Study Abroad

Today I would like to talk about an alternative option of getting educated. There are many ways of getting a proper education from attending online GED courses and getting a HSE certificate instead of high school diploma to even getting an education abroad. Education has crossed many boundaries, including those of many countries.

Today students travel thousands of kilometers to a country of their choice to study specific majors and gain better exposure and experience.

There are a number of points that can be a decider on whether or not your choice of the country can prove to be the best for you. Therefore, before deciding on any country to travel to for your educational purposes, consider a few points like:

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Is There Preferential Treatment in Schools?

Have you ever wondered: Is there preferential treatment in schools? Do school board members kids receive preferential treatment? Does the PTA president’s kid receive preferential treatment? Do the kids of parents who volunteer more hours or donate more money to the school receive preferential treatment?

There is no easy answer to this question, so instead let me pose another one. Is it ever possible to be completely fair to every single person all of the time? And one more question: Would you be surprised if I said it’s nearly humanly impossible to be completely devoid of preferential treatment?

Human nature is what it is. It’s human nature to treat those who treat you well with equal measure. And conversely, it’s human nature to treat those who treat you poorly with equal measure. I am not saying that this is absolute whatsoever; however, I would contend that idioms such as “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” and “tit for tat” have been around forever and are still utilized to this day because they are so true to human nature.

The truth of the matter is, sometimes schools are no different from other organizations. Let’s take, for example, the airline frequent flier miles program, often referred to as a loyalty program. The more one flies and accumulates miles, the higher his/her status level, the more perks, and preferential treatment one receives.

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My ‘Good Old Days’ Syndrome

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. How much I loved school. How much I miss it. What I’d do differently if I were to do it again.

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  • Would I put more effort into my final year?
  • Would I plan my career?
  • Would I listen to my parents’ advice or my own?
  • Would I… would I… would I…?

I don’t regret anything. I try not to regret anything, with my life’s motto being “Never regret something that once made you smile” – and school certainly made me smile. Without a doubt. It was the happiest time of my life. Sure, it didn’t feel like it at the time.

I’d love to go back, even for just one day. I’d love to have that feeling of knowing my work was good. Getting good grades was my main aim in school and I did.

But now? In the big, grown up world? Recognition doesn’t come by all too often, which I realized very quickly when I stepped into the world of work.

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5 Helpful Study Tips for Online Studying

The typical online student differs greatly from your straight out of high school, 18-22-year-old traditional college students. You are most likely working full-time, managing a family, and/or in certain extenuating circumstances that prohibit you from attending a traditional college.

With this in mind, we decided to write an article that provides helpful study tips for students currently enrolled in (or will soon be starting) an online program.

  • Master Time Management

In your situation, effective time management can mean the difference between a successful college career and a stress-plagued, overworked nightmare.

Realize the nature of your undertaking – you are exerting yourself on all fronts (work, home, school, and other), and will be expected to do the best you can in each of them. Without the right time management and time allocation strategy, things can start heading south real fast.

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Tips for a successful job interview while young

Going to any interview can be downright intimidating, and going to your first job interview is no exception. Without any prior work experience to point to, you have to somehow try to convince the employer that you’re a good choice.

Luckily, most interviews for jobs in high school and early college jobs aren’t too grueling. Most employers will ask some simple questions to get to know you and then make a decision. The way you present yourself in an interview will usually make more of an impact than whatever you have on your short resume.
Employers want workers who see the job as more than just a paycheck — they want workers who actually care about what they do. If you can give the impression in your job interview that you do care, then you’ll have a much better shot at getting hired. Here are four ways I’ve found pretty helpful:

Come to the interview well-dressed and well-groomed.

You don’t need to rent a tuxedo or anything, but wearing moderately-formal clothes will reflect on you much better than a teenager who comes in wearing typical casual clothes. Remember, dress professional, not formal. Wear something you would expect higher-ups in the company to wear. Show it!
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Are Teen Parents Smarter Than Bible Thumpers?

