Monthly Archives: April 2012

3 Reasons to Go to College

As children, we all had dreams. We dreamed of being anything that we wanted: a doctor, lawyer, dentist, or an astronaut (I wanted to be a cowgirl & my sister wanted to be a mermaid). Sometimes those dreams were big and seemed to be beyond our reach but the truth is, nothing is beyond our reach. We can do anything that we set our minds to. Power is limitless and knowledge is immeasurable.

Do you want to know the best way to gain power? I’ll let you in on a secret- all great leaders are also wise. They have a thirst for knowledge. They know just what to say and just when to say it. Not only are leaders great communicators, but they also know how to put their words into action. Do you know where this comes from? This knowledge comes from experience. There’s that word again. Experience. Only good things come from experience. You spent your time in college doing an internship. You did a great job so they offer you a full-time position upon graduation. You continue to work hard and gain experience and five years later you’re the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. You didn’t have the highest GPA, but you got the job because you had the most experience. Experience is a very appealing trait.

College is the perfect place to gain that appeal. It prepares you for the real world and gives you the knowledge that you need to succeed. Pursuing a higher education shows prospective employers that you are a determined, hard-worker who knows what (s)he wants and how (s)he’s going to get it. But it’s not enough to just go to college. You have to actually finish it. Keep reading and I’ll tell you why.

1) A college degree is worth more than a high school diploma.

High school graduates earn an average of $30,400 a year while going to college for just two years to obtain an associate’s degree presents an average of $52,220, which is nearly $22,000 more than what a high school graduate makes. This number increases even more the higher the degree is, with the master’s degree level earning $62,300 annually. A student with a doctoral degree can expect to earn $89,400 a year and $109,600 with a professional degree. That’s over three times the salary of a high school diploma.

2) Lower unemployment rates.

Studies show that as of March 2012, people who didn’t graduate from high school have an unemployment rate of 12.6% whereas high school graduates have an unemployment rate of 8.0%. Students with an associate’s degree have an unemployment rate of 7.5% and a bachelor’s degree has an unemployment rate of 4.2%. The lowest unemployment rate is that of a master’s degree, with 1.6% of its holders being unemployed. Do you know why? This is because a higher education will always be in demand. Anyone with a teaching degree can work in a school, but not everyone can perform brain surgery.

3) Live the life you’ve always wanted.

With higher employment comes a higher salary. Do you know what comes with a higher salary? Whatever you want. College graduate will often achieve more in their lifetime simply because they have the money to do so. A college degree is accompanied by a more luxurious lifestyle. A brand new Ferrari and a dream trip to Spain certainly begins to make that professional degree seem a lot more enticing. The possibilities are endless.

College is the one thing that can make our childhood dreams come true. College has a way of empowering people and giving them the ability to do anything that they set their minds to. What does that doctor, lawyer, dentist, and astronaut all have in common? They all fulfilled their dreams by going to college.

Deadlines- Don’t Miss Them

The application for your first choice school is due tomorrow and you haven’t even begun to fill it out yet. The application for that program you’ve been dying to participate in is due in two days and you haven’t completed it yet. That scholarship application is also due tomorrow- oh, wait! That was yesterday.

Deadlines are extremely important for anything that you do. Missing a deadline often results in your application either going straight to the bottom of the pile of other applications- which were on time- or not being reviewed at all. If you miss the deadline, you’ll likely miss out on a great experience. Being prompt says a lot about one’s character. If you’re on time, or early for that matter, employers and application reviewers will see that you are truly interested in whatever you applied for. It shows that you are mature and reliable.

What is the point of having an outstanding application that you can’t even turn in because it was late? Missing a deadline is like missing your paycheck. You wouldn’t miss your paycheck would you? You worked hard on your application so someone should see it.

If you miss your paycheck, your piggy bank will look like this.

Time management is a valuable asset that can enrich your future. Time management and promptness goes hand in hand. They’re practically engaged. If something has a deadline, don’t hesitate to mark it in your calendar. It’s a lot better than rushing to do it the night before. Trust me, nothing good ever comes from procrastination.

