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      Will you have to study from home? 15 tips for your online classes

      Locked up for quarantine? To study online!

      The epidemic of the COVID-19  has to half of the students of the world classless classroom, according to data sharing the UNESCO.

      In this context, many educational institutions such as Tec de Monterrey are working to provide their academic training through digital means.

      “Not even a virus can stop education, ” Edgar Gonzalez, leader of the Center for Teacher Development and Educational Innovation and Leader of Information Technologies at theTec campus Irapuato, shared with CONECTA.

      “An online class is a very cool experience; If your teacher tends to have dynamic and creative classes, letting it be in videoconference now is not going to take them away ”, the specialist considers.

      If you have the opportunity to resume your classes online, at  CONECTA we give you these tips for this new stage:


      1. Choose the ideal place

      Assign a well-lit, quiet area in your house with enough space,  so that you can concentrate on your classes.

      Try to avoid places where your parents or siblings are usually because even if they are doing home office, they could distract you with some talk.

      1. Keep your routine

      Wake up at the same time, have breakfast, and get ready as if you were going to face-to-face classes, that will help your mind prepare to concentrate.

      Remember that it is class time, do not stay in your pajamas: in most video links they will surely ask you to have the video turned on to improve interaction.

      1. Comfortable, but without distractions

      Keep in mind that you will be in class from home, but do not let that become a potential distraction factor, the further you are from the bed the better!

      “Your biggest challenge will be to ignore the distractors during each session; you have to reaffirm the rules of a classroom and pay attention at all times,” González suggests.

      1. Equip yourself with what you need

      Prepare your computer equipment and check that your webcam is working properly.

      It also includes headphones, preferably hands-free with a good microphone so that you can hear and be heard well.

      “ It is normal that when you are at home, your mom or your sister come into the room,  or they talk to you when you are in class; these ‘comical’ situations can sometimes interrupt your attention in class, that ‘s why it ‘s good to have headphones on”, advises González.

      Also, have a notebook and a pen on hand to make notes as usual and try to ensure that the place where you are going to take classes has a light connection for your computer.

      1. Do not drop your signal

      Try to ensure that the place where you study has a  stable Wi-Fi signal.  You can improve the quality of your connection by being close to the router or with a LAN cable.

      A good sign will help your teacher not get “frozen”, remember that videoconference classes usually consume a good part of the bandwidth of your network.

      1. Plan your schedules

      Create a study plan taking into account the schedule that you are going to use during the day, you can take breaks of 10 or 15 minutes after each class. Do not forget to assign your mealtime.

      Plan your due dates and days for assignments, assignments, and exams. There are apps like TickTick and To-Do Reminder that can make this easier for you.

      “It is important that you have management and self-control mechanisms to generate academic activity schedules as if they were in face-to-face classes, ” recommends  Cesar Herrera, director of Advisory and Counseling at Tec at the Monterrey campus.

      1. Prioritize: it’s your study time

      Make a list of the jobs you turn in each day and avoid accumulating the load of pending.

      Also inform your family about the study schedules and academic activities, since your support is important so that it does not get mixed up with the time of family dynamics or with household chores.

      1. Raise your hand, participate!

      Do not hide in the videoconferences, participate as if you were in face-to-face class; All members on the call can participate dynamically, they even have buttons to raise their hands.

      1. Find out how you learn

      Did you know that there are multiple types of learning? Identifying which one suits you best will help you in this new way of running your classes :

      If your learning is better with reading and writing, underline words, review the readings more than once or make notes by hand (not on the cell phone or on the computer).

      If hearing works more for you, we recommend listening to audiobooks, recording your class, and listening to it again, explaining what you learned to your friends or colleagues.

      Test if your learning is visual by making diagrams, drawings, colored notes while you are taking the class or from videos with YouTube tutorials.

      Another type of learning is kinesthetic, for which it will help you to do experiments or practice with exercises. When your teacher explains the theory ask them to make practical examples or on your part look for more on YouTube.

      1. Better use your lap and leave the cell

      On mobile devices such as tablets or cell phones, it is more difficult for you to carry out activities that your teacher gives you since you have to exit the application to be able to do them.

      However, on a computer, you can simply open your browser, your documents, and other applications, without leaving your virtual classroom.

      1. Search resources online

      From digital libraries, tutorials to support groups to study you find online.

      Browse your school’s website, you can surely find resources that are available to you for free.

      1. Close Netflix and save game

      Pause your favorite movie or series and save the game in that video game that you are trying to finish; respect the schedule to study.

      In the same way, try to silence all your WhatsApp groups or leave your cell phone out of reach for a while: forget about the memes and focus on your subjects.

      “Limit excess electronic entertainment. Respect your academic schedule and look for feedback mechanisms with your teachers to feel that you are being productive ”, Herrera advises you.

      1. Your emotions also count

      Studying at home could make you anxious; Don’t stress yourself out and try some relaxation techniques like deep breathing, which can help you stay calm.

      You can take advantage of your free time at home to spend quality time with your family; Have that conversation that was pending with your parents or brothers on any subject, take out the board games, take advantage of the fact that now you can have lunch or dinner with them.

