School Success Tip: Ask for Help

By Nichole AhlstromI often wonder why it can be difficult for students to ask their instructors for assistance, when in reality just asking a question can alleviate unnecessary stress. The fear of asking for clarification can be overwhelming to some students. Asking for assistance is not only a fundamental life skill, but it also allows the student to initiate a discussion that can lead to greater success....more

The Top 5 Ways To Prepare For Dropping Your Child Off At College

Two weekends ago I took my 18 year old daughter to college.We flew out together to a campus on the other side of the country, where I helped her move into her dorm room, bought her a veritable sh**t load of dorm supplies at Target, helped her buy her text books (meaning I provided the credit card), attended a few orientations and met her room-mate; the one person on the entire campus that my daughter knew (and they'd really only texted and Facebooked each other a few times during the summer.)...more

It's Football Time In Tennessee!! {Game Day Style}

Now, I'm not one to rush into things... But up here in Alaska, it's fall. Cool, crisp, colorful leaves, fall!...more

Cutting Textbook Costs

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I lived inside the Underground Railroad – and I didn’t even know it

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So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish

If you asked him, he would agree. A week after High School graduation and he was ready to move on. Just skip over all the sentimental bull crap that all of us parents need to work through. Catharsis. All of our lamenting about what to watch out for, how to stay out of trouble and keep focused. You know the moments where you remember your parents telling you the same thing. But we still give the advice. As if it was new.“I’ll be fine and just cause you think I’ll make the same mistakes as you, doesn’t mean I will.”...more

Five Classes I Wish Were Taught in College

It’s back to school time, and each year I feel the same way: overwhelmed, excited and overwhelmed. There is always a new schedule to learn, additional rules to follow, and more stuff to do.And the learning curve never seems to get any easier for me. Each year I spend hours trying to get registered on some school’s web site, accumulate supplies and clone myself so I can be on that conference call, at that school meeting and in the car pool — all at the same time.After a decade of parenting experience, you’d think I’d have it down by now. But I don’t. Not even close....more
I'd take the negotiation class. I would probably need a class in "How to get your children to ...more

A Surprising Thing That I Will Miss When My Kid Goes to College

We are less than a month away from the day that we leave our older son behind at college and head home to a slightly emptier house.In order to avoid thinking about that for too long, I have been putting my energy into dealing with all of crap that needs to be done before he leaves for school: dorm room shopping, doctor’s appointments, haircut appointments, clothes shopping and, as a last-minute stressor, wisdom teeth extractions....more

LET’S HELP PUBLICOLOR CLOSE THE FUNDING GAP FOR COLLEGE BOUND STUDENTS

 *Publicolor students helping tranform an educational space) ...more

Making Connections in an Online Classroom

By Michelle Watts, Faculty Director at American Military UniversityThe experience that you have as an online student depends on your own learning style and preferences. You can choose to limit your interactions with other students or you can become very connected to both classmates and the instructor. While neither approach is wrong, as an online instructor I have found that students who choose to interact have a richer education experience. Think contact, interaction, and collaboration....more