We gathered stories from college graduates who left college and later returned to show that the traditional college path certainly isn’t the only one available—far from it. Read on to see their reasons for quitting college and why they decided to return.
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Failing to get a good night’s rest is a particularly big problem for those looking to learn. Lack of sleep can cause a whole host of problems. One way to combat these negative effects is to develop good sleep hygiene habits.
Taking on another role to juggle, like going back to school, can be a big and scary step. Learning how to balance school, work and family comes with practice, but it never hurts to have a little advice from those who have been in your shoes.
Struggling in college isn’t uncommon. But that doesn’t mean you need to throw your hands up and call it quits. Hear some advice and strategies from those who know what it takes to recover from college struggles.
Earning your degree can certainly pay off by providing you with the credentials you need to advance your career, but college isn’t all about book smarts. The college experience can also offer you plenty of invaluable life lessons you’ll leverage for years to come.
While your friends and family may be questioning your desire to take a break, know that positives can come from the experience. In fact, there are some benefits to stepping back for a time, if you do it right. Learn how to use the time to yield positive results for your academic life.
With so many resources online, it’s hard to narrow it down and find ones that are not only reliable and useful, but also free for students. We’ve saved you the time and picked out our 15 best free search engines for research.
We spoke with experts from a wide range of fields to learn their best tips for determining whether a source is authentic and credible. See if their tips can help you distinguish fact from fiction!
It helps to know you’re not alone. But that doesn’t diminish the concerns you have about going back to school. To help you feel more confident as you embark on your educational journey, we connected with a few adult learners, who were once in your shoes, to hear about their worries and how they overcame them.
Whether you’re encouraging a first-generation student or you are one yourself, take heart—there are many out there rooting for you, and there’s a host of amenities available to soften the transition into college.
Taking excellent notes and keeping them organized will help you focus on learning the information you need to know for the test. We’ve asked professionals in multiple fields for their top tips in note-taking. Whether you prefer to take notes digitally or by hand, read on! There’s a section for you.
There’s no one size fits all when it comes to how you comprehend information. Everyone is different — but there are a few common types of learners. So, whether you like to discuss lessons with a study group or hole up in the library to review notes by yourself, discovering your learning style can help you strategize your study sessions to maximize your time.
Many students consider taking a gap year between high school and college to see the world, gain new experiences or earn some money. But if college is part of your plan, how will taking a gap year affect your future? Will some time away from the classroom enhance your education or hinder it?
It's no secret the world is a hectic place that leaves many people stressed, but what can you do about it? We've identified 7 stress-relieving activities to help keep you centered.
These days, schools understand that there are many different ways of learning. They’re offering more options when it comes to how you earn your degree, and some of them might surprise you. Take a look at the available education environments and see which one sounds like the best fit for you!
Now that the time has come to jump into your “grown-up” career, it’s up to you to choose a path that fulfills your desire to help others. Don’t fall into the trap of taking any old job that comes your way. We identified six rewarding jobs that make a difference, including some you may not have thought of before. One of these could be the fulfilling career you’ve always dreamed of!
Deciding what to study in college doesn’t have to be a shot in the dark. There are a number of ways to help you decide on a degree before you show up for your first class. We assembled a step-by-step guide with advice from career experts to help you narrow down which degree to pursue.
How can you finish college faster and start maximizing your earning potential as soon as possible? Keep reading to learn about six opportunities you may have to speed up your college experience and get you one step closer to the rest of your life.
We spoke with career experts and hiring managers to bring you these nine online interview tips. Follow this advice to make the positive first impression you’re aiming for – even from behind the computer screen!
We enlisted the experts to identify what red flags you should watch out for in the student loan sphere. Read ahead to arm yourself against scammers and protect your financial well being.
We compiled our readers’ favorite posts from 2015 to help educate and empower you to make some big changes in 2016. Whether you’re a loyal follower or you just stumbled across our blog, there’s something for everyone in this highlight reel!
If you’re ready to move on to bigger and better things but still have financial aid questions hanging over your head, don’t worry! We enlisted financial aid experts from Rasmussen College to provide simple answers to some of the questions they get asked most. So keep reading to hear their responses to frequently asked financial aid questions.
