College Courses Based on TV Shows Are Relevant for Majors

February 22nd, 2018

BY SYLVIA KOHL

For better or worse, but TV shows today occupy quite a different part of our lives than they used to, let’s say, twenty or thirty years ago. From an easy way to spend half an hour every now and then without paying too much attention to what you are watching, they’ve turned into an integral part of our culture. Shows like Twin Peaks, A Game of Thrones, Fargo and dozens of others require a considerable investment of time and attention to be enjoyed; they boast impressive budgets, plotlines that take years to unravel and complicated imagery. It is no wonder, then, that TV shows have found their way from living rooms into classrooms, becoming a subject matter of university courses. What is even more interesting is that they are not limited to film and media studies departments. One may wonder if it is justified – so let us find out if courses based on TV shows matter across the education system.

1.    They make for a powerful emotional supplement

It is no news that people perceive information better if this process is combined with some powerful emotions – which is rather hard to achieve when you deal with spreadsheets, graphs, and statistics. That is why, e.g., sociology makes use of shows like Wire to supplement factual data with vivid imagery of what it all boils down to on personal level. Although this show isn’t a documentary, it depicts its subject matter with enough accuracy and in a much more compelling manner than any study.

2.    They offer an immediately recognizable language

Absolute majority of people, especially those of college age, watch TV shows, and a number of more well-known ones, like A Game of Thrones, have almost universal appeal and can be freely used as supportive imagery for projects that have no immediate connection to them – yet they will be recognized at once, creating a foundation almost everybody can relate to. Therefore, if a course chooses a show as a medium by means of which it transfers information, it immediately acquires a powerful means of finding common ground with students.

3.    They provide a memorable illustration of their subject matter

Although TV shows we are talking about here are no documentaries and often stray far away from their foundations in real life, they still can provide valuable insights into things they describe. A Game of Thrones has been used as a basis for a course aimed at the study of modern interpretation of medieval history and culture. South Park helps study political correctness, one thing its creators hate most of all. In other words, almost every show that takes a strong stance or demonstrates a lot of groundwork can serve as a basis for studying what it portrays.

4.    They serve as a reflection of broader culture and social trends of the time

TV shows can be interesting not only because of what they depict directly but due to unintended reflections of the society in which they are created. For example, studying shows coming from earlier periods can provide an insight into prevalent ideas at the time, societal norms and so on.

As you may see, there are many very good reasons to use TV shows in education, and not just to teach people to make more of them. Valuable lessons can be learned by students of many other disciplines, including sociology, history, philosophy, anthropology and so on.

Sylvia Kohl is an IT teacher with more than 8 years of professional experience. Her main spheres of interest are e-education and she convinced that learning process doesn’t stop after years in school and university.

 

Jobs of the Future: Most Employable Programming Skills

February 20th, 2018

BY ANTON LUCAS

Experts widely believe that the demand for programmers is set to witness a dramatic increase over the following decade. While that may sound encouraging to tech professionals, non-technical employees must face the reality of being rendered redundant. This has broad implications for students and recent graduates. It is now more important than ever to develop a basic understanding of programming skills.

Consequently, it is imperative for employees to stay abreast with the latest practices and programming languages in their respective industries.  If you work as a data scientist or software engineer, the tools and languages that you use indefinitely change every few years. So, no matter what your age or profession, you must keep updating your skillset to stay relevant in your industry.

The good news is that the advent of internet has made it possible for us to access cutting-edge training in programming languages for close to zero cost. Many prominent universities and educators conduct online classes that are both well-arranged and affordable. In this article, we present a list of top programming languages that tech companies look for in their potential employees.

Java

Released in 1995, Java is a simple programming language used by millions of developers worldwide. Even though Oracle owns it, Java is an open-source language and can run on any device. All native Android apps like Candy Crush Saga, Angry Birds and Temple Run are built in Java and many major corporations use Java for backend development.

PHP

PHP is a server-side programming language used as a base for Content Management System (CMS) for most websites, including Facebook, WordPress, Wikipedia and Tumblr. It is the preferred language to develop web applications and many PHP develops often manage to establish a successful freelance career.

SQL

Structural Query Language (SQL) is used to manage databases by inserting and manipulating data. Although it has been around for nearly four decades, SQL still remains  at the heart of relational databases. Despite implementational differences, SQL continues to act as a means for exchange as well as integration of data from different sources.

