Archive for December, 2018

College Esports: Guide to Scholarships

December 14th, 2018

By Martha Karn

When people hear about college sports scholarships, they typically think of football, baseball, tennis, and any number of other sports you play with a team outside. Not too many people know that colleges also offer scholarships for competitive, organized video game sports called Esports. Here are six tips for obtaining an esport scholarship.

  1. Research– You need to do your research to find institutions offering esports scholarships. University of California-Berkeley, Ashland University, Columbia College, Averett University, University of Utah offer these scholarships. The full list can be found here and here. You may end up going to a school you had not previously considered because of its scholarship offerings. The sizes of the scholarships vary both by institutions and within institutions depending upon certain variables. You want to be sure you are getting the scholarship that will fit your needs.

    2. Clubs – If you can, either form or become active in a high school esports club. This will give you an idea of what will be expected from you when you get your scholarship and will prepare you for balancing esports and your academics. All scholarships are based on merit, academics, and athletics. You will have to keep your grades up in order to be considered for and keep your scholarship. Your investment in a club will also show recruiters that you are experienced and invested in esports.

    3. Tournaments – Along with becoming active in an esports club, you should participate in tournaments to attract recruiters from colleges offering scholarships. You can also create leagues within your high school and invite other high schools to participate. Colleges will not be bothered to set up tournaments, but they may send recruiters out to meet potential scholarship recipients.

    4. Network – If you are involved with a high school esports club, you will be likely be competing in tournaments and related activities. When you are at these events, make sure to introduce yourself to other gamers, officials, recruiters and others. You may just find yourself talking to a recruiter from a university you are interested in. The more people who know you, the better chance of obtaining a scholarship.

    5. Join YEA or HSEL – If you do not know how to set up tournaments or are too busy, you can join YEA. They have tournaments across the country at many different levels. HSELis backed by the National Association of Collegiate Esports and has tournaments across the nation as well. Either group will get you into tournaments without your having to host them. This way you are just competing and do not have to worry about the logistics of actually hosting a tournament.

    6. Create content – Once you have started competing, you will need to create content to show recruiters. Start out with a brief introduction that includes your name, gamer tag, rankings, GPA, and graduation year. Follow that with four of your best plays to lead up to the highlight. Do not make your video longer than two minutes. When you have your video complete, highlight it on social media. The more that is out there, the more chances a recruiter will become interested.

    7. Tryouts – When you make it to the tryout level remember three things: Highlight your attitude, communication, and team play. Show potential recruiters that you have what it takes to be a team player with a winning attitude and competence. Show your coaches that you can maintain your position and effectively communicate to your teammates. Become a leader, but do not showboat. If you run off on your own, you will not impress the coaches and you will not receive a scholarship.

    8. Academics – Remember that gaming is only one aspect of the scholarship. You must keep up your grades in high school and maintain them through college to receive and renew your esports scholarship. The better your grades, the more likely you are to receive a scholarship.

Bio:

Martha Karn develops online educational courses and writes for students.

 

Guide to Building a Rock Solid Relationship with Your Teachers

December 13th, 2018

BY SAMANTHA BROWN

Your English teacher always corrects your grammar. Your mathematics teacher urges you to improve your mental-math skills. I understand that it’s not easy to consider these grade-givers as real and ordinary people. But trust me, they binge on ice-cream, cheer for their favourite sports team and enjoy movies just like you do.

Thus, it’s no rocket science to build and maintain a good bond with your teachers. In fact it is very important for you to do so. Don’t forget, the letters of recommendation from your teachers will play a crucial role when you apply for higher studies or jobs in future. And, even if you put that aside, a teacher who remembers you and loves to keep to keep in touch even after you graduate out of college is like the sweetest thing ever.

You don’t have to shower your teachers with superfluous compliments, or with exorbitant presents like a pearl necklace to build a relationship with them. Nor would you have to be a pet and keep running after them. You can maintain your strong demeanour and individuality and still make a bond with your teachers which is perhaps for life. Here we have a few tips for to gradually build a bond.