Believe it or not, all of those days spent calming temper tantrums and getting everyone out the door on time have been silently preparing you for your college career. Find out how you can leverage your parenting skills in the college classroom.
Whatever the culprit is, you know you need some help with managing money in college and we’re here to help. We gathered tips from both financial experts and college students like you. Take a look at these 10 quick tips for mastering money management.
Going back to school is difficult enough, but when you throw a job into the mix it can be intimidating. But rest easy because there are hundreds of others who have been in your shoes. We connected with some of them to gather their best tips and tricks for working full time and going to college.
Don’t let your fear of the unknown keep you from pursuing your career dreams. It always helps to gain a little wisdom and inspiration from those who came before you. We connected with a handful of professionals who went back to school mid-career and never looked back. Keep reading to hear how they knew they were ready to become a college student.
We connected with Rasmussen College students who have been in your shoes to collect their best study environment tips. Different tactics work for different people, so take a look at their advice and determine which tips you can incorporate into your study routine.
There are very few professions these days that will not incorporate interaction with others. This is why it's imperative to develop strong teamwork skills. Not only will this skillset serve you well in your future career but it'll help you acquire the knowledge and training you'll need to get there.
The best way to earn your degree and transition into a career as efficiently as possible is to stay enrolled year-round. Check out some of the other benefits that come with this decision.
Online college lectures can seem pointless and more like a waste of time than a help if you feel you've already learned sufficiently from the homework or assigned reading. While it may seem like an easy fix to simply skip the lectures, the impact of avoiding your professors' presentations time after time may actually cause a large deficit in your learning.
Proper etiquette is nothing new for most people. You grew up with your parents constantly telling you to mind your manners. But for those who grew up without some sort of computer screen inches from their face at all times, proper "netiquette" may seem a bit mystifying. We're here to help with nine simple guidelines for how to be on your best behavior in an online classroom.
Salary is still king when people are asked about the most important factors in their careers. What comes next very much depends on one's age, according to a recent study.
There's a new social presence in town with over 5,000 registered users and they're all in the same boat you're in-they're students. This is a place that you can learn from others, gain support, make new friends, hear firsthand news and connect with others anytime, anywhere.
Students enrolled in the "Payroll Accounting" class at Rasmussen College's Eagan campus recently created a top 10 list of tips to protect your social security number. "In the age of identity theft, protecting one's social security number is critical to keeping personal information secure," said Kari Grittner, accounting state program coordinator. "This topic was unique to the payroll accounting course, and we were looking for new ideas to protect social security numbers."
When you are wrapped up in job hunting, you may not realize there are several things you could be doing differently that could make all the difference in how you find a job and whether you get hired. Our career experts revealed several common job search mistakes and how to avoid them during our most recent Career Development Google+ "Hangout on Air" May 19 titled Ask the Experts: How to Avoid the Common Job Search Mistakes.
The Rasmussen College Career Services Team will host a Career Development Google+ Hangout on Air about avoiding common job search mistakes Monday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m. CST. Our team will take live questions and our experts will give their recommendations on several things related to mitigating the job search, such as online searching, networking and social media, how to follow-up, researching the company and creating your personal brand.
Earning a degree while raising kids is not for the faint of heart. Keeping your kids fed and at least somewhat clean can seem like a tough task on its own some days, but when coupled with the demands of college level coursework your daily responsibilities can seem daunting. Don't worry, we're here to help. We've compiled the advice of students with children and have come up with some tips to help improve your study skills and make your life a little easier.
Giving back to your profession is a rewarding and fun opportunity, and getting involved in an association or organization is one way to do this. Professional associations and organizations offer a chance to grow professionally and personally, as well as the opportunity to expand networking, which can be beneficial during a job search or possibility of promotion.
Good management principles are key concepts to the success of every business. Thriving managers use planning, organizing, directing and controlling (evaluating), as well as Human Resource skills, to ensure the organization runs effectively and efficiently. Here are the key management principles every student (and business owner) should know.
Since employers screen many candidates before finding the "perfect fit," it is important to do a great deal of research and ensure that you share similar goals to your future potential employer. Mission statements are an excellent resource in discovering if you are on the same page as a company.
