Abroad101 Student of the Week #0042 – Tiffany Laura-Danyelle

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Our 42nd Abroad101 Student of the Week is the creative Tiffany Laura-Danyelle from the University of Kentucky College of Design. Tiffany is an architecture major who is very passionate about design and takes DIY to a whole new level! She spends her free time building furniture and helping her family renovate homes in Central Kentucky. This not only allows her to do what she loves but each new experience brings her one step closer to achieving her architectural career goals! On top of this, Tiffany is a member of the UK AIAS or the American Institute of Architecture Students. This is a group that helps University of Kentucky architecture students get together to help each other out or helps them find professional mentors.

Tiffany wants learn more about her passion, architecture, by studying abroad in Berlin, Germany. She has been accepted in to a 8 week architecture intensive program offered by University of Kentucky College of Design that is led by one of the architecture professors, Jason Scroggin. While in Berlin she will be learning about the exploration and and analysis of the infrastructure framework of Berlin and the forces that define and shape this beautiful city. This amazing opportunity in Berlin couldn’t be more perfect for Tiffany and she cannot wait to make this dream a reality. To learn more about Tiffany’s educational trip abroad visit her Mission here!

The Abroad101 Student of the Week initiative awards a student who created a Mission for a study abroad program on GoEnnounce with a donation to their fundraiser. Learn more about this partnership from Abroad101 CEO Mark Shay and GoEnnounce co-founder Melissa Davis here.

Stay tuned for our next Abroad101 Student of the Week!

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Top 5 Tips to Pick Your Class Schedule for Next Year

happy-class-registration-and-let-the-odds-be-ever-in-your-favorThe end of the school year is in sight! That means it’s time to get ready for next year, and the dreaded task of class scheduling awaits. How do you choose which classes to take? There’s so much pressure! Relax, we’ve got you covered! Here are some tips to make your schedule next year the best it can be.

1) Requirements

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This should be the foremost in your mind: what do I need to graduate? You don’t want to get to senior year and find out you missed a class as a freshman. If you’re unsure of your school’s requirements, take a visit to your guidance counselor.

2) Talk to your teachers

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Your current teachers have known you for a whole semester now. They also know your work habits and may have picked up on your strengths and weaknesses along the way. Take some time to talk to your current teachers.  They will have great advice about classes they recommend for you to take next year.

3) Interests

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What are you interested in the most? Chances are that’s the class you’ll have the most fun in and be the least likely to skip (ahem, senioritis). Don’t take a class like Intro to Computer Programing if the thought of it makes you fall asleep; don’t take Early Childhood Education if you don’t like teaching or working with kids. Are you an Instagram legend? Try a photography class. There actually are elective classes that relate to the interests you have! Take some time to think about what excites you and choose those classes. When the topics spark your interest, studying and class projects will be fun and result in a better GPA :)

4) Advanced Placement Classes

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Want to impress college admissions? Challenge yourself in high school! AP classes and the IB program are intensive studies, with tests at the end of the course to qualify for college credit. This can save you time and money in college, and the rigor will leave you better prepared. Some schools offer either AP or IB, or sometimes both, but may not offer every course available. Talk to your guidance counselor to find out what our school offers. If you’re having trouble deciding between AP or IB, read this article for help.

5) College

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High school is preparing you for college. Have you already thought about potential colleges you might want to attend?  To make the most out of your years in high school, check what classes the colleges you’re looking at require. A quick search on the colleges’ website will show you what they require, and may even offer some suggested high school courses.  This forward thinking will ensure a better chance at acceptance into the college of your dreams!

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How To Find The College Of Your Dreams

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It’s second semester, and for most high school juniors that means getting started figuring out where they want to apply. That means delving into the college search in hopes of finding that magical institution that you see yourself enjoying for the next four years. Our friends at Admittedly have 10 tips from real students on how to find your dream school. Check out the full list here. Trust us, it will help!

Admittedly is the ultimate online college advisory platform for high school students, their parents, and guidance counselors that is leveling the playing field for students at all budgets. We provide tools for students in 8th through 12th grade that are timely and relevant, and early enough to make an impact on improving students’ chances of admission.

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#BriannaAbroad – My First Days Studying Abroad in Chile

By: Brianna Huff

¡Hola! My name is Brianna, but friends call me Brie, like the French cheese.  I am currently studying abroad in Chile. My program is International Public Relations, History and Spanish.

It has been a week since my arrival in the beautiful country of Chile. Chile is in South America, located between Peru and Argentina. Since my arrival I have seen and toured the capital of Chile, Santiago. Santiago has a list of historical and botanical gardens to see. I was able to see where Charles Darwin (yes, as in Darwinism) stopped in Santiago on his way to the Galapagos Island. I also visited the home of the most famous Chilean poet, Neruda. Neruda’s home in Santiago is on an island off the coast of Vina del Mar.

