WGU Student Newsletter March 2014

Spring is in the air, and with the sense of resurgence it brings, why not take the time to renew your commitment to your educational goals? And as always, remember that your mentors and the rest of WGU’s faculty and staff are here for you if you need us. Happy March, Night Owls!


Getting to Know You…

You’re part of an amazing, diverse student body, and we want to get to know more about you. So we’ve put together this quick 10-question poll. It's not the same old questions you've answered about WGU before, and we think you'll find it fun and painless!
Take the poll »

Watch Winter Commencement Videos

Roughly 500 graduates joined their families, friends, and faculty in Atlanta on February 8 to celebrate their successful achievement of the big goal: graduation! You can hear the stories of four inspiring members of the Class of Winter 2014 and watch the rest of the event on YouTube.
Check out the playlist »

WGU Celebrates Women's History Month

With topics from “The Hunger Games” to women’s roles in the civil rights movement, WGU’s Social Sciences faculty is celebrating Women’s History Month with a series of free, fascinating online panels and presentations.
See the schedule and learn more »

New Mobile App for Students

Have you downloaded the new WGU mobile application? It’s 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.
Download the app »

The Rising Cost of Not Going to College (PDF)

The numbers prove it: By investing in yourself through a college education, you have made a wise decision! According to the Pew Research Center, there is a $15,000 difference in annual earnings between a worker with a bachelor's degree or higher and a worker without a degree. The difference in unemployment rates between those with a bachelor’s degree or higher and those with a two-year degree or some college is 4.3 percentage points. While only 5.8% of people with a bachelor’s degree live in poverty, the rate is 14.7% for those with only a two-year degree or some college, and a surprising 21.8% for those with just a high school diploma.
Read the report (PDF) »


Tips and Tricks

It’s Not a Failure

WGU student Susan says: “Just remember: Getting a task back for revisions is how you learn.”


Night Owl Profiles

WGU Mentor Honors Son’s Military Sacrifice by Serving New Orleans Kids

When College of Health Professions Student Mentor Teresa Bovia lost her son, a Marine serving in Afghanistan, she knew exactly how to honor his memory: She created Joey’s Hope for Hungry Children, a Louisiana-based charity that helps feed hungry schoolchildren in New Orleans.
Meet Teresa »


Mentor Advice

Mentor Advice: Learning and the Power of Reflection

Before, during, and after diving into a course or topic of study, taking a moment to pause and reflect is critical to truly learn and digest the material, but it’s a step almost everyone forgets. Composition Course Mentor Belle Gironda has some tips to make reflection a regular part of your learning process.
Read Belle's advice »


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