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Month: January 2018

Tips Making Letter For College Student

Your child is heading off to college. This is a bittersweet moment for you. It’s a moment you have probably been planning for almost all your child’s life. Now comes the time when you have to say goodbye. It’s now time where you pack up belongings and send your precious one to another home, a home away from you, a home that is new, full of beginnings, and full of things you worry about.

Every parent who sends a child off to college goes through this. Your child is also going through a lot of emotions. You may have been thinking of a special way to send your child off with something to remember you and your family. One idea is a letter. To help, I have written one that may give you some ideas. You have my permission to copy the letter and use it to encourage your student. Just make sure you insert their name in the letter.

Dear _______:

The moment we have been planning for so long is finally here. You are going to college. This moment has been years in the making and you have done it. You have worked so hard to get to this point and this is an achievement you have truly earned. All your assignments in school, all the extra activities, all the extra work, have brought you to this point. I want you to know that I am very, very proud of you. And I want you to be proud of this moment too. This is your moment to shine and I want you to shine brightly.

Remember, you are leaving home but you’re not leaving us. Leaving home is a rite of passage, a part of becoming an adult. I look back over the years where I watched over you and did my best to keep you safe and loved. I remember the child who asked questions about everything and who wanted to be adventurous. You are now embarking on your next great adventure. Enjoy the journey.

College is a place where you can spread your wings and grow. It’s where you can flex your intellectual muscles and soak in the knowledge that will surround you. You are entering a time of your life that is exciting and rewarding. You are beginning a chapter of your life where many people make lifelong friends. Choose them wisely.

If you ever doubt yourself in college I want you to remember this one thing. You are ready. You are ready for college and I believe in you. Believe in what you can accomplish and you will accomplish great things.

This is your time. While you will be missed, it is great to know you will be working toward your future. Remember it is your future. You will be making decisions in college that will affect how your life will be years from now. Make choices that will be good for you; your choice of study should reflect you, not me or anyone else. Get all the information you need to make good choices. I trust your judgment. Now you trust yourself.

When your eyes are red from studying too late or from crying because you miss home, I want you to know that I love you and I am so very proud of you. Do not give up. Remember you can be a success in college. Look at what you have already accomplished. You graduated high school and made it to college! Learn, learn, learn while you are at college. You will have so many doors open to you while there. This is your time.

How To Get Job After College

Since so many students have large college loans, they must be concerned about the employers and jobs that will be available to them when they graduate. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the students who are not burdened with loans are not also concerned with landing good jobs. I’ve said this before, but it still holds true. In the end, most college students only want three things:

1. A good college education

2. An enjoyable college experience

3. A great job when they graduate

Unfortunately, there are colleges that have trouble achieving all three. Some colleges are known for academic excellence. Others offer large numbers of activities, clubs and parties. Only a few have a reputation for having systems in place to ensure that large numbers of students obtain well-paying jobs with desirable employers that will have advancement opportunities.

Until college leaders change their minds and place a greater value on student employment success, they will not change their behavior. Nobody can effectively change their behavior before they change their minds.

Skeptical leaders always resist change. It scares them. Change usually scares us all until we understand it and believe that the change will make things better for us. That is the challenge.

How can college leaders identify and understand the changes that will both result in greater student employment success and make things better for themselves? Money, manpower and time are issues that are always brought up. However, the most important factors are “wanting to make things better” and “looking for and identifying the things that have to be changed.” Colleges that can’t or won’t do one or both of those things will never improve the employment success of their students.

To improve student employment success, colleges must:

1. Recognize that students are quite limited in their knowledge about job search preparation activities and what, how, when and why they should be done.

2. Accept the fact that the college (a learning institution) is where students spend most of their time and where they expect to receive the information, help and guidance they will need for their employment search.

3. Agree that job search preparation instruction and guidance is in large part the responsibility of the college as a whole, not just students and the people in Career Services.

4. Understand that students must compete against other candidates for the best jobs in their fields of interest. Simply having earned a degree with good grades is often not enough.

5. Believe that their college will benefit when larger numbers of students land desirable jobs with respected employers.

To Help Students Find Greater Employment Success, Colleges Should:

6. Help students identify and select a career direction that matches up with their capabilities and interests not later than their sophomore year. When students wait too long to identify a career direction, there may be little or no time left for clearly focused job search preparation activities. Late decisions may also require extra time in college and additional college loans.

7. In the 1st or 2nd year of college, ask students to purchase and read a book that explains the entire employment process, including job search preparation strategies and efforts. Career Services should suggest one.

8. Early on, require students to draft a personal budget for independent living after college. That will make them think about the coming expenses and give them an idea about the minimum starting salary they will require. A sample budget form can be supplied by Career Services, so students can fill in the blanks.

Having a realistic budget, will encourage students to determine two things: 1) Does the selected career direction have desirable entry level jobs that will meet their budget requirements? and, 2) Do those jobs have good growth potential and a career path?

