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We are thrilled to announce that for the second year in a row, GraduationsSource has been added to the list of America’s fastest growing companies. We ranked in the top ten of educational companies in New York and the top 100 educational companies in the country. Growth is the name of the game this year with the average company on the Inc. 500 list posting an average growth of 3,313%. Graduations|Source now sits alongside Microsoft, Pandora, Zappos, Under Armor as Inc 500/5000 awardees.

Our stats this year

·         #4499 on the Inc.500/500

·         #298 in New York

·         #9th  fastest growing education company in New York

·         # 91 in the education sector in the country

Complete results of the Inc. 500, including company profiles and an interactive database can be found at www.inc.com/500.

Check out the entire press release here

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08/prweb12111083.htm

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Celebrity Geniuses: Who Knew? http://www.graduationsource.com/blog/celebs-unexpected-spark-genius/ http://www.graduationsource.com/blog/celebs-unexpected-spark-genius/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:40:41 +0000 http://www.graduationsource.com/blog/?p=1889 Don’t let looks fool you; there are many celebrities that are smarter than they look. Unlike looking book-smart with a pair of geek glasses, genius is defined as an IQ of 140 and up. Adding to the neurosurgeons, research scientists …

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Don’t let looks fool you; there are many celebrities that are smarter than they look. Unlike looking book-smart with a pair of geek glasses, genius is defined as an IQ of 140 and up. Adding to the neurosurgeons, research scientists and university professors that fall in this IQ range, there are a surprising mix of celebs that sport a high level of intelligence.

Celebrity Geniuses

Hall of Fame baseball player Reggie Jackson scores a homerun with a 160 IQ. With this genius behind the bat, it comes as no surprise that the Oakland Athletics defeated the New York Mets in the 1973 World Series, in which he was named the series’ Most Valuable Player. With John F. Kennedy only having an IQ of 120, it makes one wonder whether Jackson should’ve been running the country instead in the 1960s. Burn!

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Madonna and Shakira go head to head with an IQ of 140. No doubt it’s Madonna’s genius IQ that awarded her name on the 25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century list by Times Magazine in 2010. This female genius has a net earnings of over $125 million. Columbian singer-songwriter, choreographer, record producer, dancer and model Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll definitely has the brains to match her talent and beauty. She started writing poetry at 4 years and wrote her first song at just 8!

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Comedian, musician and actor Steve Martin is a true standup genius with an IQ of 142. As a matter of fact, Martin majored in Philosophy at Cal State University and even pondered becoming a professor before joining the Hollywood arena. Hiding behind those black-rimmed glasses and trademarked white hair, his genius is reflected in perfect timing and goofy acts. Who new goofy requires smarts?

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Oscar-winning film writer and director Quentin Tarantino is a high school dropout whose only job before Hollywood was working in a video rental store. But with an IQ of 160, he’s gone on to make films like “Django Unchained,” “Pulp Fiction” and “Kill Bill,” proving that he has what it takes for success without a formal education.

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Speaking of movies, adult film star Asia Carrera has an IQ of 156. Before embarking on her successful career, Carrera attended Rutgers University on a full scholarship and played piano at Carnegie Hall. Beauty and brains can sometimes take an unexpected turn and still come up on top.

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Emmy Award winner James Woods is an Oscar-nominated superstar with a whopping IQ of 180. While in high school, Woods enrolled in the UCLA linear algebra course. In addition, he aced his SATs. Even though he had a full scholarship to MIT, Woods dropped out to pursue acting. He’s also an ace poker player.

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Starring in blockbuster movies alongside Sylvester Stallone and Jean-Claude Van Damme, action film star Dolph Lundgren is a genius with an IQ of 160. He’s got a Chemical Engineering degree from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and was awarded a full scholarship to MIT.

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“Modern Family” star Nolan Gould is one of the youngest actors with an IQ score of 150. This young, smart star started college at the age of 14. Yes, 14.