For the 2.5th (I decided to count the introduction, then decided it didn’t count, then realized a compromise could be made) part of my series, I am going to share an anecdote which unquestionably proves my theory that bloggers hate anything to do with breeding.

Now, to preface this, I spent a large part of my growing years in Surrey, B.C. I guess it’s like a Canadian Compton. This means it’s not really scary at all, but people in the nicer, more citified areas, need to make fun of a shitty suburban satellite so that they can feel all elite and superior.

Mmm, culture, the arts, goat cheese – who cares? Surrey has Ed Hardy hoodies, large groups of teenagers that hang out in front of the 7/11 or Mac’s, and teen pregnancy flagrantly displayed at transit depots.

This actually brings me to the point where I see the series expanding to 17 installments; what I have witnessed in Surrey regarding young people mating and breeding.

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Things To Avoid When Writing An Application

I Came across another (as usual) great post from copyblogger about headline writing. I have to say this is an area where I have problems starting in both my posts and my articles. Mine always seem boring. A piece of advice I got recently was write your headlines like a ‘thriller writer’.

That helped but this post by Jonathan Morrow is the ‘real juice’ and I will follow it’s advice. These tips will help yo when you need to write an essay or job application as well.

He lists 12 things to do when writing headlines:

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4 Steps to your Best Home Workout

If you’ve chosen to complete a workout without weights out of the gym and possibly in the comfort of your own home we applaud you and offer some tip to make your workout that much more effective and efficient. Below are 4 steps to making your home weight free workout the best that it can be!

1.Pick and Choose your Time

This is the first step and by far one of the most important. Sit down with your calendar, pick the time of say you’ll be exercises, how many days a week and how many times a months. Be realistic and leave time for some rest, but also be prepared to push yourself a bit.

By setting up and cementing when and for how long you’re going to be doing your workout without weights, you’ll be able to stay more consistent and making your workout a priority! To find out what works for YOU to stay healthy check out this post as well.

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What is your career personality and other questions

Do you like taking quizzes? I do and recently I have found on the mycareertools.com website a great career quiz that assigned you to one of the 6 career personality groups. There are also suggestions for career/job that will be the best match for you.

This test is based on Holland codes and it’s really interesting. The career test has just 3 questions, you choose a number of answers and in 5 minutes you know your career personality. According to this test, I am a social type, a helper and one of the suggested jobs was a teacher! Wow, this is what I always wanted to do.

So my first question to you. What is your career personality?

I am a social type.

2. What order do you put on your clothes?

bra, underwear, stand in front of a closet for an extended period of time, then pants/skirt, shirt/sweater, shoes

3. Are you generally on-time, early or late?

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Keeping a job when school starts

I’ve given you some helpful hints for finding a job during the summer, but once the school year starts you may have to decide if you want to keep your job or not.

Many jobs and/or the hours you work are seasonal. Your job may only have needed someone to fill the 8AM-12PM shift, and now that you’re back in school, you’re not going to be much help.

But for many jobs, you can continue working even once school starts. The decision is whether or not you want to. Obviously, having a job will give you money, but with school starting, you’ll also have less free time. It’s an important balance.

Free time vs. Money

Making money is a great thing, and during the school year there are countless opportunities to spend money. It’s easier to enjoy high school when you have a good amount of cash. Unfortunately, to make a decent amount of money, you have to work a decent amount of hours.

Some people got addicted to money and drop out from high school, only later to realize that actually they some kind of diploma. I know people who followed an online program and got their GED although I would not recommend this path.

In the summer, it’s not so bad because you can work 8 hours and still have a good part of your day free. But school will already take up 7 hours of your day, 5 days a week, so working a few hours after school will mean your whole day is shot. When you figure that you still have to make time for schoolwork and other things that need to be done, you can say goodbye to a lot of your free time. Read More