In short, if you’re early, you’re on time; if you’re on time, you’re late; and if you’re late, you’re fired. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Deadlines are very important and should not be missed. Some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, which means that they are continuously reviewed in the order that they are received. If you send in your application early, you can quickly be accepted if you qualify and you won’t have to worry about being wait listed.

It’s better to do it now than later. Time management and promptness can enrich your future.

They say better late than never, but never late is better.


If You’re Having Thoughts of Suicide


You feel alone. Like you have no where to go, and no one to turn to. You scream, but no one hears you. You run, but no one sees you. You feel completely and utterly alone. You just want it to be over, and it will be. You just have to hold on just a little while longer.

If you’re having thoughts of suicide you really should talk to someone about it. If you feel that you don’t have anyone that you can talk to, call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). They have counselors waiting for your call. They will listen to you. Just don’t give up.

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I Won’t Stand for…

At some point we have all been wrongly judged or discriminated against. At some point we have all realized that it hurts. We don’t have to stand for the ignorance or the hate.

We are all people. We all smile when we’re happy and cry when we’re sad. We all tie our shoes. Why focus on our differences? No two people are exactly alike. It doesn’t matter if you’re black, white, blue, or yellow. It doesn’t matter if you’re Christian or Hindu. What matters is how we treat one another. No one and I mean no one deserves to be mistreated because of their ethnicity, beliefs, or sexuality.

We were all created as equals. To mistreat someone because of differences is to take away the rights that they so freely deserve. People have fought long and hard for what they have, for what they deserve. And people are still fighting for those rights today. To stand for nothing is to fall for anything, but I will not stand for injustice or intolerance.

Everyone deserves to be seen as equals. No one should be discriminated against or ousted just because they see things differently. I won’t stand for inequality or homophobia. Who are you to say who someone’s heart belongs to?

We are all people. We all inhabit the same earth and breathe the same air. I won’t stand for racism, violence, or religious intolerance. I can’t and I won’t do it. I won’t stand for hate.

What won’t you stand for?

Say No to Wasted Talent, Vote Yes to the DREAM Act

This song features the amazing Gueroloco, Alyssa B, and Malik Rain. Visit Gueroloco’s  facebook page to hear more great music that will inspire you and make you want to dance.

DREAM Act 2012!

Majors: Computer Science

What is Computer Science:

Computer science graduates are called upon to design, install, and maintain complex systems in diverse environments, the types of high technology networks that serve as the economic lifeblood of modern civilization.Computer science majors program computer systems, maintain communications networks and develop the core digital technologies that influence our lives. They may study specialized fields such as artificial intelligence, computer vision and machine behavior. The purpose of computer science is to investigate algorithms, design efficiency, implementation and application of computer systems to the problems of businesses and government. The goal of a computer scientist is to maintain and create the most effective computer systems using the most current technology available. The field of computer sciences is one of the fastest growing industries today. As people rely more on computers, the development and maintenance of computer systems is critical. The computer science major or its equivalent tends to be offered most frequently within a college of engineering or in a college of arts and science.

In countless old Star Trek episodes, a baffled captain asked the computer for help, and the computer promptly replied with an answer. What was once science fiction is becoming reality, thanks to computer scientists working in voice recognition.

If you study computer science, you may learn how to design computer programs that allow humans and computers to speak to one another. Keep in mind, your work is more likely to help a vision-impaired person than a captain navigating the universe, but you never know. Computer science majors learn about computer systems and the way humans and computers interact from a scientific perspective. Instruction includes programming and the theory and design of software.

Are You Ready To…?

  • Regularly stay up until all hours trying to debug your computer programming
  • Build teamwork skills and friendships while problem solving with other students
  • Complete an internship designing Web pages, developing software, testing software, or building other computer skills
  • Join the campus chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery


Starting salary for graduates with a bachelor’s in Computer Science: $63,017 – $105,000

