Friday, July 31, 2015
Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. - William Arthur Ward
Few actions in our current digital age mean more than a good old fashioned hand written thank you. It really surprises me at just how many people neglect this simple act. Obviously, it takes much less effort and thought to simply send an email. The ease of digital platforms have made us impersonal causing a deficiency in genuine personal relationships.
One question that I hear often from students seeking a career change is, “how do I set myself apart and make a positive impression?” Whether it is after an interview or visit, I always ask if they followed up with a hand written note of gratitude. The note must be professional, legible, addressed correctly, and most importantly; genuine!
I have the humbling privilege of spending time in Washington DC, working with Capitol Hill offices, corporations, not-for-profits, federal agencies, and many more. These experiences have given me the chance to witness firsthand, the power of a hand written thank you note. I make it a point to write a personal thank you to everyone I meet while traveling. Some responses I see immediately, while others I may never see. But that’s ok! Expressing genuine thanks does as much for your spiritual and physical life, as it does for the recipient.
Thank you notes yield so much power to set you apart from the masses! A personal note shows:
Recently, I received an email from my counterpart at a well-known national news agency. I work very closely with this individual, and routinely communicate with her. Over the past several years she has worked with students and members of our team in various capacities. After I personally met this amazing individual, I sent her a personal note. In that note, I spoke to her passion and kindness. I thanked her for all that she does, and reminded her how much she personally matters to myself, and our team. Within the week I received a hand written note from her, expressing her appreciation and enjoyment from our visit! Several weeks later, after many interactions with Liberty University, she sent me a very special email. In it, I noticed a phrased she had used, “what do you put in the water at LibertyJ.”
The message here is; when you are consumed with Christ, hope and joy inevitably create a lifestyle of contentment and thankfulness! So, be sure to build lasting and effective relationships by investing in the lives of people through genuine thankfulness. Through it, you will be changing lives; one note at a time!
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18Posted at 8:01 AM | Permalink
Friday, July 24, 2015
If you’ve ever started a workout routine only to have forgotten about it a month later, you may be looking for a way to stay motivated. Here are 10 steps to help you achieve your fitness goals- by sticking to it for the long haul.
Friday, July 17, 2015
Considered by many to be the eighth wonder of the world, nothing overcomes the doldrums of summer days like a trip to the public pool. Skipping the mandatory shower and shirking any sunscreen, as a child I always made a bee line to the diving board, anxious to repeat the joyous cycle of summer: running start, double bounce, hold your breath, SPLASH!
Online education is akin to jumping in the deep end—exciting right up until you realize the water is over your head. A tenacious spirit is a common defining trait of our students. Yet many face seemingly insurmountable academic challenges as they press towards completing their degree. Adjusting to life in the deep end, they reach out for someone to throw them a lifeline, to come alongside and support them as they master the skills needed to succeed.
Liberty University Online is proud to offer just such a lifeline to our students. Through a partnership with Tutor.com, Liberty offers free online tutoring and career assistance to all our online students. Each semester active students receive an allotment of 20 hours of tutoring services—free of charge. Students are able to connect with tutors in an easy-to-use online classroom. Tailored to meet the needs of busy schedules, tutoring services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Tutor.com offers support in over 40 different subjects within the realms of math, science, English, and social studies. Some of the most common subjects utilized by our students include:
Students who use Tutor.com frequently share just how beneficial the service has been to them. The comments below are just a few highlights from your fellow Liberty University Online students:
As an online student aspiring to teach high school science, I know firsthand how invaluable the resources at Tutor.com can be. Through the constant support and encouragement, I am learning how to swim, without which, I would surely still be floundering in a sea of organic chemistry.
Visit our webpage for information on how to sign in to Tutor.com and request help from a tutor.Postedby Rebecca Eller at 8:31 AM | Permalink
Friday, July 10, 2015
I was in traffic, calmly cruising along. I decided to switch lanes to catch a turn, and did the unthinkable—at least to the guy in the other lane—I used my dreaded turn signal! A turn signal is designed to tell the driver in the lane you want to enter that you’re wanting to come over, so why do some people speed up to not let you in?
I wonder; what if we all had turn signals on our bodies. As we walked on a crowded street, would we pick up our pace to get past other pedestrians when we saw them preparing to cross into our path ahead? So why do we do it on the road?
Instead of allowing myself to stew over the pickup truck that decided to speed up and pass me when he saw that I was trying to get over into his lane, I asked myself this question, how does this situation apply to life? Philippians 2:3 came to mind...
That is certainly counter-cultural thinking today, isn’t it? Everyone is in a mad rush to out-do, out-learn, out-sell, out-dress, out-smart and out-class each other. It is an ongoing saga of survival of the fittest.
So often, when people prepare to take a turn for the better in life, there are those who won't do anything out of the ordinary until they see that person trying to get ahead. Then suddenly, they try to out-do rather than help others get ahead.
Yet Jesus, the Son of God incarnate, did the very opposite. He made Himself the lowest He possibly could in order to lift us up to the heights of who we could ever hope to be. And guess what? He told those who would follow Him that they must be willing to do the same.
So the next time you are on the road, and you see someone up ahead turning on their blinker, try slowly raising your foot off the gas pedal and letting them in. Let them get ahead of you. You'll feel better about yourself; I guarantee it!
Practicing small courtesies like these can actually help build a mindset within you. You will begin to think more about how you can help others get where they are going.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
I am sure you have been in this situation before, maybe numerous times; you are working on an assignment, have a question, email your professor, and anxiously await a reply. Studying online, many students never have the opportunity to meet the professor on the other side of the computer screen.
As I sit and speak with Liberty University Professor Amy Hassenpflug, I watch her face glow as she shares her love for her job, co-workers, and students. In each email received, she sees a student waiting for her reassuring, helpful response. Whether the student is a working parent, a single parent of 5, a 20 year-old at home, or a military student, she wants her response to be a catalyst for academic success, confidence, and independence.
|Our LUO faculty are aware of the unique needs of our online learners. We hope to address their needs quickly, in ways that help build confidence in our students. This is a path to success!|
Throughout many years of teaching, Professor Hassenpflug has worked with hundreds of students who have a desire for academic success as they begin their degree at Liberty University. As a result of this found need, Professor Hassenpflug (Department Chair and Online Professor for College of General Studies) and her colleague, Jamaica Conner (College of General Studies Department Chair, Developmental & Conversational Language Courses), created INFT 101 (Instructional Technology for Successful Online Learning) to assist new undergraduate online students in finding academic success. INFT 101 is designed to equip students with:
While new undergraduate online students are required to take INFT 101, the course is also highly beneficial to current students, regardless of the progress they have made in their program.
When asked about her favorite aspect of teaching, Professor Hassenpflug mentions the “lightbulb moment” she has witnessed many students experience; the moment when students realize the empowerment they possess from learning and academic achievement. The solid foundation provided by INFT 101 and Professor Hassenpflug allows students to excel in their academic journey. She hopes to, in the end, see each of her students in cap and gown, walking across the stage in celebration. No matter where your paths cross in the online learning format, she will be there to cheer you on.Postedby Rebecca Eller at 4:09 PM | Permalink