College student living on a tight budget

download (1)Of course. Just as we start saving and living on a tight budget, life throws us a curve ball. It’s how you deal with these unexpected circumstances that define you and make you stronger.

A year ago I decided to get a student loan for a car, it seemed a good idea at that time but I struggle now with adding car expenses to my budget now. Today I got flat tire, I hit a curb trying to avoid some kids playing in the road. The impact of the curb on the side of my tires made a nasty hole right in the rubber. My tires were in bad condition. After some research I found tires at Wal-Mart  for $50.00 each. I went to my local Wal-Mart ready to buy 4 new tires. Wal-Mart gave me two quotes: $250 for 4 new tires installed and balanced and $315 for 4 new times installed and balanced AND free lifetime balance and rotation. I declined the lifetime service as I am moving next year. Unfortunately I had to put the $250 onto the credit card I just paid off! I’m not feeling good.

I’m working now on readjusting my driving habits. here is what I got so far.  Keep reading →

How to Overcome the The Curse of Comparison

There’s something about being holed up feeling crook that can really do your head in. Aside from the hurts and lethargy of course. That really bombs.

But once you get past that there’s the dangerous mid point where you still have brain fog, you can’t think straight enough to actually do any of the stuff you would usually love to do, the stuff that feels like it’s making life a little bit richer and more awesome, but you’re well enough that your brain is pushing you to do something.

so what do you do?

You might be tempted to fall back on that old procrastination favourite, surfing the Internet. Combine it with a little Twitter and you’ve found the perfect way to spend your precious time without any danger of being compelled to take action. Told you it was deadly.

But there is a worser crime, one that can sneak up on you and paralyse you completely without any warning at all. And if you’re sitting there all smug and content because you’re not poorly and think it can’t happen to you, don’t kid yourself my lovely. This happens to the best of us.

let’s call it the curse of comparison.

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Technology in the classroom

Technology is transforming the method Americans connect and conduct business. Yet, it has actually been slow-moving to really take it’s place in our schools learning programs.  Until lately, technology has been introduced to pupils as an optional versus a full integration and redefining of the way students are educated. The truth of the matter is that today, youngsters are maturing in a world considerably different from just what their parents and grandparents experienced. It is an environment of PC’s, software application, and cordless accessibility to details on-the-fly. It is an environment that needs a various collection of capabilities to do well. Hence, it could take quite a while to look into the role that technical innovation plays in your child’s education.

Technology is also used to help high school dropouts to get their high school diploma. The biggest obstacle is going back to school for the GED preparation but thanks to the internet students take GED practice tests at home and get ready for the GED more easy and without stress, says the Best GED classes CEO Kate Johnson.

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Tell to Win- What Nelson Mandela and Deepak Chopra can teach you about business

I love stories. They make me come alive. Give me a story to tell and I’ll give you voices and everything (truth be told, it drives my long-suffering hubby mad) but what would you think if the head of the board of directors started with a little story instead of his usual boring rubbish?

OK, I’m using artistic license, lots of it, because I wouldn’t know a board of directors if they came up and danced the cha-cha-cha right under my nose. But I have this image of boring suits and bar charts and looks of dire tedium. If you’ve ever sat in a business meeting you’ll be able to feel the pain.

But what if meetings didn’t have to be like that? Leaving aside my agreement with the 37 Signals guys that meetings are toxic, what if the word meeting was synonymous with entertaining and enlightening?

I read a book this week that made believe in this angelic picture.

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I do my thing online. I love that I can connect with people from across the other side of the planet, while still being home in time to pick my children up from school. But I learned why it is that I make extra time to talk to people via video Skype calls instead of text chat (for example.) I thought it was just me but science has reasons why this proper connecting works so much better.

So what would you say if I told you I chatted with a guy this week who has exchanged stories with Steven Spielberg and Michael Jackson? I use the word ‘chatted’ very loosely of course. I’d have loved to have interviewed this guy here on the blog but, traditional publishing being what it is, he has an exclusive interview lined up with The New York Times.

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50 Funny body parts idioms

I was compiling a list of 50 idioms connected to body parts. and while i googled these phrases, i cracked up. of course, one shouldn’t take idioms by its literal meaning. however, i couldn’t help myself from laughing when i’mBEAT-THE-CLOCK reading it sans its figurative content.

don’t take it literally!

an idiom contains words that when taken collectively shows us the figurative meaning of such phrase; otherwise, when each word is taken separately would indicate its usual, predictable meaning that could be readily found in a dictionary. idioms have cultural bearing and localized usage which require outsiders to be familiar with its meaning. however, an idiom’s popularity makes it universally known and used.

the thumb

1. to say someone is all thumbs, means that the person is lacking physical coordination, skill, or grace, or clumsy in doing things. also synonymous with be all fingers and thumbs and be all thumbs.

2. to thumb (one’s) nose means to express scorn or ridicule someone. also used as thumb your nose at somebody/something.

