Student Health and behavior

One of the most popular approaches to curbing binge drinking on college campuses may not be effective for most students and could even backfire on some students, a new study suggests.

The survey of 14,000 students, conducted in 2012 at 119 colleges in 40 states, centers on how student perceptions about drinking levels affect student behavior.

About one college in nine has in recent years adopted a strategy, called the ”social norms approach,” that aims to correct misperceptions about alcohol use with education and publicity campaigns.

The premise is that students will adjust their drinking levels to whatever level of consumption they perceive the norm to be.

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Student experience is tapped to teach differences in social and binge drinking

Teens and college-age youths often are not versed in the convention of ”social drinking,” instead favoring a drinking style in which they consume lots of drinks quickly.

A 2013 Harvard School of Public Health survey of 119 U.S. colleges found that almost one-fourth of college students drink heavily and frequently. ”Binge drinking is on the rise,” says alcohol researcher Sandra Brown of the University of California, San Diego.

That’s what 23-year-old Brandon Busteed recalls about college life at Duke University in Durham, N.C. Busteed, who graduated last year, says students who drink often do so with the sole purpose of ”getting trashed.”

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When you are young and just starting out, sometimes it can be a bit challenging (or overwhelming) to decide which career path to focus on. Choosing a career path can make a big impact on what type of job you might be able to find and qualify for right out of college. With that in mind, you need to make sure that this career choice is something you enjoy and feels right for your future. There is certainly a lot of planning that goes into a decision of this magnitude. Here is some helpful guidance that may assist in that decision-making process.

Self-Assessment:

The first step is to really spend some time considering what is most important to you. This involves asking yourself a number of questions. For example, what types of things do you enjoy? Are there any hobbies you find interesting? What kind of potential job choices would make you happy to attend every day? Are you interested art, drawing, creativeness or animation? Are you more left brain or right brain oriented?

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Depending on your career goals, educational level, college budget, and personal responsibilities, a community college or career school may be suiting your needs even better than any 4-year college would do.

If you’re not sure in what way these types of schools differ, read on, and you’ll understand. A community college (also referred to as junior college, city college, or technical college) is typically offering 2-year college degree courses and programs in some majors. On top of these 2-year degrees (called associate’s degrees), some community colleges are also offering vocational training and professional certificates.

Community Colleges are offering their students usually lots of flexibility, both when it comes to the choice of majors and whether you want to attend a part-time, full-time, evening, or weekend program.

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The Internet has turned 19th-century economist Joseph Schumpeter’s gale of creative destruction into a hurricane. Freed from a host of physical constraints, business models that are more code than concrete are being invented and reinvented at head-snapping speed. Hundreds of startup factories and e-business incubators are dramatically shrinking the gestation time for new businesses.

Moreover, the torrent of VC money that has been pouring into favored sectors such as B-to-B hubs and optical networking has radically accelerated the pace of competitive evolution, as a swarm of nascent companies compete for the same market space. The Internet has spawned a Cambrian explosion of new competitive life forms.

And the frenzy will only grow. For a while there is much about the future that cannot be known, this much is sure: We are rushing toward the world in which everyone and everything will be connected to everyone else and everything else. Virtually any piece of knowledge on the planet will be instantly accessible. Narrow-band voice and text will give way to image-rich broadband media. And why is this so terribly significant? Because the pace of economic evolution has always been a function of the number and quality of interconnections between individuals and the ideas they hold.

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Author’s voice can be detected by good readers

If you could spend an hour in conversation with any writer, whom would you choose? What would lunch be like with Stephen King? Would Dave Barry be any less wacky in person than in print? Would George Will come off as engagingly erudite or as a condescending know-it-all? Would Toni Morrison be as passionate in discussion as she is in her novels? How would it be to just sit back and listen as Annie Dillard mused about life?

For most readers, imagining meeting an admired writer is a “daydream” that flows naturally from a reading experience. You feel you get to know a writer as a person – through the prose you get a glimpse of personality. You begin to discern preferences, tastes, attitudes, beliefs. In essence, as a mature reader, you are able to “read” the writer as well as the text.

