Alternatives To Applying For College

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It’s essential that all young people get an education these days because it’s challenging to find unskilled jobs that pay a decent wage. However, there are lots of options on the table when it comes to the way in which you get that education. This article will draw your attention towards three alternatives to applying for your local college or university.

Try online learning

There are thousands of online learning providers around today, and plenty of them offer the types of qualifications you require. The best thing about selecting this option is that you can study around your responsibilities and at times that suit you.

Consider an apprenticeship or internship

You might think about accepting an apprenticeship-type job that enables you to earn as you learn. In most instances, you will work for a company four days each week and then go to college on the final day. The best thing about that idea is that the business owner will pay for your course.

Study abroad

If you want to try something different; something that most people overlook, why not consider applying for universities in foreign countries? That is an excellent choice if you wish to learn about new cultures and open as many doors as possible.

So, now you know about three fantastic alternatives to traditional education; you just need to work out which concept presents the most advantages. When all’s said and done, studying abroad is a brilliant idea, and the infographic below should help to offer a better insight. Take a look before leaving this page.


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December 5, 2017
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The Best Ways to See The World

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If you think you may have caught the traveling bug, you are not alone. Travelling becomes more and more popular year after year, and as an industry it is always growing, so you can be sure that there are plenty of people in a similar position. One of the main questions you will need to ask yourself when you do decide to travel, however, will be how exactly to do it. You might think that there is just one way, or you might be confused by the idea of doing it in different ways. The truth is that there are countless ways to see the world, and it’s a good idea to compare and contrast them if you want to get all you can out of the experience. Let’s look at a few examples and see if we can discover some great ways to travel the world.

Earn As You Travel

It is likely that money is going to be one of your primary concerns throughout this time. You will need a lot to be able to travel well in most cases – and you will probably want to make sure that you have something to come back to as well. Fortunately, there are many ways to earn money as you travel, and this is now actually easier to do than ever before. Doing so can mean that your travels are made much easier, and this can take much of the stress out of the experience of traveling too. So what are some of the best ways to earn money as you travel?

It might be that you have a qualification or degree of some kind, and you would like to use it abroad. Many people do this, and there are certain professions where it tends to be a little more popular – medicine and teaching being two of them. If you have a medical qualification to be a nurse, for example, check out this article on ‘Want to Do Something Unique with a BSN? Check Out Your Choices’ – you might be surprised at how easy it is to travel the world as a nurse by joining forces such as Doctors Without Borders. With this, not only will you be earning as you travel – you will also be healing others. That is hugely useful, and will mean that you probably feel a lot more useful as a traveler too.

We mentioned teaching, and this happens to be just about the most popular work for travelers to get involved in. Most of the time, you will probably be teaching English as a foreign language. You might be surprised at how easy this is, and how rewarding – and many people manage to pay their way around the world by doing this, so you know it can be done. However you do it, earning money as you travel is definitely going to make it much easier, and it will mean that you can also do it for longer. This is a must-do option to consider if you are keen on traveling for a long period of time, or seeing many places in one trip.

Frequent Flyers & Other Deals

If you intend to travel a lot, then you will almost certainly benefit from using frequent flyers and other deals to boost what you are getting for your money. If you have never looked into frequent flyer, it’s a relatively simple and highly effective loyalty scheme, essentially, which enables you to save points towards air miles from many kinds of purchases. It also means that you are more likely to be given upgrades when they are available – fantastic news if you are keen on flying business or first class. What’s more, the more frequent flyer points you have, the more likely it is that the airlines will treat you well. All of this means that you can find yourself having a much nicer time as you travel.

There are many other deals which you might also want to consider. For example, you can find deals which get you cheap hotels in most locations on the planet, as well as deals on other kinds of transport as well – it’s not all about the flying, after all. Bearing these in mind, and making the most of them, will ensure that you can make more of your travels as a whole as well, and that will mean that you can enjoy them all the more.

Keep Your Needs Down

If you want to really experience the thrill of travel in a big way, you will find that it is beneficial to keep your needs down to a minimum. In a sense, this advice can be taken to mean that you should travel light – but it also goes far beyond that concern, and becomes much more a philosophy or ethos about how to travel that can really affect how much you enjoy it.

