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Finding Affordable Resources for Your Classwork

studying-class-resourcesIf you are a college student (or an aspiring college student), then you know that tuition is not the only cost you have to incur to get your education. While textbooks can cost an inordinate amount of money, many classes require other resources to aid you in successfully completing the class. While there are ways to combat expensive text books, sometimes you have to buy them to be successful in the class. Some of your resources, however, can almost always be found for free if you know where to look.

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101 Inventions that Changed the World: A Math Perspective

taking-math-in-collegeBy Dr. Shirley Vigil
Faculty Member, Mathematics at American Public University

Recently, I toured the 101 Inventions that Changed the World exhibit at the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. It reminded me of how important math is to my life.

The first invention that piqued my interest was the personal computer. Conceived to help the “normal person” crunch numbers quickly, I cannot imagine my life without it. The number of mathematical calculations saved over the years is enormous and we owe it to the mathematicians and engineers who took time to develop the miniaturized devices (another invention—the integrated circuit) behind it.

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Learning Online Doesn’t Mean You’re Learning By Yourself


AMU students at a recent community event in Washington, D.C.

By Cindy Aitken
Senior Manager, Community Engagement at American Public University System

There are extraordinary people in this world—working fathers and mothers, leaders and mentors—seeking to be part of something bigger. And many choose to join an extraordinary community of learners online in order to move their lives and the world forward. Balancing your lifelong goals with your work and family responsibilities means exploring every possibility, and online education provides an ideal solution for thousands of working adults worldwide. And while you’re using your computer or mobile device to interact daily in the virtual classroom, the fact is, the online learning model and feeling like you’re part of a tangible community aren’t mutually exclusive. In fact, when you join a quality online university, you engage a community of learners that may include your professor down the street to a classmate from down under.

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Budgeting While in College

money-management-studentsCreating a budget is actually a pretty simple task to accomplish. However, creating an honest and practical budget can be a little trickier. It is human nature to want to spend money on frivolous purchases, so it can take some determination and discipline to create an honest budget for yourself while you attend college. College has many expenses associated with it, so it is absolutely important that you have a firm grasp on your incomes and expenses. Otherwise, you could end up in serious financial debt.

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Budget Wars Threaten Basic Science and Future Innovation

future-science-innovation-fundingBy Mark P. Mills
Contributor, Forbes

The Oscar-winning movie, The Imitation Game, opened with a scene that perfectly captured an age-old conflict between brilliant science and bureaucratic sensibilities.

In the movie, math and science genius Alan Turing professed no particular knowledge of the crisis at hand (cracking the German code). He suggested the Army general, in effect, trust him to bring to bear the power of ideas. The skeptical general was looking for a specific skill-set and path. To the general’s credit, he trusted Turing. (The outcome of World War Two would have been otherwise quite different.)

On average, history shows it is how science works. A lot of trust is needed to fund open-ended exploration. That kind of curiosity-driven, basic research has been the American hallmark for all of modern history. And ironically, even if unpredictable in advance, it has in hindsight been both revolutionary and productive.

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Honoring the Legacy of Storer College

James Green, Jr. (left) with Senator Joe Manchin III.

James Green, Jr. (left) with Senator Joe Manchin III at the recent event for Storer College in Harpers Ferry, WV.

By James Green, Jr.
Manager, Intelligence and National Security Relationships at American Military University

This past Friday, I had the honor and great privilege to serve as the emcee for a special recognition program. Sen. Joe Manchin III, the West Virginia Congressman from the United States Senate, presented a special proclamation on Storer College, a historic educational establishment that left a significant imprint on the history of West Virginia and our nation. Located in the state’s eastern panhandle in beautiful Harpers Ferry, the legacy of Storer College began following the Civil War. It was established by the Reverend Dr. Nathan Cook Brackett and philanthropist John Storer of Sanford, Maine whose goals were to create a school that was open and accepting of all students, regardless of gender, race, or religion.

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Tips from the Road: Getting Access to Class for the Online Learner

online-ed-tips-tlmBy Aj Dionne
Student, American Military University

Online schooling gives us a lot more freedom than a traditional college or university would. We all take advantage of the time aspects of that freedom, but most people still do their school work from home, or a coffee shop. What happens when it is time to take a family road trip, or if you travel for business? As a long haul truck driver, and a full-time student at AMU, I want to offer some tips to help you out.

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Pay it Forward With an Education Compliment

pay-it-forward-in-educationRarely do we think of going back to school as directly benefiting strangers; unless you’re going into teaching. It’s a way to better your life, your family, and your future. Since we’re not yet out of the charitable season it’s important to think about how your education can benefit those around you. Think about your fellow students who may be struggling to get through their program. Or what about your peer in class that can’t seem to manage their time efficiently and feels like giving up? While you have no obligation to reach out and help these individuals, there should be nothing stopping you from extending a hand through a compliment or an inspiring story.

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