Test Preparation For The GRE

For graduates and undergraduates nationwide, the reality of the future is readily at hand. With educational success and longevity in mind, preparing for the GRE may be the next course of action for many graduate students and undergraduates alike.

The GRE is another essential factor that plays part in the application process for graduate school. Collaborated with letters of recommendation, GPA, research experience, etc., the GRE becomes just as a valuable contributing factor to admission. Many of those looking into graduate school realize the importance held with the GRE. In order to maximize one’s chances of being admitted to a graduate program, it is imperative to succeed greatly on the GRE test. With that being said, do not wait until the last minute to take the GRE. ATTENTION SENIORS, this means do not wait until fall semester of your senior year to take the GRE, doing so could be a grave mistake and risk the chances of admission, haltering future educational dreams. In order to reduce any stress factors, taking the GRE exam has been successfully accomplished when taken in the junior year of college. This enables the individual the ability to know their test scores before and while preparing to apply for the desired and necessary graduate schools and programs. It allows the ability to re-take the exam if the first initial scores did not meet any requirements or preferred score. Many of the aspects covered within the exam are key concepts that were obtained during the earlier years of college. There will need to be an exceptional amount of preparation that will go into preparing for the GRE; this is in order to perform at the best of one’s capability.

GRE test preparation may include study groups, practice exams, organized study plans and/or calendars, financial preparation and planning, etc. In order to perform at the best of one’s capability, not just on the GRE but for any exam, it is crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle that involves adequate sleep, proper nutrition and regular exercise. One’s mind and body must both be performing at the peak potential to achieve one’s desired performance capabilities.

Preparing To Be Successful In Your Chosen Career

Starting another school year can be tough.  So many things to accomplish, so many goals to achieve.  These are some of the things you should always remember. They are 20 of the most practical things that you should do in college if you want to get your dream  job after graduation.

1. Do not restrict yourself to the library.
According to experts, it is still possible for a student not to be ready for the workplace even after getting a degree and a high GPA. An individual with a 4.0 might not be hired because he likely has little or no experience needed for the workplace.

2. Start a business while being a student.
Big companies like Google and Yahoo and successful business people like Patrick Byrne have paved the way for aspiring business majors. Therefore, starting a business as a student could make those big companies to be interested in buying what you started, and for big money.

3. Don’t take limiting debts.
Instead of attending an expensive private school, the public one could be a great idea, and you would still get a great education. Sometimes, it is good to avoid the debts that go with private schools.

4. Take part in campus activities.
In success in career, emotional intelligence — social skills for reading and leading other people –could be better than job competence or knowledge in helping you to have success.

5. Stay away from humanities in grad school.
Having success in this field is not always easy, as 1 in 5 English PhD grads are able to get university jobs, while the degree does not even help outside the university.

6. Ignore the law-school.
Of all professionals, the most depressed are the lawyers. Though stress in itself does not make a job to be bad, what makes that job to be bad is when you do not have control over your work, and lawyers are those who always act on behalf of other people.

7. Get involved in a sport in college.
Those who make more money are the ones who play sports, and while you are not really required to be great at sports, what is needed is for you to be part of a team.

8. Do not have the same expectations your parents have.
If you want to live your own life, you should have your own expectations.

9. If there are new things you are not good at, try them.
You should learn enjoying new things even if you are not required to get to the top.

10. Define success for yourself.
Success is defined narrowly by the society. Instead of seeing success as accolades or financial gain, you should define it in terms of personal happiness and individual interests.

11. Your top priority should be your job search.
You have to chase a job if you want to get it, especially if it is a good one. Track your progress by using Excel spreadsheets or any other one available online.

12. Go for happiness course.
A course on happiness affects the way you think of psychology, sociology and economics.

13. Take a course on acting.
Acting helps you to be bold and be willing to appear before others without being shy. It improves your public speaking skills, which could be of great help in your career.

14. Always give a compliment.
Giving a compliment improves your relationship with others, starting from college, and with no limit in the workplace.

15. Use the career center.
The experts at the career center can put you in the workforce.

16. Do not be discouraged if colleges reject you.
Those who are always happy are the ones with a more durable sense of self. You should not take it personally when bad things happen. That is the way the most successful business people quickly bounce back after a setback.

17. Be a transfer student at Harvard.
Of course, an Ivy League school contributes to the success of people, but that success is not as great as the one of those who applied and got rejected. Those who apply to Ivy League schools are likely to have more ambition and high-self-confidence, even if they don’t get in.

18. Abandon the perfectionist streak.
In college, this is rewarded, but it leads to a lot of job stress and the inability to have job satisfaction.

