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A college degree is not optional

first_imgIf you’re an undergraduate or graduate student and have an essay to share about life at Harvard, please email your ideas to Jim Concannon, the Gazette’s news editor, at [email protected] A college education is not optional. That was what my parents said to me. As I grew older, I knew they were right in that funny way that parents usually are but that we don’t want to admit.They didn’t pressure me to be a doctor or a lawyer, but I had to go to college, and there were no ifs, ands, or buts about it. They said it was a place to figure out the rest of my life. After years of waking up early and endless exams, the idea of putting college off for a little while was tempting. But not only was college not optional, it couldn’t be postponed. Their fear was that I would either become lazy or get pregnant. You see, a certain level of importance was put on my graduation. I would be the first in my family to complete college.My mother and father were in their early to midteens when they began to date. They were unable to complete high school because of unforeseen circumstances. Before you get any wild ideas, I was not one of those circumstances. After five years of dating, they took a walk down the aisle. A year later, I was born.In preparation for my birth, my parents received their GEDs together. My mother took some college courses when I was in grade school, but had to stop before receiving a degree. To this day, my father takes classes at New York City College of Technology in pursuit of his bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies. Aside from my parents, I have a few aunts who tried one or two semesters of college, but were unable to complete a degree.Having never made a transition from high school to college, my family members were unequipped with the experience to help me with college decisions. So what happens when you are the first one in your family to make that transition? If you are anything like me, you felt completely lost.Like any kid, I made many mistakes. At my high school, there were thousands of students. I saw my guidance counselor twice in the three years I spent there. Now, I’m aware that I should have been aggressive. But then, I was a shy teenager. Instead of buying or borrowing a book on getting into college, I was assumed to know how the process worked. I failed to take a realistic look at my high school grades and applied to schools far out of my reach. After three painful rejection letters, I scrambled to find any school that would take me.Once admitted, I spent the academic year making sure that my grades were better and picked a major that I thought sounded great in the school catalog. Eventually, I decided to apply to a university with a real campus feel. So I settled on Saint John’s University. After a couple of schools, four majors, and many student loans, I found myself crossing that big stage. I shook hands with the dean of my college and received a bachelor of fine arts in creative photography. I accomplished what my parents had worked so hard for.Yet, something didn’t feel right. I had the degree, but was still unsure of my chosen career path.Two years later, I found myself attending the Harvard Extension School, trying out yet another concentration I was unsure of. Yet this time, I realized I really needed to figure out what would make me happy. I’ve spent the better part of my college career choosing majors that I thought would help me care for my family in the future. Although that was a nice gesture, I was bouncing around because I hadn’t asked myself the difficult question: What do I truly want to be when I grow up? It wasn’t an easy question.After some soul-searching, I realized that reading mountains of books makes me happy. I have been enveloping myself in books since I was young. My goal is to become a book editor and perhaps one day discover the next great American novel. Although it has taken 10 years to get here, it wouldn’t have been possible without my parents’ great advice. A college education is not optional.last_img read more

