Traditionally A College Feeling

It's what we do to kick off the game; it's what we do between quarters, at half time, on third down conversions, and when touchdowns are made; It's what we do that makes us proud of our college and our team. It sets us apart from all others in our league and gives us a unique branding of who we are and all that we represent. It's called tradition, (a state of mind, a state of inner being and outward display of emotional spirit) or simply put "pride and joy"!

Whether you display your devotion to a college team by the apparel you sport or the gear you accumulate over time, one matter of certainty is that every fan is bound to know, at best, a handful of the many traditions upheld on campus or in the football stadium. From adrenaline rushes to hair raising goose bumps, from moments of solitude and silence to moments of deafening chants and stadium rumbles, there isn't a college campus or college stadium anywhere where you won't find a student body or fan base steadfast and enthusiastically involved.

Speaking of stadium rumbles, this calls to mind a Metallica favorite. The Hokies of Virginia Tech are known for their "Enter Sandman" explosive entrance on to the football field as the crowd jumps up and down the moment the music fills the air, causing a rumble effect throughout the stadium. If you are a college sports fanatic and haven't visited Lane Stadium for this experience, make it a bucket list item. School mascots representative of live animals escort their team to the field like Uga, the bulldog from the University of Georgia and Ralphie, the enormous buffalo from the University of Colorado. Warriors like Tommy Trojan and the Travelers from the University of Southern California and Chief Osceola riding in on a beautiful Appaloosa with a flaming spear take center stage to commence their performance on the field.

Others may rub their hands for good luck on significant tokens or symbolic structures prior to leaving the team's tunnel or stepping foot on the field of play, like Clemson University's Howard's Rock and the University of Maryland's Terrapin. Infamous arm motions like that of the University of Florida's notorious gator chomp and hand gestures symbolizing bullhorns for the South Florida Bulls and Texas Longhorns, or the outburst of chants such as, "We Are … Marshall" or "Let's Go … Tigers "! And then there's a bit of history to be noted in things like the "Ramblin 'Wreck" of Georgia Tech and the "Sooner Schooner" of Oklahoma. Regardless of what any college or university embraces with tradition, those values ​​interject a deeper inward feeling of pride and spirited exuberance.

Invariably, acts of traditions are not limited to fight songs, sporting school colors, game day chants, body motions, team spirit cheers, and scoring rituals, but they are certain to be learned by newcomers and carried out faithfully game by game, year after year, and decades to come. Many times over, countless traditions seem to have been magically, or accidentally, whimmed up on the spur of the moment with no real reason or purpose in mind. They may have just begun as an unintentional moment of joyous expression, even sometimes perpetrated as a joke of sorts. Be it coincidence or persistence, these college feelings happen to have all the right stuff that dwells in the hearts and minds of students and parents, fans and spectators, players and coaches, staff and faculty members to the point where you might hear one say, "The color orange is in my blood" or "I bleed purple." You can't get any closer to the heart than that.

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Make-Up of a College Mascot

As a spectator at a college football game in early September, my eyes scanned the stadium as I entered to find it filled with fans, coaches, cheerleaders, team players, the marching band, the media, and last but not least – the school's mascot . I often wonder about who is inside that cute little (sometimes enormous) costume and what it must be like to view their world from within. Is it a male or female entertaining the fans and posing for photo opportunities? If I met this person outside of the costume, would they have the same exuberant personality I witnessed at the game? How uncomfortable are they when suited up in the costume? Are they burning up? Is it hard to breathe? What thoughts run through their minds as people anxiously gather round and stand by to pose for a photo? Ahh, the things a college mascot must (and do) endure for the price of notoriety and fame even when there's so little of either that goes with the job. Other than classmates and faculty, no one really knows who makes up the college mascot and brings it to life.

I remember my first college football game when I attended specifically to watch my son be part of the opening event that welcomed the team on the field. I soaked up everything about that game and felt like a teenager again thinking back to my high school days. This was the first time I caught sight of the school's mascot who, at every glance I got, was quite entertaining and amusing. This mascot certainly did their job well because I felt even more proud to be associated with the university.

