Studying online: why it’s beneficial for you

If you are thinking about going into full-time or part-time study, then one of the options that you might want to consider is studying online. Thanks to technology, you are now able to study from the comfort of your own home, in your own time. Millions of people are now gaining their degrees through online education. Perhaps you are thinking that you would like to take your career in a different direction. Maybe you never got to earn that degree that you always wanted. Whatever the reason, online education could open up a world of new opportunities. Here are just a few of the ways in which studying online could be beneficial for you.

A bigger variety of options

One of the great things about studying online is that you are able to choose from a much wider scope of courses. There are so many different areas of study to consider – you can study virtually anything you wish. If you are not interested in any of the university courses available to you, then online education might be able to offer what you are looking for. You could start taking your career in a completely different direction altogether, if this is what you want.

More comfort and less pressure

One of the problems that many people face when it comes to learning is that they don’t feel comfortable in the classroom environment. This is especially true for those with confidence issues. If this rings true for you, then you may well find that online education is perfect for you. There is less pressure, and you are able to learn in an environment that is comfortable for you, whether this is your local library or your own living room. You may find that this reduction in pressure is just what you need to be able to successfully gain your degree. Pressure is often what causes students to struggle, and ultimately fail. If this is something that you find difficult to deal with, then online education could possibly be better suited to you than standard university education.

Far more flexibility

One of the things that puts many people off studying is that there is very little flexibility. Papers need to be in on time, and you need to attend classes that are scheduled for all students. However, with online education, you are able to work on your papers when you have the time, and you study when it is convenient for you. This means that you are able to arrange your study around your job and your life in general. Again, this can often remove a lot of pressure from students. If you lead a busy lifestyle, then you might find that online education works better for you and allows you to carry on doing things the way that you usually would.

No need for commuting

For a lot of people, one of the biggest drawbacks of going to university to study is the fact that you generally have to move to a different location away from friends and family, or you face a long commute every day. Whilst this may not sound problematic to some, for a lot of people it can be a huge inconvenience. If you don’t want to relocate, and you don’t have the time to commute on a daily basis, then online education may be just what you are looking for. You can then earn your degree without having to worry about altering your life too drastically.

When it comes to studying online, one of the first things that you need to do is decide on the course that you want to study, and figure out what your end goal is. For example, you might want to study Northeastern’s online MBA program. This is just one example; there are so many courses available these days that you really can do anything that you want to do.

Once you have decided on what it is that you want to study, you can start taking a look at some of the different online education providers. See which ones can offer you the best courses, and which ones will work best for you.

Online education has become more and more popular in recent years, and when you consider how busy modern life is, this is no surprise. If you think that now is the time to start taking your career in a different direction, then learning online is definitely something that is worth keeping in mind.

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How Being in a Sorority Changed the Way I Think About Friendship

Being in a Sorority means more than just attending parties...

Friendship – in college, it’s a major issue, as you will be separated from many, if not all of those that were in your inner circle in high school.

Sororities are a wonderful solution to this problem, as they supply an environment where dozens of like-minded individuals will be living in close proximity to you.

This closeness produces more than just friendship – it is an incubator for sisterhood. This is more than just a meaningless platitude, as normal friend relationships just don’t have the benefits that sisterhood offers.

Not just friends, but sisters

Going into college, I thought that joining a sorority was just a great way to meet new friends. To be certain, affiliating with a Greek letter organization is a wonderful way to achieve those ends, but my pledge period and my first semester as a newly initiated sister awakened me to a new reality.

I wasn’t just making new friends by joining a sorority – I was being initiated to a family beyond my biological one.

This fact was hammered home the second I was introduced to the tradition of giving and receiving sorority big little shirts and gifts.

The first moment my Big made it clear she thought of me as a sister rather than as just a friend, I was able to differentiate between various levels of female-female companionship.

Being a guiding light to those around us

Being in a sorority introduced me to the concept of being a leader. Rather than just being content with going with the flow, I started to look for ways to lift up the people around me rather than just seeking out ways to further my own ends.

