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Putting Student Loan Debt Into Perspective

student-loan-default-consequencesWith the recent election, you have probably heard plenty of chatter about our national debt and how it has ballooned out of control. While that debt is concerning, there is another debt that American students are shouldering. Student loan debt is a major issue, with numbers exploding over $1.1 trillion. Yes, the unpaid student loan debt in this country is over $1 trillion, an absolutely mind-boggling number. This number only encompasses FSA loans, so private loan debt would push that number to astronomical proportions.

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Myths of the English Major

myth-english-majorBy Carol Froisy
Program Director, English and Communication at American Public University

Myth 1: English majors cannot “do” math.

Every good English major knows the difference between “two,” “too,” and “to.” It’s true that we might try to round-up our calculations to soothe our penchant for neatness. Zero is a wonderfully round and even number, but we use it only when necessary; so, many times, it is merely a place holder. (See, we even speak “math” all the time.)

We can too add deductions! But seriously, it just seems so silly not to use the calculator that is right on the computer screen. After all, using a calculator ensures that we remain as perfect as we think we are.

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Five Writing Tips for Students and Professionals

writing-college-guidanceBy Dr. Elizabeth D’Andrea
Faculty Member at American Public University

Professional writing is key to getting a job, keeping it and advancing your career. The classroom assignments and forums that are typically part of college courses are a great way to hone your skill.

There are five key elements to great college writing that will lead you to success in the classroom and beyond.

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TV Shows and Bullying: Starting a Dialogue with Children

cyberbullying-tv-media-educationWhether it is Nelson Muntz from The Simpsons or Regina George from Mean Girls, bullying is commonplace in many TV shows and films. October marks National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and TV networks from Fox, NBC, Disney, which owns ABC Family, are launching anti-bullying campaigns. The impetus that led to the revamp of the messages that these television shows and films send came from the subtle but clear messages to children that dishonesty, gossip, and verbal and physical aggression are perfectly acceptable ways to influence your social world towards your own personal gain. Yet, the new message promotes being proactive and dealing with topics like bullying in school as well as the new trend of digital bullying.

It is no wonder so many movies, TV shows, video games, and other forms of entertainment include bullying themes. It is because almost everyone can relate to stories about bullying. When a storyline reflects bullying in the real world, it is both compelling for audiences while also acting as a powerful tool for change.

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Travel Destinations for the Lifelong Learner

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By Latanya Hughes
Faculty Member, Hospitality Management at American Public University

The world offers a cornucopia of travel options. How do you choose?

I recommend that you look to the buffet of exotic and historical places that you can enjoy and simultaneously expand your mind.

In the hospitality industry, a destination is a place that is alluring and has specific features that are attractive to the traveler. For instance, Jamaica has exotic, luxurious beaches and eclectic local flavor. For the lifelong learner looking to add a few more stamps to their passport, these destinations will enhance your mind and open your eyes to more beauty, wonder, and a memorable getaway.

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The Continued Socioeconomic Impact of Apollo 11

apollo11-impactForty-Five years ago this week NASA made dreams a reality. Humankind shot three men into outer space with a mission to land on the moon.  On September 12, 1962 President John F. Kennedy made his famous Moon Speech at Rice stadium in Houston, TX. He told a nation his dream to put a man on the moon. This speech helped kick off the Apollo mission. Though initially the great space race was another battle ground for the cold war with the USSR, it lit a fire of stimulus for multiple generations.

The Apollo 11 mission motivated a generation of innovators, technologists, mathematicians, dreamers, scientists and engineers. The Moon Landing confirmed that, if you could dream it, arouse it, campaign it, and finance it, almost anything could be accomplished. The Apollo 11 Mission had three major factors:

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Financial Benefits of Online Education

learning-onlineOnline education can be a convenient and affordable alternative to traditional campus-based education. If you are a working adult, a member of the United States Armed Forces, or just not in the financial position to attend a campus-based university but wish to pursue a degree, online schools are a great option. Not only are they more conducive to success for people with time constraints, but they are usually more affordable for a variety of reasons.

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How to Confront Your (Online) Education Fears

education-fearWe’re all afraid of something. There are the more widely known fears like fear of the unknown, spiders (like me), the dark, and even taking the plunge to go back to school. Some of the concerns with obtaining a degree is failing a class, missing out on time with family, not being good enough, and money concerns. All of these fears are well founded, but can be beat by being proactive and prepared.

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