While most students study in class surrounded by other students, some have chosen another route: online courses through Surry Community College. Students like junior Megan Smith are already getting ahead by receiving college credits while still in high school. This semester Smith is taking Introduction to Jazz, Art Appreciation, and Art History Survey I. Smith has chosen to take her first two classes at home and only studies on campus for third and fourth period.
When asked if she felt as if her online courses were preparing her for college, Smith responded, “Yes. I am being taught many important lessons of time management, self-discipline, self-motivation, and how to be independent in my work.” After being in the courses for a few weeks, would Megan recommend taking online classes to other students? Her response: “Absolutely.” From Smith’s point of view, she has been given a great opportunity to gain college credit, with the bonus of working from home. Although her classes provide her with a healthy challenge, she enjoys them and recommends that others consider taking online courses through Surry Community College next semester.