Why It’s Probably Not Worth Going to University Any More

I’ve been thinking recently, if I was a fresh-faced 18-year-old just out of college with my whole life ahead of me and pondering what to do next, would I go to university? The answer is probably not!

Before I explain, I must insert a disclaimer here that this does not mean that I don’t recommend anyone else to, neither does it rule out me sending my future kids to university. However, as a university graduate of 2004, the more I think about going to university today, the more I find myself wondering what exactly is the point?

My first issue with this age-old institution is the very modern practice of excessively high university fees.

A tax on knowledge?

As of next year, university tuition fees will be rising to a maximum of £9,000 which doesn’t include living expenses, cost of books, and all the other associated costs of student life – it is no wonder the latest UCAS figures show the biggest fall in university applications in more than 30 years!

How it is justifiable to fine, sorry charge, people whopping amounts to educate themselves is completely beyond me. Surely this is some kind of stealth tax on knowledge? From the parent perspective, I can imagine how massive a financial burden this must be, especially where there is more than one university-ready child in the household. These ludicrous fees may well see the UK go down the same route as China in future by adopting a one child policy to keep things affordable.

Forget uni, try YouTube instead!

The second reason I’m somewhat anti-university for now is that thanks to the internet, the world of learning has opened up in so many different and exciting ways that you can pretty much teach yourself anything you want by simply watching YouTube or scouring the pages of Google.

Unlike the somewhat restricted curriculum of a university module, self-taught subjects can be as varied as you like and as long or short as you like, and the best part is most of these online resources are free or low cost so you can save your university fees for your mortgage down payment instead. Also this way, you get to teach yourself subjects that actually affect your day-to-day life such as how to plan and achieve goals, manage your finances, develop a “winning” mindset and so on…

Branson didn’t go uni… and look where it got him

Entrepreneurship is not for the fainthearted but the truth is that it’s becoming more and more of an attractive option for young people who can’t find a job in today’s climate. It makes sense – if some big boss somewhere won’t give you a job, simply create your own!

Richard Branson didn’t go to university and look where it got him; neither did Ingvar Kamprad – the guy who founded IKEA, Simon Cowell who needs no explanation, and countless other entrepreneurs who are today living their own version of “the dream” without first obtaining letters after their name.

And where did your degree get you…?

This is a question many graduates I know struggle to answer because what they do now is so far removed from what they studied at university that apart from the hefty debt they’re still paying back (myself included), there’s not much else to show for the certificate. Once upon a time going to university and getting a degree was mandatory for getting somewhere in life but today we have so much evidence to prove otherwise that it’s almost entirely old-fashioned to make such a statement.

There are of course benefits to going to university, such as the exposure to student life, better access to certain jobs in certain industries, practical skills of writing and submitting dissertations on time, and of course the reduced travel card fare and student discounts to theatres and films, but when you weigh that against the literal cost of going to university in these modern times, it’s only right to ask the question: would YOU go to university today?

Well-Informed Parents Give the World Educated Youth

Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit in on a great meeting at Miles College with three lovely ladies. One was Dean Knight. The meeting took place in her office and we discussed a great project that one of the students wants to see happen on college campuses across the country – starting at Miles College.

Meeting Dean Knight was such a pleasure. She is well informed, personable, and a very free spirit with whom we all shared several laughs during the meeting. I personally want to thank both her and all educators around this nation, for pouring into the lives of our future leaders. They give more than many of us realize.

At the conclusion of our meeting, we discussed some of the problems young people face on most college campuses, and one of those that surfaced was the habitual use of marijuana and other drugs. Dean Knight talked about how most kids do not realize the long-term effects of smoking marijuana and view using it as “no big deal”. I know, from my work with parents and youth, that she has a handle on the true depth of this problem.

As parents, we must become educated about drugs so we can tell our kids more than just the old, “don’t use drugs” jargon. Kids need to know the cause and effects of drug use and there is no better person to give this education to them than their own parents. A great resource for helping parents to educate themselves and, in turn, educate their youth is “The Ultimate Guide For Drug Free and Productive Youth”.

I believe that well-informed and educated parents give the world well informed and educated kids! Three weeks ago, while speaking for UMADAOP of Ohio, I was a panelist for the Marijuana Summit. I met some great people who have great resources for parents to better educate themselves. The information is based on numbers – and we know numbers never lie! Check out these 2

Sending educated, informed youth into the world leads to three game changers:

1. When youth are educated about drugs, they make better LIFE CHOICES and this allows them to be more productive in life. Our choices do only 2 things: They enhance our life or take away from our life. We want our youth to consider the consequences of every choice.