Have you ever stepped back and realized that life is extremely chaotic and we are constantly going, going, going? From working overtime to making dinner to the kids' soccer games, the list can go on and on. In order to stay afloat in a hectic world, organization is key. It will be helpful to utilize the following tips so you adopt a systematic approach instead of just flying by the seat of your pants.
Ever wonder what it would feel like to have your novels on the shelf at the local bookstore? Local Ocala author C. Kevin Thompson visited the Rasmussen College Ocala, Fla. campus to inspire students. Thompson shared his passion and enthusiasm for believing in one's dreams and stressed the importance of "staying the course" to see your goals come into fruition.
Part of succeeding in school is learning how to take advantage of the tools around you. One of your best resources is your instructor. Your instructor is there not only to teach you the course's material and act as an expert on the subject, but also to provoke your thoughts and understand you as an individual. However, it's in your hands to establish a relationship with your instructor..
Students can learn a lot from learning center coordinators when it comes to being an active listener. A large portion of their time is spent simply listening to the student body and campus constituents, and hearing out their academic challenges, academic successes, expectations, as well as wants and needs as members of The Rasmussen College Family.
As we all know, taking college courses for the first time can be nerve-wracking and is an adjustment for many people. If you're like many other students, it's been awhile since you've been in a classroom and you may find it difficult to speak up in class. Don't feel bad - there are many reasons for this.
Whether you're going into business, criminal justice, education, healthcare, technology or design, chances are there's a professional organization or foundation dedicated to your field of study. Many of these groups offer scholarships, so it's worth the effort to ask.
The American language seems to change as much as our attention span. Somewhere in the midst of this change, more and more of us are ending our sentences with the word "at." What was once considered a major faux pas in public speaking has been creeping into the mainstream.
Tyler Hart, financial representative with DMG Financial Group, gave a presentation on how our financial decisions today impact our future.
Be authentic. Be honest. Be true to yourself. This was the overarching theme at the Authentic Leadership Panel on April 26, 2013 at the Rasmussen College Blaine campus. The panel discussed how to be a genuine leader - one that motivates, supports and drives others
Students are constantly on the move - traveling back and forth to school to attend class, meeting with student groups and organizations on-and-off-campus, all while balancing other commitments, such as work and family. To be successful in anything, it's important to be organized. It's all about being as efficient as possible and working smarter.
Part of college is learning to fight distractions. They're all around us - from parties, to kids to smartphones and social media, it's easy to lose focus while working on an assignment or writing a paper. Brandi Johnson of Indianapolis was looking for a good distraction - one that would keep her busy all year long. It turns out school work is exactly what she needed.
Have you ever wondered where we get our "customer service skills"? Well, it's typically through our own experience, training, and our personal and professional development. However, some of the feedback we receive from students who have completed the Customer Service course is that they never realized the complexities and various components relating to this subject area.
As students' lives become busier they need all the extra time they can get to manage school and life. Textbooks are not what they used to be, and that is a good thing. Print textbooks are good, but eBooks are the way to go in 2013. So, why give up print textbooks for eBooks? They are versatile, searchable, portable and efficient, not to mention they are much easier on your back.
How much do good teachers matter? We can all probably think of an outstanding teacher that mattered in our lives. Clearly children come into classrooms with varied personalities and skills. However, it is teachers that take these variations and build a community of learners.
Many of us are faced with challenges or pessimistic outlooks but how we react can determine the outcome. Of the many books, quotes, lectures and movies circulating, one constant stands out: optimism. What does optimism mean? By definition it is a tendency to expect the best possible outcome or dwell on the most hopeful aspects of a situation.
When someone has the flu, most of us will stay far, far away - and for good reason. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this year we've experienced one of the worst flu seasons in 10 years and sadly, one of the deadliest. As of early February 2013, there have been 127 flu-related deaths in Minnesota alone.
When you were young, you may have learned to speak Pig Latin - the special language only those in the "Pig Latin Club" could understand. Sometimes at Rasmussen the same thing can occur. The following is a list of common terms and their definitions. You are a member of our club and we want you to know the "secret" language, too.
