Veteran Artist Program Creates Outlets for Expression and Healing

Posted by Amanda Rosenblatt

May 22, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Veteran Art, Military friendly college, Online StudyArt comes in many forms and serves many purposes. Two of the biggest roles that art can fill for a person are to provide an unexpected outlet to speak and a method of healing.

The Veteran Artist Program (VAP) is a non-profit based out of New York City founded in 2009 that is helping those coming back from war to utilize art as a medium of expression.

They also encourage and help veterans grow careers in the creative arts community through collaborations, mentorships and networking.

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One instructor's advice: Don't buy into the misconceptions of this required course . . .

Posted by Jonathan Dolen

May 21, 2015 3:00:00 PM

iStock_000046062678_SmallEditor's Note: Jonathan is one of our full-time Foundations faculty. We're so excited to have him share his perspective on the evolution of history and a little bit of insight into a pivotal moment that history captured his heart. 

It’s time to enroll for next term’s courses. English? Check. Math? Check. Science? Check. History? Do I have to . . .?

Whether at a brick-and-mortar school or a 100% online college, students across the country are faced with the “History Dilemma” come enrollment time.

Like some other required education courses, I've heard my students refer to history as boring, useless and a general pain. 

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Topics: Academic Advice

6 Things that May be More Important than the Money

Posted by Eden Lord

May 20, 2015 4:00:00 PM

iStock_000035454232_SmallWhen we’re facing a job search and finally find a great role that suits our skillset, our first question is typically “how much does it pay?”

In today’s economy, everyone is looking to earn more to make ends meet but don’t overlook the other valuable aspects employment offers.  

Whether you’re graduating with your accredited online degree or are negotiating a raise, there’s more to a job than the paycheck you earn.

Here are six things to evaluate to make sure you’re getting the most “bang outside of the buck.”

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Topics: Career Tips

How to come up with research topics at the last minute

Posted by Charles Stiles

May 19, 2015 10:30:00 AM

research topics, Military friendly college, Online StudyWhen am I going to learn?

It’s 3:25. In five minutes, I’m supposed to be going into a blog meeting with five topic ideas for future blog posts.  

I only have four. . .  

The good news is that not every topic has to be “gold,” just good enough to spark some ideas for the editor of the Grantham University Blog.

The meeting is grist for her mill – later, she’ll use the topic list she gathered to assign posts for this humble blogger to write.

The bad news? The fact that every word in that paragraph flashes through my mind at a blistering 7.5 feet per hour – not a misprint, I’m a slow, methodical thinker – and, lo and behold, I’ve wasted another three minutes.

So I type without thought, an existential

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Are you a perfectionist? If you are, here’s the secret to success.

Posted by Valerie Morrow

May 18, 2015 4:00:00 PM

overcoming perfectionism, Military friendly college, Online StudyThey say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they'd make up their minds. ~Wilt Chamberlain (Tweet this quote.)

Being a perfectionist is like running a never-ending marathon. 

Mile after mile, you push and push and never give yourself any credit.

You reach mile 13, but instead of patting yourself on the back for the accomplishment, you focus only on the remaining 13.2 miles.

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Armed Forces Day – Honoring Those Who Serve

Posted by Charles Stiles

May 15, 2015 9:00:00 AM

armed forces day, Military friendly college, Online StudyIn 1949, then Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson decided to replace the separate “Days” of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines with the creation of one celebratory day.

Later, the Coast Guard would be added to this list of services honored, but under the Secretary of Treasury and, later still, the Secretary of Homeland Security.

On February 27, 1950, President Harry Truman made that day – Armed Forces Day – official with Proclamation 2873:

“Now, Therefore, I, Harry S. Truman, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim that Saturday, May 20, 1950, shall be known as Armed Forces Day.”

President Truman’s proclamation urged the cooperative involvement of civil and military authorities to celebrate the day “in such manner as to honor the Armed Forces of the United States and the millions of veterans who have returned to civilian pursuits.”

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4 Ways Successful Professionals Use Twitter

Posted by Valerie Morrow

May 14, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Twitter to land Job, Military friendly college, Online StudyIf you’re like me, you may have been leery about joining the Twitter world.

Even as a lover of all things social media, I didn’t think I had anything of value to say in a short 140 character note.

And, let’s be honest, who decided that we could take what we knew our whole lives as a pound sign and start calling it a “hashtag.”

That being said, it didn’t take me long to find out what the buzz was all about.

From watching trending topics to connecting with thought leaders in my field, it’s tough to tell 236 million people that they’re wrong.

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Barbie taught me this important life lesson . . .

Posted by Monica Petty

May 13, 2015 3:00:00 PM

career path, innovation, military friendly collegeTen years ago, I was preparing to graduate from high school.  

If you asked 18-year-old Monica where she would be in ten years, she would probably:

Look puzzled. I couldn’t imagine myself at 28. It just seemed so far away. (Join me in laughing at teen Monica who didn’t realize how quickly that decade would go.)

Say be an anchor on a morning news show or a producer for a show . . . maybe both.

Either way, I most certainly wouldn’t have said, “I plan to be a student advisor at Grantham University!”  

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3 Tips to Help You Decline the Wrong Job Offer

Posted by Valerie Morrow

May 12, 2015 11:30:00 AM

HiRes1-2Sometimes it seems like life keeps handing you gifts. You earned an accredited online degree, you nailed your cover letters and resume and you have multiple interviews on the horizon.

Sweet, right? Yes, but before you get carried away applying for every job in the classified section, take a step back.

In a competitive job market, just getting an interview can feel like a prize.

However, if you take a moment to carefully read the job description or imagine yourself in the advertised position, you might realize it's not the job for you. Now what . . . ?

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Did you hear about Grantham’s newest bachelor’s degree program?

Posted by Ryan Kane

May 11, 2015 3:30:00 PM

iStock_000038050578_SmallLooking at April 15, the dreaded “Tax Day,” in the rearview mirror, I wish I learned to be a little more financially savvy in my younger years. The older I get, the more I’m aware of so many missed opportunities to save, invest or generally be wiser with my money.

As I move quickly — sometimes uncomfortably so — toward middle age, I find myself playing catch up, putting more money into the 401K, meeting with people to get their advice on investments I made a couple years ago.

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