Being a College Student as an Adult

Nichole Ahlstrom, COLL100 Faculty at American Public UniversityFulfilling a childhood dream can be one of the most rewarding and exciting times in a person’s life. Personally, I have dreamed of becoming a college professor for as long as I can remember. Without the love and support from family I would not have had the strength or guidance to accomplish my education goals.Pursuing their dreams has led many adults like me back to the college classroom. I have found that there is much to be gained by the experience....more

Goals As A Writer: 5-10 Years in the Future

For one of my final assignments in my Theory of Creative Writing Class, I was asked to write out a list of goals I would like to achieve within the next five years. It’s a daunting task — I barely know what I am going to eat for my next meal, and yet I should have my life planned out for the next five to ten years. Anywho, I have an idea of where I  would like to end up, and how I started as a “writer” ( When does one become a writer? I struggled with the title Chef  when I was in Culinary School....more

How I Stole Into The Old Boys' Club & Discovered Their Secrets

This story is inspired by a new set of innovative apps nayacareer.com. I have had first hand experience of being successful through the step-by-step job finding tool which this site brings today. I have not received any payment for this story....more

What Women Need On the Table at the White House Working Families Summit

From 7:30AM to 5:30PM EST on Monday, June 23, people from all over the country will convene in Washington, D.C.—and many more will log in to participate virtually—at a White House Summit on Working Families. Under the banner of “creating a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans,” we’ll hear from businesses, economists, advocates, workers and, yes, labor leaders to discuss policy solutions that can make a difference in the lives of working families....more

In the struggle (on writing)

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been a writer. Not a fantastic one, but a writer still. Under my bed there’s a lock box filled with old diaries from my childhood and teenage years. I’ve long since stopped caring about the secrets there but part of me still wants to protect the heart of the little girl who wrote them, so I keep them under lock and key.My first works were made-up stories about the squirrels in the trees by my house and biographies of my late hamsters. I’d staple together their pages and call them books....more

Run After It!

I was on a spur of the moment boredom induced blog hop, reading and commenting my heart out. I came across a post from Madi about a new job she recently started. It was sweet so I left her a comment of encouragement.Congrats on the new gig! Start planning for your freedom now. As a matter of fact put that day on the calender and run towards it....more

24 Things Only People Who Work Entirely Too Much Will Understand

Oh to be young, gifted and on the fast track to success. If you’re one of the lucky few who actually enjoy their job then you know pulling yourself away from a desk you actually don’t mind sitting at is easier said than done. You also know that “I Want to Work for Diddy” and “The Devil Wears Prada” are eerily too close for comfort to your everyday life....more

How Can We Help Women's Careers? Better Parental Support... For Dads

Mark Tyler and I  have been talking about the ups and downs of being the at home parent.  I asked him to write a post about his experience.  After several weeks of writing between bouts of  cooking, cleaning, hugging, story-telling, dressing, playing, undressing, bathing, brushing, combing, driving, picking up and putting away, he sent me the following.  Thanks, Mark, and a very happy Father's Day to you. <...more

Business Lessons From My Mom

When I look back at my career in business, I often think of my mother. Why? Because mom was a pioneer in the field of women business ownership....more