 

 

 

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The Top Ten Most Expensive College States: An Infographic http://www.graduationsource.com/blog/top-ten-expensive-college-states-infograph/ http://www.graduationsource.com/blog/top-ten-expensive-college-states-infograph/#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2014 18:54:56 +0000 http://www.graduationsource.com/blog/?p=1885 USA College Costs

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5 Online Education Trends Worth Knowing About http://www.graduationsource.com/blog/5-online-education-trends-worth-knowing/ http://www.graduationsource.com/blog/5-online-education-trends-worth-knowing/#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:55:51 +0000 http://www.graduationsource.com/blog/?p=1869 elearning-graphic-web

Although online education has been available for quite some time now, new trends continue to emerge that reshape its delivery, impact and access. Social-cultural changes, technology and educational philosophy all play a role in new trends to further develop the …

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Although online education has been available for quite some time now, new trends continue to emerge that reshape its delivery, impact and access. Social-cultural changes, technology and educational philosophy all play a role in new trends to further develop the 21st century educational arena. Here’s a list of five trends that are slowly beginning to emerge.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) at Elite Universities

Many colleges have offered MOOCs for years, but a growing number of elite universities are just now jumping onboard and opening its digital doors to the masses. Top-tier research universities like Harvard, Duke and Stanford are now offering free courses online. Anyone with an Internet connection can learn from well-acclaimed scientists and scholars. The elite university participation in MOOCs is about to transform higher education and is a major milestone. The response to this game changer has been tremendous. More than 150,000 students from 150 countries signed up for MIT’s first online class.

Seamless Collaboration

New methods are now in place for seamless collaboration among online educators and students. This trend is a direct effort to remove technological barriers and will be an integral part of the learning experience. Applications allow for work and record of conversations stored in the cloud. School projects can be accessed anytime and from multiple devices. For example, students using Google docs can chat in real time, incorporate audio feedback and collaborate on just one document with several people. Seamless collaboration is now part of the global mindset when it comes to online learning. It is also a movement that will be enhanced with self-directed learning, virtual study groups and peer project.

Humanizing Online Education Interactions

The lack of a human touch has been a long unmet need in online education. New tools to connect face-to-face are now becoming the mainstay in online education. Skype, FaceTime, Google+ Hangouts are just a few of the tools used for video conversations and synchronous chat among educators and students. With applications and programs that record video and audio, asynchronous interaction is also taking on a human touch. The move to humanize online education interaction is fueled by the goal to create a more meaningful and rich online learning experience.

Personalized Learning Approach

Many learners are now taking a personalized learning approach instead of relying on institutions for education. This includes educators seeking professional development, life-long learners and students. The growth of alternative learning platforms like Degreed and Mozilla Badges has given students to ability to take charge and engage in education through social media as well as sharing and documenting. Professional development for educators is now trending to using social media tools to collaborate and connect with other educators to meet their own learning needs.

From Paper to Digital

Although slow to come, e-books and open educational resources (OER) are beginning to replace the traditional textbook. With OER, students and teachers can use openly licensed media and documents for teaching and learning. E-books and OER will certainly cutback of students’ expenses and support student instruction, but are not expected to improve learner outcome. One of the main reasons why e-books have been slow in integration is the controversy with publisher rights.

 

Online educational learning is taking a turn with new trends…will you take advantage?

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Don’t let your schooling interfere with your education http://www.graduationsource.com/blog/dont-let-schooling-interfere-education/ http://www.graduationsource.com/blog/dont-let-schooling-interfere-education/#comments Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:41:38 +0000 http://www.graduationsource.com/blog/?p=1847 mark twain education quote

As a beginning freshman student, you were perhaps a bit apprehensive about the next few years of your life, and uncertain about where it would all lead. Few college students have a clear path mapped out to take them directly …

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As a beginning freshman student, you were perhaps a bit apprehensive about the next few years of your life, and uncertain about where it would all lead. Few college students have a clear path mapped out to take them directly to their future career choices. Even after earning a degree, the future way may seem tangled, leading to advanced studies, part-time employment or an unforeseen “detour” prior to embarking on what would be termed a career. There is also a growing trend toward “job-hopping,” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, and many job changes also constitute new career directions.

Some have called this life

Platitudes aside, as you begin your “college career,” you might want to keep in mind a bit of advice commonly attributed to America’s humorist emeritus, Mark Twain. Writer, newspaperman, satirist, traveler, adventurer and wry observer of life, Samuel Clemens actually spent little time in school, but never let that stop him, and he went on to achieve acclaim, but not without hitting some potholes.

