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10 Most Beautiful University Campuses Around The World

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10 Most Beautiful University Campuses Around The World

Universities are beautiful; with their elaborate dining halls, intricate designs, and architecture, they are unlike one another- completely distinct. However, take a look at some of the most beautiful campuses. These are awe-inspiring! They’ll leave you wanting for more! Go ahead and click the links below. You just might find the graduate school that you dream of going to.

These are the 10 most breathtaking and gorgeous university campuses. They are beautiful beyond understanding. I hope you find them unique, innovative, and splendid.

1. UC Berkeley

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    UC Berkeley is a public research university which resides in Berkeley, California. It is considered by Times of Higher Education World Rankings as one of six brands leading in university rankings. The Academic Ranking of World Universities ranks UC Berkeley forth in the world overall.

    2. Berry College

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      Berry College is a private liberal arts college located in Mount Berry of Floyd County, Georgia. It was founded by Martha Berry in 1902. Berry College claims to possess the largest contiguous campus in the world. It truly contains a beauty of a campus. Its luscious water and sky mimics paradise in so many of ways. I hope you like this one.

      3. Northwestern University

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        Northwestern University is a private research university. This impressive school offers 124 undergraduate degrees and 145 professional/graduate degrees! In 2015, the university accepted 13% of undergraduate applicants, which makes Northwestern University primarily one of the most “selective” universities in the country.

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        4. Texas A&M University

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          Texas A & M University is a notable and renowned university in its competition or league of universities. What is so special about this campus is the beauty that embezzles it. The school ranks in top 20 American research institutes. The school has funded several fields of revolutionary research, such as animal cloning and petroleum engineering. Wow!

          5. University of Colorado Boulder

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            The university above is located in Boulder, Colorado. This public research university offers 150 academic programs and enrolls approximately 29,952 students. It’s history is extensive. Alumni includes twelve Nobel Laureates, nine MacArthur Fellow, and eighteen astronauts. The university received $454 million in research during 2010. Now that is quite a bit of history for you guys out there.

            6. University of Hawaii Manaoa

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              Just look at that photo above! The beauty of the University Of Hawaii Manaoa screams at the rooftops. Truly, this campus is unique. I mean, just look at the circular architecture – and my god, the rainbow! Beautiful, inspirational, and innovative, this campus represents the students and staff on a great level!

              7. Flagler College

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                Flagler College is another one of my favorites on the list of beautiful campus universities. The wooden theme the university evokes is spectacular. To see the programs Flagler has to offer, click on the link. You’ll be amazed at how student-friendly it is.

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                8. Hamilton College

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                  Hamilton is another of my favorites on this far-fetched list of beautiful campuses. It lies in my favorite state, New York, and my god, would I like to go here. The abundance of colors just sparks happiness in so many ways. I thought this one truly deserved to be on the list.

                  9. Elon University

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                    I think Elon University is the most beautiful campus on our list. Just look at the water fountain. It screams beauty, richness, and youth. If beauty could be described in two words, “Elon University” fits the catch.

                    10. Kenyon College

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                      Kenyon represents beauty on a whole other level. Kenyon is a private liberal arts college in Ohio. It was founded in 1824. It has an acceptance rate of 23.8%. To see the list of academic programs and degrees that are offered, please check out the link that is given above. You’ll like what you see.

                      11. Lewis and Clark College

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                        Lewis and Clark college is located in Portland, Oregon. It is an undergraduate college of arts and sciences, offering studies in law, education, and counseling.

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                        12. Ole Miss

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                          University of Mississippi is also known as Ole Miss. It is located in Mississippi, United States. The university offers several special programs, including Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, Chinese language flagship program, Croft Institute for International Studies, and the International Student Organization (ISO). You can click the link above to read more about the university and all the programs that are offered, as well as the student life that is primarily there.

                          13. University of Montana

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                            University of Montana is often referred to as UM. It’s a public research university located in Missoula, Montana. Please click the link above to read more information about the university.

                            14. University of Notre Dame

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                              University of Notre Dame can be simply referred to as Notre Dame. It has many colleges, including The College of Arts and Letters, The College of Science, The School of Architecture, The College of Engineering, and The Mendoza College of Business.