      1. Eat healthily and keep moving

      Now that you will be at home, eat healthy, at defined times. Also, have healthy snacks on hand and stay hydrated.

      During class, you will spend most of your time sitting in front of your laptop or computer, so get away and stretch between classes to relax your muscles.

      Also, do exercises at home to make up for anything that you are not walking on your way to school.

      1. Socialize, even at a distance

      Search your friends through services such as Zoom, Hangouts, or even by WhatsApp video call, to have daily conversations.

      ‘Throwing the shawl’  at some point in your day through this dynamic will help you in this time of contingency, to make studying at home more bearable.

      “On a personal-emotional level, I believe that all people who live this stage should seek a type of support, make contact with significant others through electronic means to be active,” reiterates Herrera.

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      7 tips for making friends on your campus

      The beginning of the course is a period of many changes: new teachers, new places and new colleagues. Even if you are excited to start this stage that many remember as “one of the best years of their life”, it does not mean that not knowing anyone can be a challenge for you. If so, don’t panic, it’s perfectly normal. Facing this process has a reward; you train your ability to adapt to changes. For this reason, and also because we already love you very much, we give you some tips that can help you make the best of your new life.

      1. Get out of your comfort zone

      Enjoy your music, chat on WhatsApp with your summer friends or with your family, all this represents your comfort zone even if you are in a new place, far from the known. Take off your headphones and lift your head, listen and look around you; You are more than 2000 new students of 70 different nationalities so remember that you are not alone in your situation. You are all in a new environment wanting to find new friends. Take the opportunity to smile and look for opportunities to talk to new people.

      1. Dare the new: they are usually great opportunities

      If you find it violent to start a conversation with a stranger or you do not know what to talk about, participate in all the activities that your University organizes, they are fantastic opportunities to meet other students, doing something together. During your Welcome Days, many of you have participated in the Speed ​​Friends Making: an activity in which you have a minute and a piece of cardboard with questions to learn to know your classmates better.

      1. Find people like you

      One of the great things about college is that it is a time in your life when you have many opportunities to try new activities or reconnect with your passions of yours that you had put aside. Student clubs are student associations that come together to share their passion. Finding people you share a hobby with is one of the best ways to bond deeper.

      1. Organize an outing with more people from the university

      “Happiness is only real when it is shared”, this phrase that the protagonist writes in a book in the film Hacía wild routes (Into the Wild)  could not be more true. Relating to others is vital to your well-being so if you don’t know many people yet, there is no reason to stay alone. Campus Life organizes various activities where you can interact with others. In addition to the activities offered by Campus Life, in its corresponding section on the Intranet, you can create your own events so that other students can sign up.

      1. Open spaces to study

      Leaving your room is always a good strategy to encourage interactions with others, whether they are your roommates or college companions. The library is open from Monday to Friday, from 7.45 am to 9.15 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 are to 6 pm, 24 hours during exam time. It has many open workspaces and group workrooms. Although it is important to respect the silence to study, you can meet other students by taking breaks at the entrance of the library.

      1. Enjoy the cultural diversity of your University

      In addition to Campus Life activities where you can meet people of various nationalities, Hub 101, which is located in classroom 101 of the Luis Campos Gorriz building, is an open place where the language service organizes intercultural activities focused on practicing languages of Informally, talking with colleagues of other nationalities.

      1. Get involved in some of the solidarity projects

      Would you like to participate in a volunteer project? In addition to helping others, participating in local projects throughout the course, or being part of international solidarity missions, it will allow you to meet other students who, like you, are willing to dedicate time to others.

      You may also love to read this article, The Best Summer Campuses 2021

      The Best Summer Campuses 2021

      Despite the uncertainty and difficulties, last year the summer camps were organized, which is why this year we are organizing the Campus summer.

      Summer, in fact, is not only about choosing the destination for the next holidays. Whether they are by the sea or in the mountains, but also about organizing the three months of school breaks.

      Closed schools and kindergartens mean for us parents to organize the days of our children. And teenagers in another way. Fortunately, valuable help is given to us by the summer campuses which are increasingly numerous and above all well organized and managed.

      Speak teens summer camp

      The summer campuses, also known as summer camps or simply camps or campuses, are real courses for children and teenagers that take place during the summer and include a very varied program of activities, but the focus is always the same: having fun and above all to experience outside the home with other children and young people of the same age.

      The summer campuses, in fact, foresee the passing of a certain period of time, which can vary from 5-6 days up to a month, in a location defined by the organizers. And during which children and young people can try their hand at various courses and above all live experiences in autonomy.

      On the other hand, there are several day camps or summer camps where no overnight stay takes place, but only entertainment during the day.

      2021 summer camps: which one to choose?

      The offer of summer campuses is very varied: from digital courses, sports camps, English summer camps, to musical activities, but also multidisciplinary campuses that combine several characteristics.

      To determine what is right for you, it is right to follow the inclinations of your children and jointly evaluate the offer of course programs and – why not – the costs.

      Sports summer camps

      After a year of hiatus, perhaps finally we start again. An idea for this summer could be to choose a sports summer campus. You can find sports campuses focused on a single sport or multisport campuses in which the sports concerned will be different.

      Fun is the watchword therefore not only courses will be provided. But also other activities such as group games, workshops, and even excursions.