Graphic Designers- $32,600 and $56,620
Computer support specialists- $33,680 and $55,990
Multimedia artists and animators- $41,710 and $77,010
Network and computer systems administrators – $51,690 and $84,110
Database administrators- $52,340 and $91,850
Computer programmers- $52,640 and $89,720
Network systems and data communication analysts*- $54,330 and $90,740
Computer systems analysts- $58,460 and $95,810
Computer applications software engineers- $67,790 and $104,870
Computer systems software engineers- $73,200 and $113,960
Computer scientists- $75,340 and $124,370
Computer hardware engineering- $76,250 and 122,750
Computer and information systems managers- $88,240 and $141,890
Information and Technology Specialist- $64,200
Popular Computer Science Degree Jobs – Full List
Software Developer $80,500
Software Test Engineer (STE) $84,000
Senior Software Engineer $98,000
Software Development Manager $115,000
Software Architect $116,000
Programmer Analyst $74,800
Systems Developer $93,800
Web Developer $58,000
Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) $82,000
Application Support Analyst $69,000
Computer Systems Analyst $68,300
Database Administrator (DBA) $85,100
Systems Administrator $62,900
Systems Engineer (IT) $83,300
Systems Analyst $81,900
Network Administrator, IT $59,000
Network Engineer, IT $83,900
Business Analyst, IT $81,500
Program Manager, IT $111,000
For 2011 graduates, several computer-related majors were on their list of the top-paid majors for bachelor’s degree graduates. More than 56 percent of computer science majors of the class of 2011 who applied for a job before graduating received an offer, making computer science the major with the highest offer rate.

Here’s a tip for incoming and current college students: If you want to have a high-paying job on graduation day, study computer science.

#5 on list of top 15 lucrative degrees, right after Computer Engineering as of July 24, 2009

Top 10 Colleges for Computer Science:

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  • 1 RANKED

Carnegie Mellon University

School of Computer Science 5000 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA, 15213-3891

  • 1 RANKED

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Room 38-401 Cambridge, MA, 02139-4307

  • 1 RANKED

Stanford University

Department of Computer Science 353 Serra Mall Stanford, CA, 94305-9025

  • 1 RANKED

University of California–Berkeley

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 205 Cory Hall Berkeley, CA, 94720-1770

  • 5 RANKED

Cornell University

Department of Computer Science 4130 Upson Hall Ithaca, NY, 14853-7501
SCORE: 4.6

  • 5 RANKED

University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science 201 N. Goodwin Avenue Urbana, IL, 61801
SCORE: 4.6

  • 7 RANKED

University of Washington

Computer Science and Engineering AC101 Paul G. Allen Center, Box 352350 Seattle, WA, 98195-2350
SCORE: 4.5

  • 8 RANKED

Princeton University

Department of Computer Science 35 Olden Street Princeton, NJ, 08540-5233
SCORE: 4.4

  • 8 RANKED

University of Texas-Austin

Department of Computer Sciences 1 University Station C0500 Austin, TX, 78712-1188
SCORE: 4.4

  • 10 RANKED

Georgia Institute of Technology

College of Computing 801 Atlantic Drive Atlanta, GA, 30332-0280
SCORE: 4.3

Earth Day 2012


The Earth’s View (A Speech To Humans)

By Trista L. Pollard
As you know, I have been around for a long time, almost 4 billion years. In fact, I was here long before you were born. Even though you humans have not been around as long as I have, you have had a huge impact on my health. You have affected my environment in extraordinary ways, some which were positive, but most, which were negative. For the most part, we have had a tense relationship. However, things have started to improve.

Since the first dweller, you have searched for methods to make your way of life easier and more comfortable. You natural curiosity has helped you to produce the most astounding, most helpful instruments known to humankind. In the process, my health has suffered from your growing technology. Let me start with the Industrial Revolution (1750-1850). You call this the birth of the machine. I call this “the last time I had an atmosphere without smog.” Major cities crowded with people exploded everywhere in the United States and Europe. I had to add new words and phrases to my vocabulary like factories and emissions from fossil fuels.

After you established your smoke producing factories, you began to focus on transportation. First, you tried to build a self-propelled vehicle. Once you humans succeeded with this task, you decided to build the transcontinental railroad. You were traveling faster and mass-producing goods quicker than ever before. However, you were also using up my oil and coal to make these monsters move.

