Six Degrees of Separation – Help Your College Age Student Help Themselves

College is a period of transition for your student and your family. Parents can help by being supportive, trusting, AND encourage independence. Here are six ways to help your student help themselves.

1) First Weeks: Filled with activities your student needs to take advantage of those opportunities in order to become connected – a member of their new community. “The phone call” may come when work is piling up, grades aren’t as expected, or they are struggling with some other issue feeling overwhelmed, unable to cope. Don’t panic; this is normal. As much as you’d like to alleviate the stress, you can not (and should not) “fix this” for them. Be calm, reassuring about their ability to work through the challenges or to seek help from the campus resources.

2) Change: Accept that you won’t know every detail of your student’s life. Your student may never have lived away from you before and going to college is an exciting, important step in their growth. The values you have instilled, along with their new campus values, will help your student make good choices.

3) Problems: Managing issues within a complex organization is a vital part of becoming a competent adult. Empower your student to solve problems by offering guidance, encouraging independence, and trusting their decisions. Handling difficult situations for them only impedes their development. They are learning important skills and your student is empowered to undertake other challenges with confidence. “That’s interesting, how do you think it could be handled?” Since students can and do resolve most of their own concerns, parental involvement is usually not necessary and in some cases complicates resolution.

4) Personalities: Learning to live with other people teaches essential skills like communication and boundary setting. Your student is living in an environment where the staff understands the developmental process and transitional issues experienced by college students. Challenge your student to actively work through issues, instead of avoiding them or looking for easy answers. Changing roommates (or dropping a class) is often not the only or best solution. Helping your student seek alternative solutions will enhance their learning.

5) Responsibilities: Many come to college with preconceived ideas of campus conduct, regulations, and the law based on media accounts, someone’s memories or assumptions. Every university has rules. Students will be informed and helped to understand that they are responsible for their conduct. Rules are designed to protect their rights as well as providing for the health, safety, and security needs of all residents and the opportunity to sleep, study, and pursue their academic endeavors.

6) Academic Life: Your students are now masters of their own time. Ask how they plan on balancing this new freedom. You want them to have fun and you want them to succeed socially and academically. A temporary drop in grades is typical. Don’t let your student get discouraged; instead encourage them to get help or refocus. Tutoring, study workshops, and other academic support is readily available for students. Open communication with professors about expectations …

Financial Planning Programs

You may consider financial planning programs if you have an interest in helping people with their finances in terms of saving and maximizing their resources. There are Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certificate programs at numerous reputable institutions around the country and online, which you may choose from to pursue this career. You should consider, however, a few factors in order to be sure that the school you are attending is right for you and your future.

The first factor you should consider when choosing a school for your financial planning certificate is whether they are accredited or not. An accredited university is recognized by an accrediting agency deemed suitable for this task by the Department of Education. In addition to checking for accreditation, you’ll also want to do some research of your own into the course materials and the success of graduates of this program. Make sure their courses are going to give you the kind of training you need for this job, and find out whether past graduates are working in the field and doing well.

You should look for a number of things in a school to help make a choice when you have found a list of likely candidates where you want to apply. When you are choosing between several schools that are all accredited and all have respectable coursework, then you can begin looking more into the faculty and into their background. Also, see what additional services they offer such as career planning for recent graduates, campus computer labs, hands-on training and so-forth. If you find a school with a respected, accredited program including top-notch coursework taught by experienced faculty, including services that work for your lifestyle, it should be the right one for you.

After completing one of these financial planning programs and becoming certified to work in the field you will have many options available. You may help people send their kids to college, retire in style, manage their pension and employee benefits, plan their property investments, handle their taxes and arrange their insurance programs. It all starts with the right degree or certificate program.…

The True Meaning of The KISS Method of Selling

You’ve probably heard the expression: Keep It Simple, Stupid!

This is known as the “KISS Method” of selling, but it’s really not a method, a systematic way to get something done.

In a way, it’s an anti-method. Methods tend to consist of technicalities, lots of do’s and don’ts, carefully deployed.

KISS warns us against selling like robots, like techies, delivering talk-a-thons about endless features and benefits that engineers might relish, but that make everyday buyers hit the snooze button.

