How to Prepare for Life After College

May 18, 2011
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One of the first things to ask yourself when preparing your life after college is “Where do I see myself in five years?” The answer to that question should help you set goals for post college life and put you on the right path to success while you are still in school. You can plan for post college life while you are still in school. Once you graduate, you want to have developed firm skills and connections to help you meet your goals for life after college. You might want to go to grad school after college, or you may want to go straight to work. If you aren’t sure what you want to do yet, think about what you really enjoy. What are your hobbies and passions in your everyday life? What activities make you excited? Getting a taste of fields you might be interested in while you are still in college will help you decide what field to pursue.
Consider internships to help build up experience. Even if the experience doesn’t pay now, it will likely pay off later on. Internships and volunteer experiences while you are still in school are some of the best ways to get experience in fields that don’t normally hire people for paid positions who are inexperienced. These types of experiences will also help you to determine whether or not you truly enjoy the type of work you will be doing in your chosen field.
Whether you decide to go to work after graduation or enroll in a post graduate program, making connections is very important. You want to make a good impression on the people you meet in college, because later on, you are likely to need references and letters of recommendation. You will want to give people you meet a reason to remember you favorably. Also keep in mind that the friends you make in college could also wind up helping you find job leads in the future. No matter what career you choose to pursue, the people you know are important and can be a major source of help, advice, and support.
 
For graduate school, research and good grades are very important. Begin looking at the programs that you are interested in as early as possible to see what is required. This will help you set realistic goals and decide how much time you need to put into studying and keep your dreams in sight. It will help keep you motivated.
If you aren’t sure about what you want to do, that’s fine, too. Taking the general courses for a couple of years to see what you enjoy the most before choosing a major is absolutely fine. You’ll save more time by just taking the basic courses rather than plunging into a major and then switching later on. While figuring things out, consider joining some of the on-campus clubs and activities. Getting involved in activities is a great way to meet people and can also lead you to finding your passion.




Subscribing to a Blog

May 13, 2011

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This makes things easy for the people who are constantly searching the web and trying to find new information. An RSS Feed allows you to subscribe to this information so it’s sent to you automatically. This way you’re always up to date. Basically any new content that is posted you will be notified immediately with an e-mail from the e-mail address you provided when you subscribed.

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Are you participating in the NYC Arthritis walk this year?

May 10, 2011

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Arthritis,arthritis foundation,raise awareness,may,fundraiser,arthritis walkArthritis,arthritis foundation,raise awareness,may,fundraiser,arthritis walkNot only will Plaza College be holding a school-wide fundraiser to raise awareness for Arthritis but we will also be participating in the 2011 NYC Arthritis Walk.

Information for the event is as follows:

2011 Arthritis Walk

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Historic Battery Park

Registration Begins at 8:30 AM

Walk Begins at 10:00 AM

Entrance to Battery Park is across from 17 State St.





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Here are some “did you know” facts from Arthritis.Org:

  • Juvenile Arthritis is one of the most common childhood diseases in the US
  • For every 1lb you lose it’s 4lb’s less pressure on each knee
  • Arthritis affects more than half adults with diabetes and heart disease
  • Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the US 
  • Walking 30 minutes a day can reduce your risk of  developing certain kinds of arthritis
  • Over 200 different kinds of arthritis have been identified
  • Two thirds of people that have doctor diagnosed arthritis are under the age of 65
  • By 2030 an estimated 67 million Americans aged 18 years or older are projected to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis
  • Arthritis results in 9,367 deaths and 992,100 hospitalizations annually
  • Arthritis and rheumatic conditions costs the economy $128 billion annually
  • 50 million adults (nearly 1 in 5) and nearly 300,000 children suffer from arthritis 


Plaza College’s Fundraiser for Arthritis

May 9, 2011

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Arthritis,arthritis foundation,raise awareness,may,fundraiserMay is National Arthritis Awareness month and Plaza College is taking action! Arthritis is the Inflammation of a joint, usually accompanied by pain, swelling, and stiffness, and resulting from infection, trauma, degenerative changes, metabolic disturbances, or other causes. It occurs in various forms, such as bacterial arthritis, osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis.

To raise awareness and support all that suffer from Arthritis, Plaza College will be holding a school-wide fundraiser Thursday May 12th. This will be sponsored by the Alumni Association, Sigma Kappa Delta, Alpha Sigma Lambda, DECA, and Student Affairs. Food will be sold all day, and information on Arthritis will be distributed. We will also have presentations from members of our MA staff.


**Come down and show your support!**


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!


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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!

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