8 Myths About College

Jay Colby

Myth #1 – It’s better to get good grades than take challenging courses.

When you have even modest success in advanced or accelerated courses, it indicates to a college that you can handle challenging courses – like those you will find in college. A challenging college preparatory program or some advanced placement courses will help you get into more selective colleges.

Myth #2 – The standardized tests (ACT, PSAT, & SAT) are more important than your high school grades.

Colleges know that your performance in high school is a better predictor of college success than the standardized tests. That does not mean that most colleges will ignore your SAT or ACT scores

Myth #3 – I need to decide on my career before I can choose a college.

College is your time to explore. Except in a few specific situations, you can choose a major in your sophomore year and…

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Loneliness a Major Health Risk

Steve Rose PhD

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When it comes to living a long and healthy life, we often turn to diet and exercise to increase our longevity. Neglecting the quality of our social relations, we look for magic-pill solutions to postpone our physical decline.

Although physical health has received a great deal of attention recently, spawning a massive industry around diet and exercise, it turns out we might be better off focusing on our social health. Recent research looked at the impact of loneliness as a risk factor for mortality and found:

Current evidence indicates that heightened risk for mortality from a lack of social relationships is greater than that from obesity.

The researchers also found loneliness is comparable to other health indicators, including substance abuse, responsible sexual behavior, mental health, injury and violence, environmental quality, immunization, and access to health care.

Although studies are now mounting regarding the risk of social isolation…

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Amanda Bixler

This is a post from the archives, but is still very much applicable!

If you’ve been following along for any amount of time, you’ll know I graduated with my masters degree two months ago. It was a long five-year program of juggling part-time work and part-time school, managing my energy and to do lists, and figuring out all of the things. It’s crazy to think that this has been my life for the past five years – juggling assignments, work, reading, research papers, group meetings, confusing homework, all of it.

I am currently in the process of figuring out what life looks like post-graduation. This fall is the first time in my whole life that I have not been preparing to go back to school, but I still love the thought of a fresh start in the fall and will still be falling back on some of these tools as…

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Mental Health Tips for Women

When Women Inspire

Many people tend to ignore their mental health because they believe mental issues only happen to people with disorders. This is far from true. We all need to take some responsibility for our mental health to ensure it’s as good as possible. There are lots of things that can affect mental health, including our work and home environments and what we eat and drink. So, if you’re conscious of the fact that you need to care for your mental health, here are a few tips that could help you.

Volunteering to become more appreciative It can help to put yourself in the shoes of someone else. Pexels, CC0 License.

Put Yourself in Someone Else’s Shoes

When life gets a little overwhelming and you have a lot on your mind, it’s easy to become negative and even depressed. It can help to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. We often don’t realize how lucky we are…

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Night Fright

I hear my baby down the kitchen while my mom feeds her pureed vegetables. I hear my baby playing with the plastic skirt of the table as it returns into position for her to kick it again. I see her in the corner of my eye, and my heart started pounding out of my chest’s wall. She was on the edge of the highchair, held back with the gray buckles. As I came running to her, the hallway surrounding me stretched further and further, making time and distance ahead of me. She starts tipping forward to the point of falling. As soon as I got to my baby, I picked her up with panicky arms. I held her close while my heart calms down.

She was okay. I wasn’t.

I opened my eyes. My body was hot with no sweat to release the heat. I realized that I had been dreaming in my sleep all along. Worried that she wasn’t breathing, I touched her belly to feel it expanding and shrinking. She woke up, lifted her head, stared around, and went back to sleep. When I was relieved from my dream, I laid back down on the couch next to her crib. She woke up a few minutes later, crying, whining, and rolling. So I walked to the kitchen and prepared a bottle for her.

I never knew PPD and anxiety can strike me in my dreams. I know now, and I know it happens without me thinking about it. Afraid that prescribed drugs will do more harm, I turn to blogging. I turn to blogging as a way to cope, ventilate, read other mom’s posts, and receive advice. I turn to blogging to connect with other moms going through PPD and anxiety. And I turn to blogging for inspiration. It has helped me tremendously as I am overcoming this emotional nosedive