Highlights from Recent Argosy University Graduations

by Argosy University 10 January 2012

In the fall of 2011, Argosy University campuses in Phoenix, AZ and Atlanta, GA held their commencement ceremonies. In all, more than 400 students received their diplomas and prepared to embark on the next steps in their lives.

Commencement is an incredibly special time for our students, their families and also for the faculty and staff at Argosy University. We'd like to share some of those special moments here for all to witness.

We’d like to send out our heartfelt congratulations go out to all of the graduates at each of our Argosy University campuses throughout the nation, especially our online students, who can attend graduation ceremonies at any campus location that is convenient to them.

To watch highlights of the ceremonies, please click on a link a below:

Four Job Application Blunders to Avoid

by Argosy University 9 January 2012

You’re finally ready to begin applying for jobs in your chosen career field, and your excitement is palpable. You just know that you’re the right person for the job, and surely anyone who receives your job application will know this too, right?

Wrong. Unless you’re close friends with the hiring manager, you need to do what you can to ensure that your application enables you to put your best foot forward. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of four job application blunders to avoid:

  • Having an Unprofessional Email Address – Your name is Lawrence, but your friends have always called you “Smilin’ Larry,” prompting you, years ago, to adopt the email address smilinlarry@your-domain-here.com. Before you send in your job application with this email address attached, stop and think for a moment. Would it be considered professional? If you didn’t know the person attached to the email address, would you take them seriously? The answer to both questions should be a resounding “no.” So what should you do instead? Generally, it’s best for your email address to only include your first and last name before the @ sign, and a number or two if needed, so smilinlarry@your-domain-here.com becomes lawrencejohnson@your-domain-here.com.
  • Ignoring Typos and Spelling Mistakes - In order to avoid sending in a job application with these errors, proofread it carefully. On top of that, you might also find it helpful to have a friend or two give it a read as well. As they say, two pairs of eyes are better than one!
  • Stuffing Your Application With Buzz Words – If you want your job application to stand out, it’s helpful to include as many action words as possible, but it’s best to avoid common application buzz words that everyone and your brother is probably also using. These are generally meaningless words and phrases like “team player,” “proven track record,” and “results-oriented.” When in doubt, show, don’t tell.
  • Submitting an Incomplete Application – Before submitting your application, make sure that you’ve followed the potential employer’s directions carefully. No matter how much care you’ve put into presenting yourself well, it will all fall flat if you fail to provide the complete package of information requested.

Argosy University Students Share How They Survived the Holiday Season

by Argosy University 5 January 2012

While many of us look forward to the holidays as soon as the weather turns colder, it can also be a stressful time, particularly for the online student.

Randy Goble, a student in the BA in Psychology program at Argosy University, shared the following tips:

  • Try to avoid the crowds by going to the store early. Some stores have extended hours during the season; take advantage of it.
  • Stay away from the “impulse” items at the front of the store. Get in line and get out. This is also for security as well. Thieves hang out at the front just to see what you have and will follow you to the car.
  • When friends and family come over, just stick to finger foods. People feel more at home when they can move around and talk to others.
  • Put others first and you will not go wrong.

As it applies to online learning, make sure that while you’re participating in these activities that you also stay mindful of your schoolwork. Deadlines and class participation are just as important as they ever were.

Argosy University student Carol Mooney from the BA in Psychology program offered her advice in the form of a poem:

What a busy time for all,
As we’re shopping at the mall,
Carrying presents by the dozens,
For Brothers, Sisters, & our Cousins.
Baking cookies, pies, & cakes
While running just on energy shakes.
Wrapping paper strewn everywhere
For presents to give and presents to share.
The visitors come and the visitors go,
The day speeds by as time does flow.
A weary person remembers then
A paper that’s due, oh my! But when?
No problem, it’s only 10 o’clock
I can study now; was that a knock?
More family, I’m sorry I can’t remain,
My paper is due, others will entertain.
Off I go into my own little space,
On my keyboard my fingers I place.
I must remember my studies to do
Time set aside, no matter who
Shows up to visit and share with us
The cheer of the Holidays as well as the fuss.

From all of us at Argosy University, we hope you enjoyed the holiday season.

Social Networking as the New Norm

by Argosy University 3 January 2012

Do you have a Facebook account? If not, you’re probably in the minority. In the past few years, thanks to social networks like Facebook, we’re able to cast a wider social net than ever before.

It used to be that once a person graduated from high school, they’d have to make an effort to keep track of fellow classmates via letters and phone calls. Now, we can connect with those old friends and quickly and easily share photos and news with them. Excited to announce your engagement or the birth of your first child? All you need to do is log in to Facebook to get the word out to your extended network of connections.

Of course, there are some that argue that while Facebook makes it easier to keep in touch, the connections are often superficial. In a recent New York Times article entitled “The Facebook Resisters,” several individuals who are not Facebook members are profiled. One remarked that they found that because of Facebook, they rarely called their friends to speak on the phone anymore. Another recounted an odd situation in which he was in an elevator with a friend of a friend, and, thanks to Facebook, he already knew everything about her, despite the fact that the two had never spoken to each other.

While the Facebook naysayers may be in the minority today, they certainly have some fair points. As we build our social connections, what purpose do they serve for us? Do we really feel connected to our “friends”? If someone sends you a friend request, what determines whether or not you’ll accept it?

In the case of the online student, Facebook can be an invaluable resource. It allows you to connect with fellow classmates from all over the country, share experiences, and provide each other with support. Social networking, whether via Facebook or some other medium, can provide a wonderful supplement to a student’s online learning experience.

While Facebook and other social networks are deeply ingrained in our everyday lives, most of us can remember a time when that wasn’t the case. How have our interactions with those we consider close to us evolved since those days? Provided that we are mindful of how we interact with one another online, we can find that our lives are actually enriched by the ease with which we are able to connect with each other today.