Think a Bachelor’s Degree Isn’t Worth It? Think Again….

July 14, 2011
Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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A bachelor’s degree could be worth quite a bit when you add it all up – especially in an uncertain economy…
·         Higher Lifetime Earning Potential. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that workers with a bachelor’s degree average $2.1 million in lifetime earnings. People with just a high school diploma average much less – $1.2 million.
·         Lower Risk of Unemployment. Data from the U.S. Department of Labor shows that the unemployment rate among bachelor’s degree holders (4.4 percent in June 2010) is lower than that of the general population (9.5 percent).
·         Competitiveness. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded was up more than 30 percent between 1998 and 2008.
·         More Career Options. The bachelor’s degree is one of the most flexible degrees and often a requirement for many entry-level and advanced positions. Want to pursue teaching or accounting? You’ll need a bachelor’s degree as well as any relevant certifications.

Graduation brings with it a few unsettling novelties, including a sudden expectation that we have the money to pay full price. According to CareerBliss and Payscale.com, there is a way to live comfortably right out of college. Here are 10 of the highest-paying entry-level jobs for college graduates. 
10. Information Sciences & Systems ($54,038 annually)
Is the Job for Me? Ever wondered how to become an expert on the world’s cutting-edge technology? With jobs in the information sciences and systems fields, you can apply your passion for technology to an eclectic variety of positions, including network engineer, systems analyst, database administrator, interface specialist and computer programmer. Be prepared to put your coursework in computer programming, statistics, mathematics, economics, management and accounting to good use.
Companies to look at: Amazon, OkCupid, Merck, Vivisimo
How Can I Get There? BS in Information Sciences or Information Systems or a BA in Business Technology Administration. Related internships may involve working as a help desk technician, web and application developer or database analyzer.
9. Industrial Engineer ($57,734 annually)
Is the Job for Me? If you find yourself to be a great observer and you have a knack for streamlining workflows, you may have the skillset required for industrial engineering. Industrial engineers help organizations increase efficiency by observing how a company functions between its people, information, money, equipment and more, and using the data to design operations within the organization. They work with manufacturing firms, service industries and even government organizations. What makes this job so great? Many industrial engineers are self-employed.
How Can I Get There? BS in industrial engineering. Related internships may involve data collection and processing.
8. Financial Analyst ($60,000 annually)
Is the Job for Me: Financial analysts help corporations make huge investment decisions—a job that brings you huge returns. If crunching numbers is your thing, you might want to consider working toward this profession. The pay isn’t so bad, after all.

How Can I Get There? BS in business administration, finance, statistics or accounting. Financial analysts will be expected to have knowledge of Excel, Access, SQL, Powerpoint and Oracle Financials.
7. Registered Nurse ($61,000 annually)
Is the Job for Me? If you’ve got a knack for medicine and a strong stomach, and would love working with patients one-on-one, becoming a registered nurse could be a great fit for you. This profession provides not only a steady paycheck but also the opportunity to get to know your patients on a personal level.
Companies to look at: Hospitals and clinics across the country
How Can I Get There? BS in nursing. Depending on the program, a certain number of hours of clinical work, which involves working with patients as well as learning how to use equipment, will be required.
6. Quality Engineer $65,000 annually

Is the Job for Me? Quality engineers work to ensure those same products you buy in the department store will work once you set them up at home. They collect and analyze data to ensure that quality control standards are being maintained. And look out, girls—many companies manufacture goods in multiple locations, which could mean some national, or even international, traveling for you as you inspect various factories to ensure regulations are being followed.

How Can I Get There? BS in engineering or other science discipline. Interns may take part in product failure analysis, product audits and product inspection.

5. Network Engineer $68,500 annually

Is the Job for Me? Do you have well-rounded knowledge of computer systems as a whole? Network engineers manage both the hardware and software found in computer systems, ensuring network computers meet users’ needs. Unlike some other engineering jobs, this position gets you out of the office and interacting with computer networks in different settings. After spending your college years pulling all-nighters in front of the computer screen, this constant change in scenery will be very appreciated.

