Success never happens alone. Think about all of the great things you’ve accomplished so far; can you name someone who helped you get there?
The truth is: people are the answer to success in any area — especially college.
In order to succeed you must know how to cultivate your community.
I recently wrote the book Community College Success — and while my target audience is those oft-forgotten but highly intelligent and valuable community college students, the concepts in the book are applicable to every student. You could also view the title as: Community + College = Success.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. And so it takes a community to “raise” a college graduate.
And you can build that community for yourself, no matter where you are or how much money you
Archive for April 28th, 2012
Success never happens alone. Think about all of the great things you’ve accomplished so far; can you name someone who helped you get there?
It is said quite often that Anton Chekhov believed he was writing comedies and the great beacon of realistic method acting Konstantin Stanislavski thought he was writing tragedies. I am not alone in believing that the truth lies somewhere in between, which is especially obvious today. Having said this, Uncle Vanya is explicitly labeled a comedy by Chekhov’s own subtitle, though it is a different kind of humor than one usually sees today.
This is made obvious by Target Margin Theater’s current production at HERE Arts Center, where Uncle Vanya’s line “realism, naturalism, whatever” becomes the core thematic statement for the
Welcome to Weeklings, AfterElton.com’s weekly video recap of pop culture, brought to you by me, Twitter pox Louis Virtel.
I’ve got a lot on its mind this week: Lindsay Lohan is playing Elizabeth Taylor? Crazy! Betsey Johnson is bankrupt? Absurd! Snooki and JWoww still matter? I die. Why can’t the world concentrate on more important things than Jersey Shore, like the hotness of Harry Shum, Jr.?
I discuss all this and more in the latest Weeklings. Look out for a very special cameo by Tim Gunn, too. He and Betsey Johnson have an interesting past, apparently.
Also: Weeklings joins The Huffington Post’s Gay Voices tally this
Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 2, Episode 20 of The CW’s “Nikita,” entitled “Shadow Walker.”
I always feel a little sorry for “Nikita” episodes that follow explosive, character-driven hours like last week’s “Wrath” or Season 1′s game-changing “Covenants,” since even the most dynamic story would pale in comparison to the evolution we saw from our heroine on April 20.
Still, while episodes dealing with finances or computer hacking generally make my eyes glaze over, what “Shadow Walker” excelled at was emphasizing the family dynamic between Nikita, Michael, Birkhoff and Alex. In underpinning the money-driven hour with realistic character beats, writer Kristen Reidel kept the narrative engaging, shifting the normal pairings of Nikita/Michael, Nikita/Alex and Alex/Birkhoff around so that Alex could share a storyline with Michael, and Nikita and Birkhoff could have some long-overdue time together to process what happened when the hacker shot Carla and made his first kill.
Birkhoff’s argument with Nikita had clearly been building for a while; when they started working together at the beginning of the season, she and Michael immediately fell into old Division habits and started ordering their recalcitrant nerd around, sometimes inadvertently treating him as their sidekick instead of their equal. For a guy who has spent years under Percy’s thumb, it makes sense that encountering another power imbalance after he’d escaped Division would begin to rankle our erstwhile Shadow
Professional Traveler Arianna Huffington
Arianna Huffington is president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, which was recently awarded a Pulitzer Prize, a columnist and author of 13 books. Somehow, she’s finding time to judge our #JetsetterCurator contest along with a few other luminaries from the fashion, design and hotel worlds. We tapped her for her travel tips.
You hop time zones constantly — what’s your strategy for surviving a red-eye and how do you cope with jetlag?
I board the plane in sweatpants, put on Bose headphones and refuse all food and drink except water. With a bit of luck I’m asleep by
As Kate and William approach their first wedding anniversary, Cheapflights lists its picks for the best destinations for couples, of all styles, types and ages, to celebrate their marriage.
– Meagan DeLury
For the newlywed couple on a budget: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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Starting a new life together can be expensive, and the first few anniversaries can sometimes get pushed aside. For those looking to celebrate an anniversary without a hefty price tag, consider heading south to Santo Domingo, where a dollar gets you a long way. There are plenty of resorts in the area, so finding an affordable all-inclusive package is easy. Spend your days basking in the sun, or hit the streets of the Dominican’s bustling
For many travelers, just seeing the world is not enough: It’s the extraordinary experiences and people that you meet along the way that take a trip from being purely a vacation and turning it into a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Festivals offer a unique way to immerse yourself in a country’s time-honored traditions, art, culture and cuisine and most importantly help you make friends with the locals!
From the wildest street parties to time-honored cultural traditions, take a look at this collection of fantastic festival photos from around the globe selected by Kensington Tours and let them inspire your next adventure.
