Living in Taiwan and still needing my BA has gotten me thinking about whether to pursue online schooling or not. There are merits to both online and traditional schooling, but after weighing both options and considering my situation, I have come to the conclusion that traditional schooling is preferable. I believe that for the most part, the decision will be based on the needs of the individual. For some people, online schooling might simply work better. Perhaps their personalities or time constraints require it. However, I do think that traditional schooling has merits that online schooling simply can’t meet. Firstly, it has a location. Yes, this can be a drawback in certain circumstances, but dedicating a specific area for classes, a specific time for them, helps to put my mind in focus. I go to this place; I go to study, to learn, and to concentrate on the task at hand. How many people never get distracted when studying on the computer? It’s practically impossible. In the classroom, there is more incentive to pay attention. The professor is, after all, right in front of you. Similarly, having the professors and advisors within reach has manifold benefits. When you can create a personal relationship, you become more than just another student, more than a name on a form or a grade. Those professors, advisors and financial aid people are supposed to be unbiased in the matter of awards, etc., but when scholarships are based on a quality that many people have, who are they more likely to pick, the student whom they’ve never seen, or the student they know well? Exactly. Those relationships can help expand your network of contacts and potential business opportunities. In my opinion, these are the main reasons why traditional schooling is preferable.