How To Optimizing Your Study

College can be a confusing time for a lot of incoming freshman. As a first-generation college student, I really had no idea what to expect, but the idea was to be successful. I found that being successful in college has a lot to do with getting involved with the people and environment around you. This idea of being involved is not limited to being involved in certain clubs or being in a certain social group, but I do highly encourage looking into getting involved with such groups. Although we are in college to focus on school and get the degree, it is also imperative that one creates the right network for after college; because, as we all know, it’s not what you know but who you know.

So, I’ve been fortunate enough during my tenure as a student to have been involved in a fair share of groups and events on my campus. Grades has always been my number one aim, but being involved has also been a huge part of my college experience. You might be thinking,”Oh here we go, another article about going Greek or joining some cultural club,” but being involved can start smaller than that. Even though I do recommend getting involved with Greek life or joining a cultural club, getting involved could be something as small as forming a study group with your classmates, going to your professor’s office hours, or attending open mic night in your student union. Opportunities to connect and network can blind side you, but they can be some of the best things to happen to you.

As a first-time-in-college student, I didn’t have anyone to tell me how to get involved or which clubs or people could be beneficial to me. So, me meeting others in my class and talking to them about school and extracurricular activities is where it all started for me. A conversation about an assignment could quickly change to someone telling you that they are involved with such-and-such association; this conversation could lead you to attending a meeting and meeting their advisor; their advisor could happen to be a very influential person on campus or in the community and further benefit your college career. Something like this could happen and could lead to job possibilities, or you figuring out the answer to looming question,”What do you want to be when you grow up?”

I do advocate for student involvement on campus, whether it be Greek life, Student Government, an honor society, or a cultural club; join something. But do not simply join something; go in with the intent of taking a leadership position within the organization and ultimately making an impact. This mindset will help you get the most out of every organization you become a part of. So don’t simply be a member of an organization, be on the executive board. You will meet more influential people this way, such as administrators, faculty, staff, and other people who can influence your college experience and ultimately shape your future. Some of my biggest opportunities have come from faculty or professors giving me recommendations or being a reference on a job application, but you don’t meet these people unless you engage in the community around you.

As a senior I look back on my college journey and I see many places I would’ve done better, but I also see the tremendous growth that I have achieved. A majority of my growth came from interacting with those around me. Anyone in college can simply go to class and leave, but you’re cheating yourself out of a meaningful college experience. Optimizing your college experience includes the process of engaging those around you and really making an impact and leaving a legacy. Engaging others, especially your professors and administrators can open doors for you, that you may not even thought a possibility. The idea of involvement is something each student should grasp in order to optimize their college experience.

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Th New Way of Books

Imagine your physical textbook connected to the Internet, or your Holographic Smart Phone? Think that is way too far out (year 2100)? Think again my friend. Who knows maybe the iPhone 12 will have Spectral Imaging or Holographic projection and your old style paper textbook will be printed with carbon nanowire ink? Sounds like the IoT (Internet of Things) is about to affect and connect our college students at study hall level, and really why not? I mean college textbooks are a complete rip-off at $300 each, so why not integrate some real technology into them so they can fairly garner those outrageous prices?

Let’s talk about this potential eventuality and probable interim future shall we?

You see, there was an interesting article/paper in NASA Tech Briefs News in September of 2017 titled; “Nanowire ‘Inks’ for Paper-Based Printable Electronics – Highly conductive films make functional circuits without adding high heat,” by researchers at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. The paper noted that things are moving along and the research found that:

“Electrons usually flow easily through individual nanostructures, but get stuck when they have to jump from one structure to the next. Long nanowires greatly reduce the number of times the electrons have to make this jump. The resistivity of the long silver nanowire films was several orders of magnitude lower than silver nanoparticles, and only 10 times greater than pure silver. Aerosol jets are being investigated for printing silver nanowire inks in usable circuits.”

In other words, this technology is possible now or in a short amount of time, and as academic researchers study this, why not implement it in-house at the University to try it out? Today, these researchers are looking for licensees to take this patented process to the next level and of course the applications are endless – perfect for Magazine Ads, Instructions, Maps, Manuals, Textbooks, Appliances, normal furniture surfaces or clothing with WiFi or IoT connections.

Indeed, if I was a student paying for a $300+ textbook, I’d expect it to have all the bells and whistles of the future, and that future is now, not in 2100, so let’s hold these researchers feet to the fire and see that they deliver this technology to the world rather than just talk about it and soak more taxpayer monies in NSF research grants. There is no reason they cannot start experimenting with this in-house at the University today, then entrepreneurs and start-ups, perhaps even the large textbook publishers will see it and bring this technology to the real world too?

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Lifehacks After College

Graduating students would like to find the key to success, as they enter the world of work. Since most have a limited amount of work experience and do not really know what is expected of them, they would like to find a proven path they can follow. Here it is:

1. Job Offers – Seek job offers in your areas of strength. Employers want you to contribute to the success of the company. You stand a greater chance of doing that when you start out in a job that takes advantage of your strengths.

2. Company Culture – Investigate the culture in which you will be working. What environment makes you feel comfortable? Every company and every department has an operating style. Do some online research and try to talk with employees, former employees, customers and competitors.

