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Five Simple Actions to Help You Excel as an Undergraduate Student

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There is little doubt that as a student, you are reading this article because you are serious about school. You should be proud to know that your attitude will lead you to success, since a lot of your peers will not be serious and success will elude them. Over the course of your schooling you will encounter numerous obstacles ranging from time expenditures to budgeting to figuring out what you want to do after school. Implementing the next five steps over the course of your scholastic career will make your life a lot easier and more organized.

Think about where to live. This question sounds simple enough, however, have you thought about what type of environment is and is not conducive to life as a student? Since you will be spending a good portion of your day working on assignments and studying, be aware that a party atmosphere will only be a distraction. The last thing that you want to happen is to find yourself a few weeks into school failing classes and needing to get caught up. It happens needlessly all of the time. Also take into account whether or not the school is in walking or biking distance in case of a loss of a vehicle. At the very least, have a reliable ride that could be committed to getting you to school on time everyday for a short period until you have adequate transportation again.

Properly plan your work and school schedule. Most schools schedule classes well in advance. So, take a look at what classes are being offered months in advance before the rush as the start of school gets closer. Not only will you give yourself more time to decide on classes, you will have first pick at all of the interesting ones along with great class times. This is doubly important for those that need to work as they attend school. Ensure you will have time to transition from class to class and then make it to work on time.

Set goals for success. Without some forward thinking you will not be able to achieve your goals in life. The simplest way to achieve a large goal is to set shorter term goals to achieve in the interim that will ultimately help you achieve the main goal. As it relates to school, your short-term goals should be to visit your career services office for career guidance as well as allowing enough time each day to complete homework. A medium-term goal could be thinking about passing your individual classes. Look at the syllabus and figure out early what it will take to be ready for mid terms, final exams and final projects. For the long-term, figure out where you may wish to work after school and contact that company to find out about opportunities such as internships. Or, perhaps a graduate degree is something that better suits you. Know that a good grade point average is important to not only get accepted, but to get a scholarship as well.

Figure out your budget and watch out for financial pitfalls! Going to school is also a financial burden for most people. Figure out a budget for yourself every month that includes all of your bills and any spending money left over. If you need to work just be sure that you can handle the workload. For those of you that will be living in dorms, be very careful with the credit card offers that you are sure to receive from your first day at school. Make sure you fully understand how credit cards work before deciding on utilizing one. Many students every year get into financial trouble by over using credit cards.

If you need help early, ask for it! All students have difficulty in one or more classes every year. If you do not comprehend a lesson be sure to ask a professor for some private instruction or a reference to a tutor. Better yet, look into the possibility of finding a mentor that is available to spend a few hours per week or per month. If you are sure about the direction you are headed, someone that has been there and done that already will have incredibly valuable things to share with you.

Innovative planning is an effective way to achieve your goals in life. Take time to think about where you have been in life, where you are and where you want to go. And put together your plan!

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Organizations for Graduate Student – 5 That Should Be Considered

social software impact individual organizations Organizations for Graduate Student   5 That Should Be ConsideredGraduate students are busy people. They are busy with their coursework. They are busy with their research. They are busy with their thesis. And in some cases they are busy with their family and work life.

It is important though that graduate students take time out of their busy schedules to become involved in organizations that will help them while they are graduate students and beyond. Colleges and universities have so many student organizations to choose from that it can be difficult to even narrow down organizations that may be most beneficial to a graduate student and their goals.

While this is definitely not an all inclusive list, here are 5 graduate organizations that students should consider becoming a part of to add to their graduate student experience to help shape and refine them as professionals. This list is no particular order.

#1 Part-Time MBA Association

This organization is dedicated to representing MBA students that go to school on a part-time basis. Students who are earning their MBA on a part-time basis have different concerns than those who are attending a full-time program. This organization acts as the liaison between the students and the college or university. As a member of this organization students are able to take part-time MBA student issues to the school of business administration and its faculty. This organization works for the good of the part-time student body to help improve the quality of the education that they receive, the amount and quality of academic support, and the professional services and advice that students can receive. By joining this group MBA students will find a sense of community among their peers, while continuously trying to improve student relations.

#2 MBA Association

The MBA Association's goal is to provide a community where graduate students can interact through activities and services that allow their members to grow as students and as professionals in the business world. This group acts as a liaison between current students, Alumni and faculty to help students define their career goals, strengthen their skills, and develop a strong network of professional peers.