The advice is: Don’t let your schooling interfere with your education.

More than just a twist on words, it embodies an important concept to keep in mind as you choose your classes, manage your schedule, consider your summers, and as you journey through life. In the modern vernacular, it might be translated to “Don’t worry so much about grade point average; learn about life.” There are worlds beyond the classroom. Mastery of advanced math concepts, the scientific name of a strain of bacteria, the cultural significance of Dia de los Muertos, and the thrill of watching a whale breach may all be considered equal as “life experiences.”

Embrace Curiosity

Retaining a childlike awe of nature and cultivating a fascination about the way things work in the world around you will serve you well, in the classroom and beyond. A healthy curiosity, far from killing your chances of success, may contribute to high achievement. Questioning can be the catalyst which leads to understanding and to new solutions. So, the next time you wonder “why” or “how,” take the time to seek out an answer. Research on the web, talk to experts, experiment.

Figuring out how things work can save you money or perhaps earn you money, impress your friends, contribute to your enjoyment and boost your sense of self-worth. Cooking, auto mechanics, computer web design, musical talent, or writing skills all can serve you well.

Become Involved in a Cause

Volunteer participation in something that interests you will expand your involvement with your community, introduce you to interesting people, make you feel good, and open your mind to possibilities. Whether you partake in a benefit run to combat a disease, help out at a food bank or homeless shelter, stuff envelopes for a political candidate, or tutor a child, joining in an effort with other people and for a specific purpose is good for the soul. Not incidentally, company recruiters as well as college admissions officers consider volunteer activities a plus on a resume.

Cultivate a Passion

Whether it’s your vocation, a hobby, a belief, or a personal goal, living a meaningful life consists of dedication to a principle beyond your day-to-day existence. Although you may express a fervent hope for world peace, chances are that you as an individual may not be able to have much effect. The key to living well is to find a balance between big ideas and individual efforts. The act of going to work each day becomes a personal commitment to excellence if you believe in and enjoy the work you do. Likewise, if your current situation is less than satisfying, a consuming hobby or a well thought-out and seriously-considered plan to implement change can provide direction and purpose. Just keep your sights on the goal.

 

So don’t let schooling be the only education you focus on. The world outside the classroom can teach you many things as well; the key is to find a healthy balance.

 

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Perfecting Writing Skills Will Serve You Well http://www.graduationsource.com/blog/perfecting-writing-skills-will-serve-well/ http://www.graduationsource.com/blog/perfecting-writing-skills-will-serve-well/#comments Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:20:49 +0000 http://www.graduationsource.com/blog/?p=1850 Poor writing kid texting

 

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Composition may not be emphasized as much in school today as in the past, but writing skills are still a prime determinant of success, both in school and in your career. The ability to communicate – particularly the ability to organize ideas – put them in words in a logical and meaningful manner, and express opinions forcefully and well is a valuable asset.

The Language of Business and Government

Make no mistake: Even though much business is conducted through online communication, by text, email and phone conversations, the world is shaped by the written word. Proposals, contracts, legal briefs, corporate documents, sales projections, government proceedings and diplomatic agreements are all written. Speeches, press releases, product announcements, commendations and criminal testimony – all of the important events in life – are written.

If you find it difficult to complete that book report as a teenager, or you procrastinate in beginning a research paper as a college student, what will you do when you must prepare a written presentation for your division manager as a junior department head? It’s often “do or die,” no excuses tolerated.

Writing Skills are Learned

Many people find it easier to communicate through the spoken word than by putting thoughts in writing. It can be intimidating to have to conform to specific formatting requirements, and attaining a specific number of words for a major research paper can be daunting. But, if you cultivate the habit of thinking of each paper as a step up the ladder to success in your chosen field, you might just approach academic writing with a better attitude. There are tricks to learn; grammar is not a mystery, and help is available.

First, you should read as much as you can. Study the way sentences are constructed. Read above your level. Read what you like: Science Fiction, automobile magazines, reviews of new games and the latest movies, the latest news. Read song lyrics and decide whether they make sense. Read menus and product descriptions and poetry. Read children’s stories or read in a foreign language. Just read. It will help you write.