Companies to look at: Bloomberg, Hulu, Vivisimo

How Can I Get There? BS in information technology or other computer-related degree. Internships involve data summary and analysis, maintaining application, server and network infrastructure, and documenting procedures and workflow.
4. Business Analyst $69,500 annually

Is the Job for Me? Business analysts help companies fully harness their resources while maximizing profits and increasing productivity by creating new company business plans. They identify issues that need to be addressed within a company in order to create improvement.

How Can I Get There? BS in Computer Science or a related field. Experience in IT is vital, and internships may involve financial analysis.
3. Software Engineer $72,000 annually

Is the Job for Me? Google Search, Mac OS and Angry Birds—all developed by creative, intelligent software engineers. If you are looking for a challenging job that gives you the freedom to create your dreams, studying to become a software engineer could lead you to one very comfortable lifestyle.

Companies to look at: Sage Software, Yelp, IBM Corporation, Google

How Can I Get There? BS in computer science software engineering and a background in mathematics. Those in the field will be expected to have a knowledge of programming languages such as Java and C++ and knowledge of operating systems such as Linux and Solaris.
2. Investment Banking Analyst $73,000 annually

Is the Job for Me? Investment banking analysts advise financial corporations on making insightful investment decisions. When this kind of starting salary is in on the table, writing in spreadsheets all day just may be worth it.

Companies to look at: Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Barclays

How Can I Get There? BS in business, accounting, or finance. Experience, such as an internship in investment banking, management consulting or mergers and acquisitions accounting will be necessary, as is advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office.
 
1. Systems Engineer $77,500 annually

Is the Job for Me? DiplomaGuide.com says that systems engineers are “trained problem solvers with skills in a variety of disciplines,” and girl, this couldn’t be any truer. This degree can take you almost anywhere, from improving the efficiency of an assembly line in Japan to configuring a network system at your alma mater.

Companies to look at: Barclays Capital, Facebook, Salesforce

How Can I Get There? BS in hardware engineering, electrical engineering or computer engineering. Internships may involve assembling, testing and troubleshooting computer and technical systems.
Simply put, more education means greater participation in the workforce and higher lifetime earnings. A recent examination of New York’s adult learners found that close to 83 percent of adults with an associate’s degree and 78 percent of adults with some college (but not a degree) participated in the workforce, compared to only about 74 percent of adults with a high school education and 57 percent of adults with less than a high school education. In addition to higher work participation rates, adults with some college averaged about $188.000 more in lifetime earnings that those with only a high school education, and adults with an associate’s degree averaged about $404,000 more in lifetime earnings.


Get Ahead of Your Class This Summer

July 12, 2011
Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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Although it is extremely easy to have time slip away during the summer break, don’t let it! Of course you are not required to study or give your brain a workout but, it is in your best interest to do so. Why? This will guarantee that you will be at the top of your game when classes resume this fall. We have put together different exercises and courses you can use online to kick start your brain this summer.


When at the iTunes U website, you will be able to sample class courses and lectures from over 800 universities from around the world in the langua
ge of your choice. You can also access programs from The Library of Congress, museums, and the New York Public Library. Lectures and courses are offered through audio, video, and print formats.

Do you want to improve your writing skills this summer? Check out “Roy’s Writing Tools” and learn the secrets to better writing form Roy Clark, the author of “Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer.”

If you prefer math and science, you can choose from among the 15 Physical Sciences and Mathematics podcasts from Cornell University. Cornell’s mathematics program is ranked first in the nation, and its noteworthy physical sciences faculty members included Hans Bethe (Noble Prize, Physics) and Carl Sagan (Pulitzer Prize). Roald Hoffman (Noble Prize, Chemistry), a Professor Emeritus, has been at Cornell since 1965.
This is a great opportunity to sample a variety of courses and apply it in the academic school year. Because no credits or degrees are granted, there are no registration requirements to view the course materials. The material is open to everyone.

