The College Life Blog shares articles about post-secondary experiences and knowledge-straight from the mouth of Rasmussen College faculty, staff, and students.
There are certain skills employers look for that have nothing to do with the actual job duties. Mastering these talents make you a coveted employee regardless of the field you're working in. Do you possess these skills? We'll help you find out!
There’s no one-size-fits-all perfect career for moms—every personal situation is different, and you may value some factors more than others. That being said, these six jobs feature an appealing mix for many mothers and are an excellent starting point for your consideration.
When you graduate from college and hit the job market, you probably don’t have a resume full of related job experience to rely on. But according to hiring managers, you might have more than you think.
You need all the facts if you’re going to make an informed decision about the next step in your career path. Before you settle for an unfulfilling job that doesn’t suit your interests, you’ll want to at least take a look at these expert opinions on the changing face of the post-recession workforce.
You’re not alone in your battle with test anxiety. That’s why we spoke to the experts to round up these eight test anxiety tips to help you break through the nerves, so you can pass each test without fear and get back to the part of college you love best: learning.
Today’s workforce is chock-full of job opportunities that don’t necessarily require a bachelor’s degree but do call for a highly specialized skill set. These jobs have been dubbed "new-collar" jobs, and this sector of the workforce is growing. Join us as we look closer at some new-collar jobs you might come across in today's labor force.
There are plenty of commonly held beliefs about millennials that, while maybe anchored by a sliver of truth, tend to overgeneralize and make broad conclusions based on those facts. Join us as we hear from experts and dive into research studies to dissect the facts and falsehoods about millennials in the workforce.
While it’s true the norms and standards for workplaces can vary, some aspects of professionalism are universal. We asked professionals from a variety of industries to share some of their foundational tips for professionalism in any workplace.
With everything from simple ramen hacks to recipes that downright transform this pantry staple, check out this article for fifty wildly inventive and impressively creative takes on the humble ramen noodle.
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.
Whether you’re fresh out of high school or working two jobs while raising a family, these time management strategies for college students will help keep you organized and your assignments on time. Take note of these tried and true tips from college graduates who came before you.
In today's digital economy, your online activity matters. Your digital footprint can follow you for years. We spoke with experts about what this means and got their advice on how you can ensure you're leaving a positive footprint.
What is competency-based education, exactly? This article will help you get you up-to-speed and answer some of the most common questions students may have about this innovative learning format. Learn more to determine if this is an ideal option for you!
Unfamiliar with the concept of blended learning? You’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll define what the blended learning model is and answer a number of frequently asked questions you may have about it.
Emotional intelligence isn’t a skill you’re born with, and hiring managers are always on the lookout for new recruits who display a high EQ. Learn how your emotional intelligence could be your biggest asset in your next career and how a college education can help you develop this important skill.
If you're considering going back to school, there are a few important questions you should be asking first. Let us help you decide if continuing your education makes sense for you at this time in your life.
Whether you’re looking to bolster your understanding of your own area of study or take a break and dive into something new, these podcasts are some of the best educational podcasts out there for students like you who love to learn.
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.
You’ve always been a numbers person. So why not use that to your advantage in your future career? Regardless of where your interests lie, there’s an opportunity for you to leverage your love of math to make a living. Learn more about seven options.
There are plenty of ways to spend your spare time online, but why not choose some that could better you personally or professionally? Perhaps even develop a skill to help round out your resume. Here's a list of great resources to help you get started.
Developing your critical thinking skills is something that takes concentrated work. It can be best to begin by exploring the definition of critical thinking and the skills it includes. Let us help you gain a deeper understanding.
We rounded up a handful of active jobs that not only let you “get your steps in,” but they also provide you with a meaningful, solid career to build out throughout your life. Keep reading to see if any of the following active careers sound like a fit to you.
There are still some things you can be doing to invest in your future right now. Take a look at what these employers, business leaders, resume professionals and more are saying about skills to learn that will help you grow and complement your future resume.
Taking online classes allows you to work towards your goals at your own pace. But not everyone has what it takes to succeed in the nontraditional setting of online classes. Learn from those who have been there to prepare yourself and avoid their mistakes!
You may have done some research on Rasmussen College and your program of interest, but is it the right school for you? Read on to see what drives our student culture, and see if you have the traits that fit so well at Rasmussen College.
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.
After speaking with experts in the field of college admissions, we compiled 10 questions to include in a conversation with a college admissions representative. Learn more about what you should be asking and why.