Once you learn to embrace total strangers not as just friends, but as sisters that you would do anything to help, you can’t help but view other human beings in the same light.

In the workplace, on the street, at the gym – I view any woman willing to engage with me not as a stranger, but as a potential sister with whom I can build a strong friendship with.

Using my past experience, I can help them with aspects of their life with which they are struggling, and I can open my mind to learn from their example as well.

In a sorority, you learn the value of selflessness, as without the consensus of the group, you can do little and therefore, you are little.

Together, however, we can achieve great things and we can be perceived as great.

Not just during college, but for life

When I was first considering joining a sorority, someone in my dorm told me, you might have a good time with these girls, but just like us in the dorms, these relationships will fade away as you pursue your career.

To a degree, she may be have been accurate, but comparing unaffiliated women I knew next to the sisters I spent my undergraduate career with, I can honestly say I have spent more time with them post-graduation than my independent friends did with each other.

Lunch meetings quarterly with local sisters, annual get-togethers with those further afield, numerous weddings spent as a bridesmaid (and my wedding? What a time that was!) – my time after college has been made richer thanks to my sisters.

Without them, my life would have been so gray.

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5 Top Health Career Paths to Consider if you’re an IT Geek

The wonderful thing about technology is that it provides many career paths to suit the tastes of anyone who is a tech fanatic. What’s better is that there are many industries surrounding technology that can be taken advantage of with the right degree. If you’re a bit of a geek when it comes to technology, why not consider a career in health informatics? Here are some of the top jobs in the industry.

1.      Clinical Informaticist

As a clinical informaticist, you’ll either work in a small office environment on your own or you’ll be a part of a team of other clinical informaticists within a hospital environment. Your job will depend on the industry you serve, but working on the computer throughout the day is a big part of what you’ll do. If you’re not updating data on databases you’ll be entering new data to be made available for other health care professionals to use.

2.      Informatics Analyst

You’ll work with a variety of data as an informatics analyst and a big part of your job will be to analyze current data to provide answers to common clinical questions. You will often collect and dissect data to help you provide the answers. The data you analyze will depend on the industry you are in. Many analysts work in insurance claims whereas many others work in the educational sector.

3.      Informatics Manager

If you really want to climb the career ladder, a career as an informatics manager could be the ideal role you seek. As a leading informatics specialist, it is your job to oversee other informatics technicians and you’ll also be responsible for ensuring specific information is available when it’s required. As a manager, you will likely work in a hospital environment to oversee many data-driven projects.

4.      Nurse Informaticist

As a nurse informaticist, you’ll very much be the glue between healthcare product developers and nurses using the equipment. It’s your job to understand the healthcare industry and to find innovative ways of making nurses jobs easier. Typically, you’ll be a liaison to the developers so you can give them the information they need to have the best chance of developing the next product that’s going to change health care.

5.      Informatics Director

A step up from a manager, you could well be the next informatics director of a large hospital or another health care cooperation. Your job is to promote informatics systems and implement them so they work for the entity. You will be the go-to person for all informatics data and information on how things can be done to make working more efficient. It’s one of the most lucrative jobs in the world of informatics.

To be in with a chance of landing any of the above jobs though, you’ll need to study hard, and that means obtaining an online health informatics degree using an online MSHI program.

There are, fortunately, thousands of jobs available in a variety of industries in health informatics. However, you’ll still need the relevant personal skills and the motivation to succeed, as it’s still a very competitive industry.

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These are the Biggest Struggles for Returning War Veterans

Imagine waking up every day not knowing whether you or the people around you will live or die. Imagine finding out throughout the day that many of them do in fact get killed or badly injured losing limbs and an ability to function normally for the rest of their lives. Now imagine this happening to young people, many barely out of high school. Finally imagine this happening to people who have volunteered and are doing it to protect you and your family. This is the reality for a US soldier who goes to war for us and after this stark reality, they must come back home and reintegrate into society. It is not easy and we need to appreciate the struggles they have when they come back.

