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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

Self-Care Tips to Increase your Study Bandwidth

Becoming a student on top of your already busy life can be wonderful, rewarding, and yes, sometimes stressful. This is especially true for those taking online courses and have to rely on high levels of self-discipline to stay on top of assignments. When things get busy and demanding, you need a way to reward yourself for your hard work and perseverance and give yourself a break both mentally and physically from everything you’ve got going on. Taking time to reward yourself has many benefits...
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Time Management Tips for Busy Students

Finding your Work - Life - School balance is critical when tackling a new degree program. Whether online or in-person, getting organized and managing your time well is a skill you’ll need to be successful. Brush up on your skills with our tips below! Get Organized: Calendars and To-Do Lists For many adult learners their lives are their first priority and we wouldn’t want to see that change. However, as you do with other life commitments, it’s best to keep a schedule to understand and prioritize...
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Achieving Your Goals with the Support of your Academic Advisor

Like all adult students, you’ve got a lot going on in your life. You may be caring for family members, working long hours, volunteering in your community, and more. Being a college student is only one part of your life and it’s the reason that so many of your friends, family, and coworkers are amazed at your dedication and perseverance in pursuing your degree. You have goals and you’re focused on achieving them. Clarity about your purpose will help you stay motivated when your calendar gets...
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Five Tips for Teachers to Maximize Summer Vacation

It’s no secret that the school year is jam-packed for teachers. Not only are they in the classroom all day; but many volunteer at sporting events and extra-curricular activities, and then there’s the endless stream of grading, assessment, and lesson planning. As the school year winds down once more, teachers may be looking forward to the break that summer provides. Many people outside of education view teachers as having nearly three months off the job. However, if you’re in the profession, you...
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Finishing Your Degree: Tips for Taking a Full-Time Course Load

Once you commit to finishing your degree, you’ll be faced with the decision to attend part-time or full-time. For some people, part-time works better due to family and financial commitments. However, for many others, full-time study is the key to achieving their education and career goals faster. As a full-time student (eight credits or more each term), you’ll finish your degree faster and be ready to work in your chosen career field sooner (and on the path to earning a higher salary). But...
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Seeking Job Satisfaction? Find Your Work Values

Have you ever had a job that you really enjoyed or one that you didn't? Most of us can say that we’ve experienced positions or employers that were great and made us happy while others made us miserable. But, why? Have you ever analyzed why you loved one job but didn’t love another? Finding a job that's right for you is a mix of several things, including your interests and skills. But one consideration that's vastly important when trying to find a satisfying position are work values. Finding...
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Ease "Back to School" Anxiety and Finish Your Degree

There’s a lot of understandable stress that comes with the idea of finishing a degree program. How will you find the time? Can you handle the coursework? How long will it take? Will you be making the right decisions and spending time where it counts? What about your family and job obligations? So many questions and such uncertainty… It's no wonder that many adult students are wary of making the leap into finishing a degree program. It's a big step that can lead to an amazing accomplishment, but...
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Finish college quicker with our 6-week courses

It's a classic struggle... Do I take one course next term so I don't get too overwhelmed?   or Do I take multiple courses so I can finish my degree ASAP? Taking courses one at a time helps a lot of busy, working students find great work/life balance. When you're investing a lot in your education, you want to do well. Why overextend yourself and risk falling short? There is a downside to this approach, and it's an important one. When you take one course per term, finishing college can take a...
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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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