to access your classroom anywhere; you can use it while waiting in airports or while being driven to various vacation destinations. Being able to get classroom posts done during this down time helps you stay in the vacation mindset as you can easily jump on the app, get something done, and then get back to the fun.
Finally, put together a plan so that one or two days can be set aside as being class days. By planning a day (or afternoon) for class, it allows your traveling companions some time to schedule something you are less interested in. It will give you time to focus on class work, without ruining the fun for everyone else.
By following these tips, you can have a relaxing vacation while keeping up with your school work. It is not easy to juggle, but it can be done. Regardless of where you roam, remember to make sure to relax and enjoy the vacation, as those precious memories will last a lifetime.
About the Author
Dr. Robert Lee Gordon is the program director for the Reverse Logistics Management department at American Public University. Dr. Gordon has over 25 years of professional experience in supply chain management and human resources. Dr. Gordon earned his Doctorate of Management and Organizational Leadership and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix as well earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from UCLA.