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So you've made it into your favorite college. Congrats!!! I bet you'll make sure your academic literacy will be in perfect order but there's more that will shape you into an independent, healthy, open-minded, and successful human being, regardless of whether you're looking to secure a safe and sound career or want to go the road of entrepreneurship. So check out this post about cultural and health literacy!

Cultural Literacy

The effort to understand the different cultures and languages all over the world pushes educators to create new methods of teaching to help students learn more effectively. Folklore, music, theater, dance and all other modes of artistic expression are often definitive of a specific culture’s history.

While there are varied distinctions regarding the cultures of different people the world over, there are persistent themes in language structure and art expressions that are helpful in understanding the cultural profile of a nation.

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So it won't be long before you'll get into your dream college. Many college and university dining halls offer all-you-can-eat food to students. Unlike high school and middle schools which try to serve healthy foods, not all of these foods are the best to eat for you. So let's check it out: Is the Freshman 15 real or just a myth?

Combine fatty and sugary foods with sodas and unlimited portions and you get the “Freshman 15″ — the 15 pounds gained by many students in their freshman year of college.

T_Freshman_15_1Well, it really depends on the person. If you eat unhealthily and don’t exercise, there’s a good chance you’ll experience some weight gain in college.

However, if you’re able to control your eating habits well and/or exercise, you won’t have much to worry about. After my first year, I noticed that most people hadn’t really changed weight at all, though there were definitely some students who had put on a few pounds over the year. So, what can you do to avoid the Freshman 15? ...continue reading "Is the Freshman 15 real or just a myth?"

This is a very common problem among students, online marketers and in general, all entrepreneurs. So let's look a little further into why we feel a sense of being overwhelmed and what to do about it. Tim Ferris has some interesting ideas on this topic:

In fact, it is a common problem for me as well. It really easy to get excited about every little idea you come up with and the next thing you know, you are overwhelmed.

I run into this problem myself as I said, and it can be a huge time suck and downright counterproductive!

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College rankings are established to help future students when they're searching for their preferred college or university. Many colleges will be offering the opportunities and degrees that students want to pursue their dream careers, but they may be doing so in many different ways.

A good way for students who didn't complete high school but still want to get a college education is to take a few free sample GED tests at the website BestGEDClasses to check their knowledge level.

Lists that are ranking schools by specific criteria of interest, such as their academic excellence or the best online college, can be very helpful in the student's quest to find the college or university that best suits his or her needs.

The focus on the ranking of colleges, however, may also mean that some pretty good colleges, or some schools that are particularly active in specific programs or majors or programs, may get overlooked, and that could be shameful!

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Most students have enough willpower to turn off their electronic devices while they are in school, but others are not able to resist the temptation. For more than 15 years, teachers have had to confiscate cell phones and other portable gadgets, but social networking has made it into the classroom in other ways.

Even schools that have installed firewalls blocking students from accessing social networking websites sometimes find that their students have been able to find loopholes.

Some school districts in the US have gone so far as to ban their students from having profiles on social networking sites. Students can get around this by signing up with aliases, but the problem is getting worse. Teachers have managed to get themselves into hot water by linking their profiles to their students and sharing too much personal information with their schools.

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There is a misconception floating around about those who work from home. It’s a vicious rumor that says those who work from home do so because they can’t get a “real” job.

It says they aren’t professional enough to hang with the big boys, and after all, who can possibly be professional while they are working in their pajamas without cultivating your phone skills?

Much of that misconception comes from phone contact. Hard to believe? Consider this: most work at home business is conducted over the internet connection or phone line.

It’s easy to be professional when you are responding to an email – after all, you have time to think about what you are going to say, and nobody on the other end of the modem is going to notice that you had two kids screaming in the background while you were writing!

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I am sure most of you have heard of the 80/20 rule in business, right? It really works in many ways online, so I thought I would outline some of the ways I have found the 80/20 rule to work for me:

80% Of Your Income Will Come From 20% Of Your Customers:

Tim Ferriss made this famous by putting it in his Four Hour Sleep Week book (great read BTW). I have found that this holds true for most businesses unless your business does not include repeat customers or residual income.

So the question remains, do you eliminate the 80% of your customers and that 20% of your income along with it? It is a big step, but one that I think will catapult your “biz” into the next level of success.

Think about that for a minute…. if you are wasting 80% of your time on customers that only bring in 20% of your income and you essentially fire those customers, you just freed up a heaping amount of time to bring in more of the customers that provide you 80% of your income!!

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Coming up with the money that you need to go to college does not have to be difficult. In fact, you will be able to get the help that you need through different incentive programs designed just for minorities and women. This is part of a new education incentive which has been put in place based on the federal programs designed to bring more women into the workplace.

How the Program Works

While you will not get all of the money that you will need to go to college, you will be given a strong incentive to get started on this educational path. This will include incentives based on previous education and demand in certain work paths.

The more in demand the career is that you are trying to enter, the more money you will receive for your education. Make sure that you are talking with the financial aid advisors about the career that you want to have and the kinds of scholarships which are available to you through federal programs.

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There are six regional accreditation bodies in the U.S. which recognize and provide accreditation for higher education based on their regional location in the United States. Online universities, too, get themselves accredited with any one or more of these regional bodies.

Getting an accreditation, whether online or on-campus, however, is completely voluntary and there is no legal or any other obligation to acquire one.  For example, the University of People Project by the United Nations is not accredited by any of these regional accreditation bodies.

Many online universities have chosen not to get a regional accreditation from any of the regional accreditation bodies in the United States. Among others, the prime reason was to present itself as a global educational institute ready to challenge the status quo and offer affordable education to students around the world, including the countries with low-cost economies.

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So I got my final grades back and I’m keeping my 4.0. It was VERY close with a few classes, I am sitting at a 90 but who cares, an A is an A is an A. Thank God. I’m done. Graduate in 2 days and then it's out of here. Still don’t know my future of law school though. I’m getting very tired of waiting.

In site-related news, my bestest friend is getting a personal site again and I’m hosting it. I’ll post the link when she gives me the go ahead. Her and I are also working on a tutorials site which should be fun and interesting if we keep it going.

I’m so bored. I’ve been out of class/the final since 9 a.m. I went to breakfast with Amber afterwords and then came up here to my room and have done ZERO. Nothing…besides talk to Emily and watch General Hospital. It's kind of nice. And tomorrow all I have to do is clean/pack and throw shit away.

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