As in any profession, there are requirements that clearly define the make up of the perfect candidate. Mascots must be physically fit and energetic. There is no standing still (unless posing for a photo) when you must be visible among the fans and actively involved at all times. Mascots who are athletically inclined, quite limber and extremely flexible, like that of a cheerleader, have the upper hand. Gymnastics, dance, and recreational sports have their advantages indeed. Candidates must be able to withstand the heat. Temperatures can easily reach 120 degrees inside those costumes and often do especially if parading around a football field in sunny Florida in the middle of September. Keeping yourself hydrated is an absolute necessity. And last but not least a mascot must be entertaining which requires personality, humor, creativity and spontaneity. Personality is a gift and not something that can be learned. You either have it or you don't. This also holds true with having a humorous side and a knack for being creative.

Practice makes perfect. We have all heard that cliche before. There's nothing more to add to that. It's just plain common sense. What better way to critique your performance than to watch a video of yourself. Mascots must know the rules of the game. There is nothing more embarrassing than a mascot pumping up the crowd for something that benefits the visiting team. Frightened children, obnoxious fans, devastating losses, these things are a given and a good mascot should always know exactly how to negotiate, act upon, and execute necessary improvisations to deal with any surrounding circumstances – winning or losing, in the splendor of victory or the agony of defeat.

The job is a voluntary position but depending on the college or university, one might receive a scholarship. Being able to travel with the team, work with the cheerleaders and band members instills teamwork and brings about lifelong friendships. Some might say a mascot has the opportunity to act like a fool since the general public has no idea who fills the costume; but don't be fooled, there's a method to the madness. There are numerous rewards for a college mascot but the greatest of all would be self-actualization. Underneath all that make-up you are bound to find a unique individual representing their alma mater with a great sense of pride, incredible endurance, and perhaps even an astounding outlook on life!

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The Nontraditional College Student by Libby Hancock – Save Money and Time and Still Earn Your Degree

Are you, or anyone among your family and friends, interested in pursuing a college degree, but don't because of cost, time constraints, or resistance to spending additional time in the classroom? If so, then the new book, "The Nontraditional College Student," by Libby Hancock, will prove beneficial.

Hancock, 23, is a Cleveland, Ohio-based author, who completed a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications in three years, graduated with a high GPA and honors; and spent less than $ 15,000 on the entire process.

Home-schooled, Hancock dispels common perceptions of attending classes in pajamas and a lack of socialization. She completed the Ohio requirements for high school graduation, passed the ACT with a good score; and pursued a college degree. Her parents told her she would need to finance her own advanced education.

Hancock used two non-accredited institutions to assist her in earning her degree-College Plus and Verity:

College Plus. This institution helps students discover or confirm their career path. Its attributes include class planning, study resource recommendations, and an assigned coach (mentor). The entire program is Internet-based.

Verity. While similar to College Plus, Verity has its differences, including emphasis on discipleship and spiritual growth. It also offers on-campus learning near downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.

CLEP (College Level Examination Program) exams, DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) and TECEP (Thomas Edison State College Examination Program) allowed Hancock to study on her own; and then take corresponding tests. She describes the process how to convert successful testing into college credit.

CLEP. Currently a way to test out of 33 college classes offered by College Board (the same company that created and administers the famous college readiness ACT tests). All CLEP tests are computer-based and last 90 minutes.

DSST . The military originally designed this testing for military personnel and it now accommodates the general public too. DSST is an acronym for DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (where DANTES stands for the United States Department of Defense's Defense Activity for nontraditional Education Support program. It currently offers 37 courses.

TECEP. Its testing is combination of multiple choice questions and essays. Hancock describes it as one of the more challenging ways to earn college credit because the website does not offer a detailed breakdown of topics (as do CLEP and DSST).

"One key to receiving great grades in school is discovering your learning style, and then sticking with it," Hancock says.

