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3 Routes to Consider After College

3 Routes to Consider After College

For many people, graduating college is the first time in their life where they have no set direction to take. Most people are born, they start school at an incredibly young age and they know that they will probably be in school until they are eighteen. Throughout high school they are advised to go to college and many parents will try to push their kids to specific colleges (typically colleges the parents went to).

Education is good and having guidance is great, but it often leaves people lost when they graduate from a university and suddenly there is no more predetermined standard way to go about life. There are millions of directions that could all be taken, and each leads to a drastically different path. Here are five directions to consider, and where they might lead.

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Entrepreneurial

Being an entrepreneur is hardly ever easy, especially in the beginning. It takes a very specific kind of person. However, when an entrepreneurial person starts down this path, they tend to never be able to work a regular job again.

An entrepreneurial life tends to be all about making connections. Sure, you have to have good ideas and be good at something, but everyone tends to be good at something and have a few good ideas in their life. Entrepreneurs are people that talk to everyone they meet, make connections, and use the connections throughout their life.

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Their day-to-day is almost always different and they rarely have stability in income. Some people love it, while others cannot stand it. Entrepreneur magazine has a pretty good test to take to see if you would make a good entrepreneur.

Secondary degree

For some people a bachelor just simply isn’t enough. They either want to learn more, or have a better resume down the road. This type of person will often choose a secondary degree, like a master’s degree.

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One of the common misconceptions about secondary degrees is the idea that you will have to get this in the same field your bachelor’s degree was in. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, if you are unhappy with where your bachelor took you, a secondary degree is a great place to start. It can be daunting to get started on deciding how to go about this and where to go. You can find a pretty good resource here for helping you see what schools you would be able to qualify for based on your situation.

Travel

For many people, graduating from college is their first chance at true freedom. Rather than jump straight into a job, marriage, or family, they choose instead do spend some time seeing the world and meeting people. This is not a bad route and often leads to incredible memories.

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If you do not have any commitments straight out of college then this may be a great route to consider. When people are at the end of their lives they often report that they regret not traveling more. The world is an incredible, diverse place and to only see a small part of it during your entire lifetime is a travesty.

This option does not have to be expensive either. There are plenty of great ways that young single travelers can use to travel the globe at steep discounts. Use resources like The Points Guy to get good travel deals and stay in hostels when you can. You could spend a month traveling the world for just a few thousand dollars if everything is researched and budged correctly.

The thing to remember with all of these is that there is no right answer. Choose what is right for you and what will make your life better in the long run. Don’t let anyone choose for you and don’t look back once you decide!

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Last Updated on January 11, 2021

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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2. Stress Relief

Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

3. Improved Sleep

Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

4. Appetite Control

Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

7. Mosquito Repellant

Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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8. Pain Relief

While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

9. The New Anti-Viral

Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

10. Improved Cognitive Function

Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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11. Money Saving

With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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