Ed4Online CEO, Dr. Rusty Barrier recently stated, “We’re honored to have been chosen to participate in this ground-breaking initiative to assist in helping students further their academic dreams and being part of the solution to reducing the cost of a college degree.”
The holidays, while often a joyful time, can be a source of stress for many, and can bring on feelings of depression and even loneliness for others.
Below are some tips to help make the holidays a little easier.
Do something good for others
The holiday season offers many opportunities to focus on others. Make a donation of money or time to your favorite charity, take a meal to a family who may need one, shovel someone’s driveway, etc.
Have you taken some college courses but have not earned a degree or certificate yet? Have you thought about going back to school, but feel overwhelmed by the cost and complexity of the process? You are not alone. An estimated 32 million nontraditional students across the nation have some college experience but no degree to show for it, according to the American Council on Education. Many of these students may want to pick back up and start again, but aren’t sure how to go about it.
Have you ever thought “who am I and how did I get here?” We all feel lost at times and forget who we are and what we want. With spouses, children, jobs, and life somewhere along the way we lose sight of our path. We forget our dreams, our goals, or aspirations. Are you feeling lost?
It is never too late to discover yourself!
One of my favorite jobs I ever had was working at the front desk at a hotel. Being near an international airport, we had people come from all over and I was their first experience of the city. You could say I was the city’s first impression. It was our hospitality that we provided that brought the travelers back to us rather than use a competing hotel. I sound like a commercial saying that but it’s true! In fact, to manage that hospitality would have been a dream to me!
Psst! Guess what? I made that dream come true!!
With all of the back to school talk does it make you think maybe it is time for you to go back too? There are so many benefits of going back to school at any age. Here are just a few:
You Learn Something New Everyday
School offers an opportunity to think about things differently. You will learn from others, professors and classmates. They will allow you to explore different ideas and understand people better.
The school year has begun and you find yourself home all alone! For the first couple of days it’s great, a well-deserved break from a busy summer. However, in time you find yourself wondering “now what”? For some moms, this may be the first time you have been alone in years. Don’t know what to do with yourself, here are some ideas to keep you busy while your little one is off learning.
When I left home for college, I was convinced that my calling was to become a teacher. I had been preparing for it my whole life. From forcing my little brothers into my make-shift classroom in the basement every day during summer vacations all the way up to job shadowing my favorite elementary school teacher as part of my senior project in high school, there was never a doubt in my mind that I would spend my life in a classroom.
Going back to school can be a big change in your life. Suddenly you have to make time and adjust to either going to class or attending an online course. This change in routine can lead to a change in habits. Primarily it’s the healthy habits that get the boot out the door. It doesn’t have to be this way. There are three areas that you can make small efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle that will not only make you feel better but will actually benefit you in your education as well: sleep; nutrition; and exercise.
I know many military spouses will see the title of this blog and think, “benefits, yeah right”, but hear me out. There are many benefits to being a military spouse, you just need to be reminded sometimes. With all the difficulties we face, it can be hard to find the silver lining. Don’t worry I am here to show it to you.
1. I can change a tire, jump a car battery, and cook supper too!