Monkey Buffet Festival: Thailand
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Where: Lopburi, Thailand
When: Every year on the last Sunday of November
Why Go? This exotic feast is literally a feeding frenzy, but don’t expect an invitation to the banquet as the festival is for monkeys only. Known to bring good fortune, the locals of Lopburi arrange a gigantic all-you-can eat buffet to pay tribute to the hundreds of long-tailed macaques that live amongst the town’s ancient temples. With over four tonnes of food ranging from fresh fruits to soda pop, this wild monkey fueled madness is as close to organized chaos as a traveler can
While “Virginia is For Lovers” has been the widely recognized ad slogan for 43 years, Virginia is also now fast becoming the destination for wine lovers. After the top American wine producing regions of California, Washington, Oregon and New York, Virginia is next on that list, with more than 200 wineries.
What we’ve learned covering American wineries on our blog CarstravelFood, which celebrates domestic travel to support U.S. businesses, is that many American wineries fortunately have not felt the effects of the recession. And with the boon of tourists discovering these high-caliber wines and visiting wineries here, Virginia is one such state that boasts a great many successful wineries.
“We’ve had double digit growth for the last three years and that’s in a recession,” says Annette Boyd, director for the Virginia Wine Board marketing
What are some clever ways to charge more for a service or product to existing clients without getting “the economy” complaint?
The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC promotes entrepreneurship as a solution to unemployment and underemployment and provides entrepreneurs with access to tools, mentorship and resources that support each stage of their business’s development and growth.
A: Add Something Worth Paying For
You shouldn’t raise prices without giving more value to existing clients. Incorporate the features or benefits that current clients are asking for, and explain why this added value far outstrips the increase in price. — Kelly Azevedo, She’s Got Systems
A: Give a “Discount”
Start with a high initial price — the actual value of your product or service — and then discount
I recently read a letter to the editor in a regional paper objecting to a tax increase to replace aging school buildings. The gist of the letter was that the old decaying school buildings were “good enough.” While many public schools sorely need modern facilities, I am not arguing here for new school buildings. Rather, I am objecting to the letter writer’s remarks as evidence of a “poverty of expectations.” Too often, we fail to strive for excellence or greatness because we believe it is not probable, so why try? Or, we accept the status quo, even if it is mediocre or sub par. “Good enough” will not be adequate to solve the huge number of issues facing our
Let’s face it. The economy still sucks. Finding employment is far from easy, and finding employment that offers a living wage for a homeless mom to pay for housing and childcare is close to impossible. Oh, did I say ‘homeless’?!! As much as we all want to think people have a heart to do good, and I do believe many do, the truth is it is rare for an employer to even consider hiring a homeless person.
If you haven’t heard about Shaun Kings’s new project Hope Mob you probably are not on social
Do you ever experience confusion? It could be facing a fog of not knowing how to address a challenge you are meeting in your career, your finances or even where to live. I find that confusion often comes before a time when what is next for me is about to be revealed. As the saying goes, the darkest hour is just before dawn.
With anything of a negative or worrying nature, your first step is to accept it for what it is. Take a few deep breaths, stretch, go for a walk, drink plenty of water so that you can let the clarity begin to reveal itself to
This post is co-authored by Eliza Wing.
We would all like, no matter our discipline, to increase the quality and quantity of our work. Some artists, writers and business leaders have established routines that help them to get into a creative mode daily. Perhaps the artist shows up at the studio every morning at 8
Everyone has heard of spring cleaning. Usually it refers to things like going through your clothes closets and tossing out things you no longer wear, or cleaning out storage areas to make room for new items. You know how to donate old clothes, but have you considered spring-cleaning your life? Maybe you’ve only thought about “spring cleaning” in terms of straightening up and clearing out your physical space, but what about applying that same principle to the less tangible aspects of your world? It’s time to spring clean your life! Ask yourself “What am I still holding onto that I need to let go?”
Here are nine areas of your life that can benefit from a good spring-cleaning:
1. Spring clean your mind
What old thoughts and beliefs about yourself and your life do you need to let go? Sometimes you don’t realize when you’ve become your own worst enemy by allowing the voice in your head to make negative comments that talk you out of the things you know you should
When you’re feeling troubled or lost, or simply confused about life, inner harmony is held out as a goal–a beautiful but perhaps mythical goal. How can troubled thoughts and unhappy feelings be turned into inner peace? They can’t. The secret of inner harmony is that it already exists. You don’t have to work for
Like a wave of tornadoes touching down, the FDIC struck across the country on Friday shuttering five banks from coast to coast. The regulator took down Plantation Federal in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, Bank of the Eastern Shore of Cambridge and HarVest Bank of Maryland in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Inter Savings Bank, fsb in Maple Grove, Minnesota and Palm Desert National Bank in Palm Desert, California.