  • Be courteous and respectful at all times

You have to show that you are enthusiastic about the subject and lessons if you wish to get into the good books of your teachers. Always maintain punctuality and good attendance for the classes and show a lot of energy and involvement while the class is in progress. Don’t forget your teachers work really hard to prepare for a lecture and try their best to share their knowledge with you. So they obviously appreciate it when you acknowledge their efforts. Contribute to the lectures by asking questions, sharing your views and taking down the notes.

 

  • Keep in touch with your teachers outside the classroom as well

Teachers are often bound by constraints of time and a strict professional protocol while they are lecturing in the class. If you approach them outside the class, you might be surprised to see that they are a lot more chilled out and friendlier. Interact with them about lessons you have doubts about or seek a little additional help for your weak sections. To keep it even more informal, strike a conversation about any upcoming college events or extra-curricular activities or ask for his/her feedback about your progress in the class.

 

  • Always try to stay one step ahead of others

It is important that you demonstrate that you are willing to walk the extra mile to excel in class. Always come with with some background of the lesson to be started before you arrive in class so as to be able to ask out-of-the-box and meaningful questions or go back after a lesson and do some additional research and raise some interesting questions in the next class. Trust me, not only will this get you the attention of your teacher, but will also put a great deal of pressure on your peers *winks*.

 

  • Take voluntary responsibilities and initiatives

Be active and full of energy in and outside the class. Show eagerness to lead or organize teams, to organize college events, to participate in cultural activities or to represent your college. Demonstrate that you are taking your college life seriously (which you actually should) are extremely excited to be the face of the college. Also, when you take up the responsibilities, you have to ensure that you deliver them with utmost perfection, so as to establish yourself as a competent and reliable student. And trust me, from the next time onwards, the teacher would call for you on her own.

 

  • Share your academic plans and goals with your teacher

A teacher always finds it amusing to interact with students who are smart and ambitious, ad who are passionate about their careers. So discuss what you intend to do in life with them, open up your heart about your future plans, take advices from them, ask them questions about what’s the best approach to fulfil your dreams and so on. This makes your teacher feel that you value their knowledge and expertise, and also that they hold a special place in your lives so as to be told about your personal plans.

 

  • Observe our peers who share a good bond with the teachers

Good observation is key to improvement and subsequent success in any front of life. So you need to keep your eyes and ears wide open. Keep an eye on your peers who have managed to build positive relationship with your teachers. Listen to what they do and talk about, or how they approach the teachers. This would give you an idea about what your teachers like and dislike, would reveal their areas of interests, and would surface their personalities. This would make it easier for you to shape your modify your behaviour and code of conduct.

 

You have to understand and accept that your teachers are there for you even beyond your homework, and there’s so much more to talk to them about other than your subject matters. There direct presence and involvement in your life can shape you as smarter adults, and at times can be a guardian who is there for you at all times. So go ahead, and take the first step towards building an enviable bond with your teacher.

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Samantha Brown is a freelance writer who specializes on carrier guidance, she is also motivational speaker and author

 

 

 

5 Ways to Earn Money Online while at College

December 12th, 2018

BY MELISSA BURNS

Ask almost any student what makes him most anxious and unsure about the future, and nine times out of ten the answer would be “student debt.” The reasons are obvious – tuition costs keep growing while getting a higher education is no longer a surefire guarantee of landing a good job after graduation. As a result, many graduates find themselves neck-deep in debt and with no prospects of employment. If this is what you fear, you should start taking measures early on, while you are still at college – you still have time to improve your financial position and chip away at the debt. In this article, we will cover some ways you can legally earn money online without it affecting your studies too much.

1.    Take online surveys

This method is one of the most accessible because it doesn’t require any special skills. Just sign up with one of many websites dealing with these things and start taking surveys. Each survey you successfully complete will earn you points that you can later exchange for money. The good thing about it is that you can do a little bit of work whenever you feel like it or have some time to kill, without any need for preparation. The bad thing is that some surveys may be pretty time-consuming. Also, try to stick to well-reputed websites that are known to pay regularly.