This engaging webinar takes the anxiety away from annotations. Learn all of the components of a well-written annotated bibliography. This session focuses on the construction of annotated bibliographies and the three essential areas that make up a well-written annotation.
Ever attended a networking event and gotten extremely nervous? If so, follow this advice from a successful professional recruiter who gives insider tips and advice on how to be triumphant at a networking event.
During this recession, everyone is looking for ways to save money, and with the help of this blog post, you will learn tips on also how to direct those savings to paying down your student loans.
As a parent, it's safe to say your needs have taken a backseat to those of your little ones, which is why it seems so difficult to consider going back to school. So before you head back to the classroom, here are some great tips from other parents who have continued their education after having children. If they can do it-so can you!
Do you use Facebook? Twitter? Other social media platforms? Chances are you do; the average American spends 6.9 hours per month on social media. While some of that time is well-spent, some of it is likely not. If you're not doing it efficiently, 6.9 hours is a lot of time to waste on social media. How could those sites work to make you more, rather than less, efficient? Following every nursing-related account on Twitter is likely impossible, but following the specific ones we list can help your prepare for your nursing career because they'll help you stay up-to-date on the news, and the latest developments and trends within the field.
For many, the New Year symbolizes a fresh start and an opportunity to reset goals and dream big. Making New Year's resolutions is a common practice across America, but living up to them isn't always easy.
When considering your future, it may seem daunting. Whether you're deciding on a career path, a place to live or whether to go to college, all of these decisions take careful thought and consideration. Know that you're not alone.
Are you thinking of going back to school? Maybe you want to take a shot at a second career? If so, you're not alone - many adults are going back to school these days. And many of them are choosing nursing as a second career. Going back to school isn't a decision to be taken lightly. You've probably put a lot of thought into it. But those nagging questions keep coming back - Will school be too hard? Will I fit in? Or maybe even - am I too old?
Are you ready to go back to school but nervous because the bank account is low? If so, we have good news for you. The U.S. Department of Education has a loan program available to help you afford college.
Support from your First Phone Call to Starting Your Career: Part Four - Librarian and Academic Tutor
The days of index cards, encyclopedias and rows of books are long gone. So is the librarian who patrols her library and scolds those talking too loud. From research techniques to citation preferences, the librarians at Rasmussen College possess a wealth of knowledge to help improve a student's academic experience.
When it comes to federal student loan debt, it is in the student's best interest to make monthly student loan payments while enrolled in school. The benefit of paying while in school is to reduce the student's financial burden of monthly student loan payments, as well as the overall amount repaid over the term of the loans.
Support from your First Phone Call to Starting your Career: Part Three - Student Advisor & Technical Support Specialist
College is challenging, especially the very first quarter. At Rasmussen College, the staff knows each student is a unique individual with a very different set of course requirements and goals. That's where a Student Advisor comes in - to help students manage all their obligations.
When you begin researching colleges and degree programs, it's easy to get caught up with the cost - specifically the cost per credit hour. Before choosing a college, it's important to look inside the cost of tuition because it often includes a number of hidden fees, everything from books to parking and living expenses.
Support from your First Phone Call to Starting your Career: Part Two - Program Manager & Student Financial Services Advisor
They're often the first voice you hear and sometimes the last. At Rasmussen College, program managers are with a student from enrollment to graduation, and they often become a good friend.
Many students view transferring from one institution to another as a seamless and stress free process. This is the ideal situation all colleges strive for, but to have this ideal process take place, potential students need to know the basics of what to do and what not to do.
Studying for long hours every day can take a toll on you in more ways than one. So how can you make your study time less stressful? Follow what is referred to as the "20/20/20 Rule".
Going to college is a big decision - one likely made with the support of others. That support can come from many places, most often someone close to you. I've had the privilege of interviewing several students at Rasmussen College. Many tell me they lean on their family for support, which has become a big part of their success.
When life gets tough, it's easy to turn away from your goals - especially the most challenging ones. Earning a college degree is a prime example. Life's demands such as marriage, raising children, or an out-of-state relocation compete for your time and financial resources. It can be difficult with so much on your plate.