      Experience Summer Camp

      Also for 2021, the Experience Summer Camps are back (in safety), sports, and thematic holidays for young people aged 6 to 21 managed by the Tour Operator Sport & Holidays, with 37 years of experience behind them.

      Experience Summer Camp offers over 50 campuses Sports and thematic Summer Camps, competitive. And non-competitive, for young people aged 6 to 21, dedicated to sports, fun, nature, and new friends!

      These are Sports and Thematic Holidays for children and teenagers, in splendid seaside or mountain locations, in splendid seaside or mountain locations, dedicated to:

      • Many different sports such as football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, swimming. And other 20 different sports;
      • Young people’s passions: music, photography, acting, dance, DJ, adventure, parkour, theater,
      • magic, writing, Sports, etc .;
      • Holidays in English or German Language or Study Trips (for older children) in collaboration with EF: Malta, London, Malaga, and dozens of other locations available.

      All with a highly qualified Technical Staff made up of over 1,500 people. And also made up of Sports Champions such as Massimiliano Rosolino or Domenico Fioravanti.

      The philosophy that characterizes the Experience Summer Camps is given by the fact that all the Camps include the practice of sport and physical activity in the open air: the importance of movement is a fundamental training and personal growth tool.

      Summing up:

      • suitable for children and teenagers between 6-17 years for the Multisport camps; 6-20 years for Technical Camps and 6-21 years for Thematic Camps.
      • By the sea:  Lignano Sabbiadoro (UD), Marina Julia (GO), Grosseto and Sperlonga.  In the mountains:  Val di Fassa, Val di Fiemme, Crego di Premia (Piedmont);
      • weekly shifts (with the possibility of doing more shifts) between June, July, and August
      • All the Camps provide for the observation of a health protocol dictated by the Ministry relating to the Covid-19 emergency;
      • The Camps guarantee the reimbursement of the fee in case of cancellation of the initiatives by Experience Summer Camp, due to a health emergency or other regulatory impediments (eg prohibited movements between Regions);
      • For the dates, prices, and age groups of every single campus or for more details, consult the official website.
      • There is a BUS transport service organized from some departure points including Varese, Busto Arsizio, Milan, Brescia, Bergamo, Verona, etc. As well as a free escort service by train from certain departure points.

      Summer football school

      If your children love football there is nothing better than enrolling them in a summer football school.

      The staff is made up of figures who have been trained by professional clubs, who can field technical and tactical experience, as well as solid educational and pedagogical training.

      An example is the AC Milan Junior Camp football school.

      The typical MJC program includes two training sessions per day of two hours, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The rest of the day is spent in playful and recreational activities.

      Summing up:

      • suitable for children 6-17 years ;
      • There are four locations available, in the mountains, in  Cortina D’Ampezzo  (Dolomites – Belluno) and on the Asiago plateau  (Vicenza) and by the sea, in  Jesolo Lido  (Venice) and  Lignano Sabbiadoro  (Udine);
      • residential or day camp formula .

      EuroCamp Cesenatico

      EuroCamp, a multipurpose sports center with 500 beds on the beach of  Cesenatico, offers various possibilities for summer camps with a sports theme.

      The proposed campuses are football, volleyball, basketball, art, sport & fun, dance, rhythm.

      And at the end of the courses, everyone on the beach to dive into the sea!

      Summing up:

      • suitable for children between 6-17 years old
      • in Cesenatico, in Emilia Romagna
      • weekly shifts from 21 June to 1 August
      • partner structure vacanzeINPSsieme.it

      Champions’ Camp

      Champion’s Camp is the branch of the Sport and Fun Holidays Srl company – one of the main Italian tour operators specializing in holiday proposals for minors not accompanied by their parents – which deals with summer campuses.

      The proposed campuses are Sports Camps that can be both technical and multisport. But also Thematic Camps (such as English, cooking, music, science, theater, dance, adventure,). And finally, Professional Camps always linked to the sport which includes companies such as Volley Bergamo for volleyball, Empoli for football, Valsugana for rugby, and Fortitudo Bologna for basketball.

      Summing up:

      • suitable for children and teenagers between 9-14 years
      • various Italian locations depending on the chosen campus
      • weekly or fortnightly shifts from 21 June to 1 August 2020
      • partner structure vacanzeINPSsieme.it
      • Sailing summer camp in Sardinia

      Summer sailing camp

      The Sailing Center of Caprera  (OT) – one of the most famous in Italy – offers courses that can be compared to summer camps.

      These are sailing courses for Under 14s – divided into initiation. And consolidation – which takes place in the months of June, July, and August.

      Thanks to highly trained instructors, children can learn the first notions of navigation and sail adjustment in total safety.

      Summing up:

      • suitable for children between 12-14 years old
      • in Caprera (Sardinia)
      • 7 or 14-day courses (only for the consolidation course) in June, July and August
      • Summer camp in English
      • Summer camps

      English Summer Camp

      Among the various summer camps, the English Summer Camps certainly stand out. Offering the learning of a foreign language, especially English.

      But be careful, it is not just about courses and lessons held according to the scholastic method: the language is also learned in other ways. And above all the campus programs include many other activities and games.

