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3 Strategies for Setting & Achieving Your Goals

by South University, Online Programs
February 26, 2014

Earning your degree as a busy adult can no doubt be challenging, and it can be easy to lose sight of the finish line and what exactly you're working so hard to achieve. To keep yourself focused and your eye on graduation, set clear, specific and measurable goals.

setting SMART goals1. Write Out Specific Goals

Regularly writing out your goals is an important part of your success and your career. Whether it be monthly or weekly, practice goal-setting by creating a list of realistic, attainable goals and placing it somewhere you'll be able to easily see everyday.

When writing your goals, be as specific as possible. Don't write goals like "Get good grades." Write exactly what grade you plan to get in each of your classes. Your grades should only be one part of your goal planning. Think about what you hope to learn, research or accomplish. Make sure to create goals that emphasize specific things that you hope to attain.

2. Ensure Your Goals can be Measured

The best goals are not only specific, but also measurable. Goals like getting a specific grade are very measurable; you simply have to check whether you are getting the grade you want to get. Learning goals, networking goals and other goals that are not tied to something tangible may be more difficult to measure. You can figure out the measurability by tying goal to achieving specific results within a set period of time. For example, you can measure whether, in the last month, you learned two new research techniques or made two new connections with colleagues in your field.

To make sure you can measure a goal, describe what the completed goal will look like. What will be different once you've achieved the goal? What, exactly, will you have accomplished? When will you have accomplished it by? Writing this out will not only give you additional insight and clarity, but can excite you about your goal.

3. Read Your Goals Daily

It's important to read your goals at least once a day. By reading your goals daily, you accomplish a few things.

• You keep your goals at the front of your mind. It's too easy to get distracted and engage in behavior that is counterproductive to your goals. If you keep your goals in plain sight, you won't be able to forget what you meant to do.

• You can make sure you are achieving your goals. By reading your goals daily, you automatically check whether you are progressing towards them. If you are not progressing adequately, you can evaluate why and change your behavior and priorities as needed.

• You keep yourself excited and motivated to achieve.

If you set realistic, specific and measurable goals in education and your career, you'll be prepared to accomplish more and build the life you want for yourself!

To get started on earning your degree, contact us at 1-888-444-3404 or request information about South University today.  If you're  a current or returning student, contact your Academic Counselor to discuss how South University can help you stay motivated and focused on your goals.

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An Invitation to Join Our Student Veterans of America Chapter

by Student
February 17, 2014

Greetings to my fellow veterans and students! My name is Raymond Carter, and I am the President of the Student Veterans of America (SVA) Chapter at South University. I'm writing to tell you about the importance of this club and why you should consider joining.

FlagThe SVA is designed to support active military personnel and veterans as well as their families and surrounding communities. We are a registered chapter of the national Student Veterans of America, and if you are interested in becoming a member, we would love to have you.

Together, we strive to:

• Serve the community - especially active military personnel, veterans and their families - through volunteering and fundraising events.

• Advocate for and raise awareness to the general public about issues important to active military personnel, veterans and their families.

• Provide information to veterans about their benefits as well as related governmental policies and procedures.

• Help veterans find other support groups outside South University.

• Provide a place for active military, veterans, and military dependent students at South University to meet and support each other.

From 1981-1987, I spent six years in the U.S. Army as an Airborne Field Artillery Cannoneer and served one tour of duty in a hot zone in Germany close to the border during the Cold War. My specialty was a Pan-Tel Operator on an M-110 Howitzer. Currently I am a Certified Paralegal (CPA) and now am pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies, and I'd like to get know the rest of you at South University.

This organization is our chance to support and help one another to achieve our goals in school. Check out our Organization in Connections and join us. I look forward to meeting each of you!

Raymond Carter
Chapter President of Student Veterans of America
South University, Online Program

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Top Careers in Criminal Justice

by South University, Online Programs
February 14, 2014

For better or for worse, criminal justice is one sector that is strong regardless of the health of the overall economy. This means that students interested in criminal justice have a lot of options when choosing a career path. Nationally, there are about 3.2 million people employed in the criminal justice industry, earning an average annual salary of $43,050.

Criminal JusticeLaw Enforcement

Law enforcement is a common choice for those interested in criminal justice, as it allows you to directly work to protect citizens. The field is generally focused on making sure the law is enforced while actively working to bring real criminals to justice through the legal system.

Some common jobs within law enforcement include:

• Patrol Officer
• Corrections Officer
• FBI Agent
• Security Officer
• Customs and Border Patrol Agent

Criminology

Another side of criminal justice involves the study of crimes, victims and social reactions to crime. As there are many ways you can work to prevent or solve crime, a variety of personnel fall under the criminology group, including investigators and profilers.