If there is one thing Christina Bothun knows, it's how to be a parent. The mother of five grew up in southeastern Minnesota near the town of Preston - a community made of people she calls family rather than neighbors.
Whether a student, employee, manager, director or CEO of a Fortune 500 company, we all feel the need to lead, but what exactly is leadership? Furthermore, what is effective leadership?
Broaden results - get more results, but less precise results and narrow results - get less results, but more precise results all in one webinar!
Identify strategies and set goals to develop valuable study skills. Watch this webinar and you will discover new tools to help you succeed.
It's that time year of year when college students start getting back into school mode. You've signed up for classes and purchased your textbooks, but have you thought about how you're getting to class? Whether you own a car, take the bus or train, or hitch a ride with a friend, there are ways to cut the cost of your commute. Here are eight cost-free apps to get you to class on time and save you money.
Have you ever wondered how you were going to budget and save money while borrowing money to go to school? Below are several examples on how one is able to do just that. With a little patience and thinking things through, it is possible.
Do you feel there is not enough time in the day? Have you begun to feel you are falling behind or getting overwhelmed? Don't fret. These time management tips will get you back on track - David Letterman style.
If you are enrolled in college, it is a pretty safe bet it is with the intent to begin or further your professional career. With so many choices how do you know whether to pursue a certificate, diploma, associate's degree or bachelor's degree? The answer really depends on your current situation, your goals, your field of study and the time you are able to devote to school.
As we go through our everyday lives we tend to get into a groove; a groove that stems from accepting where we are in our lives and becoming accustomed to the people we interact with, and the places we frequent. As people, we have a need to feel comfortable, secure, and in control of so many things: our jobs, our family, our friends, our self-image, etc.
You can't avoid it. Students, parents, schools, businesses, non-profits, politicians, athletes, and celebrities are all tweeting. Many of you will be tweeting on behalf of a company or organization in the coming months, if you're not already. That's why it's so important to remember the Internet is forever, and an inappropriate 140-character tweet could potentially break a career, before it even starts.
Congratulation graduates, you can now call yourself alum. It's a title you get to carry the rest of your life, so why not take advantage of it by joining your school's alumni association? It's a great way to keep in touch with classmates, an excellent way to network with other alumni, and who knows; those connections could land you a job.
It's happened again. Hackers found their way inside a major website and stole approximately 450,000 account logins and passwords. Those passwords were then published for the world to see. Yahoo is not alone. Last month, 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords showed up on a Russian website. You may be thinking, "I use those websites". As students, you're encouraged to, but there are some steps you can take to keep your personal information safe online
Going to school is tough enough, but trying to do it during the summer when everyone else is vacationing and enjoying the sun can be downright painful, unless you plan it out carefully. With a little thoughtful planning you can enjoy the best of both worlds, getting ahead on your class load and still finding time for fun.
Leaving or taking a break from college is rarely part of the plan when trying to earn a college degree. However, did you know approximately 89 percent of students who have dropped out of school have put at least some thought into returning? If you're considering reentering school to finish your degree, there are ways you can prepare for your return.
As you continue on your career path, chances are you have asked yourself this question; "How can I get a promotion?" In today's job market, the competition for a promotion is extremely high. There are many different ways to advance your career, including earning a college degree or getting specialized skills training, among other soft skills. To help advance your career, check out these principles for tips that can help you earn a promotion.
When you are preparing to earn your college degree, you need to make sure that you are all ready before classes start. Waiting until the last minute to make sure that you are all set is a less than ideal way to begin classes. To help you out, here are 10 ways to get prepared to start classes while you are waiting for the quarter to start:
Responding to your classmates in the discussion forum is an essential part of online courses. In the discussion forum, students have the chance to interact with one another and share their individual points of view. Although responding to your classmates' posts may seem like a simple task, many students have a difficult time writing thoughtful responses which promote discussion and student interaction.
Summer is just about here and it is time to try to pick up some extra cash, but where do you look first? The answer depends on your goals, both short term and long term. Things to consider include pay, flexible schedule, available hours, experience, benefits and discounts.
Developing effective note taking skills is one of the first steps to college success. In addition to helping you stay organized, learning how to take effective notes can assist you in the comprehension and retention of class material.