      Bellamonte International Camp

      We move to Trentino-Alto Adige where we find the ‘ International Camp of Bellamonte, welcomes children aged 6 to 16 years.

      It is an English-language summer campus that also offers a series of activities in contact with nature: trekking,  rafting,  adventure park, camp out, and much more.

      All activities take place in English thanks to the presence of certified mother-tongue teachers from different countries and the presence of participants of the most varied nationalities.

      Summing up:

      • suitable for children between 6-16 years ;
      • in Bellamonte in Val di Fiemme, at the Park Hotel Sancelso ;
      • weekly shifts (Saturday-Saturday), with the possibility of 1 or 2 weeks, starting from 29 June to 31 July 2021.

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      Studying for a Math Exam: 5 Helpful Tips

      There is a good chance that if you are not a “math person,” you are not necessarily looking forward to studying for a math exam. However, if your upcoming exam is a midterm or final and the class is a prerequisite course, passing the test may mean the difference between getting your degree and not getting your degree. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to study for a math exam and not burn out. Moreover, math can be fun if you allow it to be. The moment that you see math as something that is enjoyable is the moment that it will be less daunting. Here are five helpful tips to keep in mind when you are studying for your math exam.

      1. Make sure that your environment is clean, comfortable, and inspiring. The truth is that it can be difficult to study for any exam in an environment that is cramped and dirty. This is why you want to make sure that you find a space that is clean and organized. If your dorm room is messy, you probably want to move to the library.
      2. Make sure that you are properly hydrated and have plenty of healthy food. Another essential study tip is to have plenty of water on hand. The last thing you want is to be dehydrated. The truth is that water can actually make your brain work faster and more efficiently. On top of having plenty of water, you also want to have plenty of healthy food and snacks. The key is to not feel sluggish – healthy food will give you energy.
      3. Make sure that you have all your notes organized. It is also important to have all of your notes organized. When it comes time to study for math, you want all your notes to be compiled into an easy-to-use reference system. This will slow down the amount of time you spend rifling through papers trying to find the information you need. Ideally, you want to organize your notes every time you come home from class.
      4. Make sure to seek a tutor if you are having trouble understanding concepts. Many people struggle with the basic tenets of mathematics. If you are having a hard time, you may want to hire a private tutor. The truth is that not all people are “math-oriented.” Most people think more abstractly, so it is difficult to get into the math mind frame. A tutor will be able to help you.
      5. Make sure to take breaks when you need them. On top of everything, you also want to take breaks. The truth is that you will burn out if you don’t slow down every once and a while. You may want to blast through until the morning, but for the sake of your health, you want to stop and take a breather. In the end, the more re-energized you are, the better you will absorb the information and the better you will do on your exam.

      5 Dishes You Should Learn to Make in College

      Home Economics is one of the classes people love to take in high school and middle school, but for all of the wrong reasons. It is never about an interest in learning how to cook, do laundry, or become a useful member of a household. It’s usually about getting an easy A. Which is alright. I get it. But Home Economics is one of the few classes you might actually regret drifting off during once you hit college.

      One day, you will find yourself at the grocery store down the street from your college apartment. Your eyes will glaze over as you stare at the uninspired selection in the frozen foods aisle, and then you’ll be jolted by a bolt of inspiration. You will realize that you can cook yourself a real meal! One of the ones your mom used to cook, with meat and vegetables. The type where you use an oven or a stove instead of a microwave or a hot plate.

      You watched your mom cook plenty of meals, and hey, you did get that A in Home Ec. You’ll return home with a notably lighter wallet and bags full of ingredients. When you’re staring at those ingredients spread out on your counter, next to a pile of cooking tools you don’t remember ever buying, that’s when the regret will hit you. You’ll realize you never actually learned how to cook.

      Luckily, all is not lost. Cooking is pretty easy, and you’re in college, which means you’re already prepared to learn something new. While college students may not be world-renowned for the prowess in the kitchen, these are 5 dishes that every student from Georgetown to GW Online can and should learn how to make. 

      1. Chicken Parmesan

      This one is easy, delicious, and relatively nutritious. After all, it’s pretty much just chicken and cheese. Don’t be scared off by cooking chicken, either. As long as the insides are fully cooked through — no pink center – you’ll be good to go.

      1. Mason Jar Salads

      It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. A delicious salad you make in a mason jar, that can be stored for a few days and taken on the go.

      1. Vegetable Wraps

      Just slice up a serving of your favorite vegetables, sauté them in olive oil until they’re soft, and wrap them in a tortilla with some dressing. It’s a quick meal that will actually provide you with the nutrients you need to get through the day.

      1. Avocado and Egg

      Fry up an egg to your preferred doneness and plop it into a sliced avocado. The two foods go great together, and it’s a healthy breakfast alternative, given that avocados are a superfood and all. Don’t forget the salt and pepper.

      1. Curry

      Curry is a foreign delicacy that’s surprisingly easy to make. It is also versatile, with plenty of different ways to prepare it, and downright tasty. All you need are vegetables, meat, coconut milk, and plenty of curry spice.

