Best Value

I love a sale.  I love getting a high quality item that won’t break my wallet.  I just bought some killer Gucci sandals at T.J.Maxx for only $30.  It may not be sandal weather yet, but that didn’t stop me from taking a picture of my sandals, along with the price tag, and sending it to all my friends.

When it comes to education, this is hard to do.  School is expensive.  Wouldn’t you love a high quality school without the high price tag?  Well, according to Princeton Review’s 2012 ‘Best Value Colleges’ list, that is exactly what you are getting at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

UW-Eau Claire was recognized on the 2012 ‘Best Value Colleges’ list based on academics, costs, and financial aid.  The Princeton Review profile stated that UW Eau Claire “scholarships and grants are numerous, and often considerable, too”.

Read what UW-Eau Claire Students had to say:

  • “a great all-around school while still being affordable”
  • “a very good education for a very reasonable price”
  • “makes a high quality education accessible to those who could not typically afford one”
  • “scholarships offered secured my decision to attend”

So go ahead and brag.


Source: http://www.uwec.edu/News/releases/12/02/0210Princeton.htm

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Motivation for Your Goals!

Setting your goals is the easy part. Actually meeting those goals takes a lot more than just saying you will! Motivation is the key here and while it’s not easy, here’s a guide that can lead to a series of successful accomplishments, goals, and habit changes. Motivate yourself from the very start!

  1. Start small. I’ve said this before, but that’s because it’s one of the most important tips in motivating yourself toward a goal. Don’t start out big! Start out with a ridiculously easy goal, and then grow from there. If you want to exercise, for example, you may be thinking that you have to do these intense workouts 5 days a week. No — instead, do small, tiny, baby steps. Just do 2 minutes of exercise. Commit to 2 minutes of exercise for one week. You may want to do more, but just stick to 2 minutes. It’s so easy, you can’t fail. Do it at the same time, every day. Just some crunches, 2 pushups, and some jogging in place. Once you’ve done 2 minutes a day for a week, increase it to 5, and stick with that for a week. In a month, you’ll be doing 15-20. Want to wake up early? Don’t think about waking at 5 a.m. Instead, think about waking 10 minutes earlier for a week. That’s all. Once you’ve done that, wake 10 minutes earlier than that. Baby steps.
  2. One goal. Too many people start with too many goals at once, and try to do too much. It saps energy and motivation. It’s probably the most common mistake that people make. You cannot maintain energy and focus (the two most important things in accomplishing a goal) if you are trying to do two or more goals at once. It’s not possible — I’ve tried it many times. You have to choose one goal, for now, and focus on it completely. You can always do your other goals when you’ve accomplished your One Goal.
  3. Examine your motivation. Know your reasons. Give them some thought … and write them down. If you have loved ones, and you are doing it for them, that is more powerful than just doing it for self-interest. Doing it for yourself is good too, but you should do it for something that you REALLY REALLY want to happen, for really good reasons.
  4. Commit publicly. None of us likes to look bad in front of others. We will go the extra mile to do something we’ve said publicly. Now, you don’t have to commit to your goal in your daily newspaper, but you can do it with friends and family and co-workers, and you can do it on your blog if you have one. And hold yourself accountable — don’t just commit once, but commit to giving progress updates to everyone every week or so.
  5. Get excited. Well, it starts with inspiration from others (see above), but you have to take that excitement and build on it. Get pumped! Get excited about how amazing it will be once you’re on your way!
  6. Print it out, post it up. Print out your goal in big words. Make your goal just a few words long, like a mantra (”Exercise 15 mins. Daily”), and post it up on your wall or refrigerator. Post it at home and work. Put it on your computer desktop. You want to have big reminders about your goal, to keep your focus and keep your excitement going. A picture of your goal also helps.

(source: http://zenhabits.net/the-ultimate-guide-to-motivation-how-to-achieve-any-goal/)

Balancing Act

School and work. Family and studying. Keeping everything balanced can take the skill of a tightrope artist. There are a lot of ways to keep your life in sync.

Remember your goals.

Why did you decide to return to school? Are you looking for a new career? Wanting to complete your degree after a long hiatus?

Make sure your goals are the same today as when you started. If they’re not, it might be time to reassess.

Take Baby Steps.

It’s hard to go back to school. You don’t have to commit 100% your first semester in school. Take just one or two classes to see how it goes. Once you get used to studying again, you can take more classes.

Prepare to Plan.

Create schedules to stay on track for studying, spending time with family, work, and you time. Be aware that you might need to cut back on some extra-curricular activities to make time for school. But, by carefully planning your days, you can get all your work done and take advantage of any free time you might encounter.

Get Support from Family and Friends.

We say it all the time. You’re not alone. It’s not just you who will be sacrificing time and energy to earn your degree; it’s also your family and friends. Let those close to you know how important it is that you go back to school and they will accept that you’ll be less able to join them for a movie or family night.

Stay Professional on the Job.

If you’re working and going to school at the same time, keep them separate. Don’t study at your work desk. This might show your co-workers or even your boss that you’re not totally committed to your work. Doing homework at work is also a bad idea because you won’t be focused on that homework.

Just remember…if you have questions, concerns, or need someone to talk to, we’re here and ready to help.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-adults-heading-back-to-school-can-balance-life-work-family?siteID=mktw