We spoke with hiring managers, human resources experts and Rasmussen College career services advisors to learn more about how attendees can make the most out of a virtual career fair. Keep reading to learn more about what to expect and how to make it a successful experience.
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.
Simply put, hard skills may get you an interview, but soft skills can help you get the job and keep it. But what are they and why are they so important? We enlisted the experts to help shed some light.
Both online education and its traditional counterpart have pros and cons, so it’s important for students to understand what to expect before they step foot—or log into—the classroom. We focused this side-by-side comparison on three key areas that make an impact on a student’s experience.
To help make sure you’re making a smart decision, we enlisted career mentors and career changers themselves to help us identify some of the most important questions to consider before changing careers.
What does it really take to get a job after graduating? To help you understand the job hunt from the other side of the desk, we asked hiring managers what they see (and what they wished they saw) when hiring recent college graduates.
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.
There are several types of job interviews out there these days. We asked the experts to identify some of the most common types of job interviews and what you need to do to adjust and excel in these formats.
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.
You're ready to fulfill your dream of going back to college. There's just one problem: How will you break the news to your significant other? Take a look at these tips from students who have been in your shoes.
There’s a lot to consider about going to school online. But just because something is new, doesn’t mean it has to worrisome. To help ease your concerns and give you a better idea of how it all works, we took on some of the most commonly asked questions regarding online education.
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!
We asked hiring managers to share the most cliché answers they encounter when interviewing job candidates. Hear what the folks in the hiring seats are sick of hearing, and their advice on how to craft a more impressive response.
More and more baby boomers are leaving the workplace. This is creating a dire need for skilled, younger workers to bridge the gap and fill these job openings. Keep reading to learn more about this predicament and find out how you can help remedy the shortage.
You shouldn't have to accept unhappiness at your job. Whether you're planning to stick it out in your current position or you’re actively searching for a new role, don’t lose hope. We chatted with a few experts about practical ways to find satisfaction and fulfillment in your career.
When you make a New Year’s resolution to change your life in some way, it makes sense that the change would have ripple affects you may not have realized. While some of the most common New Year’s resolutions may not focus on academics, the offshoots may very well include improved academic performance, better grades and greater success at school.
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.
Pursuing a degree is a big decision. There’s a lot of examination that needs to be done, but where do you even start? To help you in your research, we discovered five facts about associate’s degrees that may surprise you. Read on to learn why this degree may be the perfect educational option for your career goals.
We talked with a handful of hiring managers who shared their most shocking interview horror stories. Learn from their experiences so you won’t find yourself haunted by a bad interview!
Join us as we analyze the types of degrees offered in the CBE format. You may be surprised at the variety of opportunities available for competency-based learners.
33 percent of employers say they check a job candidate’s online presence. But what are they actually looking at? At what point in the interview process are they searching for candidates online? And what are they even looking for?
Some higher education experts would argue that competency-based education (CBE) programs may actually better prepare students to enter into the workforce than traditional programs. Check out these six reasons employers can benefit from hiring graduates of CBE programs!
To give you a better understanding of the variety of competency-based education programs available, we analyzed the competency-based degree programs in 31 accredited universities and colleges.
Learn how one Rasmussen College student improved her life by earning her degree and inspired others to follow in her footsteps.
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.
If you’re worried about the ins and outs of heading back to school as an adult, keep reading. We connected with adult learners who’ve been there and collected their helpful wisdom on how to know if you’re truly ready to head back to college.
The term seems to be thrown around so loosely these days, but what does leadership actually mean? To cut through the fog of ambiguity, we asked hiring managers to disclose the traits they look for in candidates and what they define as leadership.
We rounded up a list of jobs that can be landed with only a diploma or certificate, which could save you time and money compared to a traditional degree. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised...
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!
We put together a list of 50 smartphone apps for college students to help add some efficiency in your life so you don’t have to sweat the small stuff. Keep reading for smoother sailing ahead!
Competency-based education courses could be the key to earning the education you’ve been putting off all these years. Find out if this learning method is right for you by learning more about the practical benefits of competency-based education.
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.
There's no one-size-fits-all when it comes to crafting the perfect resume. But experts agree there are plenty of things NOT to do. Learn about the most common resume mistakes you should avoid.
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!
It’s time to seriously consider that career change you’ve been fantasizing about. Many have gone before you and felt the same concern you’re feeling. But they overcame the obstacles and never looked back. We asked a few of these pioneers to share their best career change advice. Keep reading and prepare to be empowered.
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.