With the help of my API advisor, the flight and transition from the airport was smooth. After spending sometime in the capital, we left the main center of the city for the country. In the country part of Santiago we cooked homemade empanadas.

Homemade Empanadas photo by Brianna

Homemade Empanadas photo by Brianna

Empanadas are an essential to the life of a Chilean. Once we were done eating, we made our way to our new home in Vina del Mar and Valparaiso.

The Sister Cities: Valpo and Viña

Later that evening we arrived in Valparaiso. Valparaiso is known for its beauty because of the graffiti art that covers the houses and stairs. There are also some buildings that are UNESCO recognized.

Graffiti Art in the streets of Valparaiso (artist anonymous)

Graffiti art in the streets of Valparaiso (artist anonymous)

The graffiti represents a social and political movement. Chile is operated by the wealthy, which is 1% of the overall population. Some Chileans form protest and the more artistic Chileans draw and paint their thoughts. 15 minutes away from the center of Valparaiso is its sister city Viña del Mar. Viña is known for its beautiful beaches, it is more touristic. It is called the Laguna of Chile. Viña is where I live with a host family. I am a stones throw from the beach.

Living with a Host Family

There were many different options on where to live. I choose to live in Viña with a host family for various reasons. I want to learn the Spanish language, and Viña is a beach town (I am a coastal girl). What better way to learn the language than with a Spanish speaking family? The university I will be attending is in Valparaiso, so I am afforded the best of both worlds. My host family consists of two daughters, Camilia and Andrea; one son in the navy, Viktor; and my host mom, Marizta, a cafe owner. They are both helpful and nice. I have not met the son yet, but I will in less than a week.

In Chile they have a time called “once”, similar to a tea party. They invite friends and family over, then together drink tea and coffee and eat crackers and sweet cookies. Chileans tend to eat dinner, or cena, really late at night. The sun does not set until 8 or 9, and my first time eating dinner in Chile was at 10 pm.

Until next time,

Brie

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How to Get More Sleep in College

By: Hannah Hall 

sleepdeprived catThe myth seems to be true, college students never sleep. I don’t drink caffeine, so why can’t I, along with many other students, sleep? The Journal of Adolescent Health has done studies on the sleeping patterns of college students. They state that caffeine and changing sleep schedules, although an apparent factor, are not significant predictors of sleep quality. So what’s the problem?

As I sit here at four in the morning I know my anxiety is keeping me awake. Roxanne Prichard, a psychology professor at the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of St.Thomas, reports her findings from the Journal of Adolescent Health saying that “feeling stressed provided the largest explanatory power” for poor sleep quality.spongebob awake

I decided to probe around my college campus to find others with the same problem, and ask them why they couldn’t sleep.

  • John Matthew Perry, a Freshman Biology Major states that he actually has a problem “falling asleep too easily” but often finds himself pulling all nighters because of the “stress of school” and the amounts of work he has.studying asleep
  • Megan Ibarra, a freshman at APU says she has stress related sleeping problems comments on her current sleeping schedule.  Megan states that it became “harder for [her] to fall asleep” because of the “energy drinks [she needed] to consume in order to get work done.” Having a 5 am shift at her on campus job, she tries to go to bed “around 11 pm” but even then, she reports, if it isn’t the homework its her anxious racing mind that “keeps [her] up until 2 am.”snoopy sleep
  • Daniel Madrid, a Junior Spanish major at Azusa Pacific University commented on his levels of anxiety in college. He stated that his anxiety “Started in high school but got much worse when [he] entered college,” claiming “anxiety affects [his sleep]” as well as his personal choices.

So, how do we solve this?

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  • Prichard states that she challenged her students, and herself to turn off their phones before they went to bed and have noticed a difference in their sleep schedules.
  • Megan Ibarra states that “an episode of One Tree Hill or reading a book” helps her fall asleep quickly. Lisa Ricard, a sophomore at APU, says that although she has suffered from symptoms of insomnia since childhood, big worries about “fall housing” and other school stresses keep her anxiety levels high, affecting her sleep. She says that in order to fall asleep she “started taking an herbal supplement… that really helps [her] sleep.”
  • The National Sleep Foundation suggests that those who have trouble sleeping should stick to the same bedtime and wake-up time… yup, even on the weekends. They also state that resetting your body’s response to daylight and darkness, also called your circadian rhythm, can help re-accustom your body to a healthy sleep cycle. This can be done by avoiding bright lights such as cell phones, lamps, and computers before bed, and exposing yourself to sunlight in the morning.

