Before you began your college journey, even before you officially made the decision to go back to college, chances are, you consulted your family and friends for advice. Maybe you spoke with your boss or coworkers for guidance. But at the end of the day, it was the advice of those who came before you and accomplished their goals that proved invaluable.
You may have tossed around the idea of going back to school more than once. But every time you think about how your job, family and life in general will drastically change, it seems next to impossible to include college into your future plans. The impact your decision may have on your loved ones may only increase your stress and fear further. Perhaps you wonder if you’ll be able to succeed this time.
By Jasmine Lynch
I’ll let you in on a little secret: It’s not very difficult to apply to college! When you’ve made such an important decision as deciding to return to school, the process (and any paperwork) may seem a little confusing. But worry not! Here are the 10 things you might have thought you needed, but actually don’t to apply for admission into an undergraduate program at Thomas Edison State College.
Even though it’s part of every graduate school application, it’s still one of the most common sources of anxiety for many applicants: the essay. Where do you begin? What do you write about? Even with a prompt or question to address, facing a blank page can seem daunting.
Whenever the idea of going back to college comes up, do you think to yourself:
- How am I supposed to balance work and school?
- How am I supposed to find the time to study?
- Will my family be able to handle my new schedule?
The most successful and productive students have mastered one key skill: time management. While their techniques may differ, from accomplishing course-related tasks early on Sunday morning to an hour after the kids are in bed, you can do this if you set up a routine in a structured environment. All you need is careful planning and your best efforts. If you’ve ever made any of these excuses, consider these easy fixes an excuse no more.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams
Whether you are a management-level executive or an ambitious entry-level professional, there’s no doubt that your leadership skills will affect your professional advancement – both the good and the bad. Unfortunately, there’s no simple test to determine if you’d be a great leader, and there is no reliable checklist of skills to tick off. If you’ve experienced a range of leadership styles from exceptional to downright horrible, how are you supposed to learn what makes an effective leader?
“We all have dreams; in order to make dreams come into reality it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort." - Jesse Owens, Olympic Gold-Medalist runner
As the Trenton Half Marathon approaches on November 8th, seasoned and first-time runners have spent the last year stretching, strengthening and pushing themselves to prepare for the big event. They’ve dedicated long hours to training and exercising, both mentally and physically, for one goal - to finish.
Kids don’t have to be the only ones enjoying the perks of school-shopping season. Whether you took the summer off, began a new degree program or just want to share in the back-to-school mood for another term, adult students can grab these college basics sure to improve focus and make the grade.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison
If several years have passed since your first try at college, it’s natural to feel anxious about going back to school as an adult with more responsibilities and obligations. Or you may remember all too well the pressures and demands you experienced while trying the first time. Whatever your motives for leaving, or hesitation to return, if these fears are the only reasons holding you back from your professional and personal dreams, know that you now have more control to complete your degree on your own terms. You are older, wiser and far more motivated and prepared to return. There is always time and opportunity to try again. After all, it took Thomas Edison 10,000 tries to come up with a commercial light bulb that worked. So if you’re ready to finish what you started, use these 5 strategies to overcome your fears and try just one more time.
Your dinner table is covered in textbooks and papers… pencils are hiding under folders… and you can just make out a calculator or two buried under some barely legible scribbled notes. But none of it belongs to your children.
Homework time isn’t just for kids anymore.
Where you once quizzed your son in preparation for his spelling test, he’s now quizzing you for your World Geography final exam. Just as you used to listen to your daughter read aloud in the other room while you secretly listened from the kitchen sink, she’s now offering pointers on how to be a more effective public speaker for your video assignments. Or maybe you’ve noticed that your pre-teen excels on a test when he or she gets a full night sleep the day before.