Sunday, 9 June 2019

Importance of University Education

If you are planning to attend college or the parent of a child you hope will attend college, I’m sure you are concerned over how you are going to be able to afford the process. A college education in many cases is a significant investment. The good news is that there are many options for the average family when it comes to paying the high costs involved in higher education.

Types of Financial Assistance for Educational Expenses

Scholarships. You will find that scholarships come in many different shapes and sizes and have all kinds of strange requirements in order to qualify to receive them. Some are based on need while others are based on merit. You will also find that there are many community and faith based organizations that offer scholarships in addition to certain corporations that offer scholarships in a gesture of good will to employees and the children of their employees. These are an excellent source of educational funding, as they do not need to be repaid.

Federal Pell Grants. This is another financial aid source that doesn’t require repayment. However, you must qualify based on need in order to receive this particular type of college assistance. You can only obtain a Pell grant if you are an undergraduate college student who has not yet earned a college degree. There is a formula that is used to determine the amount of award for which you are eligible. This depends greatly on your means as a family and how much you can realistically expect to contribute towards the cost of your education.

Loans. This should be used as a last resort when it comes to paying your college expenses, as this is money that must be repaid with interest. There are several types of loans that are available and you should consider carefully and weigh your options before taking out a loan. However, if this is the only method you have for covering the cost of your tuition it will be money well spent once you’ve managed to repay the debt.

1) Student loans. There are three different types of student loans: subsidized, unsubsidized, and Perkins loans. You must qualify in order to receive an unsubsidized loan, which will put off your interest accumulation until after graduation or you cease to be enrolled the minimum number of hours. You do not however, need to qualify in order to receive an unsubsidized student loan, which will begin accruing interest immediately. If you happen to be in exceptional financial need you can apply through your university for a Perkins loans. These are low interest loans that must be repaid to the university.

2) Parent Loans. These are commonly referred to as PLUS loans (parent loan for undergraduate students). These loans allow parents to borrow the money required to cover the costs of education that are not covered by other means of financial assistance. Repayment on these loans begins 60 days after the funds are transferred and can take up to 10 years.

3) Private loans. These loans are not guaranteed and are solely credit-based loans. They do not however, have the same limited scope that government loans have and in many cases can help bridge the gaps in actual educational expenses and the amount of money that you are allowed to borrow through traditional financial aid opportunities.

Before signing up for any particular sort of financial aid it is a good idea to see a financial aid counselor at the university you are planning to attend. They will have the best information about what steps you need to take in order to apply for financial aid at that specific universities and unique scholarship or grant opportunities that might be available to you through your state or the college. Higher education is a dream that is definitely worth having. Do not allow financial limitations to keep you from your goal if possible but enter into all financial arrangements with great caution and thought.
A university education is one of the best possible ways to insure your earning power upon graduation. There are all kinds of fields and all kinds of majors, some paying higher than others but as a rule, college graduates will earn more money over the course of their lifetimes than those who do not have a college education or degree.

We live in a world that increasingly demands more of its citizens. We need to have the ability to hold academic conversations on the corporate level that go well beyond the score in last nights basketball games. Companies’ want well-rounded employees that epitomize all the great things that a four-year degree has to offer. For this reason, even those who have labored in order to gain an associate’s degree are getting left behind in favor of those who have a more ‘complete’ education.

If you have already entered the work force there is still the time to increase your earning potential by seeking higher education. Colleges and universities today are offering more options for students wishing to return to college than ever before. In fact we are seeing an increasing number of college students that are classified as non-traditional students. We are seeing many more adults returning for the education they didn’t receive the first time around, which is good news. It also means that more and more options are becoming available at night and on the weekends for those adults.

Even better is the fact that more and more often we are seeing courses being offered online for those who are seeking to complete their education. This allows even more options for those students who are desperately trying to balance careers, family, and education. As more and more opportunities such as these arise we will also see a growing number of graduate studies opportunities being offered in a similar fashion.

If you are thinking of returning to school after years of absence or perhaps attending for the very first time while managing an existing career there is no time like the present in order to do so. Not only will a college education give you greater earning potential in your lifetime it can also qualify you for promotions within the company for which you currently are employed.

The truth of the matter is that you really can’t go wrong when it comes to going back to college and getting or finishing your degree. You can increase your earning potential, your promotion potential, and most importantly your self-image. There is something about having a degree that makes you feel better about yourself and your ability to provide for your family. Even if you never actually use your degree for anything other than a plaque on the wall, you will have the knowledge that you accomplished something that only a small percentage of the population ever gets around to completing.

If nothing else, your college education is worth every penny you will pay in order to have it for the wonderful sense of accomplishment that goes along with getting it. Your college degree won’t make you a better person; just give you a better opinion of yourself as a person in many instances. If you need a confidence booster in your professional and your personal life, getting your college degree is often just the bump of confidence you need in order to accomplish many great things.
The world in which we live is constantly evolving. We are demanding more and more from our citizens than ever before and in order to live up to the demands of the world we need a solid education upon which to base our skills and knowledge. There are many alternatives available for receiving an education these days, which is good news for those who have not yet managed to obtain a four-year college degree. Truthfully, that degree is the difference in literally hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of a lifetime than not having a degree.

Four Reasons for a Four-Year Education

Money. The first reason that you should consider a university degree is the fact that it will substantially increase your earning potential. If nothing else appeals to you, this is typically the one reason that most people return to school after years in the work place. If you are in high school and haven’t really had to deal with the bills and burdens that many adults face it’s difficult to explain how important any edge when it comes to earning ability truly is. However, you should be aware that you need to choose your major wisely if money is your sole motivation. Not all careers pay equally when compare to the education required to enter them.

Insurance. This may seem like a strange term to use when discussing why you should get a university education but this is perhaps the best insurance you can find as far as employability goes. Having a university degree gives you a competitive edge over those who do not. In many cases you will find that education is beginning to trump experience as employers are seeking workers with more rounded skills rather than those with very specific skills. The modern university typically requires a brief exposure to all kinds of information and coursework that isn’t necessarily related to your major. This provides graduates with a broader understanding of the world (at least that is the assumption).

