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Savvy Student Newsletter:
November 2021

Academic Skills Center's

Savvy Student Newsletter

New from the ASC!

Are you a doctoral student nearing the end of your coursework? Be sure to check out our latest Savvy Student Blog!

Former Peer Tutor and Walden Graduate Suzanne King, shares her 4 Strategies to Successfully Transition from Coursework to the Doctoral Capstone in this latest post on the Savvy Student Blog.

Upcoming Events

Comunicating with Faculty Workshop for Undergraduates

Thursday, November 11, 2021
from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST

As a student, your instructor is often your most valuable resource. However, when it comes to reaching out to faculty members, many of us feel intimidated. Your hosts--two undergraduate peer mentors--hope to help you overcome those fears during this interactive presentation on how and when to communicate with your instructor.

Register for Workshop


Thursday, November 18, 2021
from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST

With the busy holiday season approaching, practicing self-care is more important than ever. During this interactive event, two Walden peer mentors will explain why taking care of yourself is essential to your success as a student and offer tips for working self-care into your hectic schedules.

Register for Self-Care


Des Ellis

Program: Bachelor of Science Communications

Graduation Date: October 2021

"Congratulations, Des! Over the past year, you have served as a constant, steady force in our growing and ever-changing program. Needless to say, we are so happy that you have decided to stay on as a mentor and to pursue an MBA through Walden. Best of luck to you on the next leg of your journey! Your confidence, curiosity, and savvy will take you far in the coming months!"
- from Emily Bruey, Coordinator of the Undergraduate Peer Mentor Program



Des is now enrolled in Walden's Master of Business Administration degree program! 


Take time for assignments but also incorporate self-care. A few deep breaths a few times a day helps to reset and recharge which will equal success.
Make all assignments fun, find a part and pretend this is a real-life situation.
-Tara Robinson, Walden Student

Spending time with the family during the holiday is always a special time, but so is continuing my education. Whenever the conversation comes up about whose house we are going to spend the holidays at, I always make it known that I have to be able to still maintain my 10 hours a week to my studies. It is so important for me to keep my mind fresh during a break and prepare for the next semester. While people are in the kitchen, I might take that opportunity to catch up on some reading or start brainstorming for an assignment. The key is to not get so comfortable during a holiday break that you come back feeling as if you are starting all over again.
-Des Ellis, Peer Mentor

Don't be afraid to say no and/or ask for a raincheck. The holidays can be tough with many people wanting our time. Don't be afraid to tell those in your life that you are stretched too thin and ask for a raincheck on doing some of your holiday gatherings. The holidays are about spending time together with family, not necessarily on what days.
-Sarah Spang, Walden Student Sarah Spang

Schedule time for self-care just as you do for your school assignments and study time. This could even be documented on the calendar as you would a personal appointment or exam. Even if it is only to take a walk or spend some quiet time sitting alone - if the time is allocated and is written down in a calendar it is more likely that you will honor it. I have a dog who needs walking several times a day. Although the exact times of the walks are not documented on the calendar, they are done consistently, and those walks serve as my self-care time.
-Caroline Sondermann, Walden Student

James Allen said, “There can be no progress, no achievement, without sacrifice, and a man’s worldly success will be in the measure that he sacrifices.”
Christmas and New Year’s fall on a Saturday thereby requiring strategy to complete assignments on Thursday. My tip for balancing is to sacrifice early mornings, late nights, shopping and office parties to finish assignments before Friday. The reward is a Holiday where we can stay in the moment with family and friends.
-Sherry Wilson, Peer MentorSherry Wilson

Try to work ahead in increments to pace your build-up and alleviate what you'll have to do over the much needed holiday breaks.

Music with words can throw me off, so since I still want the festive vibes I opt for holiday music without the words. Then, I can still have music, the vibes, and use a number of songs to pace my work and breaks.
-Jennifer Miller, Walden Student

Interested in more Savvy Strategies? 

Your Academic Skills Center offers a variety resources, including tips and advice from Peer Mentors on subjects such as, 


Success Strategies

Whether you are looking for strategies for School-Life Balance, Self-Care, or are interested in finding new Learning Strategies and developing your reading skills, we have a variety of resources to help you succeed.


From NVivo PDFs to One-Way ANOVA APA Write-Up videos, our resources cover a wide variety of statistical topics to help you in your coursework. Visit our Statistics Home Page today!


Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is an essential part of your journey; whether it is formatting in Word or creating a presentation in PowerPoint. Visit our Microsoft Office Page today!


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