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      How to Find Where You Fit on Your College Campus

      Whether you go to Marylhurst University or any other college, it can be hard to know where you fit in. You may have trouble where you fit in academically or you may struggle making new friends and fitting in socially. The truth is that college is a completely different environment from what you were used to in high school. You may have been the most popular kid in your high school, but in college, it may all change.

      In college, there are a lot more people around and, without a safety net or the comfort and familiarity of lifelong friends, it can be very hard to find your place. However, if you want to fit in and carve out your own niche on campus, there are a number of things you can do.

      Of course, you don’t want it to look like you are forcing yourself to fit in, so you want to be strategic. Moreover, you want to take your time; finding your place in college doesn’t happen overnight.

      Here is how to find where you fit on your college campus

      Participate in Various Extracurricular Activities

      One way to find your place in college is to join various extracurricular groups and clubs. For instance, there may be a recreational sports team or a charity group. You may also do a beach clean up or go to a rally. The best part about college is that you are finding yourself, so if you want to find your place, you have to put yourself out there.

      Find an Academic Social Club

      Another way to find your place in college is to join a social club. On any given campus, there are dozens of social and academic clubs. For instance, you may want to join a film group. In that group, you will watch films, analyze them and critique them. Also, you may want to try out a literature group, which will give you a chance to read classics and more obscure titles. You never know who you will meet in one of these groups.

      Talk to People

      Of course, you won’t really find yourself until you start meeting people. You want to meet people because it will broaden your network of friends and acquaintances. The bigger your network is, the sooner you will find your place. The last thing you want is to shut yourself off. If you are shy, then introducing yourself to new people is a great way to put yourself out there and practice speaking up.

      Check Out Greek Life

      If you are interested in joining a sorority or a fraternity, your place on campus may be in Greek life. Of course, Greek life can be demanding and there may be a lot of challenges, but it can actually be a lot of fun. If you like a lot of excitement, this may be your place on campus.

      Start with Your Friends

      It may be that the friends you make are your place on campus. If you are friends with the artsy kids, you may want to be in the artsy group. If your friends are in the science realm, maybe science is the place for you. In the end, you want to feel like you belong.

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      5 Bad Study Habits You Should Break in College

      It is easy to do the bare minimum while in college: skim by on C grades, do a minimal amount of studying, or to let other people handle most of the work. Truth is, however, that this minimal attitude will not allow you to get all you can out of these limited years. College is a time of learning certain life skills, and learning how to correctly study is a skill that not only will help you in school but will also aid in your choice of career.

      Breaking a habit can be incredibly difficult and time-consuming, but trust us, it’s completely worth it.

      1. Studying from Home

      This may seem like an odd idea but the truth is that studying at home is not conducive to performing well in college. For one, there are so many distractions at home: laundry, chores, food, random things to play with, TV, video games, and roommates. Even locking yourself in your bedroom can prove detrimental as a bed in your peripheral vision may make a nap too much of a tempting alternative to hitting the books.

      1. Studying All Night

      While there are some benefits to cramming, staying up the entire night before an exam is not one of them. In order for the brain to function properly, it needs time to rest. Not getting an adequate amount of sleep can slow down your brain’s processing of information which turns into you losing all retention when you sit down to take an exam. Break this habit by spreading out your study times for before bedtime.

      1. Only Reading After Class

      Did you know that if you read the assigned content before class that your brain is more likely to remember the information? If the text is fresh in your mind, your brain will create automatic organization storage, similar to file cabinets, that will then assign the content correctly as your professor goes over it. You will also be able to ask questions about the reading since you’ve already read it and gain a better understanding of the material. 

      1. Procrastination

      Everyone knows procrastinating is never a healthy way to get things done. Not only does it place a lot of pressure on your brain to figure things out, but it also drains you very quickly. Make time management a priority so that you are not waiting until the very last minute to finish projects, papers, or study for an exam.

      1. Listening to Music (with lyrics)

      When you listen to music while studying, it can be very distracting. This only gets worse when you add lyrics and random beats that take over your brain. Our recommendation, if you insist on listening to music while studying is to go lyric-free. Classical music, scores from movies, or a general instrumental so that the only words you hear are the ones you are reading from the text. Classical music is also said to help aid the brain as well as make the human body feel calm.

      If you are looking to earn good grades and make the most of your years in college, be it studying for the University of Wisconsin’s pre-law classes, you’ll need to establish healthy study habits.

      How to Stay Safe on Your College Campus

      Safety is extremely important while in college. Most campuses feel like very safe places, but you never who might be lurking, and you will be meeting new people (otherwise known as strangers) all the time. If you want to be sure that you can protect your wellbeing, then you need to take a few precautions.

      How to Get Fit on Your College Campus

      Of all of the things a college campus is great for — getting an education, making new friends, making memories, or starting your career — getting in good shape usually isn’t one of them. College towns are filled with fast-food chains and local greasy food joints: places that serve legendary burritos, tasty pizza, or diner food. And exercise isn’t exactly part of the culture on these campuses either. They’re filled with anxious, overworked students who rarely show any interest in waking up at 5:30 am to go on a jog. Between class loads, internships, and social obligations, students of the University of North Carolina alike probably don’t have time to exercise regularly.

