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Adult Students Are You Struggling With Your Personal Statements? Read These Handy Tips!

If you’re one of the many adults returning to college, you know the importance of a personal statement. For some adult students, writing a personal statement may be something they fear and dread; but, it doesn’t have to be with the right training. Let’s say you lack in an area, such as your previous GPA or relevant experience. Writing a strong personal statement could make up for those weak points. So how should you go about doing this? Read these helpful hints to guide you along the way.

 

  1. Get to know yourself. More times than not, adult students will sit at their computer with a blank face and a blank screen. Instead, start by just simply brainstorming. Write a list of accomplishments that you’ve achieved and experience you’ve had. Let’s say you’re hoping to earn a criminal justice degree, for example, write down all of the relevant experience you’ve had. Maybe you’ve been involved in clubs and organizations that deal with criminal justice. Write down anything you can think of.  It doesn’t mean you have to use them all -they’re just ideas!
  2. Why do you want this? Every strong personal statement answers this question. Although it may not be in the prompt, your passion to earn your college degree should come out in your writing. Going back to hypothetically earning a criminal justice degree- write down reasons why you want to achieve this goal and earn this college degree. Maybe a life experience has helped you come to this realization. Make sure to write down all of your ideas! Remember- you don’t have to necessarily write about why you’ve chosen a particular college degree, but it will help you come off as a passionate candidate by writing from the heart.
  3. Read the prompt. Too often adult students have an idea they are going to write about, yet it doesn’t follow the prompt given by the colleges and universities. Because colleges and universities are reading so many personal statements, one that doesn’t follow the guidelines will stick out among others- and not in an effective way. Be sure to review each prompt carefully and adjust your personal statement correctly for each school. Some colleges and universities may have very similar prompts, while others may be completely different.
  4. The writing process. Once you have all of your ideas put together, it’s time to write. It’s important to give yourself enough time to write because, although some personal statements may not require much length, it needs to be strong and effective. If the thought of writing in your home is already making your head hurt, dedicate time to writing your essay at your local library. Your library will be quiet and an unfamiliar environment will leave less room for distraction so you can work more productively. Remember, your personal statement doesn’t have to be written in one sitting! Writing your personal statement is more of a process. Once you feel that you’re out of ideas, take a break and come back to it.
  5. Review it. Once you’ve completed your personal statement, it is crucial to have others proofread it before your submission. Although this may be embarrassing, it’s necessary. There may be grammatical errors that you’ve missed or spelling mistakes. Someone may even suggest that you rewrite a section of your statement for better fluidity. Friends, family members, and co-workers are all great people to consult when writing your personal statement. You don’t have to use all of the advice they give you, but if several people are suggesting the same changes- think of their criticism as constructive and helpful!
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Criminal Justice Degree: How You Can Become a Real Life Superhero

Children often dress-up as a superhero for fun, pretending to save the world. Aside from the red capes and supernatural powers, real life superheroes do exist.  As a child, you may have known what a superhero was, but did you really know what crime was? Did you know how dangerous neighborhoods and schools could be? Maybe you did, maybe you didn’t; but today you do and now it’s time to do something to control crime.

By earning a criminal justice degree, you can live out your childhood dream and a criminal’s nightmare. There are many areas of criminal justice that you could possibly find a career in after earning a criminal justice degree. Become an FBI agent or a security guard. What about a detective or a fraud investigator? Often times, criminal acts go unnoticed when they shouldn’t. There are so many crimes that happen right before our eyes; in our neighborhoods; affecting our loved ones. With a criminal justice degree, you may not put a complete end to violence, but it’s a start. Some criminal behavior deals with finances and others deals with juvenile cases. There are so many different sectors of criminal justice that you could choose from. You have options with a criminal justice degree. Check out this list of careers from payscale.com and find which careers you can explore with a criminal justice degree and how much you could earn.

 

 

Before completing your criminal justice degree find out which career you’d enjoy working in. If you feel strongly about preventing crime in schools, you can become a security guard.  Or, pursue a career in forensics and analyze crime scenes, behind the scenes. A great way to find out what interests you most is to shadow a professional. You can do this by contacting local professionals. Most professionals would love to help you because they remember when they were first earning their criminal justice degree. They’ll give you a clear understanding of what it’s like working a day in their shoes. Who knows, this person may open up doors for you after graduating with your criminal justice degree.  Not only will you learn the skills needed for the job, but you will also discover if the career interests you or not. Because many careers in criminal justice can deal with sensitive material, it is important to know how much you can handle. Could you work on a crime scene? Could you put your life at risk to save others? These questions aren’t meant to scare potential criminal justice degree seekers away, but these questions instead are meant to prepare students for what a career in the field could deal with. A ride-along with a professional could easily answer these questions so you’ll have a clearer understanding of what your career will really consist of.