When it comes to gifts for college students, we’ve got you covered. We talked to adult college students to round up this list of holiday gifts for adult learners. One of them is sure to bring a smile to your loved one’s face this holiday season!
If you’re enrolled at Rasmussen College, you have a whole slew of student resources at disposal. We want to make sure you’re getting the very most out of your educational experience, so we put together this list of 10 resources you may not know were available … until now!
You don’t get nine lives in an interview, but here are nine expert interview tips that’ll help you always land on your feet. We understand interviews can be daunting, so we decided to lighten the mood with these furry felines.
If you’re considering a career change or are looking for your first job, you’ll be happy to hear that employers aren’t only concerned with technical skills. They’re also looking for transferable skills which can help indicate a candidate’s potential to develop on the job.
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.
Plenty of moms have had the same concerns when considering heading back to school. But take it from those who overcame those obstacles to earn their degrees – it’s worth it!
Whether you've been a student for a while or are just starting college, there will come a time when you'll need a little inspiration. These inspirational quotes should help keep your mind positive and give you a boost for the day.
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.
Imagine you’ve been transported back to the middle ages … not everyone gets to be king or queen. So, what would you do for a living? How would you feed your family? How would you fight off the plague and stake your claim in one of the harshest time periods in human history? Take this quiz to find out!
The convenience and flexibility of online learning is appealing, but it still leaves a bad taste in your mouth. This skepticism may stem from some of the common myths about online learning. If these misconceptions are the only thing standing in the way of you and your dream career, it’s time to bring them to the light.
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.
Believe it or not, there are several tips and tricks that can help you make your iPad even easier. We consulted some Apple enthusiasts to share the iPad shortcuts they can’t live without. Check out these tips to get the most out of your device.
Online learning definitely has its perks, but it’s not for everyone. There are some common complications that many online students face and it’s helpful to know what to expect. If you’re considering becoming an online student and want to know if you have what it takes to overcome the obstacles, this article is for you.
The decision to go back to school isn't an easy one. Many people have hesitations about returning to the classroom. We enlisted some experts to help overcome some of the most common concerns keeping people like you from earning a degree.
LinkedIn has become the premiere social networking site for professionals. We connected with professionals spanning several industries to identify some handy tips and tricks on leveraging this resource. Find out how to catch the eye of enticing employers!
You've finally decided you're ready to go to college-congrats! The toughest decision is behind you, but there's still some work ahead of you. Now you need to figure out how to prepare for college and what type of classes are best for you. There are a few signs that suggest you're ready to become an online student. Take a look at the list below to see if you see these signs in your own life.
You’re used to dominating the field as a former competitive athlete. Now you’re ready to dominate your career path. You need a high-powered career that puts all of your skills to good use and makes you the star of the team. Learn about 10 careers that are perfect for former athletes!
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.
Having a mentor has many obvious advantages, but there are also several benefits for the person mentoring as well. We enlisted a handful of career experts to identify four rewarding reasons to become a mentor!
What do college students need? What can I give that won't have them awkwardly asking for a gift receipt? Rather than taking a shot in the dark, take a look at this list we compiled. Your holiday shopping will be finished in no time thanks to these useful gift ideas for college students.
Affordability is important when choosing a degree program. But don't let those initial numbers scare you. There are plenty of scholarship opportunities out there to help lower the bottom line. Here's four places to search for scholarships.
Are self-paced online classes the right environment for you? Use this checklist to find out!
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.
There are several types of flu out there. Do you know which variants you're most likely to catch? Do you know the best way to protect yourself and prevent the spread of germs? Check out this infographic for those answers and more.
It's no secret-the job search process has changed in the past decade. That means the skills you used to find a job in high school probably won't cut it today because the landscape of the entire workforce has evolved. Here's six digital literacy tips and tricks to help you navigate through this new world.
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.
We've all heard about how LinkedIn can help you find a job, but did you know there are ways to leverage your favorite other social media networks in your job search? Here's some expert tips!
There are several misconceptions of online education that may be prohibiting you from earning your degree your way. The truth is that an online education can pave the way for some pretty sizable salaries. Take a look at our list of 10 high-paying online bachelor's degrees!
The "digital dictionary" doesn't stay static for long. Even your great aunt Edna is on Facebook now, and your kid nephew can run a tablet better than you ... and he's only 3.
In order to make sure you and your classmates get the most out of your online classroom discussion posts, we've created a guide of do's and don'ts to help improve the quality of all discussion posts.
Want to be more than just a semi-interesting conversationalist? Want to be able to fill that awkward silence? Want to be even smarter than your friends? We've compiled a list of 10 online learning sites that will help you dominate any conversation.