KISS is very wise. You’ve heard kindred expressions, such as “Don’t outsmart yourself,” and “You can be too smart for your own good.”

Becoming too complicated in our selling style is an occupational hazard that afflicts the experienced pro much more than the novice.

When we’re fresh out of training, we tend to stick to the essentials that we’ve been taught, which have been pared down to basics. By being concise and to the point, we start to experience success, but then we add more and more details to our presentations because we have more stories to tell.

And what was streamlined, economical, and quite effective, becomes cumbersome, and mysteriously–at least to us–our sales results slip.

There is a story told about a harmonica salesman who had a phenomenal first day on the job, setting new records. He was so excited that he was bursting and had to discover more about his product, so he asked a veteran what he knew. The vet said, “All I can tell you that you don’t already know is that the harmonica can only play in one key.”

Legend has it that from that date forward, the new guy never came close to breaking the record he set on his first day. This tale cautions us that we can have too much product knowledge, and this can actually diminish our fervor, our enthusiasm. Once we have such irrelevant details, for some odd reason we feel duty-bound to sandwich them into every presentation we make.

The only problem with KISS is that it sounds insulting, especially to contemporary, well-educated salespeople and trainees.

Our schooling reveres detail, tiny distinctions, and cognitive complexity. As one of my professors said, the life of an academic is about “learning more and more, about less and less.”

This earns tenure in a university, but it shortens your tenure as a salesperson.

So, be smart and give yourself a nice, big KISS.

“Dumb down” your sales talk. It may be the brainiest and most lucrative thing you’ll ever do.

Dr. Gary S. Goodman © 2005…

Randy Moss – A Short Biography

This article is one of a series of articles written about some of the current players of the New England Patriots. In this article we will look at the life and football career of Randy Moss, the Patriot's star wide receiver. While some of his off-field transgressions are well known, his stature of being one of the best wide receivers ever in the NFL is undisputed. Lets examine the biography of Randy Moss.

Randy Moss was born in Rand, West Virginia, on February 13, 1977 to Maxine Moss and Randy Pratt. Rand was a small mining town, not the type of town you would expect to produce one of the big stars of the NFL. Rand was so small that they did not have their own high school. Therefore, Randy attended high school at the now defunct DuPont High in nearby Belle, West Virginia.

During his high school years, Randy excelled in sports. His favorite sports were football and basketball. He helped bring his team state titles in both football and basketball during his junior and senior years. Because of his excellent performance in football during his high school years, college football powerhouses became very interested in him. Top colleges who displayed an interest in Randy were Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Florida State University. Lou Holtz of Notre Dame said that "Randy Moss was the best high school football player he had ever seen". In 1995, Randy signed a letter of intent to go to Notre Dame on a full football scholarship.

Racial tensions were high at the high school that Randy Moss attended. These tensions are resolved in many fights at DuPont High School. After signing to go to Notre Dame, Randy got involved in one of those racially motivated fights. This asserted in Notre Dame rescinding his scholarship. Lou Holtz recommended to Bobby Bowden, the head coach of FSU, to give Randy a chance. So Randy intended to go FSU on a full football scholarship. However, because of his signed letter of intent at Notre Dame, the NCAA considered him a transfer student. This made him ineligible to play for the Seminoles in the 1995 football season. So in 1995, Randy was red-shirted.

In 1996, due to some off-field transgressions, Randy was dismissed from Florida State. He ended up never playing for FSU. He then needed to make a decision on where to play his college football. He considered Marshall University, which was only a couple hours away from his home town. Randy knew that Marshall was going from a Division 1-AA to a Division 1-A, which would mean tougher competition, and greater exposure to NFL scouts. This I am sure influenced his decision to attend Marshall.

During the 1996 season, Randy broke many records as a freshmen at Marshall. This included most games with a touchdown catch in a season (14), most consecutive games with a touchdown catch (13), and most touchdown passes in a season (28). He also broke the record for the number of …

Finding The Ideal Graduate Training Job

Many graduates in the United Kingdom go through training as they begin their career. Larger companies and government agencies provide job training and professional development sessions to help their new employees get ready for work. Graduates in fields like retail management and telecommunications learn a wealth of knowledge from experienced corporate trainers. However, many graduates and university students in the UK overlook the possibility of working as a corporate trainer. These trainers typically begin their careers immediately after their higher educational experience is over. Graduates who discover that they want to train the future of the UK workforce should consider what their ideal graduate training job will be.

