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Life Lessons Learned While Earning Your High School Diploma Online

Written by Allison Brenner on Wednesday, 17 December 2014.

Life Lessons Learned While Earning Your High School Diploma Online

School is much more than listening to lectures, memorizing dates and absorbing facts. After graduation, the lessons that often benefit you most are the ones you didn’t learn from a academic advisor or teacher. Sure, the information you gain in classes will certainly be useful to you as you further your education and start a career, but particularly as a student earning your high school diploma online, it’s the subtle life lessons you learn along the way that will be important to you as you move ahead. For instance…

  • Responsibility: In some ways, traditional schools coddle students. Parents make sure you get to class on time and the principal’s office reports you if you aren’t present or have trouble keeping up in school. At an online high school, you are responsible for your own education. By taking ownership of when and how you study, you’re able to control your own learning experience. No one is making you go or forcing you to finish a lesson. You’re able to prove your responsibility by finishing your diploma without anyone “making” you.
  • Dedication: In any school, students are held accountable to complete homework and study for tests. Studying in an online high school, however, students show their dedication by being the driving force behind their own education. Earning your high school diploma online gives you the opportunity to work toward something you’re passionate about. Your dedication and perseverance in completing assignments so you can earn your diploma are qualities that you know will be worth it in the end. It’s proof that hard work does indeed pay off.
  • Time Management: Many students waste their time in class. Perhaps you have sat in a classroom trying to stay awake, doodling to fight boredom or counting the minutes until the bell rings. These will never be a part of your experience as an online high school student! Because you decide study where and when you are most alert and at your best, you won’t be wasting the time you do spend on your studies. Not only that, you won’t have teachers telling you when to move to the next topic or demanding you take notes. Instead, you’re able to study at your own pace and in your own style. This means that you’re free to fly through the lessons that come easily and take your time to really understand the topics that may require a bit more effort. Instead of someone forcing you to move ahead before you’re ready, you’re responsible for your own education, which makes your study time much more efficient.

Earning your high school diploma online will teach you to think critically and understand different subjects, but it will also teach you valuable skills that can be applied to every aspect of your life. Success in college, at work and even managing a household are all dependent on time management, responsibility and dedication. Going to an online high school enables you to be a high school graduate, and also become a well-rounded person.

About the Author

Allison Brenner

Allison Brenner

Allison Brenner is a copywriter for both James Madison High School and Ashworth College. Alli holds a B.S. in Journalism from the Georgia Southern University College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.