WGU Student Newsletter January 2013

Happy New Year—and happy new YOU! The reasons for enrolling at WGU are as diverse as the Night Owls who make up this student body. But there’s one underlying reason you all share: self-improvement, a better life for you and your loved ones. So as we ring in 2014, let’s resolve together to recommit to making your goals a reality, and to remember why you embarked on this journey in the first place. Let us help you continue to reinvent yourself in the new year!


Give the Gift of Education, Benefit the Red Cross

Referring a friend, co-worker, 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 »

10 Steps to New Year’s Resolution Success

This year, why not resolve to resolve correctly? Check out these 10 great tips for making sure your goals for 2014 become a reality!
Resolution solutions »

New Mobile App for Students

We’re pleased to announce a new way for Night Owls who use iOS to stay connected with WGU: a new mobile application available in the iTunes App Store for iPad and iPhone. You can use the app to study on the go. You can also enable push notifications on the status of your performance assessments. A version for Android is also in the works.
Get the app »

Students and Employers Give WGU High Marks 

Results of the latest National Survey of Student Engagement are out, and as a student-focused university dedicated to the needs of non-traditional students, we’re proud to have exceeded the national average in many measures of student satisfaction. And as a university committed to helping working professionals grow their careers, we’re also very proud of the reviews employers give our grads in the new Harris Interactive poll.
Find out what your classmates said about WGU »
Find out what employers said about WGU grads »

Start of the New Year by Completing the FAFSA

A new year means a new Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. It’s recommended that you complete the FAFSA by January 31—even if you’re a self-paying student, as you never know what grant money is available!
Helpful FAFSA Tips »


Night Owl Profiles

Health Informatics Grad: “No Excuses”

Woulda, coulda, shoulda. It’s a trap too many fall into. It’s easy to let excuses prevent you from doing what you want to do and reaching for your goals—which only leads to regret years later. At WGU Texas’ recent commencement, B.S. in Health Informatics graduate Shakera Baxter shared her story of an unexpected pregnancy that changed her post-high school plans and almost derailed her dream of a college degree and a career. Almost.
Hear Shakera's story [with video] »

Mentor Advice: Top 7 Myths about Course Mentors

January is National Mentoring Month, so in this this edition of “Mentor Advice,” General Education Course Mentor Kate Porter clears up some misconceptions about herself and her colleagues.
Read Kate's advice »


More News Stories

Huffington Post: ‘Don’t Let Excuses Stop You from Finishing Your Degree in 2014’