The experience of college

College is not just about going to class, memorizing facts that you will forget right after the test, and assignments. Granted it is important to go to class, study not memorize and do one’s homework but its also about expericing life.

Meeting classmates, working on group projects, going to sporting events and even forming relationships with your professors are important to do in college.

When studying with classmates you begin to make friends and friendships that are formed in college can last long after graduation. One way to gain more friends is to join a sports team, club or other school ogranization. When you make one friend you in turn meet their friends and they become your friends too.

Going to sporting events on campus and wearing your campus colors can make students feel like they are a part of something big and important. It can bring a sense of unity and pride to a college campus.

Building relationships with college professors is certainly not on the to do list of many college students. But it is beneficial to students more so than the professor. And ironically, the professors are the ones who tend to do most of the reaching out.

Every student will graduate eventually and when that time comes they are the ones asking for recommendations not their professors. And if their teachers could be used as a reference.

But how can a teacher recommend a student if all they know is their work. Which is extremely important but if you failed to let them in and learn a little about you they really don’t have much to go off.

http://college.usatoday.com/2011/10/14/make-friends-with-your-college-professors/

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Why you should consider a community college

Community colleges are great for students who do not know what they want to study yet, and are just wanting to take their basic core courses that are required by most universities.

A community college is also cheaper than a four year school. The average tuition and fees for a full-time student at a community college is $2,713. For a student going to a four-year school full-time the tuition is $7,605.

Going to a community college also offers smaller classes. This results in the professor knowing your name and getting a little more attention from your teacher if you need help on something specific you are studying.

Many two-year schools have a pact with four-year colleges in the same state, that allows a student to effortlessly transfer their credits once they graduate with their associates degree.

Another good thing about a community college is that they offer not only an associates degree in general education but they have two-year degrees in certain areas of study.

This makes it so a student can get a job after two years of school. Since not all jobs require a bachelor’s degree.

There are many advantages of going to a community college and can really work as a stepping stone to point you in the right direction.

http://www.thebestschools.org/blog/2013/05/28/50-community-colleges-united-states/

Reading

The importance of reading has always been stressed at a young age. There are many reasons why reading is important and can help one be successful in life.

For starters, reading gives a person a great vocabulary. And when you have a good vocabulary you sound smart and sophisticated, like you can hold a conversation on your own.

Being able to read well also makes an individual a better writer. If you can write, no matter what profession you go into, than you will be able to do well for yourself.

Being able to communicate is the key to success. The more you read the more you learn. Whether one is learning about history, grasping a different perspective than their own or just expanding their horizon, being able to read gives you an edge in this competitive world.

Reading leads to writing and writing leads to communcation.

Also, it gives a person something to talk about. Who wants to hang out with someone or go on a date with a person who has nothing to say or just agrees with everything the other person says?

Something so simple as to read for pleasure, school or work can really make a person not only smarter but better.

Education quotes

1) “Educating the mind without educationg the heart is no education at all.” -Aristotle

2) “A child without education, is like a bird without wings.”-Tibetan proverb

3) “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” -Robert Frost

4) “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela

5) “Most people are mirrors, reflecting, the moods and emotions of the times; few are windows, bringing light to bear on the dark corners where troubles fester. The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” -Sydeny J Harris

6) “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” -Albert Einstein

7) “Education is not preperation for life; education is life itself.” -John Dewey

8) “Thinking is the hardest work any one can do- which is probably the reason why we have so few thinkers.” -Henry Ford

9) “Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.” -Mark Twain

10) “Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.” -Mark Twain

http://listovative.com/top-15-reasons-why-education-is-important/

Education meet technology

Technology is changing and becoming more advance now than ever, and students deserve an education that is just as high-speed. Our society is technologically enhanced, yet education is still lagging behind.

In high school you will find common courses being taught such as english literature, mathematics and science. But very few high schools offer classes such as computer science.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics mentions by the year 2020 that there will be a million more job openings than there are trained workers to fill the positions. This creates a large skill gap.

Take Khan Academy for instance, offering instructional videos, helps students learn at their own pace outside of the classroom environment. This can be beneficial if students can do their homework and projects at school and review and listen to lectures after school.

Students who are instructed by their teachers instead of allowing the teacher to facilitate, and are struggling tend to go home after the school day is over and have concerns and questions with no teacher available to offer assistance.

https://edtechdigest.wordpress.com/2011/12/28/the-future-of-classroom-education/

Pros and cons of school uniforms

Pros-

Having uniforms prevents any distractions from going on in the classroom (creates a sense of unity)

Students do not need to worry what they are going to wear the next day

Uniforms can encourage discipline

Wearing the same as others can create a sense of belonging and help create school spirit and school pride

Uniforms make it easier to help identify intruders that may enter the school

Cons-

Can hinder a student from expressing themself

Are an issue to families who are not financially secure

Can be hard to enforce in the public school systems

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Education facts in America

1) Every year 1.3 million high school students fail to graduate on time.

2) About half of the college students who enroll in a 4-year university will take 6 years to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

3) Two out of three eigth-graders do not read proficiently

4) Toward the end of eigth grade, students in America stand two years behind their peers in different countires in the subject math.

5) More than 75 percent of employers say that their new employees who have college degrees, do not have the basic knowledge and skills they should have.

6) Americans who acheive a bachelor’s degree have a 40 percent higher income than individuals with hold a high school diploma.

7) Five out of six high school graduates who are not enrolled in university full-time are also not working a full-time job.

8) In order for a person to make a “decent” living today, they will need at least some form of postsecondary education.

9) At least 25 percent of children start school with summer or late birthdays.

10) As of 2011 84 percent of undergrad college students were receiving some form of financial aid.

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