10 Notably Successful People with Liberal Arts Degrees

Madeleine Albright testifies during a hearing on Capitol Hill

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright testifies during a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee September 16, 2008 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong)

The value of a liberal arts education is something many people tend to question.

In reality, reports - and employers - frequently indicate that a liberal arts education continues to prepare students for career success long after graduation. Employees who studied history, political science, humanities, mathematics and more in their undergraduate pursuits are often better communicators, analytical thinkers and more adaptable to excel in any given task. From supreme court justices to CEOs, political activists to media moguls, some of the most influential and powerful people attribute their liberal arts education as the launchpad for their successful careers. Here are a few of those people.

Topics: Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Motivation

21 DO’s and DON’Ts for Students, by Students [SlideShare]

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.

Topics: Motivation

5 Secrets to Overcoming the Fear of Going Back to College

5 Secrets to Overcoming the Fear of Going Back to College

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.

Topics: Going Back to College, Motivation

10 Things You DON’T Need For Admission Into An Undergraduate Program

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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.

 

Topics: Going Back to College, Motivation

7 Secrets to Writing a Knockout Graduate School Essay

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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.

Topics: Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Motivation

9 Easy Fixes to Your Biggest Time Management Excuses

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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.

Topics: Online Tools and Resources, Going Back to College, Time Management, Motivation

What Leadership Skills Do You Need To Develop?

What Leadership Skills Do You Need To Develop?

“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?

Topics: Career, Motivation

5 Things Running Can Teach You About Getting Through Graduate School

5 Things Running Can Teach You About Getting Through Graduate School

“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.

Topics: Study Tips, Motivation

15 Must Have Back-to-School Supplies for Adult Students

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.  

Topics: Going Back to College, Motivation

5 Smart Strategies to Overcome the Fear of Going Back to School

5 Smart Strategies to Overcome the Fear of Going Back to School

“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.

Topics: Going Back to College, Motivation