Employability. Believe it or not, those with degrees are much more employable than those that do not have them. There was a time when the trend was to employ those who had experience over those who had education. That trend is rapidly evaporating as companies want employees that can fill multiple roles more and more often. The limited exposure to certain ideas or ideals and principles that most people receive as part of their university education makes you a more employable candidate because you should be able to adapt and adjust, as this was required during your educational process.

Confidence. There is nothing quite like believing in yourself. Getting a four-year education is one way to build confidence not only on a personal level but also on a professional level. Whether or not you realize it, this is often the best reason for pursuing a university degree. This reason, as a matter of fact, will actually affect all of the other things I mentioned above. If you have more confidence in your ability you will be more willing to go out there and get the job done. As a result, you will earn more money and you will insure that you are an asset to your company by proving yourself to be just that.
As the information age rolls on we are finding more and more universities that are willing to invest in the education of students who may not necessarily be in a position to attend classes at that particular university. The offerings are still somewhat limited but there are opportunities to earn associates, bachelors, and even master’s degrees strictly though online course work. This is something that was virtually unheard of even a few years ago.

Today’s students truly do have more options available to them than ever before if they are willing to invest the time and effort into their studies, there are few limits to the level of education you can receive, even if it has been years since you last attended a university or community college. Even those colleges and universities that do not offer full fledged degree programs exclusively through online learning mediums are beginning to offer many courses online for students with busy schedules and lifestyles. This means that you now have the opportunity to combine distance or online learning with a few night or weekend courses in order to complete your degree even if you have a full time day job and family that needs to see you at home on occasion.

Even if a degree is not something you are necessarily seeking you might be amazed at the wide array of courses that are available for those interested in increasing their depth of knowledge on different issues from the comfort of their own homes. I know that the idea of self-directed online learning opportunities appeal to me on many levels. These opportunities however, are not necessarily a good idea for everyone. We all learn in different manners and some of us learn best by actually being in the classroom and hearing what has to be said or from hands on experience. This type of learning is not necessarily possible when it comes to distance learning in an email or bulletin board type of environment, which is how many Internet classrooms operate.

Online learning is also not a good idea for those who aren’t perfectly willing, able, and capable of holding themselves responsible for their learning. Face it, for some of us it is much easier to get up and go to a classroom than it is to force ourselves to log on and pay attention at home. We all have areas in which our discipline is well in hand and others where we seem to have no discipline whatsoever. If you can’t hold yourself on task or have difficulties not being distracted by the many other novel things there are to do online you might be best served through an actual classroom experience rather than a distance learning environment like those of online classes.

This is not meant to discourage you from distance learning or online classrooms. In fact, I think these are by far the best option for many working professionals who are seeking to advance their careers, knowledge, and/or earning potential. You will not need to feel as though you are choosing between the future needs of yourself and your family and the limited time you have with your family already. You can schedule around your family time and make the sacrifice when it comes to sleep.

With online classes it doesn’t matter if you are in your pajamas or in a suit and tie you can still do the work you need to do online and no one will be the wiser. You also might find that you can squeeze your education into your lunch hour, particularly if you can type and chew at the same time. The truth is that online classes offer superior flexibility to those hoping to further their education. Whether you are hoping to earn a degree or simply wish to broaden your horizons by taking a few online classes, you just might find that the possibilities are limitless once you begin taking these courses from home.
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College Degree Is Nearly A Necessity

 We have discussed some of the wonderful advantages that university life and educations present. However, we must in turn discuss some of the other disadvantages that are associated with university learning as well. While we discuss these you should keep in mind that they do not by any means indicate that you should give up on your higher education goals, only that you should view your educational process with realistic expectations.

When compared with the community college system the very first and most distinctive disadvantage that comes to mind is the high cost of upper education on the university level. Community colleges are simply more cost effective all around than universities. The costs go well beyond that money that would be spent on room and board making the tuition alone cost prohibitive in many cases. While there are many types of financial aid available to students the vast majority of college students in this country make ends meet through the use of student loans, which must be repaid at quite a hefty interest rate, in order to cover the costs associated with university educations.

Beyond the one obvious disadvantage there are a few other disadvantages that bear mentioning in this particular circumstance. First of all, universities do not have the small intimate classroom settings that literally set community colleges apart. In fact, for lower level course, most universities offer large auditorium classes that are taught by graduate students rather than professors and more often than not the students never get to know those who are charged with their education on more than a nod and smile while passing in the halls basis. This method for learning is considered by many to be exceptionally inferior and the statistics prove that students who go straight into a four-year college environment rather than going through a community college first are far less likely to complete their degrees.

If that isn’t enough of a disadvantage, many people find that the impersonal atmosphere of most universities is quite limiting when it comes to interaction with other students. The smaller classroom environments of community colleges invite interaction between the students in the class. An open line of communication within the classroom is greatly preferred to having so many students that no one gets a voice or the ability to voice their opinions or personal experiences when it comes to certain topics.

Another disadvantage to university life is the sheer size of university campuses. Community colleges tend to be much more compact. This means that students have a fairly decent chance of making it to all classes on time and without the worry of walking 2 miles in ten minutes. While this is great for physical fitness, missing the first ten minutes of class each week can limit the educational process that your university experience should be providing. It seems like such a small thing on one hand but when you are hauling around a day’s worth of textbooks and a laptop–that hike can be the thing that marines seem dubious about accomplishing.

While there are a few distinctive disadvantages to university life, the fact remains that graduation from a university is the single biggest way to increase your earning potential over the course of your lifetime. The amounts are by no means insignificant. I highly recommend whenever possibly that you attend community college for the first two years of your college education. Beyond that, I strongly urge you to consider the value that completing your education and getting a four-year degree can provide.

