Setting Goals For Yourself

May 4, 2011

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PhotobucketThe start of a new semester may seem overwhelming. There’s no doubt that it is, especially if this is all new to you but there are some things that you can do to lessen the stress and proceed with a clear, focused head. One of these things is to set goals for yourself. It’s a great thing to do academically and personally. Setting goals for yourself really helps to put things into perspective and is a driving factor of motivation. Here are some tips for setting goals for yourself:



Set short term & long term goals. If your new to setting goals for yourself, like anything you should start by taking baby steps. Looking too far ahead may overwhelm you. Start with short term goals. If you are certain you know what you want to do in life then it should be easy to look at your long term goal and from there create short term goals along the way to reach your destination. Creating goals for yourself can be as easy as following the “S.M.A.R.T” goal guidelines used in project management at the project objective stage. It means your goals must adhere to these guidelines:
S- Specific
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A- Attainable
R- Relevant
T- Timebound


Learn your weaknesses.  Have you ever heard of a SWOT Analaysis? Citing Wikipedia: SWOT analysis is a strategic planning method used to evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats involved in a project or in a business venture. However this analysis is extremely useful in analyzing yourself. Write out all of your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Once you have a good idea about them, map out what it takes to turn your weaknesses into your strengths and your threats into opportunities. You may find that these are goals in themselves.


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Draw a road map to your goal. Be specific but realistic. Map out from beginning to end what it takes to get to your goal. It’s important to be specific but more important to be realistic. For instance, just like a diet, if you say you want to lose 10 lbs in a week, you can starve yourself and lose some weight quick but likely to gain it all back very fast. Unrealistic goals have a very high failure rate.

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Create a schedule for yourself. It’s important to tie in all of these tips into this one. You need to create a schedule for yourself that works for you but don’t overwhelm yourself. Use it as an agenda and stick to it. It will keep you disciplined and organized. This way you can always use it as a reference and view it to see how much closer you’ve come to reaching your goals!

What are some of your goals for this semester?




Advice for the Freshmen

May 2, 2011

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The summer after graduating high school is an exciting and scary time in a person’s life. You are happy to be turning to the next chapter of your life but fearful it might not be for you. In most cases, you are just psyching yourself out. College is nothing to fear, if anything it is something to look forward to. You will make new friends, create new memories, and best of all develop your career with learning skills in your field.


1. Keep an open mind to different lifestyles and viewpoints. People in college come from all different walks of life; don’t rule them out just because their hobbies and views are different than yours. Make friends of all different types.
2. Don’t spend all of your free time alone in your room. Solitude is nice, but you’ll love college a lot more if you don’t spend all day watching TV or surfing the Internet. Keep yourself busy!
3. Explore your hobbies and try new ones. Find clubs and teams for hobbies and spots you enjoy and get involved. You never know who you are going to meet by doing this.
 
4. Keep in touch with old friends and gain new ones. Give your old friends an occasional call to see how everything is going while spending time with friends who go to your school.
5. Learn about your school. Find out its history and the origin of traditions. Learn about the area around the school and its history. Discover what programs your school has to offer and what it excels in. Find out what cool achievements and influential people have come from your university.
6. Do no procrastinate. College work takes more time than high school work, and you will end up struggling all night to finish a paper because you put it off too long.
7. Pay attention in class. Professors will go into a lot of detail, and all of it is fair game for tests. Many times they’ll even give strong hints as to what to expect, and if you’re zoning out, you’ll miss all of it!
8. Be grateful and proud for where you are. Be proud of your school, and be grateful that you’re fortunate enough to attend college. Make the most of your years.
9. Take plenty of pictures. Pictures will give you something to look back on to reminisce about college.
10. Have fun It is important to get good grades and attend class remember you can do that and 
still enjoy yourself. Be excited to start your new chapter of life!


Social Media Playing a Role in the Royal Wedding

April 29, 2011

Summer Time Is Not Just For Tanning!

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In college, you have 8 semesters to gain credits, but only 3 summers to work out in the real world and get hands on experience. According to CBS Money Watch, real world experience can put you at the front of the line for future careers:  “An intern’s foot in the door can be a giant step toward a real job post-college.” Real work experience is priceless when focusing on a certain career path.

