When I checked my email recently I found a note from Monash University informing me that my application to graduate had been approved.
While I already knew that I had passed my final units it was a relief to receive this as its one of the last steps in gaining a degree that was completed almost entirely online.
This external studies option is not for everyone.
With the distance between you and the lecturer can span several thousand kilometres, it means that you have to teach yourself the material which is often quite difficult. For me, international law and international economics were the most challenging because of the unfamiliarity of the material but they were defiantly the most interesting.
|sending off a hard copy of the final assesment|
Secondly, being super disciplined is also important. The reason why most people choose to do their studies this way is because of work or family commitments and therefore life can get super complicated.
There were times during my degree when work became beyond crazy. so running my life like a military operation soon become an essential skill.
There was this one time when I was working on the 2008 Western Australian State Election Campaign which involved working 6 days a week and 9 + hours a day. As luck would have it, I had a 3500 word essay due the day after election.....So with work, a stack of weekly reading and a 3 hour online lecture to listen to on top of researching/writing this essay, life became interesting for a while.
Finally, studying by correspondence is a lonely process. If you are a social person or consider “uni life” to be a fundamental part of the experience then completing your degree this way is not for you.