We compiled a list of the best brain-training apps to help you excel in the classroom and have fun while doing it. Take a look and you're bound to find something that will help you start climbing the ladder to success in the classroom.
Wouldn't it be nice to travel the world? In some countries (and now the United States, too), the time after high school-referred to as a gap year-is when people choose to get in that valuable early life experience. Check out this infographic to learn the pros and cons of taking a gap year.
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.
Growing up in the '90s means you witness the transformation of technology becoming fun. It's no wonder you're considering pursuing an online degree. We compiled a list of 10 ways your '90s childhood has primed you for success as an online student.
As a parent of young children, you already know that most of your decisions affect your little ones. Going back to school is no exception. At first consideration, you may feel like earning a degree is "doing something for me." But multiple studies suggest parents with higher levels of education tend to raise children who go onto higher levels of education.
A new type of online course program is allowing students to learn in a new capacity. Students taking competency-based education (CBE) courses have the ability to earn credit quickly for knowledge they already have on the subject matter, as well as engage deeper with the new information they learn during the course. To learn more about these courses and how they may be beneficial for you, check out our infographic below.
Naysayers who disregard online education and try to discredit it's pathway to student success are slowly but surely being silenced by the statistics. Rasmussen College conducted a survey of more than 100 middle and senior management positions across all industries. Find out what they said!
Although more and more people are going to college than 50 years ago, it is still difficult for families to afford it. Check out this infographic to learn more about parents' savings dilemma.
Gamification is said to be one of the most important technology trends in recent history. But it's not just about Assassin's Creed, Fable III and Skyrim. Find out what you need to know to level-up to a college degree!
Competency-based learning is a new way to earn your degree online that takes a different, more flexible approach than the traditional online course format. Learn more about what the differences are between the traditional and competency-based models.
At some point in your life you may ask yourself, "What good is a degree?" Although earning a degree often leads to a job and a salary, there are many, many more benefits. To learn some more benefits of having a degree, check out our infographic below.
Online education could be the perfect solution to solidify your career in the midst of your busy schedule. It takes ambitious people-trailblazers like you-to pave the way for future students to reach their personal goals. But don't feel like you're alone in the fight.
There are a lot of opinions bandied about on the subject of MOOCs, or, massive online open courses. Here's a quick rundown of the pros and cons so you can decide if this type of coursework is right for you.
Are you on the fence about going to college? It's only natural to have doubts about your ability to succeed. This article highlights five successful Rasmussen College students who held a variety of those same concerns before making the jump back to school.
The majority of us have gone through the K-12 education system, and have learned many school subjects along the way-ones that may or may not have interested us. Check out this infographic to learn which subjects we value the most, which have stayed with us the longest and which ones we consider unimportant.
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.
The best way to achieve the things you want in life might be an option you haven't even considered: online education.
Whether it's 3 a.m. the weekend before finals or it's 3 p.m. on your first day of classes, it's never too early or late to review these creative tips and tricks for fostering great study habits.
A good budgeting app can help college students keep track of their finances and help them find areas where they can cut back. Most budgeting apps can cover the basics-this article will provide you with five budgeting apps that stand out from the crowd and explain how they can help keep a college student's budget in order.
If you've completed your military career and are trying to decide what to do next, a common next step is to enroll in some form of secondary education. Though the worlds of academia and the military are incredibly different, military experience provides a base of discipline and knowledge that can make college after military service easier than you might think.
This article will address some of the challenges of online learning as well as provide you with five tips to help improve your chances of success in online classes.
The concept of online classes can raise a lot of questions for someone who has never been enrolled in one. This article will serve as a guide to the uninitiated, and will help clarify some of the common questions beginners have about online courses.
Are you on Google+. Students can utilize this amazing social media platform to gain an edge during their time in school and beyond.
Rasmussen College hosted its inaugural Twitter chat on July 23 for prospective students interested in earning their college degree.
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.
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..
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.
Adult learners have different expectations and learning styles than learners in primary or secondary education. In higher education, students learn not only in the physical or online classroom but also in the library. One approach to meet an adult student's learning style is through andragogical teaching, or the process of engaging adult learners.
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.
At just 17-years-old, Chelsey Ballard's life changed forever. The School of Education graduate went from living the life of a typical high school teenager to a teen mom - one statistic Ballard says she never imagined being a part of. According to stayteen.org, less than half of teen mothers graduate from high school and fewer than two percent earn a college degree by age 30.
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.
