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11 Best Colleges In America You Need To Know

11 Best Colleges In America You Need To Know

There are thousands of colleges in the United States. Each one has something different to offer prospective students, and each has successful graduates who speak with pride about their alma mater. However, there are a few schools that stand out because they provide an educational experience that is tailored to the needs of students who are seeking more than just a standard 4-year degree. Each college in this list stands out because it has something unique and original to offer.

Webster University: to Earn Your Degree While Studying Abroad

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    The flagship campus of Webster University is located just outside of St. Louis, but the college has campuses on four continents. This makes it an ideal choice for students who want the experience of studying abroad while maintaining a continuity in their education. The Global Citizenship Program prepares undergraduates to work, compete, and contribute on the global stage.

    Bard College at Simons Rock: To Get a Jump Start on Your Dreams

    Bard College

      Every year, there are so many bright students who either drop out of high school, or who simply coast until graduation. Bard College at Simons Rock gives these students an alternative. The average incoming freshman is a young 16.5 years of age. Keep in mind though, that not every high school student can bypass their last two years of high school and head into this school. The students (also known as rockers) at Bard College must demonstrate a track record of being curious learners with serious academic goals. Once they do make the cut, there is no babying involved. Students are treated as capable adults who have something valuable to contribute.

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      Reed College: to Join an Alumni Class of Excellence

      Reed College

        Reed college is one of the most intellectually rigorous liberal arts colleges in America. Reed was the first college in the United States to add fine arts requirements to its liberal arts programs. Reed college alumni have gone on to win major international awards. It also has an impressive list of other accomplished graduates including:

        • Pulitzer Prize Winner Gary Snyder
        • Author Janet Fitch
        • Wikipedia Co-founder – Larry Sanger
        • Television Chef – Steven Raichlen
        • Apple Co-founder – Steve Jobs

        Bennington College: To Design Your Own Future

        Bennington College

          The founders of Bennington College believe that students are responsible for their own education. Because of this, the curriculum at Bennington is self directed. Each student works with an adviser to plan their education, and then evaluates their own progress and receives feedback from instructors on their achievements as well.

          Blackburn College: To Learn and be Debt Free

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            Every student at Blackburn College participates in a work program that allows them to gain work experience, and help offset the cost of their education. Not only is this work program nationally recognized, it is entirely run and staffed by Blackburn students. This is a great school for anybody who wants to reduce or limit their student debt. Students hold jobs on campus, at local businesses, with local law enforcement, and at nearby schools.

            Cornell College: To Tackle Higher Education One Class at a Time

            Cornell College

              Imagine attending college and being able to focus on one course at a time. Students who attend Cornell college are able to do just that. Because they are able to focus on one discipline at a time, students gain a much deeper understanding of the subject matter. Just 18 days after a student starts a class, they are finished and have earned their credits. In addition to this, all students adhere to the same time schedule. This gives each student plenty of time to spend with their peers and to participate in on and off campus activities.

              Earlham College: To Learn and Become a Better Person Through Quaker Values

              Earlham College

                Quakers believe in pacifism, activism, service, and that the pursuit of truth is a virtue. One of their mottos is that all truth is God’s truth. If you are interested in a global education that focuses on strong personal morality, peace, and equality, Earlham University might be the perfect choice. Students who graduate from Earlham are very active in the social justice movement, politics, and charitable works.

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                Green Mountain College: To Earn a Degree and Save the Planet

                Green Mountain College

                  Most colleges and universities have begun incorporating an earth friendly philosophy in their policies and classes over the last few years. Green Mountain College has been doing this for decades. In fact, the Princeton Review has voted this college the greenest in the nation. Students who attend this college, located in beautiful rural Vermont, can choose from a variety of majors. However, they will also be required to complete 37 hours of Environmental Liberal Arts coursework.

                  American University: To Become a Great Modern Day Journalist

                  American University

                    American University has become the school of choice for students who are interested in modern journalism. Students who attend the school of communication who wish to become journalists will learn about interactive journalism, take classes in social media, and attend workshops in investigative reporting. This excellent school combines the longstanding rules of ethical journalism while also embracing new technology and new communication media.

                    University of Washington: To Become a Great Healer

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                    University of Washington

                      Students who make the grade for admission into medical school have accomplished something that most of us never dream of. Students who get into the University of Washington’s School of Medicine have accomplished something even more amazing. They have been accepted into the nation’s top medical school program, and will have the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the brightest minds in the medical field.

                      Vanderbilt University: To Learn to Teach

                      Vanderbilt University

                        Students who long to teach future generations should take a look at this prestigious school in Nashville, TN. It is nationally recognized as one of the top schools for teachers. Students attending Vanderbilt to become teachers, school counselors, school administrators or educational policy makers attend the school’s Peabody college where they will work hand in hand with nationally renowned instructors.

                        Of course, you can skip going to college, but only if you are talented enough to master the skill of self-learning and can succeed in life without any assistance.

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                        15 Best Organizing Tips For Office Organization and Getting More Done

                        15 Best Organizing Tips For Office Organization and Getting More Done

                        You may think that you don’t have time for office organization, but if you really knew how much time that disorganization cost you, you’d reconsider.