Castlegar’s Brewer sinks Leafs 6-5 in OT

first_imgThe question before Wednesday’s Kootenay International Junior Hockey League clash between West Kootenay rivals Nelson and Castlegar was which Leaf team would show up.Well, Leaf fans were happy to see the Green and White squad of old take to the ice at the NDCC Arena.The problem for Nelson was, so did the defending KIJHL champs from Castlegar.The Rebels, still smarting from a 9-0 drubbing five days ago, started slow but rallied to edge the Leafs 6-5 in double overtime Wednesday in Murdoch Division action in Nelson.Aaron Brewer scored in the final minute of the second overtime period to send the Leafs packing for the second straight time on home ice.The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Rebels — a string where Castlegar was out scored 21-5 by the opposition.Nelson started fast, building a 3-0 lead 18 minutes into the opening period on goals by Linden Horswill and Travis Wellman with a pair of power play markers. But a goal in the final 40 seconds of the period by Aaron Petten gave the Rebels new life.Connor Beahchemin and Darren Medeiros, the latter coming again in the final minute of the period, tied the game for Castlegar.In the third the teams traded goals with Alec Wikinson giving Nelson a 4-3 lead before Derek Georgopoulos and Diego Bartlett put the Rebels back in front.Jamie Vlanich tied the game sending the contest into extra time.Nelson out shot the Rebels 37-35.Nate Rabbit out dueled Brad Rebagliati in goal to grab the win for Castlegar.Nelson, 32-8-1-4, once again squandered a chance to take over top spot in the Murdoch Division. The Leafs are now tied with Beaver Valley after the Hawks lost Tuesday to Creston.Meanwhile the Rebels put a little more distance between third place and the hard-charging Spokane Braves. Castlegar leads Spokane by three points.Nelson, losers of three of the last five games, travel to Spokane to face the Braves Friday while Castlegar travels to Creston Friday.OVERTIME: The KIJHL’s leading scorer, Jamie Vlanich extended his lead on Nick Josephs to nine points after totalling three points Wednesday. Teammate Travis Wellman also had three points. Alec Wikinson and Linden Horswill each had two points. . . .Connor Beahchemin, Diego Bartlett, Derek Georgopoulos and Jeremy McNeill each finished the game with two points for Castlegar. . . . Nelson welcomed back defenceman Austin Seaman to the roster. The Calgary native has been out of the lineup since December 6 due to a leg injury. . . . Leaf captain Darnel St. Pierre missed his second game due to suspension. St. Pierre is expected to be back in the lineup Friday against Spokane. Leafs Kyle Clayton played his first game for Nelson on the blueline.last_img read more

Do You Belong in the Zoo?

first_imgPeople are gawking at people in the London Zoo, each probably wondering what side of the cage they belong on.  In one of the primate exhibits, eight scantily clad white people are on display, reports AP (see MSNBC and Yahoo).  Wearing fig leaves pinned onto their swimsuits, they play, they scratch, they groom each other, they wave to the onlookers.  The idea is to show that humans are nothing special, but just like other animals.  Unlike the apes and chimpanzees in the other primate cages, however, the humans get to go home at night.    The stunt is drawing visitors who had never visited the zoo.  Some viewers were disappointed to find the humans wearing clothes; didn’t fig leaves come from the Genesis tradition? they wondered.  Children, confused by the message of the display, have been overheard asking, “Why are there people in there?” An apocryphal story has one of the chimpanzees asking, “Am I my keeper’s brother?”At least they’re using white people this time (see articles by Carl Wieland and Jerry Bergman).  Mark Looy at Answers in Genesis couldn’t keep silence any longer, especially when he had a Londoner on staff, Dr. Monty White, to interpret the zoo’s actions in light of Darwinian theory.    The Darwin Party leaders need to give the rest of us a demonstration.  They should get into the cage and show us how to act like a primate – where to scratch, how to shriek and club each other, how to draw figures of prey on the wall, and how to make rock music.  After we lock the door and take the key, we’ll promise to take good care of them (feed them all the bananas they want, etc.) as we laugh all the way to the school board meeting.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

A playground providing opportunities for youngsters

first_imgProject Playground strives to foster capable individuals through running life orientation programmes in a safe and nurturing environment.(Image: Project Playground)Brand South Africa attended a fundraising event in October 2017 hosted by the Embassy of Sweden in support of Project Playground.Project Playground is a Swedish-South African non-profit organisation founded in 2010 by Princess Sofia of Sweden and Frida Vesterberg. Their mission was to give youngsters between the ages of four and 18 better opportunities in life through recreational and educational activities.The project currently helps about 750 youngsters in the Western Cape townships of Langa and Gugulethu.Attending the fundraiser, Brand South Africa CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela spoke of the long-standing relations between Sweden and South Africa. “Swedish-South Africa links go as far back as the 1960s when a countrywide Swedish anti-apartheid movement was founded in support of the struggle for liberation.”In true Play Your Part spirit, Sweden contributed a great deal to bringing about positive change in South Africa, and the relations between Sweden and South Africa have continued beyond the struggle for liberation. They now include partnerships that address other socio-economic and political challenges – children’s rights being one of them.Project Playground strives to champion children’s rights through various life orientation programmes. The project provides a safe environment where every child grows up with a belief in the future and the desire to positively improve their own life. It is hoped that by making available good role models for the children, Project Playground can nurture capable and assured individuals.Project Playground is a sanctuary away from the insecurity that characterises many of the children’s lives. Life orientation is achieved by means of team sports, dance, music, art, and drama, among other activities.The 50 staff members are highly dedicated to the project’s vision and mission. Through regular staff development programmes the team is able to gain knowledge in their specific areas of specialisation in the organisation. This means that the children’s interactions with their mentors is effective because they have a comprehensive view of the child’s environment and represent a continuous and secure contact throughout the child’s upbringing.Project Playground is a wonderful demonstration of how individuals and collectives can come together and play their part for the greater good of their society.Visit the Project Playground website to find out more about how this organisation is playing its part and how you can get involved in helping children in South Africa reach their potential.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Russian start-up 3D prints houses in 24 hours, raises $6 million for expansion

