Ignorance is Not Bliss: Public Service Recognition Week

Posted by Valerie Morrow

May 5, 2015 4:23:00 PM

PSRW 2015, Military friendly college, Online StudyHave you ever had a “light bulb” moment in life? I’m talking about the kind of encounter where your entire paradigm was shifted.

I remember my first major one so vividly. I went on a mission trip with my youth group to Northern Mexico when I was in seventh grade.

Now don’t get me wrong, growing up I knew I was blessed, but I didn’t truly understand the term “First World” until I met young people my own age who lived vastly different lifestyles.

Ignorance does not equal bliss, but so often we don’t truly appreciate blessings until we experience even a moment without them or where they are in jeopardy.

It’s one of the reasons why I enjoy the opportunity writing blogs for Grantham University, a learning institution dedicated to Serving Those Who Serve®.

Blogs are vehicles for bringing important topics, observances and trends to the forefront of our busy lives. For instance, did you know that this week is . . .

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National Nurses Week Theme Brings Back Memories

Posted by Ryan Kane

May 4, 2015 4:00:00 PM

National Nurses Week, online nursing degree, Military friendly college, National Nurses Week, May 6-12, is a tradition with roots dating back to the early 1950s.

Supported by the American Nurses Association (ANA), the week recognizes the importance of nurses, addresses nursing as a possible career choice, and educates the public on nursing issues.

Certain events during the week are always celebrated on specific days.

National Student Nurses Day, for example, is May 8, while National School Nurse Day always falls on Wednesday.

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What's everyone else celebrating today that you've probably forgotten?

Posted by Charles Stiles

May 1, 2015 9:00:00 AM

may day, may traditions, accredited online degreePerhaps no other date of the year contains the abundance of forgotten and uncelebrated holidays as May 1.

When was the last time you participated in a Loyalty Day parade? How about standing strong with your blue-collar brothers and sisters on an International Worker’s Day strike?

Read the Constitution or checked out the scales of justice for Law Day? Or left a bouquet of flowers on a neighbors door step for May Day?

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From One Entrepreneur to Another: The Secret to Success is This . . .

Posted by Eden Lord

Apr 30, 2015 3:30:00 PM

Online Degree Programs, Study Spots, Online Study,Steve Jobs. Mark Cuban. Warren Buffett. Mark Zuckerberg.

What do these men have in common . . . beside their mondo wealth?

In my mind, it’s the thing that help them get to the top of the richest people in the world list: An entrepreneurial spirit and the drive to get things done.

Have you ever wished you worked for yourself?

Have you considered a return to school, but aren’t convinced a degree program would really help you realize your dreams?

Grantham University now offers an Entrepreneur Certificate that just might fit.

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Tomorrow is Global Pay it Forward Day! What will you do?

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Apr 29, 2015 10:30:00 AM

C:\Users\Craig\AppData\Local\Temp\CAM01059.jpgYou're likely taking online college classes to better yourself, learn a new skill or sharpen rusty ones.

You've unlocked the key to the best possible life for your family: Education.

Although a noble cause in itself, have you thought of the larger impact your skills and knowledge could make on the world?

Sometimes, day-to-day commitments get in the way of the big picture in life.

When it's all said and done, do you want to be remembered for what you did or how you made people feel? It's time to stop and think about what you can offer to your family, friends, neighbors or community.

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Celebrating Life Experiences – A 2015 Commencement Preview

Posted by Charles Stiles

Apr 28, 2015 4:30:00 PM

2013Grantham192For me, 2015 is a year of change. For one, my daughter is about to graduate high school.

As my emotions fluctuate between pride and the kind of depression only another father could appreciate, she’s busy picking out the curtains for an on-ground college dorm six hours away in Oklahoma.

For another, after a couple of years earning credit here at 100% online Grantham University, my son is also leaving the nest for an engineering school three hours away.

Good grief. Big changes for them … and for their mother and me.

But my immediate family is hardly unique in life-changing experiences. It seems I can’t throw a rock without hitting someone I know who is facing their own radical rearrangement to life this spring and summer.

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Because It's Never too Early: 4 Ways to Plan a Better 2016 Tax Day!

Posted by Charles Stiles

Apr 27, 2015 4:15:00 PM

Online Degree Programs, tax day, planning ahead on taxesLately there’s been this guy on TV yelling at me (and every other American) to get my Billions back!

I did my taxes. No billions. In fact, no money coming back to me at all. I owe.

But that’s OK. I planned ahead, sort of . . .

I decided I’d rather have the money now than use the federal government as a no-yield savings account. 

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Fitness Friday: The Secret Link Between Exercise and Studying

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Apr 24, 2015 3:00:00 PM

exercise, online learning, military friendly collegeTaking online college classes at a military friendly university is a great way to earn an accredited degree while working full-time.

But juggling academic studies and a job — even with the help of a supportive family can make it hard to find time for regular exercise.

What if I told you that there was a way to improve your mental acuity so that you could spend less time learning the same material?

Well, there is —  and as luck would have it, the best way to shorten your study hours and make them more effective is through exercise itself. 

Regular cardiovascular exercise not only boosts creative thought; it also has been proven to improve memory. 

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Take a Chance Day: An Interview with Grantham’s Chief of Calculated Risk-Taking

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Apr 23, 2015 3:15:00 PM

 risk-taking, Military friendly college, Online StudyI’ve always been fascinated by the idea of risk taking. This logical, planning, Type A personality loves to live vicariously through the spontaneity of those around me.

For the longest time, more than the fear of the unknown or not being prepared, I feared failure.

What about you? What opportunities to grow have you missed by choosing to “play it safe?”

No matter what came to mind, today is the day for new adventures. Today is National Take a Chance Day!

But, rather than taking a chance, like using a shower curtain as a cape and jumping off the roof, what if you had a blueprint for something a bit more . . . formulated?

A chat with the master of risk-takers
George S. Patton, Jr. put it best when he said, “Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash."

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Why you should care about Earth Day this year!

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Apr 22, 2015 1:15:00 PM

Earth Day 2015, Online degree program“The earth is what we all have in common.” -- Wendell Berry

Ok, let us be honest, Earth Day is not exactly the biggest holiday in the national consciousness, nor are there hordes of specifically marketed candies with which to promote it.

Although it is definitely worth looking into the possibility of tree or Earth-shaped Reese’s, but I digress . . . 

Even though it is not one of our biggest holidays, it is definitely an important one.

Also important is its orgins and what adult students can learn from the founder's actions.

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