From an early age, Jenna Haring says she's been interested in both law and government relations. It's the reason the School of Justice Studies graduate says she decided to pursue her Paralegal Associate's degree from the Rasmussen College Blaine campus.
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.
In-text citations are crucial in avoiding plagiarism while writing a paper. This webinar will get you prepare you to make correct in-text citations.
Are you ready to better your future and go back to college, but are nervous about the cost? You're not alone - which is why it's important to understand the fundamentals of student loans before you borrow so you can make the best decision for yourself and your future. Our new infographic walks you through the three basic types of loans, as well as how to relieve the stress of paying them off.
Education has always been a big part of Immaculate Oburu's life. Growing up in Kenya, the Rasmussen College School of Health Sciences student says her parents instilled the importance of higher education at a young age, so she had no doubt she would one day hold a college degree. Little did she know, however, that degree would come from halfway around the world.
Diversity awareness and programming is an essential part of the college experience, as students prepare for a job in an ever-increasingly diverse and global workplace. Employers value not only one's job-related knowledge, communication and "soft skills", but an understanding of how to interact with colleagues, clients or patients from varying backgrounds.
College is stressful. Work is stressful, and being a parent will certainly stress you out at times. Add all those together and it's no wonder a recent survey found the most stressed out generation of adults in the nation are also the youngest.
You might call it luck or just a really good day, but after hearing Leslie Montague's story, you'll agree her recent success is well-deserved. The very day Montague passed her Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam she got hired at Premier Surgical Institute - a brand new hospital in Galena, Kan. Needless to say, the Rasmussen College Health Information Technician graduate is overjoyed.
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.
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!
This informative and interactive webinar covers the numerous resources available to all students. Discover the articles, books, eBooks, APA citation resources, and the access points for all these vital resources.
Nearly every high school graduate faces an important choice: go to college or find a job. Katie Campbell of Shawano, Wisc. chose to go to college following high school and earn an associate degree, but after graduation, like many students, the 22-year-old was once again faced with the same decision.
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.
Each week, a group of Rasmussen College students meet at the Lake Elmo/Woodbury campus and brainstorm ways to give back to their community.
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".
Accountability, critical thinking, discipline, and an ability to communicate online - they're all qualities you want to have when looking to start or move up in a career because they are skills employers look for in a new hire. Fortunately, these skills can be learned in an online class and help you prepare today for a successful career.
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.
Explore our latest research tool, Discovery All-in-One Search Platform.Learn to take a thesis statement or research question and transform that into a search strategy within the platform.
Accountability, critical thinking, discipline, and an ability to communicate online - they're all qualities you want to have when looking to start or move up in a career because they are skills employers look for in a new hire. Fortunately, these skills can be learned in an online class and help you prepare today for a successful career.
Learn how to locate in-text citation help and examples. Gain the skills to successfully complete APA citation in your research papers and assignments by watching this webinar.
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.
Discover techniques to use suggestions from your instructor or writing lab and transform your paper from good to great by watching this webinar.
As a millennial, I am no stranger to the ease and magic of web searching. The world has become our oyster, and we feast on the delicious bits of information we are fed every single day. The Internet, however, is much like the food choices we make. If you equate the quality of articles you find to the quality of food, you might find yourself in a health crisis.
I have to admit I was once skeptical about online learning. As a student and as an instructor I assumed you had to be face-to-face in the classroom to learn effectively, but now I'm a big fan of online learning. I'm sure there are some skills (like phlebotomy) that require hands-on learning, but I discovered online education is more convenient and allows for greater interaction with the instructor and fellow students.
Broaden results - get more results, but less precise results and narrow results - get less results, but more precise results all in one webinar!
Who do you ask for help when things get tough? Who do you look up to or admire in your field of study? Most importantly - who do you turn to for real-world advice? If you can't answer these questions, you should consider finding a mentor.
"I really didn't think I could do it," said Karla Plante, Rasmussen College Online student. "I used to get Cs and Ds in school and eventually, I'd just give up." Going back to school was a difficult decision for the 47-year-old mother of two from Fargo, N. Dak. Plante says she has a history of not finishing things. Plus, it had been more than 20 years since she stepped inside a college classroom.
Identify strategies and set goals to develop valuable study skills. Watch this webinar and you will discover new tools to help you succeed.
Watch this webinar and learn the basics of writing in APA style including what APA is, why we use it, the basic components of citation style, and where to find help.