If you wish to build self-confidence, earning potential, and job security, there is no way of doing so that is superior to getting a four-year degree. It doesn’t matter where you are in life or your career; it is never too late to begin getting your education. There are so many things in the world that a good education will open your eyes to in addition to the doors of opportunity a four-year degree will open.
Are you one of many Americans that dreams of returning to college but fears that option ended for your many years ago? If this is you, then you are in luck. There is no time like the present to go back and pursue your educational dreams. In fact, there has been no better time throughout history than today for those who wish to return to school but cannot give up their careers in order to do so.

Educational opportunities abound today in America and only show evidence of increasing and improving with time and technological advances. There are many options available for the returning students of today that would have been summarily designed to those hoping to further their educational goals in the past. If you are hoping to go back to school consider the options below very carefully before deciding which will be best for you.

The All or Nothing Approach

This endeavor is a giant leap of faith. It involves quitting your job, packing up your life and going back to college with every hope for a better future hinging on your performance. This is a high-risk endeavor for many professionals who have families and careers to consider. However, the rewards will be much quicker with this approach than most of the other available options. You should consider carefully whether this is an appropriate plan of action for your specific needs or if the risk would be too high for your family to endure.

Night School

Most community colleges and universities offer a wide assortment of night classes to those students who have daytime careers but are hoping to further their educations. You will find that despite common preconceived notions there is a wide mixture of students in night classes. There are first time college students who simply prefer night classes to early morning classes, retirees hoping to learn something new, and professionals hoping to grab a few more credit hours towards their degree. You never know whom you will find in your night classes but chances are you will find that there is a special sense of community among night school students that you won’t find in traditional day classes.

Techno Wizards for Internet Courses

Believe it or not you do not need to have spectacular technical skills in order to take the average online or Internet course. The truth of the matter is that the most technical skill most of these classes require is the ability to visit websites, open email, and download an occasional file. Internet classes offer extreme flexibility for those with busy family and work schedules. This is the option of choice for many returning schools. The good news is that more and more universities and community colleges are offering these sorts of classes in many different fields and majors. The more demand grows for these classes the more classes will be offered.

The fact is that as consumers we have the right to ask for what we want or need. College students are consumers who are paying a hefty price for the product they hope to receive-a solid educational experience. Do not be afraid to request that the university you are attending offer more options for working students if you find that you are in need of a class that isn’t offered in a flexible manner. Chances are if you need the course, there are others like you who will as well. If there is enough demand, most universities will oblige the demands of their students.
Your education is the single greatest gift you can give yourself. While there are educational opportunities all around us, some of them come at a greater cost than others. A college education might require a hefty investment of time and money upfront but the pay off is much better over time than if you used your life experiences in order to achieve the same level of education that you can pack into 2, 4, or 5 years of an undergraduate education on the college level.

In other words, over the course of your lifetime you are likely to pay far less for your college education than you would pay (in earning potential) for not having a college education. At the same time, each level of college education you receive increases your overall earning potential. This means that a one-year degree in a technical field will provide a modest boost from a high school diploma when it comes to earning potential but an associate’s degree will provide an even better boost. You will see an even more significant improvement in earning potential when you increase from an associate’s degree to a bachelor’s degree. The vast majority of students enter the work force upon completion of a bachelor’s degree. Those students, however, who remain in school for graduate studies often, find that a master’s degree even further improves their lifetime earning potentials.

The problem for most when it comes to making the jump between degrees and educational levels is cost. There are times in life when we simply need to get out of school and get to work. The good news is that it is gradually becoming easier for those with careers to further their education without sacrificing either their careers or their family during the process. Of course there will be some sacrifices along the way but it isn’t an all at once or nothing endeavor. You can work towards your degree by taking online classes, night classes, and Saturday classes. The information age has made it easier than ever before to achieve the educational goals you need to meet in order to satisfy your dreams for the future.

Your level of education will get your foot in the door when it comes to certain jobs and your lack of education will limit you far more than a lack of experience will limit you in many cases. As time grows on, more and more companies are seeking employees that have degrees rather than those who have experience in the field. If you hope to remain competitive in the business world you need to arm yourself with the proper education. Check with your company to see if they offer any sort of incentives for employees continuing their education. You might be surprised to find that your company offers to match your tuition funds or even completely reimburse them if you are working towards a degree that will assist you in your job functions.

There is no wrong reason to get an education. Even if you are applying for a job that won’t use your specific degree, you might find that having a degree at all gives you a boost over other applicants for the same position. A college degree is becoming more and more necessary in today’s business climate. You need to take every opportunity that is available to you in order to get your college degree.
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Benefit Community College Advantages

 While there are many distinct advantages that can be associated with attending a community college there are a few disadvantages that I would be remiss in not mentioning. We all like to look at the positive side of things and the good in my opinion of community colleges, at least as a springboard for university learning far outweigh the bad. However, if you are considering community college as an option whether for your associate’s degree alone or have plans to move along to the university level upon completion you should see the big picture and not just the sunshine and flowers.

The first thing you should be aware of, and this applies primarily to those students with plans to transfer, is that you should always consult the college you intend to attend next in order to make sure that the courses you are taking on the community college level are compatible with the core requirements for the university. In many cases they are similar enough to be considered compatible but there are exceptions and it is better to find this out sooner rather than later. If you plan to attend a University that is located near the community college you are attending you should check and see if they have some sort of articulation agreement that will allow associate’s degree graduates to transfer seamlessly.

Many states are stepping in and passing laws that require colleges in their specific states to accept community college credits as transfer credits in an effort to keep qualified workers in the state. Some universities are even offering distance learning programs to associates degree graduates in order to allow access to students who live a greater distance from campus to have access to educational opportunities that would have been denied to them in the past. Of course if you live in one of these states, a former disadvantage may now work in your favor.

