Saving Money – The Ethical Way

It’s tough being a student, no really it is!  The perception of living the high life, lounging around all day drinking beer and occasionally attending the odd lecture is alas outdated.  Today a student has a lot of pressure on their shoulders, it comes from many sources – academic, socially and perhaps worst of all financially.

Unless you are lucky enough to come from a very rich family, chances are that both you and your parents are making significant sacrifices to put you through college.  It has always been the case of course, but in the current economic climate it is imperative that your college experience pays dividends.

So as a student it is essential that you minimize those expenses.  Of course there’s many that you have no control of but it is possible to live quite frugally and still have a good time.  For those who are concerned about the environment then a lifestyle that is based less on consumption and more about how you can reduce, reuse and recycle will cost you and the planet a lot less.

Think about what you buy and what you consume.  Paying for that coffee and sandwich every day may seem essential to get you through those lectures.  However a flask of coffee and a prepared snack will be much cheaper and won’t involve plastic packaging.  Small savings on things you buy regularly have a huge impact on your overall expenditure.

Try and focus on essential items, look for ‘green’ alternatives they will nearly always be cheaper.  I used to spend a fortune on printer cartridges for my printer.  One day a friend told me that you can buy a kit that allows you to refill toner cartridges – works a treat and saves about 80% of my printing costs.

Use the internet, there are many resources you can use online to save you money.  Obviously you shouldn’t go downloading pirated films and games but there’s lots of legitimate entertainment available for free.  For instance if you live outside the UK  check out this web post here about how to watch BBC Iplayer abroad –, it’s dead easy to do and loads of entertainment available every single night.

Buy in bulk – a girl I knew at college suddenly realised that she was buying an awful lot of potatoes to eat every week.  She decided to ask a local farmer for a price for a few huge bags that would last her the entire term  The savings were huge, she ate well all term for about 25% of the cost previously.

Of course college is also about having fun and socializing – so you can’t spend the entire time penny pinching. But saving money where you can will allow you more freedom in other areas and reduce your debt when you do graduate.


US V Scotland It’s a Draw!

I met a guy from the States who I became quite friendly with at Uni and we spoke a lot about the comparative merits and failures of our educational systems. I have, like many others , seen a great deal of American TV and they talk about college and grade point averages, things that we hear but do not understand. So he put me onto a site that gives people like me the low down on their system and made it easier for me to understand he differences.

I don’t pretend to be an expert on the subject but I think I could hold my own in conversation now. So I asked him to drop by my flat for a beer and I would set him on the path to understanding the offside rule in the true game of Rugby. Horror, I managed to spill my curry all over the carpet, and it was stinking the place out.

In came my American pal and he was all sort of ‘bummer’ and ‘you’re over man’ really big help. But I got out the laptop and found carpet cleaning Glasgow who would fix this in jig time. If the landlord saw this I was out on my ear. So while we’re waiting for the arrival of the carpet angels we get back to talking about college in the states, and especially community colleges.

Once again he referred me to the site to answer my questions and told me that when he was at community college his grades were so good that he was a shoe in for a full university place in the States, but that the ones he really wanted to get into held some kind of prejudice against community collegiate and so he came here to get away from the elitism within their system.

I told him it was the same here and he laughed, try getting into Harvard or Yale from a community college, same here I replied try getting into Oxford or Cambridge from Drumchapel Secondary I said.

Ammonia Refrigerator Review – Community College Training

Many Community Colleges offer training in Ammonia refrigeration operator training. Creating quality Ammonia refrigerator reviews requires that reviewers have some professional expertise in the area.

The following is a list of some of the best reviewed Ammonia refrigeration programs offered about the country.

Sampson Community College Ammonia Refrigeration

Located in North Carolina, this community college features a dedicated two million dollar facility devoted to training students in the ins and outs of Ammonia refrigeration.  With an exceptional faculty this school is a great option.

