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How to Choose the Right College or University


choosing-right-online-schoolBy Ryan Laspina
Senior Specialist, Red Flags and External Reviews at APUS

Deciding that you want to attend college is one of the biggest decisions you’ll face in your adult life. And once you’ve decided to go to college, you have to make another huge decision: Which college or university will you attend?

There are thousands of colleges and universities in the United States. Picking the school that is right for you is no easy task and feels overwhelming.

How do you start the decision-making process? Here are some different factors to think about when you’re determining which college or university to attend.

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Student Profile: How One Graduate Puts His Security Education to Work


American Military University Alumnus, Joseph W. Kripp

American Military University Alumnus, Joseph W. Kripp

Interview with AMU Alumnus, Joseph W. Kripp

The following profile is the ninth in a series of student profiles of our students and alumni at the university.

Job title: Director of Safety, Security and Transportation, University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois

Degree earned: M.A. Security Management, 2013, American Military University

What have you been doing since earning your M.A. in Security Management at AMU?

I received my master’s degree in 2013 as I prepared for my transition from a public sector career in law enforcement to private sector security management. I retired in 2013 as a Supervisory Special Agent in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) after 24 years of service and 11 years as a police officer in a metropolitan police department in the greater Chicago area.

I began working for American Military University as a consultant on the private sector security initiative team. Later, the University of St. Francis hired me as the Director of Safety, Security and Transportation. I’ve been there since then.

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Keep Your Studies Balanced With a Pacing Buddy


online-pacing-buddy-school-motivationBy J. Stasiw
Online Learning Tips Editor

Sometimes having the support of your family and friends isn’t enough to carry on with the day-to-day responsibilities of classwork. If they aren’t actively participating in the class readings, papers and class discussions they won’t be able to relate and share sound advice and restrictions to follow. What you need as an online student is a pacing buddy. This person should be sharing in the same goals as you, a degree or certificate completion, and should also have the same level of motivation. Finding the right pairing is key to making this type of relationship work.

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Student Profile: Preserving the Environment One Park at a Time


American Public University Alumna, Heather Groen

American Public University Alumna, Heather Groen

Interview with APU Alumna, Heather Groen

The following profile is the eighth in a series of student profiles of our students and alumni at the university.

Job title: Biological Science Technician, National Park Service

Degree earned: M.S. Environmental Policy and Management, 2012, American Public University

What have you been up to since earning your degree at APU?

Receiving my master’s degree from APU was a pinnacle in my life. This degree enabled me to work for several land management agencies, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service. To assist the USFWS motto in conservation management, I served at the USFWS National Conservation Training Center as a training technician and delivered content on resource management, sustainability and conservation. From there, I began working for the state side of fish and wildlife management for the Management Assistance Team in Shepherdstown, WV.

Presently, I am a park ranger working for the National Park Service as a Biological Science Technician. The knowledge and resources I obtained from earning my degree at APU gave me the ability to work for land management agencies and focus on resource management and conservation in a field I am passionate about.

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Why Taking Courses in the Right Order Matters


course-order-importanceBy Erin Kelley-Bannister
Academic Advisor at American Public University

One of the first bits of information you receive from the university is the course progression for your program. Taking courses in the recommended order helps you build a strong academic foundation, so you progress through your program with the academic knowledge you need to succeed in your classes.

Why Foundations of Online Learning Should Be Your First Course

The reason COLL100 (Foundations of Online Learning) is recommended first is because it provides necessary information about how to interact and succeed in our online environment. You’re introduced to the classroom, library, and other basic university information that you’ll need to know as a university student.

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FAFSA Scams of 2016: What You Need to Know


FAFSA-scams-2016By Ryan Laspina
Senior Specialist, Red Flags and External Reviews at APUS

With 2016 now here, it is time to think about filling out the FAFSA for your 2016-17 school year. If it is your first time doing so, it can be a very stressful task. The FAFSA asks for a lot of personal information, and it can be very intimidating to sit down and attempt to fill it out for the first time. If you are a dependent, you will not only need your own financial information, but also your parents’ or guardians’ financial information. Unfortunately, there are people out there that want to take advantage of potential students by tricking them into thinking they can offer help when you are filling out the FAFSA. Here are tips for avoiding two of the best-known (and convincing) FAFSA scams:

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Student Profile: Rebuilding Health for Developing Countries


American Public University Alumna, Prasida Khanal

American Public University Alumna, Prasida Khanal

Interview with APU Alumna, Prasida Khanal

The following profile is the fifth in a series of student profiles of our students and alumni at the university.

Job title: Health Services Manager at Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties, St. Paul, Minnesota

Degree earned: Master of Public Health, 2015, American Public University

What led you to choose a Master’s in Public Health?

My home country of Nepal has been crushed with a decade-long Maoist insurgency, political instability, poverty and a humanitarian crisis. These were difficult times for many Nepali families like us, who lost a loved one, or were persecuted or exiled. Amidst the chaos, I was fortunate to receive a scholarship to study dentistry in one of the most reputed universities in Nepal, the B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences. I worked as a community dentist in rural and underserved areas. While I realized that I could improve the oral health status of my people, there was always the chance that they would go back to a house without water or sanitation. During my work in Nepal, there were diarrhea epidemics and women who died during childbirth. These issues encouraged me to take steps forward to improve the health of the public. I feel blessed to have joined APU to help make my dreams a reality.

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Upgrade Your Holiday Wishlist


holiday-gift-giving-studentBy J. Mason
Online Career Tips Editor

It’s a magical time of year for many, even for those of us who have outgrown our belief in Santa. For those celebrating Christmas it’s the time to share time with the people you love, and give gifts. If you could stuff your stocking with something besides candies and trinkets, what would you put in it for school?

Besides wanting material items like the new Kindle, noise canceling headphones, or anything off of your Amazon wishlist, what about something intangible? Start a school improvement list, instead of just wishing for things to magically change.

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