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Join the Holiday Treasure Hunt!

by South University
December 25, 2013

Happy Holidays from South University! We wish each of you a New Year full of happiness and success! As a present to our students, we're sponsoring the Holiday Treasure Hunt from December 26 to December 29, 2013. If you're a student at South University, you can jumpstart 2014 with this exciting scavenger hunt where you could earn some great prizes!

Treasure Hunt

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

December 26 - 29, 2013 ONLY!

1. Visit our Facebook page once a day from December 26 - December 29, 2013 and click on the Holiday Treasure Hunt Contest tab in the top right corner (under the cover photo). Here you will find the daily clue.

2. Follow the clue to find the daily keyword.

3. Once you find the keyword, return to Facebook and answer the question posted in our status update!

4. A panel of judges will review all answers and choose 4 winners--one for each day of the contest!

You'll have the chance to win:

- Amazon Kindle
- MS-Office (Student Version)
- Canon PIXMA MG3220 Wireless Color Photo Printer and Copier
- $50 Amazon Gift Card

Good Luck!

Read the official terms and conditions here.

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The Best of 2013

by South University
December 17, 2013

At South University, we hope our students and faculty had an amazing year. We’re so proud of all that our students have achieved, and we're committed to helping you go even further in 2014. However, before we look forward, we’d like to take a moment to look back at this great year!

Celebration

7 New Programs Added: Explore our new programs below, including our very first doctoral program! 

Bachelor of Science in Public Relations
Master of Science in Accounting
Master of Public Health
Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing with a specialization in Nurse Educator
Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing with a specialization in Adult Health Nurse Practitioner
Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing with a specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner
Doctor of Nursing Practice

Students Share Their Motivation and Success: Hear from a few of our inspiring, hard-working students!

• Jack Siegel, who already earned an Associate of Science in Allied Health Science, is now working toward a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and plans to pursue a master’s degree next.

• Sarah Hargis discusses what inspired her to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and why she chose South University.

• Edgar Collier, Associate of Science in Business Administration student, explains how our staff members helped him to achieve his goals.

• Keah Allen, student in the Master of Science in Nursing degree program, shares what keeps her going as a student and a nurse.

New Campus Common Mobile Site: Our updated mobile site lets you quickly: 
• View grades, school news, class announcements and upcoming assignments
• Read and respond to discussion questions
• Call or email key contacts with one click.
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First Issue of Our Student Literary Journal: Launched in April 2013, the inaugural edition of Asynchronous showcased our students’ writing, photography and artwork.

All Faculty Members Now on Skype: Now, not only can you call or email faculty members, you can also video chat with them!

Transfer of Credit Policies Updated: With our updated policies, RN-BSN and RN-MSN students may receive up to 90 credits toward the general education and foundation requirements of the BSN. These credits can be given in addition to the existing 45 credits awarded for previous nursing experience, potentially leaving you with only 45 credits required to earn your BSN.

South University Named a Military Friendly School: GI Jobs Magazine selected South University for inclusion in its list of Military Friendly Schools® for 2014. The list honors the top 20% of colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students. Read More>>

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A Chance to Give Back to Your Loved Ones

by South University
December 12, 2013

At South University, we know that helping others is important to our students, just like helping our students succeed is important to us. With the holiday season now in full swing, why not give a loved one a gift that can make a true impact in their life?

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Those who have helped you get to where you are today deserve the same support in return. Now, you can give a gift that can help them realize their true potential.

Inspire your loved ones to continue their education at South University and to see what doors a new degree will open for them!

From associate’s to bachelor’s to graduate degrees, we can help your friends or family members take the next step in their career and in their life. All you have to do is introduce them to us. From there, we’ll do everything we can to assist them in achieving their goals and working toward graduation.

Make a difference today. Help your friend get started on a journey of personal and professional fulfillment by completing this form in the Campus Common.

After logging in via your user name and password, you’ll be able to share with us the contact information for your friend or family member, so that we can provide them with information about South University and our programs.

Don’t wait; transform a life today!

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Top 3 Qualities of a Successful Online Student

by Admin
December 10, 2013

For many students, taking online classes is simply more practical than driving to a campus and sitting in a classroom at a designated time. The convenience factor alone makes it a great option for those with strict schedules. As an online student you have the flexibility to decide when and where you attend class, but earning your degree still requires a significant amount of time and effort.