Homelessness

Veteran homelessness is a huge problem in the United States. In fact, the number of homeless Vietnam War veterans is higher than the number of soldiers who died during the war.  Approximately one third (33%) of homeless males in the U.S. are veterans and veterans are more than twice as likely to become homeless as other Americans. In other words, the problem is chronic and not abating. The problem is so drastic in fact, that is has overwhelmed the US government and they have appropriated special funds to deal with the problem. It is working somewhat with veteran homelessness diminishing but it still remains too much of an issue for the country. Thankfully in addition to the government’s efforts, many private groups have been formed to address veteran homelessness. Groups like Houston based helping a Hero provides homes to severely injured veterans. The non-profit and its chairwoman Meredith Iler, have an unflinching commitment to keep veterans off the streets and they has built 18 homes in Houston for this purpose. Veterans are placed in homes that are built to accommodate their injuries and charged rents they can afford.

Drugs and Alcohol 

Drugs and alcohol are a persistent problem for greater society and a particularly terrible problem for veterans. Alcohol use is higher among men and women in military service than among civilians. Almost 47 percent reported binge drinking and 20 percent of military personnel reported binge drinking every week in the past month; and at 27%, the rate was considerably higher among those with high combat exposure. Almost fifteen percent of military personnel report misusing prescription drugs and five percent report using illegal drugs. These issues get carried over and the numbers increase when they leave the military. In one study that involved roughly 600 veterans who were deployed to either Afghanistan or Iraq, 39% of the vets showed positive for probable alcohol abuse.  Although the incidence of drug use among veterans was much lower, there is a strong connection between veteran drug use, depression and suicide. It is important to note that veterans commit suicide at a higher rate than any other group in the US. The US government has again responded with many national and local outreach programs to engage veterans and get them treatment. Too often though there is insufficient resources to serve all of the veteran needing assistance. This leads to too many tragedies and lost lives.

We owe our veterans a debt of gratitude that can never be fully repaid. What we can do is to ensure that they have the assistance they need to live normal and productive lives when they return home or get the treatment they need to live the best lives possible.

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How to conclude your dissertation

Knowing How to conclude your dissertation can be tough

If you have finished working on your dissertation to complete college but still have no idea how to end it properly, then read on. In this article, we will teach you everything about the proper ending of the dissertations, so get ready!

So. You have spent sleepless nights researching the trustworthy sources, analyzing what has already been said about the issue you chose for your thesis. You have spent hours writing your findings down, and have ended up having an excellent main body of the dissertation. The only problem is that now you need to conclude the thesis, and you do not know where to start.

Is it the case for you?

If so, do not worry: you are not alone in this problem. Many talented students have been there. And they have all gone through it successfully. And so will you with our useful tips. Just read on and memories them to put to action once you get a chance for it.

So, let’s see how you should conclude your dissertation.

How to conclude the dissertation

The first thing to bear in mind when talking about conclusions is that they serve one goal: to remind the readers of the most powerful statements you made in the thesis as well as leave a positive impression so that readers will finish the piece with a particular thought in mind.

Once you realize these two goals, you will be able to deliver a proper conclusion. So how can you create proper conclusions?

  1. Restate the central thought of the dissertation. You need to remind what you focused on when writing this paper so that the next statements you make are in agreement with this idea.
  2. Remind what you researched. Readers should be reminded of the main issues you focused your research on as well as the approaches and methodology of your dissertation. Keep it very short not to bore the readers to death, yet make sure you go over all the important details.
  3. Mention the prominent scholars whose works you used in your research. It is important to give enough credit to the authors, as otherwise your work might be considered plagiarism. So, name the key scholars you referred to in your thesis in conclusion.
  4. Go over your findings. Finally, you should talk about the main thing of the comprehensive research which are the results of your hard work. Create a list of all the findings you made in the course of this study and state how exactly you came to one or another finding. Let the readers see these results and learn from them.
  5. Explain why you believe that this study is significant. Do not just go over each finding, but state what makes each of it important. It is important, so do not miss a chance to state it.

