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Earn Your Degree in Sunny San Diego, a Region Known as the “Smithsonian of the West”

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Students attend Argosy University, San Diego for both its academic programs the city’s metropolitan lifestyle, consistently pleasant weather, and an abundance of outdoor activities. San Diego is California’s second largest city, with so many arts amenities that it’s known as the “Smithsonian of the West.” Argosy University, San Diego is conveniently located just north of the I-8 and route 163 interchange.

The university offers program areas ranging from Business Administration to Forensic Psychology, Organizational Leadership, Human Resource Management, Criminal Justice, and Information Technology. The school offers doctoral degrees, master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and associate’s degrees. Many programs have flexible learning formats that allow students to fit an education into their busy work and life schedules. “I chose Argosy University, San Diego because of its structured program, testimonials, and ability to work with students who have busy lives and schedules,” said Carla Ramirez. “In addition, I’d heard that Argosy University had amazing professors who were clinicians and active in the community.” Ramirez earned a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the school in 2011.

Once admitted to the San Diego campus, students have access to the school’s library, which contains resources that support campus programs while encouraging life-long learning. The library maintains a specialized collection of books, scholarly journals, audiovisuals, dissertations, and theses—reference materials that assist students at all levels of their education to grow academically and professionally. The library is also accessible online.

Located in Southern California, Argosy University, San Diego is within a two-hour drive from plenty of activities. Students can enjoy mountains, the desert, Los Angeles, or Mexico. Surfing, water sports, tennis, golf, jogging, mountain biking, and many other outdoor activities may be pursued year-round in the city’s warm climate.

San Diego offers many regional shopping centers, as well as dining and destination spots such as the San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, Seaport Village, Old Town, Horton Plaza, the Gas Lamp District, and La Jolla. The opera, symphony, and live theater district attract the city’s creative artists while designers and media artists flock to the annual Comic-Con event. Sports enthusiasts cheer on the Padres and NCAA teams from San Diego State University.

Argosy University, San Diego can be the next step in your educational and professional goals. Click through on the links below to learn more the programs offered. If you’d like to talk to an admissions representative, call (855) 435-5334 or visit our admissions webpage. You can also stop by the school. Our address is 1615 Murray Canyon Road, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92108.

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Kids in Sports - The Pressure to Perform

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Most every parent knows the joys and pains of children’s spring sports – the Saturday early morning scramble to get the family up, ready and to the field which is balanced out by watching your child make a great play.

The benefits of organized sports are numerous. “Sports can help children meet the 60 minutes or more of physical activity per day recommended by the CDC,” says Dr. Mirjam Quinn, assistant professor of Clinical Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago. “Research shows that participation in team sports can help children develop important social skills including the ability to delay gratification, follow rules and navigate conflict. Regular exercise decreases anxiety, improves mood, and fosters the development of important brain functions including attention, planning and organization.”

On the other hand, Quinn cautions, research also shows that some kids who participate in organized sports are at increased risk for performance anxiety and stress, burnout and may even focus on sports to such a degree that other aspects of the child’s identity are not developed. Why? The pressure to perform.

“There is too much pressure on parents and children alike to be the best, to be special, to be ‘truly gifted.’ Parents are often made to feel that if they don’t make their child shine over and above the rest, the alternative is a life of failure,” says Alan Nathan, an associate professor in the Clinical Psychology program at Argosy University, Washington, D.C.

“While some parents see the capacity of sports to help their children remain healthy and develop positive life skills, others can feel that sports are a vehicle for college scholarships and careers as professional athletes,” says Dr. Kevin Sverduk, chair of the Sport-Exercise Psychology program at Argosy University, Orange County.

That means that sports for children are becoming more competitive and the family is becoming more invested in the game. “With more and more youth sports being played within ‘club teams,’ families that can afford the costs for the club’s coaching, travel to tournaments, not to mention private coaching that is often needed to stay ahead are often seen as better sport parents. With the individual sports like golf, tennis, figure skating and gymnastics, it is even more of a status symbol to have a child who has achieved some level of success,” says Sverduk.

“When kids see their parents one-up each other over their children’s sports performance, they get the message loud and clear – ‘You are more worthwhile when you do well,'” says Quinn. “Providing external rewards (including praise) and focusing on performance rather than the process of learning saps children of all enjoyment of the activity. Their motivation shifts from intrinsic rewards (like feelings of competence, pride and enjoyment) to external rewards (like performance evaluation and praise). Many kids become dependent on the external rewards and their self-esteem crumbles when they do not win.”

The difference between a kid who benefits from organized sports and one who is crushed under the pressure is whether or not that child has parents and coaches who foster a healthy attitude toward sports. While keeping your child front of mind during their sports activities can be a challenge for some parents, it is a necessity.

“The most important issue is that the child enjoys his or her participation in the sport and that the child feels that his or her parents are invested in supporting the child,” says Nathan.

“If you are a parent and you find yourself becoming emotionally wrapped up in your child’s performance in sports, or academics or advanced basket-weaving, it is probably time to take a step back and remind yourself that it’s your kid who is out there – not you,” cautions Quinn. “At the end of the day, your child is a worthwhile person, regardless of whether she does well or fails outright.”

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5 Characteristics of a Great School Principal

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Thinking of becoming a school principal? The job is certainly a big one, but also one that can be extremely rewarding for the right type of person. Learn five characteristics of a great school principal to determine if this career path would be a good choice for you.

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