2.    An eBay or Etsy store

Starting your own online store via websites like eBay or Etsy is not only one of the easiest but also one of the most profitable ways to make money on the side – at least if you take it seriously and apply a little bit of ingenuity and effort. One approach is to resell vintage or slightly used items found in thrift shops and garage sales – however, it requires the ability to recognize genuine vintage items and an eye for the things that will sell good. If you are good at making things with your own hands you may try to sell what you make via Etsy – just visit this website and take a look at the stuff people successfully sell, and you will get an idea if you can do the same.

3.    Get paid for using Google

This won’t bring you much, but on the flipside, it doesn’t require you to do anything you don’t already normally do. Sign up with Qmee, install a particular plugin for your browser, and from that moment on you will be rewarded for simply running searches in Google, Yahoo, and Bing. Every time you run a search, you may see a few sponsored results alongside normal ones – simply click them and start collecting your rewards.

4.    Get paid for testing websites

This one may take a little bit of your time, but it is an excellent way to put small periods of free time you inevitably keep getting to good use. Sign up with a service like UserTesting and start reviewing websites assigned to you. Each review won’t take you longer than 20 minutes and pay about $10. It is fast, it is easy, and who knows, perhaps you will stumble upon some really interesting websites.

5.    Get paid for doing stuff online

There is a plethora of services offering you to get paid for doing all kinds of stuff online – watching videos, surfing, visiting websites and so on. The most popular and well-reputed of them are probably SwagBucks and Toluna – try them out if you want guaranteed results.

Most of these methods are something you can do in your free time – they are not much individually, but together they can help you steadily get the much-needed cash.

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

8 Cheap Hobbies for College Students

December 11th, 2018

BY JANE HURST

When you are in college you can become consumed with classes, research papers, and studying. Your brain will be functioning non-stop and you could end up harming yourself with stress. One way to relieve stress while attending college is by picking up a hobby. Here are eight cheap hobbies for college students.

 

  1. Learn Calligraphy – This is a fun hobby that you can use for decorations and gifts. Calligraphy supplies are as simple as specialized pens and paper. Once you have mastered this hobby you can earn money by created specialized invitations and cards.

 

  1. Juggling – The art of juggling will help you with your balance and hand eye coordination. It is a fun hobby that will impress your friends. All you need are small beanbags. Check out some online videos or books about juggling and you will be moving four or five bags through the air in no time.

 

  1. Playing pool – This is a relaxing hobby that is inexpensive. Usually colleges will have a pool table on campus. “Even if you are just a beginner you can enjoy this game. It can be played solo or with friends. Practicing is what will help you advance, but there are also informative videos and resources online, to teach you the tricks to playing pool,” says an expert from Home Leisure Direct.

 

  1. Origami – While this may sound simple it is not. Origami is the art of folding paper into different shapes. You need to focus on your project and follow complex directions. There are inexpensive origami kits available with paper that folds well. You can also find books and videos to help you learn this ancient art.

 

  1. Kite Building – This is a fun hobby that you can take with you anywhere. You can fly a kite in your yard, at the beach, in the mountains, in a park, and elsewhere. You can find easy to assemble kites that are not too expensive, or you can learn to build your own kite out of different materials. Kite building can be a stress release along with kite flying. Once you get your kite in the air you can learn how to make it swoop and dive. Flying a kite is a nice way to spend an afternoon away from your studies.

 

  1. Learn a new card game – Playing cards is a relaxing hobby that you can do with friends or by yourself. There are literally thousands of different games out there to learn and a deck of cards is very inexpensive. You can find books of card games at your local library, or you can look up card games online. Wherever you find them, this hobby will help keep you stress free and happy.

 

  1. Write poetry – Poetry is a very personalized hobby that you can do anywhere. There is virtually no cost and you can be your own judge. There are many different styles of poetry that you can try and emulate. Read some poems and then try and create your own poems or just wing it with free verse. You can write about your life or anything you want to. If you get good at writing poetry you may even get published one day.

 

  1. Whittling – The only things you need for this hobby are a knife and a stick. You can create intricate crafts with this hobby that you can eventually sell. There are tutorials online and books you can read to help you get started with whittling. Experiment with different types of wood and thickness of sticks to create different sculptures.

