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3 Things I Wish I’d Known in College

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Freshman Welcome Week was really stressful. I didn’t really want to be there, I didn’t have any friends, and I had no idea what the heck I wanted to study. The expectations of what the whole college experience should be vs. what I was feeling created quite the dilemma.

The dichotomy of experience was only magnified when the Student Body President championed from the Welcome Week staged podium, “Welcome to the best years of your life!”

I recall looking around, into the faces of the cheering mostly-eighteen-year-olds, and feeling my stomach twist. I was not happy. I did not want to be here. I was pretty sure I was going to hate college.

Reflecting on my undergraduate experience, I mentally jotted off a few things I wish I’d known as an incredibly lost, quite naïve college student.

Some things are pretty straightforward, like wishing I’d joined ROTC, majored in Economics, dated my now-husband sooner, and landed a McKinsey & Co. internship.

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Career Advice/ Entrepreneurship/ Gender Equality

4 Tips to Conquer Your Career

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This post is brought to you on behalf of the Forté Foundation. The content does not necessarily reflect the views of the Forté Foundation.

Until ten years ago, I had never actually met a professional woman – an educated female that made a living wage. Growing up in fundamentalism, I was raised in a culture that did not acknowledge gender equality and restricted women to very limited roles as wives and mothers. I had no idea what developing a career involved or even how to get started. The majority of my homeschool education had been focused on the domestic arts – childcare, cooking, cleaning, etc. – and neglected subjects like math, science, and finance (all the things you wouldn’t find in the job description for a housewife).

My junior year of college, I finally encountered a real-life professional woman – a visiting professor of biochemistry. She was confident, educated, and owned her own house. I knew I wanted to be just like her, but I had no idea how to get there.

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Higher Education/ Lifestyle/ Veteran/Military

5 Highlights from Summer 2017

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Can you believe that summer is almost over?

Technically, my summer came to an end with the first day of fall semester classes. I went from riding horses every day to lecturing college students on business and technology. The annual change from a life in cowboy boots to sensible pumps is always a little drastic. I’m still getting saddle time in the afternoons and evenings, just spending most of my mornings discussing economic trends and marketing strategies.

Summer 2017 wasn’t exactly an awesome season for me thanks to unexpected surgeries, moving, and other not-so-glam events. I initially didn’t think the season warranted its very own blog post; however, jotting down a few of the highlights has reminded me that headlining summers don’t have to include Caribbean cruises and blowout weddings. Some – like this past summer – involve some pretty cool, albeit not-so-Instagram-worthy events that shape the year that follows.

So, as we usher in the autumn breath of color changes, football games, and harvest season, here’s five highlights from the Summer of 2017:

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Higher Education

4 Tips for Succeeding in Online Classes

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Distance learning has revolutionized higher education.

Thanks to technological advances, students from a variety of walks of life, faced with a diverse set of responsibilities, living all over the world, are able to pursue their education with the aid of a laptop and a Wi-Fi signal.

Online education allows widespread empowerment through education; however, distance learning presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities to even the studious of students.

I enrolled in my first online course in 2013. Originally skeptical of the whole online classroom environment and concerned with my incredibly elementary tech skills, I wasn’t sure if an online program was the right fit for me. One Master’s degree, half a dozen certificates, and a low residency doctoral program underway, and I’m a huge fan of the online learning platform.

Here are four tips for succeeding in online classes:

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Career Advice/ Workplace

3 Things to do When You’re Stuck in a Dead-end Job

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We’ve all been there – stuck in a job that (barely) pays the bills while sucking your very last ounce of inspiration and ambition with every passing hour.

Dead-end jobs aren’t anything new to 20 and 30-something’s that started their career mid-recession. On one hand, we were grateful for the paycheck (those didn’t come easy early 2000’s); on the other hand, we couldn’t believe our educational pursuits had left us stranded amidst a sea of literally-no-future positions.

If you find yourself clocking hours in a position that inspires reoccurring nightmares of spending twenty years doing the same drab thing, with the same drab people, in the same drab company, don’t fret!

There is hope.

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Career Advice/ Entrepreneurship/ Gender Equality/ Higher Education

My Career Take-Off

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I paid for my college education by training horses and selling cattle; it was hard work, but the proceeds were enough to cover a four-year degree during the middle of the Recession — at a time when scholarships and part-time jobs were scarce. Even though I was negotiating prices, researching market trends, and promoting my livestock, I never thought of myself as a business person.

I didn’t think I was good enough at math, I didn’t think I had the capability to make tough management decisions, and in all honesty, I didn’t think there were many opportunities for women in business— an industry I unfortunately perceived as the ultimate “man’s world.”

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Career Advice/ Higher Education/ Money Matters

3 Things to Consider Before Going to Grad School

You made it.

You finished a four-year degree program.

Woohoo!!!

If you’re like many millennial college grads, you’re stoked to be finished with the ol’ bachelor’s degree, but uncertain if that diploma will open the professional doors you so desperately want.

So…you consider graduate school.

You’ve heard it’s hard, really competitive, and quite expensive. You’re concerned about finding the right program, getting approved for financing, and spending another two, three, and even four years slugging away at another higher education endeavor.  Continue Reading…