Pay attention in class. Take notes rather than recording the entire lecture. Not only will it help you remember key points more easily, but if you later transcribe your notes into complete sentences, you will find writing that end-of-term paper a lot easier.

Learn the Basics and Care About Spelling

Basic grammar and punctuation may be difficult, but mastery is not impossible. English is not an easy language, so you should enroll in a foreign language course. Struggling with another set of grammar rules may just crystallize English grammar for you. Another way to boost your own proficiency is to assist others. If you have younger siblings, or other young relatives, read them stories and help them with their spelling lists. It’s not only fun, but it’s beneficial for you. Or, volunteer at a local elementary school or library as a mentor.

While texting and communicating in quick digital bursts and with widely understood symbols and expressions may be easy, popular and accepted, those terms and abbreviations won’t endear you to your bosses or professors. Lose your reliance on popular culture.

There are a number of opportunities for you to enhance your writing skills, some of which pay dividends. You can help out with club newsletters, write informational posts for sports teams and school organizations, or join the staff of a school yearbook, newspaper or literary magazine. Writing ads or reviews for the fast food restaurant where you work part time can help as well. You can also explore opportunities through blogging and content writing platforms.

 

You might not become the next best-selling novelist, but you could ace your term paper and write a killer resume.  And that wouldn’t be bad, would it?

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5 Dorm-Friendly Recipes http://www.graduationsource.com/blog/5-easy-college-recipes/ http://www.graduationsource.com/blog/5-easy-college-recipes/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 15:04:10 +0000 http://www.graduationsource.com/blog/?p=1676 We all know that cooking in college can be a real inconvenience. Most recipes don’t take into consideration the fact that you have very limited ingredients, a low budget, and a small, shared kitchen at best. Here are five recipes …

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We all know that cooking in college can be a real inconvenience. Most recipes don’t take into consideration the fact that you have very limited ingredients, a low budget, and a small, shared kitchen at best. Here are five recipes that you can definitely get away with, even in a dorm.

5 easy and affordable recipes for cooking in college:

Pepperoni English Muffin Pizzas – College Recipes

  • 8 oz. Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 4 oz. Pepperoni Slices
  • 8 oz. Jar of Marinara Sauce (any pizza or pasta sauce works)
  • 1 Bag of English Muffins (6 muffins serves 3 people; 2 muffins per person)
  • Parmesan Cheese (optional)

Cooking in College

  1. First, while preheating your oven to 400˚F (microwaves also work, but the dish may turn out less than perfect), split your English muffins in half while being careful not to break them.
  2. Next, line a baking sheet with foil or baking paper. Lay out the English Muffin halves 1-2 inches apart evenly across the baking sheet.
  3. Now, spoon 2-3 scoops of Marinara Sauce onto each open-faced English Muffin half.
  4. Spread a small handful of cheese, followed by 2-3 pieces of pepperoni, onto each mini-pizza that you have created.
  5. Once the oven has preheated, bake for 5-10 minutes and remove from the oven once the cheese has sufficiently melted and started to brown as photographed. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and enjoy!

** If using a microwave, cook two halves at a time for 30 second intervals until done. Cheese typically doesn’t do well for extended periods of time in the microwave – it can boil and harden, so be careful.

 

Healthy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches – The Picky Eater

  • Whole wheat bread
  • Tomatoes, Onions, Spinach, Garlic – chopped
  • Your favorite cheese – Fontina, Mild Cheddar, etc.
  • Ketchup
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Cooking spray

College Dorm Food

  1. Heat a pan over medium high heat (or if you have a grill pan/panini press – warm that up)
  2. Layer one slice of bread with a couple thin slices of cheese (shouldn’t be more than 1 oz.)
  3. Top with healthy serving of all veggies, salt & pepper and the second slice of bread (make the sandwich!)
  4. Spray pan/grill pan/panini press with cooking spray
  5. Grill on both sides until crispy and cheese is melted. Serve with ketchup!