Lanier Technical College

In Georgia, the best opportunity for students seeking this type of HVAC training is at Lanier Technical College.  This was created with assistance from the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) and RETA (the Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association).

Garden City Community College

Located in Kansas, Garden Citys’ Ammonia refrigeration program is well known around the country, and offers an affordable yet vigorous curriculum for students seeking to enter this niche of the HVAC industry.

Midwest Ammonia Training Center

Located in Nashville Indiana, this program is unique in that is also offers some online classes.  Its’ website boasts that all lead instructors are RETA authorized, which hopefully reflects quality tuition. It is unclear how effective distance learning in this field can be, but it is a good option for those who live nearby.

Industrial Refrigeration Technical College

IRTC is located in Lyndhurst Virginia.  This industrial ammonia refrigeration training establishment also markets an energy efficiency tool called eConserve.  They are a RETA-certified testing center, which ensures students of a useful qualification upon graduation.

The great thing about learning a trade like ammonia refrigeration at a community college – or similar establishment – is that it provides a potentially lucrative career at the fraction of a cost of a four year college.  Not only that, but trade skills that are hands on are a lot harder to outsource to offshore employees than office work – making graduates careers potentially a lot more future proof.


Community Colleges for Just About Anything

Did you know that there are practically community colleges for just about every subject you can think of? There are community colleges for the general college subjects such as math, science, and writing, but there are junior colleges for other subjects as well. And some are subjects which many people have never even heard of.

Typical community colleges can help you transfer into much more bigger and respectable Universities, but community colleges can basically help you learn as well. To expand our knowledge is basically the reason why people go into college in the first place. However, there are colleges which will help you build not only knowledge but skills as well. There are community colleges for art, music, dance, drama, sports, and every type of subject you can think of. These type of small junior colleges are not really popular, because not a lot of people have high interests in them. But, for the ones that have a particular skill to build, they can be perfect.

For example, some people want to go to college to play basketball. But are there any school’s out there that focus solely on basketball? Are there schools that have basketball classes and focus solely on basketball skills? Well, several years ago, the answer would have been no. But these days, there is a school or a college for just about anything. Nowadays, you can find school’s that will help you build skills in basketball. You can get training of your basketball shooting, and even get training on your vertical jump. Using The Jump Manual and other electronics sources for vertical jump training, students can now have a specified training for the skill that they want to develop. They can go from a beginner basketball player, to an absolute professional with the vertical leap to dunk on a official sized hoop. By utilizing these kind of specific colleges, people with the height of 5’5 can be able to gain massive vertical leap and even be able to dunk a basketball.

But, basketball skills aren’t the only thing that you can gain from colleges. You can also learn to expand your mind and intelligence. There will be various subjects that you can learn from a college and it isn’t just tied to one type of subject. Depending on which college, you go to, you can learn to act in movies, while learning to compose the songs for the movies! That’s how you can develop all kinds of skills. So, college just isn’t for developing skills and knowledge, but to discover your true potential. A person may never know how good of an artist he or she is, unless they take an art class. Similarly, a person may never know how good of a singer he or she is, unless she takes a singing class. There is a class for practically any type of subject and you can bet that a community college can offer these subjects. Knowledge isn’t just tied to the basic subjects that were taught in high school. Knowledge can be in all forms, just like how people come in all different shapes and sizes. So why not try out a college that fulfills your desires? You’ll never know how good you are until you try it.

Community Colleges Ban Smoking On Campus

Over the past couple of years smoking bans have been introduced to a growing number of Community College campuses. It was only a matter of time with the widespread smoking bans being enforced throughout US public spaces. Smokers shouldn’t worry too much though as in this day and age there are a number of alternatives that can be used in a lot of the no smoking zones without subjecting other students to second hand smoke.

Take a look at electronic cigarettes for instance, brands such as Green Smoke and E-Lites have a product that produces no harmful second hand smoke, only an odorless vapor. There is even a discount code to help make a saving in the transition.