Reading textbooks, taking notes and tests can make for a classic case of burnout. Hancock offers tips to help diffuse the monotony of studying, including:

  • Plan the use of your time.
  • Organize your work area to help organize your brain.
  • Mark up your books. If you rent your textbooks, consider taking notes on your computer, print them out and then color-code them for easy reference.

"Being motivated to stay focused on the task at hand and to work hard and fast was not a skill I was born with," Hancock says. She had to learn to set achievable goals. "Self-motivation takes work. It won't simply" happen "overnight."

The American Council on Education (ACE) recognizes most free, online Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) courses. If emergency response aligns with your career goals, Hancock describes the process for converting their completed courses of college credit (fee-based).

ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces) focuses on mathematical studies and is another method to obtain college credit, which Hancock describes.

Hancock endorses doing an internship during college. She emphasizes the importance of logging all of your accomplishments and keeping records for the work you produce for your portfolio.

She herself received an unsolicited invitation via email, to do an eleven-week internship at NASA Glenn Research Center in the Community and Media Relations office.

Hancock enrolled at Thomas Edison State College (TESC) because of their flexible transfer credit policy. She took classes online and learned via online discussion boards, written assignments and final essays or tests. TESC also grants credit for prior learning, showcased by their Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), which features 84 classes in 31 different subjects. She graduated on campus in downtown Trenton New Jersey in October 2011.

"The Nontraditional College Student" is a concise, informative, and inspiring read. Hancock teaches you how to earn a college degree for less money and time. Even if you choose not to pursue your whole degree in nontraditional ways, you're bound to find tips to help customize your advanced learning.

Hancock recommends "How To Become A Straight-A Student," by Cal Newport. Discover more about the book at: http://calnewport.com/books/howtobecome.html

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Best Universities To Watch A College Football Game

There are some beautiful campus’ across the country. From the warm climate schools on the west coast to the east coast schools that have a crisp feel to them in the fall. There are so many great campus’. But to have a great college football atmosphere on Saturday there has to be more than just beautiful scenery. You have to have a special energy around the campus that is contagious. The school has to have a loyal group of fans that are always there and cheer for their team through the good times and the bad. I’m going to go through what I think are the best Universities across the country to enjoy a college football game at.

Ole Miss (Mississippi) Rebels – Ole Miss which is located in Oxford, MS is one of the coolest places in the country to enjoy the college football gameday experience. Ole Miss has a loyal and passionate fan base that is always showing up with energy and making the most of their fall Saturdays. The special thing that they do at Ole Miss is that they have a huge tailgate before every home game at what they call the Grove. The Grove is a huge area on campus where everyone sets up their tailgates and has a big party before the game. I personally have never had the chance to experience it but I have friends who go to Ole Miss and they say that it is unlike anything else. The energy and great atmosphere are unrivaled and everyone always looks to be having a great time. Those Rebel fans sure know how to tailgate the right way.

University of Wisconsin – The University of Wisconsin which is located in Madison, WI and is another school with a great tailgate atmosphere. This is one of those schools that have a loyal fan base down to the core. Those fans will show up in numbers no matter if the team is having a good or bad year, they will be there. They also don’t complain about the weather up there. It gets pretty frigid there in the winter (sub zero temperatures) but the fans always show and make the most of the experience. The tailgating experience in Madison is a little different from some other schools due to the fact that they do tailgate outdoors and grill, but the bar scene is also a big part of the experience.

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Pay For College Without Busting Your Retirement Nest Egg

When your salary stops at retirement, will you have enough to pay your bills, travel and live the lifestyle that you want in your golden years? Sure, you may be one of the lucky ones with a pension. Social Security may even still be around. But if you want to live your vision of retirement, then saving and investing properly is important. And how you pay for college for your kids will impact your own retirement. Think about this: College tuition, books, fees and housing continue to increase at a rate faster than inflation in general. Based on current trends, the cost of sending just two kids to a private or elite college for a total of eight years will cost more than $ 360,000 if paid after taxes. This means that those in the 28 percent tax bracket need to earn more than $ 500,000 in order to meet the costs from cash flow. Regardless of where you send your kids to school, the bottom-line fact is this: How you pay for college impacts how much you save for retirement. For every dollar that you save on college costs means more for your personal retirement down the road.

