“Exhaustion without reward is torture.”  ~Kerlynne Ferrer I am the first to admit, I am not a morning person. I love sleep! But no matter when I go to bed on Sunday night, I have trouble rolling out of bed on Monday morning. It seems like I never get enough sleep, and I know I'm not alone. So, how do you get past it? Nicholas... Continue +
Getting back into the groove after you’ve been out of a habit or practice for a while can be challenging, and sometimes it may just seem easier to give up than to put in the effort to get back into the swing of whatever it was you did before. If you’re thinking about going back to school, you may be on the fence about whether or... Continue +
With family commitments and work responsibilities, Amanda Farmer knew that a traditional degree program would not work well for her. After some research, Amanda found The College Network and knew that the LPN to RN program was the right one for her. “It was the only way I could have done it,” Amanda said. The flexibility of... Continue +
You’ve made the decision to go back to school, and now you’re ready to act on your decision. Before you take the leap, Forbes Magazine suggests you take these six steps to prepare yourself for what’s ahead: Talk to your manager or supervisor. If you are going back to school to advance your career, talk to your manager or... Continue +
Like an onion, a well-rounded nursing education consists of many important layers. The outermost, protective layer is, of course, formal education. The College Network recognizes the value of this layer, and we work hard to help nurses successfully complete advanced nursing degree programs. Formal nursing education teaches the... Continue +
For many adult learners, reentering the academic world can be a bit intimidating. There have been quite a few changes to education over the last ten years, including the continued growth of distance learning. Edudemic recently published an infographic pinpointing some of the most important skills and attributes today’s... Continue +
Many adult learners face roadblocks to their educational goals such as procrastination and a lack of motivation to keep going. When things get overwhelming and you want to quit, look to others who have been successful to help you stay on track. Here are some motivational quotes that can help inspire you.  "Winners never quit and... Continue +
In today’s digitized world, people are moving further away from some of the traditional educational practices in favor of more technology-driven approaches to learning. If you are a customer of The College Network, you’re one of those who have taken this new approach on the path to an education. As you complete your... Continue +
Being an adult learner is hard—there is no way around that. Have a full time job? Check. Have a family? Check. When you make the decision to go back to school as an adult, you have a lot more commitments to juggle than if you were heading to college right out of high school. Obtaining your degree will ultimately mean that... Continue +
The KEY to Success
The key(s) to success is a topic I frequently cover in blog posts. In fact, one of my previous posts outlined 5 essential keys to success. However, perhaps success boils down to just one KEY: Keep Educating Yourself. Every single person must learn in order to accomplish anything—from writing your name to driving a car, you had... Continue +
Working adults today are busier than ever. With responsibilities at work, home, and in their communities, many adults find it challenging to advance their education and their career through a traditional educational approach. If you're a busy working adult looking to earn your degree or certificate and move ahead on your career... Continue +
There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative. ―W. Clement Stone If you’re ready to move ahead in your education and your career, these four statements should be banished forever from your... Continue +
Whether you have children in school or are a student yourself, August means that back to school time is here once again!   For distance learners or people thinking about attending an online program, there are several challenges that can slow a person down or prevent them from achieving academic success. About.com recently asked... Continue +
I recently came across the following excerpt from a commencement speech given by Steve Jobs to graduates in 2005. As I reflected on the message, I realized that the central idea is just as important for people who are currently in the workforce as it is for those just entering the workforce, so I share it with you here:  …I'm... Continue +
When it comes time to study, you probably have a go-to spot where you set up shop and get down to business. You may have selected your study spot for practical reasons: it has a power outlet and Internet access. Perhaps you chose your study spot because it is quiet and has plenty of natural light. When you determine where... Continue +
I happened upon Nurse Stephanie's exam success when she was kind enough to offer words of encouragement and support to other customers of The College Network® via our Facebook© page. In addition to passing 9 exams in a 6-month span, Nurse Stephanie also recently completed and passed the CPNE® on her first attempt. Nurse... Continue +
An Open Door
An open door presents opportunity without barriers. An open door is an invitation to keep moving. There’s no turning of the door knob or any other effort required other than just walking over the threshold. However, sometimes walking through an open door isn’t so simple or effortless. Sometimes what lies just over the... Continue +
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”  ~Maya Angelou Adversity comes in many forms and typically when we least expect it. I am a planner. I try to iron out the... Continue +
The College Network strives to help working adults reach their goals by providing them with the tools and connections they need to be successful as they pursue a certificate or degree. While we are not a school, we work with some of the best institutions of higher learning in the United States, including Boston University,... Continue +
Reading all the books in the world sometimes can’t fully prepare you for some experiences in life. People who read parenting books before the birth of their first child will probably still say they weren’t fully prepared for all the experiences they would have as parents. People who read guidebooks about some of the... Continue +
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