The Ridiculous Price of College Textbooks

Of all of the times that I have struggled financially up to this point in my life, my first years in college have to lead the list. All of this is well and good because I know that getting a good college education is going to assist me in finding a job that will help me throughout my entire life.

What really stinks about this, however, is the fact that some of the things that go into a college education are just too expensive. This can make it difficult for the average person, such as me to get by.

One of the first things that I am going to mention is the fact that college textbooks are ridiculous, as far as the prices are concerned. I know that it costs a lot of money for companies to put these books together and there are production costs that need to be considered as well.

I have always wondered, however, why these textbooks are so much money whenever other books of similar quality were much lower. I was actually surprised to find out why it is that books have increased in cost so much.

High School Scholarships

If you think that scholarships are only meant for college and research students, then you are mistaken. There are specific scholarship programs for senior as well as junior high school students. Scholarships for high school students allow students to start their educational journey without any burden of costly school expenses.

Various private firms, individuals, corporate houses, charitable organizations, non-profit organizations and academic institutions provide scholarships to the desired students. Apart from the citizenship criteria, these scholarships have their own set of conditions for eligible candidates.

Some are need-based grants whereas there are other grants that are merit-based. There are several other grants for high school students where suitable candidates are selected through competitions like essay contests or painting competitions.

Computer Education Plays A Vital Role

This information era requires almost every job the ability to use a data processor or a computer.  If you pay attention to the list of available jobs and their qualifications, you will then realize that they share one thing in common:  they need someone who is “computer literate”.
In fact, the world seems to be functioning more and more on digitized information through computers.  Computer technology is fast and offers low cost in proportion to the tasks completed in just a very short period of time.

However, not all are knowledgeable enough about the subject.  For anyone who desires to pursue a career in the same field, computer school education is widely accessible.  Computer schools are so varied and readily available.  Additionally, online education is available for your computer education endeavors.

Regents Must Refine Standards for Vocational Students & New Immigrants

The educational establishment, the private sector, many politicians and almost all the editorial pages have confused high standards (good) with high-stakes testing (often bad), which will have terrible consequences for many of our high school seniors, especially for recent immigrants and those pursuing vocational careers.

The  New York Board of Regents was urged to revisit the ‘one-size-fits-all’ high-stakes-testing-in-five-subjects rule for English Language Learners and students in vocational programs, and I am fully supportive of two key and related bills:
English Language Learners (ELL)
One bill, sponsored by one of the Assemblymen and already approved by the Education Committee, would waive the requirement of passing the English language arts Regents examination for ELLs in order for them to be awarded their high school diploma. This legislation would create a structure for ELLs who fulfill all other requirements for a local high school diploma and who, in addition, pass a Regents competency exam in their native language plus an English proficiency exam, to get their diplomas and move on.

Is RateMyProfessors.com useful when picking college classes?

When it comes time to pick your college classes, RateMyProfessors has become a famous name on college campuses as students frantically look up professors, reading reviews and checking ratings. RateMyProfessors.com has become a quick way to find out what to expect from a professor you have never heard of before.

But is the information accurate? Is RateMyProfessors.com a reliable way to evaluate a professor beforehand?
From my experiences? Yes, but you need to know what to look for.

What to look at on a professor’s profile:

The Top Gadgets for Students

In today’s  ever changing technology business professionals as well as students want to have the gadgets that make daily life easier. Gadgets such as smartphones, digital cameras, and tablets, come in quite handy for business, for learning, and for pleasure.

We, the staff of MyCareerTools, a website about GED classes, advise students to use gadgets as much as possible. They are not helpful, maybe, but can make routine tasks fun.

However, it’s hard to figure out which ones to buy. That’s where this list comes in. These items can be purchased for not much money, especially at sites like Newegg. So, what are the top 3 gadgets on the market for business professionals? You’re about to find out.

Samsung Galaxy Note

The Galaxy Note is basically a hybrid-both smartphone and tablet computer. Needless to say, it’s one of the hottest gadgets on the market right now. First off, the Galaxy Note has a 1.6 GHZ dual core processor with 16 GB of memory, which can be expanded to 32GB.

It currently runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system but will be upgraded to the newer Android operating system very soon. There are also the standard features on any phone or tablet computer-a 2 mega pixel camera on the front and an 8 mega pixel camera on the back. Whatever you use it for; this gadget has the respect of its competitors because of its features, which are many.

The story of moving to the USA

As some of you may or may not know, I was set to fly over to the United States of America (more specifically to the state of Oregon) a little more than a week ago. And well, after a 17 hour journey and an emotional ride like I’ve never experienced before I said “see you soon” to my parents, I was held at border security in Seattle for two hours and I finally saw my fiance again, after having been separated from him and having had to miss him for 7 months. In other words: I made it, but only barely…

Off to a shaky start


On August 11th, my parents, brothers and I drove over to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. My family had decided they all wanted to see me off to the USA and so we went, all together.

After a 15 minute walk from the parking lot we got to the main hall of the airport, I was again overwhelmed by the amount of people there. Just like last year. Schiphol Airport is truly a metropolis in its own right, the center is so big that I imagine one could find everything he/she needs in his life there. All in all, I always find it to be very imposing.

How Technology changed our education and our habits

Today we talk  about technology, education and business.  The world of business has been completely changed by the collaborative world of technology and the Internet.

Let’s take a look for example how brands connect with customers. Traditional flyers, business cards and commercial ads became less effective and therefore brands use websites, apps, social networking to reach their targeted audiences.

Over 15 million brands around the world have Facebook brand pages primarily because of the fact that over one billion people have active accounts within this growing social media platform, according to Socialonomics.

The other thing that seems like an outdated relic is the cash register, says Alice. Thanks to new technology and the Internet the traditional cash register is perceived as old-fashioned and irrelevant.

The vast majority of offline and online businesses on a global scale make use  of POS hardware and touchscreen displays or even self-checkout systems that eliminate the need for a human cashier entirely.

Sustainable Jobs: Places to Put Your Green Degree to Use

The first sustainability degree was offered by Arizona State’s School of Sustainability in 2007. Seven years later, many major universities have created their own programs. These sustainability degrees can fall under nearly every academic discipline, from history to engineering and are offered as majors, minors, or even masters degrees.

However, this broad scope can sometimes make it difficult to narrow down your options in the business world. Here are four areas of business where your green degree sets you apart.

Design

From interior decorating to high fashion, the green movement has made its mark. The movement has revolutionized the materials and processing in industrial fields, and enhanced the recycling actions in others.

Whether your interest lies with solar-powered, self-sustaining houses, or fashionable and comfortable clothing created from recyclables, the design world is a great place for you to use your education in other fields, such as engineering and urban planning, hand in hand.

Don’t Just Plan – You Must Take Action

There are aspects of my work life that I find very easy and pleasant, and others where I’m conscious I have some real weaknesses. One of my greatest failings is that I enjoy learning about a new subject — a new technique, a new subject and I am a sucker for every career quiz. I prefer doing all of it much more than I enjoy getting down to work. If you are like me, here is the top advice for us. You and I must take ACTION!

I’m not sure exactly why I find it so hard to take action. I don’t think the pop-psych generalities are necessarily accurate in my case … I’m certainly not afraid of success, nor do I believe that I’m incapable of achieving good work.

Part of the problem, I believe, is that I like to fully understand something before I start working on it. I’m one of the mythical customers who actually reads the manual … I’ve never been willing to just jump in, get to work, and learn new software as I go. At least, not in a situation where the results actually matter; if I’m investing time and resources in order to have a better life, I don’t want to get things wrong. I joined the newsletter, it’s a truly awesome confidence boost.