Qualified students should not blindly enter careers and accept employment offers that make it too difficult for them to live on their own and pay back college loans or offer little salary and career growth potential.

9. Help students select a major and minor that will support their career direction and the jobs that are of interest.

10. Help students prepare a written plan of action that includes the activities and experiences they will participate in to make themselves more attractive to their target employers. Colleges can start by providing each student with a generic example of a step-by-step plan.

11. Offer job search preparation classes to students. These classes should cover every aspect of job search preparation, review the contents of the book that has been selected, help students build and utilize their job search network, create a résumé that is focused on accomplishments and successes and also help students develop the stories and examples they will use during interviews.

12. Have each student research and identify a group of jobs in their selected field of interest. (Having a clear target will make the following steps easier for students to achieve.)

13. Have each student research and identify a list of employers that will have opportunities for students with their own job interests. In that way, students can pursue opportunities with the specific employers that are of interest to them. In almost every case, students must chase employers not the reverse.

14. Help students identify the specific things that their target employers will need, want and expect of employment candidates. (Students are more attractive to their target employers when they have prepared for and addressed their needs, wants and expectations.)

15. Help students research, identify and retain lists of Job Banks, Search Firms and Web Sites that can be useful, as they conduct their searches for employment. Students with similar career directions can work together as a team and share their results. (Initial lists for students in every major should be available from Career Services.)

16. Coach and encourage students, as they execute their action plans. Every campus employee can help with this. In fact, everyone in the college community can help with this. However, college Alumni should be ideal for this aspect of job search preparation. That means that the college has to make a special effort to involve successful alumni in this process.

17. Work to build a larger and larger pool of employers that will provide part-time jobs, internships, co-op assignments, work-study programs and summer jobs for students in each and every major. Work experience and job performance are extremely important to interviewers and their hiring employers. Students with job-related work experience, highly rated job performance and solid work references will always attract attention from potential employers.

18. Work to build a larger and larger pool of respected employers that will visit the campus to recruit students. The goal should also be to find and invite a wide variety of employers so some will be interested in students with the less recruited majors. Many colleges are not good at finding employers that are interested in students from the less recruited majors. In fact, on every campus there will be students who don’t have even one campus interview.

19. Develop a long list of employment opportunities for graduating students in every major by requiring everyone who is in any way associated with their institution (College Leaders, Professors, Administrators, Hourly Employees, Students, Parents, Alumni, Suppliers, Vendors, Local Employers and Community Leaders) to use their networks to identify jobs that pay well and have a substantial employee benefits package.

20. Help students pay close attention to their job search preparation activities, job performance and accomplishments. Students must be prepared to compete for the better paying jobs with career potential.

Job offers are not won or lost during interviews. They are earned in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th years of college. As students get involved, participate, perform, lead and work, they can take advantage of opportunities to demonstrate their capabilities and add to their list of impressive accomplishments. The best candidates talk about their performance and offer examples during interviews.

21. As students enter their senior year, they should be given multiple opportunities to participate in mock interviews. They will need to practice presenting their selling points, successes and accomplishments. When students tell compelling stories about their college and work experiences and performance, employers will pay attention.

These suggestions will result in a new culture on campus. Students who land great jobs will speak highly of the college and will be better able and more likely to make donations. Furthermore, as high potential applicants learn about the employment successes of your students, they will want to attend your college.

Student employment success is a win-win for students and colleges alike. That’s why colleges should give more consideration to the efforts and services that will result in more and better jobs for their students.

Best Student Service Nowadays

Moving from high school to college is a difficult jump for many. You’ll go from being a senior to being a freshman. It’s not an easy hurdle, which is why there are services available that can help you move forward with ease. Getting into college is a hard part, but finding success from the start can be tough. Here are the top services that you should sign up for Today.

Spotify, Amazon Music, or Apple Music

These services are going to pay off dividends because they are streaming music websites. The pro versions allow you to get millions of tracks streaming on your phone, your computer, or tablet. As a student, mind you, you could garner a significant discount, and even bundle it with HULU television. That is correct, you could get television, and music all for a low price. If you’re not a student yet, you can use the free version until you get your college email address up and running. Instead of having to carry lots of discs, vinyl records and more, you could have millions of tracks streaming, legally, wherever you are on campus or at home.

Of all of the services, you’ll find that Spotify is best. The reason why is because it connects you to Hulu directly. However, if you don’t like Spotify, you can work with Amazon Music, Apple Music, and even Pandora pro. These are going to save you space, and will give you a lot of clear, high-fidelity music. When you’re on the go, when you’re trying to relax, or you just want to play some music, this is going to be grand.

