The Freshman’s Guide to the Social Scene at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA

First of all, I would like to point out that I do not condone underage drinking in any form as stated by federal law due to the proven health risks associated with this practice.

Two years ago, as an incoming high school senior ready to start applying to colleges, I sat down and thought to myself what exactly I want out of my four years of college. Number one on my list was a school that would provide me with a strong academic background to prepare me for medical school. Like many incoming college students, I wanted to find that oh so difficult to attain balance between work and play. Although work is a necessity to succeeding in life I wanted to find a school where I could have an equally strong social background. Needless to say, Brandeis was not near the top of my list.

During the application process, I would often look for forums describing the Brandeis social life only to be disappointed when the results were obtained. Brandeis is not known for its social scene, a

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Is Online Learning More Effective Than Face to Face Learning?

Online learning is fast becoming the number one choice for students. According to the U.S. Department of Education, digital learning in public schools is going to triple in the next three years. In recent years, there has been a significant rise in the number of students who prefer to go online, rather than to enroll in regular classroom-styled teaching.

Generally, the web-based method of teaching is ideal for those who don’t want to spend money on travelling to some distance for education. Now, there have emerged primarily three factors for making online learning more popular than its traditional counterpart – time, technology, and curriculum.


Time is one of the main reasons for more and more people shifting toward web-based or “blended” learning (that includes both in-person and online learning methods). People prefer to join online courses because it allows students to learn at their own convenience. To be clearer, there is no com

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Learning a Language In the Throes of the Perfectionist Syndrome

The infamous perfectionist syndrome is considered by many one of the worst enemies of a language learner. To those who are trying to follow the Speak from Day One approach – often at the instigation of their teacher – it certainly is. There is that little and very nasty stickler sitting somewhere inside the person, ready at any moment to interfere and whisper something like “if you say this, you will probably make a mistake – are you sure you conjugate this verb correctly?” Which results in awkward silence and in angry glances from the teacher.

The same applies to writing: a language learner in the throes of the perfectionist syndrome will normally wait much longer than necessary before daring to make their written work public, since there might be errors hiding in it somewhere, and the thought of other people noticing them is really and truly unbearable. Ever been in the same forum with a member always correcting every post should a tin

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How to Improve Your College Admissions Essay

The college admissions essay can be quite a daunting and intimidating task for many aspiring college students. However, the college admissions essay does not have to be so bad. In all actuality though, it seems many colleges do favor an application essay which knocks them off their feet, but in that case, a book on writing essays may help with that task along with a LOT of practice. On the other hand, many colleges and universities just want to know more about YOU…while seeing how well you write.

Colleges and universities WANT you to succeed. They want you to do well on the college admissions essay so they can accept you and make them look great! In order to help you along with this task, I have put together some tips to help all students along with their university admissions essays.

First thing I wanted to point out is that focusing and staying on a topic that you know about very well is key. This will show, through your writing, that you are very sincere and d

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Online Education – Revolutionizing Learning

Our world is changing perceptibly everyday. The technological boom has revolutionized the way humans function. Innovative methods are emerging to substitute the traditional ways of working. We can discern perceptible change in the education sectors, wherein both students and educators are turning to information and technology to improve the quality and speed of learning.

Education has entered a new phase where Internet is fast becoming an important supplement to the traditional means of education like textbooks and classrooms. In the past decade, the shortcomings of classroom learning have become more evident. As a result, the youth is turning towards online guidance to help them cope with the excessive workload, which has eventually made elearning, live virtual class, online tutor and discussion forums as popular study choices of today’s generation.

Education is an investment for future. And online education is the most rapidly growing dimension of the education

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Why Teach English As A Second Language To Children In Developing Countries?

Whereas education is very important in life and is the right of every child, a good number of children, especially in developing countries do not enjoy this very important right. Poverty is the major cause for such situations. Parents are not able to pay fees for education and even when they do the children attend schools that lack in resources. Apart from lacking the learning tools, most schools set in poor localities lack enough teachers to handle the children attending them.

English is one of the languages children should learn and it is actually the major language used to teach in most schools. But with the failure to get a good education or even have teachers to teach them, children from poor backgrounds may never really learn the language or even learn the proper English for that matter. But thanks to charitable organizations reaching out to developing countries, a good number of the children can finally learn the language through distance learning. The fact that they a

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Finding Pet Friendly Colleges and Universities

Here is good news for all college and university bound pet-loving students: pet friendly colleges and universities are on the increase. Presently, there are still many student accommodations that do not allow pets, but don’t despair. If you simply cannot bear the thought of leaving your beloved pet at home for months on end while you are at university, then you should be able to find a pet friendly university or college. They are out there.

Just about every college has the policy of disapproving of students keeping pets This is so for a number of reasons. Pets are usually considered to be smelly, noisy, and capable of biting, or scratching. Another major concern is that some students may be allergic. Also, there is the possibility that once the novelty of having the pet has worn off, and the students get busy with their academic (and social) activities, they may neglect or abandon their pets. This would not be beneficial for other students, and certainly neither would i

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Making Your Schedule Flexible With Online Learning

There’s a war going on: It’s the war on scheduling. Often times, your lifestyle is its own unique battleground. You’re constantly on the defensive against time, you’re only ally is quick wits and a bit of luck, which in itself won’t work without you. Your weapons include a calendar, your laptop and planning skills. But times are changing, from the language you speak, to the way that you learn. You’re constantly on the prowl for knowledge, except that there are road-bumps and unexpected challenges, holding you back. In fact, these days, it doesn’t really matter whether you’re a student or an investment banker: the ability to schedule flexibly is your priority.

How about this: Yohana is a young entrepreneur currently experiencing her first days in career mode. She lives just outside of town – away from the city center, but not too far out. Much like any other woman, Yohana has duties to fulfill: she has a husband, w

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Things You Should Do to Make Your Chinese Learning Easier

Learning a new language can be done for fun or for more serious reasons. Some of the reasons that could compel you into learning Chinese include relocating to the country for educational reasons or to settle there because of one reason or another. If you are looking forward to doing business, creating partnerships or even working in the country or with its locals, then you might also need to learn the language. The challenge of learning a new language is inevitable, even when it comes to Chinese, but by doing a few important things, you can actually have an easier time learning the language.

1. Know the languages

When it comes to Chinese, you have to decide whether to learn Cantonese or Mandarin. Mandarin is the national language of Taiwan and China and is best for travelers and learners headed to the country. Cantonese on the other hand is the primary language in Guangdong province and Hong Kong and you can consider it if you are headed to those two

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How to Make College Students More Courageous

As educators, we know one of the best traits that can aid in success is confidence. Self-doubt can kill dreams and a lack of belief in oneself can deter anyone from achieving a goal and becoming successful. However, confidence is often something that we have or need at any given time. We need confidence, even for the smaller day to day routine things that we do. On the other hand, sometimes, we need courage to get through a situation. Courage is pushing through when things are tough or create fear. For example, it might take confidence to ace the final exam, but it takes courage to stick out a degree program when it puts finances in jeopardy, reduces work-life balance, and all your support systems are against you going for this goal.

As educators, we will see many students each year that need to build up their courage. They need our help and guidance on how to be courageous in a time of fearfulness or anxieties. Students face many life events along their four plus years with

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