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What does South University mean to me?

by South University
May 17, 2015
What does South University mean to me?

Written by Bobby L. Porter
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology student
South University, Savannah

We live in a land of opportunity, and each of us needs to take advantage of the many opportunities we are given to form a brighter future for ourselves. To me, South University is my opportunity to further my goals. Having a chance to attend school and get an education that will prepare me for a rewarding career is priceless.

If, as individuals, we fail to realize our ability to positively impact the surrounding world—from minor to major transformations—it will be nearly impossible for communities to evolve into stronger versions of their current selves. But, when we realize our potential to change the world around us and pass along our knowledge from present to future generations, we ensure the efficient progression of society.

In the current information age, I believe education is the key to societal advancement. South University encourages social and economic progression by preserving the American dream of opportunity and giving us the tools to succeed. I have learned that going back to school and getting my education through South University is only beneficial if I am persistent, work hard, and fully utilize this opportunity. It is the individual who decides what to do with the capability to learn; using it wisely will lead to positive improvement.

Furthermore, South University encourages democratic ideals by giving students the freedom to explore and ask questions. I have learned that I can succeed by questioning what I do not understand and taking advantage of opportunities to expand my realm of knowledge. South University inspires me to break boundaries in order to fully utilize my abilities for personal and societal improvement.

I would not have accomplished as much as I have at South University if it wasn’t for my Admissions Representative, Christine Smith. She was the first one to see something in me and help me to get the ball rolling and admitted to my first class. The next person to have a large hand in my success is my Student Finance Counselor Bill Pettis, who was able to help me find the finances I needed to attend the university. Lastly, I would like to thank my Academic Counselor Pamela Stamer for her ability to keep my academic skills polished, fine-tuned, and work to prepare me to develop into a graduate student.

Now the time has come to hand down the torch to my daughter. I still remember the day we brought her home after being at the hospital for over 120 days. Now she is 19, out of high school and entering her first classes in a school that I know will treat her with the upmost respect. That school goes by the name of South University. By going to this school, I believe she will secure a brighter future and a chance to live the same American dream of opportunity that has been given to me through South University.

In closing, I would like to say thank you to South University for being a part of our educational success and for giving my family the chance to have a future.

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by South University
May 17, 2015
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Why I Recommend South University

by Student
April 25, 2013

By Guest Blogger, Sherry Boyce
Student at South University

I have been a student of South University going on four years. I found out about South through a search for online education. At the time, I had no dependable transportation and needed a good, reliable online college to obtain my degree. South University is accredited, which was one of the important things that I took into consideration while looking for an online college.

I first enrolled in the Associate of Science in Allied Health Science program and I am now working on my Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management. I like the online environment because it is very convenient for students to work or attend to family and still earn their degree for future careers. The online classrooms are easy to navigate and the instructors are friendly and caring. The staff is also very friendly and they work really hard to help you in any way possible.

I have a friend, Sarah Hinkle, that I have been friends with since high school. Like many, she wanted to continue her education but her busy schedule prevented her from doing so. I recommended her to South University and she just recently enrolled. Over the last three years that I have been a student, I have recommended five of my friends to the school and all of them have been pleased.

I have been glad to be a student at South University and would highly recommend it to anyone. They have helped me in achieving my goals for my future and also allowed me to help many friends achieve their goals as well. Thank you South University for helping me, Sarah and many others achieve their goals in life!

If you are a current student of South University, you too can help someone get started on a journey of personal and professional growth by clicking here to Refer a Friend today.

by Student
April 25, 2013
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Recognize Your Faculty at South University Online Programs

by SouthMarketing
February 6, 2012

As a student at South University Online Programs, you’re exposed to faculty members with a variety of interesting backgrounds, and, when you think back on it, there may be one or two that stand out in your mind. Now you have the chance to write about them for this blog!

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Submit your blog post via our student submission website. In your blog, be sure to tell us:

  • Why does this faculty member stand out in your mind?
  • In which class did you encounter them?
  • How have they helped enrich your online learning experience?

There’s no time limit on these submissions, so whether you encountered the faculty member a year ago or are in session with them 6 months ago and come across this blog post, feel free to share your thoughts with us.

by SouthMarketing
February 6, 2012
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Portal 2 Review

by Student
January 4, 2012

By Guest Blogger

Joseph DelFranco
Student at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division

Developer: Valve
Platforms: PS3, PC, Xbox 360

Portal 2 is a first person puzzle game that puts you in the shoes of a silent protagonist. As you try to make your way through a testing facility, you find yourself taking sides with the most unlikely of characters. Plot twists galore and awesome voice work make this a fun game from beginning to end.

The premise of Portal is simple; use portals to escape whichever obstacle is in your way. In practice, this works extremely well. You are given a portal gun that shoots out two portals, once you've used both portals, you can traverse them at you leisure. Eventually, you will have to take physics into mind. Building up speed and shooting through one portal will make you fly out of another, allowing you to reach a place you couldn't before. Eventually, the game introduces a host of new mechanics that allow for interesting gameplay segments that keep you guessing!

