Me baptizing Krystal August 24, 2008
Are you a checklist Christian? (In Krystal’s own words)
Then maybe it is time to evaluate your personal relationship with God. I was a checklist Christian until just recently when a discussion with Ron Kennedy made me stop and re-evaluate my personal (and practically non-existent) relationship with God. I grew up with divorced parents. My mother hated my real father who was in and out of my life, but my dad was always constant. When he decided to marry my mom, he asked both my brother and me if he could marry all of us. My dad is Italian Catholic and my mom is Baptist and grew up in church. This conflict of religions made my parents weary of forcing any religion on me or my brother. We were told that God was in Heaven and that we would have consequences for our actions, but we were never required to go to church. We were required to say grace before our meals and prayers at bed time. My real father and my mother were always fighting and my mother was granted full custody. She allowed my father to have visitation rights and when I was 8, he took us one weekend and decided not to return us to my mother. Two weeks later, we were rescued by my dad and it would be ten years before I saw my father again. Then when I was 12 my mom got pregnant with my little sister. This would actually be my dad’s first child of his own and my brother and I knew that things would never be the same. And we were right. Katelynn was adorable and we loved her very much. But my brother and I both felt that my dad loved her more than he loved us. This was worse than having two fathers: now I felt like I had no father. And then two years later, we also had Kristopher. So there it was: we had been replaced. My brother and I began taking care of each other, feeling that we were now the only family that we had.
In the current education environment, there’s no shortage of options for earning your degree online. However, with the growing number of universities offering distance learning programs, how do you know which one is right for you? Here are some of the key factors to consider:
It’s crucial for you to find a university that’s accredited for providing quality education that employers look for.
Online schooling saves you time. The time you devote to your studies will be just that. You won’t have to spend time driving to school, finding a parking space and racing the clock to get to the classroom. Your home is your classroom.Online schooling really shines when you have a family to consider. You won’t have to miss your kid’s programs, or if your kids are sick, you can still be home with them.
You are in control. You plan your study time around your work or family time. You create the schedule. If something happens and you can’t keep your planned schedule due to an emergency or some other reason, you can still get all your work done when things get back to normal. You are the one in control. You set your own hours and your own pace for whatever works best for you.
Not many people know that not only do I over see the operations of the distance learning process here at Liberty University, but I also over see one online class as a an adjunct professor. Having the privilege of being able to see the entire process from the admission stage through the maturing process of students moving toward graduation, I believe I have a keen sense and well rounded view of student strengths and weaknesses in this online world.
Below I have bullet pointed out some of the most common mistakes I see when a student is taking their class, that causes them to not be successful.