One of the factors that a graduate trainer should consider before heading into the job market is whether a specific position allows for some creativity. Corporate trainers are often given a set script of the ideas and exercises that need to be done in training sessions. However, many corporations are beginning to allow their trainers to insert a bit of themselves into their sessions. For example, an experienced trainer may be allowed to insert different exercises or use simulations to illumine sales trainees. Graduates interested in training jobs need to determine whether a potential employer allows some flexibility in training or if they require rote learning for their trainees.

Another ideal situation in graduate training jobs is when there are plenty of professional development opportunities for trainers. In essence, graduate trainers should look at their own training possibilities when taking a position. Many professionals take for granted that through experience and repetition, they will automatically become great at their jobs. However, even graduate trainers need to learn new skills in a new setting. Young professionals interested in training jobs need to determine whether their potential employer is interested in teaching the teacher, so to speak.

Finally, the possibility of advancement in graduate training jobs is important for young professionals. Many graduates now leaving universities in the United Kingdom assume that any job that they take includes the chance for management or executive level positions down the road. However, small firms or companies with a narrow corporate structure may not have the leeway to allow trainers to move upward. In these companies, trainers are given financial incentives or title bumps instead of new responsibilities. Graduates may find these rewards beneficial in the short term, but trainers are always looking for challenges. An ideal graduate training job allows professionals to move forward in the corporate world. …

How to Help Your Kids Become Self-Confident, Happy and Passionate

Thinking back to our school days, we were taught various subjects, given a bit of guidance about what career we should follow and that's about it. There were not, and still are not, any excellent coaching programs in school unless you're an athlete.

Furthermore, with recent UK government policy suggesting that all young people should have a coach or mentor, it's difficult to see how this would work in practical terms.

This situation continues to be of concern since the education sector continues to cut budgets and careers services.

During my teaching career I've never seen or experienced how schools, colleges and universities and, for that matter, workplaces tap into the root passions that we are all born with.

Imagine if the education system tapped into our core passions and promoted educational subjects around those passions instead of trying to pigeonhole everyone?

Having worked with thousands of young people, my purpose in life is to inspire and support parents, guardians and those who meet young people to coach them towards a life and career filled with purpose and have fun doing it. That is the reason why I've written this article.

I love what I do because of the results I get working with both adults and young people. I see people's eyes light up when they realize what's possible and they see a future for themselves. This is particularly important for what we describe as the lost generation of children.

With young people I love to see them discover what they want to do in life as this helps them focus on their choice of studies. What's your story going to be?

So, let's get down to it.

I'd like to help you to discover your child's purpose in life and potentially your own – are you ready? Remember that these exercises are best done with young people age 14+ as this is the time when the family unit starts to think about further education at college and university. In addition, this exercise is equally valuable for your older children age 18+, with or without help.

Without a purpose in life, it's easy to get sidetracked or lost. It's therefore easy to wander and drift and accomplish little in life. I've known hundreds of students like this who have attended college and university without any idea of ​​why they are there or what they want to accomplish in life.

To start with try to chat with young people in an informal environment – do not sit them down and start grilling them because they'll just walk off – usually!

As a career coach I use The Jack Canfield Success Principles and one of the most important places to start is to ask the young people in your household this question.

Ask them "What do you want?" The first thing that will happen is that the young person will either a) start talking or writing things down or 2) say "I do not know and shake their shoulders".

So the …

Education and the Complete Individual

Education is something that many have said much about. Most of these are complex or vague. Consider the Greek philosopher Aristotle's saying that education is ' an ornament in prosperity ' and ' a refugee in adversity '. There have been a great many attempts to explain this description, but none have quite succeeded in satisfying my curiosity. Alternately, this is what the English essayist Joseph Addison has to say on education: What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul. This too, has a great many explanations and illustrations. But does it really tell us what education is? Does it tell us why we need education? Not really, since the concept of the soul is, till date, a shadowy area. So how can we begin to comprehend what everyone claims is essential to life nowdays? To put it simply, education is a process of training our mind so that we can apply it in a field of our choice: which is why we have education not as a single seamless entity, but as a whole made up of various divisions: music education, scientific and technological education, art education, even teacher education!

