The end of August usually brings the end of beautiful weather; the end of lazy beach days; the end of extensive vacations; and the beginning of school.
How did you spend your summer vacation? Did you relax on a beach? Or were you too busy traveling the country? Some student’s spent their summer backpacking through Europe while others took a road trip across the US.
Maybe you didn’t have much time to sit back and relax because you were working this summer. What are you saving up for? Instead of getting paid, some students decided to intern at a prestigious organization or volunteer their time for a good cause.
However you spent your summer vacation, Plaza College would like to hear about it!
Please submit a brief description, 2-3 paragraphs maximum, of your summer experiences to PlazaCollegeBlog@gmail.com. Share what you did; what you learned; what you saw, etc. A select few submissions will be featured right here on the Plaza College Blog later this month!
The 2011 fall semester is quickly approaching! Are you enrolled? If not, you still have time to enroll at Plaza College!
Plaza College is a student-centered institution that goes above and beyond normal expectations to ensure the success of its students. Click here to apply online now, and schedule an appointment with a career counselor.
Classes begin on Thursday, September 8th.
Are you a freshman? If so, don’t miss freshman orientation. It’s an important event in which you will have the opportunity to meet and greet various staff, faculty and administrators, as well as introduce yourself to fellow students.
There are two sessions: Tuesday, September 6th and Wednesday September 7th. For day students, meet us on Tuesday at 1:00pm, or Wednesday at 11:00am. For extended day students, join us at 5:30pm on Tuesday or Wednesday nights.
At approximately 2:00pm, a 5.9 magnitude Earthquake hit Virginia yesterday, Tuesday August 24th. Although it struck 300 miles away, the entire East Coast shook, including Jackson Heights, New York.
The epicenter of the earthquake was near Mineral, Virginia; about 85 miles outside our nation’s capital of Washington, DC. According to an article posted by ABC WorldNews, “the pillars of the capital in Washington, DC shook. Alarms sounded in the FBI and Department of Justice buildings, and some flooding was reported on an upper floor of the Pentagon as a result of the quake.”
Plaza College quickly took action and evacuated campus buildings once desks started moving and bookcases began trembling.
Queens residents spoke to the Queens Courier, reporting their experience with the quake. “I felt the earthquake. It was weird. I didn’t know what to do,” said Lisa Heron of Springfield Gardens. She added that she was “relieved when it stopped.” Another Queens resident from Bayside said he was “sure it was either construction or the train,” (Queens Courier).
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke with city police and fire commissioners, and said they’ve activated the Office of Emergency Management’s Situation Room (Queens Courier). Bloomberg said, “Thankfully, there are no reports of significant damage or injuries in NYC at this time… Shortly before 2.pm. we evacuated City Hall briefly, but quickly returned to work. As we await more news from Virginia and elsewhere, our thoughts in NY are with those who were more directly affected by this natural disaster,” (Queens Courier).
The last recorded earthquake to rattle the Northeast Coast was in November of 2010, when a minor 3.9 magnitude quake was detected off the coast of Long Island from Massapequa to East Hampton.
Plaza College has an emergency response plan to ensure the safety and security of all students and faculty in the event of an emergency, including natural disasters.
For more information on the earthquake that struck Virginia, click here. Post your earthquake story, including where you were and your experience with it, below or on the Plaza College Facebook page.
Plaza College is known for its small, family like environment. Both students and faculty recognize the unique attention, and describe the relationships in the recent video testimonials posted to YouTube.
The Medical Assisting program at Plaza College prepares students to obtain career opportunities such as a Medical Assistant, Clinical Assistant and Medical Office Assistant. Due to the gradual aging of the population, advances in medical technologies, and the extension of life expectancies, health care employment will be in strong demand. Among the 20 occupations projected to grow the fastest from 2008-2018, 10 of them are health care related (PlazaCollege.edu)!
Matthew Lasalle, a student in the Medical Assisting program, notes his success because of Plaza College in his testimonial. He says the faculty’s main goal is to help you succeed; therefore they have pushed him to do better and challenge himself within the coursework in order to feel well prepared for the workforce. Click here to view Matthew Lasalle’s testimonial on YouTube.