3. thumbs down is used to express rejection, refusal, or disapproval.

4. you say thumbs up means to express approval, success, or hope.

5. to be under (one’s) thumb, means to be under the control of someone or be a subordinate to someone. Keep reading →

Something like this happened

My GF made plans to go to DC, I tried to find a reason to go there too. I went to see my advisor who told me about an internship I could apply for with one of the state’s senators. It seemed too good to be true, and in hindsight, it was, but at the time I didn’t know how things were going to fall apart, so I was super amped! As it happened, the position had just opened up a couple of days ago and had not been made available to the student body. My advisor told me that I was a great candidate, I was majoring in political science and had done volunteer work with the mayors office for the past two years. Even though, I still had to go through the entire application and interview process, my chances did look really promising, plus I would have a head start in writing my essay and getting my letters of recommendation. The application window was really short for finding a replacement, just under three weeks, so I may not (cross my fingers) have any competition. Although to be fair, my advisor was going to formally post the internship for other students. I wasn’t going to take any chances so I did the entire application that day and requested letters of recommendation from my teachers. I impressed upon them the urgency of the matter and they assured me they would get it done by the end of the week.

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Organizational Skills

organization2I’m a teacher at the adult education center my focus is on preparing the grownups for the GED test, I run the GED preparation classes in Houston, these post express my opinion based on my experience. In education reform today and the focus on standardized test scores, it has been mentioned that all sorts of remedies to improve performance are there, and we often overlook them. For example: eating a good breakfast, getting enough sleep, reading everyday, and taking good notes are some things a child can do to improve performance at school. The former two are ones that make sense but aren’t usually written about. The latter are examples of things we hear, perhaps too much.

I believe that there is a “technique” that will increase performace. I’ve written that later school start times are essential for student performance. Much has been written about the topic. I have another: student organizational skills. Besides the “I forgot my _______________” or “I forgot to_______________” excuses, I cannot even begin to tell you how many students I’ve seen with disorganized folders or notebooks (or none at all), or how many students I know don’t write down their assignments.

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Spaces Influence Your learning

Truth is, last night I had a dream that I wrote this post, so now I feel impelled to write it. I dream that I was interviewing a fellow students about how their environment affects their work and it came down to 3 things that actually makes sense, even though it’s all coming from dreamland. Here are the 3 spaces we discussed, funny thing in my dream we were all attending same preparation classes and learning for the GED.

Physical spaces Do I have enough space to create that’s free from chaos and distractions? Do I have all the tools I need to get my job done efficiently? There’s nothing worse than having the energy, inspiration, and the motivation to keep learning, but you don’t – simply because you don’t have or can’t find what you need. Keep reading →

Innovative Education

educationPerks of Healthcare Postgraduate work Healthcare ongoing education and learning, besides making it possible for maintenance of proficiency, allows ability enhancement without having to dedicate a lot of time. Besides, you also have the versatility in deciding on the program or curriculum that captures your interest; or what you believe is most essential to your existing experience.

Keep our website as one of your favorites and come back often. The website provides a unique selection of medical care courses, from nursing and medical invoicing to radiology dental care. Besides minimizing time you also get reasonably priced and highly interactive medical course credit ratings. The focused is on credentials and is “to take sometimes tough course material and dispense it in a varied, easy to keep fashion. Expertise and practices in the education  domain develop continually.

According to industry professionals Mike Jameson,  Kim J. Chames and Lindsey Carlson, about 50 percent of the know-how acquired in education college becomes obsolete in 5 years. As a result of this, education in healthcare proceeding has become imperative for physicians, medical specialists, nurses and dental experts. As a matter of fact, people’s wellbeing and lives typically depend upon these specialists so they have to keep abreast with the innovations. Having  a portfolio of  websites that follow new development in education is helpful. For example about all thing about GED/Hisec developments I check regularly EducateTheUSA website, everything about a high school equivalency diploma  in my region there. Keep reading →

Who chooses online learning?

Online university programs have proved to be very beneficial to suit business professionals so they can meet their work and domestic obligations at all times. Now they won’t have to bother anymore with trying to find time for universities courses to obtain a degree. But there are several points to consider when trying to find the right online university program, here is why.

Convenience

Convenience is one reason online courses are helpful to a lot of working professionals. Nonetheless, this is not something you should underestimate. Classes will be tough and you will have to devote a lot of time to your study. This implies you will need to work harder to make sure you don’t produce lesser quality of work. You should bear in mind that target dates are necessary, even if you could do the program work at your very own pace. This is why you should discipline yourself so you don’t end up with everything at the end.

Read the Syllabus

To make certain you know exactly what to expect, you should read through the syllabus several times during the program. This will keep you focused so you know what is required. Every teacher will have several target dates and requirements. You need to stay in close contact with your teachers consistently, because this allows them to learn more about you. Check for example these online classes for the GED, it will give pretty much the idea how it works.

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