      5 Amazing College Campuses on the Beach

      When most people think of the word ‘beach’ they envision clear skies, clearer waters, and burying their feet under the pearly white sand. When certain college students think of the word ‘beach’, they think of their college campus.

      Wait, am I missing something here?  Some students actually go to a college that has an amazing campus nestled right on the beach? What was the reason I decided to go to college inland again? Please excuse my self-loathing. Yes, believe it or not, some students go to college in paradise!  If your goal is to spend your college career studying on the beach, this article is for you!

      5 amazing college campuses located near the Beach:

      1. Pepperdine University

      Two words: Malibu, California. After you are done thinking about movie stars, surfing, and perfect weather, I want to introduce you to Pepperdine University. As you probably guessed, Pepperdine University is located in beautiful Malibu, California, and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. This private university sits on 830 acres and is only a mere five-minute walk from the world-famous Malibu Lagoon State Beach. Can you say surfing after class? This university is also known for its religious affiliations and strict academic standards.

      1. Flagler College

      Located in beautiful St. Augustine, Florida which, might I add, has the title of being the nation’s oldest European-settled city (1565 by the Spanish); this picturesque college is only minutes away from the Atlantic ocean and surrounding beaches including Vilano beach! This private liberal arts college was built with beautiful Spanish architecture and are the perfect place for history buffs! Flagler College is generally more affordable in comparison to other liberal art colleges. Attend school here if the coastal / city lifestyle appeals to you.

      1. University of California – San Diego

      For those that don’t know, San Diego is the quintessential surf town complete with perfect weather, perfect beaches, and consistent surf. Now enter the University of California – San Diego.  This public university rests in the middle of the La Jolla area putting you mere miles away from the beach.  UCSD is also known for its academic excellence. In particular, this university is often considered one of the top 10 public universities and is known for science. If you are interested in a career in the sciences, this might be the university for you.

      1. Eckerd College

      Eckerd College can be found on the sunny coast of St. Petersburg, Florida, and offers students some of the best views on this list.  This private liberal arts college sits on 188 acres and is known for its marine science program.  Although Eckerd is a small college, it offers students world-class views.

      1. The University of Hawaii at Manoa

      No top beach college campus list would be complete without at least one school from Hawaii.  Nestled in the hills of the island of Oahu, this world-class campus offers students access to world-famous beaches. In between studying for UAB’s bachelor’s in information systems, I encourage you to give these famous beaches a try! If surfing isn’t your thing, this public university is known for its academic excellence and having strong science programs.

      Dorm Room Items to Pack when Leaving for Out-of-state College:

      There are some essential dorm room items you absolutely should think about when leaving home to move into an out of state college. As most college students are excited to get back to school (and partying), be sure to think about where to get many of the essential room items you’ll need when arriving.

      Here’s a quick list of bedroom and dorm room items to get before moving in:

      Dorm Rooms & College Home Rentals

      Depending on which campus your located on, be sure to bring ample pillows and blankets to ensure you can cycle out items as they get dirty and are in the wash. Some college students will be living in rental homes, which you’ll need even more items, including the following:

      Grab a List and go through everything you have in your current room and see what needs to be bought or brought with you!

      5 College Scholarship Myths

      Most students dream of going to college so that they can better themselves and improve their chances of career opportunities and gainful employment.  Many also hope that they can get some scholarship money to help them pay the tab.

      Although higher education is no longer limited to the privileged and wealthy elite, it is still too expensive for many young adults.  For this reason, most rely on help from their parents, federal financial aid (i.e. student loans), and grants and scholarships.

      Before you start seeking and applying for scholarships, however, there are a few common myths you should probably debunk so that you don’t go in with the wrong idea.

      1. Scholarships Negate Student Aid

      This is not necessarily true.  Receiving scholarship funds to help you pay for your education will not disqualify you from receiving financial aid.

      In some cases, being awarded scholarships could reduce the amount of student aid you’re eligible for, however, so you should make sure you understand the rules.  Just keep in mind that scholarships are preferable to student aid because you won’t have to pay them back after graduation.

      1. Age is a Qualification Factor

      This is absolutely untrue.  There is a common myth that only high school seniors and young college students can apply for scholarships.  You may therefore think you’re too old or too young to apply.

      This is not the case.  High school students as young as about 13 can start applying for scholarships, which they will receive when they start college if scholarship funds are awarded.  In addition, you’re never too old to apply for scholarships.

      If you start college later in life or you return to school after an extended absence, there’s nothing to stop you from applying for scholarships.  Your age will not be a factor in determining awards.

      1. You Have to Have a Special Talent or Skill

      It’s true that gifted athletes and intellectuals are eligible for certain scholarships due to the things that make them stand out from their peers.  However, there are also scholarship opportunities for students that may not be at the top of any given field or hobby.

      For example, there are scholarships for first-generation Americans.  So if your parents emigrated to the U.S. you could qualify.  There are also scholarships for redheads, twins, and vegans, just for example.

      There are scholarships offered by major and even by interests.  If you like to write mysteries, create greeting cards, or master duck calls, you might be surprised to learn that there are scholarship opportunities that cater to your interests and talents.

      The point is that you never know what you might find when you start looking for scholarships, so it pays to seek out opportunities that may apply to you.