                              15. University of Oklahoma

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                                The University of Oklahoma is beautiful. Also known as OU, this school is located in Norman, Oklahoma. There is the Norman Campus, Main Campus, North and South Campuses, as well as the famous Research Campus. Now, with a university with multiple campuses, this is a sure-winner on our list!

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                                16. Pepperdine University

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                                  Pepperdine is a Christian University. It is committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and providing values that students can utilize throughout their entire life. Read the link for programs that you can take at the Pepperdine University.

                                  17. University of Virgina

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                                    University of Virginia is a research university that was founded by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson. It is located in Charlottesville, Virginia. It is publicly founded and is comparable to Ivy League Schools. See some of the programs that the school offers by clicking the link above. You’ll be surprised at the abundance.

                                    18. University of Washington

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                                      I saved the best for last; the University of Washington is simply gorgeous. University of Washington is also known as U-Dub. It features one of the most famous and highly regarded medical schools in the whole world. It’s also one of the oldest universities on the West Coast.

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                                      8 Simple Ways to Be a Better Listener

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                                      8 Simple Ways to Be a Better Listener

                                      How would you feel if you were sharing a personal story and noticed that the person to whom you were speaking wasn’t really listening? You probably wouldn’t be too thrilled.

                                      Unfortunately, that is the case for many people. Most individuals are not good listeners. They are good pretenders. The thing is, true listening requires work—more work than people are willing to invest. Quality conversation is about “give and take.” Most people, however, want to just give—their words, that is. Being on the receiving end as the listener may seem boring, but it’s essential.

                                      When you are attending to someone and paying attention to what they’re saying, it’s a sign of caring and respect. The hitch is that attending requires an act of will, which sometimes goes against what our minds naturally do—roaming around aimlessly and thinking about whatnot, instead of listening—the greatest act of thoughtfulness.

                                      Without active listening, people often feel unheard and unacknowledged. That’s why it’s important for everyone to learn how to be a better listener.

                                      What Makes People Poor Listeners?

                                      Good listening skills can be learned, but first, let’s take a look at some of the things that you might be doing that makes you a poor listener.

                                      1. You Want to Talk to Yourself

                                      Well, who doesn’t? We all have something to say, right? But when you are looking at someone pretending to be listening while, all along, they’re mentally planning all the amazing things they’re going to say, it is a disservice to the speaker.

                                      Yes, maybe what the other person is saying is not the most exciting thing in the world. Still, they deserve to be heard. You always have the ability to steer the conversation in another direction by asking questions.

                                      It’s okay to want to talk. It’s normal, even. Keep in mind, however, that when your turn does come around, you’ll want someone to listen to you.

                                      2. You Disagree With What Is Being Said

                                      This is another thing that makes you an inadequate listener—hearing something with which you disagree with and immediately tuning out. Then, you lie in wait so you can tell the speaker how wrong they are. You’re eager to make your point and prove the speaker wrong. You think that once you speak your “truth,” others will know how mistaken the speaker is, thank you for setting them straight, and encourage you to elaborate on what you have to say. Dream on.

                                      Disagreeing with your speaker, however frustrating that might be, is no reason to tune them out and ready yourself to spew your staggering rebuttal. By listening, you might actually glean an interesting nugget of information that you were previously unaware of.

                                      3. You Are Doing Five Other Things While You’re “Listening”

                                      It is impossible to listen to someone while you’re texting, reading, playing Sudoku, etc. But people do it all the time—I know I have.

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                                      I’ve actually tried to balance my checkbook while pretending to listen to the person on the other line. It didn’t work. I had to keep asking, “what did you say?” I can only admit this now because I rarely do it anymore. With work, I’ve succeeded in becoming a better listener. It takes a great deal of concentration, but it’s certainly worth it.

                                      If you’re truly going to listen, then you must: listen! M. Scott Peck, M.D., in his book The Road Less Travel, says, “you cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.” If you are too busy to actually listen, let the speaker know, and arrange for another time to talk. It’s simple as that!

