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Criminal Justice Degree: How Social Media Can Help

Social Media helps Criminal Justice degree

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With social media sites on the rise it’s no surprise that you can use sites like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook to help make your life easier and more interesting. But how can these social media sites help you earn your criminal justice degree?

  1. Connecting- Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are continually helping students connect with each other. This is helpful for students and graduates. Connect with others when you need help with an assignment or to coordinate a day to study with classmates. Using social media sites to get together with classmates is now easier than ever.
  2. Up-to-date- Earning a criminal justice degree requires students to be up-to-date with the news. Some professors may wish to discuss recent news in order to begin a lecture. You may be required to research crimes or write a paper on a recent situation occurring in the news that deals with criminal justice. A site like Twitter is a great way to stay up-to-date on current news. Trending topics and tweets from national news centers will keep you well informed on any topics you may be discussing in class.
  3. Practice early- A career in criminal justice will require you to try your best to make the world a safe place to live in. Whether you’re working as an FBI agent or a security guard, your job will be to create and promote a safe environment. With dating websites, like E Harmony, and social sites, like Facebook and Twitter, there are a lot of people up to no good. As a member of these social media communities, you can practice your skills in criminal justice through social media. See something that just doesn’t look right? Look into it. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
  4. Internet Savvy- Your social media skills might surprise others. Years ago, it took 10 minutes to type in the “www” of a website. Now you can upload a whole album to Facebook for your friends and family to see within seconds. What should this tell you? Be confident. If you learned how to navigate through social media sites easily, you will surely be able to learn any computer program required while earning a criminal justice degree.
  5. Experience- Employers want it, but where can you get it? You can use social media sites to contact criminal justice graduates that are currently working. Sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook are prime properties to find professionals with a criminal justice degree. Find alum from colleges and universities in your area that have found a career you’d be interested in pursuing or learning more about. Maybe they’ll know of job opportunities for criminal justice students and graduates? Or they could simply answer a question you’ve had about the profession they’re working in.

Of course, social media sites are not necessary for success in criminal justice. For years criminal justice students did just fine without it. BUT social media does make earning a degree in criminal justice much easier. By making connections and staying informed, your experience as a criminal justice major will improve. Regardless if you already have social media accounts or if you’re new to social media – use these tactics to live out your dream career. For criminal justice students, it’s not just school; criminal justice is more of a passion. Enhance your skills and your education through social media sites today!

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4 Ways Women Can Improve Their Learning

Men and women look different from each other, they often act different from the other, so it makes sense that they would learn differently, too. This doesn’t mean you can bring back the phrase “girls rule, boy drool” but it does mean that women can improve their learning by implementing these factors.

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  • The More, the Merrier
    Women tend to learn better when they learn with other women. This is why there are women colleges. It helps for women to relate to other women, not only share their new learning experiences with, but to also relate to on a social level.
  • The Brain
    Typically a women’s brain is stimulated when she is presented with information at an emotional level.
  • Competition
    Society tends to stereotype men and women. Many people believe men excel more than women in math and sciences, and that women are better in the liberal arts. Because of this stereotype, women tend to feel that they simply cannot excel in math or science, and sometimes refrain from trying due to this stereotype.
  • Hearing
    On average, women can hear better than men. Hearing is a big factor when it comes to education. Lectures can be very difficult if an individual is hard of hearing.

No matter which gender category you fall into, it is important to remember that these factors do not apply to everyone. Each individual learns differently and it is important to understand how you learn and try to fit yourself into a learning environment that suits you. Some individuals tend to learn better in an environment with a large amount of people, others like small quaint colleges, while some would prefer working from home. There are so many factors in regards to education that you need to evaluate before making any big decisions. So while men and women may learn differently, don’t focus as much on that but instead focus on how you learn! And remember; do not feel self-conscious if you struggle in certain areas, no one’s perfect!