      1. Scholarships Will Come to Me

      Even if you’re good at sports, you’re the president of the student council, or you’re the valedictorian, you still need to apply for scholarships.  There are a rare few who are offered scholarships when they apply at Harvard, UCLA, or PSU online, but you cannot rely on this outcome.

      1. Getting a Scholarship is Like Winning the Lottery

      Many students apply for scholarships, it’s true.  It pays to keep in mind, however, that some scholarships are more popular than others and therefore incite greater competition.

      There are also plenty of scholarships that go unclaimed each year because students don’t find or apply for them.  Some have strict criteria that limit the number of students eligible to apply, but you definitely won’t get the scholarships you never apply for.

      5 Back-to-School Tech Tips for College Students

      Were you embarrassed by the flip phone you carried around last semester? Struggled with a cheap laptop that always seemed to lose power at the most inopportune times? Well, this year is going to be different.

      As you head back to college this year, there are a few things you can do to stay up-to-date with the latest tech trends without breaking the bank. With a few simple tweaks in your lifestyle and a few more resources at your fingertips, college, at least technology-wise, will be a breeze.

      1. Take Advantage of Student Discounts

      Apple, Microsoft, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and more all offer major discounts to students. Apple offers a brilliant student package while Amazon lets students use Amazon Prime for free! Take advantage of these discounts to score deals on the best software technology and gadgets including laptops, tablets, phones, external hard drives, and more.

      There will never be a time when so many tech discounts are offered to you (except maybe in the military), so use them while you can!

      1. Compile a List of Tech Resources for Your Gadgets

      At some point or another, one or more of your tech gadgets is going to have a breakdown. There will be viruses, flickering screens or complete shutdowns all together that could greatly hinder your ability to succeed in class. Take the time, before school starts, to compile a list of technical resources, such as websites or hotlines, that can help with your device-specific questions and concerns.

      While Google is a great overall search engine, knowing exactly which websites will offer the most help will save a lot of time and frustration when you are on a deadline.

      1. Rent or Buy Digital Textbooks

      With the practically infinite amount of resources online, it is highly likely that you will find the textbook you need online or in a digital format. Many companies including Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble offer textbook rental programs. Also, don’t forget about the trusty public library e-books section!

      Once you’ve tracked down the book, use apps such as iBooks, Kindle, or Google Play Books to access the book and download it directly to your tablet, phone, or computer.

      1. Purchase an External Hard Drive

      Everyone is jumping on the cloud bandwagon, and while the overall concept is great, it never hurts to have a physical backup of absolutely everything just in case. We recommend buying a 1 or 2 terabyte drive as this will get you the most bang for your buck. But if you prefer the more economical route in terms of space, having a numerous amount of USB drives is helpful too.

      1. Search for Free Software

      Microsoft Office and the Adobe Suite is extremely expensive software, especially on a tight college budget. Before you jump back into the lecture hall, shop around for free alternative software that still gets the job done without having to spend next week’s food budget.

      A great place to start the search is by inputting “open source” in a search engine. This will give you access to companies that offer their software for free and for the greater benefit of giving everyone the ability to accomplish tasks on a budget.

      So whether you are attending school on campus or participating in online, be smart about what technology you decide to use this year.

      What you should know about Kratom use on campus

      If you look into the world of recreational and stimulating beverages, the first one that is going to pop it’s head up is definitely Kratom. In fact, the herb has become so famous globally that talks are going on about replacing the traditional beverages like tea and coffee with Kratom. Opioid overdose and addiction is a situation that has plagued the world.

      Kratom helps to deal with this problem as well. In fact, the utility of Kratom is many, which makes it an important consumed herb. However, what should be your approach with respect to Kratom on campus is a different deal altogether. This article is a small attempt to answer that question.

      Why take Kratom?

      It is a powdered form of a drug that is derived from the Mitrogyna Speciosa plant, which is indigenous to South-East Asia. It is mainly dispensed in the form of powder or paste and is consumed as a beverage generally. The popularity of Kratom can be judged from the fact that more than 5 million people use it in the US alone.

      It is mainly cultivated in Borneo, Bali, Indonesia, and other similar geographical locations. It is primarily of three types based on the color of the vein running along the center of the leaves. This includes the red, white, and green form. Although each type specializes in a specific type of function, the overall utility of Kratom is as follows-

      • People suffering from long-lasting, excruciating, chronic pain due to systemic conditions can benefit from it as Kratom has the pain-relieving property inherently.
      • Some people are advocating it to be a good replacement for opioid narcotics for dealing with pain. This is because patients become addicted to opioids after long time use, and the side effects of it are quite detrimental.
      • In case you feel that you start feeling lethargic quite frequently and lack energy as a whole, Kratom can be the answer and provide you with all the fuel that you need for your body.
      • It has positive influences on your mind as well. Kratom such as kratom crazy red vein thai helps you concentrate better. This automatically leads to an increase in productivity, which is translated into more success in professional and sometimes personal life.
      • People suffering from various mental disorders like depression, panic, and anxiety can benefit from taking Kratom.
      • When taken in controlled amounts, it can also have recreational properties like euphoria. However, you need to acclimate your body to be tolerable for higher doses.

