The first adjective that comes to my mind after thinking about the University of the people is: difficult. I’m close to my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and I have a clear opinion about my experience there. For first, I’d like to clarify what “virtual” means, if applied to online studies, in a multicultural environment, with students “spread” all over the world, with time zone gaps.
English is our “lingua Franca” and our “highway” to freedom, considering that we read, study, write and communicate by using it. Our textbooks are wonderful and we have the opportunity to learn amazing, modern, and ethical topics, although most of the arguments have a striking complexity. What do you think about Statistics or Algebra? Believe me or not, at the end of each course you gain a huge understanding of the subjects you tackled during the eight weeks of your studies. Going back to the virtual environment, I must say it encloses countless moments of isolation, associated with the long hours of studies. It’s a sequence of headaches that -one by one- brings you to new horizons. At your fingertips you’ll discover newspapers, journals, researches, all beautifully written in English language. One of my favorite songs says: “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own” (U2). This is the sense of our school.
Background music (of course): U2, “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own”
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