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Top 10 Benefits of an Online Education

You’ve reached the ceiling in your job’s salary bracket, you’re still waiting to quit your job and start a career, or you’re interested in earning an advanced degree in hopes of a promotion – but, how can you go back to school and maintain your current lifestyle?
College Degrees Today has done the research for you and we have compiled a list containing the benefits of an online education to help you make an informed decision about online learning.

Top 10 Benefits of an Online Education

1. VARIETY. With online education, you can choose from a variety of schools and programs to choose from – and location or re-location isn’t a matter of concern since all of your classes will be taken from the comfort of your own home.
2. COST EFFECTIVE. Online learning costs less than traditional campus schools in many ways. For example, tuition fees are less because the school has no need to charge for overhead, maintenance, or even electricity for classrooms because you’ll be learning from home.
3. TIME EFFICIENT. Along with online education costing less than traditional campus schools, online education is also more time efficient. This is a great benefit for students with a full-time job, family responsibilities, or other obligations that need to be worked around.  With online education, students can forget about long daily commutes, wasting time trying to find parking, or running from class to class.
4. SOCIAL NETWORKING.  In our modern day society, most friends and couples are made over the internet – why should school be any different? A great benefit of online education is having access to meeting people worldwide, rather than being limited to socializing locally.

5. INDIVIDUALIZED LEARNING. Students enrolled in online education have the unique opportunity to learn using the learning style that works best for them; whether it’s by listening to a lecture, reading content, or using interactive media.
6. GO TO CLASS WHEN YOU WANT. The difference between traditional college and online education is the virtual classroom; a flexible schedule allows busy individuals or established professionals the opportunity to log-on to courses whenever it’s convenient for them.
7. LEARN AT YOUR PACE. With online learning, students have the freedom to learn at their own pace without “falling behind” – as long as assignments are completed by their deadlines, nobody has to know you studied Chapter 5 twice!
8. GAIN VALUABLE LIFE SKILLS. Students who complete their degree through online education have been reported to have higher reading comprehension skills, they are able to resist distractions better, and they consider themselves to be self-motivated, self-reliant, and self-directed.
9. AVOID AWKWARD SOCIAL PETTINESS. One major deterrent for older or returning students when considering a campus-based degree program is the social pettiness that accompanies a younger student body.  Avoid feeling pressure to assimilate to younger peers’ lifestyle by completing your degree online.
10. OPPORTUNITY TO FULFILL A GOAL.  Many professionals or busy parents feel unable to complete their degree due to financial, familial, or job-related responsibilities. Earning your degree through distance learning allows you to fulfill that goal without interrupting your current life.

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It’s never too late to earn a college degree

Hazel Soares earned a degreeEveryone loves an inspirational story. Overcoming differences, falling in love and fitting in are everyday stories but today I read one about Hazel Soares. Hazel is a 94-year-old great grandmother that just earned her bachelor’s degree in art history at Mills College in Oakland.

Born in Richmond, California, Hazel said she always wanted to attend college. She was born in 1915 and graduated from high school during the great depression which halted her education.

“Unless you had some help, it would have been impossible to go to college,” Soares said. “However I never lost the desire to go.”

She waited until she was 79 to start taking college courses. She spent six years at Chabot College taking classes and finally earned her Associate’s Degree when she was 85. After that, she enrolled at Mill’s College in 2007.

Hazel has a large family, she was married twice, has six children of her own and 40 grand children and great grandchildren. Statistically, she is believed to be the second oldest person to graduate from college. Instead of earning a criminal justice degree or a marketing degree Hazel studies art history because she plans to use her degree to work as a docent at a local museum.

“We are really amazed and very proud of my mom,” said Regina Hungerford, Soares’ youngest child. ”The biggest thing that we can all learn is that we’re never too old.”

Hazel hopes that others realize that it is never too late to go back to school and get a college education. Among other things, Hazel still drives and visits her doctor only once every three years to make sure she’s OK. She also said she doesn’t take any prescription medications.

Kudos Hazel, for being an inspiration to all of us.

“There’s no reason why you could not go back,” Soares said.”Some people do give up the idea or postpone the idea. It’s too late. It’s too much work. They may not realize that once you try it it’s exciting to go to school.”

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