Make Sure You’re Ready for the State of the Union:

Originally posted on Be a Seed for Change:

This year, there will be more ways than ever to take part in the State of the Union, including new ways to take in the remarks, share exclusive content with your social networks, and share your own experiences. There will also be opportunities to discuss President Obama’s remarks with White House officials immediately following the address.

See all the ways you can engage with the State of the Union next Tuesday, and how you can stay updated in the meantime.

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Weekly Address: America’s Resurgence Is Real

In this week’s address, President Obama discusses the economic gains we made in 2014, which was the strongest year for job growth since the 1990s.

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The President Proposes to Make Community College Free for Responsible Students for 2 Years

Last week, the President unveiled a new proposal: Make two years of community college free for responsible students across America. If all…

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CLICK FOR A CAUSE: DC LGBTQ Latinos Creating Change

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By Eric Perez, Jesus Chavez , Jose Garcia and Ivan Aguilar

Hello friends, families, and colleagues:

It is not every day that we ask for your help, but because we feel so passionate about social justice we are reaching out to you today. On February of 2015, LGBTQ community leaders will convene in Denver, Colorado, to attend the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. In a very crucial time on the road towards equality and social justice the conference will host a Latino/a Institute. The Institute will bring together diverse groups of LGBTQ Latino/as and allies from across the country to foster supportive relationships, and build each others’ capacity to advance LGBTQ Latino/a activism.

As activists who care deeply about Latino/a immigrant and LGBTQ communities we really want to contribute to that national dialogue. We feel that our experiences will allow us to contribute to something meaningful in moving our communities forward. We know that we will be able to gain some very important tools to help us grow personally and professionally.

The Latino/a Institute has stated that it will cost about $1,316 to attend the conference normally and will cost $991 even after receiving a scholarship per person. This is a significant expense. While we are working tirelessly to find inexpensive transportation and housing, we will be unable to attend without your help.

We are asking for your support because we know that you believe in the work that we are doing. This conference and this experience is an investment for a better tomorrow, with your assistance we know that we can create change.

With deepest gratitude in anticipation of your assistance,

Eric Perez, Jesus Chavez , Jose Garcia and Ivan Aguilar

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Internship 101: Professional Meeting Conduct

Originally posted on Career Driven Millennials :

We’ve all been there. You got a new internship and things are going great, you like the people, the environment and you’re really learning a lot. But the day soon comes when you’re in a meeting with the bosses and you didn’t prepare and you don’t even know what you should be doing. These meetings tend to come up when you first start the internship so it’s good to know how you should conduct yourself as an intern. The most important thing a new intern should know is how to carry yourself as if you were an actual employee. Our post on “Internship Etiquette” can tell you all about that, but right now we’re going to focus on corporate meetings. Follow these guidelines and you’ll never feel like just an intern in a meeting again.

1. What To Bring: Make sure you have a notebook and pen with you, so…

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life of an intern.

Originally posted on the fabric of my life.:

I’ve already spilled scalding hot water on myself, dropped my tea tag in the mug of hot water (two days in a row) and one of my favorite pens died this morning.  It’s started out as a not-so-happy-day but that’s okay because I’ve also journaled, reminisced over my summer in Storm Lake and yesterday I found a heater at the office and we are very close friends at this point.  I decorated my office a bit and I get to visit one of my favorite professors this afternoon.  I also get to shop for a few last pieces to make my office feel a little more homey.  Once I get it situated, I’ll take another picture and show you how great it is to have natural pouring in while I compare financial reports.  It’s thrilling…trust me :)life at the office.

I started my stint as an intern at The Bridge just over a…

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The reason why I’m quite fine with letting school take second priority

Originally posted on Nang:

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The tension is real and it is recurring theme in my student life. It’s a constant tug-o-war between staying a faithful undergraduate and being someone useful to society, creating something, anything. I constantly think about the status quo around me and generate product and business ideas and the topic for my next article. But to pursue those things is to necessarily set aside time that is supposed to be used for studying. I’m quite fine with it, though, and here’s why.

How anyone remains faithful as a full-time student, bent over books that are so remote and divorced from their own realities, is beyond me. I can’t imagine how people do it, let alone why.

When we roam around our city rife with social, political, economic problems, sometimes altogether entangled, every single day, how do we make ourselves ignore them? Relegating these problems as things to be solved upon graduation is…

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What is “Akrasia”? I Bet It’s Part of Your Life…

Originally posted on The Little Black Book of Business:

It’s not too often that I come across a nifty word online, but this week I did.

Akrasia: The paradox of wanting to do something beneficial, but failing to do it.

The word/concept spoke to me as we enter the New Year, and it helped me name WHY I don’t do what I know I should be doing.

So why do we wait to do things that can help us?

Because – for most situations – the results aren’t instantaneous.

Our Achilles’ heel is living in an “everything NOW culture.”

We can push an app button and find local restaurants NOW.
We are told we can take a diet pill and get results NOW.
We can enter info online and get approved for a credit card NOW.

However, to embrace some beneficial changes, we need to let go of NOW and accept the concept of LATER.

We need to invest in our…

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5 Back to School/College Tips

Originally posted on The Little Writing Factory:

Hi everyone!

So we were thinking, both The Little Writer & The Music Enthusiast, that we wanted to create a new segment that involves some great tips for school and college. We wanted to share our experiences with some hassles that school and classes bring to us. This way we can help students, who may be looking for some tips to get them through the semester or school year. Each week (every Tuesday) one of us will be posting a tip. So, having that said, we’ll “start off” the segment with these 5 awesome tips.

1. Waking Up On Time

-Tip from The Music Enthusiast-

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The most important thing to do before you go to bed is to turn on your Alarm clock. Each morning we need enough time to wake up, have a little time for ourselves, and get ready. To do so, we need to have our alarms ready…

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Success Isn’t Always About The Money

Originally posted on THE FOODIELENNIAL:

Watch this video with Oprah Winfrey and happiness researcher Shawn Achor.  They discuss how the relationship between “success” and “happiness” have changed:

This builds on one of the points I made in Monday’s post about that awful “Where do you see yourself in five years?” question.  I had said that my best answer to that question is “five years from now, I want to be happy, comfortable, and securely and gainfully employed doing something I love.”

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7 Ways Technology Can Raise Student Success Rates

Originally posted on MindMake:

7 Ways Technology Can Raise Student Success Rates
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Pressure is mounting for colleges and universities to boost student graduation rates. At the same time, many see developing and scaling up learning technologies as a valuable strategy for keeping students engaged in the classroom and promoting success.

A recent infographic from Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) identifies several ways technology can aid student success. The organization awards grants for technology solutions in education, including blended learning initiatives and learning analytics.

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