In 2011, I wanted to quit my job in Alaska and move to Japan. But to live and work there requires a working visa, and to obtain a working visa an American needs a four-year degree. So at 25 I enrolled in Baton Rouge community college, but since I was traveling back and forth to Alaska for work, the teachers wouldn’t work with my schedule and I had to drop out.
I tried to enroll in WGU because their degrees are self-paced, and I wanted to get to Japan as soon as possible. But since I had no college experience, to prove myself ready, they wanted me to take a course or two at somewhere like a community college first. Not wanting to do that, and not really wanting a degree in marketing, I found AMU, which has so many interesting degrees to choose from. I chose philosophy, and I was pretty excited about it.
I’d signed up for two eight week-long courses, both required a lot of writing and reading. I thought I could handle it, but I didn’t last two weeks. A rare 24 hour call out to a drilling rig ruined me. And the average 15 to 16 hour days weren’t allowing me enough time to study and sleep.
I didn’t give up. Instead, I kept searching the web, looking for answers. Then I found the degreefourm and Instant Cert, and read how you can test out of college through multiple choice CLEP and DSST exams at Thomas Edison State University, Charter Oak State College, and Excelsior. I got started right away. For one year all I did was save money and study, passing test after test. It was almost too good to be true, and that’s what many told me.
But one year later and I had a liberal arts degree from TESU. I was in Japan and the happiest I’d ever been.
It’s incredible that most people don’t know this can be done. I understand it’s not for everyone, but it is for some, and they need to know about it.
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