Data Science (with Python)

Data Science is the most sought-after skill by tech start-ups and corporations. Python is the most popular language for data mining, due to its simplicity and high-flexibility. Hence, it’s advisable for any tech professional to take a course in data science with python training. Even a basic understanding of the language can help you to analyse data, create visualizations, and employ machine learning algorithms to produce meaningful statistics. Reddit and Instagram already use Python for data science purposes.

C++
Developed in the early 1980s, C++ still figures in the list of the most popular programming languages globally. Its enduring popularity can be put down to the fact that it offers the dual advantage of ease of coding and high speed hardware control. Over the years, it has been used in several projects, including Google Chrome and MS Office. Nearly forty years after it was developed, C++ remain the bedrock of the software world.

 

Byline – Anton Lucanus is the Director of Neliti. During his college years, he maintained a perfect GPA, was published in a top cancer journal, and received many of his country’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarships. Anton writes for The College Puzzle as a means to share the lessons learnt throughout his degree and to guide current students to achieve personal and educational fulfilment during college life.

 

 

4 Worst Career Tips You Should Ignore

February 20th, 2018

By Sylest Christopher

Career planning is one of the most crucial parts of our lives. It is the foundation that we build on our professional life. So it is important to give it a serious thought as your entire professional ambitions and career success is contingent upon it. A misstep in your career planning can have serious repercussions on your professional life.

It is a commonplace to see people getting career advice from the seniors. The intent of such counseling session is to pursue guidance about a career move or seek validation for a thought. But it is equally important that you do a reality check of the advice before applying them in your professional life.

Here are 4 of the worst career advice you should never give a thought:

  1. “Do A Job If The Salary Is Lucrative”

Well, it is tempting to get a highly-paid job. But if your job is meaningless, the money becomes only a vanity and your interest in the job gradually fizzles out. A satisfying job has to be meaningful and it should add value to your professional portfolio. As an ambitious professional, you should be willing to do a job because of the learning opportunities it offers to you and not the financial perks.

Remember that if you follow excellence in your profession, the financial part of the job will follow you. So if someone asks you to grab a job just because of the high salary, don’t pay attention to his advice.

  1. “Follow Your Passion”

There is a difference between passion and profession. Your favorite hobby cannot necessarily become your best career choice. Loving something and making a career out of it are two different things. You need real talent and skills to excel in something you feel passionate about.

Let’s say you are a die-hard fan of soccer. But if you lack the temperament and endurance to undergo the strenuous fitness training sessions, you will not be able to make it to the top. So when someone tells you to follow your passion, don’t just jump into that profession. Rather you need to do a reality check about whether or not you have the talent and skills to make it a career.

  1. “Say Yes To Every Request Of Your Boss Even If It Means Sitting Late”

This is one of the most common advices people get from seniors. The majority of the people consider it the best strategy to be in good books of your boss. Remember that when you are in the professional world, you are paid only for the task you do and not for the favors you do to your boss.

Therefore, you should not entertain the self-serving demands of your boss, especially the personal requests such as write my assignment online.

While, it is okay to sit late once in a blue moon but if your boss keeps asking you for late sitting, then it is time to ask him for overtime compensation. As a professional, you have to do justice to your salary and there is no qualm to ask for the payment.

  1. “Find A Comfortable Job”

This is perhaps the worst advice anyone can give you. Remember that career success never comes so easily. You have to slog hours to learn the “ins” and “outs” of your job and go the extra mile to take it to the next level. You need to challenge yourself at every level and learn your way out to achieve professional excellence. So unless you get yourself out of the comfort zone, you cannot achieve the zenith in your profession.

Author Bio

Sylest Christopher is a Career Counselor, Educator, and a Blogger. She is a veteran career counselor and an educator. As a blogger, she likes to shed light on the different areas of education and career. She is a sports enthusiast and spends his weekend playing the baseball.

How to Avoid Distractions And Focus on Your Studies

February 19th, 2018

By KATE LARSON

Let’s start with a game. Nod your head if the following scenario rings any bells.

You have an essay that’s due to be handed in next week that you haven’t started (*starts nodding*). You probably should have started this essay earlier but other things have got in the way. As a result, you decide to head to the library in an attempt to avoid any unwanted distractions from your housemates.

