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10 Tips On Surviving Senior Year

memory book 22 1 10 Tips On Surviving Senior Year1.Take college application seriously.

If you didn't start your junior year, the beginning of senior year is when you need to decide which schools you will visit and which schools you'll apply to.

2.Make an appointment with your guidance counselor.

If you feel overwhelmed by the number of schools to which you could apply, you're not alone. The good news is that your guidance counselor is sitting in his or her office right now with stacks and stacks of materials to help you develop a list of schools to apply to.

3. Get Rid of What You Don't Need

If you're not already inundated with marketing materials from every college in the land, you will be by the end of your visit with your guidance counselor. Do yourself a favor. If you know a school does not appeal to you, don't take the brochures. If they get mailed to your house, throw them away. Though you should probably consider some schools that aren't you're magically perfect ideal, there are also some that you will know just are not right. For example, if you have no intention of moving to Maine, then you don't need to hang onto that Bowdoin brochure any longer.

4.Keep Track of What You Do Need

You've met with your guidance counselor; you know which schools you want to investigate if not apply to. Your guidance counselor has probably sent you home with some materials, and probably more are on the mail. It's not a bad idea to set up a filing system for yourself so that when you are ready to work on your applications, you know exactly where each one is.

5.Don't Procrastinate.

Applying to college can be a very scary thing, but don't hide from it. The sooner you get to work on your applications, the better off you'll be.

6.Don't fall prey to senioritis.

This terrible condition strikes many students in their last year of high school. You have been working really hard. Don't put the brakes on now.

7.Stay rested.

To do your best in school and on your applications, make sure you're getting at least eight hours of sleep a day. To accomplish this, you will also have to pay particular attention to Tip #5.

8.Don't stay home on Saturday.

Go out and have some fun. People work more effectively when they mix it up with some downtime.

9.Spend time with friends and family.

Without getting too schmaltzy, you might be moving away next fall. Now is the time to make memories that will last a lifetime.

10.Don't take college application too seriously.

Yes, college is important. But, no, applying to it should not take over your entire life. Don't let the stress and pressure get to you.

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Advantages of Taking Online College Courses

If you need some college courses to complete your degree you might be thinking about taking those courses online, rather than at a traditional college or university. There are a number of advantages to taking college courses online. In addition to the obvious advantages, including the convenience of taking courses at home rather than having to travel to a campus and the reduced costs associated with taking online courses as opposed to attending a traditional college, there are some pluses you may not have considered.

Online Courses Offer The Widest Variety

If you are looking for very specific courses, you may not be accommodated by the local college or university, if there is one. Online however, you are likely to find whatever courses you are searching for. You have the entire Internet at your disposal, and location is not a factor.

Online Courses Allow You To Work at Your Own Pace

In a normal college environment, you are working as part of a group. You can only progress as slowly or as quickly as the professor and the other students will allow. When you take your college courses online, the only one responsible for your progress is you. If a certain subject comes easily to you, you can move forward at a faster pace. If something proves more difficult, you can take it more slowly, and go online for support if you need it.

Online Courses Make Full Use of Modern Technology

When you take college courses on your computer, you allow yourself the full range of the benefits of modern technology. E-mail, streaming video, and web browsing play a prominent role and give you the most efficient learning experience possible.

Online Courses Allow You to Express Yourself

Although you are studying on your own, you are not studying in a vacuum. You will participate in online discussions with a professor who is an expert in the subject and with other students, which will allow you to demonstrate your understanding of the course material and share your thoughts and opinions with others.

Online Courses Accommodate the Differently Abled

For those with physical handicaps, online courses are a great option. Individuals who are unable to travel due to disability will clearly benefit from online education, but online courses can also easily accommodate the deaf and blind through measures such as closed captioning and audio lectures.

When you are searching for college courses online, be sure to select an accredited online college or university. There are many qualified institutions online that will allow you to learn the material you need to get the degree, credential, or training you want. Once you have the right education, the career you deserve will be that much more within your reach.

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10 Ways To Maximize Your Time Off From School

College life can be tense and a bit stressful at times. Students who excel in college are self-disciplined and know how to manage their time. The constant managing of time and priorities does not suddenly stop when your vacation starts—it’s an ongoing process.