19. Work your way through the college.
You have a lot to gain if you join student organizations and become part of those who help those in need in other countries.

20. Create to-do lists.
Having a to-do list makes you to achieve your goals because you have a plan.

Advice For All You Biology And Science Majors

If you are a biology major, you know about the constant studying you have to do in order to succeed in this degree program and here are a few tips on how to survive as a biology major. Since lab exercises are important for grades and hands-on experience, you want to pay close attention to what the biology professor is doing and saying because you will do a lot more of these projects when you enter graduate school and become a biologist. Always study for exams at least three weeks before the day of the exams and if you need to write research papers, gather your material early.

Seek An Internship

If you want a head start in your biology career while still in college, you should pursue a few internships in biology because it exposes you to the lives of biologists and you can ask them what their careers are like on a regular basis. During the internship you want to seek to do tasks that go beyond your assigned tasks because this is the best way to learn about your chosen career. Aquariums, environmental awareness organizations, government agencies,  and universities are good sources of biology-related internships.  Be sure to also research antibody & development companies in your local area to see if they have internship opportunities.

Writing A Personal Statement for an Advanced Biology Degree

Biology students who want to work in high-level biology careers should consider an advanced degree because many employers expect this from job applicants who seek these kinds of positions. When you apply for a masters or doctoral biology program, you will need to prepare a strong and interesting personal statement. Before you write the statement you need to write a list of ten reasons why you would be a good candidate for the graduate program. Mention how you decided to become a biologist and you should also include internships and volunteer work that had the most influence on your life.

Kinds of Biology Majors

One type of biology major is marine biology and this is the study of marine animals and plants. If you current have a bachelor’s degree in marine biology but want to work as a top researcher or professor of marine biology at a college, you need to get an advanced degree. Biochemistry is a major that focuses on cellular biology and it involves the studies of how cells operate in plants, animals and people. Zoology is the study of animal life in general while environmental sciences deal with the study of the environment.

When you decide to become a biology major, you are taking on classes and activities that are sometimes difficult. If you get discouraged in your efforts as a student, you can meet with your campus counselor to get advice on how to relieve stress and it is also a good idea to talk with friends and relatives. To learn more about the career you are entering, you should read books about biology careers and you also want to attend career seminars that the biology department offers.

Health Insurance For Students

Many friends of mine are generally not interested in getting the best health insurance. However, when someone (particularly young people) is living without health insurance, he or she could be putting their life at risk, as it could be difficult to get treated if he had no financial resources.  It’s no question that without good health, it would be difficult to carry on in academic life.   Because of this risk, it is now part of the requirements of most colleges and universities that a student have an insurance plan when enrolling.

But what are the factors one needs to consider when looking for health insurance?

Employer-provided Plan for the Parents

In the United States, more than 60% of students attending colleges are covered by the insurance plans of the parents, and according to statistics, the number will continue to grow. The advantage of this is that the student is likely to have various things covered, which would not have been possible through direct negotiation. One disadvantage of this type of insurance plan is that it is if the student is living far away from home, he may not have access to the insurance providers participating under the plans of the parents.

Health Insurance Plan of the College

More than 50% of universities and colleges have their own health insurance plans for their students.  At UCSD, we have SHIP, the Student Health Insurance Plan.  If your school does not have this type of program, then you’ll need to consider an outside health insurance provider.  US Health Group, Sharp Rees Steely and Aetna are all good starting points to begin with.

As a student, the advantage of this type of plan is that you can easily and quickly have access to healthcare if you don’t have access to the insurance plan of your parents. According to experts, the average cost of these types of plans is between $30 and $2400 per year, and the average is between $800 and $900.

The disadvantage of this type of plan is that major medical problems are usually not covered, which is the same as not being insured. For instance, there is always coverage for specific medical conditions, and many plans have up to $30,000 per condition, while there are also some insurance plans with additional caps on what the insurers will pay for a particular service or set of services.

It is believed that insurance companies make more money from the plans that are sponsored by the schools, and this makes the students carry more risk and based on research, in addition to living without proper coverage, some students with pre-existing medical conditions are excluded or required to pay higher premiums. Today, some plans do not even cover prescription drugs.

Individual Insurance Plans

These are the insurance plans negotiated directly with an insurance company, and the advantage is that the premiums for healthy and young adults are very cheap, in most cases as low as $600 every year. In addition, many providers are available for the university student than when organized by the school. This is a very good option as coverage can be up to $500,000 for each condition, while the premiums paid every year range from $1400 to $1900 depending on the deductible.

The disadvantage of this type of plan is that copayments and deductibles are likely to be higher than the ones of college-sponsored plans. It may also be difficult to purchase a plan if one has a serious or chronic health condition like diabetes or asthma.

