Life Balance

Why Resiliency Matters

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Apr 4, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Online student Bill Adkins reflects on the need to develop resiliency in order to cope with life's challenges.

By Bill Adkins,
Student, Saint Leo University|Online

As I sit here typing this blog for Saint Leo – counting the number of classes I have left before graduation (four!) – I can’t help but think of my first experiences in college over 17 years ago.

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Topics: Success

Can Having A Dog Help You Get Better Grades?

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Apr 2, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Sure, dogs provide unconditional love. But they also relieve stress, and that may help make you a better student.

You’ve had a horrible day.

You’re in no mood to cook.

And you just got a ticket for running a red light.

If you’re a dog owner, none of that will matter when you walk through the door.

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Topics: Success

21 Apps To Get You Through The Holidays

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Nov 18, 2014 8:29:00 AM

If you're a working adult enrolled in an online degree program, this time of year is crazy busy. Here are some apps that can help you finish the academic term strong and prepare for the holidays.

If you love apps, you know you’re not alone.

But you probably have no idea how “not alone” you really are.

Last year, more than 1.2 billion mobile app users worldwide downloaded more than 82 billion apps.

Currently, there are more than 2.5 million apps available from the Apple App Store and Google Play alone.

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Topics: Success

An Infographic To Inspire You To Persevere

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Aug 12, 2014 8:13:00 AM

If you’re a student in an online degree program who is managing work and family responsibilities, in addition to your educational pursuits, you know how difficult it is to stay the course.

History is replete with examples of people who persevered despite challenges and setbacks and succeeded. Undoubtedly, you’ve heard many of them.

Beethoven composed his most important works, such as the epic Symphony No. 9 including the “Ode to Joy” movement, during the last decade of his life, when he was deaf.

J.K. Rowling was a penniless, single mom when she wrote the first Harry Potter book on an old manual typewriter.

Walt Disney’s first animation company went bankrupt.

Colonel Sanders, a sixth-grade dropout, didn’t even start his entrepreneurial venture until he was 65.

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Topics: Success

How To Be On Time: 7 No-Brainer Tips

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Apr 1, 2014 8:15:00 AM

Has punctuality become a quaint, outdated virtue? Does it really matter anymore? If you think it does (or your boss does), here are some common sense tips for being on time.

Is it just kids who say the darndest  things?

How about adults?

For example, check out these excuses people gave for being late to work. They're  honest-to-goodness excuses from a CareerBuilder study.

A zebra was running down the highway and held up traffic (turned out to be true).

Woke up on the front lawn of a house two blocks away from home.

Cat got stuck in the toilet.

Ran out of milk and had to buy some before getting ready for work.

Fell asleep in the car when I got to work.

Accidentally put superglue in my eye instead of contact lens solution and had to go to the emergency room.

Thought Halloween was a work holiday.

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Topics: Success, Productivity

Give It A Try – Unplug

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Mar 18, 2014 8:39:00 AM

While the very thought might cause your palms to sweat and heart beat faster, there are benefits to unplugging.

Once upon a time, Americans were known for their love affair with their cars. We romanticized about the freedom of the open road and – from “Little Deuce Coup” to “Pink Cadillac” – even wrote songs about them.

Statistics show, however, that the total miles Americans drive peaked more than six years ago and is gradually falling.

So what’s our current infatuation?

Is there even a need to ask?

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Topics: Success, Productivity

Your Monday Morning Pep Talk

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jan 28, 2013 10:47:00 AM

Need a Monday morning pep talk? Try listening to this little guy.


It’s the last week in January.

That warm glow from the holidays has worn off.

You’re now knee-deep into the Spring I term.

And unless you’re living in sunny Florida, real winter weather is probably smacking you in the face.

Plus, it’s Monday.

So maybe you need a little pick-me-up. A mini pep talk. A reminder about why you work so hard.

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Topics: Success

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