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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

Associate to Bachelor’s: Finishing College in Nashua

“I want to graduate by the time I’m 25.” This was the goal that Jessica set for herself when she began college.I became a mother at the age of 16. I always knew I wanted to attend college. I didn’t think it was possible after getting pregnant at such a young age. Jessica received her associate degree in Human Services at Nashua Community College in 2011. As a human resources administrator at a non-profit organization in Nashua, the degree gave Jessica a great foundation to build her career and...
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Family Fun in New Hampshire: Making Time for You

We’re hitting peak foliage season and all around us there’s no lack of options for family fun in New Hampshire. But the weekends are your peak time for marathon homework sessions. Adult students have a lot on their plates - balancing work, family, and school work. When the weather's just right and there's fall fun all around you, you can really feel the pressure. Making time for yourself and your family is important, too! There are plenty of activities that can fit in to even the busiest of...
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Time Management for Students Going Back to College

Going back to college doesn’t have to become your life, but it does need to find a way to fit into your life. Without proper time management, it can be easy to say to yourself at mid-term, “Is it the right time to go back to college? I have too much going on”.  Read this list so that you don’t get too overwhelmed with managing your time. Make it part of your life but not your entire life It’s important to introduce schoolwork into your routine. Try dedicating a space in your house or apartment...
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Masters in Project Management student creates Resource Guide for Veterans

In front of an audience filled with Graduate Studies faculty, alumni, loved ones, and Granite State College staff, six graduate students presented their M.S. Capstone presentations. The students represented diverse industries, including education, marketing, nonprofit, public service, and entreprenurial startups. Among these students was Grisel, who is pursuing her masters in Project Management. Grisel's capstone chronicled her experience creating a guide with community resources to help...
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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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