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thought, because you did have an intact family. No one needed to
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A Sensitive Topic
Everywhere you look these days you will see or hear something about
the men who have been abusing women whom you thought would never be
the target of predators. Famous actresses and singers. Even males
have been sexually abused.
You will not always be able to avoid sexual harassment.
Yet, you should avoid putting yourself in dangerous situations, if
Remember 'Stranger Danger' that parents taught you? Warning signs of pedophiles seeking to prey on children? Well, even when you become older, an adult, there are often warning signs that could possibly protect you. - Ms. Anderson, for example, says that if someone invites you to a meeting, at night, in a hotel, then opens the door attirted in a bathrobe, the odds are that they have more than work on their mind. - Likewise, strangers online who vow to always love you, even though you have never even met, are probably planning to harm you in some way.
Bottom-line, realize that sometimes things happen that we cannot foresee. But, there are also often signs of danger that are tempting to ignore: Don't.
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10 Things Body Language Says About You
The level of accuracy presented here might be disputed by some. I
personally believe that much of it is probably 'right on'.
Give It A Second Thought
You've completed approximately 2 months of college. It's been a tremendous adjustment for you. And, perhaps not an easy one. Or one that you have yet to meet, successfully.
Some of you have found the stresses of being on your own to be
Weight gain or loss is a big issue for many students, especially freshmen. Avoiding anorexia or bulemia can be awfully difficult. Just as not giving in to binge eating can be.
Dating is often considered to be a rite of passage for college students. But, what if you truly are not ready or interested in doing so. There's a huge amount of peer pressure in this and other areas of your life.
What can and should you do about these pressing and life-altering issues? Well, one thought would be to communicate with your folks. Yet, for many of you, this can be or at least feel impossible. So, perhaps you should look into the college counseling center. Don't think that there is a stigma to avaoid. You would be surprised by how many of your peers have gone that route. - For some of you, there is a peer counseling center handy. I remember being a college peer counselor back in the... Well, we'll skip that. But the fact is that free or sliding fee scale services are available at almost any college/university. Also, don't overlook any religious counseling that might be available for you. - Then, there are free/inexpensive health centers in almost every college town.
The choice is obviously yours to make. I simply urge you to consider your stress levels and what counseling might help you with. - I wish you the best in life.
Stalking is a serious problem for many of you. It should not
be taken lightly.
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Separating Job Scams From Legit Job Offers
College expenses are high. And loans can 'swallow' future earnings, if you are not careful.
So, it's natural to try checking out online/work from your dorm job opportunities. But you really need to be careful. Extremely few (emphasis on the words 'extremely few') of these offers are legit.
Take a few minutes to watch this video. It could save you time and money!!
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Please Don't Give This Away
Okay. You've heard this before. And you dismissaed it as 'Those girls were just being foolish. Their boyfreinds were jerks. But my boyfriend really loves me." -- He loves your body. He would never betray you. He wanted the sexy and nude photos of you so that he could always think of your warm body and hot passion for him, alone.
Well, the many Burrillville High School girls who sent their guys nude photos have discovered that the very personal photos appeared in Dropbox where many boys got to gawk at them, at you.
Never allow yourself to disrespect who you are. Whether or not you want to hear this, you have not had enough life experiences to know true love. In time you will be there! But not yet. The same goes for guys at this age. - It's okay to date, now. But nude photos and sex should not be on the table. Not yet.
By the way, you guys can be duped just as easily. So that the above advice applies to you, as well. Heed it, please. For your own sake.
Following are a very few of the many known instances of this problem. And they are only the tip of the iceberg.
'The Dark Side of the Sun'
So, it's beach weather, at last! And, you're ready for some serious sun.
While it's great to get the rays, you need to be very careful no to burn. And more than that, even tans can lead to serious problems. - Don't believe me? Well, you could check out the American Cancer Society that states more than half of the million new cases of skin cancers diagnosed each year are the result of too much outdoor tanning. Even dark skinned people can get skin cancer as a resault of too much sun.
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Personal hygiene matters.
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Breast Implants and Labia Surgery for Graduation??
What's wrong with your body? Are you too short? Too tall? Your nose
too big? How about your breasts? Even your labia?
Well, I'm here to ask you to reconsider that. No one needs to remind hat the money spent on the surgery could get you some other things that you desire or even go toward furthering your education or that first apartment. But there are also great risks to your life. Yes, some have died after the surgeries. But, more often than that, the surgery can go wrong. All you have to do is use Google, Bing, or some other search engine to find out. YouTube has it's share of women whose face or form appears disfigured or simply gross, Then there is the fact that some breast implants have to be replaced approx. every 10 years! Imagine having to go through that financially and physically, again and again!
Allow me to share a little secret. Men don't only want a woman with
large breasts. I know! That's what a lot of teen boys will say they
want in a woman. And, maybe at that moment they think that they do.
