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6 Easy Ways to Create Positive Change

by South University
July 17, 2015

Through his aspirations for a fair and equal life, Nelson Mandela turned adversity into opportunity. His leadership came unbiased toward religion, race or gender, and he inspired others to see the world for what it could be.

Each year, July 18, is a celebration of Mandela’s life. On Nelson Mandela International Day, take action as an agent for positive change and pledge 67 minutes of your time in honor of Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of service.

Create Your Action. Here are a few ways you can make an effort to transform the world:

  1. Participate: Volunteer in your community by cleaning up your local park, reading to the elderly at a nursing home or volunteering at a local food shelter. Unsure of where to start? Begin with the hands on network to see what options are available in your area.
  2. Organize: Gather your friends, family, or co-workers and organize a volunteer event for a cause you care about – Lead a clothing drive, food drive, or book drive for a local shelter or plan a community yard sale and donate the profits to a local charity.
  3. Act: Write a letter for change – Take action by finding a sensible improvement that could be made in your community and make an effort to change it for the better. Do you notice that there is too much garbage on the sidewalks in your community? Write a letter to your mayor stating why there should be more garbage cans in those areas.
  4. Sponsor: Become a sponsor for a walk/run – Through the late summer and fall, many non-profit organizations host competitive and non-competitive walk/run events. Check your local paper for events, sign up, start a team and organize a fundraiser in support of the non-profit organization.
  5. Lead: Create a study group with classmates – Coordinate with a few classmates a day and time that everyone can get together to discuss the class topics of the upcoming week. It’s a great way to gain leadership experience and to meet others who share common interests.
  6. Share: Tell others about your leadership and volunteer efforts – Share with the South University social community and the #MandelaDay community how you are leading as an agent for positive change in your family, your community, and your classroom.
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Job Search Tips for New College Grads

by South University
July 14, 2015

Job Search Tips for New College Grads

An estimated 1,855,000 students at the bachelor’s degree level are expected to graduate this year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Good news for graduates — the job outlook appears promising.

A survey conducted by the National Association of College and Employers (NACE) revealed that employers plan to hire 8.3 percent more new college graduates for their U.S. operations than in 2014. In fact, most companies rate the overall job market as “good” and the number offering a “very good” rating has risen to almost one-third of respondents.

The top five fields expected to see the highest percentage of growth include wholesale trade, retail trade, utilities, miscellaneous manufacturing and oil and gas extraction, according to the survey.

“The job market will be different for new grads depending on their program of study, where they live and how much prior experience they have,” said Cassandra Brentley, MA Ed., QEP academic success center supervisor at South University. “Two great resources available for students to research the job market in their field is the Bureau of Labor Statistics and O*Net.”

South University Offers Job Search Resources

South University students have the opportunity to start working with a career services advisor six months before graduation and are encouraged to start their job search then, Brentley said.

“A successful job search requires that students have a professional online presence, (a) complete resume and customized cover letters for each position they apply to,” Brentley said. Students can begin working on all three of these pieces before they graduate.”

Facing a job search for the first time can be overwhelming, but South University students have plenty of help available to them.

“South University offers a plethora of resources designed to help students prepare for their job search,” Brentley said. “The Career Services resource page in the Campus Common provides access to many career research and job finding websites that South University students and alumni have access to.”

The Career Services library provides books, links to websites and videos designed to help students prepare for their job search, Brentley said.

“Additionally, the South University, Online Programs Career Services Department has a YouTube channel where students can view presentations on preparing for interviews, revising their resume and even program specific videos that discuss specific job finding techniques for a given program of study.”

Getting Ahead Without Much Work Experience

As a new graduate without much work experience, students can gain a competitive advantage by focusing on networking, volunteering and applying to entry-level positions at organizations that offer opportunities for advancement, Brentley said.

“Participating in co-curricular events is another great way to gain knowledge and network with professionals in the industry that can help students get their foot in the door,” Brentley said. “SU, Online offers a large variety of live speaker events, honor societies, clubs and organizations — as well as a great mentoring program for students to participate in.”

Brentley advises students with very little on-the-job experience to work with their career services advisor to create a resume highlighting the knowledge, skills and experience they gained as a student at South University.


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Summer Brain Foods

by South University
July 10, 2015
Summer Brain Foods

By Erin Black-McIntyre
Communications Analyst - II
South University, Online Programs

It’s summer time and there is an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies to fill your refrigerator. With so many options, how do you choose what to buy? Rather than relying on your taste buds or cravings to make your decision, why not choose options that help to fuel the part of your body needed to function best for school and work, your brain.

These brain foods help you power through, whether you’re studying for finals or finishing one more discussion post before your next family picnic.

Blueberries –These berries pack a punch of delicious flavor in every bite. Whether you prefer your blueberries freshly picked, baked in a pie, or added to a smoothie, they help to protect the brain from oxidative stress. They also help to prevent and even improve memory loss.

Lemons – This fresh, summery fruit is versatile and can be used in so many ways, it’s difficult to find something that it doesn’t go well with. Squeeze over fish or chicken for dinner and add a fresh wedge to your drinking water to add potassium to your system, which in turn helps your brain to operate more clearly. In addition to helping you think more clearly, lemons can help to boost your mood too.

Watermelon – Sometimes there’s nothing better on a hot summer day than a piece of fresh, juicy watermelon. It’s a mouth-watering treat that is rich in vitamins and antioxidants. It’s full of B6, which helps to boost brain power and function. In addition to the vitamins, watermelon is extremely hydrating, which is necessary for your brain, nerves, and body to work properly.

Kale – In the last few years, this green leafy vegetable has become increasingly popular, and for good reason. Among its many benefits to your health, kale is one of the best foods for brain health, as it is loaded with antioxidants such as Vitamin A, C, E and selenium, which are all imperative for brain wellness. Try oven roasting kale to make Kale chips, which are easy to package, take on-the-go, or grab for a snack while studying.

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