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The Best Languages to Learn As A Student

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When it comes to learning a new language, it’s a long road fraught with difficulties. However, it’s something that’s worth doing. This is mostly due to the cultural enrichment and broadened horizons, both in terms of travel and business, and for personal enjoyment. As a student, learning a new language will open up a whole new world for you, literally. It’s better to learn one now whilst your brain still has that extra element of neuroplasticity, and before gaining any experience in your chosen field; you don’t want to be missing out on sleep at the end of the day even after you’ve finished college. If you have the time and commitment we all wish we had, putting in some effort for language studies will practically guarantee you a job at the firm of your choice. But which languages are the best to learn in terms of opening business doors?

French

It’s debatable what exactly is the easiest foreign language to learn, but French is often shoehorned into this role. French is one of the the most common language on all continents, and has a huge role in the history of them. French is considered a beautiful language and rightly so; we think of it in terms of art, food, wine, and fashion. It’s a good choice if you want to move into any of these sectors, not only to communicate with the majority of people in them, but to enrich the cultural statements of your creations as well. If you so choose, you can go on to higher education opportunities like masters and doctorates at some of the most prestigious colleges in Europe if you decide to open up that door by learning French.

German

Mark Twain once described the German language as ‘perplexing,’ but there’s plenty of good reasons for learning it. German is a language on the rise, especially in terms of finance. With Germany at the forefront of stable economies in Europe in the modern era, so many new deals are springing up based on their ability to trade. German is also an easy language to get the hang of, as soon as you know how to make the hard sounds. If English is your first language, speaking German as well isn’t far from what you’re used to. The two languages share a common root, so many of the sounds won’t require too much of a roll of the tongue. German is also considered an intelligent language, with the most Nobel prizes in the world going to German inventors and scientists.

Mandarin

Over a billion people in the world speak Chinese, with roughly 14% of chinese speakers knowing Mandarin. Therefore it’s the most common dialect, and so learning it will make conversing in China easier and more likely to be successful. China is also the fastest growing trade nation in the world, so businesses are always looking for someone who’s taken the initiative to branch out and be a reliable asset for their ability to widen parameters. Mandarin is also spoken in many other Asian countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

China also has the biggest population in the world, so if you know how to speak Mandarin your relationship avenues increase by a tenfold.

Spanish

Spanish is the second most common language in the world. It’s one of the most common languages in the Americas alone, and is a better multi-generational tool than English with rates of Spanish language speakers increasing by 60% in the last decade. This is only set to grow from here. Is it easy to learn though? Spanish is generally considered an easy language as it has more consistency to it than French or English, and has a latin root alongside them. Learning Spanish will give you a better chance of using it in daily conversation if you live in the US compared to the other languages on this list, and being able to use simple sentences and basic grammar to communicate effectively will feel like an amazing victory for your academic journey.

As a student, we have little time on our hands and a lot of responsibilities to cover. But learning a language might just be the best decision you ever make in your academic career. Not only is it exciting and sophisticated, but it’s such as practical and down to earth business move, and is available to everyone. You’ll be able to see out of your own cultural corner, and be a part of the educated future.

I hope you enjoyed the post! Do you speak multiple languages? If so, what? Let me know! 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

August 17, 2017
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5 Confidence Boosters To Help You Get Ahead

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Life is hard enough without you feeling low about yourself. A lack of confidence can rob you of so many wonderful opportunities to get ahead. What you might not realize is that it doesn’t matter what has come before. Instead, focus on what you have right now and come up with a great action plan to make it even better. Here are just a few of the ways to help you feel great with what you’ve got and inspired to do more:

Health

Most people in their early twenties have good health. In fact, they can probably get away with a less than healthy lifestyle thanks to their youth. But this isn’t the right approach to good health in the long term. While we’re young, we should be focusing on boosting our health and fitness now. That way, it will be easier to maintain in the future because it’s habit or routine now. Pick a diet you can stick with, and an exercise plan you can fit in with real life for now and forever.

Education

Whether you’ve slogged away for years at college or didn’t make it through high school, continuing education is essential. It paves the way for promotion, pay rises, and even more desirable career options. Most importantly, it gives you the confidence you need to stand up and say “I’m worth more.” The best thing is you can do this at home, from a high school diploma online to post grad stuff. That way nobody needs to know, and you don’t need to take time off work. How far will you go?

