Why construction is an ongoing thing at colleges

background1My buddy and I are visiting colleges, he is busy to check how many students actually have GED diploma instead of high school diploma. He says that the percentage is pretty high. It’s a part of his summer job to support promotion of free ged classes and programs. Anyway, at every college I’ve ever taken a tour of, there’s always been several ongoing construction projects on the campus.

For high schools, construction projects are typically a large deal, since the school is small and the construction crew interferes a lot with the day-to-day hustle and bustle of the school. Projects are also usually limited to a renovation, though in cases of large expansion, new wings or buildings may be built.

But at colleges, construction is pretty much ongoing. Due to the larger income from tuition and possibly state funds, colleges have a lot more money at their disposal to keep the campus up-to-date and, as necessary, expanded. This keeps the school modern, attractive, and accommodating for everyone. You know that well-known fact about how the Golden Gate Bridge is always being painted because it’s so large? Think of your college like that: when one project is finished, another project will be needed.

Currently at UCSC, several of the ten colleges are under expansion, a new biomedical building is being built, the library is being renovated, and a dining hall is being redone. Other schools I had seen through tours always had construction going on in some form. Continue reading

Leaving for college and preparing to become independent

bikingIf you’re leaving for college soon for the first time, chances are you’re keeping a close watch on that calendar and watching the days tick away. As it gets closer and closer, the reality that you’re going to be leaving home will start to sink in. Already you’re probably feeling the excitement increasing.

But admit it, you’re probably a bit nervous too. For the first time, you’ll be on your own. If you’re used to your parents constantly being there for you and hawking over you, this is going to be quite the new experience. It’s definitely best to start fending for yourself. Becoming more self-reliant now will save you a lot of hassle of having to learn it later on.

Learn to do your own laundry

Perhaps the biggest doozy on this list, learning how to do laundry is definitely something you should figure out now rather than later. A lot of kids do their own laundry, but if you’re one of those lucky enough to have a parent or other family member do it ofr you, it would be a smart choice to start figuring out how it’s done. Continue reading

Rewarding for high test scores

Lately, more and more schools have begun considering a ‘pay-for-performance’ method, where kids are rewarded for high test scores. Basically, if a student scores well on a test, then both that student and the teacher will receive some sort of cash reward.

Students in AP classes will receive more of an award because they are taking a harder class. Apparently, this has already created a 60% increase in the enrollment in some AP classes.

The idea is that by providing a direct incentive like money, kids will be more motivated to take tests more seriously and to push themselves to take a harder class. Continue reading

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 online programs 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. Continue reading

Do Managers Require An MBA?

Do MBA programs make smarter managers or business leaders? The MBA debate continues furiously, as is the same with the reputation of MBA programs worldwide. Though the management studies may be popular, they create only a small percentage of successful CEO’s and business leaders, in comparison to legendary leaders of business who are non MBA’s.

An MBA is at best a diploma which, because of its expensiveness and academic entry obstacles, draws in the top five percent of the students who are generally good in disciplined academics. The Recruiting agencies incorrectly think, simply because these students constitute the top academic populace, particularly at the premium Management Educational Institutes, that they ought to be the best on the planet.

Actually it's quite correct!
Actually it’s quite correct!

The success of the management education programs continues to be difficult to measure and evaluate, say Coven an owner of  a website that provides rankings of cheapest MBA programs: http://cheapmba.net/. Although it can’t be denied that the overload of analytical capabilities and ideas does provide a broad look at what comprises management, one may easily study exactly the same through self studies if a students is capable to exercise the disciplines from the academics into a person’s own lifestyle. We might find some large names in the top global corporations who are business management graduates, the names that come to mind and the stories we all know are those of Bill Gates, Michael Dell and Steve Jobs, to mention a few. Even Jack Welch of General Electric is actually not an MBA graduate.

