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Creating Connection in the Classroom is Elementary for Watson, Argosy Grad and Instructor

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For younger students, the path from high school to an advanced degree is often linear. But for many nontraditional students and adult learners, that path to higher education can have plenty of unique twists and turns.

Dr. Tom Watson has been there. Before earning his M.A. in Professional Counseling/Community Counseling in 2004 at Argosy University—and his Ed.D. in Counseling Education and Supervision in 2013—he was a stage actor, a music producer for a Peabody Award-winning radio series, and a production team member for Dreamworks and MGM Studios.

“I tell my students that while each of our life experiences may be different, what we have in common is that we’re together, right here, right now,” says Watson, who teaches master’s level counseling courses at Argosy’s Atlanta campus. “How each student found his or her way here is just part of their story. Where they go from here is the next chapter.”

Watson, who first realized counseling was a career option at age 10 while watching a movie about Sigmund Freud, believes his previous life in the creative arts and his current career in education and counseling have much in common: both provide an opportunity to help people better understand themselves.

“Theater and film both offer audiences an opportunity to explore why they—and others—do what they do,” says Watson. “Psychology and counseling do the same thing, but on a more intimate, individual level. I think that’s ultimately what motivated me to pursue my M.A. and Ed.D. in psychology. I loved the idea of connecting with people one on one, and supporting them in changing their lives for the better.”

Watson grew up in an Air Force family and attended six schools before his twelfth birthday. Today, he is president-elect of the Military and Government Counseling Association. He says his childhood—and his career in the arts—helped prepare him for teaching.

“When you live overseas and move as often as my family did, you learn to be adaptable and flexible,” Watson believes. “I think you become more open to experiences and people. Because I grew up in the military, I have a special appreciation for military students. And because I returned to college for a graduate degree after a successful career, I understand the challenges of being an older student. You bring all of those experiences with you into the classroom.”

Connection matters to Watson. In fact, feeling connected is part of what appealed to Watson when he began his studies at Argosy in 2002.

“I remember being a bit anxious when I returned to school,” Watson recalls. “I had graduated ten years earlier from Georgia State University with a degree in Communications, Film and Video Production, so it had been a while since I’d been in a classroom. On my first day of classes, I remember the counseling department chair welcomed students as we arrived. When I introduced myself, she remembered me from my personal statement on my application. Her authenticity and her energy impressed me and really made me feel so welcome. It was very different from my undergrad experience. I didn’t feel like a number. There is something very reassuring about being in a place where you know they want you to succeed.”

Watson says Argosy’s culture of connection eventually convinced him he wanted to remain at the school as a teacher.

“When I was acting or working in film production, I never imagined I’d return to Atlanta and pursue higher education,” he says. “While my career has never been conventional, the path has led to a place where I feel very much at home. When you’re interested and enthusiastic about teaching, students notice. When they know you care and want them to succeed, that’s pure gold. I take pride in a teaching style that’s creative, connected and collaborative. In my experience, it’s an approach that creates a space in which great things can happen.” ###

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Online Learning – Flexibility and Freedom to Reach Your Educational Goals

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If you’re looking into online education, you already know the benefits. You can learn on your own schedule, keep working, continue attending your kids’ soccer games, and manage your busy life.

Argosy University, Online Programs allows you to focus on your goals while staying focused on your life responsibilities. We understand that our online students are full-time employees, parents, and caregivers. They’re motivated people who require support and flexibility, and are willing to face the challenges of pursuing higher education.

Brittany Doud, a two-time graduate of Argosy University, Online Programs, began her education at Glendale Community College. Getting out into the working world, she realized that she wanted additional education—but needed to fit it into her schedule. She turned to Argosy University, Online Programs, for her bachelor’s and master’s level studies. In 2014, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and in 2015, she earned a Master of Arts in Sport-Exercise Psychology .

Today, she’s working as a director of support programs for Special Olympics Arizona. “As soon as I started my last class [working toward] my Master’s degree, I was offered a job as a unified sports school district liaison with Special Olympics Arizona. I accepted this role and within six months was offered a promotion as the director of support programs.”

Brittany adds that her manager commended her ability to quickly move up the ladder within the organization. And she states that the support she received from Argosy University, Online Programs helped her to reach her career goals.

“My online academic counselor and finance counselor played a huge role in helping me to get through my degree programs on-time and with a strong GPA. I loved feeling the support from this school.”

Ready to take the next step in your education? Click here to learn more about the online programs that we offer, and how you can fit higher education into your life.

See http://auprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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#IAmArgosy Photo Contest | Rules and Regulations

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#IAmArgosy Photo Contest

Rules and Regulations

Show us your version of how you represent Argosy University! Whether it be a picture of your study space, you in your favorite Argosy swag, family, friends, portrait, landscapes etc… Get creative!

Details: Must follow ALL of the below to be considered/win

· Photo submission must be uploaded on your Instagram page, no other social media channel posts will be considered.

· You must be a follower of the @argosyuniversity Instagram page.

· ONE photo submission per current student or alumni.

· Post the photo to your Instagram page and TAG @argosyuniversity so we can view it. If you do not tag @argosyuniversity, we will not be alerted of your submission and your submission will not be entered in the contest.

· Please include in your post: your name as you were registered under as a student, so we can verify your enrollment / alumni status, a description of what is going on / who is on the photo, and your best #IAmArgosy statement – how do you represent and/or use what you learned / experienced at Argosy University on a daily basis.

· Your confirmation that your photo submission was entered into the contest will be Argosy University’s Instagram page “liking” your photo.

· One current student AND one alumni will be chosen as winners. Argosy University Social Media staff will select as winners the two photos (one current student and one alumna) that best encompasses Argosy University's spirit.

· Each winner will win an Argosy satchel bag and an Argosy tumbler cup.

· All photos must be posted before 3/31/17, 11:59pm EST to be considered for the contest.

· Winners will be announced on 4/4/17 via Argosy University Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and the AU Blog – as well as a direct message via Instagram to you personally if you are selected as a winner.

· Your submission gives Argosy University the right to use and / or repost your image on its social media channels and websites, as well as contact you via private message for questions and to alert the winners.

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