 

Five Minute Quesadillas – University of New Hampshire Good Eats

  • 4 small corn tortillas
  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans (drained, rinsed and mashed with a fork)
  • 1/2 cup cheese, grated

Dorm-Friendly Recipes

  1. Spread mashed beans on each tortilla.
  2. Sprinkle cheese over beans.
  3. Add anything else interesting: salsa, leftover veggies, etc.
  4. Fold each tortilla in half. Cook in ungreased skillet on medium heat until cheese melts.

 

Crescent Pepperoni Rolls – College Girl, College Food

  • 1 can refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 40 slices pepperoni
  • 4 pieces of mozzarella string cheese, cut in half
  • Garlic Powder
  • Pizza Sauce (optional)

Dorm-Ready Food

  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F
  2. Unroll the crescent rolls and separate into triangles. Place 5 slices of pepperoni on each crescent roll and top pepperoni with string cheese half.  Roll up and sprinkle with garlic powder.
  3. Place rolls on baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. The original recipe suggests serving with a side of warm pizza sauce, but we just ate them plain and they were awesome. To be completely honest, they didn’t last long enough to make heating up pizza sauce even worth it.

 

Ramen Beef & Veggie Bowl – Betty Crocker Recipes

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. boneless beef sirloin steak, cut into thin strips
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 package (3 oz.) ramen noodle soup mix
  • 1 package (1 lb.) fresh stir-fry vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, celery, carrots, snow pea pods and bell peppers) (4 cups)

College Food Recipes

  1. In a 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add beef; cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until brown. Remove beef from skillet.
  2. In same skillet, heat water to boiling. Break block of noodles from soup mix into water; stir until slightly softened. Stir in vegetables. Heat to boiling. Boil 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are crisp-tender.
  3. Stir in contents of seasoning packet from soup mix, the stir-fry sauce and beef. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until hot. Serve in individual bowls.

Most college students live on a tight budget. That’s why we’re happy to provide you with some of the most affordable ways of cooking in college.

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Host Your Own Edit-a-Thon http://www.graduationsource.com/blog/host-edit-thon/ http://www.graduationsource.com/blog/host-edit-thon/#comments Sat, 11 Jan 2014 12:01:42 +0000 http://www.graduationsource.com/blog/?p=1604 Wikipedia Logo

Today’s technology makes information retrieval virtually limitless. One of the most popular ways to find out about something or someone is to go to Wikipedia. While some of the information on Wikipedia is accurate, there are many instances where users …

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Today’s technology makes information retrieval virtually limitless. One of the most popular ways to find out about something or someone is to go to Wikipedia. While some of the information on Wikipedia is accurate, there are many instances where users have posted erroneous information that needs to be corrected. That’s where you come in.

Many organizations have taken on the challenge of updating and/or entering information into Wikipedia to provide accurate information. Are you up for the challenge? If you have a cause that needs to be heard, or if you’ve found a number of inaccuracies, you may want to host your own Edit-a-Thon. This means bringing your school or organization together to make new entries or correct the ones that are inaccurate, which could help in a variety of ways:

  • It helps when searching for accurate information on a particular subject or topic
  • It increases information in the encyclopedia
  • It allows people to see how easy they can contribute and become Wikipedians
  • It assists the current Wikipedians in their quest to provide accurate information
  • It can be a fun and enlightening experience

How Can You Become Involved in an Edit-a-Thon?

If you’re planning on hosting an Edit-a-Thon at your school, here are a few things you need to do:

  • Get your agenda together – what is your focus? And be prepared to explain it
  • Get permission from the people in charge; solicit help from educators, archivists and professors who have an interest in your project
  • Target your audience – is this just for individuals at your school or your organization? Or will it be open to the public?
  • Create a project page on Wikipedia:Meetup to get the word out to interested parties
  • Get your date and time together for publication
  • Start marketing your event by using Meetup.com, Facebook, Twitter or other venues that will allow people to become aware and sign up for your event
  • Solicit help from others to get the word out – consider putting a post in Wikipedia’s newsletter, the Signpost

Once these items are in place, it’s time to get your list together for the day of the event:

  • Have refreshments or a scheduled break time in place
  • Have someone at the door ready to welcome everyone and check their names off the list
  • For online participants, be sure to Skype them in
  • Have an agenda with the items you will be working on
  • Have a quick training session; try pairing new editors with old ones for collaboration.
  • Delegate by section
  • Have prizes or incentives to make it fun
  • Take photos

After the event, upload your events to Wikimedia commons and write a blog post. This is a great way to foster collaboration, meet new people and get things done. Give credit to the participants and have some fun!

