A couple months ago I went through a life transforming workshop called a “Vision Program” hosted by a mentor of mine Kandee G. This is a program that is usually reserved for corporate clients however, I was lucky enough to attend the one open program that she offered this year. What I am going to pass on to you is simply what I learned and my goal is to deliver to you practical information that will absolutely allow you to change your life and start living your Vision!

Principle # 1 The Principle of Responsibility

“You are responsible for YOU. Regardless of the PAST, regardless of what OTHERS may want for you, you are RESPONSIBLE for your life, your ACTIONS, your REACTIONS, and those things that you bring into CREATION.”
This statement is powerful and if you understand some reasons why we loose sight of this simple concept then you will start to see that when all the dust settles, the only thing you really control in life is YOU. So why do we loose sight of this or why do we make excuses that hold us back? First, SCRIPTING!

Read More 5 Principles To Change Your Life and Find Your Vision!

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The English language is so crucial to survival in this global village that schools that specialize in English language teaching are seeing a lot of demand. Having observed English language students for years, these schools have now specialized their services. Different groups of individuals yearn to master the language for different purposes. Therefore, the approach needs to be different each time, keeping the end result in mind. Even for one person, the kind of English used at home and the kind used at work may be subtly disparate.

Industry-specific English language Training

Most people may not notice this, but professionals from different industries employ English differently. A hotel manager will not address patrons the same way as a lawyer addresses clients. There is also an intricate art in which emails are written in different fields. The level of formality, the common English expressions and, of course, the industry jargon are all very integral to a person’s overall impression.  MBA students use different English than adult students learning to become the Registered Nurse.

Therefore schools are now offering specialized English courses for hotel management, business, military or medical purposes. These courses are usually taken by middle-aged adults or fresh job seekers that are just entering a particular industry. Both groups have shown appreciation for the training and mentioned how it added value to their performance in the workplace.

General English Language Courses

These courses revolve around the standard elements like reading, writing, speaking and listening that make the foundation for English use in any part of the world. Vocabulary lessons are included and some general rules of English language in practice. These courses are available are different levels and can be applied to any setting where English is required, without too much focus on one industry or academic fulfillment.

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trail-mixHaving food to snack on in your dorm is always a plus. Some people have massive stores of food — cup of noodles, ramen, cookies, crackers, chips, soda — and others just have a small supply. Even if you have the dining hall food to count on, having food around your room is convenient and (sometimes) more tasty.

Earlier in the school year, my roommate brought up a box of raisins to snack on. Later on, I brought up a bag of M&Ms from Christmas. The next weekend, my roommate brought some peanuts.

As we were snacking, we realized that it would make far more sense to just combine them and make some trail mix. And what a hit it was! Ever since then, we’ve been bringing up more M&Ms, peanuts, and raisins to keep it going. Read More Trail mix: the ultimate dorm food?

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At certain phase of your student life you must be facing a lot of problem in covering the number of subjects along with vast syllabus of your course curriculum. It becomes difficult to allot equal amount of time and effort for every subject. You might be sincere and hard working but could not manage to get good result. So what is lacking in you….

Are you thinking of something else while studying? Does your mind get distracted by others external activity? Do you understand what you are studying? Does your mind remains occupied with other activities in your life? Are you worried that you would not be able to finish the syllabus on time? ……..You might be suffering from lack of concentration but you don’t have to worry about it. Follow these simple ways to overcome that easily, I learn these tips in my adult education classes and they were helping me ever since.

Ways to build your concentration

  1. Each day have a proper place for studying
  2. Choose place which is quiet and calm as your study room
  3. Keep the room neat and clean
  4. Keep the color of the room light so that it allows easy follow of light and refreshes your mind.
  5. Read More Studying Tips. How to Be More Focused and Productive

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 If you’re used to sleeping like a king or queen at home, that’s going to change when you arrive to your college dorm. Dorm mattresses are notorious for being uncomfortable because colleges use cheap durable mattresses to cut costs. Even though you’re living away at home, there’s nothing quite like sleeping on a comfortable bed, and you’ll be glad if you take the time to make your new bed as comfortable as you can. Even if you got a student loan for a car and your car is your favorite thing right now, you might want to spend some money on making your dorm bed comfortable  Most dorm beds are extra long twins. So, when you buy things for your bed, bear this in mind so that it will actually fit.

