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Qualities Of A Top Undergraduate Student

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There used to be a time when attending college after high school was not the given that it is today. The realities of the job marketplace have made a college diploma more or less a prerequisite for a wide range of entry level jobs, and so now, whether students love learning or not, most feel that getting a college degree is required of them.

While those of us who teach in academia are aware of the "I can't do anything without a degree" phenomenon taking place today, most of us like to think that our students have come to college not only for that important piece of paper, but also to develop their minds and broaden their intellectual horizons. Convince your teachers early on in the semester that intellectual curiosity — a love of learning — burns within you, and you'll have gone a long way toward creating a positive impression in the classroom.

Show Up and Show You're Prepared
Of course, you can't convince your professors of anything if you develop the bad habit of skipping class. For many college freshmen, college represents their first invigorating dose of freedom to live by their own rules. While your grade may be docked for absences and tardiness, cutting class might seem astonishingly consequence-free until the end of the semester when your grades come out. Don't fall prey to the temptation to "get away with it." Your GPA does matter, and so does your professor's opinion of you.

It's an old saw that success is 90 percent showing up. If that's true with respect to class attendance, then the other ten percent is composed of your level of preparation and your level of participation. Most professors will not test you on your homework during every class, but that doesn't mean we can't tell if you're not prepared when we call on you. Why not remove all doubt and participate in class discussions? Paying attention, taking notes, and asking questions all speak well of you to professors, as they are all signs that you are intellectually curious and engaged with the material.

Check High School at the Campus Gate
Getting into college is a tough competition, and to matriculate where you have, you've probably done very well for yourself in high school. Congratulations, you made it in. What many first year students find hard to accept is that their college grades often are not as good as the ones they got in high school. Hearing you're not alone probably won't help too much, but it's true. What's also true is that a top undergraduate student will come to college armed with this knowledge as well as with the determined attitude to work even harder than they did in high school.

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Do Employers Mind If My Degree Is From An Online University?

Maybe you're considering getting a degree from an online university. Maybe you've just earned one and in preparing to apply for new jobs that will make the most of it, you're wondering whether or not prospective employers will see your resume and have bad associations with your online degree. In a word, the answer is no.

Employers who require employees to have a college degree care that you have one from somewhere. Traditionally, there are about 20 colleges in the United States (the Ivies and a handful of other prominent schools) that make employers sit up and take notice about where your degree came from. If you did not attend one of these places, you are like most people, who find that the name of their school is less important to their employers than how they performed academically, and what they studied.

In fact, your online degree may set you apart in a positive way from the rest of the pack of applicants. Successfully obtaining your degree online tells prospective employers that you are a person who will get the job done even when no one is looking. Online degrees testify that their recipients are self-motivated individuals who are capable of managing multiple priorities. And whatever job you're applying for, rest assured that those are two qualities all organizations prize.

Furthermore, online universities are becoming more and more popular. While your online degree can set you apart in the aforementioned ways, you should have no fear that it will stigmatize you. Each day, it becomes more and more likely that the person you sit down to interview with may have attended the same online school that you did!

Another benefit of the online university experience in the eyes of employers is that it is designed in large part for working professionals. The fact that you've made it through an online degree program tells your prospective employer that you have had intense exposure to the types of collegial interactions you will face in the working world. Online universities emphasize and develop the ability to work with others, to manage and meet deadlines, and to be responsible for learning on your own. When you consider all of the things a degree from an online university says about you, you should realize that you're more of a proven commodity, a "safer" hire than recent graduates from brick and mortar universities.

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Free Money??!! Apply For A College Scholarship Now!!

Have you started applying for your scholarship yet? No? WHY NOT!?! This is free money for your education. Following these quick and easy steps will help make this process painless.

First, Eliminate the Scholarships That Don’t Apply To You
There are many scholarships available for people who want to attend college. The most practical approach to winning the money you need or want to go to school is to do some research and figure out the scholarships for which you’re eligible. Because of the overwhelming amount of scholarships out there, you will save yourself a lot of time and potentially wasted effort if you identify at the outset of your process which scholarships just don’t apply to you.

Next, Make A List of the Scholarships That You Are Most Likely To Receive
Once you’ve eliminated the list of scholarships that have nothing to do with you, you’ll probably see that the amount of scholarships is still pretty large. Of course, this is basically good news, but if you are eligible for a very large number, the clock might run out on you before you have a chance to apply to them all. To mitigate this possibility, take your research skills in a different direction by learning about the scholarships you could apply to and prioritizing the ones that you most would like to receive, and/or have the best chance of receiving.

Look Around — Are There Experts Available To You Who Can Help You In Your Quest?
The above tasks may sound daunting. Before you get too overwhelmed, ask yourself if there is someone who could help you make sense of all of the scholarships. If you are still in high school, before you do anything, you should make an appointment with your guidance counselor and let him or her help you figure out which scholarships might be the best for you, as well as which ones you are the likeliest to be awarded. If you’ve been out of high school for a while and are looking to get that college degree, chances are there’s someone in your current circle of friends, maybe someone who’s already been to college and been through this, who can help you cut through all the paperwork to get to the scholarships that are best for you.

Don’t Forget The Internet When It Comes To Tracking Down Scholarships
There are a number of Web resources at your disposal to aid you in your search for money for college. For example, Fastweb.com is a very popular site devoted to helping people match them up with scholarships for which they’re eligible. A great feature of a site like Fastweb.com is that once you enter your profile information on the site, it will e-mail you with news about upcoming scholarship deadlines.

And of course, regardless of how you find out about your scholarships, as soon as you determine which ones you’ll go after, the most important thing is to request the application materials and complete them as soon as possible.

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Finding a Degree that is Right for You

It’s no secret that a college degree can give you a tremendous advantage in today’s job market.

Not only will it give you a leg up on non-degree holding job seekers, in some cases doubling your odds of being hired, but also statistics indicate new hires with college degrees stand to earn up to $20,000 more per year than those without.

Finding a degree that’s right for you While the advantages of holding a degree can be substantial, choosing the right degree for you is fundamental. Taking a hard look at the big picture when selecting a major can make the difference between completing your program on schedule or making costly and time consuming curriculum adjustments mid-stream.

In order that a degree that best meets your needs means and career goals, requires you to first know your interests and aptitudes. Aptitude and interest surveys can help students narrow a broad subject field of interest, such as science, into a snug fitting major and degree, such as environmental biology.

Regardless of current employment forecasts, academic and career experts recommend taking time to explore non-traditional career avenues your chosen degree may afford and matching them with your strongest interests.

Get Started Now

Remember that the key to finding a degree that’s best for you is not to rush the decision. However, it doesn’t pay to procrastinate either. Give yourself the time and tools you need to determine what your primary degree focus will be, the coursework involved and potential financial aid options your chosen degree may afford at different universities. Your student services counselor or academic advisor will be able to help you with this process.

Also, once accepted into a college, be prepared to explore and experiment. The average student changes his or her major two to three times during their first year in college. Even if the first major you pick isn’t the one you stick with, you’ll improve your chances of finding the right fit if you shop around. Don’t feel obligated to stick with a degree that’s not right for you. Remember, college is what you make of it. Changing majors a few times the first year is common.

I Have a Major, Now What?

Majors mean different things to different people. Some view the college major as a career-training program. Others see choosing a major as a path to personal fulfillment that has no connection to future career plans or the job market.

Expert’s advice keeping a few things in mind:

  • •Choosing a career-related major such as business administration or electrical engineering, means an easier job hunt after college, but you may compromise the depth of your education.
  • •Plan to take electives outside of your major to balance your intellectual development.
  • •If you choose a non-career-related major, you’ll have to work harder outside the classroom to develop your career goals.
  • •Start career research early and do internships every summer to get the job experience and connections you need.

When Do I Have to Decide?

Many colleges provide a deadline by which you have to declare your major—often usually by your junior year.

However, beware of hidden deadlines. More popular majors require completion of prerequisites—courses you must complete before you can declare your chosen major. Schools use these prerequisites to help control enrollment in crowded majors. Make sure you stay on top of prerequisites and get them out of the way in order to declare your major.

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How to Get Started with Online Education in Washington D.C.

