Feel Good Friday: 3 Things You May Not Know about Hugs

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Feb 27, 2015 1:15:00 PM

powerofhugCompetitive debate has, and continues to be, a huge part of my life.

In college, we had one topic that we debated all year long. The two-person format dictated that one person affirmed the topic while the other, you guessed it, negated.

My freshman year, the topic was “the United States Federal Government should adopt a policy to significantly increase the production of energy from renewable sources.”

The question at hand seemed pretty straight-forward: Should we promote the production of renewable energy?

I had prepped for every possible case combination. Whether it was wind, solar, thermal heat or methane gas, I was ready. Or so I thought . . . until my opponent advocated hugs.

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Topics: online degree programs, Feel Good Friday

Meet Joel Weber: Marine, Single Father, Master’s Degree Recipient

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Feb 26, 2015 4:25:00 PM

online masters program, military friendly college, 100% onlineMeeting Marine Corps Master Sergeant Joel Weber was like meeting a pen pal for the very first time.

Except this time, I didn’t know right off the bat that he was the man behind the Twitter handle I had grown to respect:@Marines1994.

I knew @Marines1994 was a loyal blog reader, always encouraging others and kept a pretty great countdown to the day he was to be hooded for earning his Master of Business Administration in Project Management (MBA - PM) degree.

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Topics: military

How to Argue Better: The Hierarchy of Disagreeing Agreeably

Posted by Timothy Goss

Feb 26, 2015 9:00:00 AM

1argument-cartoonWhen a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.” William Hazlitt

Controversy is what drives us. It is the force behind all great technological advances; the soul of all knowledge; and the burning, candy-coated center of what it means to be human.

Without controversy, and without the arguments that stem from these disagreements, we would accomplish nothing. 

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Topics: Academic Advice

4 Job Fields with the Highest Earning Potential

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Feb 25, 2015 4:15:00 PM

in-demand jobs, military friendly college, online college courses Earning a college degree is not the expensive, farfetched dream that it was many years ago.

The availability of online college degrees, corporate tuition reimbursement and credit for previous life experience have all made earning a college degree more accessible.

Some polls contend that college graduates think their degrees don’t pay off in the long run.
They’re wrong according to Rick Fry, an economist fo
r Pew Research Center.

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Topics: online degree programs

How to Work for Micromanagers: (Hint) It's not about fixing them.

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Feb 25, 2015 10:30:00 AM

micromanager, bad boss, online college coursesStudents who are enrolled in online college courses know that time management is a vital skill.

You have to study, keep a tight schedule, and ensure you meet all of your deadlines.

It’s one thing to have the autonomy to earn a degree on your own terms, but what about when you enter the workforce and report to someone who loves to have his/her hands in all that you do?

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Topics: Career Tips

Mythbusters: Is Multitasking Effective?

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Feb 24, 2015 3:30:00 PM

multitasking myth, tunnel vision, online college classesGo ahead and pat yourself on the back for today's accomplishments!

Perhaps you replied to a full inbox while reading through discussion posts in your online college class.

Maybe you prepared dinner for your family while helping your children with their homework.

Did you tackle that pile of laundry while knocking out three chapters in your History book?

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Topics: Academic Advice

Meet the Dean of Grantham’s College of Arts & Sciences

Posted by Charles Stiles

Feb 24, 2015 8:15:00 AM

military friendly, college, college after military, online college classes“I’m a knitter,” confesses Grantham University’s Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Margareta Smith Knopik. “It’s one way I can watch TV without guilt.”

Not sure how you are on the matter, but I can binge-watch a whole season of insert-name-of-crime-drama-here without feeling any guilt whatsoever.

But in this informal interview, watching how she holds herself to the edge of her seat and seems to vibrate with energy, I can see why such a relaxed activity might give her a sense of guilt.

On the other hand, that she’s a knitter is also perfectly reasonable. “I like to attempt really intricate and complex patterns. The key to a successful project is often how clearly the directions are written.”

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What’s your answer to the single most important interview question?

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Feb 23, 2015 3:30:00 PM

interview prep, STAR technique, online college classesDo you remember when you were little and you dreamed of how cool being an adult was going to be?

I remember wanting to emulate my parents in so many ways. They are executive recruiters. In some circles they’re called “headhunters.”

I dreamed of being a corporate executive in a plush office with a luxury car. 

Full disclosure - when I was eight, my definition of “luxury dream car” was a forest green Ford Taurus. For some reason, I decided that a Taurus was the epitome of the modern business woman.

When I found out that there were better cars than a Taurus and no one would pay me to just talk all day, I had to come up with a plan.

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Topics: Career Tips

Feel Good Friday: Fun Facts about the Chinese New Year

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Feb 20, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Chinese New Year, Year of the Goat, Online College classesYesterday was just another Thursday for most American students pursuing a 100% online degree program at Grantham University.

Right after Presidents Day, but weeks before Easter, you may have thought yesterday was a blip leading up to commencement and the tantalizing days of summer.  

Yesterday, across the world, more than one billion people began celebrating their most important holiday — Chinese New Year.

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Do mantras really work? This study says . . .

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Feb 19, 2015 5:30:00 PM

stress-zebrastripesYour thoughts are powerful beings, even when you don't realize it. The self-talk that goes on within your mind each moment of the day can actually affect your mood, disposition and actions.

If you constantly berate yourself about online college courses, focus on the negative aspects of everything or play worries on rewind in your head, the results can be dismal. Focusing on the positive, on the other hand, can bring you optimism and positive outcomes.

In fact, studies conclude that meditation and repeating a mantra during times of stress or doubt can "relieve our subjective levels of anxiety and depression, and improve attention, concentration, and overall psychological well-being."

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Topics: Academic Advice

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