All of these banks displayed clear signs of distress for months to years preceding their demise according to the records in Institutional Risk Analytics Bank Monitor. As is customary when a bank fails, a forensic page is released on the bank for open research use.
Palm Desert National Bank — Palm Desert, CA had been stressed for years according to Bank Stress Index
“A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.”
–Boy Scout Law
“On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”
–Boy Scout Oath
Well, it seems that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) requires not merely moral straightness but sexual and gender straightness, as well, for no gay, bisexual, or transgender scouts (youth members) or scouters (adult leaders) have the right and privilege of membership in the organization.
According to their position on homosexuality: “Boy Scouts of America believes that homosexual conduct is inconsistent with the obligations in the Scout Oath and Scout Law to be morally straight and clean in thought, word, and deed.”
Actually, no atheist or agnostic need apply, either, because the Boy Scouts of America’s “anthem” proclaims:
In 2000 the United States Supreme Court affirmed BSA’s right as a private organization to bar anyone, including gay, bisexual, and transgender scouts and scouters, from membership under the First Amendment’s “freedom of association” clause when “the presence of that person affects in a significant way the group’s ability to advocate public or private viewpoints.” The justices ruled that because BSA opposes homosexuality as part of its “expressive message,” allowing homosexuals into the organization would interfere with that message.
The case involved an assistant scoutmaster, James Dale, a student at Rutgers University and co-president of the Lesbian and Gay Student Alliance, who attended a forum in 1990 on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health issues. He was interviewed for a local newspaper in which he came out as
What television shows do you watch when you sit home to relax in the evening? Do you watch sports? Do you have a favorite prime-time drama that draws your attention? Is it because of the plot or the characters? Are you more prone to see an action movie or a chick flick? We all find shows that we can identify with, or programs that give us something to strive for in life. They provide us with a way to escape our lives and be swept into the lives of others, whether it is for an hour or a few hours. If we’re lucky enough we can find a few characters and shows that draw our attention.
Why do we get so drawn into movies? Why do people love watching the same soap operas for decades? It is mostly because we love the escape from our own lives, but it’s also because we get to know certain characters so well over the years that we all feel like we know
In 1991, a friend introduced me to Anas Nin’s second husband. Rupert Pole employed me for five years to work with Nin’s manuscripts for A Journal of Love. The friend who made the introduction was also a writer. He told me then when I was just 31, “Don’t wait until you are 60 and dying of
Video of Andrs Carrin’s being beaten with a stretcher by a member of the Cuban Red Cross, after his arrest for shouting “Down with Communism!” and “Freedom!”
A few weeks have already gone by since Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba, and one name comes up again and again to evoke those last days of March. Andrs Carrin, age 40, the citizen who shouted at the Pope’s homily in Santiago de Cuba, “Down with Communism!” He turned the eyes of the world from their contemplation of the Pope’s miter to the face of a man held by his captors and beaten by a supposed member of the Red Cross. Today, still under the effects of passing from anonymity to notoriety, he answers a few questions.
Yoani Sanchez: How did the idea come to you, of taking that action at the Plaza Antonio Maceo? Was it a personal initiative or was there a group?
Andrs Carrin: I do not belong to any opposition party, even today I still do not belong to any. However, these days I have received the solidarity of various activist groups, especially in the east of the
I got married in New York City on Saturday, March 31, 2012, to my partner of 24 years. I thought planning and executing a wedding, not to mention a nontraditional one, would be a major headache, with the added problems of dealing with friends and family. It was the greatest moment of our lives, and the most profound “family values” moment I’ve ever experienced.
All along we wanted to have some sort of
In the name of the Fire,
And the Light;
Praise the pure presence of fire
That burns from within
Without thought of time.
Systems for running our lives can be useful, but they can also enslave us. Time management can be the biggest trap of them all. It can creep into your psyche, and rather than freeing you up, it’s calling all the shots.
Does this sound familiar?: The thought of having an unstructured day, even if it’s on vacation, makes you break out in hives. Calling friends becomes part of your quarterly
It’s taken me a long time to understand something about why some books sell and others don’t.
It’s taken me having written novels and marketed more than 1,200 others via AuthorBuzz.com.
Sales don’t always have anything to do with good or brilliant or original.
Sales are about appeal.
The marketability, the success of a book, ultimately rests with whether or not people will find the concept/characters/title/cover appealing.
It’s in the eye of the beholder, but readers know it when they see it. And we see the results.
Bridges of Madison County, The Da Vinci Code, The Help and Sarah’s Key have very little in common with each