Student Government Association Leadership Training Summer 2019

Yesterday, each Student Government Association attended a cross-campus leadership training. They shared connections, discussed setting an agenda for the upcoming semester, learned tips and tricks for surveying students, and did some very important self reflection on how to combat holding inherent biases.

You’ll notice some quirky pictures below because there has to be some fun when Student Life is involved! The group completed different team building activities like human charades and a game called “the maze”. 

Overall, we left the day feeling excited and energized for the upcoming semester! 

To learn more about getting involved with any one of the campus Student Government Associations, email 
with your name and campus of interest! 

Northern Virginia Artisans Invited to Participate in New Loudoun Exhibit

Calling all Artisans who work or live within the Loudoun Area!!! 

You are Invited to Participate in a New Exhibit
Artisans Showcase Focuses on Three-Dimensional Work

Potters, sculptors, jewelers, and artisans of all kinds are encouraged to participate in a rare exhibit for three-dimensional work. The Loudoun Arts Council and Thomas Balch Library invite all artisans working or living in Loudoun County to apply for the first Loudoun Artisans’ Showcase, a curated exhibit held in the central Mercer Room at the historic Library from September 3rd through 30th, 2019.

Functional or non-functional pieces in any medium will be considered. Space is a limiting factor; the interiors of the two display cases measure approximately 27” wide x  78” long x 10” high. Choose your best work that will fit within these measurements. You may enter up to three items for the $10 application fee. The deadline to apply is midnight, Friday August 9th, 2019.

Questions? Please email LoudounArts for more information. (Click the hyperlink in green)

Data Center Operations Information Sessions

Join NOVA for an informational session on the new Data Center Operations degree program . Learn about admissions, financial aid, and more!

Tuesday, July 16th

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

NOVA’s Signal Hill Center, Room 150
21335 Signal Hill Plaza, Sterling

Pre-Register Here:


NOVA Manassas Campus Open House

NOVA Manassas is hosting an Open House on Friday July 5th 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Free Pizza and NOVA Swag + a chance to speak with a NOVA Manassas Advisor. Hope to see you there! RSVP: at

For directions to the Manassas Campus visit our website here:


Where Are The Best Summer Study Spots?

Summer courses. They can be a drag, but they also come in handy when you are making up credits, or trying to finish your degree plan in a short amount of time.

We found a blog post on listing the best summer study spots!   The article recommends studying outside to soak up some sun and we agree! We decided to create our own list of fab study spots to try out. Drop a comment below with your favorite summer study spot suggestions.

Take advantage of outdoor spaces- patios, backyards, or local parks! 

Forbes Magazine points out that exposure to sunlight elevates your mood and helps strengthen your immune system. Use that summer time shine! If you’re in the Northern Virginia area,  don’t forget each campus has plenty of outdoor space to utilize. Being on campus can help keep your mind in grind mode.

Speaking of space on campus, our libraries have open summer hours!

Check out our summer library schedule from May 20 – August 11. Outside campus operating hours, branch out and visit a local public library.  LibWeb does the work for you in finding a nearby library location.

Cafe’s and coffee shops are a great environments to get work done.

Free Wifi, background music, and unlimited access to caffeine.. what more can you ask for?! Check out Northern Virginia Mag’s Guide to Coffee Shops in you’re in the area.

We hope some of our suggestions work for you this summer. Don’t be afraid to try new spaces, and when you find a spot that fits your needs, utilize it! Enjoy, and happy summer studying!

Any suggestions? Drop your fav summer study spot in the comments below!

Join the Business Student Interest Group!

Interested in Business Related Topics?

Join the Business Student Interest Group for NOVA Online.  Engage in business related discussions, guest interviews, article sharing, tips, and more- online!

To join or to find out more information contact the group leader, Kaleigh, at

Volunteer Opportunity: Clean the Bay Day

Volunteer with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for Save the Bay Day.

Each year, on the first Saturday of June, thousands of Virginians simultaneously descend on the rivers, streams, and beaches of the Chesapeake Bay watershed to remove harmful litter and debris. Thirty-one years strong, Clean the Bay Day is a true Virginian tradition and an annual opportunity for families, military installations, businesses, clubs, civic or church groups to give back to local waterways.

Saturday, June 1, 2019
9:00 am-Noon

Click here to Register —>

Volunteer at one of the numerous locations around Virginia. Clean up areas are available in every country that NOVA Campuses are located in.

Visit the link below for a full list of areas.

Raffle Prizes for Volunteers

There’s more! NOVA Students who volunteer for Clean the Bay Day will be entered into a raffle to win a NOVA Online Tech Swag Bag- includes flash drive, webcam cover, mouse pad, & microfiber cloth key chain!!!!

