Attend A College That Has Your Back

More than two million students enter college each year with the expectation that the colleges they attend will take care of them when problems and emergencies pop up. Some students will be pleased with the way their college responds to their issues while others will be disappointed, some may even be outraged.

So many things happen on college campuses today that incoming students never anticipate. To make better comparisons, include these factors when evaluating colleges to attend.

College Comparison Factors

1. Credible Information – Does the college do a good job of informing students about the good, the bad and the ugly?

2. Environment – Are Administrators and Professors student- oriented? Are they concerned about student learning and success?

3. Students – Are fellow students happy, friendly and helpful? Be sure to speak with as many students as possible. Try to talk to some students in your field of study.

4. Crime – Are the campus and surrounding areas safe? How many thefts take place on campus each year? Does the college provide students with statistics and safety advice? How effective is the Security Force? How many students were robbed or assaulted last year?

5. Rape and Sexual Assaults – Does your college report and publish statistics on rapes? Is rape prevention training provided to students? Are rapists dealt with quickly and firmly? How many rapes have taken place during the past five years?

6. Drug Usage – How prevalent are drugs at this college? When was the last drug raid? What kind of help do addicted students receive? How many deaths have resulted from the use of drugs?

7. Alcohol – Is this a party school? Is alcohol allowed on campus?

8. Hazing – Do Sororities, Fraternities, Clubs, Organizations and Honor Societies use Hazing, as part of their initiation process?

9. Deaths – On average, how many students die each year? What is the five-year history of deaths?

10. Emergency Notification Procedures – Keeping students safe when there is a dangerous person on campus is critical. What is the procedure? How effective has it been in the past?

11. Medical Help – How responsive and effective is the Campus Medical Department? How far is the hospital? Do students know how to get help, when there is a medical emergency?

12. Tutoring – Is tutoring available to students in your field of study? Is help available from your Professors?

13. Diversity – Are there Students, Administrators and Professors of many different races, religions and cultures on your campus, in the dorms and the classrooms?

14. Harassment – How does your college deal with students who consistently harass others? Are the students being harassed informed of their options and rights?

15. Dispute Resolution – Is there a dispute resolution process in place and communicated to students? Does it work?

16. Employment Assistance – Since Job Search Preparation is an ongoing process that begins in the first year of college and ends when the student accepts a job, does the college put enough time, people and resources into helping students get prepared?

17. Clubs, Organizations and Activities – Colleges that offer an enjoyable college experience provide a variety of ways for students to learn, participate, contribute and succeed. Does the college meet your needs in this area?

18. Parking – Students with automobiles should investigate the availability, fees, rules and penalties regarding parking on campus. Is the parking situation acceptable to you?

19. On-time Graduation Rates – The availability of required classes can be a problem for students, as they near graduation. Does the college give preference to upper class students who must get into a class, in order to graduate? Paying for another semester is an expensive solution.

20. Counseling Services – Large numbers of students receive counseling. What is the availability and effectiveness of the counselors you may need?

21. Cost / Reputation – Does the college have a good reputation in your field of study? How many employers visit the college to recruit students in your field? Should you consider going to a more expensive college, one that attracts employers in your field?

As students and their parents research, visit and evaluate the colleges on their list, they should dig in deeply to uncover the information necessary to make a decision that is right for them. Since this list is not all-inclusive, students and parents can add to it, before they start to make comparisons. Students should make certain that they identify the colleges that will have their backs.

NYU Film School – A Review

I obtained the BFA in Film Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. As someone who has also attended USC’s Film School as well as having taken classes at UCLA’s Film Program, I thought I could offer some good perspective of what I thought of each and start with the one I spent the most time at: NYU.

The Location

NYU’s film school is located in Greenwich Village on the island of Manhattan in New York City. Going to school in such an urban location offers both positives and negatives. On a positive note, New York City is your campus and therefore you are in the mix of all the limitless cafes, stores, famous locations, iconic neighborhoods and interesting New York personalities that the city is famous for.

