Federally Employed Women Scholarship Winner: Lisamarie Rycowski

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Jul 23, 2014 4:50:00 PM

lisamarieIf Lisamarie Rycowski were a superhero, one of her powers would be invisibility because, in everyday life, you can’t see the cape that flaps on her back.

She is a full-time employee with the IRS, a foster mother to a one-year-old and a three-year-old, is pursuing an online business management degree, and is active in the Federally Employed Women (FEW) organization at the national level. I don’t know about you, but I’m just exhausted typing that, let alone contemplating how she juggles it all.

We caught up with her during lunch one day (even superheroes have to eat) to chat about her experiences with FEW, what her journey at Grantham has been like and how she’s managed to maintain a 4.0 grade point average.

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Topics: online degree programs

A look at the man who authored the "best deal ever made by Uncle Sam."

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Jul 23, 2014 9:15:26 AM

award for freedom, 100% online degree, veteran education benefitsIf you've heard of Harry Colmery, then you're probably familiar with his contributions to America. You may even be a recipient of his work. Or perhaps you're thinking, "Harry Who?"

About 80 years ago, Harry Colmery was a household name, credited for creating veteran education benefits better known as the G.I. Bill. As a military friendly college, part of how we celebrate the future is by honoring the past. A little history on this important American figure will help you gain some insight into one of the monumental pieces of 20th century legislation.

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Topics: military

Is stress nature's motivator and what happens if it becomes chronic?

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Jul 22, 2014 3:45:00 PM

100% online degree, managing stress, stress relief"I'm just so stressed!"

It’s a common complaint you hear from students, parents, and work colleagues just about everyone has to fit too many obligations and responsibilities into a limited time frame.

Whether you have started taking 100% online college courses or are making the transition from active military service into the civilian workforce, a significant life-changing event can make you feel perpetually overwhelmed about all that you have to do.

As arbitrary as it sounds, just relax. Everything is going to be fine . . . if you keep reading.

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Topics: Academic Advice

7 Tips to Stretch Your Dollar at the Grocery Store

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Jul 22, 2014 9:45:00 AM

saving money, meal planning, budgeting, smart shoppingIf you’re taking online college courses this summer, you are definitely motivated. You probably downloaded the four apps that will help you take off the heat during your summer studies and thought about how to balance your school work and family time. But have you thought about what are you going to eat during the summer?

It’s easy to let the busyness of summer overshadow proper meal planning. Nights are longer, days are hotter and you're going 100 different ways. Combine that with talk of the commissary and PX closings on military posts, and it’s an understandable challenge.

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Topics: online degree programs

5 Suspicious Signs Your Job Interview Went Poorly: Part II

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Jul 21, 2014 9:00:00 AM

signs interview went bad, online degree program, interviewing tips, bombed interview After a job interview, you most likely engage in a mental rerun of what happened. You try to predict the odds of being offered the job. You think about the attitude and demeanor of the interviewer and go over the questions you were asked and the answers you gave.

Everyone goes through the post-interview analysis, including graduates from an accredited online degree program

Today, we add to our previous blog, 5 Suspicious Signs Your Job Interview Went Poorly.

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Topics: Career Tips

Developing Details on MH17 Airline Crash and Other Top News Stories

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Jul 18, 2014 9:10:00 AM

world news, what happened this week, military friendly college  Studying for your accredited online degree can be all-absorbing. In fact, you risk getting so busy with the demands of your online college classes, working and being with your family that you forget about the outside world.

So take a minute to join us while we look at some of the stories that are trending in the news this week.

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Topics: online degree programs, In the News

Buzzword of the Day: Business Intelligence Degree Program

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Jul 17, 2014 3:30:11 PM

online business degree, business intelligence, business analyst   Have you ever thrown a “buzzword” into discussion boards for your online college classes just to sound smart and really didn’t have any idea what it meant?

I used to watch the Brady Bunch growing up and one of my favorite scenes is when Marcia is starting her freshman year of high school. She has an idea of how a high school student should act and when asked how she feels about attending a new school, replies with, “I’m looking forward to the intellectual stimulation.”

Whether using buzzwords on a resume or in the business field, it’s easy to fall prey to this temptation. One of the words that gets thrown around is “business intelligence (BI)."

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Topics: online degree programs

The Facts of Fingerprints: How Education is Coded into Your Identity

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Jul 17, 2014 9:15:00 AM

fingerprints as identity, online college classes, the future of education I’m both fascinated by, and thankful for, technology. Sometimes as I’m using it, I try to imagine what life was like before we had it.

I think of paper maps being turned, torn and tugged to find where to turn, lovers sending snail mail instead of shooting off a quick email, or being tethered to a desk and chair in a physical classroom, not having the convenience and flexibility to pursue an online college degree from anywhere in the world.

On this day, 156 years ago, another great advancement propelled our society forward that makes it hard to imagine life without it: The precursor to using fingerprinting a means of identification.

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Topics: online degree programs

You’ve been sacked! Five Knee-Jerk Reactions to Avoid

Posted by Charles Stiles

Jul 16, 2014 3:15:00 PM

online education degree, laid off, leaving a job, fired It’s 2:00 on a Friday afternoon and you get a call from HR asking you to swing by. No reason given, but your senses are tingling.

As you walk in, you see Human Resources already has a visitor – your boss. (You realize you should have read that blog on job hunting while on the job, after all.) You’ve been laid off … let go … downsized.

No matter what they call it or what the reason may be for terminating your employment, it’s always a punch in the gut. I know. I’ve been there. More than once. And each time, it left me in a state of shock.

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Topics: Career Tips

Talk the Talk: The Importance of Knowing Your Boss’s Communication Style

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Jul 16, 2014 9:15:00 AM

communication styles, advance in the workplace, interpersonal communicationThere's more to pursuing an accredited online degree program than reading and fulfilling course assignments. Your online university experience is also a valuable chance to pick up important interactive skills to help you succeed in the workplace.

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Topics: Career Tips

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