So far, so good.

Here’s where that well thought-through plan starts to unravel. You sit down, place your laptop on a desk and take out your study notes.

Buzz. Your phone starts to vibrate. It’s a message on Whatsapp from your best friend. Of course, you reply instantly. So do they. You’re now in a back and forth conversation. Ten minutes later, you say your goodbyes and put your phone to one side.

Buzz. Your phones starts to vibrate. It’s a notification that someone has commented on one of your pictures on Instagram. Of course, you reply instantly. You’re now scrolling through that person’s pictures. After five minutes, you finally snap out of your trance and put your phone to one side. This time, you leave it on silent.

After reading your revision notes for ten minutes solid, you start to build up an insatiable desire to check your Facebook news feed. You only intend to spend a few seconds catching up on the latest goings-on in your social circle. Three videos, five comments and ten likes later, you finally manage to log out.

As it turns out, you’ve been sat in the library for over half an hour and have yet to jot down one word towards your essay.

Is your head nodding? The point of the scenario wasn’t to make you develop whiplash (apologies if you have) but to point out the ease in which we can become distracted in a world reliant on technology.

The good news is that there are several simple ways you can start to fight back against distractions. We’ve got three of the best tips, below:

Leave Your Phone at Home

A cell phone and writing an essay never mix well. In fact, they’re a recipe for disaster.

So, what can you do? Some say switching your phone to silent and leaving it at the other end of the room does the trick.

For over a half of American teenagers that say they feel addicted to their smartphone, however, the only solution that will actually work is to go cold turkey and leave their phone at home.

Sleep More

Students are notorious for burning the candle at both ends, with the average young adult sleeping for just six hours a night.

That doesn’t go unnoticed by your body, and your concentration levels are one of the first areas to be affected, according to several studies.

The solution is to try and treat your bedroom as a sanctuary rather than a place to hang out. That means moving your television, games console, and video games into the lounge.

If your mind can start to view your bedroom as a place to sleep, rather than an entertainment room, you’ll find it easier to get the necessary amount of shut-eye.

Turn Your Internet Off

As much as the internet is a major distraction, we often use it as a resource for our work. That means turning it off altogether is rarely an option.

There are, however, several workarounds. First, try opening all of the pages you think you might need before you start writing. Once you turn your internet off, you’ll still have access to these pages to help you complete your essay.

If that doesn’t work, you could try downloading an extension for your web browser that lets you stop access to certain websites for a set amount of time.

The last resort, of course, is to delete your social media accounts. Good luck with that one.

Kate Larson is a college student and aspiring blogger, who has a strong interest in the environment and personal well-being. She enjoys travelling and reading, as well as writing novels.

 

 

Student Team Projects: Tips to Complete a Successful Remote Project

February 16th, 2018

BY MELISSA BURNS

The world is changing rapidly. Technology is advancing at an astonishing pace. And companies are keeping up with progress. Nowadays, more and more companies are incorporating flexible time, giving digital nomads a chance to work on their projects from remote locations. For example, Mozilla and GitLab are allowing most of their workers to work from home; and this home can be located anywhere in the world.

The problem is that there are also several challenges when it comes to managing a project on which people work from various locations. Project management can become a bit difficult when teammates work remotely. However, as it was proven by various companies time and time again, completing projects using teams that work from home or remote locations is very possible. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to complete the project and prevent several problems.

5 Tips for Successful Remote Collaborations

Teammates should bond on a personal level and be able to socialize with each other. It can be quite difficult to bond the team together, as people are located in different parts of the world – and also have different cultures and religions in many cases. To overcome this issue, use instant messaging applications that allow meetings and video calling. Skype comes to mind instantly. Being able to see and hear your teammates is very important if you want the team to bond.

Resolve time zone differences and be firm. In many cases, teammates are located in different time zones. Some may work from Europe, while others probably work from the United States. To solve this problem, you need to clearly define specific time slots when online meetings and calls must take place. Team members must understand that joining the meeting is not optional.

Use adequate Document Management software. Most projects require teammates to collaborate on various documents online. This is why a comprehensive Document Management solution with integrated online editing tools, like Zoho Docs, is highly recommended for remote projects. Using such a tool, people can easily collaborate online, as well as make edits, approve changes, and create new documents as necessary.

