How to Make The Most of Your Next Semester Online

Many students are currently beginning the school year totally online, whether that’s children in elementary school or adults taking graduate courses. While this is a necessary precaution, it also comes with challenges.

Keep reading to learn how to make the most of your next semester online.

Follow These Tips for A Successful Online Semester

  • Take Stretches and Breaks When Possible: If you’re sitting at your desk all day, it’s vital for your physical and mental health to take breaks. Stretch your back out, get some steps in, and let your eyes rest from staring at a screen.
  • Focus on Your Set-Up: Especially if you’re also working from home, you’re going to want your office to be a welcoming place that makes you excited to go to school and work each day. Select a chair that supports your back and allows for height adjustments so you can be sure your computer screen is in your direct eyeline. Make sure your technology is up to date so it can handle the tasks you need it to. Finally, add some decorative touches to the space to ensure you enjoy the time you spend there!
  • Keep Connected: Just because you’re no longer face to face doesn’t mean that you don’t have the ability to stay connected to your fellow classmates or teachers. In fact, thanks to advances in technology, it’s never been easier to stay connected via our phones and computers. Set up a slack channel just for your class. Exchange numbers so you can reach out to each other other than when you’re on Zoom calls. Plan virtual study groups or happy hours. The resources are there for you to stay connected, so use it. When you feel closer with your classmates, school is more enjoyable, and you’ll have someone to turn to if you become overwhelmed.
  • Stick to Your Schedule: When you’re at home, it can be extremely easy to slip away from your schedule and enjoy your TV and couch. But we want to discourage you from doing that. It’s important to create a schedule for yourself to follow so that you still remain as productive as you usually are when you’re on campus or at a physical location. Create a schedule that allows you to juggle your responsibilities at home, your full-time job, and your class load. Break it down hour by hour, and don’t forget to schedule breaks like we’ve discussed.

The Georgia WebMBA, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Management Information Systems at Georgia College offers professionals the opportunity to make their next move by earning an accredited online master’s degree. If you’re curious about how we can work with you to help you complete your online MBA, especially in the face of a pandemic, click here to contact us today.

Interview Questions to Consider Thanks to the COVID-19 Pandemic

We live in an entirely different world than we did at the start of 2020. Now, many of us work remotely, social distance during our time off, and constantly carry a mask. Unfortunately, many have also lost jobs or are facing major setbacks in our search for new careers.

If you’ve been job searching during the pandemic, first of all, hats off to you. That is no easy feat! However, just as we’ve changed our daily habits to help stop the spread of this disease, the interview process during the COVID-19 pandemic has to adapt as well, mainly to benefit the person who is being interviewed. Certain questions about the pandemic can really highlight a company’s culture in ways that couldn’t happen before.

With that in mind, here are some interview questions to consider thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ask These Questions During Your Next Interview

  • How did your company adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Did you have to furlough or fire any employees?
  • How do you keep your team safe during the pandemic?
  • What does your sick leave look like?
  • How do you anticipate your company changing permanently, even after the pandemic is over?
  • Do you have best practices for remote working up and running?
  • Could new employees possibly work remotely, part-time or full-time?
  • Is this a permanent position, or will needs change once the pandemic is over?

These have been our interview questions to consider thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Georgia WebMBA, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Management Information Systems at Georgia College offers professionals the opportunity to make their next move by earning an accredited online master’s degree. If you’re curious about how we can work with you to help you complete your online MBA, especially in the face of a pandemic, click here to contact us today.

 

Celebrate Your Graduation During COVID-19

In order to stop the spread of COVID-19, we’re all making sacrifices. We’re working from home, spending more time away from friends and family, and avoiding large gatherings. Unfortunately for all the recent graduates, this new world also means no graduation ceremonies or parties.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t celebrate! In fact, you have every reason to celebrate. To give you the inspiration you need to mark this special occasion, here are some ways to celebrate your graduation during COVID-19!

