Helpful Tips To Choose The Perfect School For You

Helpful Tips To Choose The Perfect School For You

It doesn't matter so much where you go as what you do when you get there.

Congratulations, you crazy high schoolers!! You've made it to the home stretch of high school! Now, you have just one semester left of high school, and let me tell you, this was my favorite semester of high school without a doubt.

It's the best semester; there's graduation, senior prom, senior all-night parties, and best of all, picking your college.

Yes, that's right! You've just finished applying to colleges and you're ready to start hearing back. You'll get into your dream school and a few others. Celebrate each acceptance letter! You did it!

But then, that means you have to pick the college you'll ultimately be going to. It's a big decision and it's important. This is when you'll start going to campus days and college tours and every school is going to try to sell their campus to you.

Every school will sound absolutely perfect, but just remember that the people you're talking to are trained specifically to sell, sell, sell.

No, that doesn't mean that they'll lie to you about their campus, but they will try to spin everything as much as they can to a positive light. Afterall, they want you to choose their university over all the others if they admitted you.

In that case, there are a few things to keep in mind while you're searching for the perfect home. Take it from someone who just went through that process and is more than happy with her decision.

There's a lot to think about, but the most important thing to do is talk to as many current students as you possibly can during the tour.

Talk to not only the tour guides but also to the other people touring the school. This will help you get a feel for what the campus's student body is like. Because let me tell you, the people you surround yourself with are one of the most important pieces of the puzzle.

When you talk to these people, ask them about their classes. Ask them to tell you about their favorite class or professor at the University. Ask them to tell you about something they genuinely enjoyed learning about. Listen to how they answer; do they make you excited to take classes at the university? Do they sound passionate about their experiences in classes, even if the workload was difficult?

But even more importantly than that, ask them about what they do outside of class. What kinds of student organizations are they part of, what kinds of projects do they work on?

When they respond, listen for their passion. Do the students here sound like they're just doing these things for their resumes or do they actually care about the work they're doing? When they talk about their activities, do you feel like you want to be a part of that too?

And then, ask them about what they do for fun. No one drinks and parties all seven nights a week (at least I hope to dear god they don't), so what do they do for fun?

This answer gives you a lot of insight into the campus culture and whether it's a good fit for you.

If they struggle to come up with what they do for fun, or it sounds like they don't spend a lot of time on destressing activities, then the culture of the campus might be more rigid and academically focused. If it's the opposite, then you know they do take time to relax.

In that case, listen to the kinds of things they do and if it matches with what you love to do or might want to try.

Take a look at how big the campus is and how much walking you're actually going to have to do. Don't take that for granted, and make sure you ask about bus transportation if you're on a big campus.

I can't tell you how many times I've misjudged the amount of walking I have to do. A good gauge is to ask your tour guides how many pairs of shoes they burn through in a year. I'm up to about one right now, which isn't so bad, but's its only been half the year and winter has just begun.

Speaking of winter, pay attention to the weather. And yes, it is much, much more severe when you're walking everywhere. Ask them about road plowing conditions if you're somewhere where it snows a lot. Ask about air conditioning and heating in the housing and even classrooms.

Honestly, it seems insignificant, but these little details matter a lot.

It's all about whether or not you're going to be comfortable in this new place because when you have a thousand other more important things to be worrying about, simple things like whether or not you'll be comfortable while sitting in class or are even going to be able to make it to class in the weather outside should not be adding to your stress.

And of course, make sure you look at existing credit transfers. You don't want to take all those college classes and AP exams only to find out they don't even really count for anything except general credit. And, find out what kind of recruitment services or alumni networks or professional development opportunities they have on campus.

You won't be thinking about these things as a newly-admitted freshman, but a few years down the road, you will. Cover for yourself now.

Basically, the most important things for you to figure out while you're researching your future home is what the school's culture is like and whether you fit into it and whether the resources they have align with what you will need in the coming years.

But don't forget, it doesn't matter so much where you go as what you do when you get there.

You'll be fine either way. Go out there and chase the world down my dudes.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 A.M. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest,

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old doom room is now filled with two freshman trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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6 Characteristics A Good Baking Mentor Should Possess

Make sure that your teacher is an open-minded person who is ready to listen to your grievances and queries

Baking is an art but teaching it requires a lot of patience and positivity. You might be a skilled baker but that doesn’t mean that you can be a great teacher as well. This is why it is important that you choose a good mentor for yourself when you are learning how to bake else you would end up bad baking results.

How do you select the right teacher for yourself? What characteristics or qualifications should you look out for?

Don’t worry, we have listed down a few characteristics that you should look out for when choosing the perfect teacher for yourself.

1. Great organizational skills

One of the most important qualities of a good baking teacher is how to lead the students and carry out their baking class. A good teacher will have the whole baking class outlined which will include specific timing for theory and hands-on session to train the students properly. They would also account any issues that might arise during the class and how to deal with them efficiently.

2. Patient and motivating

New bakers in training often make mistakes or are to slow to understand the instruction which is why a good teacher will need to be patient with them. If you choose a highly-qualified teacher who is impatient and always criticising then you are likely to give up the baking class and maybe never get back into it as a career too. This is why it is extremely important that you find a teacher who will be patient and motivating and will explain to you things gently without getting frustrated easily.

3. Highly-trained and qualified

Of course, a teacher needs to be properly qualified in order to teach you the subject so make sure that you choose a teacher who has the necessary baking qualifications and certifications. While you can choose a teacher without the diploma or certifications in baking and cake decoration courses, it is likely that you would get a more thorough training if you do. So, check out their educational background before you start taking classes with them.

4. Good communicator

Another important quality of a good teacher is to be able to communicate their thoughts clearly to the students, so that it's easy for them to understand. If a teacher is not able to communicate the recipe properly or isn’t able to share the baking tips with you then the complete class would turn out to be an utter waste of your time. So, make sure that you choose a teacher who has good speaking skills and is able to efficiently get their point across to the students.

5. Creative and inspiring

No one feels inspired by a boring, monotonous class with the teacher droning on or following the same class schedule every day. This holds particularly true for bakers as they need some inspiration to bake new and innovative things. If your teacher lacks the creativity and always follows the course rules then you are less likely to enjoy their class. On the other hand, if your teacher is always bringing something new to the table and motivates the students to use their own imagination then you are more likely to feel inspired to bake.

6. Ready to listen

Finally, make sure that your teacher is an open-minded person who is ready to listen to your grievances and queries. You don’t want to learn from a teacher who won’t listen to your ideas or answer your queries as this will be counter-productive to your learning. Make sure you choose a teacher who will be supportive and helpful and will always clear your doubts so that you can be properly trained.

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