Circle Of Friends

Your social life is as important today as it will be in the future. Maintaining good friendships is actually really hard, especially when you part ways after school or college. It’s important that you try though because there will be plenty of times when you really need a friend. Of course, friends come and go. Some will get married, others will have kids, and a few might move to the other side of the country for their careers. Practice meeting and making friends so you can always have a good sized circle in the real world. These skills will help boost your confidence, and may help boost your career too!

Hobbies

Having a hobby or two is a really great way to boost your self-confidence. Most hobbies give you the chance to achieve something and better your skills at whatever it may be. You might play a musical instrument, or enjoy making home movies. Perhaps you write a blog? Creating, making, producing, or changing things all boost your confidence. And if you share these hobbies with friends or family members, you’ll always have good company.

Help Someone

Finding a good cause and making a difference for somebody else can go a really long way to helping you feel good too. Putting yourself out for the sake of another is a challenge. This might be physical as well as mental. What can you do today to make someone’s world a better place for the future?

I hope you enjoyed the post! What do you do to help boost your confidence? 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

August 3, 2017
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Two Questions To Ask Yourself If You Can’t Focus

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Everyone could do with being a bit more energetic, a bit more focused, and a bit more alert and those people who seem to have that superhuman quality of operating at 110% can’t be like that all the time, can they? Well, they can’t, but it has taken them a lot of training and mental preparation to get to that point. We seem to think that we’re either born with a good brain or we’re not, but the fact of the matter is that, however old we are, we can still learn new things, and as studies have shown, we can actually increase the “neuroplasticity” in our brains. So if you’re doing some studying or you’re trying to learn a new language, here are two things to bear in mind.

Are You Healthy?

The big problem in achieving focus and attention can often be found in our diet. We may be eating a lot of the things that aren’t doing our brain any favors, like sugar. And not eating enough of the things our brain needs to thrive, like omega 3 rich foods, and healthy fats. Think of your brain like a car, if you’re putting the wrong fuel in it, how can you expect it to function at its optimum level? After you’ve made some changes to your diet, look at supplements. There are plenty of “nootropics” that are great if you have to cram for an exam or need to do a long and boring task. Look at this Neuro Clarity review if you’re thinking about supplementing your brain. But be sure to look at the potential side effects of these smart drugs. A lot of them aren’t a replacement for a good diet, but the right supplement can really work wonders for you.

 

 

Are You Stressed?

Sometimes it’s a very simple reason that we can’t focus. We’re operating at such a high level of anxiety for so long, that we have no idea what a “normal” level of focus is. We end up operating in this brain fog that clouds our judgments and makes us constantly scatterbrained. Stimulation is a good and bad thing, too little stimulation and we are bored. Too much, and we are prone to anxiety. Think about how your mind works. If you spend a lot of time with an internal dialog and overthink everything, it’s like that person who is constantly jutting their leg or paces nervously. That nervous energy is going to leave them tired in one way or another, and if you constantly overanalyze everything, it’s going to leave you “brain tired.” Combatting this isn’t an overnight job, but it’s practice. From mindfulness to effective breathing exercises, to positive self-talk, there are so many options for you to try to keep your attention in one place. And it is something that you can start to address now by making simple changes. Turn off your phone at night, or get some proper sleep, whatever may work. Research into what methods will work for you. We’re all different, but we all lose focus or feel distracted sometimes. Take comfort in that.

How do you take care of yourself if you’re feeling unhealthy or stressed? Let me know! 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

May 27, 2017
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What Life After College Is Really Like?

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If you’re reading this then we can only presume you are gearing up to graduate. You’ve ordered your gown and you’re only days away from throwing your cap in the air (read: staging an Instagram snap of you throwing your cap in the air). It’s an epic feeling. You have graduated college. You’re buzzing with pride, glee and, quite possibly amazement.

However, you can also sense another emotion bubbling away under the surface, one that you don’t recognise, and that is anxiety. Yup. You’re about to enter the big bad world of adulthood. But in order to give you a padded landing, we have come up with some truths about what real world is really like.