Use Time Tracking software to make sure that everyone is doing their part. Although it rarely happens, there are times when certain team members are a tad lazy. To make sure everyone works on the project equally as hard, use a time tracking solution. For example, Time Doctor is just one of the better tools for the task.

Use a project management system, especially for larger projects. It may sound like a good idea to use email to handle everything, but it is absolutely not. Managing a virtual team needs more than email. Communications, files, documents, schematics, videos, screenshots, etc. – everything must be easy to organize and find later on. This is why a project management system like Zoho Projects or Wrike is highly recommended.

Remote Projects Work

For many organizations – and their number is on the rise – remote project management works just fine. In fact, many companies find that remote project management works better than traditional project management. Remote teams help companies save money due to lower project costs, greatly decrease travel time for team members, and improve a company’s ability to attract highly skilled and experienced workers. If done right, remote projects can be very successful, and both the company and the virtual team have a lot to gain.

However, digital project managers must be able to manage their virtual teams and the workflow correctly. This is why an adequate set of tools, as well as various techniques like the tips listed above, are very important for a remote project. In other words, the success of the project depends in large part on the tools and strategies you use.

Melissa Burns graduated from the faculty of Journalism of Iowa State University. Nowadays she is an entrepreneur and independent journalist. Follow her @melissaaburns or contact at burns.melissaa@gmail.com

 

 

Keeping Business Degrees Relevant in a Digital World

February 15th, 2018

BY ANNABEL MONAGHAN

Business degrees come in all shapes and sizes, with dozens of degree type varieties (such as entrepreneurship, administration, and management) and dozens of more certificate/minor programs. A business degree is designed to be a generalist degree while simultaneously fostering a high level of career options. There have been historical commonalities amongst these different paths to a business degree, such as a broad understanding of organizations, strategy and policy, and finance fundamentals. The most competitive business schools keep a great pulse on the economy and modify their curriculum to reflect recent innovation and best practice, in order to provide output of the most relevant and highly-qualified graduates.

Since business schools clearly see an importance in maintaining relevance in their curriculum, it leaves one wondering why there is not always an inclusion of digital marketing skills within every business degree program. The overwhelming majority of business degree programs entail at least an introduction to marketing. Even for those that do not specialize within marketing, such as those pursuing a management career track, it is essential that those whom manage marketing personnel have a rudimentary understanding of marketing. If the desired outcome of a business degree is a business professional that can do a little bit of everything, and has the foundational knowledge to work with all corporate job functions, business degree programs are falling alarmingly behind in setting students up for success in regards to working with modern marketing teams. The recent graduate with a business degree is expected to have not just highly relevant, but highly varied business skills that transcend several corporate job functions.

Digital marketing is the new gold standard of marketing. A recent graduate with a business degree, as well as anyone that has been in business for even a few weeks, understands the importance of lead generation and the full sales cycle. Marketing, and in modern times, most importantly, digital marketing, is the cornerstone of success in these aspects of business. Digital marketing constitutes a substantially higher percentile of marketing expense than traditional marketing, with forecasted digital marketing spend increasing and traditional marketing spend decreasing. The need to have a foundational understanding of such a large budgetary allocation is a critical skill set to fulfill for anyone in business.

Anyone in business knows that what matters to shareholders and the big executives, or even your manager as an entry-level worker, are the deliverables. Put simply, what talks in business are numbers and money- not guesswork. What separates digital marketing from traditional marketing is the increased ability to gather these hard numbers, providing the ability for marketing professionals to report KPIs and analytics to business decision-makers. If a business decision-maker is unable to comprehend what these numbers mean, they’re likely out of a job. The level of irony in a lack of digital marketing knowledge will not be lost on prospective employers, and a failure to implement digital marketing knowledge in business degree programs will devalue business degrees.

A core foundation in digital marketing fundamentals such as social media platforms, digital advertising budgets, social media calendars, and content automation needs to be implemented alongside historically taught (and still equally important, as well as leveraged in digital marketing) topics such as market and demographic research. A business could have the most experienced and talented marketing professional or team, but without the management and leadership to properly assess their performance, feedback, and metrics, the growth of that business is stunted. This has been a fatal mistake made by many late-adopters of digital marketing and technology, becoming rapidly overtaken by competitors that made the choice to stay relevant.

