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I Got My Summer Refund Check!

  It’s my favorite time of the semester you know the one where free money is involved?! My semester started a week ago and my refund posted shortly after. If you’ve been reading my blog or watching my YouTube channel, then you know I am a champion for scholarships and free money. This past year my employer decided to pay for doctoral degrees in full which greatly assisted in my debt free journey. Figure 1: This is a thumbnail of my latest YouTube video “I Got My Summer Refund Check” where I am sitting in my office with my hand under my chin with a smile while looking at the camera. Although my schooling is paid for, I still have several scholarships that provide some overage. My goal is to not only obtain my doctorate degree for free but to make money while doing it! This summer I received two scholarships for $500 each for a total of $1000! One scholarship was given to me by the university without me having to apply while the other is for my work with a local community college.  With

How Did My Fall 2021 Semester End?

Another semester has come to an end, and I am more than excited to have a little rest. If you don’t know I am a second year Higher Education doctoral student. My program is entirely online, and I typically take two courses a semester. This semester I took a Law in Higher Education course and a Qualitative Research course.

Figure 1: This is a photo of my YouTube thumbnail for my latest video "How Did My Fall 2021 Semester End?" where I am smiling at the camera with my hand under my chin. My hair is short black and curly, and I am wearing silver hoop earrings.

I was the most nervous about my Law in HIED course as I had heard that it may be difficult. It also didn’t help that the professor emailed us early in the course and let the class know that he would be more than a stickler for APA format. This class also required a LOT of reading I’m talking at least a hundred pages a week. Throughout this class I mainly read various cases and wrote APA style summarizations of a given one in a discussion post.  Now my Qualitative Research course was basically an add on to the introductory class, so this was simple since I was able to build on to my original assignment. My original assignment was a mini dissertation that focused on job outcomes for students on the Autism Spectrum in higher education.


Figure 2: This is a photo of a brown gavel used to illustrate my law course.

While both courses did require a lot of time and effort ya gurl successfully passed both with an A! With working full time and a few parttime jobs as well I always make sure to take care of business first! Reflecting on this semester here are a few takeaways for any other students out there:

  • 1.     Use a planner to stay organized.
  • 2.     Read your syllabus daily to keep up with assignments.
  • 3.     If you’re an online student like me log into your online platform (Canvas, Blackboard, D2L etc.) every day!
  • 4.     Stick to a schedule to create a routine.
  • 5.     It’s a marathon not a race. A bachelor’s or graduate degree still holds the same no matter the time it took to obtain it.
Figure 3: This is a screenshot of my grades. The course title is listed, the campus, and final grade of an A.

How did your semester go? Do you have any tips to stay successful? During the winter break I usually forget about school altogether but this semester I am taking a winter mini course which lasts for about four weeks so that’s currently where all my focus is. I’ll be sure to give you an update on how things are going. In the meantime check out my latest video and be sure to sign up for my weekly email list to stay up to date with Ms. Duggan and all things education!



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