These days, one of the best ways to market yourself is by blogging. We're not talking about what you ate this morning or your favorite reality shows, (unless you want to work in the entertainment industry). Instead, consider a blog that showcases your professional work and skills. It will help you build your personal brand and turn you into a force in your industry, sometimes without even knowing it.
Imagine not having to carry what feels like the weight of the world on your shoulders - a backpack full of heavy books. Instead, you can carry just one device and have all your textbooks accessible with the tap of your finger.
College students - are you ready for the November election? Recent studies show you may not be as interested in the 2012 campaigns as years past. In 2008, 29 percent of college students paid close attention to the presidential race. That number is down to 19 percent. See where you stack up against other college students this election year in our infographic below.
Any parent knows back-to-school time can be hectic. Schedules are more rigid with more packed into them like homework and extra-curricular activities. It can be a lot to balance for anyone, but for parents who are also students it can be near impossible at times. That doesn't just mean trying to squeeze in an extra hour or two a week for classes. It means an additional hour or two per class on top of that in study time.
There are new friends to be made and lessons to be learned when beginning a new college quarter. It can sometimes be challenging, but it can also be inspirational and rewarding. Know Rasmussen College is here to support you and to help you balance your coursework and life. Below is a resource for you to come back to week by week in order for you to find the inspiration, motivation and confidence necessary to successfully complete the quarter.
The 2012 Presidential Campaign is in overdrive as voters get ready to head to the polls in November. USA Today ranks college students amongst the 90 million voters most likely to skip the polls this year.
War Refugee Turned College Student: How One Rasmussen College Student Overcame Adversity to Achieve Success
From the outside, Michael Valentich looks and sounds like many 24-year-old college students. Having recently earned his Criminal Justice Associate's degree at the Rockford campus, he decided to continue his education at Rasmussen College by pursuing a bachelor's degree online. Valentich is also balancing school with a full time job. His recent success is no doubt impressive; how he reached this point in life though is truly inspirational.
Online degree programs have grown at an exceptional rate in the past decade. The virtual classroom has enabled students to tailor their learning around their busy schedules. While one student may find it empowering to take business courses and never have to leave the office, another appreciates the option of finally completing a bachelor's degree just after the children have gone to bed. Whatever the reason, online courses and degree programs are in high demand. Even traditional universities and colleges are offering more courses online.
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.
From tuition to books to those late night coffee runs, college can be pricey. Two-thirds of college students say they work part-time, sometimes even more to help pay for school. We took a look at some of the most popular part-time jobs for college students and how many hours they're working every week. You might even find a job that's right for you in our infographic below.
You probably know someone who loved being the 'teacher's pet' - they sat in the front row, always raised their hand and were the first to volunteer to help the teacher or class. Whether beloved or despised, these types of students get noticed. They're showing interest, and they're often successful because of their high level of classroom engagement. When taking classes online, you can't sit in the front of the room, but there are similar ways to make yourself standout.
Whether you pay for them individually or as part of your tuition, textbooks are not cheap. Still, they are chock full of information and you have to have them. The problem is what to do with them when you are done. They can collect dust in your closet, sit on your bookshelf, subtly showing off your intellect or you can sell them in hopes of making some of that money back. When it comes to selling your books there are several options.
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.
Like many students, Joshua Erickson of Central Wisconsin went to college with the expectation of receiving a job offer after graduation. With an Associate of Applied Science degree from a college in North Dakota, Erickson thought he was ready for the real world, but he quickly learned the real world wasn't ready for him.
Every penny counts in this economy, especially when you are a student trying to cover the cost of tuition and everyday living expenses. Your education is an investment in the future, but it can start paying off before you even earn your degree or certificate.
It is nearly impossible to escape college without writing at least one essay or research paper, and likely many more. That is why it's vital to understand the importance of citation or citing your sources. It not only keeps you organized, but it can protect you from potential problems. APA Style, or American Psychological Association, is the standard format for almost all social science research fields. It was designed to standardize scientific writing.
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.
More often than not, unemployment is viewed in an unfortunate light. However, I beg to differ; I believe it is more of an opportunity to pursue a goal that has been itching to be scratched. While experience in the workforce is important, many employers nowadays are seeking individuals with that coveted piece of paper showing that you have been formally educated. Even if you haven't completed your degree, it is still vital that you add any college experience or relevant coursework you may have had to help make your resume stand out to potential employers. Keep in mind that a resume is a marketing tool that allows you to showcase your talents and skills.
What do you want to do when you grow up? It's a question many of you probably wrote an essay about in grade school. Some of you may still be trying to answer that question. From a professional athlete to a doctor or firefighter, most of us had childhood dreams. Aaron Gelle of Blaine says he's wanted to be a police officer since he was seven years old.
