Multitasking as a Non-Traditional Student


When I returned to college in 2013 to obtain my Paralegal Certificate at Manor College, I was a full-time mom and student, part-time fitness instructor, and intern as a Paralegal. In addition, I dog sat and worked part-time in a floral shop.

Where did I find the time? Multitasking and time management. A calendar on my phone was a must (including a paper backup – one time I deleted my phone calendar and needless to say, it was crazy until I could recover it). Ever since then, I use a backup program for my phone called Samsung Kies.


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4 Tips to a Great Start as a Transfer Student

A new semester has come upon us once again. As a transfer student, this can be a tough time. You may not know where you fit in, have many (if any at all) friends, be familiar with the school, etc. All of these reasons may even cause you to dislike a school and forget all of the great reasons why you chose to transfer to this great school.

 photo istock_000007332928small.jpgTherefore, below are a few ways to help you get through the first couple weeks of the semester in a new school:

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My Story: The Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

Note: Guest blogger Isla M. shares her insights about the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. If you have any questions or comments about the scholarship or process, please comment below!

Applying for scholarships can be very stressful. The Jack Kent Cooke scholarship application is one of the more extensive applications I’ve dealt with, but if you are willing and dedicated enough to put in the effort, the payoff is incredible.

I was awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship in May 2016, a few days after graduating from Manor College with my Associates in Science. Receiving this scholarship has been a life-changing event. The Jack Kent Cooke foundation provides up to $40,000 a year for up to two years for tuition, fees, books, living expenses, and even child care expenses for recipients with dependent children. It is important to note that the foundation doesn’t wish to displace any financial assistance (FAFSA, merit scholarships, institutional aid, etc.) that students will be receiving upon transferring. They simply wish to bridge the gap between the financial assistance scholars are already receiving and the financial assistance they need.  

The Cooke foundation works tirelessly to make the transfer from your two year school as easy as possible by not only providing financial assistance, but also a network of people and resources outside of the financial aspect of the scholarship. Cooke scholars are even eligible for graduate school funding of up to $50,000 a year for up to four years! As someone who has grappled with the application process, I want to provide some insight on my experience to help other potential scholars in the future.

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Transfer Advice: A Professor’s Viewpoint II

Note: This article is the second part of a two-part series of transfer advice from Mary Sims, a professor at Arcadia University and Manor College. You can find the first part here.

Once you’re at your transfer institution, you may even want to take courses that will help you hone skills outside of your major, even if they are not required, as long as they count for credit towards graduation. For example, I truly believe that everyone should take psychology to help them understand and deal with the people they will be interacting with for their entire life. It is important to think about what you want to achieve at all points in the process. After all, it is your future.

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3 Ways to Get Ahead This Summer

I’ve just wrapped up my first year at the University of Southern California. It’s been a year of transition and difficulties and compromises, but also one full of amazing experiences, people, and classes.

But now that the year has come to a close, a common sentiment I hear is “now what?” As transfers, we’re often in a limbo where we are much more knowledgeable than freshman, but don’t quite have the same experiences as others who have never experienced transferring. One of the best things to do is to not spend the whole summer relaxing, but to continue attacking the next few months as if school were still in session. Here are some ideas on what steps to take:


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