Asmaa Abbas is another student in the Medical Assisting program whose goal is to attend medical school. She realizes how special the program at Plaza College is offering a GED in medical assisting, which saves time and money. Asmaa also points out how generous and supportive the program is, opening doors and options for their students through volunteer and work opportunities. Click here to view Asmaa Abbas’s testimonial on YouTube.
Tiffany Graham and Alexandra Palma are both enrolled in the Business Administration program at Plaza College. This program offers students the critical business skills needed to succeed in a position within any type of business organization including marketing, finance, management, technology and healthcare. Through an individualized curriculum focused on business courses, students develop the ability to analyze and solve problems faced by today’s business administrators.
All the students, whether in the medical assisting or business administration program, agree that the faculty go above and beyond to see their students thrive. Their warm, caring and compassionate ethics fully demonstrate the family feel Plaza College offers.
Professor Howle, Director of Alumni Relations also offers a testimonial, claiming that the specific attention provided, as well as the family-like support really adds a personal touch for students. Click the YouTube link to see Professor Howle’s testimonial, as well as links for other videos on the Plaza College YouTube channel.
As a nearly 100-year-old school in Jackson Heights, Plaza College is uniquely structured as a family friendly institution, exemplifying core family values and support, generation after generation. The Queens Courier recognized this family founded college recently in their publication.
Steve Mosco, writer for The Queens Courier, wrote an article about Plaza College and its family foundation, concrete education and successful structure in “Plaza College – Family founded going on 100.”
Plaza College provides the resources, whether it is academic, financial, technical or social, necessary for all students to reach their highest level of success. Provst Charles E. Callahan III is committed to maintaining the college’s status as a private independent family institution through hard work and dedication on part of all members of the Plaza College community. “From the moment a student walks in the door of admissions to the time they are scheduled to graduate, Plaza College provides that specialized and individualized attention to each student, making students an extension of that Plaza College Family,” (The Queens Courier).
Noted in the article is the myriad of opportunities Plaza College provides in an array of undergraduate and graduate fields. “The extensive education program and comprehensive training provided prepares students for careers in business management, accounting, information technology, marketing, sales managing, medical assisting and business ownership,” (The Queens Courier).
Plaza College provides their graduates with endless opportunities. With a career placement success rate of 95%, recent graduates of Plaza College have earned positions at distinguished employers such as Elmhurst Hospital, Morgan Stanley, Cantor Fitzgerald, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Macy’s, NJ Transit and NYC Department of Design and Construction (The Queens Courier).
With the flexible student schedules offered, anyone can earn their degree at this family-friendly, affordable institution. Whether you’re looking to go back to school, start your degree or take some extra credits, Plaza College has a place for you.
Earning a four year degree is essential to financial success in life. The value of earning a college degree is quickly growing. Obtaining a bachelor’s degree from a school like Plaza College could set you up to earn over $1.37 million dollars more over your lifetime.
According to an article published by US News, “How HigherEducation Affects Lifetime Salary,” those holding a bachelor’s degree earn about $2.27 million over their lifetime, almost double those who only earn a high school diploma. Without the BA, those with only some college earn $1.55 million in their lifetime – $720,000 less than if they had finished their degree. You can do a lot with that amount of money – like buy a boat, luxury vehicles, family vacations, lavish property, and college degrees for your children, etc.
With just a high school diploma, they’re looking at only $1.30 million over their entire lifetime, $1.37 million less than if they went for their degree. “Those with bachelor’s degrees, no matter the field, earn vastly more than counterparts with some college or a high school diploma,” (US News).
Without a BA, you can’t even think about continuing your education on to a master, doctoral or professional degree. Once you have completed your BA, you can move on and increase your lifetime earnings. “Those with master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees earn $2.67 million, $3.25 million, and $3.65 million, respectively,” (US News).
Take advantage of the bachelor programs Plaza College offers, including degrees in Management and Patient Information Management. Plaza College offers career-focused degrees; day, evening and Saturday courses; a dedicated faculty; academic counseling and guidance and professional career services.
The common phrase, “freshman 15” isn’t a joke for most college students. Eating healthy while going to school is a difficult struggle that many face while stressing over exams, assignments, work, etc. Grabbing fast food on your way to class is easier than cooking, but why compromise your health?You can still find healthy options on the go. It might take some extra effort to figure out where those options are, but that’s better than extra pounds!