There are a number of strategies you can use to improve your chances at a better retirement and a solid education at a lower personal cost. There are more than thirteen strategies for increasing needs-based aid. There are at least a dozen cost-cutting ways that any family can use to improve their bottom line. Ultimately, it depends on how well you know how to use the IRS code for your advantage to lower your own Expected Family Contribution (or EFC in financial aid parlance). Regardless of whether you expect to qualify for needs-based aid or not, here are some examples of cost-cutting strategies available to you.

Strategy 1: Get College Credit Through Exams By taking Advanced Placement exams or even a "challenge" exam for basic college courses, a student can get through school quicker assist saving thousands in tuition and fees. Opportunities are available for Advanced Placement (AP), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) or DSST exams for 37 different courses. For more information on these, check out the CollegeBoard or search "Get College Credit."

Strategy 2: Stay Local In-state tuition and fees at a public higher education institution is a bargain compared to the elites and even crossing the border to go to another state's public college. If you are considering going across the border or away, consider having your child establish residency in that state. Find out what the residency requirement is ahead of time by contacting the admissions office.

Strategy 3: Get the Credit You Deserve from the IRS Use the Hope Education Credit, renamed the "American Opportunity Tax Credit." This was recently increased to $ 2,500 (from $ 1,200) and now applies to all four years of college, not just the first two. In addition, forty-percent of the credit is now refundable. Another helping-hand comes in the form of the Lifetime Learning Credit which is available for one family member and allows you to take up to 40% credit on educational expenses up to $ 10,000. Income limits apply so be sure to consult a qualified tax professional or visit the IRS website.

Strategy 4: Employ Your Child If you own a business, work as an independent contractor or own rental real estate, consider hiring your child to work for you. Maybe your child can provide administrative support or help with marketing or real estate related chores. By hiring a child and paying him or her, you will lower your own personal taxable income through a business expense deduction and provide income for your child. In addition, the child can use the earnings to open a Roth IRA, a tax-favored retirement account which is not assessed as an asset for financial aid purposes. And if needed, a child can withdraw a portion of the proceeds to pay for qualified educational expenses. There are certain limits and time restrictions that apply.

Strategy 5: Establish a Section 127 Educational Assistance Plan As a business owner you can establish a Section 127 employer-paid tuition benefits program for your employees. This plan allows the business owner to pay up to $ 5,250 per year to employees (including employed children) as a qualified tax deductible expense. This can be used for both undergraduate and graduate programs of study. Assuming that Junior was going to work in the family business during the summer and throughout the year, Junior can earn a wage (deductible expense for the business) which he can use for his own support and Roth IRA contribution (which may be eligible for paying educational expenses) and earn a tuition benefit (another deductible business expense). If you were going to give the child the money anyway, you may as well structure it to be tax deductible. Consider this: There are more than 110 different other strategies for you to consider. All the more reason to have a coordinated plan in place by speaking with a professional advisor who can help evaluate these options with you. Food for thought:

  • Encourage your pre-teen to open a Roth IRA with earnings from their paper route or other jobs.
  • Consider hiring your child to work in your business or help with chores related to your investment property.
  • Use a CollegeSure CD issued by an FDIC-insured bank to accumulate savings
  • Think about using a fixed income annuity to hold a portion of money for college to avoid the potential loss in principal that can happen with a 529 plan invested in mutual funds.
  • Pursue private and merit-based scholarships (For more information on some of these options, check out Fast Web, the CollegBoard and the Scholarship Experts or the Scholarship Coach on the web.
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Cheerleading Scholarships For College And University Attendance

In addition to the availability of scholarships based on grades, ethnic backgrounds, academic majors and hobbies, there are also specific ones for cheerleaders. College sports are an important part of school both for students as well as the local community. Games are participated by many in the town and creates a bond between those at school and local residents. Also, those who excel in college sports can move into the professional arena.

