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ALL TOPICS TAGGED: Students

February 6, 2019

Patrick Bucksot Awarded Safety Scholarship

Patrick Bucksot of New Bern, North Carolina, was awarded an occupational safety and health scholarship from Columbia Southern University. Each year, CSU offers two safety scholarships that cover up to 60 credit hours toward one online degree program. The scholarship will be applied to the Bucksot’s tuition for up to three years or until the completion of the associate degree.

 

January 18, 2019

5 Writing Tips for the Online College Student

Whether you are responding to a discussion question or compiling a research paper, writing is an indispensable skill for the online college student. Taking on each portion of your assignment systematically will allow you to break the project down into smaller sections and help you feel more in control. 
 

November 7, 2018

Why Veterans Need Mentors When Transitioning to College

When transitioning from the military to college, veterans often have to overcome everything from age differences with classmates to time management and more. What isn’t discussed as often are the ways to help veterans successfully make this transition. Most college and universities have student services. Some even have veterans centers that are specifically dedicated to assisting service men and women; however, many students aren’t sure where to begin to ask for help, or how to determine what they need.

October 3, 2018

Taking Exams in Online Programs: How It Works

Many students considering online college programs ask how does taking an online exam work? Learn here how one option is online exam proctoring and how it works.

September 26, 2018

5 Reasons Why Fall is the Best Time to Return to School

Returning to a school-focused mindset can be challenging for adult learners who have been out of a traditional classroom setting for quite some time. Columbia Southern University is here to help change the mindset of those who might be intimidated to go back to school. Here are a few reasons why fall is the perfect time to begin your journey.

August 23, 2018

Increasing Your Interview Impact [Webinar]

Interviewing can be one of the most nerve-wracking aspects of the job search process. What do you wear? How should you act? What is the most important thing to say? What should you not say? Join Columbia Southern University for a webinar discussion and Q&A session on “Increasing Your Interview Impact.” Elizabeth Mimms, CSU career services coordinator, reviews the four P’s to help you present your best self in your next job interview.

August 21, 2018

6 Steps for a Successful Career Transition After the Military [Webinar]

For many military families, transitioning into a civilian career can be overwhelming and exhausting. The webinar and Q&A session, “6 Steps for a Successful Career Transition After the Military” by Elizabeth Mimms, CSU career services coordinator, reviews six steps for seeking civilian employment. 

August 9, 2018

How to Improve Your Writing Skills Before You Head Back to College

“I’m not a good writer.” “It’s been a long time since I’ve had to write anything. I can’t remember all of the rules!” “I don’t even know what to write. This is so frustrating.” If any of these statements sound familiar, you aren’t alone. Many students who are returning to school after an absence are concerned about the writing aspect of it. When it’s been a few years (or longer than that) since you’ve written anything more than a grocery list, the idea of writing research papers can be enough to give you hives.
 

August 7, 2018

What Does Your Cover Letter Say About You?

If your resume is the conversation, then your cover letter is your handshake. A lot can be communicated by a handshake, right? The same is true of your cover letter. When applying for a job, the thing people most often fret over is the resume. Yes, it should be perfect and tailored to the job to which you are applying, but it is only a piece of your application puzzle. In order to really give a sense of who you are and the value you will add to the department or company you wish to work for, your cover letter needs to be thorough and specific.

July 17, 2018

Firefighter and Mother of Three LaShawndra Roberts Pursues Degree with CSU Fire Scholarship

LaShawndra Roberts, a firefighter and EMT at Clayton County (Georgia) Fire & Emergency Services, is the recipient of the 2018 CSU Fire Scholarship. For Roberts, the scholarship is a welcomed way to accomplish her goal of earning a bachelor's degree in fire administration.
 

July 12, 2018

Jacquaine Shepherd of Dallas Awarded 2018 Safety Scholarship

Sometimes, you never know what special talents you may have until you get a chance to use them. Take Jacquaine Shepherd of Dallas, Texas, who works at a manufacturing company. “I started out in my current job by helping the operations manager with small tasks related to safety in order to kill time,” she explained. “I quickly found that I had a real talent and passion for safety. I began to take on a bigger role and was able to create a successful safety culture that has grown and flourished. As a result of my work, I was awarded the Exemplary Safety Leadership Award in 2014 and then again in 2017.”

February 22, 2018

Do These 4 Things Before Submitting a Job Application

The most important part of submitting a job application is wowing your potential employer with previous experience, skills and how you are the perfect fit for the job. This is especially important for adults who are changing careers after years of work. Don’t let careless errors keep you from landing your dream job. Review this checklist before you submit.

February 21, 2018

10 Writing Tips for Crafting the Perfect Paper

Does writing a paper scare you, intimidate you or stress you out? You are not alone. Writing papers for school is the least favorite task for many of our students. The CSU Success Center is here to help, though! Check out their 10 tips for writing the perfect paper.

February 13, 2018

4 Tips for Crushing Your Career While Earning a Degree

If you’re like most adult learners, you’re busy balancing your priorities to accommodate your schoolwork. Family commitments, volunteer opportunities and an engaging social life are all important, but keeping up with your current job is also essential while earning your degree.
 