To Enter the Raffle Follow Instructions Below 

  1. Sign up and volunteer at one of the Clean the Bay Day locations
  2. Share a photo from volunteering with a brief description of your experience. Sharing can be done in one of three ways:
      • sending the information/picture to
      • tagging @NOVAELife on a Twitter post
      • tagging @NOVAElife on a Facebook post
  3. Winners will be announced the following week and prizes will be sent by mail.

For more information contact your Student Life Coordinator at



2019 College Scholarship Program: The Virginia Writers Club

Finals may be over, but the chance to win a scholarship is not! The NOVA Online Book Club shared this great opportunity.

The Virginia Writers Club is awarding $2,000 to first year students in a writing related major. See details in the link below:

Applicants will write on the 2019 topic:

Tell about someone who inspired you and the effects of that inspiration on your writing life.

For more information on how to get involved with the NOVA Online’s  Book Club visit:

Summer Internship Opportunity

Internship Opportunity

This Is My Brave is seeking a summer Intern! We’re a mental health storytelling organization ( and are experiencing significant growth.

This Is My Brave, Inc. provides a platform and a community for people affected by mental illness to share their stories through theater programs and community events. Their mission as a new non-profit organization is to ignite and actively promote a positive, national conversation on mental illness to end the stigma surrounding mental health disorders. They believe that every time a story is shared, there’s another crack helping to break down the stigma of mental illness. This is an unpaid internship, but offers excellent experience in a non-profit entrepreneurial environment with the opportunity to contribute your ideas and have your voice heard as a valuable contributor to the team.

Their physical location is Dulles, Virginia, but they mainly work out of home offices so this will be a work-from-home opportunity, with meetings in person (or via Skype) every other week to go over work and set new assignments.


  •  MUST be Local to the DC metro area
  •  Experience with Google Drive and Google documents
  •  Strong knowledge of social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+, YouTube)
  • Ability to travel to Ashburn, VA bi-weekly (or do Skype meetings)
  • 5-10 hours a week
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Must work well independently with high attention to detail
  • Creative thinker, not afraid to offer up ideas for new and unique ways to reach our target audience
  • Administrative projects: Research, Data entry, and assisting Executive Director on special projects such as Facebook/IG Live campaigns as needed

    This is an exciting chance to get involved – and have a voice – with an organization which is on the leading edge of social change when it comes to the way society views mental illness.

    To apply, please email: jennifer(at) and submit your resume and a video clip (can be shot on your smartphone or using a computer’s webcam) telling why you’re interested in joining the team.

Test Taking Strategies

To enhance your test taking skills and get that ‘A’, take a moment to review the common test taking errors and tips referenced below.

Read the Instructions/Questions Carefully: You have probably heard this tip a thousand times but failure to read the instructions and each question carefully can result in careless errors. Do not skim—read thoroughly and carefully. Sometimes, wrong answers can be the result of skipping over important directions.

Label Your Test: Make sure your name and student ID are on the test along with any other information required by the instructor or testing center. You would be surprised at how many students, anxious to get started, forget to put their name on the test or the Scantron! Failure to include your name will most likely result in a zero!!

Sequence Errors: Concept errors such as misunderstanding a principle involved in solving the problem or steps involved in the process can create problems in answering the question correctly. When studying, take time to review your lecture notes and textbook carefully to ensure you follow the proper sequence is answering the question. (Use flash cards and/or mnemonics when studying, to help remember and recall the order.)

Missing Problems in the Test: If you are anxious and/or have a tendency to rush, you may miss problems or skip a step. If you are confused on a question, circle it and come back to it later. If you have a tendency to skip the last step or part of a question, be sure to look at this part of the problem first. Always remember to review your test before turning it in!

Spending too Much Time on One Question: If you are spending too much time on one question, circle it, and refer back to it after you have completed the other questions (as you move forward through the test – other questions may prompt you to remember the answer to the question that stumped you). If you are taking a timed test, you may want to consider wearing a watch (testing centers do not allow cell phones at your testing station).

Recording the Incorrect Answer: Accidentally, copying the wrong answer from your scratch paper to the actual test can result in a disaster. To avoid this, strategically plan to compare your answer on the scratch paper with the one on the test.

Review your Answers: Careless mistakes such as forgetting to add two numbers in a long math problem, skipping steps or accidentally missing a question, can result in zero credit or a loss of points. To protect yourself against this common error, after completing each question/problem, review your answers thoroughly.

Preparing for Future Quizzes/Tests: Once you have received your quiz/test back, be sure to review it and look up every question that you missed.  Determine the reason why you missed the question and learn from it so you will understand the concept(s) and be able to apply the correct information on your next exam.

If you have questions or would benefit from additional strategies, reach out to a NOVA Online Success Coach today by emailing From test taking strategies to time management, we are here to answer your questions and help you access resources that will empower you to navigate the semester and pave your way to a successful academic journey.


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