They say that hindsight is 20/20. I think of this each time I speak to new students and gush about the many services available to them. I always wish I could get these students just as excited as I am. Why? Because hindsight is 20/20, and I wish that someone had encouraged me to use all available resources when I started my own studies.
I was born and raised in Aurora, Illinois. I’ve been married for almost 13 years and have four kids – three boys and one girl, ages 6 to 12. Last year we took in my nephew after my sister passed away. I went into the military after high school and served three years in the Army and two years in the National Guard.
As one of NLU’s newest employees, Danny McGuire is definitely staying busy. You’ll most often find him roving Chicagoland as a key part of the outreach effort for the University’s successful new Criminal Justice program, which launched in 2012.
In his visits to cadet explorer groups, community colleges and local police departments, Danny stresses the importance of higher education, no matter what his audience — curious teenagers, college transfer students or working police — not only for one’s career but as an extension of service, a chance to do something more. It’s a concept he knows well.
A year ago, Kristine Becker-Kristufek was feeling dejected. The school where she’d gotten her criminal justice bachelor’s degree wasn’t regionally accredited, complicating her dream of getting a master’s.
Unsure what to do next, she attended an NLU open house, where enrollment representatives told her about the fast-track Bachelor’s in Applied Behavioral Sciences (ABS) program. Kristine applied, and a financial services staffer crunched the numbers to see how she could pay for school. It was that extra touch that meant a lot to her, and things began to fall into place, from her financial options to the previous credit NLU accepted.
With Thanksgiving coming up so quickly (though if you are like my 4 year old, not quickly enough!), it is time to be thinking about how we manage our careers during the holiday “off” time between Thanksgiving and up until we excitedly ring in the New Year. Follow these 3 R’s to get you started:
Often resources exist that many people aren’t aware are available, especially for veterans. Best practices for serving student veterans suggest that if a university creates a veterans center, or designated place for veterans to gather, it offers an opportunity for others who have served in the military to feel more connected.
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I’m a retired veteran who served in the Navy for 22 years. I’m 40 years old, live on the South Side of Chicago and have two grown children. I’m working toward my undergraduate degree and plan to graduate in 2015. I’m currently studying Business Administration and Project Management and am not sure what career track I’ll take. I do know that I’m not going to earn my degree just to have it. I know that I want to be successful and make a positive impact in the community.
Affordable Colleges Online recently recognized National Louis University for its broad range of online learning options at an affordable price, granting the University a place on its “Online Colleges in Illinois that Win on Affordability” list.
NLU currently offers online options for nine of its programs across all three of its colleges, at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. Learn more here.
I’m originally from Oakland, CA. I joined the Army in 2007 and was deployed to Baghdad. I’m currently a Social Science major at NLU and am tentatively considering working in government when I graduate.