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Back to School Part Two: Taking the Steps to Make it Happen

by South University
July 30, 2012

In our first blog post in this Back to School series, we discussed new beginnings and arriving at the decision to head back to school. In this post, we’ll dive into your online degree program options at South University Online Programs and discuss the steps you need to take to make it all happen.

One of the first decisions you’ll need to make is which degree level you want to pursue. If you have a high school diploma and no college experience, you might want to consider either an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree. If it’s an advanced degree you seek, we have a number of postsecondary options available.

When you begin looking at our selection of online degree programs, you’ll notice that they’re broken up into a variety of different subject areas. Try to narrow the field to one or two that interest you most. Next, it can be beneficial to read through the program and course descriptions to get a feel for what you have the potential to learn.

Once you have decided which program you would like to pursue, you’ll speak to one of our knowledgeable Admissions Representatives, who will help you fill out the online application and answer any questions you have about the admissions process.

An important consideration during the application process is how you will pay for school. Do you have enough cash on hand to foot the bill, or will you require assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans? We can help guide you through the steps to ensure that your finances are in order before you begin your first class.

In addition to applying for your program of choice, it’s a good idea to make sure you have the tools you need to successfully complete the program. This includes acquiring all of the required hardware and software for your program. Information about this can be found in the program information on our website.

Once you have all the tools you need to complete your program, it’s time to work on mindset. Believing you can do it and making it a priority in your life are essential before you begin. It’s helpful to set aside specific times and workspaces to devote fully to your coursework. In the final blog post in this series, we’ll discuss strategies for excelling in your program once you’re enrolled.

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Back to School Part One: Deciding to Head Back

by South University
July 27, 2012

Summer has a way of passing quickly, and, before you know it, you’re seeing ads on TV encouraging you to stock up on clothing and school supplies for your children.

In many ways, back to school time is all about new beginnings. Children have had the summer to relax and enjoy themselves, and now they’re ready to take on a new school year with new teachers, classmates and perhaps even a new school.

But back to school doesn’t just have to be about new beginnings for your children. What about you?

Maybe you’ve been thinking a lot lately about where your life is headed. Are you satisfied with your job and future possibilities? Maybe you feel like there are opportunities you’ve always wanted to pursue, but it never seemed like the right time.

And even if it were the right time, how would you even begin?

You’ve thought about going back to school yourself, but it never seemed like something you could actually do. Maybe there aren’t any schools near you, and, if there are, maybe they don’t offer any programs that interest you.

That’s where online learning at South University Online Programs comes into play. When you peruse our list of programs, you’ll soon realize how many options you actually have, and that they offer the flexibility to fit your hectic lifestyle.

Stay tuned for our next blog post in the Back to School series, where we’ll help you determine which program is the best fit for you.

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Famous Entrepreneur Success Stories

by South University
July 27, 2012

Many people dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Some turn their dream into an amazing reality.

Here are some success stories of famous entrepreneurs who serve as inspiration to others. Although these entrepreneurs come from different walks of life, they all prove passion and perseverance go a long way toward entrepreneurial success.

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder was born Josephine Esther Mentzer in the working-class Corona section of Queens, N.Y. She and her eight brothers and sisters lived in the apartment above her father’s hardware store. Her first job was selling skin creams devised by her uncle to beauty shops. Later, Estee and her husband began formulating their own beauty creams, and in 1947, formed Estee Lauder Inc. Estee died in 2004, leaving behind a legacy and a fortune started in her kitchen with a dream.

Colonel Harland Sanders

A late-bloomer entrepreneur, Colonel Sanders launched his famous Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) business at the age of 65 using money from a Social Security check as startup funds. During his early years, Colonel Sanders held many jobs, including: steamboat pilot, insurance salesman, railroad fireman, and farmer. At the age of 40, he was cooking for travelers out of his service station in Corbin, Kentucky, His cooking fame spread and soon there was heavy demand for his food. Colonel Sander’s original recipe of “special” herbs and spices used by KFC in the preparation of their chicken remains a major part of the restaurant chain’s brand identity.

