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Fear Can be a Great Motivator

by South University
June 29, 2012

Certain situations probably make you nervous, whether it’s speaking in public or writing that important paper for class. Your instincts sometimes encourage you to avoid fearful situations at all costs, but this strategy may not be the best approach. Believe it or not, fear is actually perfectly healthy and even good for you. Here’s why.

If you think about it, you’ve been afraid in situations where you’re uncomfortable or learning something new. We aren’t generally afraid when we’re dealing with familiar territory. When you were a child, maybe you were afraid of the dark or of your parents leaving you home by yourself. As you grew older, you weren’t afraid of the dark anymore, but maybe something new took its place, like performing poorly on your driving test or feeling inadequate as a parent.

More often than not, fear coincides with personal growth. When you decided to earn your degree online, you probably felt a little nervous or even afraid at first. Would you be able to keep up with your assignments? How would you balance school with everything else going on in your life? As you successfully completed your first few classes, you began to gain confidence and the fear subsided. You had conquered your fear by pushing yourself forward.

The bottom line is that fear can make a positive difference in your life. If you don’t push yourself to try new things, you won’t grow as a person. Fear should not be avoided, but rather used as a helpful tool in your life.

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Fear Can be Good for You

by South University
June 29, 2012

You probably have certain situations that make you nervous, whether it’s speaking in public or writing that important paper for class. Your instincts sometimes encourage you to avoid fearful situations at all costs, but this strategy may not be the best approach. Believe it or not, fear is actually perfectly healthy and even good for you. Here’s why.

If you think about it, you’ve been afraid in situations where you’re uncomfortable or learning something new. We aren’t generally afraid when we’re dealing with familiar territory. When you were a child, maybe you were afraid of the dark or of your parents leaving you home by yourself. As you grew older, you weren’t afraid of the dark anymore, but maybe something new took its place, like performing poorly on your driving test or feeling inadequate as a parent.

More often than not, fear coincides with personal growth. When you decided to earn your degree online, you probably felt a little nervous or even afraid at first. Would you be able to keep up with your assignments? How would you balance school with everything else going on in your life? As you successfully completed your first few classes, you began to gain confidence and the fear subsided. You had conquered your fear by pushing yourself forward.

The bottom line is that fear can make a positive difference in your life. If you don’t push yourself to try new things, you won’t grow as a person. Fear should not be avoided, but rather used as a helpful tool in your life.

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A Great Day at South University!

by South University
June 25, 2012

June 17th, 2012 was a warm, sunny day in Savannah, Georgia and for more than 600 students, it was one of the biggest days of their lives – graduation day.

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The ceremony was held at the Savannah International Trade and Convention center in front of more than 6,000 guests there to see their loved ones reach an important milestone.

As the Savannah Brass Band played the processional, graduates of the Colleges of Business, Pharmacy, Arts & Sciences, Nursing & Public Health and Health Professions made their way into the auditorium, smiling for the pictures their friends & family were snapping along the way.

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The keynote address was delivered by State Senator Earl “Buddy” Carter, chair to the Higher Education Committee of the Georgia State Senate and encouraged the graduates to become leaders in their communities.

As the graduates and their loved ones filed out into the warm breezes on the promenade adjacent the Savannah River, I thought the day could best be summed up by Terry Sue Rosen, a graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, who said “this is just so special to be here, this is a day I’ll never forget, just to see the culmination of all of the hard work, it’s incredible!”

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Showcase New Skills with Online Learning

by South University
June 22, 2012

A recent article from Forbes by contributor Kerry Hannon explores “A Second Act for Dad.” She describes attending her nephew’s recent graduation and wondering if seeing him embark on a new life sparked future possibilities in her brother, age 56, who had been with the same company for more than twenty years. Like many Baby Boomers, he’s near retirement and wondering what that can mean for his future.

Retirement doesn’t have to mean the end of learning or the end of trying new things. In fact, it’s often the perfect opportunity to explore your capabilities. Hannon lists some important steps you can take when exploring a new career, including going back to school. This can be a scary prospect for many, especially those who have been in the workforce – and out of the classroom – for an extended period of time. Online learning can be a great way for you to acquire the skills you need to take the next step in your new career. You don’t even need to be a computer whiz in order to attend. Our Graduation Teams are here to help you every step of the way, from the enrollment process to navigating your online classroom, and, finally, to graduation.

Maybe there’s a skill you want to fine-tune or an area that’s always interested you, but didn’t necessarily fit your previous job description. There’s no time like the present to change all that.

Explore South University's online degree programs.

 

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Exercising and Online Learning

by South University
June 18, 2012

Juggling work, school, and family responsibilities can be tricky as an online student. You know that staying fit and healthy is important, but you think that the last thing you have time for is exercise. With a little creativity and planning, however, you’ll find that you may have more time than you think. Follow some of our tips below.

  • Walk More – Use your lunch break to take a walk with a co-worker. Park farther away when you go shopping. If an errand you need to run is a short distance away, consider walking rather than driving to your destination.
  • Get the Family Involved – If one of your reasons for not exercising is that you won’t have time to spend with your family, why not combine the two and get your family involved with your activity? Go on a short hike together, ride bikes, or rent some canoes. You’ll have a great bonding experience while burning calories at the same time.
  • Multitask – If you like to unwind in front of the television after a hectic day, consider adding exercise to the mix here too. March or jog in place during the commercial breaks or hop on your treadmill or elliptical machine while you take in your favorite program.
  • Use Weekends – Many of us are stretched to the max during the week, which is why weekends can often be a great time to fit in some exercise. It’s also a great time to use the tips we mentioned above.

When you look back over our tips, you might find that exercising can actually be fun and manageable, and you’ll have more energy to go about your day in the long run.

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