Why Learning a Language Helps your Brain

There are over seven thousand languages that exist all over the world. The four most spoken languages are English, Mandarin, Hindi and Spanish. Learning a second language allows you to be a part of a community of people with a common trait with a unique culture. The ability to learn a new language allows for … Continue reading Why Learning a Language Helps your Brain

How to Improve Your Critical Thinking Skills

Albert Einstein once said, “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” Our thoughts influence our beliefs, feelings and actions. Our thoughts can be rational, reflective and often with judgement because we perceive information and implement it to form an idea of what something or someone is. Critically … Continue reading How to Improve Your Critical Thinking Skills

Struggling with Online Learning? Here Are Some Simple Tips!

The pandemic has been difficult for everyone in one way or another. Whether you’re a student in school or college, you’ve probably had to adjust your academic lifestyle. With the majority of classes being online and many teachers implementing asynchronous learning, it’s normal if you’ve found yourself struggling to grasp class content and stay focused. Many of my classes are asynchronous this quarter, which means that my professors record their lectures and give us the option to watch lectures on our own time. We still have to take our exams on certain days and complete assignments before deadlines. This might sound familiar to you, or your classes might have a slightly different structure.

The Constant and Elusive Endeavor of Financial Security

There were no more clear demarcations indicating when work, checking emails and working on assignments ended and when sleep, time-off and relaxing began. It should be less about being the most successful kid on the block or the most famous alumnus and a little bit more about happiness, contentment and internal parameters.

The New Cultural Competency: Cultural Competemility

In recent years, people have been using this buzzword of "Cultural Competence" to define an understanding of various cultures, traditions and beliefs. However, a recent article suggests a new paradigm of thought that is a result of an intersection between cultural competence and cultural humility in a "synergistic relationship."

Teaching Yourself – A Covid (or Otherwise) Guide

Now, more than ever, students find themselves teaching much of the content they’re taking courses for - to themselves. Maybe the professor’s teaching style isn’t compatible with your learning style, you need additional help, you want to get ahead, or you’re doing online school. At one point in the semester, many students find that they have to rely on themselves for one reason or the other - what do you do in this situation? With the current ongoing pandemic, these situations can become even more common. As someone who’s done online learning even before college and corona was a problem, here are my tips for overcoming problems in this situation.

Things to Consider if You’re Taking Classes at Institutions Other Than Your University

Wherever you go to school, there’s bound to be those notable, extremely difficult classes that many majors end up having to take. These classes can bring your GPA down, be unorganized, or simply not at the depth you want to learn the material at. Whatever your reason is, for many of these popular and commonly-taken classes (often prerequisites, but upper-levels are also usually included) you will have options to take these classes elsewhere and fulfill the requirement required by your institution.