These are the tips on how to compose a proper conclusion to your dissertation. With them, you will no longer have to worry about what to say and when. You will only need to follow our advice step by step and enjoy the improvements. https://assignmentbaron.net/blog/ contains much more interesting information about essay and dissertation writing.

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Top Ways That You Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Climate change is a very real threat to our planet and as the years roll on, the ice caps continue to melt and sea levels continue to rise. Our generation may not be directly affected by this danger, not even that of our children but if we want our grandchildren or our great grandchildren to enjoy the same beautiful world in which we are living in then it is time that we adjusted our way of living in order to maintain what is left of this incredible planet of ours.

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The main place to start is through the reduction of our carbon footprint, governments around the World are making efforts to reduce theirs and plenty of energy conscious individuals like Jonathan Schrag regularly talk about ways in which we can personally reduce our carbon footprint in order to help out. Here are some things that you can do to help out.

Carpool Instead of Drive

There are simply too many cars on the road, pumping out fumes into the atmosphere and damaging the environment. In order to avoid this every should consider using public transport or car-pooling. This means that each car, if full, will be the equivalent of 4 or 5 cars on the road just with significantly less emissions. In addition, if you are able to invest in a low-emission car or even an electric car then that would also help greatly.

Changing Lightbulbs

Changing your light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs will make a huge change to the carbon footprint which you and your home leaves. Did you know that altering a single light bulb to this kind can reduce carbon dioxide pollution by over 1,300 pounds in its lifetime, more than enough reason to get those light bulbs in the home changed.

Buy Local Food

Food Miles have a huge impact on the carbon emissions that are put out by the World, on average, food travel somewhere around 2,000km between source to your plate, a huge amount of kilometers. If you try and buy local, seasonal produce however then you will be playing a vital role in reducing the amount of distance that the food has to travel and reducing the carbon emissions at the same time.

Switch Off Gadgets

Not only can switching off gadgets and unplugging cables save you a lot of money on your energy bill each year, estimations are around $100, but you can also help in your contribution to make the planet greener. Leaving a phone charger plugged in for example means that although your phone may not be charging, the electric is still being sent through the adaptors transformer, this wastes valuable electricity. When we waste electric it means that the national grid needs to make more power, power that in reality isn’t needed, and the practice of making the electric is what sends out carbon emissions. If you can, just try to spend 5 minutes each day before leaving the house to unplug all of your gadgets and tech.

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Ways to Earn Whilst You Are in University

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Being in university is a time to make new friends, have crazy experiences and party like crazy, oh, and of course, to study. During your time at university you will of course be putting in the work when it comes to gaining a good qualification and the truth is that yes, there will be a lot of partying and making friends in-between. Something that you are going to need at university, other than an intelligent mind, is money to get through it.

There are options available to support your studies, student loans and grants for example or a scholarship if you rock at football like Jack Elway. That will cover your course fees but actually living will cost a little bit more and here are some great ways that you can earn some cash whilst you are studying hard.

Online Income

More and more students are turning to the internet as a viable way to make money whilst they are away at campus, some take it to the next level like Zuckerberg. Nobody expects you to create the next Facebook but there are some great options online to make some extra cash from your dorm room. You could start a blog for example or fill out online surveys which will pay a little each time, you could look to freelance work like writing, email handling, virtual assistant work, graphic designing, website design or a whole host of other tasks that people are looking for online. You can earn well and you won’t have any costs other than your laptop and a wifi connection.

Tutoring

Once you get into your second or third year of university you can offer tutoring to some of the younger students. Meet in a neutral spot or invite them to your dorm for an hour or two per week. Tutoring is not only a great way of earning some money but it will also help to reinforce your knowledge and give you the satisfaction of helping others. When the time comes to get a job you will find that putting something like tutoring on your CV will help you to look more attractive to prospective employers. A win-win all round.

