You have a term paper due in the morning, you are working hard to get things typed out, and you are ready to submit. The next thing you know is the portal for your online school is shut down and you cannot get in to turn in your work. Your professor made it clear that there were no exceptions, and now you are stressed. If you have ever found yourself in this situation, you understand what it is like to have online college stress. Much of the stress from online college comes in two forms, the assignments and not feeling like there is help available, and then technical difficulties. The technical difficulties can the be the most stressful because there is a sense of feeling absolutely helpless with the situation. If you have technical difficulties, then you need to submit a tech ticket, only you cannot even get your computer to turn on, hence the stress.
As far as assignment stress this can be a frustrating yet reconcilable event. If you are engaged in a the middle of an assignment and find that you need help, if this is not quickly accessible, then your blood pressure rises, and you will begin to wonder if you can do this. The benefit to online schooling is that chat rooms and message boards are provided so that students can receive help when they need it, and in a timely manner. For many this is the difference between a brick and mortar school and an online school as many brick and mortar schools would not offer this kind of expedited help.
The other type of stress that is much less of a threat than the other two is the threat of becoming a procrastinator. It is easy to forget about assignments and to get caught up in turning things in late. This is not a beneficial habit to get into, and for some this can take some time to get used to.