With so many online courses and lectures you can keep yourself very busy this summer. Even if you just take 1 Hour per-day to study/review this free online material it will help benefit you academically. 


Plaza College Rated One of the Lowest Tuition Schools by USDOE

July 8, 2011
Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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Plaza College is being recognized by the USDOE for having one of the lowest tuition for a Four Year school. The national average tuition is $23,057 per year. Plaza College is Sixth in the Nation with an annual tuition of $11,264. 

The USDOE has released data and created a website on college affordability. The website can be found HERE. The website contains lists of colleges and ranks that compares the Highest Tuition and Net Price to the Lowest Tuition and Net Price. You can search by 4 year, 2 year, less than 2 year, and by sector.

Other NY Institutions that made the list are:

Highest Tuition for a 4 year Institution- School of Visual Arts
Lowest Net Price for a 4 year Institution- Jamestown Business College and Plaza College
Highest Tuition for a 2 year Institution- Art Institute NYC
Highest Net Price for a 2 year Institution- Art Institute NYC
Lowest Tuition- Mildred Elley Business School
Lowest Net Price- Olean Business Institute, Mildred Elley Business School, Syracuse University, University at Albany, Henrietta College, and Simmons Funeral Institute.  

Fore more information please visit this article that appeared in the on-line version of the Chronicle.  

Lupus Fundraiser/Awareness Event Today at Plaza College

July 7, 2011
Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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Plaza College is pleased to announce that Student Affairs is hosting a Lupus fundraiser/awareness event that is happening all day (July 7th, 2011) starting at 11:40am. The Fundraiser will consist of a food and baked good sale at Plaza College. We will also have Lupus Bracelets and Pens for sale. In addition, a speaker will be coming to speak to student’s during the Plaza College hour.
Many individuals are unaware of what Lupus actually is and the effects it can have. Lupus is an autoimmune disorder and it effects organ systems, skin, joints, and internal organs. Lupus can effect both men and women, but it is eight times as likely in women. It can also occur at any age, but the typical age range for someone to get Lupus is ten to fifty. It is normally more common in African American people as well as Asian people. This is a disease that is usually hereditary, but in some cases there is no family history of Lupus.
Lupus is a disease that turns the body’s defenses against the body itself. Lupus occurs when antibodies attack the healthy cells in the body. Certain drugs can cause Lupus as well. Most cases have some family background to them, but in a few cases there is no apparent cause for the disease. The disease has been heavily researched and has been linked to other disorders, but only in theory, nothing is definitely stated for fact.

Symptoms of this can vary in a wide variety of areas in the body. In the muscloskeletal area it affects the joints and causes mild to severe joint pain. Lupus is known to cause athritis in the hands. The skin is affected by rashes, skin lesions, and painful nodules that appear to be raised bruises. Kidneys produce protein deposits and can have renal failure, leading to dialysis. The Nervous System can cause mental dysfunction, seizures, psychosis, and severe headaches. Blood clots can occur as well as pulmonary embolism. The heart could produce chest pain, endocraditis, and myocarditis. Which the symptoms in the heart could also have something to do with the effects Lupus has in the blood, with the clotting that can occur. Shortness of breath and even pleurisy can occur within the lungs due to Lupus.

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Special Note Taking & Study Techniques

July 6, 2011
Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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The most comprehensive note taking systems require attention on your part. You must be alert enough in class to take legible, meaningful notes. You can’t rely on “writing everything down” because a lot of information in a given lecture won’t help you actually learn the material. If you have problems determining the specific relevant points in a particular class, you can always ask the professor to clarify them for you.
The 2-6 Method: The 2-6 refers to the way you divide the space on your notepaper. Make two columns, using the red line on the left of the page as your border. Then, when you take notes in class, use the 6 column for the notes and the smaller 2 column on the left as a highlighting system. Write main headings and important points on the left, including material you think you will be tested on. When you’re finished, you should have a comprehensive page of information that you can quickly scan for important points. Studying is 99% perspiration; if you give it a real, concentrated effort over the course of a semester you will see an improvement.

