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An Educational New Years Resolution

Are you someone who likes to make New Years resolutions each year? And if so, do you stick them out or do you tend to try pretty hard at sticking with it for the first month of the year or so and then life gets in the way?

I’ll admit, I’m not much of a New Years resolution person. I like to think that if I want to make a big change in my life, I’ll just do it when the timing seems right rather than at the start of the new year. That’s too much pressure for big decisions!

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Making that Big Decision to Attend College

And we’re back!

Hello everyone! And happy Thanksgiving! This month I’m going to discuss that whole decision to go to, or go back to, college. It’s a big deal, and I’m actually someone who had to make that decision recently myself, as I’m currently in grad school! Yay! Education is fun!

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Happy Holidays from Top 5 Online Colleges!

Only a few days ago basically, I posted about how it’s now autumn and the leaves are changing colors and the air is getting crisp. Well, here in Chicago, it’s already winter. I’m being dramatic, but only exaggerating slightly. We’ve had our first snow flurries already and when I woke up this morning, the news was telling me it was 29 degrees outside! While I personally love the fall – the memories of shopping for school supplies as a kid, playing soccer with long sleeve shirts under the jersey, heading to football games, and curling up under a blanket with a hot cup of tea while studying for midterms – this unseasonably cooler weather is getting me ready for one of the best two month stretches of the year!

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How to Best Manage Stress

It’s October. The leaves are changing colors, the air is getting crisp, pumpkin flavors are taking over your taste buds. “Back to School” season is in full swing! On top of balancing your work, your online seminars and classrooms, your homework, your home life, you are now probably balancing your kids’ school, homework and projects, soccer and football and drama club schedules, sleepovers and play dates, and more.

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Top 5 Reasons Online Higher Education ROCKS!

Today, what I want to address are the top 5 best things you get to experience with an online education. Before I give you that list, I do have to give you this disclaimer – I, myself, am not a student within online higher education. I work in the field, which gives me some insight, but I am still an outside observer. You may or may not agree with my top 5 list, but hopefully it’s at least fairly true to the online higher education experience!

These are in no particular order, and I should also warn you that this is very lighthearted and not at all too serious – in honor of it being the first Friday of fall!

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Using Your Online Education and Involvement Experiences to Boost Your Resume

We’re back to the involvement topic, folks! My favorite subject to discuss when we’re talking about college education. It’s very clear I have a bias here, so you shouldn’t be surprised by this. However, I’m going to tie in student involvement with something I’m sure everyone cares a lot about – career advancement.

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Email and Online Classroom Etiquette

When you are going to be communicating primarily online, it’s important to follow some basic etiquette when it comes to your communications. I’m just going to warn you in advance, I have some pretty strict views on what is appropriate and inappropriate when it comes to doing anything in writing. Some people may argue my points, and I realize that when we’re talking about posting in classroom discussions, that might be something that’s based on the instructor’s opinion more than grammar rules. However, I am of the opinion that I’d rather be overdressed than underdressed, and I think that same belief applies to writing styles in online communication.

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Managing your Time while Studying Online

There are three key tools of effective time management that you should uses to best manage your day-to-day: a schedule or calendar of events, a prioritized “to-do” list, and organized note taking. You’ll notice that these items don’t necessarily relate only to schoolwork – you can and should use them to sort out your entire day, week, year, etc. And you should also use them together for the best results.

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Social Media and Your Online Education

I know what you’re thinking: Wait? What does my education have to do with Facebook and Twitter??

Well, I can’t say it has a lot to do with your education, but you should definitely think about how it can relate. And that’s because one of the most important things to remember when you get involved with social media is that no matter how private you have your settings, there is still a whole lot of public. The things you post can often be found, and the pictures you share can often be seen. And when it comes to your education and your career path, you definitely want to keep this in mind.

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How You Can Get Involved Outside the Online Classroom

I have to start this second-part post with a disclaimer – each institution will have different options to get involved, and I can’t guarantee every suggestion I make here will be available at every online university. However, I strongly encourage you to begin to look into your options – and to look into the options available when you are still deciding on which school to attend as well!

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