Career paths and job opportunities in this industry include:

• Criminologist
• Criminal Profiler
• Intelligence Analyst
• Forensic Interview Specialist
• Criminal Records Analyst

Social Services

After an arrest and legal proceedings are completed, much of the work in criminal justice involves making sure individuals that go through the system don’t return to their old habits. This is where social work side comes into play. Social workers serve a variety of functions, but they most often serve as a counselor and accountability partner for juveniles and adults who are trying to get their lives back on track. Social workers can provide guidance and support for those who are struggling to improve their lives, and they serve a vital function within the criminal justice system. In addition, some professionals in social services work closely with victims and victim advocacy.

Administration and Policy

In addition to those more visible in the criminology and law enforcement professions, there are a number of people working behind the scenes in criminal justice. Management positions at any law enforcement agency often start with a degree. Advisory roles play an important part in determining when and how law enforcement personnel are utilized. Policy decisions can affect the number of new law enforcement agents hired, profiling techniques used in the field, the creation of new interview techniques and more. Those with a graduate degree in criminal justice may find a career in advising law makers about policy, or perhaps take on another leadership role in administration or policy.

Read More: http://www.criminaljusticedegreeonline.net/careers/

Interested in Criminal Justice? Explore our degree programs.

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Surprising Health Benefits of Being in Love

by South University
February 14, 2014

There are many different ways to improve your health. Some people eat healthier meals, others exercise — but did you know that Valentine's Day offers a few health benefits of its own? Turns out that falling in love isn't just a good feeling, it's also good for you. Here are a few of the physical and mental health benefits that you'll gain by falling in love.

Valentine's Day HeartLove is Heart Smart! If you're looking for a way to boost your heart health, add a dose of love to your health routine. According to Woman's Day, human beings are social animals who have biological drives that make them want to be in a relationship. Achieving the end goal automatically boosts happiness, which in turn improves your cardiovascular health. On the other hand, those who aren't in happy relationships suffer from a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.

It Keeps Away the Common Cold -- Clear away those pesky cold germs by catching the 'love bug'. Vitamin C, alicin and Zinc have all been proven to significantly boost your immune system, but experts recently discovered that being in love can help as well. People who rarely fight with their partner have stronger immune system functions than those who are in unhappy relationships.

Viva La Amor — If you want a longer life, Huffington Post says to fall in love! According to a study cited by Huffington, married couples benefited from a 15 percent lower premature death rate than those who were unmarried. It should be noted however that these are happily married couples and not quarreling lovers.

Love Can Increase Positivity— The first step to changing your life for the better is to completely transform the way you think about life. People who are pessimistic tend to have a poor outlook on life, so they lose motivation to change. However, those who are optimistic benefit from improved motivation, drive and stamina. According to Self magazine, couples who are in love can greatly affect each other's healthy choices by boosting optimism. In fact, they cited a finding by Psychology Today that states if one person in a happy relationship decides to stop smoking, the other partner was five times more likely to quit as well.

So, there you have it. Love is truly the gift that keeps on giving! This Valentine's Day gift your sweetheart with improved health, a stronger heart, a longer life and a better outlook on life by simply expressing your love. No matter how you choose to show them, know that a little love goes a long way!

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How the Orientation Course Can Prepare You for Success

by South University
February 7, 2014

At South University, we’ve taken the guesswork out of online learning, starting by offering you an orientation course that can help you get going on the path to academic success. This course gives you an introduction not just to online learning, but to university learning in general!

Student WorksapceWe've carefully crafted a course that anticipates students' needs based on our many years of experience in education and on input from students like you. Whether you're new to online learning or have taken online or campus courses elsewhere, South University's orientation course provides you with a wealth of information to help you succeed.

Within the course, you’ll discover a set of tools and resources that can help you to:

• Manage your time effectively and create a schedule for yourself, ensuring that your education is always a priority.

• Craft your own study space for optimal learning.

• Learn not only how online learning works, but how it can work for you.

• Make sure you have the equipment you need as well as a back-up plan just in case.

• Prepare not only for your day-to-day studies and classroom activities, but also the times in which life may interfere with your progress.

• Understand what’s expected of you as a student, with a specific grading rubric for each assignment.

• Create a SMART path to graduation: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely.

Exploring a breadth of areas from academic resources to time management and study skills, you'll complete the course with not only an understanding of what's required of you as an online student– but also the confidence you need to persevere.

In addition, our supportive faculty and staff—from the tutoring center to the technical support team to the online librarian—will be there to help you every step of the way. Together, your Admissions Representative, Student Finance Counselor, and Academic Counselor will form your graduation team and assist you throughout your academic journey!

Not yet signed up for classes? Watch the classroom demo to learn more about the online classroom at South University!

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