Ignore What Grumpy People Say

Look, we’re not going to pretend that the real world is all strawberry milkshakes and unicorn rides on the beach. It isn’t. However, it can be fun if you make it fun. Invariably you are going to meet grumpy people who despise their life and that their job and believe they work five days a week just to enjoy the next two. Ignore these people. Your job can be fun, it can be meaningful and your weekdays can matter. It is an attitude decision you make.

The Paperwork Side Of It Sucks

You really have to stay on top of it, though, trust us. There will be things like taxes, 401K enrollments, dealing with private student loans that will help you consolidate your college debt, healthcare forms, paying rent on a tiny apartment, Netflix emails about how the monthly fee has gone up again and just about everything else you never knew existed. Well, it exists. So get on top of it early so that it becomes manageable.

Don’t Make Comparisons

Everyone that graduates college will have that one friend who moves to New York or Chicago or LA and lands the best job ever, making the whole job search seem a doddle. You will pretend you are mega proud of them – while actually hating them a bit – because within a month they have started making more money than both of your parents combined and you are forced to watch this through the stained glass of social media. Don’t. Don’t make comparisons. Just live your life as best as possible.

You Will Be Labelled Unfairly

You are part of the Millennial Generation, being labelled unfairly is part of it. You don’t have to put up with it, though. Those that label you in this way invariably need you. These people are just a little scared and intimidated, that’s all. They haven’t heard of the latest tech trends like Yammer and they admire your desire to give your life meaning. So be humble, ask lots of questions, be willing to learn and be willing to help. You don’t know everything, so don’t act like you do; it will sting you.

Your Major Will Not Matter

This is a realisation that shocks most recent graduates who end up getting a job that has absolutely nothing to do with their college degree and that life skills are far more important. Try not to worry about this too much, though. You are going to be in employment for around 40 years. That means you will have plenty of time to cement your career and degree in holy matrimony, or indeed find out you actually quite like the divorce and that your degree was almost entirely pointless.

I hope you enjoyed the post!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

May 25, 2017
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Figuring Out Your Future

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When you’re in that strange place between childhood and adulthood, it can feel like the future is this huge weight that’s constantly pressing down on you. Everyone around you seems to be constantly telling you that you should be thinking about what you want to do with your life, as though now is the only time that you can make that kind of decision. It can often feel completely and utterly overwhelming to the point that it’s almost impossible to actually make any decisions. The best thing to try and combat that feeling is to break things down so that it doesn’t seem quite so all-encompassing and scary. Here are a few things to remember when you’re trying to figure out what to do next.

Follow what you’re passionate about

 

If you want to figure out what to do with your life, then one of the very best places to start is with your passions. What do you really love to do? Think about your hobbies and interests. While parents and teachers might try to tell you that they are a distraction from more important things like school or college, your hobbies can actually tell you a lot about the kinds of careers that might make you happy. Do you spend every weekend playing sports with your friends and know everything there is no know about your favorite sport? Well, then there’s a good chance that you’d enjoy something in that direction. Even if you’re not playing professionally, there are hundreds of careers available for people with a knowledge and passion for sports of any sort.

Think about stepping stones

One of the biggest mistakes that a lot of kids make is that they assume that whatever decision they make now is going to have to be the thing that they stick with forever. This is far from the truth. Plenty of things that you do can be stepping stones towards what you really want. You might not be in a position to start the career that you really want because you don’t have the right amount of experience, but things like volunteering and internships can give you that experience so that you can go into that career further down the road. Thinking of things in terms of where they are taking you in life, rather than as destinations in and of themselves, is a great way to avoid letting the future seem so big and intimidating.

It’s okay not to know

 

Here’s the big secret that a lot of people won’t tell you: no one really knows what they want to be when they grow up. Even so-called “grown-ups.” If your teachers and parents were really honest, they’d probably tell you that they are just a filled with uncertainty and confusion as you are. There is nothing wrong with feeling like you don’t have a clear direction to follow. Sometimes you have to try a bunch of things and see what sticks. Life is long, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t take your time and figure out what you want to do at your own pace.

I hope you enjoyed the post! Do you think about your future a lot? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

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May 22, 2017
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