How to make your bed more cozy:

  • Buy a mattress pad. Mattress pads add an initial layer of padding that not only feels better for you, but helps protect the mattress.
  • Use diced foam. Also known as egg carton foam, diced foam creates a great padding that molds to your body.
  • Make sure your sheets fit snugly. My bed sheets were very loose for a while, which meant I was constantly laying on uncomfortable wrinkles and feeling the sheets slide under my body.
  • Bring your pillow from home. Or, if you don’t want to risk it, buy a new pillow. Make sure the pillow’s size and firmness is ideal for you — using a pillow that’s too large or too flimsy is never any fun.
  • Don’t buy cheap/durable sheets. Some sheets are cheap and/or meant to be especially durable. Chances are, your bed isn’t going to go through much wear and tear in one year, so you won’t need extra durable sheets. Finding something comfortable will be worth the money.
  • Bring soft blankets. I recommend avoiding Afghan blankets or anything with polyester covering unless you especially like that — these usually aren’t too soft.
  • Bring as many blankets/pillows as you want. If you like to sleep with a zillion pillows and ten blankets, then do so! If you only like the top sheet and that’s it, then don’t bother bringing a lot.
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It’s no secret that the senior year in high school is the best of the four. Finally, you’re at the top of the tower and all of the lower grades look up to you. This is your last year of required education, and afterwards you’re free to do with your life as you please. I know people who quit the last year of high school, my friend Scott for example took GED prep in Bronx college  and got his GED diploma pretty fast. So, he saved some time but why do that?

Why Senior Year Of High School Is ImportantBy senior year, you’ve probably already found your ideal set of friends and have made many new ones. Now that you have the traditionally tough junior year out of the way, be happy — senior year rocks!

So what’s so important about your senior year?

Basically, making the most out of high school. I can’t stress this enough. After this year’s over, this whole part of your life is over, and you won’t get it back. High school is awesome because of the balance between responsibilities and freedoms. You have more privileges than you’ve had before (driving, etc.), but you still don’t (always) have as many responsibilities like work and bills. If you’re going to be a senior, you’re already through with 3/4ths of your time there. Make the most of the last bit.

Academics are King

As a general rule colleges mainly look at your junior year academics. By the time you’ve turned in your college applications, it’s too much early to tell what your grades are going to be for your senior year, so these usually aren’t as big of a deal. If you did well your junior year, you just need to keep it up. So in your senior year, take classes that are consistent with what you’ve been taking. If you’ve been taking a lot of college prep classes, keep it up and take some your senior year too — don’t just drop down to a bunch of PE and art classes, this looks awful. If you used to take 5 or 6 honors/AP classes, you should be fine if you drop down to 3 or 4 honors/AP classes (unless you’re aiming for the most prestigious of schools).

Keep your grades at a consistent level as well — taking hard classes means nothing if your grades aren’t what they used to be. In your second semester, once you’ve decided your school, it is okay to take it a bit easier, but make sure you’ve checked your school’s admission requirements first. Some will revoke your admission if your grades aren’t at a certain level. One girl at my school lost her admission to UC Berkeley because she let everything go! Don’t do that. Read More The importance of senior year in high school

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Short answer

Yes.

Long answer:

As I mentioned earlier, colleges primarily look at your junior year academics when making a decision about you. But that doesn’t make your senior year unimportant at all.

Let’s put it this way. Say you’re an employer trying to decide who to hire. You look at one person’s application and see that he was a great worker at his current job, but you find out that once he had the prospect of being hired by you, he stopped working as hard and kind of turned a blind eye to things. The other person kept on working strong, even with a decent chance of being hired by you. Who would you hire?

Colleges are likely to do the same thing. Depending on how competitive the school you’re trying to get into is, having a shorter day your senior year can hurt you, especially depending on what you do with it.

If you shorten your school day to getting out at twelve noon and you decide to take really simple and easy classes, then that’s definitely not going to look good for you, even if you get all A’s. If you take four really hard classes and then go home, that’s still not as good as if you took four classes and then filled the spots with electives.