In the article “Eating Healthy in College,” the College Advice Blog offers four helpful strategies to stay on a healthy path.
First, “make an effort to find healthy food.” College life can land you anywhere, so it’s important to seek out healthy selections, like fresh salads and grilled wraps, instead of settling for fast food. No, you won’t find the turkey avocado wrap on the dollar menu but the extra dollar or two is well worth it. Don’t have the extra cash? Pack a healthy lunch in the morning and take it with you. Now you’re saving money and making healthy choices. Taking a weekly trip to the grocery store with friends can help you save money and your friends can credit you on keeping their figures.
Next, “ask around”. Don’t hesitate to ask friends, professors, upperclassman and colleagues for local, healthy recommendations. Read reviews online and check out restaurant menus before you arrive to scope out the healthier picks. Numerous restaurants, deli’s and fast food places have mobile friendly websites or apps with nutritional information right at your fingertips. Take advantage of your resources!
“Watch what you eat at home” is an obvious but vital strategy. Of course it’s easy to pick up the phone to order a pizza, or pop a TV dinner into the microwave. Don’t do it! Opt for vegetables and grilled chicken, or whole wheat pasta with fresh tomato sauce. An easy option, (instead of picking up the phone) is the frozen bag of vegetables you can steam in the microwave in less than 3 minutes. That’s easy and healthy!
Lastly, “snack time.” While running from class to class, or from the library to work, it’s natural to grab a snack to keep you satisfied until your next meal, just grab something healthy! Choose a piece of fruit instead of a bag of chips. Keep granola and fruit bars in your bag for convenience instead of a candy bar. These little switches will keep your scale from inching up.
Eating healthy in college is possible, it’s just a matter of making a conscious effort when choosing what to eat.
The first thing that comes into most peoples mind when they head to college, is freedom. No binding schedule, no need to get up at 7AM anymore, or earlier, and no parents to dictate actions. While this is a great thing to experience, it leaves some confused on how to structure there schedule.
Transition into College life from high school is very stressful to both the child and parents. It is a major transition for the child, as happy as they may seem about being on their own. First-year students must learn to live with a stranger, navigate a large area of college grounds, and balance academic achievement and a social life without the parents reminding them to do their homework.
Any high school student who’s getting ready for College has dozens of questions. Most are concerns about stepping into this unfamiliar territory. While there will be many changes and challenges when you leave the comforts of home and high school, take heart: There are several steps you can take to get over your “first year fears” and get comfortable at your new home. So take a deep breath and relax. You can get relief by reminding yourself there are others who share the same concerns. Sometimes, just talking about fears can make you feel less anxious. Sharing your feelings with other first year students might be as helpful to them as it is to you. But while your friends can understand, they may not have the answers you are looking for. It’s important to talk to both those who are experiencing the same feelings and those who have been through it all and survived.
Eating healthy means making a commitment to preparing healthy food. But for many of us, the term “healthy meal” brings to mind hassle, effort, and tastelessness.
Preparing healthy, good-for-you foods doesn’t have to be a stumbling block to a healthy diet. Plenty of resources exist to help us eat well and transform our favorite foods and recipes into healthier fare. Read on to discover simple recipes and tips for a healthier diet.
In today’s fast-paced culture, the prospect of planning, cooking, and savoring a home-cooked meal can seem daunting. The “quick-and-easy” way of life full of microwaves, fast-food restaurants, and packaged meals easily overshadows the importance of cooking and preparing food the old fashioned way: at home in your own kitchen. But the convenience comes with a price. Many prepared foods, whether from the drive-thru or a microwave-safe package, contain a myriad of unhealthy ingredients.
In addition, many of us have been put on special diets to address specific health concerns ranging from heart disease prevention and diabetes, to weight loss. Diets often have you eating the same things over and over, which can become monotonous over time. Being exposed to different types of foods and creative methods of preparation can infuse your diet with a new twist and give you the delicious tastes you’ve been craving.
Taking a few minutes to prepare quick and healthy meals gives you more control over what you and your family are eating. Seeking out a variety of healthy recipes and preparing nutritious meals can help prevent common medical conditions and concerns, and engages your senses in a sumptuous world of flavors, textures, aromas, sights, and sounds! It can also be a wonderful way to bring your family together, while helping you save money.
