Scholarships for DREAMers

NOVA is in the process of partnering with The Dream.US, an organization that promotes access to higher education for Dreamers.  Dream ActThrough this partnership, ten NOVA Dream.US scholars will be selected by Scholarship America each year, and hosted at NOVA with substantial scholarships and cohort programming.  Pathway to the Baccalaureate’s Monica Gomez, who is an expert in supporting this population, will coordinate the campus and cohort activities and serve as academic advisor for these NOVA scholars.  The scholarship deadline is October 26, so we need to get the word out quickly.

Transfer Awareness Month

October is Transfer Awareness Month at ELI! Join ELI Counselor, Kim Burkle, for some upcoming Transfer Events to help you prepare your transfer plan!

Transfer Planning Webinar: Thursday, October 9, at 6pm!

Learn about the basics of transfer planning, Guaranteed Admission Agreements, Articulation Agreements, and Transfer Guides. There will also be a web tour of NOVA’s transfer website.

Virtual Transfer Q&A: October 16, at 12pm

Do you have questions about transferring? Chat live with a transfer counselor.

Game of Transfer: October 30, at 12pm

Think you know everything there is about transfer planning? Test your knowledge with the Game of Transfer! Win prizes!

kim*If you have questions about any of the events, please contact Kim Burkle,

*All events are approximately one hour in length.

*Click on the date/time for more information and to register for each specific event. We look forward to “seeing” you online!

Financial Aid Scholarship

The Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation and the College Financial Aid Office (CFAO) are launching a new online scholarship management process.185520715NOVA has partnered with Academic Works to present, manage and award scholarships. Students can now submit, track and accept scholarship offers online. Interested students can go to: sign-up with their VCCS issued email, create a password, and then complete the general application.

The general application will then match the student for all scholarships they are qualified for and identify any additional scholarships that would require additional information. Overall, this is a much more streamlined application process for students to apply for scholarships.

Apply today!

Transfer Awareness Month

October is Transfer Awareness Month at ELI! Join us for some Transfer Events to help you prepare your transfer plans! Visit ELI’s Events Calendar or NOVA’s Events Calendar to register for any of the events!

Transfer Flyer*If you have questions about any of the events, please contact Kim Burkle,

*All events are approximately one hour in length.

Managing the Demands of School through Meditation

College students have a lot on their plates. Students’ have to maintain their jobs outside of school, fulfill the obligations of their personal relationships, and stay on top of the workload of each course! With these demands often conflicting with one another, the need for finding the balance between them is pressing. But how can it be done?

So often people fervently search for peace of mind as if it is the medal you win after making it through the maze of life. But what if the answer to finding balance is already within you and all it takes is for you to retreat within yourself to find it?

Now, the golden question, why should I even try it? I’m so glad you asked! Tons of research has been done on the efficacy of meditation and the benefits are numerous, in particular for the unique population of college students. Studies show that:

  • 30 minutes of meditation 7 days a week increases creativity and elevates mood (you can do this on your lunch break!)
  • Meditation reduced distractive and ruminating thoughts in distressed college students
  • Incorporating meditation into everyday life has shown to increase positive emotions in students
  • Meditation improved academic performance and school behavior, reduced anxiety, heightened self-compassion, and decreased notions of perfectionism and self-criticism in college students (Simply by sitting quietly for 15-20 minutes a day!)

Meditation doesn’t have to be this elaborate process that can only be done when you’re looking out of your third eye while standing on your head on top of a mountain. There are many activities that elicit a meditative, mindful, and relaxed state that you can do every day. Below are some suggestions; just find a quiet spot and try them.

  • Transcendental Meditation: Sit comfortably, breathe deeply, repeat a mantra internally to focus your energy, observe your thoughts and emotions rather than react to them
  • Guided Imagery Meditation: Picture a soothing scene, engage all your senses to make the image as real as possible (do you smell flowers? is there are breeze on your face?), let your mind get lost in the scene
  • Movement Meditation, i.e. walking, yoga, tai chi (and it’s great exercise)
  • Reading/quiet time: creates a great break from the mundane.