Split Page Method

Class lectures and your textbook are the primary sources of course content and you must learn both. So combine them with the split page method of taking notes. Just divide your notebook page in half lengthwise. Draw a line down the middle of the page. Take class notes on one side of the page and outline the text on the other side. When you study you’ll have both. Class notes and text together, combined. Some students find it helpful to add a third column for questions they need to ask the professor.

Noteworthy Notes

Are your grades as good as you want them to be? Are your notes worth reviewing? Notes are phrases and abbreviations that we rush to jot down while trying to follow a lecture. Later, when we go back to review our notes, there are times when we can’t seem to understand or remember what those key words and phrases meant. Sometimes we can’t even read our own handwriting. Here is a note-taking study tip that has proven to be effective. After you have finished class, immediately rush to the nearest computer lab and retype your notes. You need to rewrite those phrases as complete thoughts and sentences. Use proper punctuation and dot your I’s, cross your T’s and use “cut and paste” to put your notes into some type of a logical sequence. While retyping your notes you are using several modalities: you review as you read your notes aloud, you use your hand to type, and you reread again as you proof read what you have typed. Research indicates that 80% of new material can be recalled if you review notes within the first 24 hours of presentation. Also, clean typed notes are easier to read and highlight as you study. If you retype your notes daily, you will keep the task from becoming overwhelming, you will learn good study habits that aid in memory retention and, at the same time, improve your grades.

There are many effective ways to learn information; it is a question of figuring out what works for you. What type of studying best suits you? What time of day are you most efficient? What is the proper environment for you to study in? Before you can answer these questions, you have to do a little research. It takes an effort but the rewards are more than worth it.

Memory 

When we first learn something, information is processed into the brain to form a neural trace. This trace first enters your sensory memory, and then, if you’re paying attention, to your Short Term Memory, or STM. If you keep working to process the information and adjust it correctly it then moves to your Long Term Memory, or LTM. The information processed into your LTM is more or less permanent; with occasional reviewing you will not forget it. The trick is to adapt the information you really need into your LTM as quickly as possible. Your STM has a small capacity and a short duration; you may learn something very quickly, but in 24 hours you will lose 80% of that information. The STM is fast and easily accessed, the LTM is slower but larger. 

Repetition

The key to learning something well is repetition; the more times you go over the material the better chance you have of storing it permanently. Before you begin this process, however, it makes sense that you determine the type of learner you are. There are three basic types of learning: Visual, Auditory and Haptic. Most of us are, in fact, some combination of the three, but chances are one style will suit us more than the other two. Take some time to look over the types and figure out which category best describes your method of learning. Learning Types Visual Learners: 

Visual learners study best when the material is graphic, ie. charts, tables, maps, etc. When in class, visual people should look at the professors when they are speaking, participate in class discussions and take detailed notes during lectures. When studying, study alone in a quiet place and try to transcribe your material on paper. When possible make drawings, graphs or tables of complex abstract ideas and work alone. Visual learners often have trouble working while having a dialogue, even if the dialogue directly pertains to the subject matter. 

Auditory Learners

Auditory people work best when they can hear the material. Read aloud, go over your notes and talk to yourself about the important points. Before reading, set a purpose and verbalize it, after you’ve finished be sure to summarize out loud what you just read. Speak your ideas into a recording device as if you were having a conversation with someone, if you can, talk to your friends about the material. Because auditory learners sometimes have trouble keeping columns aligned, try doing math computations by hand, on graph paper.

