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Anyone get questioned on TESU?
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(09-07-2018, 09:34 PM)cookderosa Wrote: I have to think there is something that is causing them to act that way. I would suggest you not try and evangelize TESU, testing out, or distance ed. Just be honest.

Where did you to college?
I'm going now actually.
Cool, where?
Thomas Edison State University.
Where's that?
New Jersey.
So you're doing it online?
Yep.
Cool.

-or-

Where did you to college?
I'm going now actually.
Cool, where?
Thomas Edison State University.
Where's that?
New Jersey.
So you're doing it online?
Yep.
What? Is that even a legit program?
Seriously? It's 2018. Every college in the country offers courses online.
<uncomfortable silence>
Oh.

See- you can answer without being apologetic or selling - both will backfire. People who are critical are a waste of your time. People with an opinion are a waste of your time. People without degrees that have thought about returning to school may have sincere questions, but you can tell the difference because these people will ask sincerely and probe you for help.
9 times out of 10 when someone asks me a question about distance learning, I send them to their local CC's website. The 1 out of 10 I send to their local state college's website. 99.99% of the time they won't pursue either. You can spend a lot of energy answering questions that aren't even asked- people are just talking. But, if someone takes action or replies in a way that leads you to think they would love TESU, then help them win!!
I just told someone tonight about TESU but only after hearing about how he hated how long class semesters lasted. I asked him if he was good at taking tests, he said he was a natural test taker, but hated writing. I told him that I'd tested out of many classes by using a test called CLEP, that I'd completed 4 years of college in 18 months...... and then we chatted. I will probably end up helping this young man. I think the key is saying what you did instead of telling people what they should/could do. If they want to do what you did, they will ask.

This applies to life, not just school. You've really hit the nail on the head. I find most probing questions to be a waste of time. My mother in law will ask a question then turn around, and when I respond say "huh?" Most people talk to talk, not to listen or learn.
1. Prep Phase: Hopeless, 15 credits, need a BA fast, never heard of TESU
2. TESU BALS: 121/120 (9 months)

3. RN Paramedic Bridge - Excelsior (9 months + CPNE wait)
4. WGU RN -> BSN
5. BSN -> MSN/FNP


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