 

Decisions that a business graduate might make include decisions that stem beyond proposed and ongoing digital marketing campaigns. Selecting your digital marketing employee, team, or outsourcing is one of the most important decisions one will make in business. Lacking the fundamental knowledge of digital marketing will result only in a complete inability to make the right choice in digital marketing strategists, which can have devastating results for your business. Selecting the wrong PPC management services not only provides a nonexistent ROI for your business investment, but renders a sunk cost, hurts your business’ branding, and leaves a permanent stain on your individual reputation.

Every business degree should create a fundamental understanding of core digital marketing concepts such as SEO, data-driven marketing, content strategy, social media management, platform selection, and customer experience. Many of the topics mentioned previously directly tie in to existing marketing topics instructed in major business degree programs. For example, most business degree programs include lectures on demographic research, which leads directly into platform selection: how many of your potential customers use a cell phone relative to a laptop, how often, and when? The core understanding of these topics is derived from business finesse regardless, so if your digital marketing experts are already knowledgeable about business fundamentals (and if they are competent digital marketing experts, they are certainly knowledgeable of business fundamentals,) bringing this full circle requires business specialists with a core foundation in digital marketing fundamentals.

Annabel Monaghan is a writer with a passion for education and edtech. She writes education and career articles for The College Puzzle with the aim of providing useful information for students and young professionals. If you have any questions, please feel free to email her at annabelmonaghanwriter@gmail.com

    

Things to Consider When Visiting Your Professor: Including Websites

February 14th, 2018

BY AUDREY ROBINSON

It’s smart to browse professor rating websites. Your education is important to you, and you’re counting on your professor to help you achieve your goals. Just like you wouldn’t purchase a service from a professional without first reading their testimonials, you likely wouldn’t want to receive an education from someone you know nothing about.

When reading reviews however, there are a few things to keep in mind before you come to your final conclusion – it’s not always as straightforward as other types of testimonials.

1. People Are More Likely to Rant When They’re Angry

A good experience is something to be expected. When things go the way they should, it leaves nothing to be reported. Since rating a professor isn’t as commonplace as reviewing a restaurant on Yelp, people are more likely to seek out these professor rating websites to air out a grievance they have. This is why some professors who would otherwise be considered perfectly fine by the majority of students might seem to have disproportionately negative feedback.

2. Personal Situations Count for a Lot

If a student is taking a myriad of difficult classes, it’s likely that they’re experiencing a lot of stress. You’ve probably found yourself in a similar position. If people are hard on a professor, it could simply be the contrast or addition of this professor in their educational arsenal. Someone who is attending university while working two jobs might find a professor expects too much of them because of their other time commitments – it’s these little biases that skew objective truths.

3. You Need To Read a Ton of Ratings

If a professor has a lot of written ratings, only the most recent ones are going to show. If you want to get the full picture, you need to be willing to spend a considerable amount of time going through that professor’s ratings over the past few years. It helps to take notes on things you like or don’t like as you’re reading. This allows you to create a complete and balanced portrait of a professor that you can use to make an informed decision.

4. Understand That Some Things Will Always Be Difficult

People are often intimidated by professors that seem difficult, but you can’t always avoid these people. Sometimes, the nature of the subject matter creates a naturally difficult classroom environment. An art course is likely going to be easier than a course centered around tech skills. You can’t push all of that difficulty onto the professor – much of it comes from the material being presented. You might have to take a deep breath and agree to do something seemingly hard if you want to succeed in your education.

5. Evaluate Your Personal Needs

Professor ratings are a good way to gauge what other people can handle. What can you handle? If you’re a born academic who takes pleasure in studying and retaining material, you’re less likely to be overwhelmed in a learning environment regardless of the professor. If you’re the kind of person who actively craves personalized attention and assistance from a professor in order to make the most of your learning experience, you’re better off choosing someone with a hands-on approach. It ultimately comes down to the kind of environment you know will work for you, and everyone is different.

While visiting professor rating websites is helpful, it’s important to take the information you receive at face value. If you’re unsure, see if you can arrange a meeting with a professor to make determinations based on your own firsthand experience.

Author:

Audrey Robinson is a careers blogger, often working with young people looking for jobs and trying to boost their career opportunities. Currently, Audrey works as a part of the team behind Datastical, an online knowledge library. You can reach out to her on her Twitter @AudreyyRobinson.