Many community colleges do not offer housing opportunities and most of those that do are still largely commuter campuses rather than residence campuses. Rather than spending funds on housing these colleges tend to reserve their spending to assist in academic pursuits. Community colleges in rural areas are much more likely than those in larger cities to offer housing on campus. The lack of on-campus housing makes participation in sports and other activities a little more difficult than colleges that are largely residential in nature.

If you decide to make a community college your last stop when it comes to your personal educational experience you will be denying yourself a great deal of earning potential over the course of your lifetime. For this reason you should seriously consider the benefits that transferring to a university will present for your educational goals.

My largest complaint when it comes to community colleges when compared to larger universities was the fact that there are such limited opportunities to take specific classes than when compared to those classes on a university level. You will find that you must remain within your sequence of courses on the community college level or you risk needing an extra semester or year in order to complete the requirements for your associate’s degree. Universities tend to offer greater flexibility, especially in lower level courses that are required by all in order to graduate.

My other major complaint when it comes to community college is the fact that they often have much smaller libraries than universities. This seriously limits the ability that students have to do extensive research with the exception of rare cases. Universities simply have deeper pockets than the average community college. For this reason they will have bigger libraries and far more bells and whistles than the average community college. Hopefully we’ll see this change over time as well. Despite the disadvantages that can be associated with community college educations, I feel that they are very much outweighed by the benefits that the community college learning environment offers.
We live in the information age. We have grown so accustomed to information at the speed of light that the prospect of not having immediate access to countless numbers of facts and figures with the mere click of a few buttons for many of us is simply disconcerting. For this reason, it only makes sense that there are many people across the nation and around the world that are embracing the idea of online learning and educational opportunities with every ounce of enthusiasm they can muster.

At the same time there are equal numbers of people around the world who are trying desperately to hold on to traditional methods of dealing with certain things. In fact, some people actually still play solitaire with a deck of playing cards. For people who feel that the information age has left them behind to some degree the chances are quite good that online learning may not be the best available option for you.

Below you will find a few questions that can help you narrow down whether or not you would truly benefit by taking some of the many online courses that are being offered in today’s information age of learning.

1) Are you disciplined? This may seem like such an innocuous question because we would all like to think that we are disciplined to some degree. The problem is that when you are in the driver’s seat for your own education you need to have a little more than some small degree of discipline. You need to be able to meet deadlines, take the tests, and hold yourself responsible for actually learning the information that you need to learn in order to pass the course. There is no one to blame but yourself if you do not manage to do well in your online classes and some people simply do not like being in the drivers seat when it comes to motivating and pacing themselves and their learning practices.

2) How do you learn best? We all have different methods of learning for which we retain information better than others. Online courses are reading intensive. If you have difficulties retaining the information you read you may need to find an alternate learning method or seek solutions with the assistance of the course instructor before moving forward in an online learning environment.

3) Do you have a true desire to succeed? The answer to this question is quite important in determining whether or not online learning is in your best interest. There are many paths you can take in order to achieve the education and degree you desire. This is not the path of the masses, at least not yet. This type of learning, more than any other is easy to give up on through apathy. If you aren’t determined to do the assignments, to study the notes, and to really learn the material that is presented to you then you really do not need to waste your time or the instructor’s time by continually making up excuses. Online courses are largely self-paced but you do have a limited amount of time in which to learn the material before you need to move on. The teacher is responsible for providing you the information and material but you are responsible for everything that happens from that moment on. Are you ready for that responsibility?

Whether you are a first time college student or a professional that is returning to school after a long absence online learning can open new doors of opportunity for your learning pleasure. You must be willing to walk through those doors and take the information that is presented to you however in order to be successful. My sincere hope is that everyone reading this will carefully consider whether or not the lack of structure that many online courses provides is going to be conducive to your specific learning and educational needs before taking the plunge.
If you happen to be fortunate enough to live in a community that has a community college you should really make the time in your schedule to check and see what kind of classes they can offer that can help you advance your education and your career. You might be amazed at the different types of courses you can take even on the community college level. I know that I have found some of the courses that are offered and the degree of learning that takes place to be quite impressive. I think that many people who have in the past disregarded the important role that community colleges play in providing an affordable venue for learning will be quite amazed as well.

Community colleges have an undeserved reputation for inferiority when this could not be further from the truth. A good many of the nations nurses are products of community college educations. In many states, the associates degree nursing programs are quite rigorous and provide more clinical experience than most bachelor’s degree nursing programs. This means that students graduating nursing school with an associates degree in nursing are often better prepared to deal with patient care than those who have the ‘superior degree’. This by no means is meant to disparage B. S. Nursing students at all. In fact, most hospitals will not even consider you a candidate for an administrative nursing position unless you have the Bachelor’s degree. This is only meant to point out that associates degree programs can be quite competitive and inclusive despite common misconceptions.

Of course there are other benefits to learning on the community college level, at least for the first two years of your education. One of those benefits that speaks volumes to me is the fact that teachers in community colleges are dedicated to teaching. They are not working on their own research or books. They are there for the purpose of helping you achieve your goals, which means you aren’t an interruption in their pursuit of their own goals.

Community colleges also offer an excellent buffer for students who may not have been on top of their game academically in high school or those who are returning to college after a long absence from academia. You won’t find the large auditorium classes on the community college level that major universities are famous for offering. You also won’t find that teachers do not have time for their students. There is a lower teacher to student ratio in community colleges so that professors will have time to address the needs of students.

Another benefit is that even if you do not go on to get your four year degree after completing your community college education you will find that your earning potential is significantly improved over those who do not have at least a two-year college education. Research also indicates that students who complete a two-year degree program at a community college are more likely to finish and get a four-year degree than those students who begin their educational experience at a four-year university.

There are a few problems that can be associated with a community college education and you should take note of these so that they do not become a problem for you. First of all, some universities do not accept many of the courses that are offered on the community college level as transfer credits. Make sure that you know what courses are required for the university that you are planning to transfer to in order to avoid this. You also may find that you are limited on the courses you can take and the times in which they will be available. Make sure that you have all the limited courses well ahead of time so that you aren’t taking another year of classes in order to graduate.

