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Tips on Earning Your Degree at South University from Alumni Kimyon Zari

by South University
May 29, 2015

Can you feel the excitement of graduation in the air? Congratulations to everyone wrapping your studies up and preparing to put on your cap and gown!

For everyone else, take a moment to remember why you’re here and allow it to push you to achieve your own success. Kimyon Zari, a 2014 Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) graduate of South University, Online Programs, shares six steps to help you focus on your education.

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Commencement 2015 is Almost Here!

by South University
May 27, 2015

For many South University students, graduation day is rapidly approaching, and we can’t wait to celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s group of graduates as they receive the degree they’ve worked so hard to earn.

Commencement 2015 is Almost Here!Below is a list of upcoming South University graduation ceremonies!

South University, Austin
Saturday, June 20, 2015

South University, Cleveland
Thursday, June 18, 2015

South University, Columbia
Saturday, June 20, 2015
(Hooding Ceremonies held on Friday, June 19, 2015)

South University, High Point
Saturday, June 20, 2015

South University, Montgomery
Saturday, June 20, 2015

South University, Novi
Saturday, June 20, 2015

South University, Richmond
Saturday, June 20, 2015

South University, Savannah
South University, Online Programs
Commencement: Saturday, June 20, 2015
(Hooding Ceremonies held on Friday, June 19, 2015)

South University, Tampa
Thursday, June 18, 2015

South University, West Palm Beach
Saturday, June 20, 2015

South University, Virginia Beach
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Contact your campus directly for more information about upcoming Commencement ceremonies, and be sure to share your photos from graduation with us on Facebook at and Twitter @SouthU!

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Student Bobby Porter Inspired by His Own Experiences to Give Back

by South University
May 21, 2015
What does South University mean to me?

Like many South University students, Bobby Porter feels strongly about giving back to his community and helping the individuals within it. In fact, he was drawn to studying psychology through his own experience of raising a son diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Separation Anxiety Disorder (SAD), and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Currently in his third year of the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program at South University, Savannah, Bobby has plans to pursue a master’s degree and then a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, so that he can eventually achieve his goal of helping children who have multiple disabilities. Somehow, between classes, his own family time, and everything else that makes up a full schedule, he’s already started working on a book intended to help families with children that simultaneously have Asperger's Syndrome and Bipolar Disorder—a book he hopes will “give parents a better understanding on what all we have gone through over the past 16 years and let them know they are not alone in this big world.”

With over 26 years of prior experience as an EMT, First Responder, and Lieutenant for a Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department, Bobby has already made a tremendous impact on the lives of many, and now he’s hoping his experience of keeping people calm in traumatic and trying circumstances will also be applicable in his future psychology career. More recently, he’s been volunteering with the American Red Cross, this time focusing on providing emotional rather than physical.

“It’s all about giving back,” he says, recalling his family member’s pasts as firefighters, paramedics, and doctors. “That’s how I was taught. For years, my dad, my granddad, my whole family has been devoted to volunteer work.”

Bobby is also working on an initiative to start educational programs on topics like healthy eating, teen peer pressure, and other important topics—something he decided to do after calling local organizations and police departments looking for a DARE group or something similar and coming up empty handed.

“I was in one of those programs growing up, and it worked really well for me. I ended up teaching that same program for years, and I want to continue that tradition,” he explains. He’s also built up his own educational website at as a resource for parents and other psychology students.

Education is another cause he feels strongly about and something he sees as a powerful tool for achieving your goals. At one point, Bobby’s wife suffered an injury that left her unable to work, leaving their family in tough times. “I knew I had to take control and do something. I had to find a job and a career that could get me out of the situation I was in. The only way I could do that was to get more education under my belt,” he explains. For Bobby, this decision has changed his life, helping him to discover his passion for psychology and leading him to inspire his own college-age daughter to pursue a degree at South University as well.

He says, “What you achieve and what you learn at South University, you’ll carry it with you the rest of your life.”

For more from Bobby, read his essay “What does South University mean to me?”.

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10 Ways to Get to Know Your Classmates

by South University
May 19, 2015

Feeling a little isolated at school? Sure, you’re here to learn, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want to get to know your classmates and make some new friends.

Saying Hello to New ClassmatesUse these 10 tips to connect with your peers, whether you’re learning on campus or online.

1. Join a Club

South University has a number of student organizations, so make sure you get involved! For example, the Students of Occupational Therapy Association at South University, Tampa recently organized a clothing drive for Dress for Success Tampa and the Epsilon Phi chapter of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Inc. at South University School of Pharmacy in Columbia, SC started their first annual School Supply Drive last year. Make new friends and get the chance to help a good cause! Online students can find organizations in Connections, an exclusive community for our students.

