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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

Staying motivated during the Summer term

  Imagine it's the middle of July and it seems like everyone around you is having the best vacation ever. Your friends are uploading great photos to Facebook. Meanwhile, you're uploading your assignments to Moodle. Striking the perfect work/life balance is always tough, but it gets especially challenging during the summer. Every student taking summer courses will feel this way to some extent, but it hits home for any adult student who is balancing work or family life. At work, you hear about...
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Father / Fire Fighter: how taking online classes & credit for career makes the difference

Mike is a third generation fire fighter in the City of Manchester. Mid-way through his career he knew that if he wanted to ascend the ranks, getting his degree was important. He took some hands-on courses in Fire Science at a New Hampshire Community College, which were superb, but he wanted a more versatile degree. He looked into Granite State College for an individualized program that would be tailored to his goals. When my advisor learned that I was a fire fighter during our initial meeting,...
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What it’s like when mom is completing a college degree

At the 2014 graduation ceremony, Anne Dubois triumphantly crossed the stage, grabbed her diploma, hugged the Granite State College administrator who handed it to her, and matched the cheers that her family and friends were delivering from the audience.Upon descending the stairs, her daughter Angela was waiting to show her mom some more love. What makes these #granitegrad moments so powerful are the stories leading up to that special day. When Anne first approached Granite State College to talk...
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Top 10 reasons GSC is a great college for working moms

  As a working mom, you don’t have much free time. Your life is divided between career and family. A normal day starts early, ends late, and is typically full of dramas, deadlines, and an occasional commotion. Is it gratifying? You bet! Can it be a bit overwhelming? Absolutely. But, you deserve, and can have, a fulfilling family life and a career that inspires you to be the best version of yourself and an example for your kids.  If you aspire to have a thriving work-life balance, here are the...
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Celebrating International Nurses Day and our RN to BSN degree program!

If you think about the balancing act that a nurse has in their everyday life and compare it to the balancing act that a working adult student manages, you’ll see a lot of cross-over. This made introducing an RN to BSN degree program at GSC a natural fit. We specialize in flexibility and that’s a must for a busy nurse’s schedule. We awarded our very first awarded Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees at the 2014 Commencement and we will see even more graduate this year. The program continues to...
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Reaching her fullest potential: Susan earns her teacher certification

Susan reached a point where she looked around at her life and realized something had to change. She began to examine her life with a more critcal lense.   How satisfied am I? What am I doing to contribute to my growth as a person, my community, and my family? This self-reflection was fueled by Susan's career aspirations. A marketing professional turned stay at home mom, once her kids were grown and comfortable, Susan was eager to find a new sense of purpose. I didn't want to go back into work...
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#TBT Why Our Students Love Granite State College

In 2012, Granite State College celebrated its 40th anniversary on campus and online by asking students to take a moment to share what GSC means to them—to reflect on the people, courses, and experiences that provided inspiration to achieve their goals and build a bright future. It was a compelling (and fun!) way for students to participate. The results were incredible, inspirational, and straight from the heart.  In their own words, read what our students love about GSC:   I was 36 years old...
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What do you do when the job you love slips away?

Professionally, Lauren was in a great place. She had a fulfilling job and she was committed to the organization. When a major contract was lost at work, so was Lauren’s job. With little preparation, Lauren had to design a new career trajectory. When you’re in a situation where you’re not sure what to do next, you ask yourself what’s most important to you and that’s where I started. Lauren’s professional background is comprised of experience in three primary areas: health care, military, and...
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