#3 Graduates As Parents

According to the Census Bureau the amount of graduate students attending college that are also parents increases by 60 percent each year. By becoming a member of this organization, graduate students will find a community of their peers that are balancing their family life with their school life. Through their peers members can pick up pertinent information regarding daycare, how to balance their lives, tips and trick for the juggling act, etc. With all of the stress that being a parent brings combined with all of the stress that being a graduate students brings, this group will allow students to de-stress their lives by surrounding themselves with like-minded people who are going through the same challenges that they are.

#4 Graduate Student Government

Graduate Student Government works on graduate student's behalves in the area of student affairs and financial affairs that affect graduate students. This organization is the liaison between graduate students and the university on matters with housing, parking, fees, and transportation. This organization also helps students to learn the ins and outs of running an organization, including problem-solving resolution skills. It also provides a place for students to interact with leaders in the organization and in the school to acquire and foster their leadership skills.

#5 Graduate Students in _____________ (insert specialization here)

Whatever the graduate student's specialization is, they should also consider joining the graduate student association for their specialization. The goal of these organizations is to provide a community where graduate students specializing in a particular field can interact through activities and services that allow their members to grow as students and as professionals in their field. These groups also act as liaisons between current students, Alumni and faculty to help students define their career goals, strengthen their skills, and develop a strong network of professional peers.

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Learn All There Is About An Accelerated Online Degree

Are You Eager to Earn Your Degree?

With advancements in technology, online education is becoming much more practical and reputable.Couple that with prior education and work experience and you may be eligible to earn an accelerated online degree. Some degree programs take as little as 18 months to complete. Some take less with prior coursework or practical training. While it takes a good deal of self motivation to get the most out of online education, it can be the ideal situation for working professionals looking to advance in their current positions, augment their skill sets or even change their career paths. Accelerated online education allows you to study at a quick pace while not interrupting your professional or personal life.

What to Consider When Choosing an Accelerated Online Degree Program

You will first need to choose what area you want to study. Then, you will need to determine what the institution requires for you to take an accelerated degree track. At most institutions you will find that all degrees are offered from the associate’s level all the way up to the doctoral level. Online degree programs combine assigned readings with virtual lectures and discussions where you can interact with your peers and instructors. You will also want to ask how the program works. For example, will you need to buy your own books and are they readily available? Does the institution have 24/7 tech support? As most of your learning is done online, this is extremely important. Also, how are the courses structured? Is your instructor easily accessible or are there set "office" hours? Will you be able to interact with other students via discussion forums? And, if your field of study requires an internship or practical experience, you’ll need to find out how this will be handled. Your representative should be able to answer all of these questions and any others you may have.

Which Institutions Offer Online Education?

There are many institutions that offer accelerated online degrees. You can find them over the Internet, through campus visits or even through peer and employer recommendation. Some institutions that offer a wide range of subjects to be studied online include Florida Community College, Peirce College, Le Tourneau University, Ashworth College and many more.

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Online Degree of the Day: Master of Science in Nursing

Are you interested in a career in nursing? Nursing is one of the best fields for job opportunities. There is an endless need for qualified nurses and not enough individuals to fill those positions. Maybe you already have a nursing degree but are ready to move up. If this is the case, pursuing a Master of Science degree in nursing may be an ideal choice, and the ideal way to do it is often through an online education program.

If you are a Registered Nurse, you already have great appeal for employers. Earning your Master of Science degree in nursing through online education makes you even more appealing. You will emerge from the program with your original nursing skills refined and enhanced, and new state of the art skills and knowledge to add to your nursing repertoire. You will learn nursing theory, research, administration and more. You will learn how your skills and the skills of your peers fit into the modern health care system.

Earning a Master of Science degree in nursing is easy through online education. As a practicing nurse, your schedule is probably already quite busy. Online education programs allow you to learn when it fits into your schedule. There is no rushing to make it to classes on time or worrying about missed classes. The class takes place when you turn on your computer. You’ll also be able to earn your degree in a relatively short amount of time, allowing you to put your new skills into practice sooner, rather than later, which can be great for your career.

If you are a nurse looking to do more, look into accredited online master of science in nursing degree education programs today. Before long, you will be a better, more knowledgeable, and more qualified nurse. The best and most prestigious nursing positions will become available to you, and your nursing career is likely to become more rewarding and fulfilling than ever before.