While the printing press is viewed as the most important invention of all time, Johannes Gutenberg surely couldn't have anticipated books going digital.
As you research your different education opportunities for going back to school chances are that you are considering taking classes online. In 2010 more than six million students took at least one course online0. If you are new to online understanding the classroom features is a good first step. Below is a list of the key elements of the online classroom.
In this admissions spotlight, Julie Lemole sat down with Julie Olson to find out more about her career in admissions, advice she has for potential students, and some fun facts about herself.
Many adult students assume they'll be surrounded by younger students in their late teens and early 20s, but the truth is that classrooms continue to become increasingly diverse.
Employment and pay are two factors prospective college students may consider when choosing a career. And in today's job market, some college degrees are more advantageous than others.
In the past five years or so, search engines have become engrained in our lives. As more and more of the population searches online, new strategies emerge that can ensure you can find data faster and more efficiently.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, two-thirds of jobs will require postsecondary education or training of their employees by 2018 (2010).
If you're prone to getting anxiety when it comes time to take tests or exams, read on. Here are a few tips to combat exam anxiety...
It's no secret that college requires a whole lot of studying. Learning how to study effectively can sometimes be tricky, but with the right tips and tricks, you can combat your studying woes.
A 2009 study by the Delta Project shows that students are covering more of the cost of their education than in the past, which means budgeting for college students is increasingly essential in order to handle necessary expenses.
An effective study routine is essential to progressing academically.
In 2009, the New York Times reported that every year colleges around the country send letters to accepted students rescinding their offers due to poor performance.
With so much going on in your college career, it's easy to let things get a little disorganized.
It may not seem like it, but sleep is one of the most important aspects of your college life.
According to Sallie Mae, 84 percent of undergraduate students had a credit card in 2009. Here are some key tips for managing credit cards in college.
College exams can be stressful, especially if you're taking a test that will determine your future career as you complete a very involved program, like a Paralegal degree or a Licensed Practical Nursing degree.
Eduventures performed a study in 2007 which showed that 71 percent of high school students consider a campus visit as the most trusted source of information about a school.
If you have a learning disability, managing your college life can be tough, but help is available.
Note taking in class can help you get better grades on tests, papers, and homework assignments.
As a college student, you'll need to know how to get through extensive reading material as efficiently as possible.
Get the most out of your course syllabus by paying attention to a few details.
Studying with classmates is often more effective than studying by yourself.
Are you a high school graduate or even an adult looking to obtain a college degree? Looking for college can be difficult, but with the right resources, your job may be a bit easier.
Want to know why summer school is worth the investment? Academic Dean at Rasmussen College, Brooks Doherty, shares tips in newest installment of Raise Your Hand, a video blog series.
Effectively talking with your teachers is a major part of having a successful college course experience. Brooks Doherty shares a few quick tips on this episode of Raise Your Hand.
Academic advisor at Rasmussen College weighs in on how to multitask the right way.
Rasmussen College Academic Dean Brooks Doherty hosts a bi-weekly vlog focused on tips for college students.
Academic Dean at Rasmussen College, Brooks Doherty, shares tips for college success in the second episode of Raise Your Hand, a bi-weekly vlog focused on tips and tricks for college students.
The Rasmussen College - Director of Library Services gives her two cents on the "The Best Bibliography Tools for Students" in a recent article placed on Study Magazine.
Having a full-time job, being a parent, and juggling completing an online degree program is a big challenge. As a matter of fact, it's a challenge that can only be successfully managed by learning one very important skill - time management. Here are some helpful tips to mastering time management.
Here are some back to school tips to make your brain go from zero to hero.
Getting an "A" on a test is often a tricky task as a college student. This article uncovers some great mind tricks and study tricks to help you earn an "A".
Writing a resume is no easy feat. Trying to figure out what style, format, font and wording to use can be a real challenge, especially if you are a first time resume writer. The following article will take you on a journey through three "bad" resumes. On the way you will encounter poor spacing, bad spelling, strange fonts and fancy borders. The road to recovery is quick however, and you will soon find your way to three "good" sample resumes you can use to create your own masterpiece.
This article discloses 50 tips for aceing a college paper. Read on to learn more...