first_imgA couple weeks ago, Rusnano Sistema Sicar, a Russian private equity fund, announced that it will invest $6 million in Apis Cor, a startup originated from Siberia which has designed a 3D printing technology for the construction industry.The Apis Cor 3D printer is a mobile robot capable of constructing buildings using fine-grained fibre concrete with special additives. It can build walls in any design for buildings of up to three storeys in a very short time.According to the fund, this technology has no equivalent in the world. It “outperforms conventional [construction] technologies in terms of speed and ease of construction” at a “competitive cost.”“We expect the Apis Cor technology  to make cottage construction 19% cheaper than foam concrete houses as soon as next year, with a further potential cost reduction of up to 30%,” Rusnano Sistema Sicar stated.Apis Cor made the news last year when it printed a printed a 38 sq. m. house in the Moscow suburb of Stupino in just 24 hours at a cost of less than $10,000.See Also: Can wearables transform the construction industry?Preparing for international expansionBeyond the Russian market, the company targets Asia and the Middle East, where important state-sponsored construction programs have been launched, as well as the USA and Europe, where demand is high for original and highly complex architectural house and cottage designs.Apis Cor expects to generate several dozens of million US dollars in revenues next year with a fleet of dozens of 3D printers.“3D printing has enormous potential for the construction industry, with a projected share of up to 30% of the global low-rise cottages market, which is valued at $68 billion. (…) Apis Cor has the potential to become a leader in the 3D construction industry and claim first-mover premium in this fast-growing market,” said Sergey Dergach, CEO of Sistema Consult, a company acting as an investment adviser to Rusnano Sistema Sicar.Originated from Irkutsk, Apis Cor has offices in Moscow and San Francisco. Earlier this year, the startup received praise at several Russian startup contests and received a grant of 3 million rubles (approximately $50,000) from Skolkovo, the international tech hub under completion on the outskirts of Moscow.The First InvestmentApis Cor comes as the first portfolio company of Rusnano Sistema Sicar. This fund was established last year by Sistema, a diversified Russian corporation, and Rusnano, the state-backed nanotechnology investment corporation. The partners expect the fund to manage $100 million in assets, allocating cash funds progressively to finance the transactions. The fund is open to new investors.Rusnano Sistema Sicar seeks to invest in high tech companies at various stages of growth. It is seeking these investments in Russia and neighboring countries as well as in Europe and Israel.Rusnano Sistema Sicar targets a variety of sectors including:Information technologiesRobotics and on-board equipmentSoftware and cloud technologiesCommunication equipment and end-to-end solutionsRenewable sources of energy and energy saving technologiesMicroelectronicsAutomated control systemSpecial communications systemsSoftware for comprehensive security systems.This story first appeared in East-West Digital News, a partner of ReadWrite covering the Eastern-European statup scene. The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Related Posts center_img Tags:#3D#3d printing#apis cor#construction#construction tech#featured#funding raising#Rusnano Sistema Sicar#russian Adrien Henni Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu…last_img read more

Austrian snowboarder Schairer breaks neck in scary crash

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Austrian Olympic Committee said Schairer fractured the fifth vertebrae in his neck. It said there is no indication the 30-year-old Schairer experienced any neurological impairment or long-term damage.              /kgaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH From bottom to top is Pierre Vaultier, of France; Jarryd Hughes, of Australia; Markus Schairer, of Austria; and Hanno Douschan, of Austria runs the course during the men’s snowboard cross elimination round at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Thursday, February 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Markus Schairer of Austria is heading home for treatment after breaking his neck in a frightening crash during the Olympic men’s snowboard cross quarterfinals.Schairer lost control in the air on the final jump of the treacherous downhill course on Thursday. He slammed into the snow on his back, sending his goggles flying. He was able to get to his feet before being taken for a medical exam.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Martinez finishes 28th, fails to advance to Olympics free skate round Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