All in all, a community college education can be just as enlightening as a university education if you enter into the process with an open mind and a willingness to learn. I hope you take advantage of this much less expensive option before moving on to university courses if possible.
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The True Value Of A Two Year Education

When buying a wheelchair comfort is obviously of vital importance. Also, it is important to remember that everyone has specific needs and that the only way to determine how your wheelchair measures up is for you to actually try it. For optimal mobility, it is best to choose a wheelchair that suits your needs. With the variety of chairs available today finding the right chair can be a challenge. So let’s start with the physical considerations. Your diagnosis will basically tell you about what kind of physical functions you can do. Think of how you spend your day and how you accomplish your tasks. If you need a certain chair height to be able to transfer yourself, then buy a chair that enable you to change its height. From this you can have an idea on which wheelchair to buy.

Aside from considering your ability it is likewise important to consider the environment in which the chair will be used. Will you be making a lot of travels everyday? Will you use the chair indoors only or will you be spending most of your time outdoors? If you plan on using the wheelchair outdoor you will need a high powered wheelchair with high power motors. How you will transport your chair is another thing to consider. You will need some type of accessible transport vehicle. If you intend to buy a vehicle make sure that you obtain the wheelchair first to make sure that it will fit inside the vehicle.

Although it is common for most people to easily get drawn with the chairs appearance, one should not rely merely on it in choosing the right chair. Appearance is just one of the considerations but not the factor that must be given the most importance. There are a lot of wheelchair models today. Some will last better than other. It is often difficult to determine the exact life of a wheelchair. But mostly, how you use your wheelchair will determine how long it will last. If you are a wheelchair user who does not frequently hit your chair around, your chair will perhaps last for as long as five years. If, however, you are very active and spend most of your time outdoors, you will stress your chair a lot compared to a person who usually spends his time indoors. For this reason, it is important that active wheelchair users maintain their chairs regularly. So, as much as possible before buying your own wheelchair learn more about then first and what is available in the market to make the chair that you will buy meet your needs and work for you
New parents are regularly being advised to bring their children in for vaccinations shots. Children can be given vaccines for everything from measles to smallpox, though the latter is only rarely given out nowadays. The purpose of the vaccine is to prevent a child from developing a potentially life-threatening illness. This practice has been around for far longer than most people would believe, with records of ancient Chinese doctors administering vaccinations for chickenpox and polio. However, there is also a less-known dark side to the many benefits of vaccination. Some vaccines, particularly the ones administered to children, can cause side effects. While most of these side effects are mundane and can be safely ignored in most cases, there are circumstances that demand attention.

A recent example would be the reports that a variety of measles vaccines are causing juvenile diabetes in the children they were administered to. The research that was conducted eliminated all other possible factors over the course of their study, leading them to find that the only remaining commonality was that the children were all administered the same vaccine. Naturally, the only logical conclusion for them to have was that the diabetes development was among the possible side effects of the vaccine. The research team took the time to compare the relevant statistics and discovered that as the use of that vaccine went up, so did the number of children who developed diabetes. Whether this is a concrete connection is only suggested, but it isn’t the first time vaccine side effects have been recorded.

Various children who were vaccinated eventually developed something that they weren’t supposed to. The side effects vary from case to case, but the most common form of damage tends to come in the form of compromised mental health and stability. One child was reported to have developed psychosis and several minor neurological disorders because of a reaction that the vaccine had with certain parts of his central nervous system. There isn’t a whole lot of certainty as to how that happened, but there are several theories being looked into.

Genetics are pointed as being as big a factor in this as the vaccines themselves, but that opens up an entirely new can of worms. There is ample evidence to suggest that a number of the side effects are triggered not by the vaccine itself, but by the interaction of the vaccine’s components with certain factors determined by genetic make-up. Certain genes make a person more likely to develop side effects from the use of some of the compounds in vaccines. It is arguable whether or not these people are risking more by getting the vaccine than by ignoring it and letting nature take its course.

There is currently an on-going debate on whether or not it should be mandatory that parents have their children vaccinated. The benefits of such a thing are clear. The children are going to be protected from a variety of illnesses that could otherwise be either difficult or expensive to treat, making it an economically sound decision. However, that also puts the small percentage of people with genetic vulnerabilities at risk. Is needlessly putting them at risk worth preventing illness in the rest of the population? Would making vaccinations mandatory be considered an infringement of parental rights?
If you are getting ready to attend college I’m sure you are wondering how on earth you are going to pay for it. Even graduating high school students are more and more often finding that they need to contribute in some manner to their college educations. Whether you will be taking out student loans, applying for scholarships or grants, or praying for some sort of work study program to come along there are a few things you need to know about financial aid at the college level.

First of all, financial aid can be a tricky beast. For this reason it is best to apply early and keep records of everything you send to the financial aid office. The information age has made things easier on one level and yet has eliminated the personal factor on other levels. However, if you own a personal computer you will find that Internet is an excellent source for financial aid and scholarship information. While the government offers a wide array of financial aid resources, there are many opportunities for you to get an education that do not revolve around government funding. You simply need to spend the time finding them.

Your local community is an excellent resource and a good place to start when it comes to financial opportunities for those preparing to attend college. Civic organizations and local businesses like to give out scholarships to promising students. Many of these have very specific requirements and you should pay close attention that you meet the qualifications before applying. There is no sense in wasting your time and that of the scholarship committee by applying for scholarships for which you do not qualify. Scholarships are preferable to student loans, as they do not need to be repaid. This is one of the most important things you need to understand when seeking financial aid for college. Loans are killers to your income for the first several years after graduation. The fewer loans you can manage to take out for your education the better. They are however there for those who couldn’t possibly afford an education without them.

