Month: March 2016

Does Your College President Interact With Students

e8Have you ever had something important you wanted to bring to the attention of the President of your college?

Students, Parents and Alumni may try to contact their College President via Telephone, E-Mail or by Letter. Some students may even visit the President’s office. Unfortunately, the typical reply most people receive is silence.

Phone calls are usually not returned and there will be no reply to your e-mail message or letter. Too many College Presidents have no time for or interest in the things that students, parents or alumni think or recommend. However, there is one exception–major donors. If someone donates $10,000 or more, they may get a form letter or a message from a staff member. The fact that students are struggling to pay $80,000 to $250,000 for tuition and expenses may not be recognized as a good enough reason to listen to their concerns and suggestions.

When you try to contact your College President, you may find that they have surrounded themselves with layers of protection and security. Nothing much gets through. Only the official policy gets out.

Few College Presidents pick up their own office phones or reply to an e-mail message or letter. If by some miracle you get through to an assistant, you will quickly be shuttled off to “the person who handles that area.” With that, the assistant who works for that person will promise to leave a message for him/her. Of course, very often, you will never hear back.

In rare instances, there will be a college president who is different. Those College Presidents and some college leaders find ways to gather firsthand information. To hear from their students, they:

1. Designate certain days to field questions from students, parents and alumni

2. Make presentations to share information with students and then invite questions

3. Regularly attend athletic events and interact with students

4. Find time to visit the cafeteria, student center, dorms and library

5. Hold meetings to hear student likes, dislikes, concerns and suggestions

6. Regularly meet with student officers and representatives

7. Walk around campus to chat with students

8. Occasionally sit in on classes

Important Questions for Students, Parents and Alumni

1. How many hours each month does your College President devote to student contact? Est. 0 1 2 3 4 5 or more

2. Does your College President utilize the College Web Site, Campus Newspaper, Student Radio and TV Station and in person Presentations the keep the student body informed of current and future goals, activities and changes that will affect students? Yes No

3. Do you know any student who has spoken to your College President? Yes No

4. Have you seen your College President during the past year? Yes No

5. Should you expect your College President to interact with students? Yes No

6. Should your College President implement changes and improvements based on student input, comments and suggestions? Yes No

7. Do your top six or eight College Leaders regularly interact with students? Yes No

8. Do you believe that your College President and College Leaders are genuinely concerned about the students on your campus? Yes No

9. Does your College President have a reputation for being “Student Friendly?” Yes No

10. What is the one issue you would like your College President to address immediately?

Why Should We Seek a College Education in Today’s Economy

e7Can you break the poverty cycle by getting a college degree?

Whatever education you get beyond high school will help you break the poverty cycle. There is no reason for anyone to live in poverty in this country. It is only a matter of one making good choices every day of one’s life. Not everyone will attain a 4-year degree, but everyone with an average ability can attain some form of education beyond high school, be it on the job training, a certificate program or an associate degree. It all depends on your interest, commitment and discipline. The more education you have, the larger your social and economic circle will be. In most cases, the higher is your level of education, the more successful you will be.

Once you have broken this poverty cycle, not only does it benefit you, but also it benefits your children, your grandchildren and for generations to come. The tendency will be that each generation will do better than what you did. You can only claim with pride that you have achieved success in life when all of your children are doing well. This is a philosophy that we all should live by. There will always be an exception because we are human beings and we are not perfect.

The value of the connections that one makes as a result of having a college degree: Conquering college education

A college degree allows you to get a job that can afford you a comfortable living with a potential for a comfortable retirement. Even though most young adults don’t think about the importance of investing in a comfortable retirement, your most important goal is to make sure that you do everything that you can to retire early and comfortable. This all has to be done while you take care of your family. As parents, you will have a good idea of what type of schools/colleges that your children should attend to make good friendships and connections that can be very helpful in their professional aspirations. Most young people are not aware of the value that these friendships will have in their lives. Our society is a political arena in reality and each one of us needs to be conscientious of our friendships and connections, which will impact our professional goals. If you look at most of the successful and well-to-do young professionals, you will notice that they are all doing well because of the connections they made while they were in college or as a result of family connections. In most cases, it is not what you know but whom you know.

The college degree is fundamental in your success in life but the political contacts and connections are key to you landing that job with great potential to earn a great income. Don’t get me wrong, money is not the most important thing in this life, but it can make your life less stressful and your retirement more pleasurable.

College degree allows you the opportunity to expand your social circle, which can lead to great opportunities in life: Conquering a college degree

There are some people who will disagree with what I am about to say but it is a reality that without a college degree, one’s social circle is limited, which leads to limited opportunities. The more education you have, the greater are your opportunities to expand your social circle. Your social circle can be very helpful to your professional career. Education is not the only factor in play here, but your personality along with your ability to genuinely connect with people will determine how far you will advance in your career. If you allow your heart to guide every step of your life, you will always attain success and be happy. It will be very difficult to attain success and be happy if you are self-centered and egotistical. We make connections and friendships that will last when we operate from the heart. Your social circle will for the most part depend on the level of education that you have and the type of income that you earn.

