The College Application Process – First, Don’t Panic

Let’s talk about applying for college.

I heard absolute nightmares about the stress caused by college applications. A friend of mine told me she had been sweating about the college application process, and rejection, since her sophomore year of  high school.

Ouch.

The truth is that many military spouses want to go back to school, but, the application process intimidates them.


Military Spouse Life Prepares You for School and Employment

By Jenna Moede

I have heard military spouses say that they don’t feel qualified to find a job or start school. Some say they didn’t do well in high school. Others say that they have been out of school for so long they’ve forgotten how to do well.

I think that these awesome spouses have forgotten that high school is in the past. And since then, they may have gained some really valuable skills by being a military spouse.


Earn a Degree and Reduce Your Tax Debt

Most moms and dads out there know that child care and preschool costs are tax deductible. But, did you know that when you head back to class some of your educational expenses can also lower your tax bill?

For the 2016 tax year there are two tax credits you can take advantage of as you file your taxes:

the American Opportunity Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit.


Learn Your Study Style and You Will Learn More

By Jenna Moede

 

I have always heard people talk about different types of learning styles, but I never really payed attention until I started college. In high school I usually skated by and didn’t feel like learning styles had relevance to my life.


Educating Around the Edges

By Amy Nielsen

When I introduce myself these days, I still find myself stumbling on the wording of my title.

I don’t really have a short answer like accountant. I am a teacher, but I teach both adults and children. I teach subjects that are on the fringe of several different fields: art, movement, spirituality and nutrition, to name a few. I call myself a health and wellness mentor, but that takes quite a bit of explaining as well.


Online Students Should Tour Campus Virtually

By Jenna Moede

When you marry a military member, you commit to a lifestyle that sets certain limits. Educational opportunities for spouses are not one of them.

When colleges began moving their classes online, the world opened up for students like military spouses who need their school to follow them from place to place.

And every day, online colleges become better at offering students a typical college experience, without ever setting foot on campus.


Are You Waiting for the Perfect Time to Go Back to School?

By Jenna Moede

 

A month has passed since people made new goals for the new year.  When I discussed resolutions with my friends, more than one put going to college on their list. 

 

So now, after a month has passed, I’ve talked to those same friends who said they wanted to go back to college. I’ve heard a laundry list of reasons why they have decided not to.

I want to examine a couple of the main reasons I’ve heard that cause spouses to hesitate before taking the leap to attend college.


Lay the Ground Work for a Great Education with Basic Courses First

By Jenna Moede

 

I know a lot of people out there want to start school, and get to their major course of study. Immediately. But, the list of classes looks daunting. To earn your degree, you will need to take classes specific to your major, as well as general education classes such as English and math.

 

And it may feel like these classes have nothing to do with your dream job.

 

I completely felt that way when I started college too. I didn’t think general education classes had any real purpose. I felt like taking them would waste my time.


Take Your Time Declaring a Major Course of Study

By Jenna Moede

I don’t feel like I had really prepared myself when I began college classes.

I didn’t know what my passion was or what my major would be. And, I didn’t take advantage of all the on-campus opportunities that may have helped me shape my career goals.

And now, I feel very strongly that every student needs to understand their full range of options in order to make smart decisions regarding college, choosing a major and moving into a career. 


Going LIVE!

By Amy Nielsen

So this is the week.

This is the week I go live with my first class offerings. I have finished writing it all out and posted the description on my page to advertise for my first class. I am in active negotiations for a space to hold my first class. I cannot believe it. It’s here!

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