If you don’t find the scholarships you are hoping to at the local level, you should check with the county in which you live, your state, and the school you plan to attend. There are excellent resources for each of these when it comes to financial aid. Within the college you will be attending you should consult your department head (for your chosen major) in order to see if there are any scholarships available. You will be surprised at the number of scholarships for which you may qualify. Apply for all that you meet the requirements in order to apply. Competition for these scholarships is often fierce but you never know when your letter of application might spark the interest of one of the panel members or you simply might be the most impressive candidate.

When applying for scholarships remember to read all the instructions carefully, make sure you have all the necessary documentation, and that you have checked and rechecked everything for accuracy and clarity. It takes time to make corrections and they can often be the difference in your being awarded a scholarship and the honor going to another student. Scholarships are by far the best route to go when it comes to applying for financial aid but you should be careful that you aren’t placing all your eggs in one basket. Try for multiple scholarships, work-study programs, grants, and if necessary loans in order to achieve your educational goals.
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Thursday, 6 June 2019

What Causes a Muscle to Tighten Up

You may have been battling with stubborn excess weight that has defied many programs, but are yet to find a solution; however, the Overnight Diet could be what you need. This program works like 'magic' and may seem a hoax to some people - but with significant success rate being reported among most users, you can be sure that it will work for you as well.

Most diets demand big sacrifices and immense will-power in order for you to stick to them for a long time if you are to lose weight. But this is not the case with Overnight Diet. This brainchild of Dr Caroline Apovian, a director of nutrition and weight management at the Boston Medical Centre - one of the leading US hospitals, enables you to lose weight while asleep. This is after 25 years of extensive research by Dr Apovian and she has been refining the eating plan and testing it on clients.

This ground-breaking diet enables you to lose more than half a stone in a single week without necessarily avoiding pasta, potatoes and even a glass of wine every day. The technique used is simple but effective. The diet is specifically prepared to safeguard your muscles from degenerating as you cut down on your food consumption. It aims at maintaining lean muscles while at the same time eradicating flab; it also accommodates lean carbs.

According to Dr Apovian, her patients shed up to 9lb in the first week - and every week afterwards on the plan without having hunger pangs or cravings. You lose two of those pounds as you sleep on the program's fasting days. All of us lose muscle mass as we grow older. From the age of 30, we lose it at the rate of 1 per cent every year and dieting can aggravate this.

Once your body senses a substantial decrease in food consumption, it promptly turns to your muscles for additional energy. You will possibly get not only thinner but feebler and flabbier as well. The moment you stop dieting, the weight will start making a slow comeback. This is what happens to 95 per cent of dieters and it characteristically comes back in the form of fat instead of muscle.

Dr Apovian asserts that poor nutritional composition of various diets can cause the body to deprive your muscles of energy. You can lose weight leaving your muscles weak and a decelerated metabolic rate in a process known as shrinking muscle disorder or syndrome. It is cited as the main reason behind the unsuccessfulness of most weight loss diets. If you are inclined to store fat around your middle, high insulin levels could be responsible.

The Overnight Diet works differently in that it facilitates a reduction in insulin levels during sleep; thus creating a week-long fat-burning directed at the places where you need it most - around your belly and hips. Fecal incontinence can be frustrating and embarrassing. There are many people dealing with this problem on a daily basis. By understanding what products are available to help manage this condition, along with an understanding of the causes, individuals can find better ways to manage and treat loss of bowel control.

It is critical to take steps to make sure the individual who is experiencing this is able to be as comfortable as possible. The good news is there are a number of different products and supplies which can help to do this. Keep in mind if the fecal incontinence is not treated in a proper and effective manner it can leave the person serious health problems ranging from skin irritation to serious and even life threatening infections. Here is what you need to know about products for managing fecal incontinence-

• Start by choosing the right incontinence products-It is important to understand not all of this type of product is meant to deal with fecal matter. The user of this type of product or the caregiver (if applicable); will need to make sure they are choosing the right kind of undergarment. It should provide the highest degree of protection and be able to protect the wearer's delicate skin from coming into contact with fecal manner. Finally, size is an important consideration. The sizing should be as perfect as possible since wearing an adult diaper which does not fit will not offer the highest degree of protection. There are also specially made covers which can help protect bedding and other furniture from coming into contact with fecal manner.

• Choose the right cleaning supplies-Individuals who suffer with this condition may end up with skin problems if the right cleaning products are not used. This is especially true if the person suffering with loss of bowel control is older or frail. Prolonged exposure of fecal matter to the skin leads to breakdown and damage. Keep in mind there are specially formulated wipes, moisturizing and protecting agents, and even gloves that can make handling clean up and skin care much easier.

• Think about skin protection-Skin protection goes along with skin cleaning. Simply cleaning the skin is not enough. Manufacturers of these products and related supplies understand this and have developed skin protecting agents which will help to keep skin dry and comfortable. These supplies can be found on sites which offer undergarments and other related products, for those with loss of bladder or bowel control.

There are a number of underlying causes which can bring on fecal incontinence. When the main cause of this can be found often times it can be successfully treated and the symptoms reduced or even eliminated. This problem can be caused by: childbirth, anal surgery, stroke, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and spina bifida. It has also been shown complications of diabetes can also cause peripheral nerve damage leading loss of bowel control. Also individuals with: Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel disease may develop fecal incontinence.
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Washroom Hygiene Services to Keep Your Toilets Clean

Good washroom hygiene services are an important part of your duty of care as an employer. It is imperative to have the highest quality in washroom products to maintain a good level of hygiene throughout toilets and on your premises. Germs and bacteria thrive in waste environments such as toilets and can be carried from the washroom to any other location via your hands; this is why adequate waste containment and washing areas should be provided to prevent the outbreak of infection or disease.

You can of course, handle the washroom hygiene services yourself but, it is often preferable to outsource this to a professional washroom service company. There are so many different things to consider when it comes to servicing your company washrooms. These can include: -

Anti bacteria control - these can include wipes, sprays, gels and hand sanitisers. These will help stop the spread of germs and bacteria around your workplace. This can decrease the amount of sick leave your staff take and keep your office healthy.