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6 Ways To Combat Sicknesses On Your College Campus http://www.graduationsource.com/blog/6-ways-combat-sicknesses-college-campus/ http://www.graduationsource.com/blog/6-ways-combat-sicknesses-college-campus/#comments Tue, 07 Jan 2014 15:39:21 +0000 http://www.graduationsource.com/blog/?p=1685 cartoon sick

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From a purely anthropological point of view, college can be seen as a huge petri dish – lots of people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and interests, all mingling together to create an interesting concoction. But from a purely biological point of view, yuck!

Many people jammed together in residence halls, classrooms or other facilities can soon create all sorts of unhygienic conditions. Think of how many students and faculty touch the same doorknobs, desks, couches or water fountains in the course of a day, or even a semester.

Plus, students aren’t necessarily at their best physically when fully embracing the college life – their freedom and independence from parental control can sometimes lead to poor sleep habits, bad dietary choices and indulging in unhealthy substances. All of these can further reduce an already taxed immune system.

Even people who prefer buckling down and hitting the books instead of partying may still be susceptible to some nasty sicknesses. Whether they’re pulling an all-nighter drinking coffee and studying, or up all night socializing, that’s still not sleeping. Colds and flus are pretty much expected in the kind of communal situations where people are sharing the same space, but there are also other communicable diseases which can spread quickly.

So what should students do if they want to finish the term with not just a solid report card but also a clean bill of health? Can you minimize exposure without completely isolating yourself from the rest of the campus community? In most cases, the answer is yes.

To avoid getting sick in college, you should:

  1. Keep it clean. U.S. News and World Report’s list of higher ed hygiene do’s and don’ts recommends keeping your area tidy and sanitary. This starts with basics like doing your dishes in a different sink than you would brush your teeth, which reduces the risk of ingesting food-borne diseases, since bathroom areas are notorious for germs.  Even if you get along great with your roomie, you don’t need to use the same utensils, cups or plates.
  2. Don’t share sweat. Fitness fans should wipe down the workout bench with an antibacterial wipe when finished, and make sure the person you’re using it afterward does the same. This limits the risk of some infections. Refrain from sharing towels too, especially in a gym situation – if one person is infected, it could spread to you via the towel especially if you have any bruises or open wounds.
  3. Get treated quickly. This doesn’t necessarily mean making a beeline for the health center the minute you get a tickle in your throat. Collegeview.com says many sicknesses can grow worse and do more damage without adequate care – an upper respiratory infection could lead to pneumonia or bronchitis, a flu could create more severe symptoms, and meningitis can spread quickly and even cause death.
  4. Sanitize early, sanitize often. Antibacterial wipes, hand sanitizer or good ol’ soap and water can all be useful if used regularly, like washing your hands or wiping down exposed surfaces. But go easy on the non-soap stuff — according to an Upwave.com column by Bob Barnett at CNN.com, sanitizer may not necessarily remove dirt and contamination and may even contain ingredients that can harm you or not necessarily resist against all types of illness or contamination.
  5. Make a sick kit. Accept that you likely will catch something, at least in your first year. But you can prepare, which includes gathering everything you’ll need to take it easy and get well soon – cough drops, tea, soup, tissue. This way when you feel like not moving, you’ll have everything right at hand instead of having to drag yourself to go to the store. The Campus Companion says this kind of advance preparation can cut into your down time.
  6. Know your coverage. Beyond the health component, students may not be sure about how much they would have to pay to get checked out or pick up a prescription. Many of them still may be considered dependents on their parents’ insurance policies. You can share this information with a nearby doctor or a student health clinic and also learn about any required co-pays or deductible.

College can be a sick place, and not the cool kind of sick. But there are some sensible strategies students can try to keep from getting infected or passing on their illness.