IPL 2011: Pune Warriors vs Mumbai Indians- MI win by 21 runs

first_imgMumbai beat Pune by 21 runs during the 44th IPL match of the season at the at the DY Patil Sports Academy Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday. Score | PhotosAlthough Pune bowled a tight line initially, but they were never in the game as a late charge by Mumbai saw them post a fine 161 run on board.Pune needed a good start against Mumbai considering that they were looking at a big 162-run target, but they lost their in-form opener Jesse Ryder on the first ball of the innings off Harbhajan Singh. Ryder tossed the ball straight to Dhawal Kulkarni at backward point and Mumbai were 0/1 on the first ball.Pune were in for more damage, when during the fourth over a Munaf Patel ball took the edge of Mumbai batsman Graeme Smith’s bat and landed in the hands of Aiden Blizzard at mid-wicket. He fell for 6 and Pune fell to 17/2.Abhishek Jhunjhunwala had added 10 runs to the team total when a Kieron Pollard saw him through in the ninth over and Pune were reduced to 46/3.Soon captain Yuvranj Singh and Manish Pandey got on with the revival act and also increased the run rate a notch higher with a few good shots past the boundary line.However, the cheer was short-lived for Pune fans as Yuvraj soon fell. A Lasith Malinga ball that wasn’t exactly timed by the Pune captain took a long loop before falling into the hands of Munaf Patel at third man. He fell on 20 and Pune fell to 77/4.advertisementThe Sri Lankan ‘slinger’ came around and scalped Manish Pandey and Mithun Manhas in the 19th over and Pune were looking down the barrel with 128/6 on board.Shrikant Wagh got run out in the last over and their innings came to a close on 139/7.Mumbai inningsA late charge by Kieron Pollard and Harbhajan Singh saw Mumbai post an impressive 161/7 against Pune during their IPL match.Earlier, Pune captain Yuvraj Singh won the toss and elected to field in the 44th IPL match of the season.Pune got the better of Mumbai opener and newcomer in the IPL circuit Aussie Aiden Blizzard in the third over of the match. Alfonso Thomas got rid of him when the Mumbai total was 18.Pune didn’t let Mumbai batsmen any room early in the innings as soon skipper Yuvraj Singh got the better of his Mumbai counterpart Sachin Tendulkar in the 9th over when he was batting on 24 and the team total was 58. Sachin wanted to play Yuvraj inside-out to the boundary but Jesse Ryder caught him at extra-cover to ruin his plans.Then in the 11th over Yuvraj came around to scalp Mumbai’s in-form batsman Ambati Rayudu on 27 and Mumbai were down to 69/3.Later, leg-break spinner Rahul Sharma delivered a KO on Rohit Sharma with Manish Pandey performing the final honours in the deep. And Mumbai were reduced to 94/4.Then Rahul came around to dismiss T Suman in the 17th over with Mithun Manhas claiming his catch at long-off. That ended Suman’s fiery batting spell that saw him post 36 of just 16 balls, hitting three fours and an equal number of sixes on the way to help the team to 114/5.In the 18th over Jerome Taylor claimed Aussie big-hitter Andrew Symonds cheaply to reduce Mumbai to 124/6.Finally, Kieron Pollard and Harbhajan Singh upped the tempo at death. Pollard hit a six and two fours off Thomas in the 18th over and then Harbhajan Singh hit a six off the last ball as Mumbai amassed 28 runs off the over.However, Jerome Taylor applied the breaks in the last over and even scalped Kollard on 30 as Mumbai finished the innings on 161/7.last_img read more

10 months ago​Man City hesitate on making January acquisitions

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Man City hesitate on making January acquisitionsby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are hesitating on transfers this winter.The Citizens are facing some issues in the team, especially with Fernandinho injured.They have lost three of the last four league games to Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Leicester City.But The Times claims that City are not going to invest in the team this winter.The board and coaching staff believes that City can catch up to the Reds with the squad they have.It is known that manager Pep Guardiola wants a central midfielder to compete with Fernandinho.But it appears he will have to wait until the summer to get that player last_img read more