Instead of spending numerous hours being a beach bum or taking the summer to “do nothing” you should invest a bit of energy into your future. Most College students that work in the summer will do internships (paid + unpaid), volunteer work, research, and summer courses. It’s never too late to start doing any of these.

Where to start? The internet and browsing online provides opportunities to find internships on websites like Craigslist, Jobseeker, and CareerBuilder. From December to March you should be on the hunt for a summer internship. Most companies will plan internships months prior to actually hiring one. Applying early ensures that you will not miss out on opportunities just because you were unaware of a deadline. Also, plan ahead to give yourself time to find a source of income, in case the work you find is unpaid. Now go into your Itunes and make a LONG playlist to ease your search.

Many employers and competitive companies tend to look for sophomore and junior internship applicants. That does not mean you should be carefree if you are a freshman. Your college year is no excuse for living an unproductive summer. No matter what age, field, or studies shoot for the more advanced internships. The “Big Dogs”! You must learn how to accept rejection. It is ideal to be accepted by an employer but being denied does not mean to give up, as there are many other options.

Go around your hometown area. Visit the local store fronts and get creative on how you can volunteer to help these businesses in exchange for work experience. Chances are local businesses could use your skill set if it’s applicable. Interested in a marketing career? You could visit your local grocery store with an idea of constructing marketing research for them, and produce advertisements by the end of the summer. The main advantage to working with local businesses is that you will use your skills in the related work field you are studying. You will not be fetching coffee for a magazine editor or taking the breakfast order every morning. By the  end of the summer, you will have a much better idea if the work is for you, and you’ll have experience for future job interviews.  

Get Healthy This Semester

April 27, 2011
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Eat the Right Foods
By now we have heard it all when it comes to dieting. From carbs, fat, fiber, salt, smaller meals etc. Enough is enough. Rule number one, what you eat should never be referred to as a diet rather just another day. The bottom line is to realize what you’re putting into your body. Anything with more than 5 ingredients in it is probably not good. It’s just not natural. You need to stick to putting healthier things into your body. This means tons of fruits, vegetables, fish and lean meats. There are plenty of delicious easy to follow recipe’s out there. Even tons of apps! The sooner you incorporate this you will see and feel the difference!

Eat at the Right Times
It’s not only important to eat the right foods but to eat at the right times. You should never starve yourself. Always stay hydrated and carry healthy snacks with you in case you’re not able to fit in a meal. Almonds are a great snack and help you stay full longer. You should never go more than 4 hours without eating as you should never let yourself get to the “I’m STARVING” point.
Get Enough Sleep
Though many of us lack in this area of our lives it is truly one of the most important things to do. Depending on your age, everyone requires a certain amount of sleep and if there’s a deficit it will definitely show in other aspects of your life. It’s important to get the recommended amount of sleep to feel refreshed and stay focused. Did you know that if you add an hour of sleep per night, you could drop 14 pounds this year!

Incorporate Some Type of Exercise
It’s recommended to get 60 minutes of exercise each day. Along with the word “diet”, “exercise” can be a taboo word also. Try not to think of exercise as work or something you dread doing. There are so many activities out there that you can incorporate for a healthy lifestyle. Even if you don’t like sports, you can garden or take a dance class. The ideas are endless and there are a lot of good resources out there if you’re drawing a blank!

Improve Your Study Habits

April 22, 2011
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Stressing over an exam is never fun but the right plan of execution can make all the difference in the world. Take some of the advice below and don’t cram!

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Time management. You need to set aside enough time to prepare for the exam. Everybody is different. We all learn at a different pace and retain information at a different pace so you need to figure out what works for you. It’s also a good idea to put together a “to do” list. You should do this in order of priority. Get all other obligations out of the way so you’re able to focus.

Gather all necessary materials. There is not one method that applies here either. Everyone studies a different way. What may work for someone may not work for someone else. Some ideas include creating a study guide, flash cards, jeopardy type game etc. It may even help to partner up or hold a study group session. This will not only help master the material but ease stress as you’ll find there are plenty of others in the same boat as you.

PhotobucketGet the help you need. Studying by yourself may not be all there is to it to ace an exam. If after rereading notes and doing practice questions your finding yourself frustrated and back at square one it may be a good idea to ask for help. You should never feel shame in asking for help. There are plenty of other peers in your position and most are willing to help, same goes for your professors. 

