WGU Student Newsletter December 2013

We know what you’re going through: December is a busy month. Preparing for the holidays, spending time with families, shoveling snow off the walk… There’s always something to do, and now that you’re a student, the to-do list is longer than ever. So we’ll get to the point: You can do it! Keep on task, keep your head up, and keep charging toward that goal. And if there’s anything WGU can do to help, don’t forget your mentor, Student Services, and the entire university are there to support you on your way to graduation. We hope this month’s edition of The Night Owl student newsletter provides some tidbits, tips, and inspiration to that end. Happy holidays!

Give the Gift of Education, Benefit the Red Cross

Referring a friend, coworker, or family member to WGU is a great way to share the benefits of a flexible, competency-based education. And for every friend you refer in December or January, we’ll donate to the American Red Cross. And as always, you’ll receive a gift of WGU merchandise and your friend’s application fee will be waived.

Give the Gift >>

Connect with WGU on LinkedIn

Do you use social media to network with others from your university, your field, your profession? If so, you’re probably on LinkedIn. The social network for professionals recently launched University Pages, allowing you to connect your profile directly with your university. So be sure to update your LinkedIn profile to list Western Governors University in your Education section. With our new University Page, you’ll be able to learn more about our student and alumni communities and stay connected to updates from the university.

February 2014 Commencement

Details have been announced for this winter’s commencement, which will be held Saturday, February 8, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia. If you’re about to graduate, you can read more about commencement, RSVP to attend, and learn how you can apply to be a speaker at www.wgu.edu/commencement.


Steering Clear of the 'Doldrums'

It happens even to the most-motivated of us: Call it a slump, a rut, a bump in the road… The doldrums can catch you when you least expect it. But WGU Tennessee Chancellor Kimberly Estep had some great advice for her students—so great, in fact, we decided to share it with all WGU Night Owls!

Sail on through>>

Night Owl Profile

CNN Features Night Owl’s Expertise

Is your computer watching you? James Younger is an IT professional earning his B.S. in IT degree from WGU—and he knows his stuff! That’s why CNN asked him on to talk about the security vulnerabilities of computer cameras.
Watch James on CNN >>

Mentor Advice: What Do You Love?

“I’ve been so busy.” We say it all the time, but if we take a closer look, a lot of what we fill our time with—the family responsibilities, the volunteer work, even the household chores—we do because we love it and we love what it brings to our lives. Teachers College Student Mentor Jill Fellow has some great advice on adjusting how we think about the have-to-do’s.
Read Jill’s advice »