 

Having a hobby in college can help divert you from your studies for a few hours. Hobbies will help you with stress and let you relax and have some fun.

Byline:

Jane Hurst has been working in education for over 5 years as a teacher. She loves sharing her knowledge with students, is fascinated about ed tech and loves reading, a lot. Follow Jane on Twitter.

 

10 Things You Can Do During Your Holiday Break

December 9th, 2018

BY LORRAINE McKINNEY

You made it through the semester and you are looking for something to do during your winter break. You could hang around with friends and blow off your responsibilities or you could use this time to better prepare for your future. Here are ten things you can do during your holiday break that will help you with your studies and career.

1. Internship
You should try and get an internship during the holidays. This will both bolster your knowledge in your chosen field and look good on your resume. Employees may be willing to extend your internship over the summer and eventually bring you on board if you perform well during winter break.

2. Research another country
This is your down time so you can choose what you want to research. Finding out about another country can expand your horizons and make you more knowledgeable overall. You may even want to visit that country during the summer. You can take your winter break to research everything about a country including its cuisine and history.

3. Watch educational videos
We all know that YouTube is filled with cat videos but it also contains educational videos. Take some time during your winter break to watch some educational videos. It is always a good time to learn something new and exciting.

4. Resume
Take this time to look at your resume and make sure it is up to date. Include any activities you participated in during school and any jobs you may have held. If you took any honors classes list them. Any classes pertaining to your career should be highlighted.

5. Summer school
Yes, it is winter, but now is the time to be thinking about taking summer classes. You can take this time to research a school like the Oxford Summer School and submit your applications. The sooner you apply the sooner you will cement your summer plans. Take your time and do your research now so you are not rushing mid-way through Spring semester trying to meet deadlines.

6. Personal Webpage
If you do not have one, create a personal webpage. This is one of the newest things potential employers are looking at when they are considering you for a position. Along with your resume this is a valuable tool that you can use to show your potential employers what you are made of. Make it pop and add some videos and pictures.

7. Volunteer
During your winter break there are plenty of places that need volunteers. You can do something valuable for others and feel good about your break. Volunteering also looks good on your resume. Employers are looking for well-rounded people and showing you care about something will help them see you as more than two dimensional.

8. Next Semester
Yes, it is winter break, but you want to start the next semester running. Start planning your classes and schedule ahead of time. You should already be enrolled and know your schedule so take advantage of that and plan when you will be working on papers and when your down time will be. Do not forget to schedule in down time so you do not end up stressed out during the semester.

9. Start eating healthy
Now is the time to start some healthy eating habits that will extend into your next semester. Eating healthy will keep you less stressed and help build up your immune system so you do not get sick while you are in school. Eating healthy food will help your brain function better and you will have a better semester overall.

10. Learn a soft skill
You want your future employers to know you are able to take on anything that might come your way. Take an online course on public speaking or business writing so you will be ready for anything. Whether it is your boss asking you to speak in front of a crowd or write a letter to promote sales, you will be ready.

 

Lorraine McKinney is an academic tutor and e learning specialist.

Preparing Students To Do Research Interviews And Oral Histories

December 7th, 2018

BY DAVID GUTIERREZ

When we talk about the skills college students need to succeed, we tend to emphasize writing, algebra, research skills, and time management, and it’s true that all of those skills are important. If you take some time to read the academic literature from different fields, however, it quickly becomes clear that this list is missing something important: the art of the interview. From history and anthropology to psychology and even economics, research interviews are vital to academic work in a variety of disciplines.

Understanding The Research Interview

Research interviews fall into two main subsets: open-ended oral histories and qualitative interviews that aim to answer specific research questions, and each type has its own approach. For either type of interview, though, students need to begin with a firm grasp on the research process. It takes a lot of preparation to conduct a successful interview. That research will be reflected in the interview guide.