2. Attend Events Regularly

There’s always something going on at South University for both campus and online students. Take advantage of these opportunities as a way to spend more time with your classmates and really get to know them. Some of the recent events include the Annual Black History Soiree at South University, Savannah and the Spark Writing Group — Flash Fiction at South University, Online Programs. Check the calendar to see what’s coming up next!

3. Start a Study Group

Need to talk through some of your assignments? Gather a few of your classmates together for a study session. Discuss the material, quiz each other, and have a great time bonding. Online students, this is for you too! Platforms like ExamTime make it possible to hold a virtual study group.

4. Introduce Yourself to People in Class

Stop making a beeline for a seat in the empty back row as soon as you enter the classroom. Sit next to someone you’ve never met and introduce yourself. There’s a good chance many of your fellow students are also hoping to make some new friends. Online students will also find plenty of opportunities to have conversations in the online classroom and on Connections.

5. Reach Out to Classmates Online

Make a point to get to know your classmates by sending them an introductory email or befriending them on social media sites like Facebook. It takes a little extra effort to meet people when you’re not seeing them face-to-face, but it’s definitely worth your time.

6. Become a Tutor

Are you a top student in one of your classes? Don’t be shy! If so, share your knowledge with your classmates by offering to help those who are struggling a bit with the material. This is a great way to do something good and meet new people.

7. Study on Campus

Stop studying at home and get some work done at school! Every South University campus has a well-equipped library designed as a place for students to study.

8. Volunteer

South University is filled with believe in giving back. Students, faculty and staff from South University, Cleveland have participated in the Lifebanc Gift of Life fundraiser at the Blossom Music Center and students and staff from South University, Novi have volunteered with the group “Christmas in Action” to help improve housing conditions for some elderly residents in the area. Join the team at your location and meet like-minded people – there’s even an Online Volunteers club for online students!

9. Find a Mentor

Are you in a program with a few seasoned professionals you really admire? Ask one to be your mentor. There’s a good chance they’ll be honored to share their knowledge to help guide someone just starting their career like you.

10. Participate in Online Discussions

For online students, participating in these discussions is a requirement, but over time, you’ll find that this is also a great way to get to know your peers!

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What does South University mean to me?

by South University
May 17, 2015
What does South University mean to me?

Written by Bobby L. Porter
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology student
South University, Savannah

We live in a land of opportunity, and each of us needs to take advantage of the many opportunities we are given to form a brighter future for ourselves. To me, South University is my opportunity to further my goals. Having a chance to attend school and get an education that will prepare me for a rewarding career is priceless.

If, as individuals, we fail to realize our ability to positively impact the surrounding world—from minor to major transformations—it will be nearly impossible for communities to evolve into stronger versions of their current selves. But, when we realize our potential to change the world around us and pass along our knowledge from present to future generations, we ensure the efficient progression of society.

In the current information age, I believe education is the key to societal advancement. South University encourages social and economic progression by preserving the American dream of opportunity and giving us the tools to succeed. I have learned that going back to school and getting my education through South University is only beneficial if I am persistent, work hard, and fully utilize this opportunity. It is the individual who decides what to do with the capability to learn; using it wisely will lead to positive improvement.

Furthermore, South University encourages democratic ideals by giving students the freedom to explore and ask questions. I have learned that I can succeed by questioning what I do not understand and taking advantage of opportunities to expand my realm of knowledge. South University inspires me to break boundaries in order to fully utilize my abilities for personal and societal improvement.

I would not have accomplished as much as I have at South University if it wasn’t for my Admissions Representative, Christine Smith. She was the first one to see something in me and help me to get the ball rolling and admitted to my first class. The next person to have a large hand in my success is my Student Finance Counselor Bill Pettis, who was able to help me find the finances I needed to attend the university. Lastly, I would like to thank my Academic Counselor Pamela Stamer for her ability to keep my academic skills polished, fine-tuned, and work to prepare me to develop into a graduate student.

Now the time has come to hand down the torch to my daughter. I still remember the day we brought her home after being at the hospital for over 120 days. Now she is 19, out of high school and entering her first classes in a school that I know will treat her with the upmost respect. That school goes by the name of South University. By going to this school, I believe she will secure a brighter future and a chance to live the same American dream of opportunity that has been given to me through South University.

In closing, I would like to say thank you to South University for being a part of our educational success and for giving my family the chance to have a future.

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