March 2015

Stress makes us dumber, says Dr. Lori Desautels in a presentation on her insights on emotional connections and the brain. She discusses how to manage stress and give your brain that kick start it deserves.

Working toward a goal to become an executive director of a non-profit, Heather Barth is a WGU Indiana student enrolled in the MBA program. She’s already going further, having recently been named one of Fort Wayne’s 40 Under 40 by the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly.

Recently, I sat in on a presentation by this name that was directed for educators of at-risk students in elementary, middle, and high schools. However, much of what was shared is applicable to our adult learners who have challenges to overcome in their journey to graduation.

I often forget, but am consistently reminded, that everything in life matters. Not until recently, though, did I fully understand this.

As a WGU Indiana field representative, my "3:00 parade" question is usually "Is WGU online?" While this question seems laughable to a WGU employee, the bigger picture reveals that the person asking actually has ulterior motives.

The story I can weave about some amazing women took place in one day. March 11, 2015, began by sharing a donut with my great-aunt who was celebrating her 92nd birthday. She declared that eating a donut while lounging in bed was the best way to start her new year.

Recently I was fortunate enough to go through Disney training to learn how to better serve our students, past, present and future. What I found is that Disney magic can be applied just have to head in the right direction.

Nearly 750,000 Indiana residents have given college a try, but they haven't seen it through to graduation or a credential. The Indiana Higher Education Commission is working to get Hoosiers – young and older – back into college, which can translate into richer lives – personally and financially.

"You will get what you want when you stop making excuses about why you don't have it." -Unknown

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