PhotobucketBe health conscious. This may not even cross your mind when stressing over an exam but do not underestimate the power of this tip. A healthy diet and workout plan should be a part of any successful study schedule. You need the right foods to focus and feel satisfied and you need to exercise to limit stress. Don’t forget to get a sufficient amount of sleep!

There are plenty of tips out there to bring your study plan back to life but starting with these is definitely a step in the right direction. Check back for more great tips on student life!

Reflect on The Past Semester

April 20, 2011
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Finals are over and a new semester starts in a couple of weeks. Before you prepare for the semester ahead, now is a good time to reflect on how the past semester went. How can you improve? How do you want to go about things for the future semester? Think about the things you could have done differently and would like to apply in the future.
 Some Things To Consider:  

PhotobucketImprove your Study Habits. Maybe you went about studying the wrong way or didn’t give yourself enough time to prepare.  
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Get Organized. Maybe your priorities aren’t straight. With work, kids, stress, and life getting in the way it’s easy to get distracted. Make it a point to get more organized this semester.


Missed opportunity. If you missed an Internship opportunity or a  workshop that you were into, make it a point to participate this semester.

Always look to improve! Make it a priority to take any bad habits and make them into good habits.  When you stop focusing on how bad you did on something and start focusing on ways to make yourself better, you not only grow as a student but as an individual.


It’s important to reflect on the past semester and think about what you can do differently in the upcoming semester. Check back soon for tips on HOW to improve!

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We’d like to hear from you! If there’s one thing you would’ve changed about the past semester, what would it be? Go ahead comment below!


Balancing School and Work as an Adult

April 19, 2011
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PhotobucketThere are several things involved in balancing school and work as an adult. Perhaps the most important part is to make sure that everyone that is affected by your schedule is all on the same page. It’s important to make sure they are involved and have an opinion. 
In order to succeed in this area of your life you need to have all other priorities in order such as family and work.
  • Let your boss know. This point is important because you want everyone involved who is affected by your schedule to be understanding.  
  • Let your kids know. Delegate responsibilities when you are at school/work. You can make this into something to look forward to, for example take turns/rotate days on who’s making or picking up dinner. If your kids are too young to cook, let them have an opinion on what to cook/pickup. On days your extra busy with a lot of classes and work, take out may be the best option.
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  • Let your significant other know. With the above tip on setting aside certain days to help out with cooking dinner and cleaning the house, you should always set some time aside for each other even if that means watching your favorite show together.
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Everyone needs to do their part and help out. When everyone is on the same page and has a plan to work around, this will limit stress dramatically.

Make sure any feelings and concerns are brought up and handled as they come. It is also necessary to continually reassure the important people in your life but more importantly to reassure yourself. Know that though times may be stressful, the ends do in fact justify the means… so RELAX!




“United We Stand For Japan” Fundraiser

April 14, 2011
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The “United We Stand For Japan” fundraiser turned out to be a huge success!

Contributions added up to a little over $1100. With the donation from the Callahan family,  $1600 will be sent over to The Salvation Army’s Japan initiative!

This good of a turnout would be impossible if it wasn’t for the officers and members of DECA, Alpha Sigma Lambda, and the Student Affairs Committee. Also can’t forget all the members who decorated and sold food/raffle tickets all day long.

In the words of Professor Howle…
“To those of you who donated food, baked goods, worked, purchased …. – words just can’t express how grateful we are. I hope you know how far your donations will reach.”

If you missed the drawing for the raffle ticket winners…

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*Winner of the Broadway tickets*
JANET HILL
*Winner of the book Journey to Beloved signed by Oprah Winfrey* 
KATRINA MARTIN
*Winner of the $50 gift certificate to Armando’s* 
JESSENIA DIAZ


** Winners, please pick up your prizes this week!**



Job well done for Plaza College. They have truly shown that they are a generous and dedicated community!


Plaza College is now Social Networking

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New York, April 14th, 2011 – Plaza College, the college for business and medical careers, is now involved with all Socal networking platforms such as, FacebookTwitterFour Square, etc.

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Expanding our Social Media will now give everyone opportunity to interact with Plaza College first hand. Plaza College will be announcing the latest news, information, and events on
Four Square and Twitter, as well as up to date information on Facebook. If you have not already done so, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and gain access to the latest news and information from Plaza College on our Blog. It has never been so easy to receive news, facts, specials, and much more!



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