If you've been involved in high school cheerleading, think about applying for a scholarship to reduce your college costs. In addition, apply for other scholarships as you may qualify in the areas of dance or gymnastics. There are also a variety of scholarships based on different factors such as being left-handed or being involved in community service, so pursue every relevant area.

Here is just a sampling of the many colleges that offer scholarships for cheerleading:

Lincoln Memorial University, located in Tennessee offers scholarships in cheerleading up to one thousand dollars.

University of Central Florida has scholarships for those with cheerleading backgrounds and they can cover one thousand dollars or more a semester.

Wallace State Community College in Alabama provides generous scholarships for those with skill in this area.

Texas A&M University will give students up to 800 dollars in award money with abilities in this field.

Don't forget that if you are involved in college sports as well as a related area you will need to balance your academic courses with these activities. College courses can be demanding and it is important to think out the schedule for practices with your load of classes.

During the semesters where you have more games, it is best to adjust your schedule so you can assure you'll have adequate study time. Stress in balancing these two areas can lead to both academic issues as well as performance issues in sports.

In addition, if you don't get a scholarship you can still apply for student loans. The beauty of grants and scholarships is that they do not need to be paid back. However, if you don't qualify for a scholarship and wish to pursue college, getting a loan will enable you to do so and follow your
dreams.

Jobs are very competitive today and having a college education will give you a distinct advantage over others without this background. In addition, it is an important way to meet friends with similar interests and have wonderful experiences.

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Rashes in College Dorms – What Are the Risks

Living in a college dorm can certainly come with its fair share of risks, including rashes which spread like wild fire. Recently there has been an increase in bed bug infestations across the country, both in college dorms and residential areas. Bed bugs can cause rashes which present as clustered-together groups of raised bumps which appear to be red and irritated. It can become worse if the infestation is not dealt with in a timely manner. More and more college dorms are experiencing problems with bed bugs. While most people think that bed bug infestations are due to leaving food crumbs all over, that is not what attracts them.

Scabies is another kind of rash that college students can catch. This rash can be caught either through sexual or non-sexual contact with a person. It can be caught by holding hands for a prolonged period of time or sharing someone else's clothes or bed. When living on-campus, it's always a good idea to avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with another person's skin. The mites burrow in the skin and lay eggs. They are invisible to the eye, but the allergic rash is what alerts most people. This is precisely how rashes spread in these types of environments.

It is important to know some of the different symptoms of scabies and how it presents, as there are many students and other people who are unaware. Each year there are around 300 million recorded cases of scabies, many of which are spread through college campuses in a matter of weeks. The very first symptom someone with scabies usually experiences is a rash which itches. Repeated scratching of the affected are can lead to infection, which can make the scabies much worse. Those who experience sudden uncontrollable itching are recommended to see a physician in order to get the prescription anti-parasitic cream with permethrin. The doctor will often also recommend an antihistamine for itching.

Itching it usually the first symptom experienced by those who develop scabies, and those who experience it should be aware that it could be something worse than a regular itch. Using a mattress cover can also be helpful as a means to prevent reinfestation. Other rashes that can be caught on college campuses include those due to the herpes virus, fungal rashes such as athlete's foot, impetigo and molluscum contagiosum. The college infirmary on campus is a useful resource to use for any health concerns.

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The Dangers of Failing a Course in College

There are many reasons why a college student might fail a course. Two such reasons: personal health problems and family issues, unfortunately, cannot be controlled. However, the responsibility for the majority of course failures in college lies squarely with the student. Unfortunately, very few of these students have any concept of the dangers or ramifications failing a course in college can have. Parents, teachers, and school counselors work hard at getting high school students into college, but little is done to make sure they stay there and graduate.

