The answer to this is going to be different for different students, and may even differ depending on the class. Some things to consider:
- You are moving through the program at a slower pace. Residential students move fast and are often solely focused on school.
- Residential students enter field sooner. If you're not yet in field, you may find it hard to relate to the things they are talking about.
- Classes are designed for students who are in Ann Arbor. Groups may need to meet together, and sometimes classes do community based projects that would be difficult for you.
- Access to faculty might be limited to the day. Even if the class is in an evening, residential program faculty usually restrict office hours to daytime hours.