January 23, 2018

Air Force Instructor to Complete Sixth College Degree at Age 60

When Hugh Poe retired from the Air Force in 2006, the last thing he saw himself doing was going back to school. Hugh earned his first degree in 1978, an associate in business, followed by two additional associate degrees in 2005—one in fire science and the other in technology. When he retired from the Air Force, Hugh was 46 years old, married with children and continuing a great career as a firefighter instructor for the U.S. Air Force.

January 8, 2018

The Secret to Setting SMART Educational Goals

With the New Year comes a fresh slate and a time of reflection. Many people set resolutions they wish to accomplish in the next year, often relating to fitness, diet, travel or relationships. Have you considered setting academic goals? Not only can academic goals change your life, they can improve your outlook and self-image.

December 28, 2017

How to Manage Your Time While Taking Online Classes

Going back to school can change your life, so taking time to focus on and excel in your studies is an important part of obtaining your degree. But, for adult learners, finding time is tough. Between family time, working one or multiple jobs, and other life activities, sometimes coursework has to be put on the backburner.
 

December 13, 2017

4 Major Reasons Why Adults Go Back to College

Nowadays, it’s not uncommon for adults to return to college, especially with the flexibility that distance education can provide for busy students. Maybe it’s a personal reason or maybe it’s due to job advancement. No matter the case, going back to school can change your life. Here’s a few reasons why you might consider going back to school.
 

November 30, 2017

Take Exams Anywhere, Anytime Through Remote Proctor Now

Remote Proctor Now (RPNow) is an on-demand test-taking solution that allows students to sit for an exam anywhere, anytime. By accessing the student’s webcam and microphone, RPNow records exams for academic integrity review. Here are a few reasons why we offer RPNow as a test-taking option to our students. 

November 15, 2017

Julia Kunlo Awarded CSU’s 2017 Safety Scholarship

Congratulations to Julia Kunlo! The occupational safety and health professional was recently awarded CSU’s 2017 Safety Scholarship—a $13,200 scholarship to help her pursue her Master of Science in occupational safety and health online.

November 13, 2017

4 Benefits to Being an Adult Learner

An estimated 47 percent of students in American colleges are over 25 years old. Here are four reasons why adult learners succeed when going back to school.
 

November 8, 2017

2017 NVFC Scholarships Awarded to Stephanie Humberd and John Sullivan

The National Volunteer Fire Council and Columbia Southern University are pleased to award NVFC members Stephanie Humberd and John Sullivan with the 2017 National Volunteer Fire Council Scholarship.

November 7, 2017

The Spirit of a First Responder

In times of chaos and every day on the job, first responders are heroes who keep our communities safe, calm and protected from harm. Being a first responder takes a special kind of person. Here are the characteristics we see in the firefighters, police officers, emergency management and paramedics that we have the honor of educating every day at CSU.

September 22, 2017

The Link: Frequently Asked Questions

The Link is a resource for anyone who wants to change and improve their life through education. These FAQs will help you learn why The Link exists, how it can help you find the information you’re looking for and more.

September 22, 2017

Welcome to The Link

Formed with a knight’s armor in mind, The Link seeks to be a connector and an extra layer of security—providing solutions for all of the challenges, questions and hurdles that adult learners face when deciding whether or not to go back to school.
 

September 22, 2017

Find Answers to Your Most Pressing Education Questions

The Link is a resource created to help you learn more about what it takes to achieve your academic goals. Each of the four categories cover a different aspect of your journey to the top, from beginning to end and beyond.  
 

September 4, 2017

6 Secrets of the Highly Productive Student

Studying for hours on end can be daunting. Without the right tools for success, students can easily get frustrated, confused and may even give up. Keep your head above water during your intense study sessions by using these secrets of highly productive students.
 

September 1, 2017

8 Ways Career Services Can Help You Land Your Dream Job

For many, landing their dream job might seem like a distant goal. CSU’s Career Service Department helps you identify your career goals and break them down into small, actionable steps. With a broad range of services available, Career Services is a valuable (and free) tool for students and alumni to use.

August 16, 2017

Student Stories: Neil Fetner

Sept. 11, 2001 is a day that Americans remember as a time of tragedy and sorrow. It was also a time for unity, patriotism and brotherhood, when many Americans felt called to serve after the terrorist attacks. Neil Fetner is one of those Americans.
 

August 14, 2017

5 Essential Pieces of Advice for Balancing Family and School

Many adult learners find themselves feeling guilty for studying instead of spending quality time with family, especially those with children.  Add on the responsibility of a part-time or full-time job, and it can seem like there aren’t enough hours in the day for adult learners. True, balancing family time and study time may be tough, but it is possible to do. Here are five tips to help you succeed in both arenas.
 

August 11, 2017

Our Top 9 Admissions Questions Answered

Wherever you are in life, just graduating high school or working in an established career and ready to take that next step, applying for college can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. Navigating admissions, deciding on a major and delving into courses can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are our top frequently asked questions to get you started.
 

August 8, 2017

Which Healthcare Career Should You Pursue?

The healthcare field is a broad industry, and it’s growing larger by the day. The healthcare umbrella covers everything from patient care to medical billing and coding to C-level business management roles.
 

August 4, 2017

Your Biggest Transcript Questions Answered

Although it may not seem like a big difference at first, choosing the wrong type of transcript could seriously delay your admissions process. Here are a few differences between the two to help you navigate the admissions process.