This Journey Was Designed For YOU

Dear Prospective Student,

Taking the first step to furthering your education is a great accomplishment. Deciding to become a student as an adult can seem like a daunting task. Many of you have not been in the mode of learning for years, and there may be times when you sit back and think, “I’m too old for this” or “What was I thinking”, but I’m here to reassure you that you did not end up here by accident. 

This journey was designed for you, to create the life you’ve always wanted, to expand your horizons, and to accomplish great things.

Avila is the perfect place, because the instructors are just like you. They know what it is like in the workforce, they have families and they are working and teaching, so they understand that your time is valuable. I encourage you to seek out their expertise, connect with them as well as other students; make the most of what is available to you. Whatever you put into your experience here, is what you will get out of it.

My journey at Avila has been very therapeutic; every class has spoken to me at a heart level. I am a Mentor, I am a co-coordinator for a campus organization called Sister Heart and I have formed wonderful relationships. And, your journey can be whatever you want it to be, recognize it for what it is for you. Whether you are going back to school for the first time, or finishing what you started years ago, take this time to make this your college experience.

I would like to leave you with a quote from Kenny Loggins, it’s about taking flying lessons, and “one thing you’ll find out is that no matter when you jump, you’ll either land on your feet, or learn how to fly.”

My desire for you is to soar like an eagle


Kim Robinson

Student Mentor

Advantage Mentoring Project

Student’s Journey Leads to Belonging, Believing and Striving Toward Dreams

Miss N

“Why I Chose Avila University”
For many non-traditional students (also known as adult learners – those who have postponed pursuing post-secondary education, who typically work full time, may have dependents, and are now attending college part-time) the decision to return to school not only brings excitement, it can bring some apprehension.  Concerns about being able to balance work, school, and family responsibilities – simply finding the time to do all and do it well, can feel daunting.  Non-traditional students may also have concerns about “fitting in” with younger traditional students on campus or may feel intimidated about technology and the computer skills needed to be successful in the college classroom.  
Recently, Nicky Brock, an Avila University non-traditional student [and Advantage Mentor], shared her personal experience about returning to school, why she chose Avila University, and how her concerns were quickly alleviated as she found her place as an Avila Eagle.  Read on to find out what she wants you, the prospective non-traditional student, to know.
To the Perspective Student:
When asked to write a letter about why I chose Avila University I found it hard to come up with one simple reason.  I had to go back into my memory of my first experience on campus and that was more than 6 years ago.  I began my journey as a student at Donnelly College in Kansas City, KS, and I was looking for a university that would allow me to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree.  I was used to small classrooms, friendly staff members/students, and unlimited access to resources.  The transition had to be as smooth as possible and it had to happen fast.
I was a little worried because I was older than the average student, and I did not know how I would fit in.  All of my worries went away as soon as I stepped into the Administrative Building.  I felt weird, and I probably looked lost because the first person I met smiled at me and ask me if they could help me find something.  Not only did that smile put me at ease, they took the time to walk me to the right office.  My next encounter was about the same, so I jokingly asked if all the staff members at Avila were real or invaded with outer space creatures.
The warm and fuzzy feeling I had did not stop at the enrollment process – my first classroom experience was even better.  I had enrolled as a traditional student, so I knew that I would be surrounded by children the same age as my children.  I was worried because I was not the computer whiz, but I knew that I had something to offer in a classroom setting.  Oh how relieved I was when those students made me feel like I was a member of the classroom.  It was at that moment that I knew that I wanted to be an Avila Eagle!
I knew that Avila’s values were more than just words on a piece of paper, and that if I could be a member of this society I could impact the world.  Avila helped me to believe in myself, and helped me to realize that I can create any future that I dream of!
Nicky Brock-Avila Eagle

Where Can I Go To Get Help with My Homework?

It’s the start of a brand new semester – the perfect time to look into Avila’s Learning Services and find out more about resources and tutoring services available to students.

Did you know, for example, that tutoring is offered for Math, Writing, English, Chemistry, Anatomy/Physiology, Biology, History and other subject areas? Tutoring options include online and face-to-face.

If you need help on homework and can’t meet with your instructor, need a little extra help preparing for a test or feel like you are falling behind and just need assistance with some time management strategies, Learning Services can help! In addition, reference guides are also available through Learning Services on a variety of study skills topics, such as:

Improving Your Memory
Learning Styles
Note Taking
Surviving College
And More!

Set yourself up for success this semester by taking advantage of the extra help that is available to you through Avila’s Learning Services. Click here for the list of specific courses with tutoring availability.

To make a tutoring appointment or learn more about other resources available go to or call 816-501-3666.


Happy New Year 2015

New Year’s Resolution – Get My College Degree!

What’s on your goal list to achieve for the New Year? Is returning to school to complete a college degree your New Year’s Resolution for 2015? There’s no time like the present to make one of the wisest investments (and resolutions!) you can make – your education. Recent published reports based on data from The Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., indicate that college graduates earn more money — a staggering 98 percent more –than adults without a degree.

A college degree opens doors to opportunities for better jobs, career advancement as well as career changes. More and more adults are returning to school to take advantage of the opportunities awaiting them upon graduation from college. Adult learners (also known as non-traditional students) are a growing population on college campuses. According to the American Council for Education (ACE), non-traditional students have comprised close to 40 percent of the college population for over twenty years.

Invest in yourself and in your future. You are worth it. Contact the Avila Advantage team to learn more about degree programs (both undergraduate and graduate), the flexible course options, and about how you can get started in 2015 in reaching your dream!

Why not get started now? Complete the Avila Advantage online application - it’s free and takes just a few minutes to complete.

Avila Advantage programs offer small class sizes with evening and online classes that run eight-weeks, as well as occasional weekend classes – all designed for the busy working adult who juggles family, work and other responsibilities. Check out this website to learn more –

Do it! You are on your way!

Need a Little Extra Encouragement with that Eggnog?

Tis the Season to be Jolly (and Busy)… Let’s face it. As adult college students we already have grown-up demands like working full-time and (what can seem like) never-ending family responsibilities before we even step foot on campus or log in to Canvas… why not top it all off with a little holiday stress!? Relax… we get it! As Mentors, we’ve all been there. Just slow down, take a breath, and click to connect with us to get some help wrapping up those loose ends! You can also check out these study guide tips to help you stay focused on coursework during the holiday season and throughout next semester: …Fa-La-La-La-La-La-La-La-La!