Another way to build skills and gain experience in the field is to volunteer. There are many opportunities to volunteer your time while earning your criminal justice degree. You could volunteer to walk students home from the library, a program most large colleges and universities have. You could join clubs that deal with criminal justice. Many colleges and universities organize clubs for particular majors. Ask other criminal justice degree seekers what they’ve done to prepare for a career in the field. If you can get a hold of Batman, Superman, or Spiderman- more power to you!

 

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How to Make the Most Out of Your Education

Whether you’re 18 years old or you’re old enough to get senior discounts at your favorite restaurants, you can learn to take advantage of your education. Here’s how:

 

Network, network, network- If you excelled on a project in your Biology course with Suzy, connect with her! No, we’re not saying you need to spend quality time together. What we’re saying is – you never know if Suzy will become president one day, or the owner of a company you want to work for. So keep in contact with your peers and professors. It will only help you.

 

Shop around – No, we don’t mean actual shopping. Unless of course, you need to resupply your pencil drawer. We mean shop around for the right degree so you’re happy with the courses you’re taking. There’s nothing worse than being unhappy- we all know that! So choose the right degree for you, and be happy with the coursework needed to earn it. If you hate writing, you may want to reconsider a degree in English or Journalism because the process will be painful. Choose something you will enjoy, something you will look forward to learning more about. Just like actual shopping, try some degrees on for size and choose one that brings out the best in you.

 

Feed the hungry- By being a student there are so many opportunities to get involved, on campus and off. So take advantage. Did you know that getting involved doesn’t just help others, but it can also help you? Because it’s great for your resume! So volunteer – for them and for you!

 

Go above and beyond- If you’re required to read half of a chapter, read the rest of it. Research topics discussed in class. Come prepared for discussion. Do the necessary work to fully absorb the education you’re receiving. If your education is important to you, then prove it!

 

Show up – You know how disappointing it is when a friend plans on getting together with you and as you pull up to the coffee shop you get a text saying: ‘sorry running late‘ or ‘reschedule?‘. It’s frustrating and disappointing but you’re their friend and you forgive them. But do your teachers forgive so easily? Remember that by not showing up to class, or showing up late, you are showing your teachers how much interest you have in their course. And keep in mind that they hand out the grades, so why not impress them by showing up to every class in a timely fashion? If that’s not enough to convince you to go to class, remember that you’re paying for it. If you bought concert tickets, you’d go and you’d probably even be there early. If you bought movie tickets, you’d go with popcorn in your right hand and an extra-large drink in your left. So go to class, not just because you have to but because you want to.

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Being an Adult in a College World

There are many factors for adults to consider before attending college. Research in many

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areas such as different degrees, schools, or online vs. traditional learning is common and important for adults to consider. Adults should weigh all the benefits of attending college, and hope that the positives outweigh the negatives. It is important to keep in mind that each student has different goals, hopes, and dreams in regards to their college education. Students, especially adult students, are different than the traditional young adult student receiving a college education. There are obstacles that they need to overcome as adult students before earning their degree. By figuring out what the obstacles are before attending college, adult learners will be able to complete their college degree in a timely manner with ease.

 

Some adult students are parents, and therefore have a wide range of home responsibilities. Before receiving a college education an adult student may need to seek additional help with the care of their children. Some schools offer daycare services, or adult students may want to consider other options such as online education. After the student has figured out how their children will be cared for during the time they will be in school, there are areas that need to be explored. It may be hard for parents to find time to study, but adult students must make time for themselves at least every day to study their course materials. Whether it’s family obligations or work that occupies an adults time, they need to devise a way to clear their schedule enough to successfully earn their college degree.

 

Once children are taken care of, it is important for the adult learner to decide which route they are going to take in their education. This can be a tough process, because of the many options available. Students can choose anywhere from an associate’s degree to a PhD in a particular area of study. If the adult student makes reasonable goals for themselves regarding how much time they are willing to commit to earning a college degree, the process becomes much simpler. If an adult learner can only commit to a 2-year degree, it’s important for the student to figure that out before planning to earn a 4-year bachelor’s degree. For the adult learner it is important to have reasonable, attainable goals.

 

Furthermore, adult learners may find it difficult to figure out which degree to earn. There are many options whether in education or the sciences, or both. One simple method to decide which degree an adult learner should seek is to find out where their passions are. It is important for adult students to think of their college degree as a certificate of passion. They should put more focus on what they are interested in, and less about what careers can stem from the college degree they choose. Passion in a particular subject will make earning the degree worthwhile and enjoyable.

 

Earning a college degree is one step of many. One step towards a potential career, one step in your adult life, and one step towards a successful future. It is a meaningful accomplishment, especially as an adult. In today’s world, it’s possible for adults to earn their college degree in a much simpler way than in the past. Online degree options are one way that technology has integrated with education to create a learning environment for everyone, especially adult students. With the resources that adult students now have, earning a college degree is more achievable than ever before.

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Adult College Life

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When you were 18 years old, going to college was all about freedom, decorating your dorm room, parties, and sleeping till noon. These days, whether it’s the random gray hairs you’ve seen lately or the fact that you can’t remember the last time you slept till noon, we both know you’re not 18 anymore. So what’s it like to be an adult in college? As an adult going to college you have different concerns such as:

  • Does the school have a daycare program?
  • How much will going to college cost me?
  • Does the school have special housing for adult students?
  • What is the teacher-student ratio?
  • How many years will it take me to complete this degree?
  • Does the school offer evening or online courses?

It is important to write down the concerns you have as an adult student. This way you can contact the school with these questions. Or you can check out their website for information such as student housing.  As an adult student, it is important to decide what you want from your education. And then go after it.

After you’ve figured out what questions you have about going to college, there’s one more step. Here’s what you should do once you get there to make your college experience the best it can be.

  • Make friends with classmates
  • Connect with your professor
  • Keep on track with your schoolwork
  • Get a lot of rest before exams
  • Make study groups
  • Make goals for yourself

It’s important to have a picture of what going to college will look like. We’ve already discussed how the picture is different for an 18 year old student. But it’s time to make your own picture. You’re the artist; create the world you want to live in. This is a new journey, allow yourself to enjoy it!

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The Benefits of College Degrees Online

College Degrees Online are becoming increasingly popular as students are finding that online schooling allows for more flexibility and is more cost-effective than on-campus learning.  College Degrees Today provides all the information you need to find your College Degrees Online and enroll today!

Earning College Degrees Online is easier than ever before as more accredited colleges are adding online degree programs to their curriculum.  College Degrees Online presents many benefits over on-campus training and, as of February 2006, financial aid is available for students enrolled in an accredited online degree program.  With College Degrees Online, the virtual classroom is universally accessible to all students: people with disabilities, full-time workers, soldiers, study abroad, and stay-at-home parents.

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Additional benefits to College Degrees Online include the elimination of a daily commute or re-locating to the school’s area, no need to purchase clothes for school or pay for a sitter, and students can complete coursework when it’s convenient for them!

Be forewarned that students earning college degrees online are self-directed and responsible in order for college degrees online to be advantageous.  Without the structure and accountability enforced through a traditional classroom setting, earning college degrees online requires time management and discipline.  College degrees online can be difficult for students who are easily distracted, who procrastinate, or those who thrive from engaging in classroom discussions.  A good suggestion for students who are new to college degrees [earned] online should start slowly by taking a few online courses to test their success before jumping into an online degree program.

If college degrees online is a program you want to investigate further, College Degrees Today can help you find the right accredited online degree! Our schools offer a broad range of college degrees online from Associate’s to Master’s Degrees, as well as certificates.  Let College Degrees Today assist in your search for the best college degrees online from top universities by simply filling out our form to find a program that best meets your educational needs.

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It’s never too late to earn a college degree

Hazel Soares earned a degreeEveryone loves an inspirational story. Overcoming differences, falling in love and fitting in are everyday stories but today I read one about Hazel Soares. Hazel is a 94-year-old great grandmother that just earned her bachelor’s degree in art history at Mills College in Oakland.

Born in Richmond, California, Hazel said she always wanted to attend college. She was born in 1915 and graduated from high school during the great depression which halted her education.

“Unless you had some help, it would have been impossible to go to college,” Soares said. “However I never lost the desire to go.”

She waited until she was 79 to start taking college courses. She spent six years at Chabot College taking classes and finally earned her Associate’s Degree when she was 85. After that, she enrolled at Mill’s College in 2007.

Hazel has a large family, she was married twice, has six children of her own and 40 grand children and great grandchildren. Statistically, she is believed to be the second oldest person to graduate from college. Instead of earning a criminal justice degree or a marketing degree Hazel studies art history because she plans to use her degree to work as a docent at a local museum.

“We are really amazed and very proud of my mom,” said Regina Hungerford, Soares’ youngest child. ”The biggest thing that we can all learn is that we’re never too old.”

Hazel hopes that others realize that it is never too late to go back to school and get a college education. Among other things, Hazel still drives and visits her doctor only once every three years to make sure she’s OK. She also said she doesn’t take any prescription medications.

Kudos Hazel, for being an inspiration to all of us.

“There’s no reason why you could not go back,” Soares said.”Some people do give up the idea or postpone the idea. It’s too late. It’s too much work. They may not realize that once you try it it’s exciting to go to school.”

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