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The Reawakening of Self-Esteem

By Amy Nielsen

I have some very interesting friends in my life. Many with deep passions for things well beyond my comprehension. Lately, I have had to make some hard decisions about what I really believe and what behavior I allow to continue in my circle of friends.

This recent political climate has reawakened a personal, and I believe, national understanding of self-esteem that is giving a voice to deeply held passions. The generalized indignation of the nation is setting free the voices of the people. Some of those voices speak unbelievable things.

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.

Upcoming Job Fairs

With the holidays out of the way, it is time to fulfill your New Year’s Resolution of finding a job.

Lucky for you, there are job fairs hosted all over the nation each month, specifically for military spouses. The fairs are hosted by the U.S. Chamber Foundation.

If you find one you are interested in, be sure to click on the link and register. Events fill up fast and you may not get in if you simply show up the day of. Good luck!

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If It's Tuesday, It Must be Philadelphia

By Amy Nielsen

My mother was chief executive officer for an international corporation for most of my childhood. She traveled extensively on a global scale, often for more than a month at a time. Summers, when we were out of school, my sister and I travelled with her. She had her ducks in a row and was able to make it look effortless. She never seemed to over pack or forget anything. Every upset turned into an adventure.

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. 

Start Your Scholarship Search Here

Thinking of going back to school? Short on money?

This is the time of year when scholarship opportunities are open and taking applications.

And, there is a lot of money to be given to military spouses.

Begin your search with The Fisher House. The non-profit, which serves military families, operates a database of military scholarships that you can search.

The database includes more than scholarships. You can also find fellowships, grants, awards and other funding opportunities.

A Good Cover Letter Can Help You Stand Out

By Amy Nielsen

When your skills can fit the job descriptions of multiple industries, your resume will look disjointed at best, and unreliable at worst. This is where the art of the cover letter comes into play.  

My particular superpower is logistics. I can organize cats to march out of a paper bag in nice neat lines, in any industry, as long as I know what or who needs to go where and when. To that end I have worked in industries as disparate as a theater, a water treatment lab and a school kitchen.

There is More to Social Media Than Just Finding Friends

By Jenna Moede

I know that social media helps us keep in touch with friends and family. In this crazy, military lifestyle that really feels like the most important aspect of social media.  

But, social media can help you with so much more!

I decided to take all the time that I had wasted mindlessly searching through old high school acquaintances and college friends and put it to use for a purpose. I knew a lot about social media because I studied public relations, but I didn’t realize just how many purposes it could serve. 

Reversing Sleep Debt

By Christine Cioppa

We all know that we need to get enough sleep. Precisely, 7-8 hours is needed for adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Besides creating some hefty dark eye circles, skimping on sleep can affect memory and increase the risk for certain chronic diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes and obesity. Sleep problems are also linked to heart disease and depression.

Student, Spouse, Employee – Take Time to Explore the Places the Military Sends You

By Jenna Moede

I know that I've mentioned this before, but when we first arrived in Cheyenne I didn't participate in the community. I also didn't know where to look to find events and activities. I felt bored after the initial excitement of a new place wore off.

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