After World War II, people moved away from the cities to the suburbs. This meant more of you were spreading out. I never had so much “itching” in my life! The constant digging and building almost shook me to my core. my grasslands were beginning to disappear to make room for your homes. Animal habitats also started to disappear. Industrial companies were allowed to dump chemicals anywhere they wanted, including in my water supply. It was a mess!

During 1957-1958, this period was recognized as the International Geophysical Year. Scientists from sixty-seven nations worked together during an eighteen-month period to study me. They focused on my atmospheric gases, ozone layer, and ocean floor. This is when they declared Antarctica a neutral zone, which meant it could only be used for international scientific research.

Once we entered the 1960s, airplane travel increased. Boy, you humans love all types of mechanical movement. In addition to airplanes, travel by trains and automobiles grew. There were more tucks and cars on my roadways and highways. Some of my most beautiful countryside was being torn away to make room for extended trails of tar and pavement. This is the time when scientists examined my atmosphere. They wanted to know how jet planes were affecting my ozone layer.

Finally, during the 1970s you started to pay attention to my health. The United States government formed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce laws that protect my environment. It was just in time because on April 22nd of that year we officially had my first birthday celebration in the US. More than 20 million of you marched in parades, sang songs, and attended teach-ins about me. I thought we were on the right track. However, I had another health problem- animal loss.

During my early history, you humans only hunted animals for food, clothing, and occasionally shelter. As I got older, you started hunting animals for sport and luxuries. I never thought I would see an alligator on some of your feet or holding your papers from work. Due to this phenomenon, the numbers of alligators and other species began to decrease dramatically. Animals were also losing their habitats because you were building your houses in more remote locations. Some of my animals even died out (remember the dodo bird). Well, in 1973 the Endangered Species Act was passed in the US to protect threatened animals and other wildlife. Since the act was passed, 35-60 insects, plants, and animals are added to the list of threatened species each year. These are the animals, which are in danger of extinction. By 1998, there were about 1,200 threatened and endangered plants and animals on the list. What would I be if I had no animals in my forests, marshes, and tundras?

Due to the efforts of sensitive and caring humans, some of the endangered and threatened animal populations have increased. These same humans have also worked to improve my atmosphere, water, and environment. In 1974, the Safe Drinking Water Act was passed. It outlawed the dumping of pollutants and toxic chemicals into my water. This was the best way to keep my water safe for drinking. Scientists found two holes in my ozone layer- one in 1982 over Antarctica and the other in 1988 over the Arctic. Once scientists realized that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) were to blame, they worked with other humans around the world to reduce the use of these chemicals. CFCs are chemical compounds that are used as coolants in refrigerators and fire extinguishers and used in aerosol cans. By 1993, you were able to reduce the amount of CFCs that you put into the atmosphere daily. During the 1990s, the US Congress passed tougher laws to protect my environment. Now there is even mandatory recycling in many towns and cities throughout the world. We have a long way to go. However, now that Earth Day is a regular holiday (yeah me!), I am confident that all of you humans will help me to maintain my health. Thank you!

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A Look Into My Eyes: Part 2


You’re probably wondering, “What makes her different? How is she special?” I didn’t start a successful business nor help build a school in Africa. I don’t even have 200 hours of logged volunteer time, but there is one thing that I do have: a personality.

Sure, everyone has a personality. But not many people show them. After all, the hardest part about meeting new people is deciding which version of yourself to be. I say that because sometimes you can be random and silly, while at other times you are withdrawn and shy.

Everyone sees who I appear to be but not many people know the real me. You can only see what I choose to show. There’s so much more you just don’t know.

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Words CAN Hurt You

The old saying “Sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me” is extremely false. Words can and do hurt, and it hurts even more when it’s someone that you look up to.

People say that words don’t bother them, and that may be true to some extent, but no matter how tough you are, harsh words can hurt you. When people constantly mock you, it can cause you to question your character- to question who you are. If that happens to you, just take a step back and remember that hindsight is always 20/20 and it’s always the people who know you the least that judge you the most.

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It’s in My Nature


I am, by nature, a very caring person. I will put others before me because I know that I’ll be alright.

Because I am oh so caring, I love to demonstrate how much I care for people because saying it just isn’t enough.

Watch what they do, not what they say
Randy Pausch

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