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So today I put forward a proposal to my company. Here is what it said: I would like to work less, be paid more for each hour I work and I’d like to do all those hours from home.

Here’s what they said. You want WHAT? I explained again that I wanted more money (because I wasn’t being currently compensated appropriately for the caliber of my work), I wanted to work fewer hours (so I could have the flexibility to be with my kids more) AND I wanted to do all of this remotely (home or while traveling with my husband and kids).

For days I’d imagined this moment and kept thinking that they would look at me with an expression that said that “you have SOME NERVE making these demands!”

But instead, they said OK. They thought we could work it out.

What? I was confused. No resistance? NO challenge on the money part? I was almost hoping for some push back so I could do my speech about my worth in the market, my years of loyalty, my commitment…you know, I am woman, hear me roar!

So now, starting September 1, I will be working from home…I just wish I knew what that meant exactly.

Facing Fear With Eleanor

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Have you ever compared your child to another child? I’m sure you did. Even if you were just checking some age milestones to pass, you were comparing your kid to what´s expected in his or her age development.

But how about comparing your child to some friend´s child, have you done that? You probably did, and that’s normal for all parents to do, I say it’s unavoidable. Even if it´s just in your mind, you might think, “Oh that kid is potty trained already and mine keeps on diapers till now…”

While you are only thinking about it and not saying anything to your child, that’s ok, it´s a way to keep track on the developments achieved. Specifically if you are analyzing your kids´  body development. I mean, it’s ok to expect your child stop wetting the bed, start taking a shower on her own and etc. The problem is when you compare your child to another child in a behavior way and that can be really toxic to a little mind.

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A Math Teacher’s Love and Patience Adds Up. I’ve learned that people come into your life for many reasons. God uses people for a specific purpose. Many times that purpose is not revealed for years to come. Reflecting back on my adolescent years, I realized that God placed an extraordinary woman in my life, my mathematics teacher Mrs. Williams.

By sharing her love and wisdom, she has played a part in the woman I’ve become. She is a reason I have so much appreciation for education and my volunteer efforts are  always directed towards helping other students ( recently I got involved in online support for students preparing for the ACT test)

I struggled with math. I dreaded the fact that I had to face this truth every single day. I would think to myself, “If only I could be like the other students who were excited to raise their hands and answer the problem. Am I stupid? Will I ever learn how to do this?” I was shy and timid as a child, afraid to draw attention to myself; letting all the kids think that I wasn’t as good as they were. However, I couldn’t hide from Mrs. Williams. She could see right through me; a little girl who was fearful and struggling inside.

The key to her gift of teaching was not technical applications; it was her mastery of patience and encouragement, as well as the wisdom she shared from her life. Refusing to be bound by subjects and methods, Mrs. Williams not only taught mathematics, but she also individually taught the child. I remember times when we would sit for hours in a day perfecting different ways to accomplish one math problem.

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The Path to Leadership is complicated when you like I need to begin with struggling to get your GED, I had no choice but dropping out of the High School, I was 16 years old back then, it took me more than 3 years to earn a GED certificate.

I’m very proud of being a GED recipient but it wasn’t easy. I failed first, going back to school was a disaster and thankful for being able to follow online video classes from Covcell for my GED prep. If I would live 20 years ago, would not b able to pursue my dream this way.

It took me 5 months to get ready for the GED exam, it was a character changing experience but I did it. Besides the GED diploma, I also got confidence and self-esteem as the byproducts.

My secret source of motivation was the website that pointed out often enough that many famous and successful now people are also GED graduates. Then I decided I want to be a leader, I want to be a nurse and a leader, now my task was to find my own path to leadership.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot. Perhaps it stems from me trying to figure out my next move. I want to grow as a nurse leader, but the path isn’t clear. Good examples of a nursing leadership track I have yet to discover. Maybe I should take a closer look at what Steve Jobs has said about it. I have several options. Here are a few:

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