Starting a Business

By Suzanne Minarcine, faculty director at American Public UniversityGone are the days of our mothers and grandmothers, when women were expected to get married then stay home, keep house and raise children. Today’s woman has options that previous generations never dreamed were available. Starting a business is one of the most rewarding and difficult endeavors to pursue.Define Your Passion...more

Be a Better Student

It's a new year and a great time to work on being a better you, including your life as a college student. Angela Gibson, a faculty member at American Public University, shares some inspiration to help everyone who is an online college student....more

Broaden Your Education by Studying Abroad

By Francesca Catalano, faculty director in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math at American Public UniversityWhen I look back to my young adult years, the single choice I made that best helped define me into the person I am today was my decision to study abroad during college. It opened up a whole new world to me and allowed me to learn to depend on myself for the first time. The one thing I recommend to all the young adults in my life is to consider studying abroad....more
I totally agree! Study abroad had a major impact on my life as well.  For people who weren't ...more

Just Say NO to Traditional Networking

By Sheri Kendall-duPont, COLL100 Faculty at American Public UniversityDale Carnegie said it best, “greet everyone you meet and show an interest in them. Remember the things that are important to them.” This is great advice and a good way to approach networking, but you must go one step further: follow up.Networking reaches far beyond the mere exchange of business cards and polite smiles. With a well-defined strategy, a strong network can be built in four easy steps....more

Lessons from Ferguson from a Female Law Enforcement Officer

If you are in law enforcement or considering a career in law enforcement, there are many lessons to take away from the events in Ferguson, Mo. Here one officer shares her takeaways: ...more

The Online Learner’s Guide to Catastrophe

By Dr. Angela M. Gibson, Professor at American Public UniversityIf you are an online college student, you have joined the ranks of 7.1 million e-learners in the United States taking at least one online course (Allen & Seaman, 2013). Approximately one in three of all those in higher education are enrolled in an online class....more

Getting the Most Out of Working from Home

 By Francesca CatalanoMany people dream about the flexibility and familiarity of using their own space for work. Working from home means no time consuming and costly commute, no expensive professional wardrobe, and no being late to the office. Plus, there are tax benefits. Definite perks, to be sure.However there are considerations to remember so that time spent working from home is productive....more

Math Dunces and Other Myths About English Majors

Carol Froisy, Program Director, English and Communication at American Public University debunks three common myths about college English majors in "Myths of the English Major." What are the myths about your major? Share them here....more

Bumps, Bruises, and Other Sure Signs You Are Learning

By Kim Bessolo, faculty member at American Military UniversityChurning waves pushed the board into the back of my head, knocking off my sunglasses and filling my nose with salt water. A handful of sunbathers rushed to offer help as I stumbled to shore. This was the first time I’d had my stand-up paddle board in the waters off Malibu, and I made a memorable impression, though not a good one. When you’re a bathing suit wearing 50-something, you don’t want attention drawn to yourself—unless you want to keep improving....more

Advice I Wish I Got When I Was Earning My Degree Online

Are you working on your degree online? The experience is very different than attending a brick and mortar university and the learning curve can be steep....more