Here are 10 ways that you can maximize your time when you are off from school:

1. Review what you have learned
Although your classes may all be completed for the quarter (or the semester), it’s not a bad idea to review what you’ve just learned over the course of many weeks. Reread your notes, papers, tests and skim through the books you’ve just read. Finalize the imprinting of fresh information in your mind so that you can retain what you’ve learned over the long term.

2. Read ahead
If you already know what courses you will be taking in the upcoming quarter, start reading ahead. If you are going to have some time to kill, might as well get a jump start on your upcoming classes. Contact your professors and collect copies of syllabi. Purchase your materials and begin reviewing them before your class begins.

3. Go back to your roots and reconnect with family and friends
Go home. Say hi to the family and reconnect with old friends. College isn’t about severing all of your previous ties. Keep up your network and pay the people you love a visit.

4. Stick around and explore the town
Forget about going home. Stick around and explore your college town. Find new places to buy groceries and new bars to frequent. Take a mini-road trip to some nearby destination that you’ve always wanted to see. Take your time off of school as an opportunity to experience your surroundings.

5. Travel
Drive cross-country or travel abroad. See the world, or a tiny piece of it. Take your new outlook on life and expose yourself to different peoples and places. Visit a destination or place of interest that you have just studied. Travel with a partner, in a group, or go venturing off on your own.

6. Get an internship
Find an internship in the field that you are studying. Supplement your classroom work with real life on-the-job training. This way when you graduate, you will already have solid academic and professional experience.

7. Lay the groundwork for future employment.
Explore your career interests. Market yourself and your abilities. Try to find an organization that you want to target for employment once you’ve graduated. Find out what the minimum professional and educational requirements are for the specific job that you are interested in. Take measures to fulfill those requirements before you graduate.

8. Explore the course catalog and schedule of classes
Get lost in the pages of your course catalog. Map out different schedule scenarios. Find out if that class you really want to take is offered in alternate academic years, and then plan your schedule accordingly. Pick a focus in your major and consider all the courses that you’d like to take. You’ll be surprised how quickly your time in school will fly by, so you need to construct a solid schedule.

9. Apply for scholarships
Find some more money. Buy a book or do Internet research. Apply for as many scholarships as you can. Each application may seem like a bit of a hassle, but the results could seriously alleviate any financial burdens you may have accrued.

10. Just relax and take a break
Don’t do a damn thing! You’ve spent months cramming, pulling off all-nighters, and wowing you professors with your polished intellectual abilities. You’ve earned a break, so enjoy it, and come back to school refreshed and ready for anything.

If you utilize your vacations properly, you will be a better student. Just remember not to stress out too much. Whether you are in school or not, you are in control of your life, so make the most of it.

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Make A Lasting First Impression

It may be a cliché, but it’s true. First impressions count. People are psychologically wired to form impressions of people the moment they come into contact with them. Over an extended period of time, if these impressions are wrong, they can be corrected, but when you are showing up for a job interview, you don’t have an extended period of time. You need to impress that interviewer the second you walk through the door, and keep on impressing right up until the time you are offered the job. Here are a few tips on making a lasting first impression.

Dress The Part

For any job to which you are applying, you must dress appropriately. This generally means you are well groomed and wearing a clean suit. You should have at least one and if you don’t, invest in one. Depending on the job, you may be required to wear a suit every day if you get it, so you may need more than one. Even if the job does not require such formal dress, you should dress this way for the interview. If you get the job, you can always adjust your work attire. Make sure your hair and fingernails are neatly trimmed and any piercings or tattoos are hidden (earrings are usually okay for women).

Make Eye Contact

When you meet your interviewer, look him or her directly in the eye and introduce yourself with a firm handshake. You are not approaching aggressively or confrontationally, simply with confidence. If you’re not feeling confident, fake it. Poor eye contact and/or a limp handshake are sure to start things off on the wrong foot. Once the interview begins, maintain eye contact, but do not stare. If you start looking off into space, the interviewer may feel you are not that interested in the job. If you fix the interviewer with a piercing, locked gaze, he or she may become too uncomfortable to consider you for the position.

Remain Professional

Even if your interviewer is a nice person and you begin to feel very comfortable with them, remain with a professional demeanor at all times. Do not curse or use slang. Do not reveal embarrassing personal information, or any personal information beyond what you need to give the employer an idea of who you are and why you are well suited for the job. Do not ask the interviewer embarrassing or personal questions. Do not make comments about other staff members you may have met or other potential applicants.

