Your Education, Your Future… Carpe Diem…!

Education is the most empowering experience in anyone’s life.

The work you do now as a student whilst studying and gaining an education, will ultimately stand you in good stead for the future, in whatever chosen path you decide to venture onto. Whilst giving you a better understanding of life, past and present and the world in which we live in.

An education will add extra knowledge for your everyday life, give you valued skills for future opportunities, but also give you a better standing for decisions and progress of any career path or further education route that you might choose.

So, as the phrase from a Latin poem goes…. “Carpe Diem!” or as it translates “Seize the Day”!

Try to absorb as much knowledge as you can while you are still in education and take advantage of all or any opportunities to learn from or be involved in. As there are always many different things available for young people and especially for youthful students, if you want to do something about your future, start today!

So, if you want Training in Northampton as a student and you are looking for a Northampton education to advance your education for future entry into university and take the next step for your career future at you local college.

Carpe Diem…!

After A-Levels, whats next…?

A-Level Education, whats next...?

With the exam season over for most students, there’s a ring of Alice Cooper’s “Schools out for summer” in my ears. But on a serious note, what is the next step after A-Levels? Well there are various routes you can take as a student and the desired direction you are planning for your future.

Depending on where your plans are for your future development will depend on the next step for life after A-Level exams. If you not planning to go straight into the workplace or a working vocation and you are planning to carry on with further education and possibly university, then it is a good time to plan your next move.

Although you will want to have a well earned rest over the summer months, try to get the wheels in motion and make plans and enquiries for your future progression after receiving those all important A-Level exam results. The “Clearing Process” normally takes place around beginning of August, so it gives you an ideal opportunity to see what your next step is, once you receive your exam results.

Check with your local college or with the “Exams Results Helpline” as they can help with any advice or assistance with queries relating to taking the next step. Ideally you should have short listed and applied for a range of universities or further education colleges and courses that you would like for that next step. If you have a hiccup and have an exam result or two that will need improving, you can either apply to re-take the exams again soon, or apply for a different University or College based on the exam results you have achieved, there are plenty of options.

If you are an A level Northampton student and you are looking for a Northampton education to advance your educational future for entry into university and take the next step for your career future path, get in touch with your local college today!

Universities Ranked by Reputation

The world’s universities have been ranked in a new league table based on their reputation. Harvard University in the US comes out top of the league while the UK’s highest placing is third with Cambridge.

The Times Higher Education magazine created the list based on the views of 13,000 international academics.

US universities scored well in the list with seven universities in the top 10 while the UK saw two universities appear with Oxford coming in at seventh, Tokyo University completed the list coming in at eighth.

The top are as follows:

1. Harvard, USA

2. MIT, USA

3. Cambridge, England

4. California, Berkeley, USA

5. Stanford, USA

6. Oxford, England

7. Princeton, USA

8. Tokyo, Japan

9. Yale, USA

10. California Institute of Technology, USA

For those leaving further education in Northampton this list and the fuller top 100 list might help students decide on which universities to apply for. Choosing which university can be a tricky thing to decide so list such as this are a great way to guide students. Editor of the Times Higher Education magazine Phil Baty said “In an ever more competitive global market… a university’s reputation for academic excellence is crucial.”

This list though it doesn’t necessarily give the full picture. The list is based purely on reputation rather than academic achievement and while the reputation of a university amongst academics is important and can be a good indicator reputations can easily and quickly be damaged, certainly more so than academic success.

US Uni Goes Gaga

In the past two years it seems the whole world has gone Gaga, Lady Gaga that is. The pop princess fromm New York has taken the world music charts by storm scoring 4 no.1s with here first 5 singles in the UK and embarking on a mammoth world tour.

Despite only being around for a relatively short time Lady Gaga’s influence has been huge in modern pop culture which has lead to an army of devoted fans, who Gaga calls her little monsters. It is then perhaps not totally surprising that Lady Gaga’s influence has now reached beyond the pop world and is now influencing education.

The US university of South Carolina has brought a new sociology course on to the syllabus dedicated to the life, work and rise to fame of Lady Gaga. The course which is set to begin in the spring of 2011 is unsurprisingly taught by a huge fan of the pop star who has said to have seen her in concert 30 times.

The sociology professor Mathieu Deflem told the USC student newspaper, the Daily Gamecock, “We’re going to look at Lady Gaga as a social event.”

“So it’s not the person, and it’s not the music. It’s more this thing out there in society that has 10 million followers on Facebook and six million on Twitter. I mean, that’s a social phenomenon.”

Northampton education institutions and other UK colleges and universities are showing their poker faces by not announcing whether they will be following suit with their own Gaga course.

Things to Think About When Starting College or Uni

Thousands of students are gearing up to start further Education in Northampton and in towns and cities across the UK. When starting college or university for the first time there are a few things to think about.

Finance

Before heading off for college or university make sure your finances are all under control, this could prove crucial. You don’t want to be running out of money to pay for the essentials such as accommodation, food, utility bills and university equipment such as books etc and you don’t want to be missing out on nights out because you can’t afford to go.

If you don’t have one already look at opening up a bank account. Many high street banks offer special student accounts but it’s a good idea to shop around to make sure you get the most suitable account for you.

Find out when any student loans or financial help will be paid to you to help you budget, also find out when your bills will be due, this way you won’t be caught out.

Insurance and TV Licence

In case of the worse insure your belongings so you will be able to easily replace them.

If you are going to be watching TV in your student accommodation don’t forget a TV license, if you are caught with out one you could face huge fines. To find out more about TV licensing visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk

Accommodation

Check out your accommodation before you go if possible and find out if your rent covers any utility bills. If you are sharing with other people try to organise how the bills and costs will be split.

Look for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and find out when they were last checked.

Make sure all windows and doors have good locks on them as some insurance companies will not pay out if you don’t have adequate locks.

Transport

Find the out the bus timetable so you don’t turn up to class late. If you have a car, enquire about parking.

Reading

Before you start your course check to see if there is any preliminary reading required and make sure this is completed before term begins.

Household Items

Depending on the type of accommodation you are staying in you will need to bring along some household items with you. This could range from laptops to pots and pans. Plan what you will need to bring with you well in advance of going so you don’t end up forgetting anything.