Get Yourself To San Diego

Blessings really do come in disguises.  My first school of choice was UCSB.  I can’t tell you how bad I wanted to attend that school.  To this day, I’m not 100% clear on why my application was denied but what I do know, things certainly have worked out for the best.  UCSD is amazing.  Not just the educational system, top-notch professors and degree programs but also the lifestyle and environment.  We’ve got some of the greatest architecture amongst all the UC campuses, my fellow students are all very friendly and the weather without a doubt lives up to it’s reputation.

If you’re thinking about attending UCSD, or simply just planning to move here to sunny San Diego, here’s some straightforward advice to get you here as stress-free as possible.

Consider Finding A Good Real Estate Agent in San Diego

I know we’re talking about college here so buying a house probably isn’t at the top of the priority list, but a good real estate agent can help you more than just finding a house to buy.  They can make your life a lot easier if you are looking for an apartment or somewhere to lease if you plan to live off-campus.  San Diego has plenty of certified and licensed realtors to choose but this does not mean that all of them are capable of giving you the best assistance in searching for a place to call home. Before you relocate to San Diego, you should read reviews of different realtors in this city to get an idea of what their services are and the costs for the services . Most of the time you won’t incur any charges for them finding you a place to rent (they get paid a commission from the property owner).  If you have relatives who live in the area, ask them to e-mail you recommendations for realtors and you can contact those realtors for additional information.

Packing Fragile Items

At least three to four weeks before the move to San Diego you should start purchasing boxes and other packing supplies and packing everything. For fragile items, you do not want to pack them in the same boxes with the other items because they could get broken. Instead you should pack the fragile items in a separate box and you need to wrap these items in newspaper or bubble wrap to keep the items safe. When you put the boxes in your vehicle, always pack the fragile items last.  If you’ve got a ton of stuff like I do, you may need the help of movers San Diego for large, heavy items and maybe even a storage facility if you want to keep everything tucked away.

The Job Search in San Diego

San Diego is home to a thriving U.S. Navy base that employs up to 55,000 civilian workers but is also home to numerous wireless and biotech companies and a host of startup companies that specialize in everything from technology to legal consulting. If you’re coming to San Diego for better employment opportunities, you will not be disappointed. You want to go beyond the Internet to search for jobs and walk around various neighborhood businesses and inquire about job openings. Attend city-sponsored job fairs and bring a few copies of your resume. Purchase the newspaper and write down a list of the ob openings you are interested in.

Best Reasons for Moving To San Diego

One of the most obvious reasons to move to San Diego is the beautiful and mild weather and the great beaches you will find here.  What better way to spend time off from long hours of studying and/or working?  After graduation, it’s likely I’ll be staying in this beautiful city because of the weather, culture, people and of course, the great continuing education system.

San Diego is a great place to relocate to for these reasons and many more. Before you relocate you should learn as much as you can about different neighborhoods within the city and research the city’s laws and restrictions as this will be important to remember when you get settled. You should get the phone numbers of the main hospitals, clinics, police stations and fire stations in the neighborhood.

How My Sorority Changed My Life

It’s funny how people always seem surprised when they find out that I was in a sorority. It got to a point that I almost was getting apologetic about it. Last week, when I saw one of my sisters (yes, sorority sister) she asked me why I was being that way. I didn’t have a good answer so she made me list all the ways that being part of a sorority had been good for me and how it had been bad. The bad list was really short. The other list I made helped me realize how my sorority changed my life for the better and I have every reason to be proud of my involvement and to encourage other women to pledge.

My Sorority Life Now Fits In

Not by becoming a member of a clique or taking on a bunch of views and styles I didn’t agree with. Being part of a sorority helped me fit in because suddenly I was part of a group that had a little bit of everything and the fact that I wasn’t a part of one group or another didn’t matter and didn’t exclude me, I was a part of something larger so I belonged.

That was the first time in my life that it became “OK” to be myself, because even if I wasn’t in the biggest or most popular group at the time, I was still part of the group and valued. It also made me see how I shut some people out because I felt they didn’t belong “with me.” Being a Sorority Sister comes before you are part of a clique. Cliques are still there, but the Sorority is first.

I Now Know the Value of Community Through my Sorority Life

Everybody knows that Sororities do charity. People make fun of us when we do it because they think it’s just a part of some role we are playing. But every sister is there at those events or out washing cars to raise money or throwing a dance because they believe that what they are doing will make a difference. It gave us a way to be a part of the community beyond the house and the college. It made me realize that my life and my needs do not define everyone’s experience. Yet it also made me realize that just as I can go help someone in need, community means when I am in need of help – someone is there for me.