Sam Walton

Born in 1918 in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, Sam Walton is the founder of retailers Walmart and Sam’s Club. Growing up during the Great Depression, Sam developed his work ethic while doing many chores to help his family make ends meet. After Sam got out of the Army, he borrowed money from his father-in-law and used money he saved to open a store. Sam opened several more stores over the years. He opened his first Walmart store in 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas. After his death in 1992, the company continued to expand, including online commerce and stores around the world.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey overcame many challenges in her early life to become a media giant. Oprah was born Jan. 29, 1954, in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to unwed teenage parents. She had a difficult childhood, living in poverty in her grandmother’s home for her first six years and then between her father’s residence in Nashville and her mother’s in Milwaukee. An excellent student, she won a full scholarship to Tennessee State University and became interested in journalism and media. After a career in broadcast news, she made the move to talk show television. With the success of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah has built a media empire which includes a magazine, film production company, and cable network.

Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield

Sometimes two heads are better than one. Ben Cohen, born March 18, 1951, and Jerry Greenfield, born March 14, 1951, are the founders of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. Ben and Jerry both grew up on Long Island and first met in junior high school in 1963. The two became lifelong friends and would eventually become business partners. In May 1978, using $8,000 of their own money and $4,000 they had borrowed, Ben and Jerry opened their first Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc. ice cream scoop shop in a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vt. Ben & Jerry’s is now a global ice cream business focused on social impact and activism.

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Specializations Within the Master of Science in Nursing Programs

by South University
July 24, 2012

Welcome to the next part in our series highlighting the specializations we offer within our degree programs at South University Online Programs. Today, we’re looking at our recently launched specializations within our Master of Science of Nursing Program.

Adult Health Nurse Practitioner
This specialization is comprised of courses in pharmacology, advanced assessment, and three adult health practicum courses*. During these courses, students are taught to apply advanced practice nursing skills to assess and care for adult patients across the life span in a variety of acute and community based settings.

Family Nurse Practitioner
This specialization is comprised of courses in pharmacology, advanced assessment, and four family practicum courses*. During the practicum courses, students learn to apply advanced practice nursing skills to assess, diagnose and treat for patients across the life span in a variety of health care settings.

* The practicum courses require students to be mentored, coached and precepted by an APRN or a physician within their communities.

Nurse Educator Specialization
Students in the MSN program will have the opportunity to focus on the Nurse Educator specialization.

This specialization is designed for RNs who want to develop and train nurses to meet the challenges of a rapidly developing and continually changing healthcare environment.

Specialization in Nurse Administrator
Graduates with a Nurse Administrator Specialization may be involved in the design of healthcare delivery systems, making policy and financial decisions, promoting patient safety and quality improvements in patient care, and incorporating technology, contemporary practice and ethics into delivery of health care.

Specialization in Nursing Informatics
Technology is transforming modern healthcare by helping to create more efficient and higher quality outcomes. The specialization in Nursing Informatics is designed to prepare graduates to develop, implement and evaluate new operational data systems, train healthcare professionals in the use of computerized clinical information systems, and collect and analyze data for patient information and improvements of clinical care.

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Studying with Kids

by South University
July 20, 2012

Like many online students, you may have a family to attend to, including children. It can often be a challenge to get schoolwork done when juggling family responsibilities, but if you can make your kids a part of your study routine, it might help you to study more effectively. Here are some tips for how to accomplish this.

  • Give Younger Children an Activity – If you have young children at home, before you sit down to study, make sure they have something to do that will keep them occupied so you can focus, whether it’s a game or an educational program on television.
  • Study with Your Older Children – If your school-aged children have their own homework, why not set aside time so you can all study together? You can tell them about what you’re learning in your online classes while helping them understand their own assignments.
  • Stress the Importance of What You’re Doing – If you can explain to your children what you’re studying and why it’s important to you, it can help them to understand and to give you space to accomplish your goals. Nothing can motivate you to study like the support of your own family.

With the suggestions outlined above, you can help to make your children part of your study sessions rather than use them as an excuse not to get work done.

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