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Putting Your Mind to It

by Student
August 29, 2011

By Guest Blogger

Tina Schultz
Psychology Student at South University Online Programs

My name is Tina. I am 25 years old. I never thought I could make it as a college student. The thought of even passing a real college course seemed scary and hard. Here I am three months later, three courses later. I’ve been a South University Online student for about three months. I am just completing my third class. I have a GPA of 3.5. My letter grades are 2 A’s and one B.

The instructors here are really nice and easy to work with. The whole faculty is amazing. Whenever I have a question, concern, or find myself struggling, I get feedback and help immediately. The instructors give great and helpful feedback to my assignments. Even my fellow classmates are amazing.

I love how the whole program is set up and designed. I can access my classes on my own time. The classes are what you make of them. If you decide to do well and put the effort into it, than the education you want is what you’ll get. My classes are really paying off. I am now able to write essays and term papers. Before college I was not able to do that. I’ve learned how to be a professional. My job searches even became easier for me. My resume looks great. Before this, I never even knew how to create a resume. In my first two classes I had to use spell checker for every other word now I hardly ever use it.

South University Online Programs has made this whole process of going back to school easy. I love it here and look forward to completing my education here. If I decide to gain a higher degree, South University Online Programs is where I will be. I would definitely recommend South University Online Programs to anyone deciding to further their education. I am happy I selected this school. Thank you South University Online Programs for all that you do. I am excited about my next class.

Are you a South University Online Programs  student interested in writing for this blog? Check the Welcome Center in the Campus Common to find out how!

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Staying in School

by Student
August 29, 2011

By Guest Blogger

Katie Legg
Student at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division

When I first toiled with the idea of going back to school I was frightened. I had been out of school for 5 years and was not sure if I would remember anything I had learned in high school or the brief period I spent studying business management after high school. After submitting my application and being accepted, the excitement of starting something new began to build. The structure of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s online program is excellent. I had previously attended a college that was considered online and correspondence (mail). At this past college everything was done at the student’s own pace, there were no deadlines and no teachers to answer your questions if you needed help. When you lose the motivation to keep going, it made it easy to set your books down and give up. With the online program and structure at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh I have deadlines to meet and a pre-determined agenda for what needs to be read and submitted.

There are always going to be classes that students are bored in or feel like they just want to give up, I have already had two or three within the past year. The harder you push yourself, the more you are going to achieve.

With a good college comes a great benefit. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division offers a lot of optional short classes to help you learn programs and basic principles related to your field of study. There is also an area in the Campus Common to see many tutorials on common computer programs, etc. You are also allowed 12 hours of tutoring per semester and for me this was greatly useful during my math courses. Also offered are areas explaining networking and portfolios, internships, and freelancing. I say, if you’re going to do it, do it all! You have the best resources at your fingertips with this school and many adults will never get the opportunity to have the chances you have here. Take full advantage of everything offered to you and excel in your life.

Are you an Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division student interested in writing for this blog? Check the Welcome Center in the Campus Common to find out how!

 

 

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Top Misconceptions About Online Learning

by South University
August 25, 2011

Many new students are not 100 percent sure what to expect when they begin taking classes online. After speaking with several of them, we have found that many of them share some misconceptions about online learning:

  • Online courses are easier than traditional classroom courses. The truth is, online courses feature the same curriculum as campus-based courses. They require the same amount of time and effort as a traditional classroom course.
  • I won’t get individual attention from my instructor. This could not be further from the truth. In online courses, your instructor will participate in your classroom discussions and give feedback for each homework submission, just as she would in a traditional classroom.
  • I won’t get to know my classmates. Many students are surprised to find that they get to know their classmates quickly by interacting in discussions. Similarly to a campus-based school, online students that share the same major often progress through the same courses, building lasting friendships.
    Furthermore, many student groups allow you to network with students that share your interests. Visit the Campus Common to see what groups you might like to take part in.
  • Online degrees don’t carry the respect of traditional college degrees. Because the online curriculum is the same that you would learn in the campus-based school and shares the same prestigious accreditation, the only difference is the delivery method.
    In fact, online degrees are more accepted and respected than ever, and more and more students are choosing to pursue their degrees online due to the flexibility of the format.
  • Instructors that teach online are not as qualified. We have very high standards for the facilitators that represent our university. In fact, every instructor that will teach you has, at the very least, a master’s degree and several years of work experience in his field. We also require all facilitators to complete training that equips them with the skills and knowledge to support the success of students in the online learning environment.
  • I won’t have access to help when I need it. If you ever find yourself in need of help, there are many resources available to you, such as individual feedback from your professor, guidance from your academic counselor, online tutoring services and a whole host of other resources available to you in the Campus Common.
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Come On Back to South University Online Programs

by South University
August 22, 2011

You made the brave decision to earn your degree with the help of South University Online Programs, with the goal of improving your skills and your position at the office. Everything started out on the right track, but somewhere along the way, life got in the way. Whether your focus waned or you couldn’t find the time necessary to devote to your studies, you eventually made the difficult decision to withdraw.

Still, there’s always been that voice in the back of your mind urging you to re-enroll. You didn’t want to give up on your dreams, and they’re still very much alive.

Fortunately, leaving school doesn’t have to be a permanent event. It’s never too late to come back! Visit the Previously Enrolled page on our website to get started.

Welcome Back!

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South University Online Programs Invites Students to Participate in “Summer Escape”

by South University
August 18, 2011

From Wednesday, August 10 through Sunday, August 14, South University Online Programs invited students to participate in “Summer Escape” in Connections, South University’s exclusive social network. Each day, students were presented with a task, with a chance to win Amazon.com gift cards if their response to the task was chosen.

The five tasks were as follows:

  • Task One: Post a photo of your favorite relaxation destination with a brief description.
  • Task Two: Look through Connections to find an event you attended or one that you would have liked to attend and write why you chose it. Alternatively, students could come up with their own idea for a future event.
  • Task Three: List your summer reading recommendations.
  • Task Four: Find an article related to something that you find particularly interesting (related to your major), and post the article in Connections.
  • Task Five: What are you most proud of this summer? Did you pass a class? Did you accomplish something that you’ve been waiting to do?

The winners of “Summer Escape” were announced shortly after the contest’s end. If you’re a South University Online Programs student who missed out on this contest, be sure to keep an eye on Connections in the Campus Common for the latest fun activities!

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