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So get out in the morning, even just a walk to your 7 a.m. class. Make it a priority to go to sleep at a decent hour. Yes, at night.  “Sleep is an indicator of overall health” states Prichard. So prioritize, sometimes work can be done later. That’s not procrastination; that’s self-care.

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Abroad101 Student of the Week #0041 – Katie Bounds

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This week’s  Abroad101 Student of the Week comes to us from Grand Valley State University. Katie Bounds is a student athlete who is majoring in criminal justice with a minor in sociology. She even has an emphasis in Spanish! Katie enjoys working hard and has future career aspirations to done day join the secret service or homeland security.

Being adventurous and a go getter by nature, it’s no surprise that Katie has been dreaming  of studying abroad and learning about new cultures! And it looks like that wish is coming true, as she has recently been accepted into a program in the Netherlands to study geography and planning. Katie is very grateful to have this opportunity and plans to use this experience to jump outside of her comfort zone! We think traveling and living in the Netherlands will do just that, don’t you? Learn more about Katie and her Mission to study abroad here! 

The Abroad101 Student of the Week initiative awards a student who created a Mission for a study abroad program on GoEnnounce with a donation to their fundraiser. Learn more about this partnership from Abroad101 CEO Mark Shay and GoEnnounce co-founder Melissa Davis here.

Stay tuned for our next Abroad101 Student of the Week!

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7 Easy Ways to Keep Up with Current Events

It’s easier and quicker than ever to stay informed now, so why is it so many students don’t? Here are some tips on breaking the cycle and becoming better informed, with links from NewsTrust for some suggested sources.

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Set aside some time everyday to check the news. Yes, it means breaking away from Netflix or tumblr, but it will pay off. If the idea of ever changing news makes you feel overwhelmed, only check it once a day.

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Twitter is a quick way to catch the headlines. Find some of your favorite news sources and follow them for updates throughout the day. We recommend @BBCBreaking, @ABCNewsLive, and @cnnbrk.

Websites

online newsAs the internet is becoming more prominent, more networks are choosing to post their news online, along with news blogs. It’s updated throughout the day, so you’re getting the most up-to-date information whenever you check it. Try to find a reputable site; remember, anyone can start a website.

Radio

radioTurn away from your tunes for a second and turn to the news to find out what’s going on in the world. Radio news allows you to get your news while driving or multitasking. To find a station near you visit http://radio-locator.com/ .

Television

news reporterNothing to watch on TV? How about cable news? Local stations usually only play news during certain blocks, but there are some stations that play it throughout the day.

Satire

daily showThe news often carries a stigma of being boring and hard to understand. If this is why you avoid it, have no fear, there’s an alternative to the bland. Comedy Central hosts The Daily Show and The Nightly Show.

Print

newspaperFor the nostalgic or hipsters, newspapers and magazines provide a way of staying informed while breaking away from electronics. It’s not as up-to-date as other mediums, but it still provides good information.

Credibility in the news can sometimes be questionable, so try to get news from more than one source. Use a combination of these techniques to find what suits you best. Being informed on local, national, and international events makes you a more responsible citizen, and it can even be fun!

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6 Things Juniors Should Be Doing for College – NOW!

By: Athena Owirodu

Of the four years of high school, no year is as demanding as senior year. As a junior, I’m taking the initiative to learn everything I’ll need to do to get ahead of the college game. And lucky for you, I’m sharing this advice!

 Create a List of Collegesanigif_enhanced-buzz-25667-1374094153-54

Now is the best time to start looking into what colleges you would like to attend. Why? Well, so you don’t get sidetracked by all the college application deadlines your senior year! One way I try to look into colleges is by reading at least a few of the dozens of brochures sent to me through the mail or emailed to me. By knowing what colleges you want to apply to ahead of time, you can work on or improve areas that will help each college perceive you as a competitive applicant. Plus, creating a list now may actually help you narrow down to your dream school.

Study for the SAT/ACT

studying guest blogIt is definitely time to get those SAT and ACT books open! As of today, there are only 3 test dates left for the SAT this spring- March 14th, May 2nd, and June 6th. For ACT this spring, there are only dates April 18th and June 13th left to register for. I can definitively relate to all the late comers to the game of college entrance exams, but in short, my relationship with the tests can be described as “on and off”. However, I’ve realized that these tests hold a large impact on my future, and that’s why I’m starting to take prepping for these tests more seriously. By studying and taking these test now, you’ll have more time in your senior year to tackle the college admissions process! So start studying :)

Apply to Scholarships

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I think it’s safe to say nobody wants to be drowning in debt for the rest of their lives after college. Well, one thing that you can do to help your future self would be applying to scholarships! Personally, I’m joining the bandwagon to lower the costs of my future college tuition. There are tons of scholarships out there for everyone, whether your over 6 feet tall or know how to bird call! As a matter of fact, GoEnnounce hosts a monthly scholarship -no essay or GPA required-that you and your friends should apply to! Plus, not only do scholarships offer cash rewards, but others offer trips across U.S. (think, D.C.!) or across the world!