The building is not intimidating, but warm and inviting. My library evokes the senses and is appealing in sight and sounds. There are painted walls colorful with art-work from artists in the community and other emerging partnerships. The purpose of displaying art from local artists is to break down the walls of the physical library and to instill a sense of pride, and reflect the spirit in the community.
"We're in college, and we want our news now!"And that's exactly what's happening. Check out the infographic below to learn how college students are consuming news on their smartphones.
For eight years, Petty Officer 2nd Class Iris Clark of Waco, Texas served her country with the U.S. Navy as a mechanical engineer. She finished two deployments aboard the USS Harry S. Truman, one to the Mediterranean, the other to the Persian Gulf. Clark is a proud servicewoman, and a proud mother of two.
Working full time and raising a family, Christy Underwood juggled her life obligations with attending college in the past, but she couldn't find the school or program to accommodate her busy lifestyle until she started taking online classes at Rasmussen College.
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.
Are you considering taking a year off from school? If so, you are not alone. Gap years, as they have come to be known, are becoming increasingly popular, as well as highly debated. Supporters say it can provide students clarity and give them an edge when returning to school. Opponents say it can be unproductive and actually make it harder for students to return to the classroom. Regardless which side of the debate you are on, one thing both sides agree on is a gap year needs to be well thought out and thoroughly planned with set goals.
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
There are certain events in life that without firsthand experience you just cannot fully understand. Going back to school as an adult college student in order to earn a degree is one of those events. Unless you have experienced it, you cannot understand what it is truly like.
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.
The Rasmussen College Tampa/Brandon campus teamed up with the non-profit organization, Fashion Feeds Warmth, on Cinco de Mayo to help provide properly fitted and functional clothing to infants, children, and adults worldwide.
Don't have the urge to write? Neither do I, but I can blog even though I don't have hypergraphia. Everyone can do this because everyone has something to say. Hypergraphia, which is simply the overwhelming urge to write, sounds like it would be a useful disorder to have in today's world of blogging
Traditionally, Fall has been the ideal time to start college. You've had a nice summer break, maybe taken a vacation or two, and had a carefree couple of months. What do you have to lose, right? Wrong. What most students don't realize is that the cost of a leisurely summer can actually be quite steep.
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:
During this time of year, when the weather starts to get nice, you start to think about carefree summer vacations-filled with pool days and relaxation. Many college students have the benefit of deciding whether or not to take college courses over summer break. Though you may miss out on some summer sun, there are many benefits to taking summer college courses.
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.
Did you know that roughly 40% of college students in America are non-traditional students? Many college students now may be working full time, have family/military obligations, and many other obligations that make finding time to study difficult. While in school, you need to ensure that it is a top priority, but we understand that it can be difficult. To help you successfully manage your coursework, here is a list of the top 10 must-know study tips for busy college students:
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.
Creating successful study habits can be a challenge for any student, and can be even more difficult for the millions of students that take online classes. With the ability to create your own course schedule, the flexibility of online classes is becoming the ideal fit for more and more college students.
Several Rasmussen College librarians recently attended and presented at the Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries conference in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, held April 17 - 20, 2012.
On April 3-4, 2012 Rasmussen College in Fargo, North Dakota hosted a Cass County Sheriff's department training on campus.
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.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs with the fastest growth projected through 2020 will require some type of postsecondary education.
After nearly four weeks of daily gas price increases, the budget of your everyday college student is getting tight.
As an avid reader, I wanted to put together a list of ten books that I think every high school student should read before he or she enters college.
The Director of Online Academic Management at Rasmussen College answers an all-important question about online learning here...
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.
Rasmussen College Online students recently commemorated their graduation virtually. Check out their experiences here...
It's almost time for finals! The Rasmussen College - Rockford, IL Librarian, Jon Mladic, shares some great studying tips that use memory tricks. Check out the "do's" and "don'ts" here.
According to a Cone Business in Social Media study, 60 percent of Americans use social media websites (2008).
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...
According to a study by the Higher Education Research Institute, one in six college students in 2005 were first generation college students (2006).
As our digital world continues to grow and evolve, opportunities for college student to obtain a college degree completely online becomes a possibility.
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.
Kandice Solin, a Rasmussen College business degree student from the Brooklyn Park, MN college campus shares five key lessons she has learned to master college learning (and life):
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.
Even though most colleges have computer labs and other facilities for students to use, having your own computer can help a lot if you don't want to be confined to a public area when you're working.