 

 

 

Why Technology Matters but Good Teachers Matter More

February 12th, 2018

BY EMMA BONNEY

Technology has made a foray into the world of education around the late 90s and early 2000s. Like every other sector the field of education has gained immensely from the integration of technology. From information to classroom teaching, everything has become much more easier and education is finally achieving a universal global standard. With this, one vital question always raises its head: Will technology replace teachers?

Smart classrooms for smarter teaching

Over the recent years, the world has seen the rise of smart classrooms. A smart classroom is one which makes use of gadgets and internet to integrate teaching and technology in order to facilitate education. The integration computers, networking, audience response technology, specialized software, assistive listening devices, special audio-visual aids etc. facilitates a better learning as well as teaching experience to make classrooms more interactive and enjoyable.

Educational applications as a help beyond classroom

Various educational applications have flooded the field of academics. They are offering interactive lessons on every subject which are of great help. Sometimes these also come with additional exercises and tests to help them prepare better. Such apps are of great help, along with regular classroom lessons as they help students practice more as well as revise the lessons they learned in class.

Can technology replace teachers?

The simple answer to this question is no. Technology, in no way, can replace a teacher because technology aids the learning and does not impart it. While technology can definitely help a teacher to teach, here is why a teacher can never go obsolete.

Human interaction is important

The value of classroom education ceases to exist without human interaction with a teacher to impart, educate, help, rectify, correct etc. Education is much more than MCQ pattern questions and this is where technology doesn’t stand up to human aid. Only a teacher can interpret and impart education in a wholesome and comprehensive manner like no machine ever can. This is where the value of a teacher shall never dwindle.

Catering to individual students

Every student is different and has different needs. While technology is excellent for a standardised class, a teacher is essential because only he or she can go beyond the standard exercises to create lessons which can help every single student, with their individual needs. The learning curve and process of learning for every student is different. While encouragements and praise work for one student, clear logical explanation might aid the other. No technology can understand individual needs of students like a human teacher can.

Complexity of lessons

Teaching is a complex task that needs an understanding of human psychology, cultural experience, family conditions and so much more, besides a thorough knowledge of the subject matter in question. There is no such fixed lesson plan which works perfectly for every class. With time and situation, a teacher has to modify the lessons to make it more interesting. Teaching requires passion and emotions. While technology can offer a knowledge of the subject, but it can never go beyond what it is programmed to do.

Enforcement of discipline

Education goes hand in hand with discipline. It is important for everyone in academia to imbibe a sense of discipline and respect for the field. From the lowest classes of school to the highest degrees of education teachers are instilling a sense of responsibility and discipline in the students.

Technology is an important aspect of education. A MacBook Pro and educational apps can unfold a world of information, but it is only a teacher who can impart education out of that information.

A bit about myself:

Emma Bonney is a successful blogger whose articles aim to help readers with self-

10 Common Student VISA Questions

February 12th, 2018

BY LINDA ANDERSON

Studying abroad is a dream most students have. But when it comes to the red tapes, most students are utterly confused. If you are about to go abroad for your education, here are some of the commonly asked questions about getting a student visa.

When do I apply?

You need to apply immediately after you get accepted in a course. You cannot apply for a student visa before getting an acceptance letter for the course, so this is the first thing you need to take care of.

What documents do I need?

Different countries and degrees often have different sets of documents but the common ones you need are your academic records, which have to be arranged in chronological order, with the most recent on top, followed by your financial documents and any other supporting documents.

 What type of visa do I need?

Different countries have different categories of student visa depending on the kind of degree you are opting for. Do you research and make sure you apply for the right category?

How long does the interview take?

A student visa interview doesn’t really take a long time. You will be asked some basic questions on your intent, reason for choosing your subject and university etc. Be ready for questions regarding your financial situation, student loans, if any.

What about money?

Studying abroad is definitely not cheap but do not panic because it is nothing that you cannot take care of, if you plan well. You will be asked to declare your financial standing where you have to prove that you have adequate funds to pay you fees and expenses, hence, it is a wise idea to not make any big expenses before applying for the visa.

Can I get a job there?

Although different countries have varied rules when it comes to working on a student visa, but usually as a student, you can get certain kinds of jobs, but usually with limited work hours per week to sustain yourself. You can join a job once your classes start.

Can I take my parents with me?