The capital of the United States and home to some of the nation’s top private universities, Washington D.C. is an inspiring place to get an online education. Filled with so much history, the nation’s most important monuments and museums, Washington, DC is a great city for students. The cultural diversity of the community and the wide variety of attractions, lure people from around the world to come to and earn a college degree. Colleges and universities such as the American University, Georgetown University, and George Washington University offer online degree programs so you don’t even have to leave your living room to get the experience of your lifetime!

Washington D.C. universities and colleges are perfect for students trying to pursue degrees in political science or business. What better place to go than the President’s home to learn about the government or obtain a degree in business or political science? With such a rich culture and history, you can receive an incredible education from virtually any college or university in the district. Washington D.C’s colleges and universities are not only for the business and political science majors though! There is so much more to study at Washington D.C. universities besides the government. But whatever you study, it is indeed pretty cool to get a degree from the nation’s capital!

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Why Women Pursuing Online Education is a Good Idea

The ratio of women to men in the distance learning population shows that women out number men (an average of 57% of distant learning students are women). Women tend to dominate the distance learning population, and men tend to dominate the class room learning population. The common explanation for this can be the traditional perception that women are “stay at home moms.” BUT with the growth of the internet these “stay at home moms” can now take advantage of the benefits of online education. Another stereotype that can support this statistic is women tend to be more detailed and task-oriented than men, who are stereotypical represented as simple-minded. Women, it may seem, can organize and manage their time better; qualities all necessary for pursuing an online education.

Although changing drastically, traditionally women were/are very involved with the household and upbringing of the children. An online degree is perfect for this conventional way of thinking because, online courses are less disruptive for the family and can be completed on your own schedules. A mother can continue to play an active role in their child’s life while gaining a higher education due to the flexibility of online classes. However a “mother” should still be realistic of the demands of an online degree. Getting a college degree is important, but not so important that you should abandon your family responsibilities in the process. It is important to prepare school-aged children for the changes of your college life. Even if taking online classes, it is a fun experiment to give children a virtual tour of your respective campus. It makes your education more tangible for them.

Also traditional, and changing drastically, is the perceived constraints and limitations women have in comparison to men. A lot of adult women who are pursing a higher education did not have the freedom of educational resources in their youth. Now stuck in a career, the only way to fulfill a higher degree is with the breakthrough of online learning. Online education has widened the opportunities for women and has help make learning and training much more accessible. With the recent growth in distance learning and online degrees, the number of women taking advantage of what online education has to offer is increasing. Also because women now have more opportunities to join the work force, more and more are pursuing higher degrees; and online education is a perfect alternative to pursuing a degree.

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Top 7 Ways to Succeeding as an Online Student

Online Degrees are a flexible way for busy and time-constrained individuals to attain a college degree or certification. Although convenient, the dropout rate for online degree programs is higher than traditional degree programs. Here are 7 ways to make sure that you do not contribute to the percentage of incomplete degrees:

1. Master the Technology: Success in your online class depends solely on reliable technology that you know how to use.  Make sure you have all the appropriate technological programs for your courses. Take as many tutorials as possible, so you can familiarize yourself with the technology.  Always check your course’s syllabus.

2. Back Up All Your Assignments and Your Computer: Because you will be relying exclusively on your computer to complete and submit assignments it is very important you have copies of everything you finish for the course.

3. Learn about the Program’s Library: Find out what resources the program’s library has, if you have access to it and if the resources can help you succeed in your class.

4. Manage Your Time: The best and worst thing about online classes is the freedom to set one’s own hours for studying and learning. Be realistic and don’t procrastinate!

5. Communicate with Your Instructor: As an online student, you unfortunately do not have the opportunity to ask questions in class or stay after to speak with the instructor. Therefore you will need to use email, call during office hours or arrange an in person meeting to communicate your problems or questions.

6. Utilize Online Discussion Groups/Message Boards: These online discussions are supposed to take the place of an actual in-class discussion or lecture. Also the instructor may comment in the forums or post updates/clarifications on the message boards that will not be mentioned in class.

7. Motivate Yourself: It is easy to slack of in online courses because there is so much freedom. Realize that you have to motivate yourself to excel and stay enthusiastic about your courses. Push yourself to succeed.

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