3. Co-workers – Meet and make a judgement about the people you will work with. If you hate your boss and the people you will be working with, it will show. That is not something that will lead you to success.

4. Getting Started – Remember, you are the new employee, “the college kid,” and you don’t yet know how things work around there. You may be book smart, but there is a lot to learn about the people, the products and services and the methods of operation. Your first job is to ‘fit in.’

5. The Work – Accept assignments and responsibility willingly. If you want to progress into the management ranks, you must first show others that you can get the job done as an individual. Later you must get the job done in groups or on teams and when leading a group.

6. Ask Questions – Introduce yourself to everyone you meet. Show others that you are interested in the job, the company and want to learn as much as possible. The faster you gather the information and learn the ropes the faster you will become a member of the team.

7. Your Attitude – Offer everyone a positive attitude, a great smile and a kind word. This acronym will help you remember that making a good impression starts with your attitude: A Tiny Thing Inside That Ultimately Determines Everything.

8. Preparation – Obtain the information, tools, skills and assistance you will need. Doing any job well requires forethought and preparation.

9. Be Helpful – Be willing to help others. Your willingness to help your fellow employees will go a long way toward gaining their support when it is needed.

10. Relationships – Build positive relationships with the people you encounter. If the people in the company like you, your chances for success increase. When they do not like you, there is little chance for you to survive.

11. Work Quality – Do your best work. Employers want people who perform at a high level with consistent quality and a high degree of reliability. They must believe that they can count on you.

12. Determination – Persevere in the face of obstacles and difficulties. Few assignments will be easy or go smoothly. Employers need people who can find acceptable ways to overcome the challenges they encounter.

13. Deadlines – Beat any deadlines. Oftentimes, you must get your job done first, so someone else can use your results to get their job done. Missing a deadline will harm your reputation and hinder the success of your employer.

14. Results – Strive to achieve results that are greater than expected. Employers reward results. Your reputation is built on the results you achieve and the way you achieve them. Pay attention to your results. Note: Working hard is not results.

15. Credit – Give credit to the people who help you. Successful employees do not operate in a vacuum. You must show appreciation for any help you receive or nobody will help you again.

16. Assignments – When you finish one assignment, ask for another. Learn from each one. Successful people expect to work hard and be counted on over and over again. One success does not make you successful.

17. Respect – You do not earn respect by treating people poorly. Treat ‘everyone’ with respect. Employees who perform even the most the menial jobs are important to the company. Gain their respect and friendship and they will try to help you succeed.

18. Politics – Recognize that politics exists in the company. Don’t offend the people in power. Determine the pecking order and operate with care.

19. Trust – Prove that you can be trusted. Keep confidential information confidential. Make other employees look good. Don’t gossip, put anyone down or speak poorly of them.

20. You Are Being Judged – Understand that you are being judged. Your supervisor, co-workers and management all want to know who you are. Over time, your words, actions, results and attitude will make that clear to everyone.

When new employees follow these guidelines, they will be moving forward, enhancing their reputations and helping their employers. That is the key to success after graduation.

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Understanding Canadian Education

The Canadian education system consists of three levels. The first level is known as the elementary level, the second is called the secondary level and the third is called the post-secondary education level. If you are in Canada or you have plans to go there, we suggest that you read up on the education system over there, especially if you want to go there for education. Let’s know more about the education system in Canada.

The Education System

In Canada, governments at provincial and territorial levels govern education. Therefore, there is a little difference between each education system. For example, the difference is that the grades where the levels start and end are different. Each province and territory offers free education for 12 years. However, for Quebec, the free education is offered for 11 years. Based on the province, education is a must for age 15 and 18.

Education levels

Now, let us read up on the education offered at different levels in Canada. This will give you a lot better idea of how the education system works over there.

· Elementary

Typically, kids aged 5 enter kindergarten. In elementary schools, kids study from grade one to grade 6. Afterwards, the students study for 2 years. In other areas, the school offers education till grade 8. As far as Quebec goes, the elementary school provides education from grade 1 to grade 6. Afterwards, the students go directly to high school.

· Secondary

Most often, secondary school is called high school. In these schools, students study from grade 9 to grade 12. Moreover, in areas with junior high and middle school, it includes both grade 7 and grade 8. On the other hand, in Quebec, students study from grade 7 to grade 11. Afterwards, the students study in CEGEP for 24 months and then go to university.

· Post-secondary

This level of education consists of career college, grade school, university and community college.

Programs for language

In Canada, language programs are provided at private language schools, universities, colleges, high schools and middle schools. Since English is the international language, more importance is given to teach this language across Canada.

Structure

Districts: In Canada, the division of provinces is done based school districts. Moreover, school districts include school boards that implement curriculum and policy established by the province. Usually, a school district provides services to a couple of towns or cities based on their size.

Religious affiliation

Schools can be Christian, Catholic or secular. However, in some provinces, you can find different school boards for both non-religious and religious schools. So, students from religious families can also go to the school based on their religious affiliation.

Private and public

The education system in Canada consists of public schools as well as private schools. The public schools receive funds from the government. On the other hand, private schools don’t get funded by the government and students have to pay fees to study in private school. Moreover, at the post secondary level, students pay a considerably smaller amount of tuition fee than in private universities.

So, this was a brief introduction to the education system in Canada.

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