The only way I could see having a reduced day not being a penalty is if you do something productive with the time, like taking college classes, working a lot of hours at a job, community service, etc. Rebecca for example signed up for researching MBA schools and compile the MBA rankings of business schools that are more affordable. This was a great thing to do and it looks good on here resume.

But if you’re just going home to sleep and sit around, that’s not going to look great for you.

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So you’ve finally made it to your senior year, and you’re a bit curious about how it will be different. I remember before my senior year I used to wonder how much it would be like the rest of the years.

More respect from teachers.

start-up1aWhile every teacher is different, in general most teachers who always have seniors in their classes are more lax than teachers who have younger students. This is because seniors are usually more mature and able to handle more responsibilities.

If you have a more lax teacher, you’ll likely have looser classroom rules. Maybe you can eat in class now. Maybe it’s okay if you’re late every once in a while. You can use the bathroom when you need to. Generally, as long as you aren’t causing a problem, you’ll be given more freedoms. A lot of these teachers are the excellent choices to ask for a letter of recommendation from.

Of course, this does vary from teacher to teacher. Some teachers remain strict no matter what grade level they have. Don’t push the limit too far if you’re unsure.

Anxiety

be-differentOh yes. It’s weird: most people look forward to school being over, but as it gets close it becomes hard to say goodbye. Don’t worry, this is normal, but it is still tough. This is your last year of mandatory education, and after this you’re on your own in a lot of ways. As it begins to sink in, be ready to feel a bit sad and anxious. You can lessen these feelings by trying to buddy up with more people. Try to be patient and play nicely, my friend sadly dropped out in the last year of high school because he found a job. I know that he got GED after following online classes and traditional GED classes in the community college but still I think it’s a waste.

As a whole, senior year is very fun and by far the best of your four years. The freedoms and opportunities you have here can be a good way to start preparing for the real world, and the friendships you can forge now can last a lifetime, so make the most of it!

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A few of my friends who are going to be seniors next year have asked me if it’s worth taking AP classes during the senior year.

Now, my old high school always had us pick classes the year before, so we already knew what classes we would be taking come fall of the next year. I would imagine most other schools do it the same way, so by now you probably at least know what subjects you’re going to be taking next year.

But most schools also allow you to switch.

A good rule of thumb is to always sign up for tougher classes at first, then change out to an easier class. Harder classes are always offered less and it’s harder to get into them once they are full. Easier elective classes are plentiful, and you can switch between them easily.

So, assuming you’ve already at least signed up for some AP classes, you’re wondering if it would be worth your trouble as a senior to stay in them. The answer to that depends on your goals and what you’ve already worked towards. As I’ve said, senior year is important too, and so you definitely want to make the right choice.

College Goals

ChiCollegeCollageWhat kind of college do you intend to go to? If you plan on going to a local community college, then it won’t really matter what you take since your admissions won’t be at stake. Take what you would like to take, but keep in mind that passing the AP test can prevent you from wasting time (and money) after high school.

If you’re going to a less-competitive four year university, think about it carefully. take into account what you’ve done the past few years of high school. If you’ve been very solid at the top of the class, then dropping a few honors/AP classes won’t slay your chances. As long as your schedule as a whole is at least somewhat rigorous and your past few years stack up, dropping a class or two shouldn’t really matter. Read More AP classes during senior year

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In San Antonio, Texas, a school is trying out new ankle bracelets for students who have been caught ditching class or who have had discipline problems, it seems. The bracelet will monitor them using the GPS system, so authorities will be able to track where the kids are round-the-clock. Students will not be able to remove the bracelet for up to six months.

what-importantThis is terrible. What right does the school have to know where a kid is all hours of the day? Everybody needs privacy, and being forced to be monitored around the clock for something as tame as skipping a day of class is just pathetic. Privacy is valuable to everyone, and to know that someone could be watching you all the time just shows the sad direction we’ve been heading in discipline for some time now.

Not only is it a civil liberty question, this policy also won’t really benefit the student. What happens when these kids go to college or get a job? They aren’t going to have an ankle bracelet there, and they’ll be free to skip class or bail on work whenever they want to. Read More School becomes more like prison: Ankle bracelets to keep track of kids who ditch class?

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