This article inspired me to create this blog.
I have always been a fan of online communities, and my love for the Internet helped me become a more effective communicator and a better student. I took online classes while working full time as a model, and can say with confidence that I would have not been ready to succeed as a student at UC Berkeley without the experience.
I love that Friedman hits on the benefits of the discussion forum, which really helped me a lot. As a student, I was very shy and afraid to “ask the wrong question” and these forums helped me gain insight in a safe way, see different perspectives, and trust my choices and opinions.