The vast majority of course failures in college happen because students have poor study habits, fail to get help when it is first needed, skip classes, and / or spend too much time partying because they are unprepared for total freedom. These students did not go to college with the study skills and / or proper attitude and respect for learning necessary to be successful in college. As a society, we are expecting more and more of our students to go to college; But, we obviously are not doing a good enough job of informing our students of the consequences of failure, and we are not giving them the skills and focus they need to graduate.

5 Dangers of Failing a College Course:

1. Extreme financial cost. With the average year in college costing approximately $ 35,000 for 6 to 8 courses, each course failed is wasting roughly $ 4,000 to $ 6000. Once a course is failed, there is no way to get that money back; and when you retake that class … the tuition will be higher!

2. Rescheduling that course may be problematic. Years ago, colleges offered most courses every quarter or semester. Unfortunately, colleges are having to cut back just like everyone else, and one of the ways colleges do this is to cut staff and class offerings. If the failed class is required, then it must be re-taken and passed; but rescheduling that class may take a year or more. That will push graduation back one or more years. The financial cost of that is enormous; and the cost to your life plans may be beyond calculation.

3. If the failed course is a prerequisite for other courses you must take, then you have magnified the problem. You can't take those classes until you pass this one; so now those are off-schedule as well.

4. If the failed course is in your major area of ​​study, you may need to consider a change in direction. Failing a course in your major area is very serious, partly because of the prerequisite issue (one class follows another which follows another, etc.), but partly because this may indicate you are lacking the basics necessary for this major.

5. You are missing job opportunities. While you are waiting the year to reschedule that failed class or taking two years to make a change in your major, you are not out there in the professional job market. Other (former) students are taking jobs that might have been perfect for you. In addition, by the time you are ready to graduate, the economy might be worse or the job market may have closed.

Every one of these potential results is serious! You simply cannot afford – by any definition of that word – to allow poor study habits or poor attitude about learning to cost you any of this. While you are still in high school, start developing the skills and attitude necessary for success – and don't start college until you are ready for it! Yes, I really said that. Starting college before you are ready to take it seriously is a waste of everyone's time and money.

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Seven Secrets to College Success

Congratulations. You have made the decision to pursue higher education and to meet your goal of obtaining a college degree. You are embarking on a journey that can take you places you may have only dreamed of. Being in college can be fun but it can also be challenging. There are seven things a college student must do in order to be successful in the collegiate arena. These seven steps can be the difference between a B or C student or an A student. 

  1. Be punctual: Being late for class is a sign of disrespect. It tells the instructor you don’t want to be in his class or that you don’t take the class seriously. You also miss important information when you are late. Do you like it when people are late for something you’ve planned? Of course not. The instructor has spent time preparing for the class and you should give the instructor the time you have scheduled for his class. Besides, you have spent money for the class so you should show up on time to get what you paid for. Being punctual also helps when it comes time for grading. Grading is subjective and you want to do everything you can to leave a positive impression in your instructor’s mind so he can remember you this way doing grading. Being late for class doesn’t make a positive impression. So if you are habitually late, why should he sweat over your grade? Take my word for it, show up on time.
  2. Do the homework: It is a waste of your time and the instructor’s time if you just sit in class but never do the assignments. Not doing class assignments is a guaranteed way to fail. Instructors use assignments to determine your knowledge and your grade. Assignments also help you to learn more about your field of study. Instructors can also tell if you half-heartedly completed an assignment. And don’t wait until the last minute to do your assignment. If you start early you will have a better product than if you waited until the due date to start on it.
  3. Ask questions: Some people think asking questions is dumb. In reality it’s just the opposite. Instructors like students who ask questions. It shows you are interested in the class and that you really want to learn more about the subject the instructor is an expert in. The question you ask is probably the same question several other students in the class want answered so you’ll be doing them a favor.
  4. Be confident: As an instructor, I like students who are confident in their abilities and act on them. Many times students are afraid to speak up in class or write a paper about an interesting subject because they are afraid what the instructor or their fellow students may think. As a result research papers or projects are sometimes dull and boring because they cover “safe” topics. It’s okay to be afraid. It’s not okay to let fear keep you from doing something you really want do. So go ahead and write that paper you’ve been longing to write or start on that project that you truly believe in. Be confident and be able to back up your findings or conclusions with evidence.
  5. Volunteer: College instructors like students who volunteer. Volunteerism shows you want to really want to get involved in your major or your school. You don’t have to volunteer for something big. It could be something as simple as agreeing to be a group discussion leader or leading a class project. It could be volunteering to be on a student committee or to be on the board of a student chapter of an organization. Find ways to volunteer. This will not only help your grades but it can also enhance your studies.
  6. Be prepared for tests: Depending on your instructor, you may not know when she may call a pop quiz. Successful students are prepared and always ready. You can be prepared by reading the class material before the class, participating in class discussions, and by doing the assignments and exercises in your textbook.
  7. Get to know people: Successful people network. You have to do the same too, even on a college campus. When you get to know people on campus they share with you information that they have. This information can help you in a class, help you to save money or a purchase, assist you in choosing a class, or even choosing a major. Networking is a very important tool in the world of business so you might as well practice the skill while you are in college.