If you want to travel for longer, in particular, you might at some point find that it is necessary to start keeping your needs down a little. After all, the less you have and need to do, the further your money will go. But it’s not just about the money either – it’s also a case of keeping your own psychological and physical stamina going too. When you do this, you are able to enjoy traveling for its own sake all the more, and that will mean that you can get much more out of it too.

House-Sitting

Another great way to see some interesting places and also save money is to be a house-sitter. You will find that there are countless people around the world who are keen for you to look after their home while they themselves are traveling or otherwise doing something away from home. If you are clever about it, you can make it so that you never have to rent a hotel room again. Often, real homes are more comfortable, so this could be doubly special for your upcoming travels. This is a great way to see the world, so it’s worth considering.

I hope you enjoyed the post!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

December 1, 2017
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Tear. Wear. Love Your Hair with HASK Deep Conditioners!*

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Hair. It can make a statement or sit in the back seat. It can make or break your look sometimes and it’s kind of a pain to take care of – however, HASK makes it so easy with their affordable, cruelty free and paraben free products available at Target.

As we transition into our Winter skin care routines, we definitely should not leave our hair out of the picture. I don’t know about you ladies (and lads) but my hair gets incredibly dry and staticky in the winter (and no, that dryer sheet trick does not work for me) which is why I think it’s important to use great products on my hair too. HASK has so many different hair care lines, so you definitely can find something to fix all of your hair problems (HASK says that they’re “hair” for you – they aren’t kidding!)

The Monoi Coconut Oil Deep Conditioner is great for all hair types. It’s an ultra-restorative treatment formulated with Monoi Oil which is known for its re-hydrating benefits. It smells like coconut and I’ve been using this one for years – I love it! It doesn’t leave your hair greasy which is a plus for me. I was always hesitant to use deep conditioners because I thought they would be too much on my thin hair but the formula of HASK‘s deep conditioners is great and won’t weigh your locks down! I personally love the Monoi Coconut Oil collection from HASK.

The Keratin Protein Deep Conditioner is perfect for those with damaged hair, although I’m sure it would work on all hair types. The ingredients in this deep conditioner work together to leave your hair smooth, frizz free and shiny! (Who doesn’t want that?!) I love this one during the winter because it helps fight static and reduces breakage.

The Argan Oil Deep Conditioner is a repairing treatment formulated with keratin and of course, argan oil. I remember seeing argan oil on QVC all the time a few years ago and I never got what all the hype was about, but it’s really a great oil especially for your hair so now I do. Argan oil easily penetrates split ends and adds a bunch of moisture back into them, leaving you with super soft and healthy looking hair. Coloring your hair often or using heat on it everyday can really damage it, so I suggest using this deep conditioner at least once a week to help your hair maintain it’s shine and keep it healthy!

Last, but not least – the Macadamia Nut Oil Deep Conditioner. This is another treatment that’s great for dry and damaged hair, but I’m sure it would work on different hair types too. Macadamia oil is great for split/dead ends and can help to repair them. It also leaves your hair with lots of shine and keeps it soft and smooth. I love the way this one worked on my hair!

I definitely think that some of us skimp on our hair care and mainly focus on our skin care, but these deep conditioning treatments from HASK make it so simple. Just wash your hair like you normally do in the shower, get out of the shower, apply the treatment to your hair and let it sit for 10 minutes. While it’s working it’s magic, get caught up on your friends’ Snapchat stories, eat some cookies, drink some tea or even use a face mask. It’s that easy! Healthy hair has never been simpler, and like I said, HASK is “hair” for you. 😉

I hope you enjoyed the post and that you pick up some of these deep conditioners when you’re at Target! (HINT: they make the PERFECT stocking stuffers!)

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

Disclaimer: Yes, this product was sent to me to review, but sponsorships/items sent to me do not alter my opinion in any way. I’m here to help you (my readers) to find new products that you may have never heard about. I am all for giving 100% reviews, whether I’m paid for the review, sent the item or I purchase it myself. Just something to keep in mind for my past/future reviews.
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November 25, 2017
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Where Online Learning Excels

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There are lots of good things about the traditional system of education – you can’t beat the real college experience, for example – but I think we can all agree that it’s not perfect, with issues like location and overflowing classes to consider, and it certainly doesn’t suit everyone who’s looking to get educated. Luckily, there is now an alternative in the form of online learning.