Nighttime and Weekends

Sometimes you just need to do what is necessary to get the greenbacks in and areas such as bar work, restaurant work or working weekends in a clothes shop is where you can do exactly that. These may not be the most fun or pleasant of jobs but they can help you to pay for the necessities in life whilst you are studying. Ensure that you don’t go after the money too hard, you don’t want it to compromise your studies. Once you get to university try to get out as early as possible looking for work, there will be thousands of students looking to do the same thing as you and jobs may be in high demand and low supply, make sure you’re in there first.

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Getting ESA Certification Issued Through Online Referral Entities

Animals like dogs and cats are excellent companions for humans, as has been seen in cultures of various countries since ancient ages. Of course, the penchant to keep certain species of birds and reptiles as pets is not exactly uncommon. However, a company of such creatures is mentally reassuring for some people and they find it easier to lead a healthy life when their avian, feline or canine companions are with them. People with specific emotional disorders often rely on particular animals and birds. These creatures are termed as ESA,which denotes emotional support animals. The company of such creatures does not heal their disorders but those people find it easier to cope with symptoms and hassles.

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Need for ESA certifications

While the company of an ESA may be helpful to you, getting ESA certification can be really advantageous. When you acquire such a certificate from a veteran psychologist or psychiatrist, the advantages are clear.

When you get issued an emotional support animal letter from a veteran doctor, it enables you to override limitations imposed at housings where landlords do not normally permit pets. Since your dog or bird is an ESA, the landlord cannot deny you accommodation, as per law. Besides, such certificates enable you to take the beloved animal along with you in a lot of flights. The airlines cannot refuse the ESA entry into the plane if the owner can show a valid document. In certain situations, having such certifications enables you to take the ESA to specific public places without fuss.

Getting an ESA certificate

While primary care providers are entitled to issue their patients with ESA such letters, not all of them would do that. Sad as it sounds, a lot of doctors still do not think ESAs can be beneficial for people with mental disorders. Rather than approaching doctors randomly to get such certificate for the ESA, you can contact the online referral agencies and fulfill the requirement.

There are dedicated online ESA certification referral entities that can make your task easier. When you seek their packages, these entities arrange for an online test for the certification. As an applicant, you have to appear for the online test. The test is held by a veteran psychiatrist or therapist who is authorized to issue ESA letters and certificates. It can be done in less than 30 minutes and the doctor takes 2 days for evaluation. If he deems you suitable for the certification, you will receive it or else refund will be issued. The process is quite simple and transparent.

Evaluating the referral agency

It is necessary to check the track record of the ESA referral service online before you seek its packages. These agencies have separate packages which enable you to get comprehensive emotional support animal letter covering both flights and accommodation. However, you may also opt for packages covering either of these areas. The entity should have a robust helpline along with customer support. This ensures you get to know if your disorder makes you eligible to apply for an ESA certificate.

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Biomedical engineering: is it for you?

Is Biomedical engineering for you?
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While some professions have stagnated or declined in recent decades, there is no slowdown in the demand for biomedical engineers.

Professionals such as Akash Monpara know this all too well, as he and his colleagues enjoy above average pay, meaningful work, and bright prospects for the future.

Is biomedical engineering for you? This article will explore this field in detail, from the work they do to academic requirements and income prospects.

What is biomedical engineering?

Biomedical engineering occupies the space between engineering and medicine. Professionals in this field take common engineering principles and apply them to solve problems in health care and biology-centered professions.

Where do biomedical engineers work?

There are many different work environments where you will find biomedical engineers. While you will find most in hospitals and in biomedical research facilities, they can also be found in manufacturing plants (e.g. where prostheses are assembled), government departments, universities, and working as freelance consultants.

How much do they make?

Given their status as subject matter experts in an industry that is experiencing medium to long-term growth, biomedical engineers command a healthy salary.

The median earnings for this field was $86,220 in 2015, meaning that half of all engineers earned more than this figure and half earned less.