The voice work is absolutely delightful. The voice actors are spot on, and they do a wonderful job of making you laugh. The characters are vivid and all display their own unique sense of humor that will make you wonder which character is your favorite. I tend to lean toward Glados, but that's just me. Throughout the game these voices guide you through different parts of the story mode, allowing for a fun play through from start to finish.

If the single player were the only part of Portal 2, it would still be a great game, but there's more!!! Portal 2 has a cooperative mode that allows two players (online or off) to complete a full multiplayer campaign that is completely separate from the single player. None of the levels are borrowed from the single player, allowing for even more replay value. Instead of thinking with two portals, you and your team mate have 4 portals at your disposal. This allows for even crazier puzzles, but you'll definitely need coordination and cooperation to get through.

Portal 2 is absolutely amazing. The level design, characters, sound effects, and gameplay mechanics are terrific pieces of a video game developer's ingenuity. Valve has outdone themselves with this unique experience.

Final Score: 9.5/10

by Student
January 4, 2012
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More Than Meets the Eye

by Student
December 29, 2011

By Guest Blogger

Bethany Crowley
Student at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division

I have a job for you:

Stand in heels for ten hours in a noisy convention center while you try and grab the attention of every person walking by. They’re probably going to all be male. Half will want to talk to you while the other half will not. Either way, sell this product. You might not get a full half hour for lunch, and that will probably be your only break, but you can certainly keep the provocative outfit we’ve given you to wear. Oh and, one more thing, don’t forget to smile. The reason this other half won’t care enough to talk to you about this product is because they don’t think you know anything about it. To them, you’re just another girl who has been hired by this company to stand in front of their booth, look very attractive, and hand out t-shirts or blinking stress balls. And, actually, they’re right.

At its core, the “booth babe,” as she has come to be known, is a promotional model, hired by companies to attract clients/customers in order to gain sales, offer promotions, and educate the convention’s population about their product. More often than not, these girls know nothing about the product they’ve been hired to “promote.” They’ll admit this to you, then offer you a chance to win an iPad 2 or that car over there. While I know nothing about car shows, IT conferences, or many other conventions that are held each year, I do know about those events centered on the video gaming world. Why? I’m a promotional model for this industry.

I’d like to think that they’re all the same though, these mass conventions. Even the smaller promotional opportunities harbor the same need – to sell their product by someone who can hold your attention. If you want to attract potential customers or clients, who are mostly all male, an attractive female will almost always do just that. While it can be considered a stereotype, it is a fact that these companies hire promotional models for this very reason. And while I could divert into a novel, large blog rant, or thesis project that may argue whether this position objectifies women or not, there are already one thousand and one that do just that floating around out there.

I wandered into this controversial industry of promotional modeling only recently. After reading an article on a different kind of promotional model in a gaming magazine so sweetly delivered to me every month, I became curious. After further research, I nearly fell in love with the idea that my now agent built upon. It is true that the women I have the pleasure of working a gig with are hired as promotional models. The catch to this position, however, requires that these girls possess a vast knowledge of and experience with video games.

While I’m limited in what I can tell about the companies I have worked for, for confidentiality purposes, it has been proven that hiring us for any promotional gaming needs will enable you to be a bit more successful than that other booth over there. Why? Because we know what we’re talking about. There are still some uncertainties to the controversial world of promotional models. We are often viewed as objects, props that have a single use in this role.

While I keep my opinion to myself, I’m still reminded at every event that we are all different, therefore we view the world and its people, male and female, differently. I have my own reasons for being there too.

I love to play video games. Ultimately, it was the passion for art and concept that drove me to enroll at the Art Institute in pursuit of a Game Art and Design degree. I am excited to be here, but I am also excited to share with others that I have had some amazing opportunities come my way already through my line of work and my persistence in the Game Art and Design program. I am an active member of our chapter of IGDA, helped create and host an event that featured the Lead In-Game Animator from God of War II and III, and have even done some background work on a feature film. Do I have an advantage? No more than anyone else does. In most ways, I prefer going to school online – although I am faceless, my name means more, in a way. I have accomplished these things not through my looks, but in my drive and dedication to this field. All of these things manifested through my own network connections, and those began through being a diligent student online and simply keeping in touch with the right people.

I began the journey into promotional modeling because it gets me that much closer to possibly working for a major game development studio. If you had a chance to get your foot in that door, I am willing to bet you’d take it as well. Mingling with the gaming gods is something that appealed to me. It just so happens that I am female. It would probably take me five more years just to have the means to get to these conventions myself if I were not promotional modeling. Even then, I’d be just another lone female waltzing around with stars in her eyes when she chanced to happen upon her favorite game’s Art Director and the booth they were at. By being front and center, I have the opportunity to talk with the masterminds behind some our favorite games.

Ideally, I’ll end up devoting my time and talents to a development studio as a Character Artist, Quest Designer, or by being on the Concept team. How will promotional modeling tie into these dreams? I’m sure that meeting and greeting gaming companies up close has some merit. In this way, I’m creating initial, professional relationships with heavyweight names. Perhaps I’ll have a demo reel with me at a show. And perhaps the right person will be wanting to see it since I’ve already established that I possess some knowledge of their product. Rubbing elbows with these gaming industry giants has to mean something when I arrive at that level, and I’m at that booth to find out exactly what that something is.

by Student
December 29, 2011
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