Archive for January, 2013

How to Prepare for Online Education

Thinking about getting your college degree online? Here are some helpful tips from College Mogul to keep in mind.

The College of Westchester works to provide students with a rich online education experience. Visit us online today to learn more.


Smart Snacking for the Busy Student


yogurt & cereal-a snack to keep you on the right study track

Whether you’re commuting to campus or taking courses remotely, going to school can work up an appetite. Between classes, study sessions, projects, and, well, life, it’s important to stay fueled.

A recent post on the Mayo Clinic’s Nutrition-wise blog shares some smart snacking strategies.

Listen to your body’s hunger cues. Are you legitimately hungry? Do you tend to want or need a snack at the same time of day? Once you start to notice patterns, plan ahead!

A few quick & easy snacks are:

  • An apple with 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • Sliced veggies (try bell peppers, cucumber, and carrots) and 2 tbsp hummus
  • 1 6-oz container yogurt with ¼ cup granola or other cereal
  • Half a sandwich on whole wheat bread

Want something a little different? Tina Haupert of healthy living blog Carrots ‘n’ Cake recently shared some of her favorite snacks on

Do you have any favorite study snacks?


Get some sleep to get ahead

In order to make the most of your education experience, you need adequate sleep to give you a leg up!

Check out this infographic on why sleep is important

Healthy Winter Chili


Photo courtesy of Keeping It Real Food

One of our New Years Resolutions at the College of Westchester was to bring you more blog posts about how to live a healthy lifestyle while pursuing your education. With the winter semester getting into gear, healthy weeknight dinners might seem difficult to pull off. Not so! This chili recipe comes together in a snap and can simmer while you catch up on work. You can even freeze leftovers in small portions for other busy nights!



▪   3 bell peppers, diced (any color)

▪   2 jalepenos, diced

▪   4 cloves garlic, minced

▪   1/2 a medium onion, diced

▪   1 tbsp olive oil

▪   1 15-oz can diced tomatoes

▪   1/2 c leftover homemade tomato sauce

▪   2 c water

▪   1 15-oz can black beans (low sodium)

▪   1 15-oz can kidney beans (low sodium)

▪   1 tbsp cocoa powder (optional)

▪   tsp cumin or to taste

▪   1/4 tsp paprika

▪   ½ tsp chili powder


1. Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add onions and garlic. Cook until onion is soft.

2. Add peppers, tomatoes, water, sauce, beans, cocoa powder, and spices. Bring to a boil and then simmer for an hour.

How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions


Happy New Year from the College of Westcheter!

Whether your personal goals for 2013 are related to money, health, family, or any of the areas of our lives we resolve to focus on at the start of the new year. Unfortunately, many of us have thrown in the towel by February.

In a recent piece for Forbes, Nancy L. Anderson, CFP, offers up some suggestions for sticking to our New Years Resolutions this year.

Some of the basics:

  • Choose one goal instead of many
  • Put it in writing
  • Break it into smaller, measurable steps.

Visit the College of Westchester online to make higher education one of your New Years Resolutions!