The Interview Guide

An interview guide is, at its core, a document containing the questions you plan to ask during the interview, but before students formulate any questions, they’ll need to do research on the primary topics involved. For an oral history, this might involve researching publically available information about the interview subject, or researching relevant time periods or social movements. When preparing for a qualitative interview, on the other hand, research typically focuses on existing scholarship so that the student can develop a clear research question. In both cases, though, the interview guide should emphasize open-ended questions that encourage the subject to share the most information possible.

Organizing The Research

It’s important for students to use reference management software to organize their sources during the research process because research interviews can take a long time to complete. Reference management software helps to ensure that all the necessary information is accessible later, especially if the course aim goes beyond the art of the interview.

Interview Technology

To perform a successful interview, students need to do more than simply switch on a tape recorder, and mastering the technology is – at least for some – the hardest part of the process. That’s why students are encouraged to repeatedly practice using their technology of choice, whether they’re using simple interview recording software or a variety of microphones and cameras. If at all possible, students should use separate microphones to ensure the highest possible audio quality and make it easier to listen to and transcribe the interview later.

After The Interview

After performing an interview, there are several possibilities. In some cases, specifically for targeted qualitative interviews, students simply need to listen to the interviews and record key information. After performing an oral history, however, it’s generally expected that students will transcribe the entire interview. Some choose to do this by listening to the recording and typing along with it, which can be time-consuming, while others use transcription software so that they can speak along with the recording. Original recordings should be preserved along with the transcription.

If students are going to graduate from college with a firm grasp of the research process, then learning to conduct an interview should be part of their education. When students have an opportunity to interface directly with interview subjects, their education comes to life. And that’s when a topic goes from an interest to a passion.

David Gutierrez has worked in the field of web design since 2005. Right now he started learning Java in order to get second occupation. His professional interests defined major topics of his articles. David writes about new web design software, recently discovered professional tricks and also monitors the latest updates of the web development.

 

Techniques and Strategies For Problem-Based Learning At College

December 6th, 2018

BY KRISTIAN KRISYK

Problem-based learning is not a new thing by any approximation, but the truth is that both teachers and students often fail to properly understand it and use it to the full extent of the method’s possibilities. Problem-based learning, also known as student-centered education, is based on the idea that the teacher is not the provider of knowledge but the facilitator of learning. However, PBL is much more complicated than just simply providing the learners with a problem and waiting for them to solve it. One needs to understand how PBL works if he wants to attain enough self-sufficiency to study using it successfully. In this article, we will cover some of the ways teachers implement this approach so that you better understand what is expected of you and how to work when learning under PBL

1.    Brainstorming

The first few class meetings following problem-based learning should be built around brainstorming sessions covering the main issues of the course. They should set up the required attitude among the students and teach them to express their own opinions on the subject of their studies instead of waiting for input on the part of a teacher.

2.    Open-ended problems

One of the most important principles of problem-based learning is the use of open-ended or, to put it in another way, ill-structured problems. This means that, contrary to what one is used to in traditional learning, a problem shouldn’t have a single obviously correct solution. Students have to employ a number of different methods before they choose any particular one, and alternative approaches should be just as viable as any other. Therefore, according to experts from Trafficora, such problems require more information than is available at the beginning (meaning that students have to do their own research to find working solutions and that they are not limited to the data provided by the teacher at the start). Finding a correct decision may even require the use of rapid prototyping services even for a simple idea of custom boxes to see if a working solution can be built.

3.    Problems first

Another core principle is that problems should be set in front of students before any formal instruction on the topic is done. This teaches them to rely only on themselves and encourages out of the box thinking, facilitating original approaches and independent decision-making.

4.    Collaboration

Students should work on problems in groups, usually from 3 to 8 students in each. The sizes of the groups are determined by the overall number of students in the course and the number of tutors. The important thing here is to understand that the work on the problem isn’t limited to school time – students should learn to organize themselves for independent group work outside of school; therefore, problems should be built in such a way so as to make it impossible to find solutions within the school hours viable. Another important aspect (and one of the most crucial responsibilities of the tutor) is to ensure that every member of the group takes part in problem-solving.