Education can be considered similar to picking and eating a fruit. Picking a particular fruit on the tree is akin to choosing a field to get an education of. When we bite into it, we get our first taste of the subject. As we chew on the bitten proportion, we begin to understand its various aspects – the tastes, textures, intricacies and complexes of it – and when we are ready to move on to the next portion, we swallow what we have assimilated so far so that it can be used for further application. The tree we get the fruit from is the entire body of past thinkers' teachings and the voice that tells us which fruit to pick is the interpreter of that knowledge: the teacher.

Through the lifelong course of education (no, it's not like school or college which ends after a fixed period of time), we get to know about things that always were, still are and always will be around us, waiting to be recognized and acknowledged . Light plays a central role in education – both literally and metaphorically – for visual inputs are the best learnt and without light – of the sun or electrical – we would be missing out on a whole world of knowledge. In fact, this is where phrases like 'light of knowledge', 'throw light on the matter', 'kept in the dark' and so on came from.

You might be thinking, how can we narrow the infinite field of knowledge to select what we will need or want to know? This is where the part on 'training the mind' comes in. The mind, as psychology tells us, is the center of cognitive institutions which enables consciousness, thinking, perception and judgment. It is the kitchen for the information we acquire, where we can …

Science Books and Documents of Aligarh Muslim University Get Translation in URDU

Science is now sharing a space with the Urdu speakers too. With the help of the former dean and adviser of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare how it got introduced has been discussed here.

The Aligarh Muslim University has launched the education sector after declaring the news of translating the science books.

Prof. Anis Ahmad Ansari, the faculty of Unani Medicine and former dean, the former adviser of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed the news stating that all the science related documents and books will be obtained under a quick translation and that too will be attained at a large scale. This is due to the fact that at a time too many Urdu speaking people can access the science sector without any hiccups.

In the First National Workshop, Prof Ansari was elected as the chief guest and was invited there for the valedictory assembly of the translation of Urdu of the Science Books. This program was held by Vigyan Prasar, undertaken by the Government of India under the Department of Science and Technology. The entire agenda was planned in collaboration with the Aligarh Muslim University's Center of Promotion of Science.

According to professor, people with Urdu as their native language do not have that scope to get as many as science related books in market whereas there are plenty of other Indian languages ​​available for such books. Thus for the sake of the Muslim brothers, the former dean came into such a plan and made it possible with his caliber.

His year's long research has enabled him in observing the fact that in every stream, mother tongue should be reflected as the medium of education. For the sake of the kids he pushed on the translators to make use of extremely simple and easy to read language in the translation.

In the workshop, Prof Ansari praised and congratulated each of the participants who took an active part in the translation program. Moreover he distributed credentials to contributors and the participants.

According to the director of the Center for Promotion of Science, the objective of Prof Ansari is to circulate the education of science even at its elementary levels and such advantage has been taken specifically for the Muslim Managed Education Institutions and the Deeni Madaris. The 1985 inception of the center has managed in providing training to the science tutors of the Madrasas. Such has even provided to be a boon for all the Muslim religion people who are into the center. As per his words science education is an important aspect that should come under everyone's concern and to make all the Muslim brothers and sisters educated science must be kept as an important stream within the national mainstream.

Even too many thanks came from various people to the participants of the science translation and giving it an income which is a grand success.

The project coordinator of EDUSAT made a presentation of the entire report in the Workshop and appraised each of the participants …

Her Most Famous Painting (Oriental Poppies) – Georgia O’Keeffe

The American painter Georgia O’Keeffe (November 1887-March 1986) was a pioneering ‘Modernist.’ Her unique approach defied all the accepted norms of painting and gave a new definition to the ‘American Modern Art.’ Owing to her competence, American Art attained fame and recognition in creatively competent Europe. Flowers fascinated Georgia and they were her favorite subject on canvas. O’Keeffe painted “Oriental Poppies” in 1928. This stunning work was declared a groundbreaking, art masterpiece.