In some circles, there is still a stigma around online learning that it is less valuable that learning in the traditional system, but that really isn’t true, not anymore, at least.

Here are some of the biggest advantages of learning online:

You Can Learn Everything

When you attend a physical college, you are somewhat limited to the classes they offer, but if you choose to do your learning online, you can choose from a wide range of qualifications, from getting your acls certification to learning more about particle physics, which means you can get the education you really want. Sure, you might have to do it via more than one institute, but at least you’ll enjoy the experience!

You Can Learn in Your Own Time

When you choose to take classes online, more often than not, you can set your own schedule. Dure, there might be times when you need to be at your computer for a tutorial or a certain location to take a test, but for the most part, you can study when it suits you, not when someone else tells you to!

It’s More Affordable

It is almost always the case, whether you’re taking a science degree or learning how to program, that doing it online will be more affordable. You can literally save tens of thousands of dollars learning online, depending on what it is you’re learning, which is why it is such a good option for so many people right now.

A Comfortable Environment

Whether you suffer from anxiety or you just don’t like the somewhat chaotic nature of overflowing classes, which can get pretty distracting at times, online learning is a great solution. I mean, you can study in the comfort of your own home, in your pajamas if you so desire – what’s not to like?

You Can Travel

If you’ve always dreamed of traveling, but you also want to knuckle down, get qualified and ensure that you have a bright future, online classes could be the perfect solution for you. Since you can complete them anywhere, most of the time (there are some courses that require physical attendance for tests), you can create the kind of school-life balance that other students only dream of.

Credits Can be Transferred

If your aim is to attend a traditional college, taking online classes in your spare time can enable you to build up credits, which can be transferred so that you can get ahead and perhaps graduate a little faster. They could also help you to get into the college of your choice because they show initiative and ability.

…and that’s why online classes should not be dismissed!

I hope you enjoyed the post and that it helps guide you to picking which type of learning is best for you!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

November 22, 2017
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What To Expect From Your First Year In College

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Many young people grow up with the ambition of going to college and graduating with incredible results. Some change their mind along the way and take a different route, but others stick firm and count down the days until they pack up their belongings and hit the highway. If you’re gearing up for the next step and you’re preparing for your first year in college, here are some insider tips you’ll hopefully find useful.

Getting ready for the big move

Moving away is a big deal for most college newbies. You may have been to summer camp or lived abroad for brief periods of time in the past, but for many people, this is the first time they’re going to spend a significant amount of time away from home. Most approach the start of the semester with a degree of apprehension and a lot of excitement. As the time nears, it’s really useful to get yourself sorted on a practical level so that you don’t have anything to stress about at the last minute. Sort out how you’re going to get to college and who is going to be with you. If you’ve got a lot of stuff, any many students do, it’s worth looking into hiring movers like mybekins. Alternatively, you could try and cram your belongings into the family car or hire a van for the weekend. Go shopping and stock up on supplies and clothes in advance. This will enable you to get your room sorted and focus on settling in when you arrive. It’s always nice to have some creature comforts and things that remind you of home. There’s nothing wrong with taking some photos or your favorite bear with you.

Surviving the first few days

The first week of college often flies by in a flash, and before you know it, you’re starting life as a college student in earnest. Take advantage of opportunities to get to know people, find out more about the facilities on offer and get involved in college life. You don’t have to join every society under the sun, but look for clubs or groups that fit with your interests and make an effort to get to know your roommates and students who take the same classes. At the beginning, it’s normal to feel homesick, so don’t panic that college isn’t for you or think that you’ve made a terrible mistake because you miss your friends, your mom or your dog. Everybody misses home. Try and focus on spending time with others, throw yourself into your program and have fun. The first year is an opportunity to really find your feet and start planning for the future.

Finding your path

College tends to become more intense as you progress through the years. The workload increases and you have to make decisions that could have a major bearing on the rest of your life. College can be a difficult experience, and at times, most people have wobbles. It’s so important to lean on those around you and to understand that there is help available. If you’re worried about money, you’re struggling to choose which classes to take, or you need career guidance, there are people out there who are ready and waiting to help. Don’t ever struggle in silence or try and soldier on.

If you’re moving away and starting college soon, hopefully, this guide will give you confidence in taking that next step. Good luck!

I hope you enjoyed the post!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

 

November 22, 2017
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