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Social Media In Education: Teach It! http://www.graduationsource.com/blog/social-media-education/ http://www.graduationsource.com/blog/social-media-education/#comments Thu, 02 Jan 2014 19:09:19 +0000 http://www.graduationsource.com/blog/?p=1595 Social Media in Education

As technologies grow and shift, so does the use of technology. As educators shape the inquisitive minds of the future, those minds remain up to date on the latest trends in computers and software, which means that educators need to …

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Social Media in Education

As technologies grow and shift, so does the use of technology. As educators shape the inquisitive minds of the future, those minds remain up to date on the latest trends in computers and software, which means that educators need to be three steps ahead just to keep up with their students.

But rather than embracing new media, education often lags woefully behind the times in adopting the hottest technologies, even if they can be extremely helpful in the classroom environment. Today, there is hardly a person who doesn’t use e-mail in some form or fashion; the next step perhaps is expanding the technological repertoire of the average American. Why not tweet at your students sometimes? Can’t that be useful to your end goal of providing a robust learning environment?

The Scope of the Issue: Usage Among Faculty and Some Concerns

In higher education, the level of personal social media usage among faculty is 70.3% – the same as that of the general population. Despite this, only 41% of faculty utilize social media in the classroom. If educators do know how to use these technologies, why are they not using them to their greatest advantage to communicate with students on the frontlines?

Of course, the inevitable concerns about personal and professional privacy are difficult to quell, but careful management of crafted online personas as well as privacy settings offered by various platforms can certainly curtail most privacy issues. Many faculty members fear that mobile technologies could prove distracting to their students, but still agree that online and mobile technologies, by their interactive natures, create better learning environments. It is past time for the known benefits to outweigh the potential costs.

Social Media as a Life Skill

The world at large clearly uses social media and networking technologies daily. If education is meant to prepare students for the world at large, shouldn’t it prepare them to interact appropriately with daily-use platforms? Establishing and maintaining a professional web presence could go a long way towards a student finding and keeping a job once he graduates; shouldn’t higher education support this kind of self-promotion?

Practical Classroom Applications

Concerns about the misuse of technologies can be quieted by an understanding of them and a careful hand in the classroom. If a teacher becomes more engaging than a twitter feed, students will pay attention to the teacher and not the feed. Perhaps maintaining a class feed with hashtags displayed on a scrolling smart board could allow a student to “soft focus” on the feed, but also stay plugged into class conversation. In this way, students could also articulate their thoughts on the current discussion in a low-pressure environment; often the semi-anonymity of the internet liberates a student to express an opinion which otherwise may remain unsaid.

Sites like Pinterest are a great way to curate group projects and collections. Because the interface is so easy to use and already lends itself to crowd sourcing, it can be opened to specific project groups with ease. Additionally, Pinterest is a public forum and thus capable of self-regulation; the notion that a pin will be widely available and connected to a certain student’s name will keep that student from pinning abusive items. The Pinterest platform can also serve as progress-checks: educators can check in on groups at their leisure and offer guidance when they deem it appropriate or if they see students traversing an unfruitful path.

Since social media is a part of students’ everyday lives, they often connect to themselves and each other with greater ease utilizing this familiar forum. It allows the savvy learner to speak about an issue on his or her own terms. By understanding these terms, educators can then use a student’s preexisting knowledge to express ideas which may seem foreign in already-agreed-upon ways. Mitosis might be a lofty concept, but what if you had to break it into 140-character tweets? This way, a student “own” difficult knowledge more easily. Moreover, students can discuss this knowledge in a fashion that feels more organic to them, thereby making it more likely that they will actually discuss it.

Social Preparation

Social media doesn’t need to mean halfhearted attempts at grammar and fact-checking. The internet is your and your students’ greatest resource, and one that you will all be living with for quite some time. Instilling good internet habits into students at a young age will benefit them throughout their careers. Model their posts with your own. Encourage proper spelling and grammar. Demonstrate sufficient fact checking (they need to know the difference between Wikipedia and Google Books). Understand safeguards and internet privacy and guide them through these aspects as well. Your class will live to thank you for your extra efforts.

We are living in an age when technology is changing, arguably more rapidly, than at any other point in history. Social media can be a great outlet, not just for the sole purpose of socializing, but also for learning, and it provides great opportunities for educators to think outside the box.

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