The Difference Between Laziness and Rest . . . and Why Not Knowing May be Killing You!

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Jul 31, 2015 7:45:00 AM

video-game-addict-300x200Do you know people who can’t sit still? Not the people who have restless leg syndrome and bounce their leg when they sit, I mean the people that always have to be doing something!

My name is Valerie and I’m a recovering do-a-holic. I grew up in a family where there was always a sport to practice, a project to do or a weed to pick. We had downtime, don’t get me wrong. But, I learned to love work.


Topics: Academic Advice

5 Pieces of Advice for Recent Grads from a Resident Life Coach

Posted by Eden Lord

Jul 30, 2015 2:40:00 PM

advice for graduates, online degree program, 100% online degreeFor the last decade I have been blessed to work with students pursuing an online college degree, helping them navigate their courses and degree programs.

From deployed military members to single parents, I’m always struck by the challenges each student faces when it comes to transitioning from diploma to the paycheck.

Even when a college offers placement services for graduates, it can be tricky for new graduates to develop an action plan for landing their perfect first job, no matter what field they are pursuing.


Topics: Career Tips

Military Spouse Shares How to Build the Perfect Summer Care Package

Posted by Stephanie J.

Jul 29, 2015 3:45:00 PM

military friendly college, college after military, military care packagesAs a military friendly college, Grantham realizes that there's more to life than 100% online classes – and that supporting our troops means reaching out when they're far from home and from their studies.

Few things are better than receiving an unexpected package in the mail.

Summer is the perfect time to send a tangible “shout out” to those serving in the military when they least expect it.


Topics: military

5 Key Differences between Successful and Unsuccessful People

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Jul 28, 2015 2:30:00 PM

online college classes, online degree programMy Dad loves to buy books, download podcasts and keep magazine clippings of great stories he finds.

He chooses them based on the concepts, a review he read or even an appealing headline that made him want to know more. He didn't always have time to read them all. 

It’s why he was able to convince me when I was twelve that the wisdom in those books would change my life. I would read them and then he and I would talk about what I was learning.


Topics: Career Tips

Top 3 Reasons I Can’t Wait For Commencement 2015

Posted by Charles Stiles

Jul 27, 2015 11:45:00 AM

Grantham university, 100% online, Grantham graduationIn a blog I wrote a couple of months ago, I mentioned how Grantham University, unlike most traditional campus schools, offers much more than just three semesters of education each year. 

Our students can attend classes year-round in courses that start almost every week!

And that means we have students graduating from their online degree programs nearly every week throughout the year.

Each graduate put in the time, the work and the dedication to earn his/her degree – and that’s something worth celebrating. 

That’s why, despite being a 100% online university, Grantham produces a live, on-ground and in-person commencement ceremony each year!


Topics: online degree programs

People decide this about you in one-tenth of a second. Should you be worried?

Posted by Christina Taylor

Jul 24, 2015 4:30:00 PM

iStock_000038375920_SmallWith the 4th of July holiday well in the rear-view mirror, summer is almost over and school is just around the corner for the youngsters.

In addition to being a full-time foundations faculty here at Grantham University, I’m a full-time mom to four kids, ranging from ages 2 to 13.

Whether it’s the students in my 100% online college courses or my own children, I try to teach practical life lessons. 

One of the most important lessons is how to be your own public relations manager.


Topics: Career Tips

Grantham Alumna Earns Seat at Nationally-Acclaimed Veteran Entrepreneur Bootcamp

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Jul 23, 2015 4:30:00 PM

IMG_22091_1I used to roll my eyes when I heard clichés like “The sky is the limit” or “You define your future.”

Because it was just that, a cliché: A sentence or phrase, usually expressing a popular or common thought or idea that has lost originality, ingenuity, and impact by long overuse.

However, as I am continually learning, there are times when I don’t mind being proved wrong . . . especially when I meet someone who renews my confidence that clichés have stood the test of time as they are rooted in elements of truth.

After chatting with Maureen Brewster, a four-time Grantham graduate and recent participant in the Entrepreneur Boot Camp for Veterans with Disabilities, I am more sure than ever that personal drive can blaze remarkable trails.


Topics: military

5 Time Management Tips to Keep You from Losing Your Mind

Posted by Ashley Page

Jul 22, 2015 4:00:00 PM

iStock_000009700656_SmallLast fall, I got engaged. Should be an incredible time, right?

After the initial fireworks and as my excitement faded, I slowly began to realize planning a wedding is a full time job in itself and well . . . I already work full-time as a Communication faculty member at Grantham.

And so I found myself asking: “How do you keep life balanced without two worlds going lopsided?”

Let me say it was a learning experience.

Okay . . . maybe I lost my mind a little bit, at least at the beginning. Then something amazing happened; I discovered the secret: Time management!

Here’s are the five tips I learned through my experience:


Topics: Academic Advice

In a world of doppelgängers, are you an original?

Posted by Ryan Kane

Jul 21, 2015 3:45:00 PM

Online Degree Programs, online college classes, doppelgangerIt’s been said that everyone has a “doppelgänger,” an identical (or nearly so) version of themselves, and explanations for the phenomenon vary — from the scientific to the spiritual to the supernatural.

Doppelgänger, a German word meaning “double-goer” in English, dates back centuries.

Its meaning has evolved to describe someone who looks and/or behaves remarkably like another person.

The term gained media attention recently when Niamh Geaney, a 26-year-old Irish woman, found a near carbon copy of herself — 29-year-old Karen Branigan, living just an hour from her.


What’s this Admission Representative’s Booming Side Business?

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Jul 20, 2015 2:30:00 PM

Jam Session KC, Military friendly college, Entrepreneur certificate programHave you ever been at a conference or a cocktail party or (even worse) a cocktail party at a conference and ran out of things to small talk about with total strangers?

One question that I always use that generates some interesting discussion is “If you weren’t a ____ (fill in the blank with their current occupation), what would you do/be?”

I think it makes people reminisce about what really makes them happy. You also learn quite a bit about them in short amount of time because inevitably there is a story – a defining moment, an inspirational person or personal passion – that serves as a springboard.


Topics: online degree programs

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