Be a Teacher’s Pet (in a good way)professor

Obviously, being a “teacher’s pet” is not the best label to have in high school, but try to have a good relationship with your teacher. Whether that’s asking questions in class, putting more effort into their class, or having respect for them at the least, it can really go a long way in terms of college admissions. For instance, one way I build good relationships with my teachers is by occasionally asking for their advice on projects I do outside of school, such as writing competitions or science projects. When it comes to college admissions process, many colleges require recommendation letters from your core teachers. So, make an effort to stay on your teacher’s good side!

Craft Up Your Resume

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Imagine this—you’ve done all these activities over the course of your high school career, and now it’s time for you to apply to the colleges of your dreams. However, your mind goes blank after listing two or three of the activities you’ve donethroughout high school! (Trust me, I’ve had a few of those moments before). Looks like you need a simple, but effective device to keep track of your activities and rewards, in order to create a resume. Well, the answer is at your finger tips! You can use GoEnnounce to “e-nnounce” and keep track off all your major achievements and activities throughout your school career.

Start Looking for Summer Camps/Programs/Jobssummer camp

The last summer before senior year–what do you see yourself doing? Playing video games all day long, or chilling at the beach? (To be honest, I’d rather go to the beach). But if we want to get on top of the college game, we need to strategically use our summer. And one way to do that would be to pursue opportunities that cultivate our skills or talents. For instance, you could attend a coding camp to sharpen your coding knowledge! Or, you can look for a summer internship in journalism or marketing! There are tons of opportunities at our finger tips these days, and it would be a crime to not to use them.

When you sit down to fill up those apps in your senior year, give yourself a pat on the back for taking the initiative to be prepared!

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Abroad101 Student of the Week #0040 – Chandler Fox

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 3.28.49 PMThis week’s Abroad101 Student of the Week is our 40th recipient, Chandler Fox! Chandler is a junior at Texas A&M University who is majoring in nutrition and food science. From a young age Chandler has been infatuated with the food industry, so it’s no surprise that she spends her free time learning about her major and creating new food concoctions. Her future plans include culinary school and working for a company to create new food flavors for future products. What a cool job!

Chandler is one of twenty students that has been accepted into a brand new study abroad program that Texas A&M is offering in Brazil. This program is perfect for Chandler because she will studying sustainable nutrition and food processing! Not only is the area of study ideal for her future career goals but she will also have the opportunity to explore a new country and live on the Amazon! The itinerary includes touring multiple food/beverage processing plants, following a tribe around the Amazon, and so much more!  We couldn’t be more excited for Chandler and this opportunity that she is being offered. Learn more about Chandler’s Mission to study abroad in Brazil here!

The Abroad101 Student of the Week initiative awards a student who created a Mission for a study abroad program on GoEnnounce with a donation to their fundraiser. Learn more about this partnership from Abroad101 CEO Mark Shay and GoEnnounce co-founder Melissa Davis here.

Stay tuned for our next Abroad101 Student of the Week!

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How Classrooms Are Changing

School has changed a lot since your parents were kids! Here’s how.

The Front of the Class

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There was a time when “Alright, class, copy these notes’ meant looking to chalkboards, dry erase boards, and overheard projectors. But now we have SMART boards, which are large interactive tough boards connected to wifi.

Researching

library comparisonWe’ve all heard – “When I was your age we used to go the library.” We still visit the library, but the internet gives a quicker means of finding information. Google is everyone’s go-to brainiac, right?

Computers

computer comparisonComputers have come a long way! We are no longer tied to a plug at the wall anymore. They can be as light as 3 pounds! Tablets may soon replace the typical laptop, with their smaller size and detachable keyboards. Soon every student is going to carrying around his or her own Chromebook or tablet.

Books

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Nothing compares to the weight of lugging around books from class to class. We’ve gone from dragging around multiple, 5-pound books to 1 iPad or Kindle that carries e-books. Chiropractors, beware, you might be going out of business!

Distractions

notes compGone are the days of passing notes in class. We’re texting and tagging friends on Instagram now! Instead of standing in front of the room reading a note, the fate of your phone’s at stake if you get caught.

Take a second to think how far technology has come.  And just imagine how ancient what we have now, will seem to our kids!

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