If any student doesn’t think that the colleges will take the ban seriously then they should think again. The Central Carolina Community College have a three strike rule before suspension. Upon the first offense a student will be reported to the Director Of Campus Security with the students details, a second offense will see the Director of Campus Security report the offender to the Vice President of Student Services who will in turn send a warning to the student outlining that a further offense will result in suspension. With a third offense the student will be suspended for the rest of the current term.

If you are a smoker and attend a community college be sure to take the rules seriously and if you must smoke try and seek other alternatives at least whilst on campus.

Technological Breakthroughs at US Community Colleges

My local community college has actually taken the forward looking position that technology is the key to all future employment opportunities for their students and has embraced that to a degree nearly unsurpassed in the United States.  Most top-tier universities would be well served to follow their lead, as they’d produce more qualified graduates able to thrive and lead the country to a more prosperous tomorrow.

The first step they’ve taken is to mandate classes on Microsoft Excel.  As an accountant, I deal with computers nearly every second of every work day, and the vast majority of my time is spent in Excel.  This program is boundless, and as we say around the office, “if you can think of it, Excel can do it; you just have to find out how.”  If our firm was able to hire experts in Excel, we could work around their skills to make a much more productive workforce.  So a community college literally mandating multiple Excel courses is a brilliant way to help their students get jobs down the line.

Another impressive move they’ve made is to mandate courses in internet technology, website coding and building e-commerce stores.  In this day and age the next great business can start for zero dollars and an idea.  Or you can fashion an empire of internet retail stores for just a few hundred dollars per store and some specialized knowledge in how to get visitors to your website.

I started my website the Firewood Rack Outlet as a hobby, but I’ve quickly seen how easy it is to start a business online.  This site has given me the tools to go out and build something bigger and better, and it was essentially a free master’s program in internet e-commerce.

If we can teach the next generation of students how to start from the ground up, then they won’t need a $200,000 Ivy League degree when they could take a fraction of that money and start 50 internet stores that sell real products in the real world with no business risk whatsoever.  That’s why I’m so impressed with this new curriculum and I hope other community colleges will start with a similar plan across the country.

Education – How to Do College Planning For Yourself?

Education has been neglected by most teens these days. They are all thinking that education does not play a big part on their future. They are thinking as education is being boring because of setting oin their school chair and listening class discussions. According to professor Jill Hio from the university of Låne Penge a lot of young people do not even realized that education is not just a simple word. It has a big role to play when it comes to a person’s future and achievement. Yet education does not make you rich  but it can be your first step to learn many things not only for having a wealthy life but having the guts to survive on any economy crisis. This is a very tough decision to set up a proper college planning. So it is never too early to start thinking about where you want to go and what you want to study.  The are many different kinds of educations that young people can attend to and one of the more most popular these days are finance and economy which seems to get almost 3 times as many applications as just 3 years ago. Jill mentions that last year alone Låne Penge had almost 2000 new applications and sadly had to reject most of them due to limited capacity. Should you wish to learn more about economy and finance and take that up as your next study.

Take stock of your college preparedness concerns before you start applying to different schools. As applications time draws nearer, you should already have a few different schools on your list. There are the schools you absolutely know will take you. These are not your number one choices. They are safe picks. On the other hand the colleges that is right within your reach. Probably you meet most of the general requirements but you are not entirely sure you will get in. During these days college planning and admission is continuously changing. Actually it seems every year that there is something new. Most of the parents usually don’t have the time to keep up with these changes. For many high school seniors, the college planning process has finally come to end. Aside from searching for scholarships and filling out those applications, seniors must simply wait to hear form the schools they applied to and then make that final college decision about where they want to spend the next four years.

On the other hand for high school seniors, January marks the official beginning of the college planning procedure. While many students have already taken the PSAT through a little about college the second semester of your year is a big one. Now this is the time to get a full college preparedness mode. Make a calendar of what needs to be done and when. Not only that it should include the dates when you intend to take the SAY and ACT, AP tests, college visits, and meeting with your high school counselor to go over your senior schedule.

