Student Success Series: How to Reset Your State of Mind for Class

An exceptional education can prepare you for a great career, and even arm you with skills you’ll use in your family or personal life. School prepares you for the real world, but it’s also a unique universe all its own. The right mindset is a key ingredient in the recipe for student success. If you want to thrive when you return to school, you must be prepared to tackle your classes head-on, even if you’re juggling numerous other responsibilities. 

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How to Navigate the Transition Back to College as a Veteran

About 5 percent of current college students are veterans. If you’re considering joining their ranks, you should know that the right college for veterans can shape a brighter, more meaningful future and permanently increase your earning potential. Yet many veterans find the transition to college daunting and worry that they will be poorly equipped for higher learning. You may be recovering from physical injuries and psychological trauma, or feel adrift without the military giving shape and purpose to your life. Perhaps you worry that you won’t understand other students, or they won’t understand you. 

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What You Learn with an Organizational Leadership Degree

Adult students have a unique approach to education, as they see it as an investment in their future with a specific and measurable outcome. “I put in this much, and I hope to receive this much in return.” When considering an Organizational Leadership degree, you may be wondering how it will apply to future career opportunities and how it will help you grow as an individual. 

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What Veterans Need to Know About Going Back to School

Thanks to the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other benefits, many veterans return to college after leaving the service. In 2017, 28 percent of all veterans over the age of 25 had completed some type of postsecondary degree or credential. 

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Student Success Series: Tips for Improving Your Public Speaking Skills

Glossophobia, better known as fear of public speaking, is the most common phobia. It affects as many as 75 percent of people. Sufferers with more intense forms of this phobia may agonize over speeches and presentations for days, experiencing physical side effects such as sweating and a rapid heart rate. These annoying symptoms can intensify the phobia because they make it more difficult to deliver a compelling speech. After all, no one wants to stand in front of a class or board room with a shaking voice and sweaty palms. 

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Infographic: Time Management Tips for Adult Students

Today, college is no longer just for people fresh out of high school. In fact, more than a third of today’s college students are over the age of 25. One in five college students is a parent. Fifty-nine percent of nontraditional students hold down full-time jobs while going to school. 

Adult learners juggle many responsibilities, leading to limited time for school. Perhaps that’s why just 48.9 percent of older students graduate within six years at four-year colleges.

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Student Success Series: How to Maintain a Healthy Diet as an Adult Student

It’s virtually impossible to read success guides for adult students without stumbling across a reminder to practice self-care. In fact, we’ve shared several posts on the topic. The food you eat gives your body energy. If you use low-quality fuel, you’ll quickly notice yourself feeling overwhelmed or finding it difficult to concentrate. But if you fill up on the premium stuff, you’ll have more energy to focus on classes and tackle the myriad challenges of daily life. 

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How to Use Prior Learning to Graduate with Your Bachelor’s Sooner

Returning to school as an adult can feel a bit like traveling back in time. Adult learners, however, often bring much different life trajectories and experiences to their education than do traditional college students. You may have worked a rewarding career, raised a family, served your country, and learned how to balance the many competing challenges of adulthood. The wisdom these experiences offer matters. 

Prior learning—including both college education and real-world experiences—makes you smarter and more thoughtful. It sharpens your ability to correctly identify and solve a problem. It can also help you graduate faster, and for less money. 

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9 Questions to Help You Decide If It’s Time to Go Back to College

Going back to college can open new doors and may help you access a better job. A 2018 Public Agenda survey found that the primary reason adults pursue higher education is in pursuit of a better or different career. To add more reason to return to school, employers are rapidly replacing retiring workers with more educated employees, with nine out of 10 jobs going to college graduates. 

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Feeling Stressed? 11 Fun Weekend Activities to Get Your Mind Off College Assignments

Your college assignments offer you the training and experience you need to hit the ball out of the park when you start your new career or position. That may offer little comfort when you feel like you’re drowning in schoolwork. Forty-five percent of college students say they’re stressed, while 61 percent report anxiety and 49 percent experience depression.

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