Soap dispensers - you need to provide a means for your employees and visitors to wash their hands in your washrooms. Soap dispensers are the most hygienic way of doing this as the soap can have no contact with the unit and is dispensed from the nozzle directly to the hand. Having a one way valve is also an advantage to stop soap and bacteria from entering back into the cartridge as this can ensure that no cross contamination occurs.

Urinal sanitisers - A urinal sanitiser dispenser can automatically release chemicals to breakdown the lime scale and uric salt buildup that will reduce odours from the urinal.

Sanitary bins - these are essential for the controlled containment of any waste material that may harbour bacteria and germs. They also reduce mess and allow for the simple disposal of waste, whilst still blending in with their environment due to a range of stylish finishes that are available.

Nappy changing tables - changing a baby's nappy can be a challenging task even for the most experienced of carers, baby-changing units make the process easier, safer and cleaner.

Air fresheners -washrooms should be kept smelling their best at all times to provide your users with a pleasant toilet experience which doesn't leave them feeling nauseous. Washrooms can often house unpleasant smells that can force people into exiting as soon as possible, meaning care isn't taken when cleaning their hands and this can lead to the spread of unhygienic conditions around the premises.

Sanitary vending machines - these can be a necessity in a washroom due to the convenient products that can be purchased from them. From sanitary products and condoms to mints and painkillers, washroom vending machines can offer the users of your toilets a variety of different products.

This list is fairly comprehensive and of course, you may not need every element. A professional washrooms services company will be able to provide you with a breakdown to meet your exact requirements. Where its at is when your taste buds go oh yeah baby that's what I was craving and a few minutes later your brain says, oh yeah, me too, got it, thank you and your heart says, oh my God, thank you so much for thinking of me this time. And soon those trillions of cells in your body are all doing the happy dance because you didn't just satisfy your taste buds or those easily manipulated neuropathways the corporations have taken control over.

Why? Because you did your homework. You read Michael Moss's Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us and then you did something about it...

But what you ask... what could little ol' me do to fight off these cravings when my body has become so used to food that's been literally engineered to make me want to eat unreasonable amounts of calorie dense yumminess filled with unprecedented levels of ---sugar, salt and fat, oh my!

Even the head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Washington says, "it's more difficult for people to control their eating habits than narcotics." If you've ever downed an entire bag of flawlessly flavored chips, teeny tiny cheezey-bits, or perfectly proportioned cream-filled cookies, you know its not that easy to just say no.

Its not like there's re-hab for this sort of thing, is there?

Yes and no. There are two ways to go about it, depending on your personality. Do you prefer to rip the band-aid off quickly? OK then, watch the movie, "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead." Desperate for a solution the hero of the story drinks nothing but organic veggie juice until he gets better.

Then, there are places like the Optimum Health Institute near San Diego where you can go eat only raw fruits and vegetables for a week or two. This at least provides a supportive environment with modalities to assist your body with the detox it will be experiencing.

Unfortunately, much like winning the lottery many of the victors enjoy the sense of aliveness and vitality for only a short time before falling back into old patterns. Why? Why wouldn't someone choose more empowering habits once they get a taste of the good life?

In a word: Psycho-neurobiology; technically, two words with a mouthful of syllables. This explains how the food giants hooked us and even better, how you can get unhooked without the up and down disappointment of dieting which never lasts because its based on discipline and deprivation.

While a small percentage of the population is wired to succeed in this way, religiously counting calories or points in order to manage their weight, isn't life about so much more than numbers on a scale? Or waist size? Or looking good? Isn't it really about feeling good? About having the energy to enjoy your body in whatever way turns you on? Dancing? Skiing? Triple flips on the trampoline? And about enjoying good food, good friends and good times without obsessing over fat grams?

There is a way out that relies on the way our brains work and has everything to do with creating a life style that's sustainable. The first key is to find someone who believes in you, someone who knows you can make the changes necessary to enjoy eating healthier from now on ---personal trainers, private chefs, best friends who love food too and have similar goals---any one of these people can help you stay inspired by reframing the problems into new possibilities.

Next, while the corporate food scientist struggle to find a way to combine pleasure and health you can easily get started tomorrow. Where to start? In your very own kitchen. There are literally 100s of recipes that can be made in under 30 minutes even by someone with little experience that use "the holy trinity of food" in a way that's healthy and satisfying because its fresh and because its real.

Once you have a repertoire of tried and true, extra yummy, super healthy meals you can easily make, you simply repeat the process. When you do, your body will gradually, naturally, remember how to eat and what to eat. By focusing on what you're adding in to your body you begin a course correction that lands you in a much happier, healthier place for the rest of your life.

Barbara Zagata is the chef/proprietor of Santa Barbara Soul Food. She's been teaching kids and teens how to cook for more than 10 years. She is the founder of Camp Cucina, A Culinary Crash Course for Teens and is currently producing a series of videos to teach young adults how to become self-reliant in the kitchen.
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Treating Infertility For Eliminating Genetic Diagnosis

Most of the time, we are so used to our brain functioning smoothly and automatically that we don't take a lot of time to think about what is going on underneath. Walking, eating, discussing a book, all of these things seem very natural and easy, but in truth, each and every one is done through a series of functions that the brain performs. In order to really understand the abilities of the brain, as well as the limitations, you can try brain teasers and games but it is also important to look at some of the things you probably didn't know about:

1 -- Working Memory

Think about math class for a moment. Whether you love math, or hate it, you definitely will be familiar with working out a problem in your head. When your brain holds multiple units of information and manipulates them to actually solve that problem in your head, you are using a mental capacity known as working memory. In other words, working memory is a way to not only remember something you already knew, like the formula to solve the math problem, but to interpret and apply information "real time" to solve the problem by using that formula, so it is a critical ingredient for learning and for decision-making.