                                      4. You Appoint Yourself as Judge

                                      While you’re “listening,” you decide that the speaker doesn’t know what they’re talking about. As the “expert,” you know more. So, what’s the point of even listening?

                                      To you, the only sound you hear once you decide they’re wrong is, “Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah!” But before you bang that gavel, just know you may not have all the necessary information. To do that, you’d have to really listen, wouldn’t you? Also, make sure you don’t judge someone by their accent, the way they sound, or the structure of their sentences.

                                      My dad is nearly 91. His English is sometimes a little broken and hard to understand. People wrongly assume that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about—they’re quite mistaken. My dad is a highly intelligent man who has English as his second language. He knows what he’s saying and understands the language perfectly.

                                      Keep that in mind when listening to a foreigner, or someone who perhaps has a difficult time putting their thoughts into words.

                                      Now, you know some of the things that make for an inferior listener. If none of the items above resonate with you, great! You’re a better listener than most.

                                      How To Be a Better Listener

                                      For conversation’s sake, though, let’s just say that maybe you need some work in the listening department, and after reading this article, you make the decision to improve. What, then, are some of the things you need to do to make that happen? How can you be a better listener?

                                      1. Pay Attention

                                      A good listener is attentive. They’re not looking at their watch, phone, or thinking about their dinner plans. They’re focused and paying attention to what the other person is saying. This is called active listening.

                                      According to Skills You Need, “active listening involves listening with all senses. As well as giving full attention to the speaker, it is important that the ‘active listener’ is also ‘seen’ to be listening—otherwise, the speaker may conclude that what they are talking about is uninteresting to the listener.”[1]

                                      As I mentioned, it’s normal for the mind to wander. We’re human, after all. But a good listener will rein those thoughts back in as soon as they notice their attention waning.

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                                      I want to note here that you can also “listen” to bodily cues. You can assume that if someone keeps looking at their watch or over their shoulder, their focus isn’t on the conversation. The key is to just pay attention.

                                      2. Use Positive Body Language

                                      You can infer a lot from a person’s body language. Are they interested, bored, or anxious?

                                      A good listener’s body language is open. They lean forward and express curiosity in what is being said. Their facial expression is either smiling, showing concern, conveying empathy, etc. They’re letting the speaker know that they’re being heard.

                                      People say things for a reason—they want some type of feedback. For example, you tell your spouse, “I had a really rough day!” and your husband continues to check his newsfeed while nodding his head. Not a good response.

                                      But what if your husband were to look up with questioning eyes, put his phone down, and say, “Oh, no. What happened?” How would feel, then? The answer is obvious.

                                      According to Alan Gurney,[2]

                                      “An active listener pays full attention to the speaker and ensures they understand the information being delivered. You can’t be distracted by an incoming call or a Facebook status update. You have to be present and in the moment.

                                      Body language is an important tool to ensure you do this. The correct body language makes you a better active listener and therefore more ‘open’ and receptive to what the speaker is saying. At the same time, it indicates that you are listening to them.”

                                      3. Avoid Interrupting the Speaker

                                      I am certain you wouldn’t want to be in the middle of a sentence only to see the other person holding up a finger or their mouth open, ready to step into your unfinished verbiage. It’s rude and causes anxiety. You would, more than likely, feel a need to rush what you’re saying just to finish your sentence.

                                      Interrupting is a sign of disrespect. It is essentially saying, “what I have to say is much more important than what you’re saying.” When you interrupt the speaker, they feel frustrated, hurried, and unimportant.

                                      Interrupting a speaker to agree, disagree, argue, etc., causes the speaker to lose track of what they are saying. It’s extremely frustrating. Whatever you have to say can wait until the other person is done.

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                                      Be polite and wait your turn!

                                      4. Ask Questions

                                      Asking questions is one of the best ways to show you’re interested. If someone is telling you about their ski trip to Mammoth, don’t respond with, “that’s nice.” That would show a lack of interest and disrespect. Instead, you can ask, “how long have you been skiing?” “Did you find it difficult to learn?” “What was your favorite part of the trip?” etc. The person will think highly of you and consider you a great conversationalist just by you asking a few questions.

