Archive for March, 2013


Meditation for Students

There’s no way around it: life gets crazy sometimes. A common issues for students, especially those balancing courses with work and family life, is stress. Unfortunately, stress is something we basically have zero control over. However, we can change the way we manage and respond to stress. One highly effective yet often overlooked exercise that can improve quality of life is meditation.

This article from College Fashion give you a few good reasons why you should give it a shot and offers tips for getting started.

Great Ways to Succeed in Online Education

By Lucy Markham

Tens of thousands of students are turning away from the traditional on-campus education in favor of an online education where they can earn a degree right from the comfort of their own home. This is particularly a terrific option for those who have found the class setting difficult, or those who have commitments at home that limit the time they have for education.

However, while there are many benefits to an online education, many find it just as difficult to complete classes or their full degrees. Here are several ways to be sure you succeed and work towards the ultimate goal of having higher education.

Select a course of study that is in demand!

Some opt for an online education to accommodate their busy work schedule and take courses to help further their careers in a selected field. However, whether you’re using online education to move up in a career field, or get into one, be sure that your time is invested in a subject and degree that will give you the valuable experience not just to get you a degree, but to increase your pay exponentially after graduation.

For example, if you’re currently working as a quality assurance tester for a computer software company, instead of pursuing a general degree in business or communications you may wish to use your experience in software to pursue a degree in Computer Science so you can become a developer and nearly double your current salary. Don’t just get a degree! Get a degree that is in demand and that will get you into your new career right upon graduation!

Set the goal to finish the degree!

If you’ve taken traditional classes at a university, you know there is always a thirty something guy in all of your classes that still doesn’t know what he wants to study and has about 180 credit hours, none of which total up to an actual degree.  Don’t be that guy! While it’s difficult to pinpoint a specific degree or even career if you are torn between one or five, you can still work towards your degree each semester by taking courses that will certainly count towards any degree. That is exactly why online universities as well as traditional universities require general education: so you know for sure you don’t want to be a marine biologist or statistician!

Focus on the ups!

A great benefit of online education is that you don’t have to invest in most traditional school supplies. Sure there are the course books and you need a computer with access to the internet, but beyond that, there aren’t many pencils or pens to buy. You certainly don’t need to worry about lugging everything up and down the hills of a campus during the winter! Submitting your assignments through email can save you several midnight runs in search of Lexmark x5650 ink.  The most stressful days of my life was trying to get my printer to print one last page to my essays when there were already the discolored lines that accompany the end of the toner’s life.

Enjoy your semesters of online education. Enjoy doing homework in your jammies and completing chapters of work all while snuggling with your giant teddy bear. While other students are braving the frigid winter temperatures and looking for parking all morning, you get to complete a degree from the comfort of your home and can be on track to earn terrific skills and a degree that will increase your confidence and salary!

 

Lucy Markham worked as a career and academic counselor for several years and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in education from the University of Utah.