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Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area is located in the East Bay town of Alameda, an easy commute for students via highway or public transportation. Alameda is just outside the bustle of downtown San Francisco and boasts onsite parking and easy access to restaurants and Bay Front Park.

The university offers program areas ranging from Advanced Educational Administration to Clinical Psychology, Health Services Management, Sport-Exercise Psychology, 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. The instructors are professionals who bring real-world experience into the classroom. “My strong relationship with my advisor profoundly impacted my academic life and career,” said Sarah Ferraro Cunningham, who in 2009 earned a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | San Francisco Bay Area.

Once admitted to the San Francisco Bay Area 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.

Nearby San Francisco is a popular tourist destination, with historical architecture and a beautiful skyline. Popular parts of the city include Little Italy, Chinatown, the Mission District, Telegraph Hill, and Haight-Ashbury—an area forever associated with the 1960s hippie culture. The city enjoys a cool climate year-round, with temperatures around 60 degrees. San Francisco has more than 200 miles of bike paths, as well as numerous public tennis facilities and outdoor parks with views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

College students in San Francisco have access to a wide array of things to do. Cultural amenities include The War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, The War Memorial Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall, and The Fillmore. At these locations, students take in performances by the city’s opera, ballet, symphony, and other performing arts organizations. Museums include The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Palace of the Legion of Honor, and the Asian Art Museum. Sports fans enjoy following the Giants and 49ers. And running enthusiasts take part in the yearly Bay to Breakers race, known for its colorful costumes.

Check out all that Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area has to offer by clicking on the links below to learn about our academic programs. 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 1005 Atlantic Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501.

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Kids in Sports - The Pressure to Perform


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


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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