If you follow the above advice, you will give yourself a good head start towards acing the interview. You will still have to demonstrate your skills and answer questions to the interviewer’s satisfaction, but you will have created an atmosphere that is conducive to a positive outcome.

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Tips for Reducing Stress

Job stress can be caused by a number of factors, including overbearing bosses, irritating co-workers, and difficult clients. Job stress can take a major toll on your health, happiness, and career satisfaction. If you have a high stress job, there are steps you can take to reduce the amount of stress in your life. The following tips can help you cope with stress and find more peace in the workplace.

1. Manage your time wisely.

One of the best ways of reducing stress is to manage your schedule in order to avoid rushing to complete projects or racing to get to meetings on time. Try to find a time management system that works well for you. PDAs are a great way to track your schedule, projects, and appointments, especially if you are comfortable with technology. For the less tech-savvy, the good old notebook and pen method is also very effective, or you can pick up a day planner to aid in your time management.

2. Use brief relaxation sessions at work.

Set aside a few minutes each day to practice some techniques for reducing stress. Deep breathing and meditation are great choices. Other options might include listening to relaxing music, doing a few stretching exercises, or taking a brief walk during a break or lunch. These activities are a great way to lower your tension and clear your head.

3. Deal with conflict effectively.

While you can’t avoid every conflict at work, you can learn to deal with it in a way that won’t bring your blood pressure to a boil. If you believe strongly in your position, realize that the other person might feel equally strongly about theirs. Allowing room for negotiation is one of the best ways to resolve conflict respectfully and is an important part of reducing stress in the workplace.

4. Take care of your health.

Reducing stress in the workplace cannot happen if you aren’t getting enough sleep, exercise, water, and good nutrition. Experts have issued many warning about the dangers of not getting enough sleep; so make an effort to get a solid eight hours each night. Regular exercise has been shown to reduce stress levels and can actually make it easier to cope with stress in the future.

5. Take time for personal interests.

When reducing stress, the things you do outside of work can be just as important as what you do when you are at work. Take the time to indulge in your personal interests, passions, and hobbies. Sometimes, people feel that these activities can be pushed aside and put off until you have more time or are feeling less stressed. In actuality, your hobbies are a great way of reducing stress. Not only are they relaxing, enjoyable, and fun, they also provide you with something to look forward to when you are facing trying times at work.

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10 Tips On Surviving Junior Year

1. Keep Those Grades High
If you're a junior, you might be sick of hearing this truism uttered over and over. The reason it's called a truism, though, is that it's true. Your junior year grades will matter the most to college admissions committees. While colleges do look at the whole picture of your academic performance, they most highly value the junior year for several reasons: it's the most recent indication of what kind of student you are; it's their last chance to see your performance over the course of a whole year, and it's the time when many students take their most challenging course loads.

2. Focus Your Extracurricular Energies
Colleges want to know that in addition to being an excellent student, you're a well-rounded individual with something special to bring to their campus. Note: I said "something special," and not "they want to see a million different activities." Colleges want to attract specialists, people who are passionate about their extracurricular efforts.

3. Begin Your College Selection Process In Earnest
Begin reading about colleges to see which ones spark your interest. Talk to your parents about any of their expectations — if you want to go to Stanford, but they don't want you to leave the Boston area, now is the time to find out and address the conflict.

4. Know What Schools You'll Apply To By The End Of Junior Year
Sit down with your guidance counselor, and again with your parents, and formulate a list of schools to which you'll apply. Dream big with colleges, but also be realistic. With your guidance counselor, make a list of dream (or "reach") schools, schools you'll probably get into, and schools you'll definitely get into.

5. Arrange To Visit Colleges To See If You're Interested In Applying If Possible
Once you have your list of places you'll apply to, try to get out and see them. You might end up eliminating one or more and need to replace them. You might fall in love with a brand new dream school.

6. Look Into Scholarships For Which You're Eligible.
There is a lot of money available for talented college students. A discussion of available scholarships is worth another visit to your guidance counselor.

7. Consider A Prep Course For The SAT.

8. Apply For Any Financial Aid For Which You Might Be Eligible.

9. Make Time For Fun, Family, and Friends.

10. It's Never Too Early To Start Drafting Your College Essay.

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