***Omvana is a great iPhone/iPad mediation app and it’s FREE!***

Starting your mornings off with a meditation exercise will ready you for the demands that lay ahead throughout your day by giving you a clear head and a more positive disposition. Taking a moment to recharge at work when you feel overwhelmed, doing a focused meditation on a specific topic, i.e. eliminating self-doubt, etc. can make all the difference in increasing productivity in all areas of your life. Remember that peace already resides in you and it is refocusing on that internal happiness that will better equip you to deal with whatever obstacle that comes your way. Namaste!

–Jennifer Reed, Student Success Coach, ELI

Contact me for the list of research articles used to write this post or for more meditation suggestions.

See other related blogs:

A Little Meditation Exercise to Refresh Your Brain

Getting a Good Start to Your Morning

Purchasing textbooks with Financial Aid

Do you have an 8-week course starting Wednesday, October 15th? Are you planning to use financial aid to purchase your textbooks and other course materials? You must have undisbursed financial aid that is sufficient to cover tuition, fees and books in order to use aid to purchase books. Make sure you have all the information so you don’t miss any deadlines.474087489

Eight Week Classes starting October 15:

  • First date to purchase books/supplies using financial aid: October 1, 2014
  • Last date to purchase books/supplies using financial aid: October 24, 2014

If you have any questions, contact the Financial Aid Support Center to speak to an advisor. You will need this form to use financial aid to purchase textbooks or other course materials. Note: you may get an error if trying in Internet Explorer – try to open in Firefox or Google Chrome.

Purchase your books early so you are ready for the first day of class. If you have any questions about required course materials, check the ELI Bookstore website.

This Week at ELI!

MondayThroughout week 6 of the Leadership Common Experience, we will discuss Next Steps- Revisiting Goal Setting For The Future. At this point of the Leadership Common Experience, we are going to wrap up our thoughts and talk about long and short term goals as they pertain to academic and career planning.

Leadership Webinar Series: Did you miss any of our three leadership webinar speakers? Want to view them as a recording? Let us know at

Join ELI on social media for announcements, updates and tips for success. If you have any questions or you are not sure where to start, you can contact the ELI Student Services Team at 703.323.3347 or at We are more than happy to answer your questions, as well as refer you to useful resources and services that will support your online learning experience.

ELI Leadership Common Experience: Week 5 cont..

Social Media Netiquette

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Earlier this week we stressed the importance of understanding proper “Netiquette” and creating a positive online presence when you are an online student. Have you thought about how you can continue to keep that positive positive presence  outside of that online classroom? That’s right, were talking about Social Media! Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube and many other sources that you can use to virtually be “social” with other people.


With so many people using these forms of media, we want to share with you some helpful tips and reminders to maintain that positive presence in the digital social world. Learn more about Social Media Netiquette now.



ELI Leadership Common Experience: Week 5

Netiquette in the Online Classroom

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As we reach week 5 of our Leadership Common Experience, we want to discuss the very important topic of understanding online etiquette or what it is commonly referred to as Netiquette. As a virtual student, do you know how to properly and professionally address an instructor through email?  Have you struggled with how to write a clear and concise response for your class discussion posts? When almost 100% of your communication with your faculty member(s) and fellow students will be through text format, it is key to know how to make a good “virtual” impression. The below resources provide some great tips and tools to help maintain a positive online presence in the classroom as an online student.

“How To Be a Good Online Learner” -This resource reviews the do’s and don’ts of overall communication virtually and as an online student.

“The Etiquette around Discussion Forums” -Discussion posts are required for a majority of classes offered through ELI. When you compare an online course to one on a campus, this would be equal to your class attendance and participation. This is how an instructor and other students see your thoughts and insight on the course material. With this in mind, this article will give you some great tips on how to contribute to the class professionally and effectively.

What are some challenges that you face when it comes to communicating with staff, faculty and other peers as an online student?

Are there any other Netiquette tips that we missed? Please share them in the comments!

This week at ELI!

Throughout week 5 of the Leadership Common Experience, we will discuss Netiquette- Creating a Positive Online Presence.

Have you created a Google+ account with your VCCS Student Email address? Learn how to create the account, and join or leadership google community.

Leadership Webinar Series – Looking for motivation to develop your personal leadership skills? Participate in a leadership webinar in conjunction with ELI’s Leadership Common Experience! Join us on Thursday, September 25 from 6:00-7:00, for a NOVA Alumni speaker, Omnia Elgoodah. Omina will share her success story and talk about her leadership experience as a NOVA student. Find out more information and register here.  

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