      The problems with Kratom

      Despite the multiple utilities and benefits of Kratom that have been mentioned above, it has not found any preference or acceptability with the Food and Drug Administration yet. The FDA has not found any credible study that establishes Kratom as a potential opioid replacement. As the abuse of opioids is already well-known, allowing another drug of similar potential seems to be a risky potential.

      Moreover, there have been reports of salmonella infection due to the intake of Kratom, which has not worked on its favor. Overall, due to the reasons mentioned above, Kratom has not been included in the list of approved drugs yet. They state that there is no compact proof of its credibility, and they cannot base anything on the grounds of positive feedback.

      What should you do regarding Kratom on campus?

      Now that it has become clear that Kratom is not totally legal in different parts of the world, you need to be careful when using it. The benefits of Kratom are something that you can definitely not deny. There are scores of people that have used it and come out with positive results. However, due to the stand taken by the FDA, it cannot be consumed on campus without raising any eyebrows whatsoever. So, you have to be very careful in your endeavors.

      To conclude, there is still a lot of scope for research in Kratom. Once it becomes legal, using it freely won’t be a problem at all. Till then, use Kratom judiciously and only as much as needed.

      8 Tips on How to Study At Home Effectively

      Where do you study? At school, at college, or university? The answer is, none of this place we study at. These are the places where we learn how to study.

      The only place we study in real is at home. No matter how much time one passes at the institutions. If one doesn’t study hard at home then he can never be the successful one.

      How You Can Learn to Innovate

      What makes the study so important? Why the study is a must? How does it function? Can one be innovative through studies?

      These are the most frequently asked questions related to studies but the most essential question from all of those is, can one be innovative through studies?

      First of all, it’s not possible to be innovative by learning. It needs focus, attention, curiosity, and many more things to be innovative.

      the more you know the more you will become innovative. Books may not make you innovative or help you to innovate but following certain things you can enhance your chance to be innovative.

      the thing you will need is a systematic way. You have to approach in a systematic way following what we like to say a flow chart.

      Then you will come to know how you can learn to innovate. Here we have written some indications to help you out.

      Be Curious

      Innovations are different, not all innovators are in the same way. You will not find many equalities among the innovators but one thing.

      And that one thing is curiosity, every innovator is curious in his mind. An innovator is always on the run to know more and more.

      Innovators remain focused and curious about things. They always want to know and this curiosity gives them their way.

      So, be curious always and try to know the unknown.

      Think Different

      One most important thing is our thinking power. We all have thinking power but only some of us are able to think differently and out of the way.

      Those who can think differently and out of the way are the ones who are called innovators. If everyone starts to think the same way then things could get messy.

      And innovative mind always plays with new ideas so be different in thinking. This thing will keep you departed from everyone and will leave you standing alone which will be counted as your sacrifice for the bigger cause.

      Keep Exploring

      No matter wherever you go, whatever you see, keep exploring always. Exploring will rise the newest of ideas in the mind and the newest of ideas will help you to innovate new things.

      Never stop exploring the things around you. Pay attention to the phenomenon. Observe the surroundings and try to find something that is going to help mankind.

      Keep in mind always that the innovators are the one who makes the lives of people easier and happy. Work for people and never stop exploring. Keep reading The Value of Studying in A Multicultural Environment

      Build Good Communication

      To innovate something or to come up with a new innovative idea is never the work of an individual. Ideas may come from the individuals but to give them shape one will need support.

      It is not possible to get good support all of a sudden. So, from the very starting from your career make good relationships. Try to build a good network amongst the people around you.

      Most importantly, be in touch with the known people who we know as professors in the universities. They can help you a lot. So build up a strong network and good communication.


      Following the things, we have discussed above will be very helpful for you. Successfully following them will help you to be focused on your goal and achieve what you want to.

      Human brains are so special. They are designed to think. And thinking the thing that makes you innovative. Be curious always and follow the instructions to learn to innovate.

      To innovate something is totally dependent on how much creative your mind is but you have to potential and determined.

      Another most important thing is, you must have to be strict with your goal. Always select a thing and proceed through it. Never switch so much.

      Switching frequently can affect your ideas and ruin your creativity totally. So, be focused on what you want to do. Do not make yourself distracted.

      In the end, the only thing to say is, nourish yourself and try to innovate something that would prove itself helpful for the whole of mankind.

      The Value of Studying in A Multicultural Environment

      University is not a place like a school or a college or other institution. It is the place where a collaboration of different institutions happens.

      It is the place where not just different subjects run parallelly. Mixing up of different cultures and people mixes up here in this place.

      From the very first establishment of the universities, it has been maintained that different cultures and people should attend. In this place, every culture and study related to different regions are heartily accepted.

      How To Adjust To Campus Life

      Life is like a multi-storied building having many stories. To reach every floor you have to pass through spheres. These spheres cannot be seen or felt.

      The change of surroundings and situations over the passing years happen due to aging are known as the “Spheres Of life.”

      10 Ways to Get Involved in Campus Life

      From hatching to get ready for its first flight a baby bird has to go through several spheres and some very harsh situations. This journey of a bird can be named as “The Journey for Life.”

      Every single bird has to pass this journey. One thing you may have noticed that we are saying it is the journey for life. Not the journey of life.

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