Georgia O’Keeffe described her painting as a product of what she perceived in her mind and felt in her heart. In “Oriental Poppies,” she depicts two giant poppy flowers. Measuring 30″ x 40″, this oil painting is an explosion of brilliant colors on a vast canvas, lending a mesmerizing effect. O’Keefe used dazzling red and orange as the main color of the petals. The hollowed centre and the inner contours of the flowers are painted in deep purple. The skillful shading and velvety finish of the petals accentuates the vibrancy of the flowers. “Oriental Poppies” almost looks like a close up photograph. O’Keeffe did not give any background to the painting, to artfully draw focus onto the flowers. The absence of context in the painting presents them in a new light as pure abstracts. “Oriental Poppies” exudes a startling pull, as if casting a hypnotic spell on the viewer.

Georgia O’Keeffe believed that due to the fast-paced lives people live, they merely glance at flowers, but never really observed their exquisiteness. She wished to give such rushing people experience and the feel of the true beauty of flowers. In her words, “If I could paint the flower exactly as I see it no one would see what I see because I would paint it small like the flower is small. So I said to myself – I’ll paint what I see – what the flower is to me but I’ll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it – I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers.” O’Keeffe chose to paint on a huge canvas with an outburst of bold colors, to astonish the viewers and to introduce them to the wonder of nature. In her bid, she managed to capture the essence of poppies with eloquence.

Many art researchers believed that O’Keeffe’s “Oriental Poppies” was an answer to the zoomed in technique adapted by Alfred Stieglitz in ‘Modern Photography.’ The magnificent painting speaks volumes of O’Keefe’s talent and artistic vision. Georgia’s delightful representation of two ordinary flowers generated widespread admiration and was considered as one of her most memorable works. It is now a part of a collection at the University of Minnesota Art Museum, Minneapolis.…

Graduating From College – How to Prepare for Life After College

After a crazy graduation celebration, throwing the graduation caps into the air, you and your friends were gathering, drinking and saying goodbye to rushing assignments, exams and the lovely diet with cereal and baked beans. Seems like your future is so bright and shiny after graduation. However, for the ones having a clear plan, it’s true, but for the rest of you, it’s might not that easy. First of all, you should seriously ask yourself three “simple” questions:

1. Who do you want to be?

2. What kinds of work do you want to do?

3. Which type of lifestyle do you want to have?

The words are easy to understand, but lots of people can ‘t tell the answers because the answers will bring out the choices, which will further impact your following life. In fact, there are various options to take after university and everyone has their own journeys, so all of you will be different. You can go to a postgraduate school, find a graduate job, start your own business or even travel around the world. Whichever you choose means that you should take the full advantages of any free time to make your plans and take real actions.

1. Get a graduate job

After graduation, Looking for a good job is the choice for the majority of new graduates. Your first port of call should be communicating with your relevant university department, for parts of them, they do offer recruitment service for their students and it will significantly lower the working barrier for you.

According to the words of Philippa Hardie, a careers consultant at the University of Chester, sometimes small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) are the most suitable options for fresh graduates. Being a small fish in a big pound is not right for everyone and SMEs can offer your more training and challenges.

Moreover, finding a job may take a while. Be carefully don’t leave a blank gap on the CV, you can fill the time with some part-time jobs, volunteering, and internship.

2. Become you own boss

Don’t just stand inside the box, sometime you need to stand outside to see the world. If you can’t find a dream job and don’t want to settle for just a job, why not create one by starting your own company, it could be an extremely interesting process to turn your business idea into reality. Therefore, if you have the sufficient confidence and tenacity, self-employment should be a smart move. There are some main advantages for self-employment:

* Independent power to make decisions

* Control over what to do and who to work with

* Flexible time management

* Pay for any opportunities fit with you

However, nothing is perfect. You should understand that self-employment also means that you need to juggle a number of responsibilities such as marketing the business, staff management, uncertainty/problem management and financial things. Therefore, before starting your own business, you should be sure that if you would like to take these …