Haptic Learners

Haptic learners are the people that can’t sit still. Haptics have to pace around the room and must have music or a television playing in the background. They are almost constantly finding themselves distracted. Haptic learning is just as effective as the other two types. Instead of fighting against your nature, adapt to it and find a method that really works. Make studying more physical and work at a standing desk, pace around the room, do reading while on an exercise bike, chew gum. Try to use color when you can. Highlight your readings, read with a filtered light, put posters and bright colors around your desk. Haptic people should vary their activities, if you feel frustrated or ‘clogged up’ do something different for a few minutes. Try and keep a list of distractions as they come to you abd once you write them down, they won’t bother your concentration as much. If you want to, play music in the background at whatever volume you choose to. When reading, try skimming over the chapter to get a solid basic meaning before you really dig in. Try to visualize complex projects from start to finish before you begin them. Visualization is a useful tool for Haptic people, it helps you keep a positive, productive outlook on the task at hand.


The True Meaning and History of the 4th of July

July 1, 2011
Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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You might be planning where you’re going to watch the fireworks this weekend to celebrate the Fourth or can’t wait to eat hot dogs and apple pie during a festive cookout or pool party. While you’re doing those things, July 4th is a great time to think about those who helped guarantee America’s independence and freedom.

We celebrate individuals like Martin Luther King Jr. who entered college at age 15! Martin Luther King Jr. began taking college classes in Atlanta, and he graduated in June 1948 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. A few years later, he earned his bachelor of divinity degree in 1951. But he didn’t stop there, and he earned his doctorate of philosophy in June 1955. King has had many scholarships named after him, and schools have named facilities in honor of the late civil rights leader.
We also celebrate heroes like George Washington who is our nation’s first president. The Washington, D.C. School was created, after his death, through an Act of Congress that fulfilled his vision to have an institution in the capital that educated future leaders. Thomas Paine is another individual to honor this 4th of July. Thomas is most recognized for his work, “Common Sense.” Institutions commemorate the anniversary of Paine’s death out of respect.
Independence Day, better known today as the 4th of July, is a majestic holiday in the United States of America and is often a favorite of young people who especially enjoy the colorful and noisy traditional fireworks. The fireworks, however, are a symbol of the meaning behind the 4th of July celebration of independence. The meaning behind the 4th of July Independence Day holiday came about as the result of the courageous efforts and strong determination of our American forefathers not very long ago.
Our American forefathers successfully worked through strife, fears, and the bullies of their time to prevail in establishing this great country. We, as recipients and inheritors of their magnificent efforts, must hold our heads up high as we express our thanks and jubilation on the 4th of July. Independence Day holiday celebrations that we live in such a great country, and we should be encouraged to work together, hand in hand, to resolve our problems and differences in order to maintain the integrity and values that the great and famous document, the Declaration of Independence was founded upon.

There is an important lessons here that we, too, can resolve all of our differences, and as we enjoy celebrating the 4th of July Independence Day holiday with the magnificent fireworks, tasty barbecues, traditional hot dogs, fun parades and other symbolic events that mark the freedom and birth of our great country, we share a common goal and belief that all people are created equal and that this country is founded on the belief of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all.


To all the currently active or retired military personal THANK YOU for being instrumental in ensuring the USA continues to enjoy the freedoms our forefathers saw fit to fight for.


Plaza Alumni Receive a FREE Excel 2007 Workshop

June 28, 2011
Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu    (718) 779-1430
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Hello everyone!


Recently, a group of Employers from all over NYC visited Plaza College to give us tips on how to better prepare our students and alumni for the business world.

Every single one of them agreed on one skill that students must know very well nowadays if they want to be more marketable: EXCEL 2007!

As a result, we are offering Plaza Alumni a FREE Excel 2007 workshop in a few weeks. It will be led by some of Plaza’s finest instructors, and if it is well-attended, we may offer more like these in the future.


All you have to do is reply to this email to RSVP! All the information is below. We will also be providing you free lunch.

Stronger Excel skills? Better job opportunities? Free lunch? Coming back to Plaza? Whaaat?

SIGN UP TODAY!