  • Recreate the Ceremony at Home: You’ve got the degree, the cap, and the gown. Why not bring the graduation ceremony to your house? Many graduates are also quarantined with family members, so you have a built in audience as well. Use your living room as a stage, set up a fun walkway to strut your stuff, and get all dressed up for the occasion. Even have someone call your name, shake your hand, and hand you your degree.
  • Conference Call Your Loved Ones: One of the best parts of graduation celebrations is spending time with your loved ones. If you’re not currently quarantining with your family, it may feel especially difficult to not share this time with them. So plan a video conference to celebrate the occasion virtually! This will also allow you to include family members or friends located farther away who wouldn’t be able to attend in-person anyway. Third-party apps make this extremely easy nowadays, especially since this has turned into a main form of communication for everyone across the globe as we stay inside. Schedule a time that works with everyone (we all should be pretty open these days), and turn on the video donning your cap and gown.
  • Self-Care Time: After finishing a degree, you’re bound to be tired and wound-up from the stress of exams, final papers, and making it across the finish line. The best way to unwind and relax is to indulge in some self-care rituals, which is a phenomenal way to celebrate all you’ve accomplished. Whether you’re favorites include taking a hot bath, ordering take-out from your favorite restaurant, or curling up on the couch with a book: do it! It doesn’t have to be loud and busy to be a celebration. It’s just whatever makes you feel happy and proud!

These have been our ways to celebrate your graduation during COVID-19! The Georgia WebMBA, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Management Information Systems at Georgia College offers professionals the opportunity to make their next move by earning an accredited online master’s degree. If you’re curious about how we can work with you to help you complete your online MBA, especially in the face of a pandemic, click here to contact us today.

School Breaks Shouldn’t Mean a Learning Break: Tips to Engage Your Brain

For most students, spring break, winter holiday, and of course, the long summer hiatus are all times filled with rest, relaxation, and quality times with friends and family. These breaks are important to ensure you’re recharged and ready for all the challenges school brings!

That being said, if you aren’t working or taking any classes over these breaks, it’s important to take other steps to keep your mind sharp. Months off from learning can dull your senses, impair your decision-making abilities, and send you several steps backward in any higher-education goals you may have in place. Learn these tips to engage your brain during a school break!

Tips to Engage Your Brain

Keeping your brain engaged doesn’t have to be a boring, tedious task. By making it fun and exciting, you will find it’s easier to keep up the habit.

  • Online Tools are at Your Disposal; Don’t Waste Them: Thanks to modern technology, there are so many ways to engage your brain and keep yourself learning. Check out popular online learning platforms like Lynda or LinkedIn Learning. Scope your local area to see if anyone is offering online classes or visiting lectures. Do a Google search for classes involving your favorite subjects, whether that’s knitting or physics. There’s so much information out there waiting for you to grab it, so take advantage.
  • Schedule the Time to Learn: Just like you schedule time to work or to get in some exercise, you need to block off your commitment to learning. Whatever tactic you use should have dedicated space in your schedule to ensure that you don’t drop the ball. Putting a deadline on this habit will help ensure you actually complete it and continue to do so.
  • Plan Engaging Outings: Armed with your mask and hand sanitizer, use the extra time you might have during your break to visit places that will get your mental wheels turning. Museums, historical sites, and libraries are awesome examples.
  • Reward Yourself: Let’s face it. Learning isn’t as fun as other break activities like watching TV or spending time with family. You can use that to your advantage! Turn these fun activities into a reward once you’ve completed your learning for the day.
  • Read, Read, Read: Whether you’re on the beach indulging in a fun fantasy or sitting in your office and learning a new skill, books are fantastic tools to keep your brain fresh. Studies have shown that reading fiction improves your brain connectivity and function. So, pick up some books from your local library or head to your favorite bookstore and find things that make you excited to curl up on your couch.

The Georgia WebMBA, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Management Information Systems at Georgia College offers professionals the opportunity to make their next move by earning an accredited online master’s degree. If you’re curious about how we can work with you to help you complete your online MBA, especially in the face of a pandemic, click here to contact us today.