5.    Tools

Another responsibility of the tutor is to give students the tools they are going to need in their work. Although problem-based learning is built around the principle of dealing with problems independently, the teacher should first familiarize the students with the tools necessary to do their work (library references, online services, apps, databases, etc.). In addition to that, it is important to point out common misconceptions and mistakes that can take too much time to figure out by themselves.

Problem-based learning is much more complicated than one may have been led to believe judging by its core principles. We hope that after reading this article, you understand it a little better.

BY LINE–Kristian Krisyk had been working in the field of web design for 7 years before becoming an entrepreneur in 2014 in design and marketing. His professional interests and hobbies defined major topics of his articles. These days Kristian runs his business and looks for new development opportunities. Follow him @KristianKrisyk or contact at kristian.krisyk@gmail.com

 

 

 

Guide to Turning Your Passion into Your Profession

December 5th, 2018

BY LESLIE WILDER

Passion is hard to describe. It makes you come alive and gives you the strength to walk that extra mile, even without you being aware of it. Have you experienced something like this? If you don’t feel passionate about the job you do, life becomes miserable, to say the least. Let’s just say that your work becomes a compulsion, more of a burden, that you need to carry in order to pay your bills, and not something which makes you feel proud and happy.

If you don’t wish to experience the latter, then first of all, don’t freak out. It’s not too late. Take charge of your own life and make smart and informed plans so as to turn your passion into your profession.

If you find happiness in playing the drums, do it, if you wish to be a hairdresser, then nobody should be able to stop you. If you enjoy doing corporate headshot photography more than fashion photography, what the heck! Go ahead with it.

Happiness is all that matters at the end of the day, along with channelizing your passion and talent in the right direction.

Here are a few tips from experts that would help you do so.

  • Discover and Identify your passion

Your passion should be something for which you would be naturally inclined to. Now, here it is important to note and remember that passion and hobby are two absolutely different things and it is absolutely pivotal that you clearly differentiate between the two, before you plunge into your career options. For example, only because you like to paint would by no means mean that you would become a great painter. It might happen that you have a much natural aptitude for graphics designing, which incorporates some elements of painting. So, be smart, keep an open mind, and explore your capabilities to the fullest.

 

  • Do a thorough research

Here some hard work and smartness is required from your end. Conduct a detailed research once you figure out what you are meant for. Find out what exactly would you have to do – step by step, in order to propel your career in the field of your choice. Find out if you’ll need to purchase any specialized equipments or tools, what degrees you can choose from, whether you’ll be needing any additional certification or training – and so on. In order to reduce the hurdles later, find out everything you can right at the beginning.

A great way to do this would be to interview people, who have established themselves in this career, asking them about their journey and struggles.

 

  • Get Qualified

There’s no two ways about the fact that knowledge and education are two most powerful assets of any individual. Qualification here also includes trainings or special certifications that are relevant to your field. You might know a lot, but unless you have a formal document to prove your genius, you wouldn’t be taken seriously.

 

  • Be prepared to face failure while walking along this path

Just like the popular quote says, failure is indeed the stepping stone for success. So don’t be afraid or defeated by failures. In order to learn, grow and polish your thought process, it is crucial that you face failures. And to be honest, you will be facing quite a few of them. We all have.

But, the magic lies in not giving up, and keep moving ahead with utmost dedication. During this course, do not hesitate to seek help from superiors or even peers if required. Keep an open mind and accept all criticism and negative feedbacks in the right spirit. There might be times when you feel that all is lost. That’s when you need to pick yourself up and keep trying until you succeed.

 

Take Inspiration from a few true stories:

Stories are always interesting isn’t it? – Furthermore, if they are true. So, here’s a lout shout out to these rich and famous personalities who followed their passion and made their lives awesome.

J.K Rowling

We all must have heard this remarkable story at some point in our lives. This woman wrote whatever she felt like – whatever made sense to her. This courage and determination made her the icon she is today. But, her life has not always been a bed of roses, as we all are aware. But, she discovered what she’s meant for, and kept working towards it. That’s what changed her life.

Steve Jobs

This name makes us all think he is someone from a different category of mankind altogether. But no. it’s not true. He is just like any of us. His immense confidence in his own capabilities and the determination to do whatever it takes to achieve his goals is what makes him what he is today. He knew what he wanted right from when he dropped school and throughout since then.

