TGIF Video Friday: Man Saves 12 Ducklings From Falling Off Ledge
The modern era of rapid digital communication seems to scare many people away from realizing its powerful potential. Sure, the era of text messaging, Facebook Likes, Twitter updates and instant Google searches isn't perfect. But the widespread impact is indisputable.
Take today's awe-inspiring TGIF Video of the Week as an example. In the video, a banker in Spokane, Wash., notices a dozen newborn ducklings outside of his office building.
There was one noticeable problem: The mallard decided to build her nest on a cement awning 10 feet above the ground. That may not sound like much, but ducklings usually have to find water within 48 hours of hatching. These ducklings, which couldn't fly, had to find water and were stuck 10 feet above the ground.
The mallard, in a last-ditch effort, flew from the office building to the ground, hoping her ducklings would take notice and emulate their mother. The banker noticed the development and quickly thought of how he could help.
The first thought that came to mind: a Google search on newborn ducklings.
Ah yes, the power of modern communication. instant information.
In a few clicks of the mouse, the banker learned that mother ducks typically fly down from their nest and encourage the ducklings to follow.
With his newfound knowledge, the banker raced to ground level and starred in one of the more heartwarming stories you'll see:
Those were some lucky ducks. How about the part at the end, where the banker leads the ducks - amidst a downtown parade - to the water? Fitting end to an incredible story.
The teamwork on display to protect the ducklings and lead them to water was inspiring. Students in online degree programs, don't forget about teamwork as work your way through your courses.
Common resources that can help you along your path to graduation include:
- Student advisors: These helping hands assist current students and alleviate some of the stress they endure on a daily basis due to busy schedules. Student advisors are professionally trained to help students with classes, career goals and more.
- Admissions representatives: Many times, admissions representatives are the first lines of communication for future online students looking into a degree program. ARs can help students with enrolling, transfer credits, course-related questions, benefits, scholarships and more.
- Career centers: Effective career centers assist online students with their career goals and aspirations. Grantham University's Career Center, for instance, helps students create high-impact cover letters and resumes, and provides other services, like choosing the right career path and degree program.
- Virtual libraries: Should your online university of choice hold a virtual library, take advantage of it for help on research papers. GU students may access the virtual library by logging into their GLife and ANGEL accounts.
- Blog articles: If your online university keeps a consistent blog (GU students know we do!), check out the quick-hitting, personal articles designed to help students in school and in their careers.
- Social media: OK, so we're not encouraging browsing your Facebook news feed for help in school. But some online universities have an active social media presence, where students can have questions answered in a timely fashion while also browsing blog articles and news items.
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About the author: Eric Sorrentino joined Grantham University as Social Media Manager in October 2011. Prior to that, he blogged about Big 12 Conference athletics for KUsports.com and was a sports copy editor for the Lawrence Journal-World. Eric received his bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas.