21 DO’s and DON’Ts for Students, by Students [SlideShare]

Before you began your college journey, even before you officially made the decision to go back to college, chances are, you consulted your family and friends for advice. Maybe you spoke with your boss or coworkers for guidance. But at the end of the day, it was the advice of those who came before you and accomplished their goals that proved invaluable.

Topics: Motivation

5 Secrets to Overcoming the Fear of Going Back to College

You may have tossed around the idea of going back to school more than once. But every time you think about how your job, family and life in general will drastically change, it seems next to impossible to include college into your future plans. The impact your decision may have on your loved ones may only increase your stress and fear further. Perhaps you wonder if you’ll be able to succeed this time.

Topics: Going Back to College, Motivation

What Leadership Skills Do You Need To Develop?

Founding Father John Quincy Adams once said, "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." 

Whether you are a management-level executive or an ambitious entry-level professional, there’s no doubt that your leadership skills will affect others. Both the good and the bad. Unfortunately, there’s no simple test to determine if you would make a good leader, and there is no reliable checklist of skills to tick off. If you’ve experienced a range of leadership styles from exceptional to downright horrible, how are you supposed to learn what makes an effective leader?

Topics: Career, Motivation

5 Things Running Can Teach You About Getting Through Graduate School

5 Things Running Can Teach You About Getting Through Graduate School

“We all have dreams; in order to make dreams come into reality it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort." - Jesse Owens, Olympic Gold-Medalist runner

As the Trenton Half Marathon approaches on November 8th, seasoned and first-time runners have spent the last year stretching, strengthening and pushing themselves to prepare for the big event. They’ve dedicated long hours to training and exercising, both mentally and physically, for one goal - to finish.

Topics: Study Tips, Motivation

15 Must Have Back-to-School Supplies for Adult Students

Kids don’t have to be the only ones enjoying the perks of school-shopping season. Whether you took the summer off, began a new degree program or just want to share in the back-to-school mood for another term, adult students can grab these college basics sure to improve focus and make the grade.  

Topics: Going Back to College, Motivation

9 Things You Can Learn From Your Kids About Going Back to School

9 Things You Can Learn From Your Kids About Going Back to School

Your dinner table is covered in textbooks and papers… pencils are hiding under folders… and you can just make out a calculator or two buried under some barely legible scribbled notes. But none of it belongs to your children.

Homework time isn’t just for kids anymore.

Where you once quizzed your son in preparation for his spelling test, he’s now quizzing you for your World Geography final exam. Just as you used to listen to your daughter read aloud in the other room while you secretly listened from the kitchen sink, she’s now offering pointers on how to be a more effective public speaker for your video assignments. Or maybe you’ve noticed that your pre-teen excels on a test when he or she gets a full night sleep the day before.

Topics: Going Back to College, Time Management, Motivation, Work-Life Balance

5 Famous Olympic Athletes That Went Back to College

Famous Olympic Athletes That Went Back to College

The 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi included 17 days of competitions among 85 nations, with an estimated 3 billion people around the world that watched the events. The U.S Olympic Team brought 230 athletes, made up of 106 returning Olympians and 13 Olympic champions. There were winners and missed chances, dreams achieved and dreams crushed. But regardless of the rank, score or place of these athletes, they continue to dazzle us with their talent and determination.

Topics: Going Back to College, Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Motivation

5 Powerful Pearls of Wisdom From Our Students and Alumni for 2014


Juggling family and career responsibilities can be quite the balancing act. Add schoolwork and it may seem overwhelming. But it is possible. Looking back upon this past year, we’ve seen students overcome insurmountable odds and brave new challenges to fulfill their educational goals and dreams.

With every New Year come new resolutions and new ambitions, and our students offer some of the most encouraging and invaluable suggestions to usher in 2014 as the year of accomplishments. Here are powerful quotes from our awe-inspiring past, present and future graduates on motivation, leadership, passion and everything in between.

Topics: Taking Courses, Study Tips, Credit by Exam, Going Back to College, Motivation, Work-Life Balance

Why Every Gift Matters: Kristy Marchese’s Story

Kristy Marchese

Somewhere along the way, the giving season became a time of discounts, deals and savings. This year, let’s give bigger, better and smarter by giving back. Join us for a new national day of giving deemed #GivingTuesday on December 3rd, and show the world that when we unite together, we can fulfill dreams.

The following post is an excerpt from Thomas Edison State University Foundation’s article, “Meet Kristy Marchese, W. Cary Edwards Foundation Scholarship Recipient:

“The memories you create, good or bad, are the memories that make you the nurse you are and the person you become.”

Topics: Motivation, Nursing

How to Find Happiness: 10 Questions to Ask Yourself

How to Find Happiness: 10 Questions to Ask Yourself

Undoubtedly, Thomas Jefferson had many great achievements and a brilliant mind, but when the two came together, the result was none so recognizable and significant as the Declaration of Independence. His words are the backbone for which this great experiment, the United States of America, was founded; “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Topics: Going Back to College, Motivation, Work-Life Balance