Like it or not, college can be a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses that can get you sick. Learn tips to avoid getting sick in this informative article...
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.
Know what to expect before you sign up to take courses from an accredited college online so you can do well in your classes and get the most out of your education.
Though basic academic subjects like calculus or English may have not changed much in the past two decades, technology is a different story.
College is a great place to meet new friends and make contacts with people who you could potentially use for networking later on once you enter the workplace.
From tutoring and library assistance to alumni organizations, there are multiple support structures in place to help you excel academically during your college career.
Learn how to manage your student loans with this informative presentation brought to you by Rasmussen College.
Earning an online degree can be a great choice for professionals who have jobs, but are looking to expand their skills, and for busy individuals who can't imagine spending time in a classroom.
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.
Macaroni and cheese is a comfort food that reminds you of simpler times, before final exams and student loans. And while your pocket book and your schedule may not allow for fancy cheeses or hours spent waiting for the oven, you probably have a package or two of Easy Mac tucked away in a cupboard or drawer somewhere. Find one, and get cooking!
Rasmussen College Student Economics Business Analyst Angel Patel compares standard, graduated and income-based repayment options in this brief video.
Rasmussen College Director of Student Economics Adam Steinbrunner created this brief video that highlights the differences between subsidized and subsidized loans.
Rasmussen College Student Economics Business Analyst Angel Patel explains deferment and provides and example in this brief educational video.
In this interview, a Rasmussen College Program Manager shares important insight into the college admissions process including: what to look while researching colleges, common questions, college success strategies, and more.
Do you feel like you've been stuck at the same dead-end job for too long? Why not do something about it? Going back to school could be the answer to finally being able to work in a profession you love.
Going back to school can be scary for anyone (just ask your kids), yet by earning an education, you'll be able to better provide for your family and create a more fulfilling life for yourself.
Here are the top questions that you should ask an admissions manager while searching for the perfect online degree program.
Discussion posts are the foundation for two-way communication with your instructors and classmates. The discussion forum is the heart of the online course as it serves as a platform for learning and engaging.
With mobile communication currently at a fever pitch, it's no wonder that phone applications have been giving students a leg up on their studies through means of time management, organizing notes and even balancing bills.
Earning a degree later in life may seem like a daunting, even impossible idea to consider - especially if you already work fulltime or have a family.
Online learning has many more benefits than saving on gas money. Attending college as an online student can provide many advantages in a difficult hiring market. This post illustrates five key advantages of obtaining a degree online.
If you're an adult considering going back to college or attending college for the first time, online college could be the perfect solution for you. Take a look at some top reasons why adult learners should attend college online.
General Education Coordinator at Rasmussen College discusses the benefits of taking summer college courses.
In navigating the search for useful resources, here are five websites that are stand- alone online learning resources in terms of merit, reliability, and accessibility for the online learner.
This infographic traces outlines the array of learning technologies developed for online courses in the past decades.
Ever wonder what differences are between online college and traditional universities? Check out this infographic to see a visual comparison.
Academic advisor at Rasmussen College weighs in on how to multitask the right way.
This infographic traces outlines the array of learning technologies developed for online courses in the past decades.
Managing your financial aid responsibilities is one of the most difficult things to do as a student. College is a huge investment-which often requires students to take out loans. This investment takes careful research and planning to ensure that you're on the right track for loan repayment.
First-year accounting student at Rasmussen College recently sat down with us to share his experience going from a large university to a career-focused degree program.
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.
Even though online learning is becoming more and more popular, misconceptions continue to exist about online degree programs, their instructors, their students, and more. Read this article to pick up 12 helpful tips to ensure your success in deciding on-and succeeding in-an online degree program.
As a college student in an online course, you will do a wide variety of writing, from the formal research paper to informal discussions with other students. Here are a few things to remember when you write online.
Just as online courses and degrees have changed the face of traditional academia--webcams, social media, and collaborative virtual classroom tools are changing the face of online courses and degrees.
Here are some back to school tips to make your brain go from zero to hero.
Business degree student, Michele Reed, discusses learning how to stay healthy as a student.
Facebook is the most popular social network on the Internet with more than 200 million active users worldwide. Facebook started in 2004 as a site for college students to socially interact in a virtual setting; but the site has since advanced to a popular online destination used by web users of all ages; and consequentially morphed into a new marketing channel for organizations.
Say goodbye to endless library call card searches and hello to blogs.This list spans a broad range of topics: from wellness and organization to productivity, to technology and finance.
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.