The top 10% of engineers in this field took home $139,520 that year, which indicates a great deal of long-term upside in this profession.

Which courses will I be taking?

When you go to college to become a biomedical engineer, there are a specific series of courses that you will need if you want to have success in this field.

Be sure to seek out schools that offer a specifically tailored degree in biomedical engineering, as many employers seek out candidates with this exact academic credential when they have an opening.

If you are still in high school, focus on science (biology, chemistry, physics) and mathematics prior to applying to colleges with biomedical engineering programs.

When beginning your undergraduate career, you will take courses in organic and biochemistry, mechanics, molecular biology, electronic circuits, and genetics as part of your mandatory core courses.

If you are taking your Masters, expect to take on topic areas such as biomedical instrumentation, neuroengineering, or nanotechnology when you are in pursuit of your thesis.

Will biomedical engineers be in demand in the future?

There are a pair of factors that are driving the demand in the biomedical field: the continued aging of the population, and the movement of high technology into medicine.

As boomers age, this population cohort is clamoring for solutions to the reductions in mobility that they are suffering.

At the same time, the Big Data revolution and work on decoding the human genome has made it profitable for technology companies to move into the healthcare sector.

With loads of actionable data that wasn’t there five years ago, there is an opening for biomedical engineers to offer their expertise. The stats bear this out, as it is expected that there will be a 23% increase in the number of jobs over the net decade.

This rate of growth is much faster than other professions, making this a great field for ambitious, scientifically-minded individuals.

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Earning a Diploma as a Digital Nomad: Is it Possible?

Earning a Diploma as a Digital Nomad is a realistic goal for many these days
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The digital nomad lifestyle has been gaining in popularity in the last couple of years for a variety of reasons. Of course, the prospect of being completely location independent can seem romantic at first, but it has some serious caveats that need to be considered before anyone decides to make the jump. One of them is education.

But with the advent of online education, more and more students are envisaging getting their education entirely online while travelling. But is it really feasible and what are the steps that need to be taken for the whole process to go smoothly?

Choosing the Right Course and College

Digital nomads have special needs when it comes to choosing an online program. While most online programs can be taken almost completely online, some are much more difficult to attend. Take the case of nursing. Most nursing classes online will require that you spend a significant amount of time on facility. RN programs in PA, for example, require clinical rotations in local healthcare facilities.

 

But if you’re pursuing an online bachelor of science in marketing, or any course that can be easily dispensed online, then things might be easier. If you do decide to go for an online marketing degree, make sure that the school you go to has the proper accreditation, is ready to accommodate your travelling lifestyle and has successful alumni.

Consider Asynchronous Courses

Asynchronous online courses allow students to attend class anywhere, anytime, and don’t require students to use video conferencing or participate in group chat sessions; all things that could be problematic if you’re on a plane or at the beach. Also, you should go for courses that offer longer deadlines to turn in assignments. Some schools might require certain assignments to be turned in on a weekly basis, while some will allow tasks to be completed within a set number of months. These courses are usually better for people who are constantly on the go.

The Connection Issue

If you’re going to pursue your education online, it’s very important that you always have a steady internet connection available. Many hotspots for digital nomads such as Chiang Mai, Amsterdam and Davao offer top of the line internet service in addition to affordable housing. In other upscale urban areas, you can even get a personal broadband connection device that will give you access to 4g and 3g networks.

However, some other places in the world are still catching up and it would be wise to check the quality of the internet service in the city/country you’re considering before you book your trip. Please remember that some courses can be really data extensive and require that you download heavy documents or use streaming videos, all things that would be nearly impossible to do with a basic modem connection.

These are just some of the technicalities of studying while traveling. If your source of income is totally online, then juggling travel, work and education could be easier than you think. However, before you make the jump, make sure that you choose a flexible program from a reputable school that will allow you to take classes whenever and wherever you want, and make sure that the country you’ll be visiting will have the accommodations necessary for you to follow your courses easily.

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