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Grandma in the Lion’s Den


Written by Dr. Martin C. Wesley

I am currently reading a book by renowned author and Harvard psychology professor, Dr. Stephen Pinker entitled Enlightenment Now: A Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress. This book is a follow-up to his groundbreaking The Better Angels of our Nature, where he shows that our assumptions of the world is falling apart or going to “hell in a handbasket” are all wrong. Instead he shows that we are truly living is the best of times and that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge and happiness are all on the rise.

We all have a tendency of viewing our present circumstances, the current politics, cultural values and more as devolving instead of taking us to better times, to peace and toward values where all people are loved and valued. We look at the future with fear and anxiety and long for the good ole days, which often were not so good.

This reminds me of my grandmother. Her name was Doreen and her maiden name was Martin. I was named after her family. When I was growing up in Arizona, my grandparents would often come to visit. They would bring their camper which was so large, I wondered how their truck didn’t tip over with any gust of wind. When I was about eight or nine years old, they took me and my brother to the Phoenix Zoo. I believe my mom was there with us and my baby sister who was in her stroller. We walked through half of the park and came to the lion and tiger exhibits. Most of the time these zoo animals rarely give you a good show. Often, animals are hiding or sleeping but not today. Today the large male lion was making some noise and roaring at the crowd. My grandma pulled out her Kodak instamatic camera and with limited vision, started moving closer to the lion exhibit. What she didn’t see was that she was walking toward a sloped flower and shrubbery bed that was faced with raised railroad ties. Grandma tripped on these ties and fell straight down into this lowered shrubbery bed beside the lion’s area. Grandma was now head first, wearing a dress and her legs lifted in the air. All the while, the lion becomes louder and louder with his roars and grandma is screaming, thinking she just fell in the lion’s den and she is now on the menu. My grandpa was trying to help my grandma up, but also trying to keep her dress closed as that was probably worse for grandma that being eaten alive by the lion.

Soon, with the help of some other zoo patrons, my grandmother was lifted out of the bed. She was disoriented and scratched up from the shrubs but soon saw that her fear of being a lion burger was unfounded. Later, she could see the humor in the confrontation with the lion and would laugh at the incident. I should also mention that grandma got a great picture of the lion before she went down!

We all have a tendency to believe that we are falling into the lion’s den. Often, we are also in the midst of true oppression or distress, experiencing the loss of a loved one or have been experiencing failing health. Yet, there is hope and often opportunities exist to overcome and become stronger. I became a licensed professional counselor and a professor because I love lifting people up and guiding them out of their own lion’s den. I love helping people out of addiction, family dysfunction or out of feelings of depression because they see no hope for the future. If you are like me and want to help people out of their own lion’s den, please reach out to me or others at Argosy University who can help you in your next adventure.

Dr. Martin C. Wesley is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the Associate Chair of the College of Counseling, Psychology and Social Sciences in Florida at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa. Feel free to reach out to Dr. Wesley at ###

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What Makes a Great Student?


Written by Dr. Melvin Randolph

Dr. Randolph obtained his Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from the Graduate School of Business and Management at Argosy University, Chicago. Currently, he is an adjunct instructor for Argosy University, Chicago and several other institutions in the ‘Chicagoland’ area.

Last semester, I was teaching an economic class and I noticed that there was a student who frequently remained in the classroom after the class had ended. I approached the student and asked if he had any questions about the course material. The student told me that he had no questions. I asked the student why he stayed after class every week. The student informed me that he just wanted to be prepared for the next class. I was impressed by the student’s answer and it made me wonder what makes a great student. As I thought about it, I came up with five characteristics that I believe make a great student. Those five characteristics are: motivation, communication, good listening, self-awareness, and intelligence.


The first characteristic a good student must have is motivation. The student has to be motivated to want knowledge if they want to be successful. This is the most difficult part for a student and depending on the course subject and the professor; students may find it hard to find motivation. I always suggest to students to find something to motivate them about the subject. It is not the responsibility of the school and the teacher to provide motivation to the student. The student must find motivation that is unique to them and once that is found, they are on your way to gaining knowledge and being a great student.

Communication Skills

Secondly, students must have great communication skills. I remember being a college student and being afraid to ask the teacher a question during class because I was afraid of looking stupid in front of the class. In hindsight, I realize that I missed out on so much information because of this choice. I quickly learned that asking questions can in fact help shape and direct the class, not just for me, but for my classmates as well. What most students do not realize is that most teachers are happy if students came to class prepared to listen to the lecture and have questions.

Listening Skills

Next, students need to stop listening defensively. Listening defensively is problematic because students doing this only receive small amounts of the information being shared. Some people like to challenge questions and debate theories, but this method can be distracting to the student. A great student would be prepared to listen openly and actively so that they can succeed.

Self Awareness

Students sometimes need to look at themselves and ask what type of student they are in class. Being aware of self is another key component to becoming a great student. Taking ownership and responsibility in how you receive and interpret instruction are very important internal characteristics that can shape a student learning potential. Sometimes as students we are judgmental of instructors or classmates and we allow it to change our behavior and block the opportunity to learn something from the class. I believe humbling one-self and being prepared to accept instruction is also a good plan for becoming a great student.


Intelligence is needed to be a great student, but when I say intelligence I mean intelligence in all its various forms. It can be emotional, linguistic, and/or intra-personal intelligence; all of these are assets in learning. Whichever the type a student possesses, it can be used to help the student succeed. Intelligence is especially important when it comes to thinking critically. I believe critical thinking subjects transcends across all disciplines and classrooms, so it is a very important skill to master. Also, studies have shown that students with high intelligence seem to do well with critical thinking assignments.

In closing, I believe if students were to focus on these five characteristics (motivation, communication, listening, self-awareness and intelligence) and use them as a blueprint for their educational journey as a student, they will definitely be on their way to becoming a great student.

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What can I do with a Business Management Degree?


Whether you like working with people or products, a career in business management can help you to achieve professional goals. The United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that management positions are often high-earning, with chief executives being paid an average of $175,100 per year. Financial managers and human resource managers earn an average of over $100,000 per year. Many of these jobs require on the job experience and a higher education degree.

Additionally, marketing and sales manager jobs are expected to have the largest growth potential in the industry—so if you’re interested in getting on board, it may be time to pursue your business management degree.

Argosy University helps to prepare tomorrow’s business managers for success in the workplace through its Graduate School of Business and Management . Students may pursue a Master of Business Administration, Master of Law in Compliance, Master of Science in Human Resource Management, Master of Science in Management, and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership. The school also offers a Doctor of Business Administration in Business Administration and a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership. Not at the graduate level yet? Check out our undergraduate business programs!

Each of these programs is specialized to help students to move up into management positions in their current company—or to compete for higher-level jobs in the marketplace. Interested in enhancing your career potential in the business world? Contact the admissions department at Argosy University to learn more about our programs in business management.

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Administrative office: Argosy University, 601 South Lewis Street, Orange, CA 92868 © 2018 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is
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