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Triumph in the face of transition

shutterstock_101575579As summer draws near, many of us will face major changes in our academic and professional lives. Some members of our community will participate in commencement, others will begin internships or new employment, and still others will continue their studies with new courses. While transition is a natural part of life, it can produce fear of the unknown as well as excitement for new growth opportunities. Recognizing these feelings and using the following strategies can prepare you for a seamless and successful transition.

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What I hope to do with my master’s

shutterstock_191262146Being halfway through the awesome M.S. in Written Communication (MSWC) program, I have already created and begun implementing a post-graduation plan of action. A few months ago I took advantage of the adept services offered by the Career Development Office here at NLU and had my resume critiqued. My job has now become looking for a job, and the CDO was instrumental in assisting me in crafting a first-class resume that I can submit with total confidence to potential employers.

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The differences between undergraduate and graduate studies

shutterstock_143025157When I attended NLU for undergraduate studies, I was enrolled in the B.A. in Applied Behavioral Sciences (ABS) program, and it was an incredible experience. This interdisciplinary program is accelerated and intended for adults with significant life experience who have completed previous college coursework. The program is taught using a cohort model, which means I went through the entire program with the same group of students. There was such a trust and bond that formed that the cohort became like my new extended family.

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NLU and St. Augustine College sign new agreement

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NLU President Nivine Megahed (l) and St. Augustine President Andrew Sund

NLU President Nivine Megahed recently joined St. Augustine College President Andrew Sund in signing an articulation agreement between the two schools that will allow St. Augustine students to transfer credits toward NLU bachelor’s programs in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education and Criminal Justice.

Giving credit where credit is due: The NLU transfer credit team

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NLU’s transfer team: (l-r) Danielle, Hanna and Anita

Maybe you’ve seen the NLU billboard on the Tri-State, perhaps you’ve heard our advertisements on The Mix (yeah, I love Eric and Kathy, too), or possibly you’ve even attended one of our events. So, you already know that NLU is a great place for transfer students. Here’s the deal on what happens behind the scenes when you transfer to NLU and the fantastic tools and team that help you make the most of your credit.

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Fostering a child’s dream to learn

shutterstock_69781339In my February blog, I shared and reflected on how my childhood memories of my parents pursuing their education played a critical role in my love of learning and my career choices. Now that I am a parent, I feel the significance of my child’s education and the significance to build a life for my child that centers on education. I recognize that my family has a fortunate advantage due to my career choice; however, this does not lift the weight of importance in each of our roles to educate our children.

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What really happens at an educator job fair?

EJF RoomI just posted last month about how to prepare for a job interview, but what about preparing for a job fair and, realistically, what kind of results are possible?

There is no better way to answer these questions than to talk about what just happened on March 4th at the 2014 NLU Educator Job Fair hosted at NLU’s Lisle Campus. Held from 1pm-4pm with potential post-fair interviews taking place between 4:30pm-6:30pm, both the employer and student respondents to the post-fair satisfaction survey agree that the 2014 Educator Job Fair was a wild success.

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Triton College signs new agreement with NLU

Triton College has signed a new articulation agreement with National Louis University that will create a more seamless transition for Triton students wishing to transfer their credits toward a bachelor’s business program at NLU.

As part of the agreement, Triton students who earn their Associate in Arts or Associate in Science or Applied Science degree can go on to pursue a B.S. in Management at NLU.

“National Louis’ partnership with Triton College underscores our commitment to provide higher education opportunities to students in our communities,” said Chris Cassirer, Sc.D., Dean of the College of Management and Business and College of Arts and Sciences at NLU in a press release. “We are pleased that this collaboration will provide Triton students seeking a baccalaureate degree in business a chance to smoothly transition to National Louis where they can fulfill their academic and professional goals.”

It’s not about the money, money, money … … … well, actually it is

keep-calm-and-file-fafsaYou’ve probably had a barrage of communications already, but I’m going to use my little bloggy platform to remind you about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You probably know it by its catchier nickname, FAFSA. Other than your degree finalization request, which I blogged about in December, the FAFSA may be the most important form you fill out during your college career.

More than 75 percent of degree-seeking NLU students receive some form of financial aid to help pay for their education, and the FAFSA is the basis for all of it. If you plan to take classes in summer 2014 or anytime during the 2014-2015 school year, fill out your FAFSA now! Yes, I’m exclaiming at you! I might even resort to SHOUTY ALL CAPS. It’s that important.

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Striking a balance between student and parent

shutterstock_64834870My father graduated with his Bachelor’s when I was 10 and my mother successfully completed several art classes throughout my childhood. Their dedication and effort to grow through education is one of my strongest childhood memories.

Both of my parents pursued their education while I was a kid. It was a different time then, and I was fortunate enough to join them in class often. I would sit in the back, reading, drawing or doing Mad Libs. I strongly believe that their modeling played an integral part in my desire to pursue my education but also to serve in higher education. It is possible to involve your children in your learning and be a successful student while striking a balance as student and parent. This balance can become an art form with some of these helpful tips:

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