Education conceptWe’ve noticed that successful students often share certain traits. Do you also have these critical skills? Working to sharpen these qualities can help you succeed in online learning and beyond.

1. You are organized.

Staying organized is critical for success in any arena, and online learning is no exception. Missed assignments - in both academic and work life - can affect your advancement opportunities. However, technology can make it a bit easier to stay on schedule. Sync your calendar with school deadlines so it sends automatic reminders about projects and assignments. An up-to-date calendar is among the most useful organizational tools available to most online students.

2. You excel at time management.

Successful students prioritize their education. You can still complete your work in time to go out and have fun, but school comes first. Once you make the commitment to your education, it's crucial to take a hard look at your current schedule. Keep in mind, regardless of the format, every class requires a certain amount of in-class time and at-home study.

Careful time management is the foundation for staying on task and on schedule. Be prepared to miss out on some social activities, and plan for the ones you definitely do not want to miss. When you stay focused and committed to your program, you can reach graduation and experience the reward of earning your degree.

3. You aren’t afraid to ask for help.

Your classroom material will provide much of the academic information you need, but there will be times when you need extra help. There is no shame in asking, and, you will find no shortage of people at South University who want to help you. Your instructor offers a valuable resource for learning how to apply textbook knowledge to real life situations. You can also find on-demand tutoring in the Classroom, and don’t forget that the Online Librarian, Tech Support, Counseling Center staff, and your Academic Counselor are also here to help.

Never hesitate to ask questions of your instructor, your peers or anyone else. The more information you gather, the better you will do in and out of the classroom. There are no bad questions—except for the ones you never ask.

Become the Student You Want to Be

Getting organized, managing your study time and asking for help when you need it can pave the way for you to succeed. Prioritize these skills and you can join the ranks of successful alumni who have earned a degree from South University!

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What causes the winter blues?

by South University
December 5, 2013

As the days get shorter in the winter, many people start feeling lethargic and begin to crave warmer weather and a good dose of sunlight. For a large number of individuals, however, dreary weather can trigger something more serious--Seasonal Affective Disorder, commonly known as SAD.

Winter Scene

What Is SAD?

SAD is a form of depression with symptoms that start during the fall and continue into the winter. Some individuals also experience symptoms as early as the spring and summer. According to many experts, SAD is caused in part by a lack of sunlight disrupting the sleep-wake cycle, circadian rhythms, and the brain’s serotonin output.

Who Is Affected

Anyone can experience SAD, including children. However, some individuals are more prone to experience SAD than others, including those with one or more of the following traits:

• Female
• Age 15-55
• Live in a region where winter days are short
• Live in a region where changing seasons cause significant changes in the amount of daylight experienced
• Have a direct relative with SAD

Symptoms & Diagnosis

Differentiating between SAD and nonseasonal depression can be difficult since both have similar symptoms. Typical fall and winter onset symptoms may include:

• Difficulty concentrating
• Social withdrawal
• Oversleeping
• Lack of energy
• Hopelessness
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Weight gain
• Changes in appetite
• Lack of interest in activities usually enjoyed
• Heavy sensation in arms and legs

To properly diagnose SAD, a doctor will need to know whether the patient experiences symptoms specific to the disorder or experiences depression during the same seasons for multiple years which then improves after the seasons change.

Treatment & Prevention

The treatment for SAD commonly includes phototherapy (a bright-light treatment or dawn simulation) for 30 to 90 minutes a day, sometimes combined with anti-depressant medication or psychotherapy. Spending at least an hour outside daily during fall and winter months can also help individuals with more mild symptoms gain the proper amount of light exposure. Taking Vitamin D supplements and probiotics to reduce stress is another tactic that can prove beneficial.

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Can children experience seasonal affective disorder?
A Portable Glow to Help Melt Those Winter Blues
Seasonal Affective Disorder Sufferers Have More Than Just Winter Blues
Seasonal affective disorder: What are the symptoms and how can you treat it?
National Alliance on Mental Illness: Seasonal Affective Disorder
American Psychiatric Association: Seasonal Affective Disorder
Mental Health America: Seasonal Affective Disorder

Interested in a career in Psychology?  Get your start in South University's Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree program.

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