Making your favorite recipes healthier
There are many easy ways to alter recipes so that they are healthier while maintaining their wonderful tastes, flavors, and textures.
Some basic tips for making your favorite recipes healthier include:
Decrease the meat and increase the vegetables called for in stews and casseroles.
Choose whole-grain versions of pasta and bread; substitute whole-wheat flour for bleached white flour when you bake.
Serve imaginative whole-grain side dishes like bulgur or kasha instead of white rice or pasta. Cook with less fat by using non-stick skillets.
Blot all fried meats on paper towels. Or better yet, try baking instead of frying.
Avoid cooking with soy or Worcestershire sauce and products that contain monosodium glutamate (MSG).
Use garlic or onion powder instead of garlic or onion salt, and use unsalted or low-salt vegetable broths and products.
Buy reduced-fat cheese or use mozzarella, which is naturally lower in fat.
In recipes calling for milk or cream, substitute reduced fat versions or try using other “milks” such as rice milk, nut milks or soy milk. Also use low-fat cream cheese, yogurt, and mayo.
Unhealthy fats like certain oils, butter, or margarines can usually be cut by 1/3 to 1/2 in recipes. At first try a small cut-back and then use less and less over time; you’ll hardly notice the difference.
You can also use fat substitutes like prune purees and applesauce in baked goods.
Use fresh-frozen fruit without added sugar if fresh is unavailable.
Cut the sugar called for in most recipes by 1/3 to 1/2.
Sweeten waffles and quick breads with cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla or almond extracts in order to cut the sugar content.
Try salsa on a baked potato or salad rather than high-fat dressing or butter
Are you heading to college and wondering what kind of computer to get? While there is no easy answer, computerpreference varies from person to person. Even if someone tells you what a “perfect computer” is, it doesn’t mean it will be the “perfect computer” for you. There are many things for students to consider when purchasing a computer.
Where Will You Take Your Computer? Will you be carrying this computer everywhere? Will you take it with you to class everyday, to the library, to coffee shops, etc.? If so, then you will need something portable and light weight. In our opinion anything over 14.1 inches will be too wide and heavy to carry around. Note that laptops averaging about fiv
e pounds are an alright weight. Something like the HP Pavilion DV4-2161NR above has an ideal weight and screen size for college students.
Specs of Computers for College Students Now, let us talk about the specs. College students write a great deal on theircomputers, some of which exceeds 20 pages. Having a large amount of hard drive space will keep the computer running smoothly when all those papers are piling up inside. The hard drive is where everything will be stored, essays, music, videos, everything you have will be stored there. Back up your hard drive OFTEN! This is a precaution to take in case your computer decides to crash at any point and time. Use a very large memoryUSB flash driveto save all your important documents, or use anexternal hard drive. Another option would be to copy and paste your essays to your email often during the writing/revision process and send it to yourself or simply save as draft.
Hard Drive & Internal Memory
You should buy a computer with at least 250 GB of hard drive space. It might seem like a lot, but these dayscomputerswith over 500 GB are selling for $600. Memory is also important, so something like 3GB or more is a good deal. Remember you can always use externalmemory cards, or update your internal memory later on. Battery life is another factor to put a lot of consideration into when buying a laptop for college students. When searching you will see that some laptops will say “4-5 hours of battery life” when in reality the battery will only last half of that time. It all depends on many things: Was the battery fully charged without disturbance? Are you using the battery on a balanced light, instead of on bright light, etc. Some things will kill the battery pretty quickly, so keep that in mind when looking at battery life.
You have to think about the Operating System you want to get. In the end it all comes down to YOUR preference, so whatever you think is best for you is what you should choose. (Ex: Windows 7, XP, Vista, etc)
Last, but certainly not least is the processor. You have to pick a processor which will keep up with you and not slow down any time soon. Something like an Intel Core Duo, Intel Duo Core 2 or above is alright.
Feb.19: RESILIENCE (Mental Health Support) @ 11:35am Ms. Ferer and Ms. Cohn will be facilitating a workshop to get to know you! What are some mental health topics you’d like to see covered this semester? What are some coping strategies you’d like to learn more about? We are eager to design the best RESILIENCE group to […]