On the negative side, also, New York City is your campus so you don’t have the ‘protected campus experience’ you would have at a school with a closed off dedicated campus. In my opinion I viewed living, taking classes and making films in NYC to be a tremendous advantage. Where else would you get such great inspiration and material to draw from than in one of the greatest cities in the world. The only negative would be if you wanted to get out of the city to shoot or just to get some quiet away from the hustle of the city. It’s hard to keep a car in the city without spending a fortune but subways and trains can take you just about anywhere you need to go affordably.

The Curriculum

NYU Film School’s curriculum consists of classes in all the major areas of the filmmaking process. There are classes in sound, editing, writing, television technology and finally group classes where you make films together in small crews. Generally, as you move through the program the projects you work on become more complex. In beginning film classes you might make black and white 8mm or short videos.

As you progress you make longer and more complex projects and can choose between experimental type or narrative films. Generally students are given a certain amount of tape or film stock and the basic equipment such as lights and dollies that one would need. If a student wishes to make something that requires more complex props and/or equipment then they need to provide the funding themselves.

Generally, every student that wants to can direct their own films with other students acting as crew members on their films and vice versa. NYU has a good selection of equipment. It is not always the latest technology and technology changes so frequently, especially when it comes to video, but in general you won’t be lacking for anything. They have ample editing facilities running from old steenbeck for film splicing to computer systems for use of final draft and adobe premier. Again, if a student wishes to shoot more footage than the school is willing to supply film or video for the student can pay for additional developing, etc.

The Professors

Generally I found the professors to be competent with a few ‘exceptional’ ones thrown in. They are all working professionals with some more successful than others. In some classes you also have guest lecturers and occasionally famous alumni will teach a class such as Spike Lee or Woody Allen. Each week the school hosts film screenings and the director or producers of the film will show up to discuss with the class and take questions about how the film was put together and the history of making the film. These are great opportunities to network with successful alumni and often previous graduates of the program show up to watch these screenings so they are a great way to make contacts.

After Graduation.

Where I felt the NYU Film Program fell a little short was in career planning and direction. They didn’t dedicate a whole lot of time to teaching you how to build a career after you graduated. This is one of the flaws I have found in most film programs. Luckily, NYU has so many graduates that work in the industry that if you are proactive you should easily be able to find successful graduates willing to sit down and speak with you about your ‘after graduation’ game plan.

In recent years the school has been good at building up its active alumni organization on both the East and West coasts so whether you decide to be based in New York or Los Angeles you can utilize this resource to create a network for yourself which is very important. Overall, I found the NYU Film School experience to be a good one for those wanting a generalized education in different aspects of filmmaking before embarking on a career.

Off-Campus Housing: How to Convince Your Parents

Many colleges have a requirement that freshmen spend their first year in the dorms. Beyond that, most universities are happy to allow their students to move into off-campus housing if they prefer. Of course, many students choose to live in the dorms the entire time. Others, however, crave a bit more freedom. If this is you and you aren’t paying your own bills, you’ll need to persuade your parents that it is a good idea. Easier said than done, but there are some compelling arguments for moving into your own place. Here are some of them.

Decreased Distractions

If you’re to convince your parents that you should be able to move into off-campus housing, you’re going to have to make arguments they will respond to. Giving them arguments about increased freedom to party and relaxed rules about having the opposite sex sleep over are unlikely to make your case. But if you hammer the point about decreased distractions, you might get somewhere. And it’s true. Your parents may have forgotten, but the dorms are often one big non-stop party. It can be difficult to remain glued to your studies when there are constant activities begging for your attention.

Less Expensive

This is the argument that is going to seal the deal in many cases. Dorms are expensive. Because they are wrapped into the total cost of tuition, it can be easy to miss it, but you’ll notice when it comes off the bill. While you can certainly find off-campus housing that is even pricier than the dorms, you will easily find an apartment that costs much less. For that decreased price, you’ll get thicker walls, more privacy, and a chance to start living like an adult. These things may not matter much to your parents, but the benefit to their checkbook may be persuasion enough.

Your Credit

It can be tough to find your financial footing in the world after graduation. Students who are accustomed to their parents paying for everything find themselves not only having to suddenly cope with their own bills, but faced with the prospect of getting credit and loans without any credit history on which to rely. This can be difficult, to say the least. If you get an apartment in your own name, however, you can start building up that credit score. This will come in handy when you want to buy a car or a house in the future. If your parents don’t relish the idea of co-signing on your loans in the future, this could be an argument for off-campus housing they can appreciate.

