Advice on Conquering the Personal Statement

By Rebecca Marcum, Penn State World Campus admissions counselor and graduate student Writing a personal statement is a very important part of the graduate program application process, but it can be the most intimidating part as well. Trust me — I know. I’ve been there, too. Before applying to Penn State World Campus’s higher education…

4 Ways We’re Making Online Courses Accessible to Students with Disabilities

By Sonya Woods, Accessibility Consultant with Penn State World Campus At Penn State World Campus, we want all our students to have a great learning experience. Part of our focus with course design is keeping in mind students with disabilities, whether they are vision-impaired, hearing-impaired, or have cognitive disabilities such as ADHD. And designing to…

Mindfulness Can Increase Your Concentration and Lower Stress

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” —Dalai Lama  Mindfulness can help students focus and reduce stress, and help create new neuronal pathways in the brain. As an advocate of meditation, I use mindfulness because it is relaxing and the benefits are extremely rewarding. Read below to…

Faculty Focus: Finance Professor Simon Pak

With experience ranging from physics to economics and finance, Dr. Simon Pak, associate professor of finance, brings a wealth of knowledge to teaching online courses at Penn State World Campus. We caught up with him recently to learn about his background (including his stint as a taxi driver), why he decided to teach at Penn…

How-to: Forward Penn State and ANGEL Course Email

Hey there! So, you got everything set up and are starting classes? Email? Which one – WebMail or ANGEL? Yes, they are two different things. WebMail is your Penn State email that is used for official correspondence with the University. ANGEL email is designed for correspondence between you, your professor, and your classmates. How can…

Why a College Degree is Like the Declaration of Independence

How many of us have considered the freedom and independence that an education from Penn State affords us? A Penn State degree is like an alum’s Declaration of Independence. It symbolizes one’s victory after a battle to obtain freedom from the cultural, social, and economic restrictions inherent in the adult American experience. The question is, do…

Understanding Different Personality Types: Communicating Effectively in the Workplace

“You have to get along with people, but you also have to recognize that the strength of a team is different for people with different perspectives and different personalities.” — Steve Case Do you feel that you have a hard time speaking to your boss or colleagues? Maybe your boss sets undeniably high expectations? Or…