2 -- Regulate Emotions

If you are like many of us, at some point or another, you need to work as a team. However, at times, you might find that a member of your team is doing something that you don't agree with and it makes you angry. Are you going to release the full wrath of this anger onto this person? No, hopefully you won't thanks to the brain function known as emotional self regulation, as long as you have exercised this "mental muscle" enough and it's ready for you to flex.

3 -- Interpret Sensory Information

When you smell a sweet, smoky, buttery scent, do you recognize it as chocolate? Could you recognize that you are petting a cat versus a dog? In both cases, yes, you will and this is because your brain is able to interpret sensory information.

4 -- Theory of Mind

How would you feel if your friend suddenly announced their promotion at work? You would probably be extremely happy and be able to imagine exactly what they were thinking. This is due to the brain function known as theory of mind meaning you have insight into other people's worlds.

5 -- Sequencing

Perhaps you have a project you need to complete for work. Before you start, you will need to figure out what step to take first, then the rest of the steps in sequence. The ability of your brain to do this, and put steps in order from most to least important is known as sequencing.

6- Inhibition

Are you on a diet? How do you keep yourself from eating a chocolate bar? Actually, your brain does it for you with a function known as inhibition.

7 -- Attention

Imagine being on the beach. There are people around you, children playing and laughing, the waves beating against the shore. Yet, you are still able to block all of that out and focus your attention on the book you are reading. This is using another brain function known as attention. This is the ability to focus on a certain thought, action or deeds.

8 -- Working Memory vs. Long Term Memory

When you can recall a phone number that you have just been given and remember what you were doing three summers ago, you might think you are simply using your memory, but in truth, you are using two different types of memory. Remembering the new phone number uses working memory, which is limited storage that you will soon forget and remembering your summer from years ago is using long term memory, which is practically unlimited.

9 -- Motor Function

When you walk down the street, type on a computer or shake a hand, you are using the motor function of your brain. This is the ability for us to move our bodies and manipulate objects.

10 -- Visual and Spatial Processing

Last but not least. When you see a large M in the corner of a major city, you recognize that as the sign for a metro stop, right? This is because your brain is using its visual abilities.

As you can see, we need much more than "memory" or "intelligence" in order to enjoy our lives, so it is important to learn how to enhance and maintain a variety of brain functions, not just one.

The brain is working constantly -even though we don't realize it all the time- and you are now aware that there are many important functions that occur that you probably didn't know about. What you do with this knowledge now is up to you.
With around one in six couples affected with infertility today, there is a great demand for fertility treatments. Fortunately great advances have been made in this area of medicine over the years that have helped many couples have the family that they have always wanted.

There are many treatment options available to suit a lot of different infertility causes and one of the most well known treatment is IVF which involves the fertilization of an egg outside the womb. Preimplantation of genetic diagnosis allows for the detection of chromosomal or genetic abnormalities in embryos before they are transferred to the womb. It is a process that is used when there is a risk of a patient passing on a chromosomal or genetic abnormality to their children.

In order for a clinic to proceed with screening a particular condition, there must be an agreement with the HFEA (Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority). A list of approved conditions must be agreed and the list can be found on the National Center for Biotechnology website.

The PGD process involves the use of assisted reproductive technology (ART). Once eggs are obtained and fertilized, the embryos are left to develop for three days before cell are removed from each embryo and then tested for the genetic abnormality or conditions. One or two embryos that show a clear report post the testing are then transferred to the womb.

There are two main risks with the procedure. One is that the embryo might be damaged during the extraction of the cells and the other is that the tests may not always be 100% reliable and in some cases, conclusive. In some cases the embryo can be left to develop for around six days, allowing for the removal of more cells, which will mean that the results are more reliable. This procedure is known as a trophectoderm biopsy. At this stage of development, there are two types of cell present - the inner cell mass that form the foetus and the cells that will form the placenta (trophectoderm). This procedure also carries a lower risk with regards to damage to the embryo.

The success of PGD is difficult to measure as some patients require it solely as a screening process and may not have any fertility issues. As with fertility treatments, there are certain factors that can affect the success of the procedure such as age or the presence of physical abnormalities in the reproductive system. In some cases there has also been the chance that none of the embryos that are tested are suitable to be transferred to the womb for and this can be down to several reasons includingWith around one in six couples affected with infertility today, there is a great demand for fertility treatments. Fortunately great advances have been made in this area of medicine over the years that have helped many couples have the family that they have always wanted.

There are many treatment options available to suit a lot of different infertility causes and one of the most well known treatment is IVF which involves the fertilization of an egg outside the womb. Preimplantation of genetic diagnosis allows for the detection of chromosomal or genetic abnormalities in embryos before they are transferred to the womb. It is a process that is used when there is a risk of a patient passing on a chromosomal or genetic abnormality to their children.

In order for a clinic to proceed with screening a particular condition, there must be an agreement with the HFEA (Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority). A list of approved conditions must be agreed and the list can be found on the National Center for Biotechnology website.

The PGD process involves the use of assisted reproductive technology (ART). Once eggs are obtained and fertilized, the embryos are left to develop for three days before cell are removed from each embryo and then tested for the genetic abnormality or conditions. One or two embryos that show a clear report post the testing are then transferred to the womb.

There are two main risks with the procedure. One is that the embryo might be damaged during the extraction of the cells and the other is that the tests may not always be 100% reliable and in some cases, conclusive. In some cases the embryo can be left to develop for around six days, allowing for the removal of more cells, which will mean that the results are more reliable. This procedure is known as a trophectoderm biopsy. At this stage of development, there are two types of cell present - the inner cell mass that form the foetus and the cells that will form the placenta (trophectoderm). This procedure also carries a lower risk with regards to damage to the embryo.

The success of PGD is difficult to measure as some patients require it solely as a screening process and may not have any fertility issues. As with fertility treatments, there are certain factors that can affect the success of the procedure such as age or the presence of physical abnormalities in the reproductive system. In some cases there has also been the chance that none of the embryos that are tested are suitable to be transferred to the womb for and this can be down to several reasons including
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