2. When kids are educated about the long-term effects of drug use, it has a way of eliminating the CURIOSITY FACTOR about drugs that lead so many youth into trying them in the first place. Too many youth who experiment with drugs – end up addicted. Let’s educate our kids, so their CURIOSITY FACTOR is not the foundation of their choices.

3. The main thing that educating our youths about drugs does is provide them with CLARITY. Being clear about the negative effect of drugs and knowing that they do NOT provide any value to life is an essential belief that allows youth to say a resounding, “No!” to drug use – and mean it. I challenge all parents to educate themselves in this area and then educate your kids and witness the decline in drug abuse

Top Tips for Choosing the Best University for You!

So you’ve almost completed your A’ Level or equivalent studies and you’re now looking to go to university. You need to get your UCAS form submitted as soon as possible but you’re just not sure which universities to put down on your form as being ‘preferable’ to you and your needs, desires and aspirations. Choosing a university is a hugely important task. It is where you will spend the next three years or so of your academic life, and for many it is the place where, for the next few years, you will live, socialise and work. When it comes to choosing a university the world is your oyster, but such a great level of choice can make the task of identifying a university all more difficult to complete.

Below are a number of helpful tips to support you in your decision-making process!

– Rule out those universities that you are unlikely to be able to attend. There are many reasons why some universities just won’t be an option to you; perhaps the entrance grades required are too challenging or the location of the university is too far away for you to consider.

– Draw up a criteria list which outlines all of the elements of university life that are important to you. This might include; distance from your family home, likely university choice of friends, the modules taught within your preferred course, the extra-curricular activities on offer, the social life, the style of accommodation on campus, the campus layout etc.

– Order your criteria appropriately, placing the elements that are most important to you at the top. If this is say, ‘distance from your family home’, work out exactly what distance is acceptable to you. You can then automatically rule out or rule in universities based on how well they meet your most important criteria.

– You’ve now got a short list of universities. Next, rate each university against the other elements on your criteria list. Use a simple scoring system such as 5 for absolutely meeting the criteria to 0 for absolutely not meeting the criteria! Once this process is completed, you can total up the scores and identify which universities score the highest.

– It’s important to actually go and see those universities that you’re strongly considering attending, as this will help you determine if you’d be happy studying at such a location. So remember to attend open days or arrange site visits with at least the top 3 universities that rated highest against your criteria list.

Benefits Of Using Mobile Apps In Early Education For Children

The real advantage of using mobile apps is that they help in connecting people without much hassle. You might wonder about how something so advanced as a mobile app can help in early education for children. It’s true that kids of this generation are nowhere like us when we were of that age. However, a Smartphone itself is just too much for someone of such a tender age – leave aside using an advanced mobile app. So how can these two completely bipolar things come together to create something effective and fruitful?

Before we go ahead with the discussion, let me ask you: what do you think mobile apps do?Are they beneficial only for reserving a seat in a restaurant and catching the trending celebrity gossips, or do they actually have something seriously constructive to offer? Not all apps get designed for providing entertainment; there are also some which (if used effectively) can do a great deal of good. Let’s take a weather forecast app, for instance. Once you use the app to check the weather forecast in the morning, you can plan and schedule your work for the later hours. Similarly, there are many educational apps which are getting regularly used in schools and colleges.

Let’s come to the apps that get specially designed for kids who haven’t yet started going to schools. The use of these apps in sync with the traditional mediums of early education might turn out as an important paving stones for pre-schoolers. This is the time of mental growth for kids aged between 3 to 6, and these apps can come in handy to a great extent. Let’s have a look at how apps are beneficial in early education:

#1. Learning Is Fun

These apps successfully testify the concept: “learning is fun“. These are specially designed for kids, and therefore, put extra emphasis on maximizing engagement. In this way, kids will keep on learning without even realizing it. These apps are full of entertainment, and they also strengthen the knowledge base.

#2. Portability

Apps are portable because mobile devices are portable. And this is one of the major reasons why there is a huge surge in its popularity. Are you waiting in the airport lounge for a flight with your kid? Hand him over your Smartphone and let him enjoy. He can sit down and practice a little math or science. In short, an educational app is no less than a portable classroom.

#3. Apps Are Interactive

We all love to learn new things once there is a proper interaction. Have you ever wondered why online games are so popular? It is because of the achievements that get unlocked with each level passed. This makes gamers want to know what’s more they can get in the next level, and thus, they get addicted. Similarly, most of the educational apps offer virtual rewards once a level gets completed. And kids love to get rewards, don’t they?

#4. Tracking The Progress

There are some educational apps which allow the user get updates and feedbacks about the progress of his kid. These are like assessment reports we used to get in school. And with the report, you can easily check how the app is helping your kid to improve his skills