Although passion is important, it is not absolutely enough, when it comes to making you successful. Any success requires hard work, and even if you are following your passion, you can’t simple escape hard work. But the difference lies in the fact, that working for something that you enjoy, would make the efforts seem worthwhile and fun, and your fiery passion, would always keep you two steps ahead of others in your field.

So gear up and build wonderful lives for yourselves.

 

Leslie Wilder a creative writer & blogger, who is residing in Nashville the capital of U.S. state of Tennessee, I’m also a self-proclaimed happiness junkie, and someone you would generally consider confident and well balanced.

Colleges Need To Expand Health Care Programs To Meet Student Demand

December 4th, 2018

BY DANIKA KIMBALL

America has long faced  a shortage of healthcare professionals. It’s a problem that is likely to worsen in years to come. As an example, it’s expected that nearly 33 percent of working nurses in the country will hit retirement over the course of the next 10 years. At the same time, the nation’s population is aging rapidly, requiring more intensive and long-term care. Simply put, American hospitals will not be able to keep up with the demand unless we train an alarming number of new healthcare professionals.

It’s not due to a lack of interest from students. In fact the opposite is true.Part of the problem does lie in the education system. Medical programs actually reject thousands of applicants a year despite the shortage of those in the healthcare field.

Without implementing changes at the university level, it’s likely that these shortages are only going to become more exacerbated in years to come. In short, to solve the healthcare staffing crisis, we need more healthcare educators at the university level. This problem has become the most visible in the nursing community.

“There’s tremendous demand from hospitals and clinics to hire more nurses,” Robert Rosseter, a spokesman for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, told CNN Money. “There’s tremendous demand from students who want to enter nursing programs, but schools are tapped out.”

This has the potential to become a huge problem, if the trend persists. There are currently 3 million nurses working in the United States. In order to fill current healthcare gaps, U.S. colleges are going to have to produce one million more graduates by the year 2022.

Though it’s easy to assume that the problem only exists in the nursing profession, the same is true in many other professions in the healthcare field. Recent research has shown that we will have a shortage of 100,000 doctors by the year 2030. Another report notes that overall, we will have to hire 2.3 million new health care workers by 2025 in order to meet demands.  

Despite this, most healthcare programs are underfunded and unable to train new applicants. In 2017, for example, nursing programs across the country turned away over 56,000 nursing students. Many of those students more than met the qualifications for the program.

“Some of these applicants graduated high school top of their class with a 3.5 GPA or higher,” Rosseter said. “But the competition to get into a nursing school right now is so intense.”

The same is true for those applying to medical school. Between 2006 and 2016, the number of applicants to medical schools increased by over 35 percent. But the number of available spots to study remains stagnant, leaving many aspiring physicians with nowhere to turn.

In fact, the problem has become so severe that even applicants who have previous experience in the healthcare field are being rejected.

CNN Money profiled one such applicant, Erica Kay, a 35-year-old certified surgical technician and medical assistant. Kay has taken two admissions tests and applied to three different schools without success.

“One school responded in a letter they had 343 applications and only accepted 60 students,” Kay said. “Another school had 60 slots for 262 applications…It shocks and upsets me that there are so many hurdles to get into nursing school when we have a nursing shortage.”

Nursing in particular is a popular profession, largely due to the fact that there is great potential for growth and change throughout your career, and due to the enormous need. Those who graduate from nursing programs are presented with an entry-level living wage with which most are able to support themselves and their families. And in many states, where shortages are less severe and mandatory overtime is not a requirement, schedules are flexible.

While there may be different reasons to become a physician, or a health administrator, the availability of training is still scarce.

At this point, colleges  simply aren’t able to keep up with demand. Many institutions struggle to hire and maintain instructors who are qualified to teach. It’s a problem that many colleges and universities are trying to solve through educator recruitment.

Until the problem is addressed at its core, many universities have come up with creative ways to increase the number of students they are able to accept into their programs.