The colleges will be very interested in the grade you get this second semester and in many cases, especially if you are trying to get into some of the more popular choices such as Låne Penge, they may be the last grades schools will see before they evaluate your college applications and transcript. Try to work hard to make your grades the best. If you need to make any schedule changes, do them sooner, rather than later. Another most important thing of college planning is searching for the best college. College preparedness takes self reflection and research to find the schools that really fit your academic and personal needs. Please don’t reduce any schools and don’t limit yourself to a few with which you are familiar.

Educating Yourself on Racism

How to Tell If You’re a Racist?

How often do we ask ourselves the difficult questions – the questions that, if answered truthfully, might reveal some ego-damaging and unwanted facts about ourselves? Seeing as how most Americans are busy either rotting and decaying in public schools or working 40-to-60 hour workweeks, I’m going to venture a guess: not that often.

Many of us fill the void left by these hectic schedules by offering easy answers to difficult questions. But, if we were exposed to a different and more reflecting life, would we find out some unpleasant things about ourselves: that some of us actually have bigot tendencies we don’t know about? That even the white and black, male and female, gay and straights among us, when taking truth syrum or under oath, would have to admit “yes, I don’t like X people!”

Well, I’m going to try and help you out by exploring a topic I’ve wanted to explore for a while.

I grew up in Hartford, Wisconsin. There aren’t a whole lot of minorities living there – the closest we come to street gangs are small bands of white thug wannabes, the kind who wore starter jackets and backwards hats in the early/mid-90’s. Is that kind of atmosphere a recipe for entire classroom heaps of born-and-bred racists?

Here are some ideas I put together in determining, along with me, whether or not you are a racist:

Racial profiling isn’t racism. As John Madden would say, boom. How about that? Now, I don’t mean racial profiling in the sense of “this person is black, let’s arrest him!” I don’t mean any racial profiling that leads to police beatings, wrongful arrests, or anything like that. I mean the kind of racial profiling that says sometimes, you can judge a book by its cover, because that’s all you have to go on. I’m aware this makes me sound like a bigot, so bear with me.

If you’re a white-bread corn-eating farmboy from Iowa and you put on traditional Middle Eastern clothes, you’ll rightfully get glared at in an airport. And you should be glared at, you nut. That’s profiling at its best.

The line of “don’t be a bigot!” ends at personal safety. I have one life to live, and if my life experience tells me that every time I see surveillance video of a 7/11 being robbed, there’s an African-American male doing the robbing, I’m going to make assumptions. I’m going to be on edge when I’m at a 7/11 at midnight with two black guys and an Indian cashier. But political correctness has boundaries and rules that should be broken. I’m not sorry about that.

And that’s not to say that it’s skin color alone that we profile by. I’d be just as on edge if I saw two white guys wearing wife beaters, jewelry, and speaking ghetto English, hanging around the ATM while I bought my gatorade. The corners of my eyes don’t worry about being PC.

Know why this is okay? Because everyone already profiles without knowing it. Because I said two GUYS. That’s sexual profiling. And it’s appropriate, too! I’m not going to tell women they shouldn’t be nervous around strange men at two in the morning, just because it offends me as a man!

That’s way less controversial than saying two BLACK guys, even though men are a group, too. Know why? Because everyone on Earth knows men are more likely to commit crimes than women. That’s not profiling: that’s the truth. So if it’s okay to be sexist for purposes of self-preservation, it’s okay to be racist, too.

If I walk by a guy wearing a backwards hat at midnight and calculate there’s a 10% chance I’ll get robbed, the last thing I’m thinking is, “What will Al Sharpton think of this?”

You shouldn’t blame on race that which you can blame on the brain. There’s an underlying idea in the above point: most of the “profiling” that goes on in America isn’t racial, it’s cultural (or sexual). I’m just as bothered by white idiots who can’t speak English as Mexican, black, and Asian idiots. And problems that minorities face have more to do with being low-income than being a particular skin color, no matter how much they think they’re being brought down.