Ebates

There used to be a lot of different companies that gave you money back for shopping, but out of all of them, Ebates is the one that is still around. Believe it or not, you’re going to find that this is a page you will want to bookmark and use often. This site pays you to shop. When you shop anywhere online, no matter what you buy, you could get upwards of 20% back in cash. Some people use this for everything they purchase, and they get a check from the company monthly. They partner with a lot of sites that you’re already going to be using, so why not explore the possibilities of what could help you get a little extra money while you’re in school. You’re already going shopping, so go with this option to help you earn a little extra cash while you’re at it. You can get started and get a free $10 for signing up, and then you can build up to get paid out with relative ease.

Google’s Apps and Drive

Google has an operating system, applications, and a drive that you can use with cloud servers. What does that mean? That means that if you have an internet connection, you can have access to photos, documents, and so much more. You can even edit on the fly, and that means that you don’t have to panic if you forget your hard drive, tablet, or you lose your thumb drive. Whatever happens to your physical storage elements, you’ll find that with Google’s apps and drive, you can have them for print, download, and more.

You should also use Google Photos as part of your options. This is a solution that is stand alone and gives you a great deal of storage. In fact, at present, it will give you unlimited storage for photographs. Why not? It’s going to help you save a lot of photographs and keep them off of your phone and your computer. It’s a simple solution that can help you keep your memory free and your phone working well to take more videos, and photographs etc.

Venmo and PayPal

The two options that you will want to explore is that of Venmo and PayPal. These are connected, no doubt, but you will find that this can help you with cash straightway. This can help you share money, get paid from your parents, friends, and much more. It’s a digital service that connects to a bank account, and helps you keep your finances in order. You can also get money transferred to your bank account, pay with this as a debit card, and much more. This is an easy option to spend, receive, and use money overall. Look into these options as they will help you with financial transactions across campus, and off as well.

My Fitness Pall / Fit Bit / Online Fitness Trackers

When you’re in college, you’re going to be tempted not to be active. Many people gain weight when they are in college because they are doing a lot of sitting around and wasting time. It’s imperative that you start a healthy lifestyle. To do this, you will want to work with My Fitness Pal, which is an app that tracks your movements, and your exercise. If you don’t want that on your phone, then perhaps you can focus on getting a fitness tracker like Fit Bit. This is a solution that you can attach to your wrist, like a watch, and you could track sleep, running, heart rate, and so much more. It will remind you to move, it will track your workouts, and will help you live that healthy lifestyle.

Exploring More Options

The aforementioned are the top services that you’re going to want to pursue if you’re a college student. Sign up for these to get your routine started, and you’ll find that you can have an enjoyable time in college. These are basic services, that will give you a little bit of peace of mind. Of course, these are just basic, as there are more options to explore beyond these. Start with these, and you’ll end up with a positive experience as you transition from high school to college, and enjoy the greatness of higher education.

When You Feel Stressed Out During Exam

I’m so stressed, I feel that all of my hairs must be white! I have SATs, Mock preparation exams, TOEFL, WAEC, NECO and about a million things to do for my university application. My teachers and my parents won’t get off my back and I feel like everyone in school is out to get me. My life is totally spinning out of control! Nobody understands me and I feel like I’m losing my mind. How can I get my life back under control?

This is the thought of many students. I have a message for them.

Sometimes in life, it feels like everything is pouring down on you at once. From what I am seeing, it seems like you have a lot on your plate. These are all important exams which will determine a major part of your life. But there are several things you can do.

Firstly, it is important to plan your life out. Since you have such a busy schedule, it is important to plan almost every second of your life for the next few months in order to be able to properly prepare for everything. Having a daily, weekly or even monthly planner can help you evaluate what you have to do and when you have to do them. University applications have deadlines that you are pressed to meet. Putting down these deadlines and crafting a few deadlines of your own could be helpful. Fixing the dates for studying can help to ensure that you do not procrastinate studying for these important exams. Also, putting down things that you need to do-like buy stationery for the exams- can ensure that you do them on time.

It is important that you talk to people. Keeping these feelings bottled up inside of you can be dangerous for your health. Your teachers and parents are only being hard on you because they know how much work you have to do and they want to make sure that you get all of it done. But if you still feel like they are pressurizing you too much, tell them how you feel. They will most likely want to assist you in any way that they can. Also, you may feel that everyone is out to get you because of a few unrelated incidents. Talking to your friends about these problems can help you get different perspectives of the situation. If you feel uncomfortable talking about your issues to someone, writing in a journal can help. Expressing your feelings is important in helping you not to get too stressed out.

Lastly, it is important to pray. Every decision that you make should be carried to the Lord in prayer. It is only God that knows what is good for you and only He knows his will. The will of God must be at the back of your head. The Bible says that all those who love God should ask and they shall receive. Strengthen your relationship with God through prayer, meditation, Bible studies and righteous deeds. Pray with friends for the Bible says, when three or more are gathered in my name, know that I am with them also.

These times of your life can be extremely tasking, but with God’s grace and a little effort of your own, you can make it through.