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5 Helpful Organizations For Grad Students

Organizations for Graduate Student
5 That Should Be Considered

Graduate students are busy people. They are busy with their coursework. They are busy with their research. They are busy with their thesis. And in some cases they are busy with their family and work life. It is important though that graduate students take time out of their busy schedules to become involved in organizations that will help them while they are graduate students and beyond. Colleges and universities have so many student organizations to choose from that it can be difficult to even narrow down organizations that may be most beneficial to a graduate student and their goals.

While this is definitely not an all inclusive list, here are 5 graduate organizations that students should consider becoming a part of to add to their graduate student experience to help shape and refine them as professionals. This list is no particular order.

#1 Part-Time MBA Association

This organization is dedicated to representing MBA students that go to school on a part-time basis. Students who are earning their MBA on a part-time basis have different concerns than those who are attending a full-time program. This organization acts as the liaison between the students and the college or university. As a member of this organization students are able to take part-time MBA student issues to the school of business administration and its faculty. This organization works for the good of the part-time student body to help improve the quality of the education that they receive, the amount and quality of academic support, and the professional services and advice that students can receive. By joining this group MBA students will find a sense of community among their peers, while continuously trying to improve student relations.

#2 MBA Association

The MBA Association’s goal is to provide a community where graduate students can interact through activities and services that allow their members to grow as students and as professionals in the business world. This group acts as a liaison between current students, Alumni and faculty to help students define their career goals, strengthen their skills, and develop a strong network of professional peers.

#3 Graduates As Parents

According to the Census Bureau the amount of graduate students attending college that are also parents increases by 60 percent each year. By becoming a member of this organization, graduate students will find a community of their peers that are balancing their family life with their school life. Through their peers members can pick up pertinent information regarding daycare, how to balance their lives, tips and trick for the juggling act, etc. With all of the stress that being a parent brings combined with all of the stress that being a graduate students brings, this group will allow students to de-stress their lives by surrounding themselves with like-minded people who are going through the same challenges that they are.

#4 Graduate Student Government

Graduate Student Government works on graduate student’s behalves in the area of student affairs and financial affairs that affect graduate students. This organization is the liaison between graduate students and the university on matters with housing, parking, fees, and transportation. This organization also helps students to learn the ins and outs of running an organization, including problem-solving resolution skills. It also provides a place for students to interact with leaders in the organization and in the school to acquire and foster their leadership skills.

#5 Graduate Students in _____________ (insert specialization here)

Whatever the graduate student’s specialization is, they should also consider joining the graduate student association for their specialization. The goal of these organizations is to provide a community where graduate students specializing in a particular field can interact through activities and services that allow their members to grow as students and as professionals in their field. These groups also act as liaisons between current students, Alumni and faculty to help students define their career goals, strengthen their skills, and develop a strong network of professional peers.

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The Importance of a High School Diploma

A High school diploma is required for those students who wish to go on to college either at a junior college or university level. A high school diploma is also more favorable for those students who wish to enter the workforce after graduation, rather than not having a diploma at all. Students can earn their high school diploma in one of two ways: traditional classroom or distance learning.

One way that students can earn their high school diploma is by attending their local high school. This is probably the most common way that young adults today are earning their high school diploma. This method of education requires the students to attend scheduled classes and complete certain requirements, including passing grades, to earn their high school diploma. Classroom style learning is a great way for students to earn their high school diploma when they need face-to-face contact with teachers and their peers in order to facilitate the best learning environment for them.

Another option available for students to earn their high school diploma is through distance learning programs. Distance learning is better for those students who are self-motivated and do not need face-to-face contact with their teachers and peers in order to complete and pass their courses. There are two types of distance learning, which are correspondence courses and web based programs.

Correspondence courses for students to earn their high school diploma usually consist of printed materials in the form a text book and/or workbook that students use to complete their coursework. Correspondence courses require students to read and complete their assignments on their own and then email or mail them to their teachers to be graded. Since correspondence courses do not have a set schedule, students can usually advance through them at their own pace.

The other option for a distance learning program is a web based program. Students who wish to earn their high school diploma via a web based program will need to have access to a computer that is hooked up to the Internet. This type of program allows students to interact with their teachers in an online format either by email, online discussion groups or chat rooms. Students either receive their assignments via email or an online forum that the teacher sets up for students to access their assignments.

With a few different options available to choose from, students (and their parents) can now choose the best learning method for them to earn their high school diploma.

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