Remember that you can be a success in college. Yes it’s hard but you can do it!

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Earning A GED Diploma Qualifies You For College Education And Better Career Options

People who haven't earned a high school diploma are often presented with limited opportunities. That is, they couldn't get a better income-earning job, pass for a promotion or go to college. If you happen to be part of this statistics, you have an option to pull yourself out of the rut you are stuck in, and that is taking the GED test and acquiring a GED diploma.

While it's true that a GED diploma isn't as strong as a high school diploma, it's better than having nothing at all. You may be a dropout who hasn't and could not finish high school. Are you thinking about taking the GED test? That may be a good decision, especially as you mull over the benefits of passing the GED test. Here are 4 of them:

It presents an alternative to studying in a traditional school. In many cases, individuals find it difficult to finish highschool. Thus, they drop out and are not able to finish their secondary education. Not having a highschool diploma can have one stigmatized. He or she tends to be not accepted when applying for a decent job and cannot pursue further education, such as that in college. But you shouldn't think that you're hopeless if you're in the same situation. You can make the decision to move on and make your life better by taking the GED test. Then can you obtain your GED diploma which is equivalent to a highschool diploma. With it, you can catch up and get ahead in life. The average age of GED test-takers is 26, according to a recent report of the GED Testing Service. Most of the people who take the GED test have been out of school for 10 years or so. These are the individuals who have strived to "complete" their high school education by taking the GED test.

You can avail of better employment opportunities. Employers often discourage high school drop outs from applying in their companies. They also want to make sure that their applicants possess reliable skills to contribute to their businesses. And so they require the latter to hold a high school diploma or an equivalent of it. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has indicated that a GED diploma can qualify you for a full-time employment than if you don't have one. Unemployment rate for those without diplomas reach 12.7 percent while only 8.3 percent of those with diplomas are without jobs. A GED diploma may not be literally required to advance in a job, but the knowledge, skills learned and the hard work of a GED earner may qualify them for a promotion.

There are better opportunities to earn more. A GED diploma may not hold the same value as a high school diploma, but the US Census signified that GED diploma holders earn $ 3,100 a month on the average- $ 700 higher than those who had some high school education and $ 1,000 more than workers who had elementary level of schooling. Getting the GED is an educational experience where you acquire more knowledge and learn hard work. You'll likewise gain know-how pertaining to your skills. These could have you hired for a higher income job, or advance in the workplace by way of a promotion.

Advance in your education. "Barron's GED: High School Equivalency Exam" has cited that a GED diploma is a major requirement when it comes to gaining admission to technical schools, colleges, as well as participating in career training programs. You may already be employed, but without a GED diploma, you aren't likely to be able to avail of further trainings and certifications that are necessary for you to progress in your company.

Knowing these benefits of passing the GED can motivate you to take the test and get hold of your diploma. You can move on and get ahead in life even if you're a high school dropout by making the choice to take that one crucial step. Your capability and aptitude signified by your GED diploma can help you change your life for the better.

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