Capitalize On The Benefits of Online Education

Innovation and technology has added ease and convenience to the lives of people. Advancements in computer technology and internet-based online education have proved to be a boon for anyone who seeks learning. It has been especially beneficial for professionals who intend to add to their knowledge and skills, but face limitations due to time and fixed schedules. Middle-aged people at times feel shy about attending college or apprehensive about leaving a well-paying job in order to advance their qualification and add to their count of degrees and skills. Online education comes to their rescue, by freeing them of all these limitations. Instead of attending full time classes and completing the course in fixed time, online education opens up a myriad of options and opportunities.

The concept behind online teaching is simple! It is a way by which training and knowledge is imparted by the medium of internet. The concept is gaining popularity and is quickly becoming the new fad with people of all ages. The main reason fueling its popularity is the fact that one does not face the issues of predefined and fixed time schedules, duration and exam patterns. The study material and course structure is easily customized to serve the interests of the candidates. What is even more lucrative for students who take up online education is the fact that the restrictions due to place are done away with. One can take a professional course accredited by a highly reputed university or institute and earn a degree of equal importance as the in-campus degree – all from the comfort of your home! With the travelling expenses, the living on-campus expenses, and all the additional fees levied by educational institutes being cut, an online degree costs only a fraction of the amount that one generally needs to shell out for an on-campus degree.

The online programs are designed keeping the trends and requirements of professionals in mind. While an on-campus degree requires a person to spend two or more years in the campus, online programs are generally one-year programs. The class schedules for the group taking a course together is generally set up by the group mates themselves, keeping in mind the comfort of every member of the group. This helps participants to conveniently fix their study hours and make adjustments in their busy schedules. The class schedules and study material is available online and can be accessed from anywhere, and at any time.

Moreover, one meets a number of like-minded individuals in an online study group. This helps forge lasting work relations, share knowledge and experience and receive insightful peer group learning. Advancing one’s knowledge in the field where he / she works helps climb the corporate ladder. In fact, an online course helps you jump on the freeway to a successful career!

5 Tips to Choose the Online Nursing School Right for You

No one can tell you which online nursing school is right for you. As a rule, you must be the one who chooses which path to take and how you want to get there. The differences between the online nursing schools are varied and one needs to be aware that they all have their pros and cons. However, if you make a wise and informed choice then you are half way to your goal. If a nursing school fits with your schedule, needs and personality than there is nothing stopping you from succeeding.

Bear in mind that no matter which online school you choose you will still need to take part in clinicals which require ‘in person’ teaching to complete your degree. So before you have earned the degree you will need to transfer to a land campus school.

1. First and foremost check out the fees that the online nursing charges for their courses. This is probably the most important part of choosing an online nursing school. It is the common practice of all reputable online nursing schools to be up-front with their fees. They realize it is important to new students to know how much they will be paying for the course. This will help to build trust in the school as they put fourth the effort to respect their students by offering their fees in an honest manner.

2. You will need to check out the course requirements before signing up for anything. Each school has different requirements that must be met before entering their program. These may include a high school diploma, previous nursing courses, or specific course studies from other schools. All of these requirements are easily located in the prerequisite area of the course description.

3. Time available is very important when choosing an online nursing program. You will need to check and make sure that you have the minimum amount of time that is required by the school to dedicate to class and course type studies. Most of the schools that offer online programs operate on the same premise of standard schools and require that students complete a minimum number of hours in class room study to be eligible to graduate. All of the time that is required will be listed in the course description during the review process.

4. Degrees offered is another area where one should put fourth some effort in research. If the online program does not offer the degree that you need to get the job you want then it is useless to you as a school. Through most of the online nursing schools you can choose the type of degree that you wish to obtain and enter the course of study as set down by those guidelines.

5. Finally you should determine if the school you are looking at fits the individual needs that you have. If a school does not fit the most basic needs than it will not be of much worth to you as a student. If you have special needs or require an aggressive course study you should check with the online schools advisor to ensure that they can accommodate such a need or desire.