Depending on the course and its duration, you are allowed to invite dependents such as your parents, spouse or children to visit or even stay with you. Usually it is applicable only for full time students. In this case you will have to prove that you are financially stable enough to afford their expenses.

How long can I stay?

Your visa is valid for the duration of your course and for a short period of time after your course is over which varies between 60 days to 4 months depending on the country in question, as well as the course you are applying for.

Do I need to know the language?
As a thumb rule you need to have to have a working knowledge of the language of the country. For example, if you are applying for Japan or Malaysia visa online, you need to prove that you have a basic proficiency of Japanese or Malay. So, you might want to start taking language courses seriously.

What if my visa gets rejected?
It is quite common to get your visa rejected. It is usually because of small errors like filling out a form wrong or not being able to produce the right document etc. But even if everything was right and your visa still got rejected, do not panic because you can reapply. You will be off

A student visa application is indeed a taxing process with all the documents, terms and rules that you have to keep in mind.

By line for Linda Anderson

I’m a writer and musician residing in Boise, ID in the United States, although I spent a small amount of time (about three years) living in the UK growing up, due to my father’s occupation. I graduated from the College of Idaho with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and a focus in marketing in 2014.

  

 

6 Mental Health Challenges Facing College Students

February 8th, 2018

BY  PAMELACURRIER

Did you know that one in every five college students faces a mental health issue, and that 75 percent of all mental health conditions come to the surface by the time a person reaches 24 years of age? These are pretty high, and scary statistics. There are many mental health challenges that a large percentage of college students must recognize and deal with, as most people who suffer from any form of mental illness will struggle with symptoms before they graduate from college. Today we are going to discuss six of the most common mental health challenges facing college students.

 

  1. Addiction 

One of the biggest problems facing a lot of college students is addiction, and there are many forms that this problem can take. Substance abuse is common among many college students, with alcohol being one of the biggest problems. Drug and alcohol abuse in colleges around the United States is becoming a serious health issue, and it can have a huge impact on every aspect of a student’s life. In fact, studies show that one in four students have problems with their studies due to alcohol use.

 

  1. Adjustment Disorder 

Many first-year college students find it difficult to adjust to being away from home for the first time. There are so many things that they have to adjust to, and for some, it can be quite overwhelming. Some reports show that as many as 20 percent of college students receiving treatment for mental health issues are diagnosed as having adjustment disorder, and there are many things that can be stressors, including moving to a new town, meeting new people, breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, etc.

 

  1. Eating Disorders 

A lot of people think that this is an issue that mainly affects females, but it is actually common in both males and females. We just tend to hear more about girls who suffer from eating disorders. As many as 20 percent of all college students are affected by the most common eating disorders, Anorexia and Bulimia, and the results can be deadly, as eating disorders do have the highest mortality rate among those suffering from mental illness. The sooner this condition is diagnosed, the sooner treatment can begin. David Michigan, worldwide model and actor, who gives fitness & life coaching sessions, suggests: “Self-hypnosis can be one of the best possible solution to treat eating disorders, inasmuch as it can allow to fix the hidden emotional issues directly leading to anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, emotional eating and all other kinds of eating disorders.”

 

  1. Depression 

Another common mental health condition among college students is depression. In fact, the National Institute of Mental Health states that depression is a serious issue for college students, and that 30 percent of students have reported feeling depressed. This is due to a number of factors, including the higher stress levels, adjusting to their new surroundings, struggling to get good grades, etc. Statistics show that depression is the third leading cause of death among those aged 10 to 24. Diagnosis and treatment as early as possible is important.

 

  1. Anxiety 

We all get anxious from time to time, but those who experience anxiety regularly can attest that it is a serious issue, and that it can have a huge impact on their lives. At least 30 percent of all adults are affected by anxiety in one way or another, many to the point where it interferes with their daily lives. Anxiety is also one of the top concerns for college students, ahead of depression and relationship issues. It is reported that more than half of all college students seek help in dealing with their anxiety.

 

  1. Suicide

Some students fall so deeply into depression, or face such serious anxiety that they end up taking their own lives. In a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, it was noted that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in 2011, with a total of 39,418 suicides reported in the United States. It is also reported to be the second leading cause of death among college students, as per studies from the American College Health Association.

Pamela Currier helps recent grads land the jobs of their dreams, she is a career coach and educator.