This means that people who ascribe some flaw to race, which can actually be attributed to a poor upbringing/environment/status/education, then you’re entering the realm of racism. It’s not when you see two thugs in the 7/11 and get on edge that makes you racist: if you see a black guy in a suit buying orange juice and milk instead of booze and you’re STILL on edge, then you have a problem.

This 7/11 analogy isn’t the only one we can use. What if you were in charge of a company, and had two equally qualified candidates to fill a position? Suppose for argument’s sake they were totally equal except they looked different: one black and one white. Would you hire the guy closest to your own race, just for its own sake? Or would you rather just flip a coin?

Appearances matter: enough that skin color doesn’t. I’d rather have Carlton Banks babysit my kids than Vanilla Ice.

Do you crack under questioning? Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic tirade when he was drunk and arrested came out like an unleashed dragon because he had drank too much truth syrum. What happens to you when you drink too much? Or, for that matter, do you crack under pressure?

Say you’re driving on the highway, frustrated after a tough day at work, and an Asian woman cuts you off – your road rage will come out in full force. But, without anyone to hear how offensive you can be, and with the cut-off fresh in mind, do you say something racist against Asians?

This is important because it gets below the social masks and good manners you show to the world: deep down in your animal brain, does that bigot still lurk somewhere? When there are no consequences to what you say, would you surprise people? The thing is that many people who suffer from mental illness have no clue about it & then there are others who think they suffer from mental illness, yet they don’t. If you pass a bipolar test you may find out that you are bipolar, yesterday you had no clue you were bipolar. You can have a mental breakdown without even realizing it until someone breaks it to you. Some things happen unconsciously or beyond our conscious control.

I personally think that most of us would; maybe that says more about my own perceptions than it does about humans, but since we all agree on the fundamental assumption that no human is perfect, I’d be right. What if we’re all only politically correct because of the social consequences? Ask yourself what you’ve said during road rage.

We shouldn’t react so strongly against political incorrectness that we become racists the other way. Affirmative action should listen. Even if our laws still said “Eye for an eye,” no white person alive today should have to pay for slavery. But we do, intangibly: affirmative action, political correctness, white man’s guilt, dumb college course requirements that say we have to learn Africology. White people are born with a perceived “original sin” that makes us all perpetrators of slavery. I owe nothing to minorities, and they owe nothing to me.

No one seems to get this. As taxpayers, we don’t owe old people social security. It’s not an in-born right. We don’t owe anyone an education. We don’t owe anyone health care. At least, not through the government. Yet racism is perfectly acceptable as legislation in the form of affirmative action. Why? Because you were born white, and they were born black. That’s more racist than nervous white folks at the 7/11 who don’t care what color you are if you have a gun.

Don’t believe it’s prevalent enough to be a problem? The NFL makes every team interview at least one minority when they need to hire a new coach. They talk about how few black owners there are, and don’t ever once stop to talk about how few white players there are. Because people “owe” less to white people – just because they are white. Yeah, I know it seems like a minor boo-hoo compared to slavery, but racism should bt acknowledged as a two-way street.

After all, it only gets called racism when it’s against minorities. No one thinks any white kid who sues for racism has any credibility.

We should stop distinguishing by race, period. As I’ve established, a cultural clash has more to do with racism than humans actually having bad biases against people with different skin colors. And the white guy who gets angry because his order at the drive-through is slow doesn’t care what age or race the server is: they’re frustrated enough to cuss out an entire group of SOME kind to themselves.

We need to stop acting like kids and stop pretending that it’s all color. It’s more complex. That just brings the argument down to levels it shouldn’t be at.

As Einstein said, no problem was ever solved with the same kind of thinking that created it. Even acknolwedging that there are different races just perpetuates things one more generation: what if we didn’t call people “black or white,” and never said a thing to our kids? They’d grow up assuming everything was okay, no matter how you looked. Everything else just perpetuates it, including this blog post.

