Recent Posts by SNU Professional and Graduate Studies

7 Ways to Make College More Affordable

The average college student graduates with $30,000 in student debt. If you pursue grad school or take longer than usual to graduate, your debt load could be even higher. It’s enough to make any student think twice before investing in a degree program. Despite this price tag, a college degree remains one of the best investments you can make, with an extraordinary return on your initial costs. 

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Choosing the Right Special Education Degree to Advance Your Career

In the 2018-2019 school year, 14 percent of all public school students (7.1 million) received special education services. The right services can revolutionize the educational experience for these students, ensuring they get a quality education and are well-prepared for the future. Not only is special education a huge benefit to these students, but it is also a legal right under laws such as Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

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The Ins and Outs of Student Loan Forgiveness

The average college graduate has more than $30,000 in student loan debt. This can feel like an overwhelming sum. Nevertheless, it’s small compared to your potential earnings. College degree holders had median weekly earnings of $1,248 in 2019, compared to just $746 for high school graduates and $833 for those who attend but do not graduate college. In just a year or two, your additional earnings may greatly exceed the amount of your debt. 

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13 Ways Your Phone Can Be a Valuable On-the-Go Study Tool

The lifestyle of an adult student can feel a bit like that of a squirrel—endlessly bouncing from one thing to another, tending quickly to one task only to anxiously run to the other, hoping not to have forgotten anything vital. It’s no wonder, then, that a squirrel-like attention span also seems to come with the territory, especially when you get down-time. You might feel tempted to waste your time in a doctor’s waiting room scanning social media or endlessly refreshing your email. The truth is, though, that your smartphone is a potent study tool. 

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Top 10 Gifts for Adult Students

College enrollment among adults is rapidly increasing. Chances are you know someone who’s going back to school—maybe even your spouse or child. Showing appreciation to that adult student in your life for working hard to better their life and professional opportunities can go a long way. Whether it’s for the holiday season, a special birthday, or just because you care, the right gift tells your loved one you’re thinking about their needs and investing in their happiness. Rather than sending a gift basket or shopping the sale aisle at the last minute, try taking some time to weigh which gifts might improve your loved one’s quality of life. 

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What to Consider When Going Back to School for your MBA

Whether you spend all day in a job you don’t feel connected to or you’re just not making enough money to justify all the work you do, a career change could be life-changing. According to PayScale, MBA graduates have average salaries of $88,648, but the sky is truly the limit in terms of what you can earn, where you can go, and what you can do. 

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How to Write a Cover Letter That Gets Noticed

A cover letter is your chance to inject a bit of personality into the job application process, highlight additional information that’s not on your resume, and connect with your interviewer. But according to Alison Greene of Ask a Manager, many cover letters fall flat, relying on ineffective gimmicks and wasting a great opportunity. Here’s how to write a good cover letter. 

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What Jobs Can You Hold with a Cybersecurity Degree

The COVID-19 crisis has moved more of our lives over to digital platforms than ever before—and the cybersecurity industry is booming as a result. Medical appointments, therapy, and even elementary school classes got a quick makeover. The convenience of learning, seeking medical treatment, and undertaking other basic activities at home will not wane when the coronavirus crisis does. This presents a powerful opportunity to criminals who would steal personal information and invade privacy. Cybersecurity experts are on the frontlines of the fight to protect our most personal information. 

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Master of Leadership vs. MBA: How to Make the Right Choice

If you’re considering a return to school in pursuit of a leadership position, you might not be sure whether a master of leadership or master of business administration (MBA) is right for you. Both degrees offer a strong background in leadership and management, but the two programs are not interchangeable. So which one is right for you? Here’s what you need to know to make the decision. 

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8 Ways Adult Students Can Stay Motivated in the Face of Adversity

The choice to return to school as an adult student is life-affirming and potentially life-changing. It’s a vote for your future, for yourself, and for your power to shape your circumstances. Yet, adversity affects us all sooner or later.

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