                        Rearranging and moving piles occasionally doesn’t count. Neither does clearing off your desk, if you swipe the mess into a bin, or a desk drawer.

                        A relatively neat and orderly office space clears the way for higher productivity and less wasted time.

                        Organizing your office doesn’t have to take days, it can be done a little at a time. In fact, maintaining an organized office is much more effective if you treat it like an on-going project, instead of a massive assault.

                        So, if you’re ready to get started, the following organizing tips will help you transform your office into an efficient workspace.

                        1. Purge Your Office

                        De-clutter, empty, shred, get rid of everything that you don’t need or want. Look around. What haven’t you used in a while?

                        Take one area at a time. If it doesn’t work, send it out for repair or toss it. If you haven’t used it in months and can’t think of when you’ll actually need it, out it goes. This goes for furniture, equipment, supplies, etc.

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                        Don’t forget about knick-knacks, plants (real or artificial), and decorations – if they’re covered with dust and make your office look shabby, they’re fair game.

                        2. Gather and Redistribute

                        Gather up every item that isn’t where it belongs and put it where it does.

                        3. Establish Work “Zones”

                        Decide what type of activity happens in each area of your office. You’ll probably have a main workspace (most likely your desk,) a reference area (filing cabinet, shelves, binders,) and a supply area (closet, shelves or drawers.)

                        Place the appropriate equipment and supplies are located in the proper area as much as possible.

                        4. Close Proximity

                        Position the equipment and supplies that you use most within reach. Things that you rarely use can be stored or put away.

                        5. Get a Good Labeler

                        Choose a label maker that’s simple to use. Take the time to label shelves, bins, baskets drawers. Not only will it remind you where things go, but it will also help others who may have a need to find, use, or put away anything in your workspace.

                        6. Revise Your Filing System

                        As we move fully into the digital age, the need to store paper files has decreased.

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                        What can your store digitally? Are you duplicating files? You may be able to eliminate some of the files and folders you’ve used in the past. If you’re storing files on your computer, make sure you are doing regular back-ups.

                        Here’re some storage ideas for creating a smooth filing system:

                        • Create a meeting folder – Put all “items to be discussed” in there along with items that need to be handed off, reports that need to be given, etc. It’ll help you be prepared for meetings and save you stress in the even that a meeting is moved up.
                        • Create a WOR folder – So much of our messy papers are things that are on hold until someone else responds or acts. Corral them in a WOR (Waiting on Response) folder. Check it every few days for outstanding actions you may need to follow-up on.
                        • Storage boxes – Use inexpensive storage boxes to keep archived files and get them out of your current file space.
                        • Magazine boxes – Use magazine boxes or binders to store magazines and catalogs you really want to store. Please make sure you really need them for reference or research, otherwise recycle them, or give away.
                        • Reading folder – Designate a file for print articles and documents you want to read that aren’t urgent.
                        • Archive files – When a project is complete, put all of the materials together and file them away. Keep your “working folders” for projects in progress.
                        • File weekly – Don’t let your filing pile up. Put your papers in a “To File” folder and file everything once a week.

                        Learn more tips on organizing your files here: How to Organize Your Files for Better Productivity

                        7. Clear off Your Desk

                        Remove everything, clean it thoroughly and put back only those items that are essential for daily use.

                        If you have difficulty declutter stuff, this Declutter Formula will help you throw away stuff without regretting later.

                        8. Organize your Desktop

                        Now that you’ve streamlined your desktop, it’s a good idea to organize it.

                        Use desktop organizers or containers to organize the items on your desk. Use trays for papers, containers for smaller items.

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                        Don’t forget your computer desktop! Make sure the files or images are all in organized folders. I’d recommend you clear your computer desktop everyday before you leave work.

                        9. Organize Your Drawers

                        Put items used together in the same drawer space, stamps with envelopes, sticky pads with notepads, etc.

                        Use drawer organizers for little items – paper clips, tacks, etc. Use a separate drawer for personal items.

                        10. Separate Inboxes

                        If you work regularly with other people, create a folder, tray, or inbox for each.

                        11. Clear Your Piles

                        Hopefully with your new organized office, you won’t create piles of paper anymore, but you still have to sort through the old ones.

                        Go through the pile (a little at a time if necessary) and put it in the appropriate place or dump it.

                        12. Sort Mails

                        Don’t just stick mail in a pile to be sorted or rifle through and take out the pieces you need right now. Sort it as soon as you get it – To act, To read, To file, To delegate or hand off. .

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                        13. Assign Discard Dates

                        You don’t need to keep every piece of paper indefinitely. Mark on files or documents when they can be tossed or shredded.

                        Some legal or financial documents must be kept for specified length of time. Make sure you know what those requirements are.

                        14. Filter Your Emails

                        Some emails are important to read, others are just not that important.

                        When you use the filter system to label different types of emails, you know their priority and which to reply first.

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                        15. Straighten Your Desk

                        At the end of the day, do a quick straighten, so you have a clean start the next day.

                        Bottom Line

                        Use one tip or try them all. The amount of effort you put into creating and maintaining an efficient work area will pay off in a big way.

                        Instead of spending time looking for things and shuffling piles, you’ll be able to spend your time…well…working and you’ll enjoy being clutter free!

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