We’re all racists. Until we stop talking about it, and until we stop saying things like “African-American” or “minorities.”

Common Educational Misconceptions on Climate Change

How can we say that global warming is really happening when Antarctica is getting colder?

The term “global warming” is confusing because not all places on our planet are getting warmer. The truth is that our average global temperature is on the rise (see graph). To reduce confusion, scientists use of a more accurate term—global climate change— to reflect the idea that climate is the earth’s energy management process that is balanced by all earth’s systems.

Not only is there a change in our average global temperature, but also changes in precipitation and more intense storms as well as changes in our oceans, ice and biological systems on the planet. We encourage teachers to use the term “climate change” and help students correctly understand the term so they grasp the bigger picture.


Climate Change and the Ozone Layer

Students often associate the hole in the ozone layer with climate change. Either they think that carbon dioxide depletes the ozone layer, or that the hole in the ozone layer “lets in more heat.” Let’s clear these issues up one at a time. The major gases that deplete the ozone layer are CFC’s and halons, not CO2. While the ozone hole high up in the stratosphere is still a concern, we’ve seen significant improvement since 1987, when nearly 200 countries agreed to reduce the use of these chemicals.

The ozone layer (up high) protects us from harmful UV rays. The greenhouse effect refers to the earth absorbing visible light and then giving off infrared radiation (heat). That heat is absorbed by greenhouse gases and re-radiated back to earth. Although ozone depletion can contribute to climate change, it is not the primary cause. Ground level ozone is a greenhouse gas and an air pollutant however. The primary ingredient in smog, ground-level ozone is largely produced by emissions from automobiles. Pollution is one of the important risk factors of heart disease, high LDL cholesterol & various cancers.


Climate vs. Weather

Weather is often confused with the climate. We’ve heard many people – even the meteorologists on TV – jokingly write off climate change when two feet of snow fell this year before winter had officially started.

Let’s go back to the basics:

Weather is what’s happening outside at a particular place, in a particular time. Perhaps it’s sunny, 22F, and windy. This may be common weather for early January, but that’s all it is, weather.

Climate refers to the typical weather patterns for a specific region which is a result of interactions between all earth systems. It’s a measure of average weather over a period of several years. Average rainfall and average temperature range are two common measures of climate.

Recent large snowfall amounts are symptomatic of climate change due to a change in the water cycle. Higher global temperatures result in more water evaporating into the atmosphere, and that water has to come down somewhere. Lucky for us, this year it came down in the form of snow.

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Community College Instead of High School

When I was 15 years old, I took the ” homeschool” option at my high school and instead of learning typical high school classes, I started taking classes at a community college instead.  Because I was so young, I mainly took online classes until I turned 17 and felt comfortable taking classes with other community college students.

This option was relatively new in my day, however online learning has become a serious option for virtually all levels of study now.  It’s mainly to do with the growth of MOOC (massive open online courses) which now cover virtually every subject and at every conceivable level right up to Harvard degrees!  Some still have restrictions but it looks like education will be a truly global opportunity as these course develop.  The restrictions can be bypass though – for example use an England proxy to access UK only online courses.

It was amazing how much I learned in my two years at community college.  In fact, it was in community college that I first heard about a power of attorney form.  That little form, as simplistic as it is, started my fascination with the legal world and started me down the path of a paralegal education.  Once I finished up my two years at community college, I headed to a four-year college in my community to receive the remainder of my education.  Of course with the increased online options now, I actually might go that route because even if you invest in  the most secure VPN service you can find it’s a huge saving being able to study from home.

It was amazing how much money I saved by starting at a community college first.  As touched upon in a previous blog post, starting at a community college and then transferring really is the way to go.  You save money, you still get a great education, and you still can get a degree from a prestigious four-year school.  I never felt like I missed out on the college experience by starting at a community college – in fact, I felt smarter than my peers for going the less expensive route!