The legendary Peter Drucker doesn’t originate from an administration educational background. The majority of his management thought originates from practical observation of the active business as a consultant and investigator. The management concepts and ideas propounded by him are educated in management schools. His managing thinking reaches at least 3 decades ahead, as his ideas written in the 50′s, are just now acknowledged as indispensable to operating a business. Continue reading

How to start building your credit score while in college

When it comes time to take out a loan for a house or a car in the future, a huge indicator to lenders is your credit score, which reflects on how you repay purchases that are bought on credit — money that you “borrow”. If you pay everything back in full and on-time, your credit score will be higher and will reflect on you better than if you make late payments or small payments.

Building a solid credit score is essential to your financial well being after you graduate from college, so it’s in your best interest to start building your credit score now. The easiest way to do so is with a credit card.

A credit card? In college?!

Oh yes. If you frequently use your credit card, you’ll have an easy way to begin improving your credit score.

There are many different types of credit cards out there, you’ll need to look into different offers. Some offer better rewards, others offer lower interest rates. Find what works for you. Continue reading

What to do if you’re sick in college

27305088Before leaving for college, I remember telling my mom, “I won’t get sick at school — I have a great immune system!” I honestly believed it too — I rarely ever get sick, and when I do, it’s usually nothing more serious than a cold.

But sure enough, within only two weeks of moving in I started to feel my first illness coming on. With so many people around, it becomes incredibly easy for diseases to spread. My disease, however, didn’t come from contact with anybody at school — I actually contracted it while at home, and it was hitting me for the first time. And, unfortunately, this was no common cold: this was mono.

Being sick when you’re away at college is completely different than being sick back home while you’re in high school. Back home, Mom could take care of you and you could more easily afford to miss several days of school in order to regain your health.

But when you’re sick at college, you’re on your own, and you have to manage on your own. When you first discover that you’re sick, this is definitely a bit daunting — it’s really tough being sick when you’re alone and away from home. But there are ways of managing! This post contains some pointers about how to manage both your health and your schoolwork while sick, as well as some other general tips to keep in mind while sick.

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How to handle your money in college

Flickr-Piggy-Bank-CalcIf you’re going to college away from your hometown, managing your money becomes an important factor to deal with.

Storing a large wad of cash in your dorm room is a terrible idea, you’re just asking for someone to steal your money from your dorm. Cash is also rather inconvenient, since you might find yourself needing money when you least expect it.

So what do you do, if you’re going to avoid bringing mass amounts of cash?

Start a bank account.

If you don’t already have one, you should start up a bank account. Give your parents access to the account so that they can deposit money as needed.

Make sure the bank has a local branch or that your campus has an ATM. Most campuses will have an ATM, but you need a quick way to pull out cash when necessary. Having a bank account won’t do you any good if you can’t access your money. If the bank has a local branch, that’s a plus, but bear in mind it might not be near campus. Continue reading

Sending text message reminders to your e-mail account

As I go through my day, a million things occur to me to do later on — maybe I want to remember to watch a certain TV show, maybe I need to get some schoolwork done, or maybe I have an appointment I need to remember. The biggest problem is that I always forget what I was going to do.

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Most of the time, these reminders aren’t that important, but it does really suck when it’s something significant.

Finally, I realized the best way for me to get my life together: sending text messages to myself. I’m on the computer often, and because I check my e-mail often, my reminders don’t go forgotten. When something occurs to me to remind myself of, I quickly open my phone and send a text message of the reminder, such as, “test on Friday”. Then, when I’m home and at the computer, it pops up as an unread e-mail.

In college, this has been incredibly useful for me, since things can pile up quickly that I forget about, but through my cell phone, they can accumulate in neatly-displayed lists in my e-mail inbox.

How feasible this is will depend on your wireless provider — not all providers support sending texts to e-mail addresses. I have Verizon and it works fine. Continue reading

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.

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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 even if you attain GED classes in the local college in Alaska, you got your credentials and deserve success. Show it! Continue reading