Here is the info:

What:  Excel 2007 Workshop

Date:  Saturday, July 23, 2011

Time:  The workshop begins at 9:30 AM sharp and ends at 1:00 PM. Free lunch will be served!

Cost:   FREE for Plaza College alumni!!

Where: PLAZA COLLEGE – Room 8


Space is extremely limited, so please RSVP now! 

We care about our Alumni, and I hope you will take full advantage of this opportunity!


All my best,

Professor Howle

Plaza College Announces Winner to the “Whoopi” Contest

June 24, 2011
Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu    (718) 779-1430
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Plaza College appreciates the positive feedback and response our student body has given towards the “Whoopi” Social Media competition. It has been a very fun and exciting contest to watch.

As everyone know’s, there can only be ONE winner to receive the grand prize. Drum roll please! buzz………….. The Winner of the Plaza College “Whoopi” Social Media Competition is Lawanna Dean!!!!! Lawanna will be rewarded two tickets to see Sister Act on Broadway, Produced by Whoopi Goldberg. Lawanna has proven to be persistent and dedicated to her school by subscribing to the blog and communicating on the Plaza College Facebook page on a daily basis.  

Plaza College will be announcing more deals and promotions through our social media sites so make sure you are connected! You can connect with each Plaza College Social Platform below by clicking on the links.

Plaza College Facebook
Plaza College Twitter
Plaza College Blog
Plaza College Flickr
Plaza College YouTube
Plaza College Foursquare

Thank you to all of the participants in this contest and special thanks to Lawanna! Stay informed about upcoming contests by reading the Plaza College Blog.

Plaza College Presents It’s Official YouTube Channel

June 23, 2011
Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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Plaza College is excited to unveil the release of our latest Video on the college’s YouTube Channel. The video acknowledges the well deserved and hard earned accomplishments and achievements of Plaza College Students at the Graduate Recognition Ceremony hosted at Terrace on the Park on June 2, 2011.  


YouTube is the most popular video sharing Web site Founded in 2005 by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, it was acquired by Google in 2006 for $1.65 billion. YouTube is another amazing Internet phenomenon with meteoric growth like Amazon.com, Yahoo, Google, MySpace and Facebook. Within a couple years, more than 25 quadrillion bytes (petabytes) of videos were being streamed from the site each month.

Below, is the video of the Plaza College Awards Ceremony. Stop by our YouTube page and leave some feedback! It will only help your chances of being crowned the winner to our “Whoopi” contest which will be announced tomorrow.


Congratulations to All 2011 Graduates

June 21, 2011
Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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Plaza College is tremendously proud of every Plaza student who received a diploma at last Friday’s Graduation Ceremony. Your hard-work and determination has earned you a college degree! It’s time to start on the career path to a bright and successful future.
                                              College Grads around the nation are deciding what the next step in their lives may be. Whether it is to start your career now and join the workforce, continue on to higher education or even take some time to travel, college grads can relate to one another. We have compiled some of the most uplifting and inspirational quotes from celebrities who have made a commencement speech. You should be proud of your accomplishment!


Don’t be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.” Brian J. Dyson (Businessman, Former CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises)

“I’d like to encourage this group to attack and to play to win. But it’s also about how you play the game of life. You play with great integrity and honor and class. You must give back to your community and make this a better place to live for all of us.”Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach)

“You will have failures in your life, but it is what you do during those valleys that will determine the heights of your peaks.” Rahm Emanuel (Former White House Chief of Staff)

“So as you graduate today, never lose that optimism and that fighting spirit. Congratulations and God bless all of you.” Arnold Schwarzenegger (Actor and Politician)

“This is your time and it feels normal to you but really there is no normal. There’s only change, and resistance to it and then more change.” Meryl Streep (Actress)

Find something that you are really passionate about. This gives you a strong sense of purpose and it is a big part of happiness. To do that, you need to be honest with yourself, observant, and make the most out of a situation.” Marissa Mayer (VP at Google Inc.)

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