How does all of this relate to your retirement (the golden years)? Conquering your retirement

Everything that you do in your lifetime has a lot to do with your retirement. The amount of money that you make and the amount of money that you invest in your retirement will determine whether you will have comfortable golden years. Most young people will procrastinate to invest in their retirement because retirement for young people is an after thought. It is a matter of inexperience and the knowledge of how important a good income is to a retired person. Whatever life style you are accustom to in the latter part of your life, you will need to have a retirement income that will allow you to maintain that current life style. To think that you are going be comfortable with an income that is less than 80% of your salary prior to retirement, you are in for a big surprise. You will need more money than you think because when you retire, you will have more time to do the things that you want to do and this will cost you more money. I would recommend that you invest as much as you can into your retirement because you will need the money and because after retirement your earning potential decreases dramatically.

5 Tips for Final Year Engineering Students

e61. Choose the right topic:

Decide a topic in your stream that you found to be interesting. It can be anything like a technology, or a topic, a chapter in book or at times even an issue that you read in the newspaper. At times it can be an assignment which you want to work more in depth.

Some of the commonly chosen domains are Networking, Mobile computing, Data Mining, Network Security, data Mining, Image Processing, Robotics, Power systems, Electrical engineering, wireless communications and Grid computing. All these domains deal with their own concepts. There are numerous reference works available based on these domains.

2. Collect References:

All that you need to keep in mind is that the topic you choose must be reachable to the audience. Make sure there are literature works available to refer. It is advisable not to refer textbooks or periodicals or journals. The academic based literature adds value to your project. Indian Universities prefer IEEE/Science Direct/ACM publications as valid reference base. Colleges affiliated to Anna University accept IEEE as reference work. At times universities refuse conference papers as reference work when it comes to M.E students.

Students are expected to be exposed to practical works than just sticking to the literature work. So the universities expect the paper works to be an enhancement of the reference work and not just a theoretical improvisation of the base paper. For technologies like MatLab/NS2/VLSI/Embedded C/Java/J2EE/Dot Net candidates should choose a company which train and help in implementing the paper work.

3. Spend your valuable time wisely:

You need to be well prepared to manage your time and spend several hours in academic libraries to search for good reference works. Google is always there in reach but remember that not all the articles are under quality control and they might be too journalistic which cannot help you with academic writing.

4. Make a plan of the chapter:

One form of representing your work is like the below.

• Introduction

• Literature review

• Updating/applying new research

• Recent developments

• Case study/small survey

• Conclusion

You need to read a lot around the chosen subject and make an initial plan and progress accordingly. Your initial plan will keep changing as you do more research works. So keep revising your plan chart. Do remember that it is just a tentative plan in this stage. You will be asked to provide your initial copy of the plan on the first substantive meeting.

You may not do all the reading before you actually start the writing. Read enough to just write the literature review and then start with a target of 500 to 1000 words per day and you will see a progress in your work.

5. Use Academic Projects to your advantage:

Most of the interviews are around your projects. It is so to check your practical skills. So your project gives you an opportunity to excel during the time of interview. Be honest with your academic project and make the best out of it.

How to Moot in Easy Steps The Skeleton Argument

e5Advocacy is often associated with oral advocacy. Mooting, however, as well as practice as, for example, a barrister or advocate, must combine with effective and persuasive oral advocacy with succinct and clear written advocacy to be truly effective. In fact, in civil law systems, written advocacy, through memorials and pleadings, are given greater weight than oral pleadings, if indeed there is an oral hearing. Similarly, in the English common law tradition, and in moots, the written advocacy forms an integral element of the overall moot, and therefore of the decision of the judge. The importance of a skeleton therefore cannot be overstated; this guide aims to give you some helpful tips in that regard.

Tip One: Brevity is your Best Buddy

There is a reason that a skeleton argument is called a skeleton argument. It is meant to form the bare bones of our overall oral argument, and for that reason it must be brief. Mooting competitions will usually set limits of one to two pages; even if they do not, it is inadvisable to extend a mooting skeleton argument beyond two sides of A4 paper.

This means that you have to state your points clearly, and without excess verbiage. If a point can be made in a sentence, it must be; any excess wording will only serve to distract the reader from your argument. Your argument, therefore, must be our next port of call.

Tip Two: Keep the Argument Clear

Clarity is the second virtue of a strong skeleton argument. Oftentimes, mooters are tempted to leave their skeleton argument vague, to enable the argument to move fluidly and react to changing circumstances. This is inadvisable, because most mooting competitions do not bind mooters to their skeleton arguments, and therefore they will be able to move away from them anyway. Therefore, to leave something vague in order to be able to move away from it is a double-fault. On the one hand, a mooter may move from her/his skeleton anyway, and on the other it leaves the skeleton unclear.