                                      5. Just Listen

                                      This may seem counterintuitive. When you’re conversing with someone, it’s usually back and forth. On occasion, all that is required of you is to listen, smile, or nod your head, and your speaker will feel like they’re really being heard and understood.

                                      I once sat with a client for 45 minutes without saying a word. She came into my office in distress. I had her sit down, and then she started crying softly. I sat with her—that’s all I did. At the end of the session, she stood, told me she felt much better, and then left.

                                      I have to admit that 45 minutes without saying a word was tough. But she didn’t need me to say anything. She needed a safe space in which she could emote without interruption, judgment, or me trying to “fix” something.

                                      6. Remember and Follow Up

                                      Part of being a great listener is remembering what the speaker has said to you, then following up with them.

                                      For example, in a recent conversation you had with your co-worker Jacob, he told you that his wife had gotten a promotion and that they were contemplating moving to New York. The next time you run into Jacob, you may want to say, “Hey, Jacob! Whatever happened with your wife’s promotion?” At this point, Jacob will know you really heard what he said and that you’re interested to see how things turned out. What a gift!

                                      According to new research, “people who ask questions, particularly follow-up questions, may become better managers, land better jobs, and even win second dates.”[3]

                                      It’s so simple to show you care. Just remember a few facts and follow up on them. If you do this regularly, you will make more friends.

                                      7. Keep Confidential Information Confidential

                                      If you really want to be a better listener, listen with care. If what you’re hearing is confidential, keep it that way, no matter how tempting it might be to tell someone else, especially if you have friends in common. Being a good listener means being trustworthy and sensitive with shared information.

                                      Whatever is told to you in confidence is not to be revealed. Assure your speaker that their information is safe with you. They will feel relieved that they have someone with whom they can share their burden without fear of it getting out.

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                                      Keeping someone’s confidence helps to deepen your relationship. Also, “one of the most important elements of confidentiality is that it helps to build and develop trust. It potentially allows for the free flow of information between the client and worker and acknowledges that a client’s personal life and all the issues and problems that they have belong to them.”[4]

                                      Be like a therapist: listen and withhold judgment.

                                      NOTE: I must add here that while therapists keep everything in a session confidential, there are exceptions:

                                      1. If the client may be an immediate danger to himself or others.
                                      2. If the client is endangering a population that cannot protect itself, such as in the case of a child or elder abuse.

                                      8. Maintain Eye Contact

                                      When someone is talking, they are usually saying something they consider meaningful. They don’t want their listener reading a text, looking at their fingernails, or bending down to pet a pooch on the street. A speaker wants all eyes on them. It lets them know that what they’re saying has value.

                                      Eye contact is very powerful. It can relay many things without anything being said. Currently, it’s more important than ever with the Covid-19 Pandemic. People can’t see your whole face, but they can definitely read your eyes.

                                      By eye contact, I don’t mean a hard, creepy stare—just a gaze in the speaker’s direction will do. Make it a point the next time you’re in a conversation to maintain eye contact with your speaker. Avoid the temptation to look anywhere but at their face. I know it’s not easy, especially if you’re not interested in what they’re talking about. But as I said, you can redirect the conversation in a different direction or just let the person know you’ve got to get going.

                                      Final Thoughts

                                      Listening attentively will add to your connection with anyone in your life. Now, more than ever, when people are so disconnected due to smartphones and social media, listening skills are critical.

                                      You can build better, more honest, and deeper relationships by simply being there, paying attention, and asking questions that make the speaker feel like what they have to say matters.

                                      And isn’t that a great goal? To make people feel as if they matter? So, go out and start honing those listening skills. You’ve got two great ears. Now use them!

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                                      Featured photo credit: Joshua Rodriguez via unsplash.com

                                      Reference

                                      [1] Skills You Need: Active Listening
                                      [2] Filtered: Body language for active listening
                                      [3] Forbes: People Will Like You More If You Start Asking Follow-up Questions
                                      [4] TAFE NSW Sydney eLearning Moodle: Confidentiality

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