Many statewide initiatives are underway that aim to address the shortage of healthcare staff in the country. The University of Wisconsin, for example, announced a $3.2 million Nurses for Wisconsin initiative, which would provide fellowships and loan forgiveness for future nurse faculty who agree to teach in the state after they graduate from college.

Others schools have partnered with large hospitals in order to have their nursing students learn from nurses in the field. For example, Arizona State University recently partnered with the Mayo Clinic in order to provide training and networking opportunities for their students.  

There are many ways that the issue can be addressed. In order to do so, however, universities and hospitals are going to have to come up with actionable solutions, and quickly.

Danika is a writer and musician from the Northwest who sometimes takes a 30 minute break from feminism to enjoy a tv show. You can follow her on Twitter @sadwhitegrrl

Renting Property as a Student: What You Should Know

December 3rd, 2018

BY SYLVIA KOHL

Although renting a property for yourself may be fascinating, the truth is that many students know very little about their rights and duties in this respect – which is a sure way to trouble. In this article, we will tell about some of the basic things you should know.

1.    The landlord cannot enter the rented property whenever he wants

Contrary to what you may have heard, neither the landlord nor the people acting on his behalf have the right to enter the rented property without providing some form of reasonable notice. Reasonable notice is loosely defined to some form of official contact providing reasonable time frames to accommodate the landlord coming over to inspect or make repairs or show the property to future renters or buyers. The only situation in which the notice isn’t necessary is an emergency – for example, in case of fire or water damage.  The landlord is within their right to have routine safety inspections and many perform them quarterly to check smoke detectors and also electrical, water and mechanical.  Most landlords will often send an email or text to all tenants living in the building or specific unit that they will be coming over during a several hour time window to perform a route inspection.  Nearly all landlords provide one day notice for routine maintenance inspections as they are often scheduled well in advance.

2.    Fire and general safety are mostly the landlord’s responsibilities

Legally, the landlord should make sure the property has an adequate means of a fire escape and, at the very least, appropriate smoke alarms on every floor. For landlords of apartments in Boston  smoke alarms are often a big concern because many tenants constantly take them down when they are cooking and often forget to put back the batteries or pull out the hardwire.  For landlords it often seems like an endless game of whack-a-mole as many landlords are often replacing many smoke detectors either broken or lost by tenants. There should also be an appropriate amount of carbon monoxide detectors depending on the size of the property. If there isn’t one, it may be a good idea to request a meeting with the landlord to remedy the issue in an immediate manner.  Landlords have run into issues where one tenant will take down the smoke detectors but not let the other tenants know they have done so.  So make sure you talk with all your roommates to make sure that you are not the cause of the problem.

3.    The landlord cannot just evict you without a good reason

There is a whole lot of reasons why a landlord may have a legal right to evict you. For example, if you are regularly late with your payments, have breached the tenancy agreement or take part in illegal activities. However, this works backward as well: if there is no court order seeking eviction, a landlord can’t demand you must vacate if you have a lease and you are in good standing.  Your lease protects you from a landlord evicting you without cause.

4.    The landlord can ask you to move out earlier than the agreed upon lease term

The landlord can certainly ask you if you would like to end your lease earlier than the agreed upon time frame; but they can’t make you without some other form of violation or serious safety repair that must completed without tenants being present. In nearly all instances, minus violations and serious habitability problems, the landlord can only ask you to move out if you agree to leave – otherwise, he is bound to let you stay on the property until the end of the agreed-upon period. The same goes for you-you cannot move out before this period ends unless the landlord agrees. Otherwise, you will still have to pay the rent for the rest of the period.  But if you would like to move out early, it is always a good idea to talk it over with your landlord and see if you can sublet or help rerent the place so that landlord doesn’t lose any money.  In this case many landlords are very willing to help you as it didn’t cost them any money per-se; just a little bit of their time.  Most landlords are always willing to help good tenants.  So make sure you are good tenant; because you never know when your dream job shows up in another city or a couple of your roommates need to move out and you are interested in a change of venue.

We hope that these tips will be of help to you the next time you decide which flat to rent – there are many other nuances to it, but we’ve covered the ones that cause students the most problems.

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.