But, the reality is that for every build, there is someone who will
desire you. I remember back in college there was a student who had
very small breasts. And, most of her friends seemed to be fairly
'well-endowed'. Yet, she was very popular with the guys. One day,
someone in our group of friends asked her if she was self-conscious
about her breasts. She quickly responded that she had been for
years. Then one day, her young brother blurted out that he knew why
they were so small: So many guys wanted to hug her that they didn't
have a chance to grow!
Now, for the labia. You would be hard-pressed to find many women who are pleased with it's shape or size. But, other than juvenile guys, men who are inlove could care less about how it looks. And, do you or should you be obsessing about it? Really! And, I know that some of you are concerned because you want to sext photos or videos of yourself. Well, don't! It's stupid and demeaning. Plus it can be dangerous or have serious consequences. Think of the stars and teens whose photos that they thought would only be seen by a boyfriend, somehow gets shared online or throughout a school. Aside from the fact that many teens are being charged with sharing pornography and have to register as sex offenders. All, in all, a simply terrible idea.
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Check out this heartfelt talk by a teen father. Young men whom often do not have a 'public'/media voice.
Who Would Have Thought?
Of course, social media and competitions can be great! But, there is also a darker and very seriously dangerous side to these, as well.
Too many teens are playing a bizarre, 'stamina activity' involving ordinary erasers. The idea is to see if you could recite the alphabet (or something else) while rubbing away at your skin. The person with the biggest wound is the person who will win the challenge.
How about not giving yourself serious, potentially life threatening wounds (that can become greatly infected), and keep those erasers as a symbol of school life before Delete keys could wipe away an incorrect answer?
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How to become a memory master | Idriz Zogaj | TEDxGoteborg
There are many, many videos and books and articles covering techniques for memorizing all sorts of information. Well, this is one of the best of them. It has had approx. 5.5 million views on YouTube. Imagine that!
Whatever your or your family and
friends' views of President Trump,
Instagram's Terms of Service Policy Explained
Most adults do not understand what websites' Terms of Service or Privacy Policies mean. In general or for them, personally. And, they would be shocked if they understood what they have agreed to.
So, don't be surprised by what you might not understand, yourself, regarding these policies.
Jenny Afia, a lawyer based in London, has decided to help Tweens and Teens to understand at least one of the most popular website's Terms of Service. The policy is over 5,000 words long!
Check out Ms. Afia's explanation of these terms here.
how to grow long, healthy nails
Let's be honest, a beautiful set of, long, natural healthy nails looks classy and sexy. Immaculately manicured long nails say a lot about your personal style and confidence. We know growing long, healthy nails can be a challenge. Our simple tips show how you too can have a beautiful set of long natural nails.
First a quick biology
Did you know: Nails grow faster in the summer than in the winter, nails on your dominant hand grow faster, and men's nails grow more quickly than women's, except when a woman is pregnant when nail growth speeds up.
How long should my
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The optimum practical length for your nails depends on your activities and your lifestyle. In general the nail tip should extend no further than one third of the body of the nail.
Nails break less often when they are all of equal length and shaped square, oval, or round.
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My nails can grow, but
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What causes thin nails
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Believe It Or Not...
IT IS NOT THE END OF THE
WORLD! Trust me on that! I've been there. And over
many years deeply understand the 'Truth' behind that opening phrase.
What am I talking about? Being dumped. When the person whom you gave your heart, soul, and possibly your body to decides that 'it just isn't working out'.
Well, I had my share of excruciatingly painful 'dumps'. Sometimes the pain was so strong that I felt I could actually die from it. And there were times when I simply wanted to curl-up and avoid the world. There were times when I wanted to see if my former 'love of my life' was seeing someone else. If they were, I wanted to know who it was. Even 'stalking' them occasionally entered my mind, but that would have been kinda 'crazy', even if it was one of several natural responses.
The reality is that rarely do we ever marry or stay forever with our First Love. Especially when that happens when we are teens or in our early 20's. - Dating is designed to help us determine what we want and need in a lifelong partner. All the while that we are growing and maturing, ourselves.
If you knew me when I was a teen and even in my early college years,
I was basically the nerd who was socially awkward. And when I went
on a rare date, I would either come on too strong or be too shy or
I was also a virgin which even back then was sort of unusual, at least for college-age students.
During college years, I was finally given some advice by friends and
developed a stronger sense of myself. I became nore confident and
paid better attention to my appearance and mannerisms.
Over the years I dated a modest amount. Too often 'falling in love', usually only to be dumped. Experiencing once again the familiar pain that I thought I had left behind in my teen years.
I eventually became known as the area's 'Singles & Relationship Expert'. I dated more frequently and occasionally became the 'dumper'.
Finally, I met the woman who would eventually become the 'Love of My Life'. We have been married, faithfully, for decades.
Why do I share all of this? So that you realize that it is not the end! So, hang in there! Life does get better!!
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To our Jewish friends, we wish a Happy and
healthy New Year.
If you do not know about Rosh Hashanah, following are some sites that will hopefully explain what it is and what it's importance is in the lives of Jews, worldwide. (Plus a music video and a directory of services streaming, worldwide!)
From Bullied to Part of the 'Solution'
Natalie Hampton knows first-hand how it feels to be left out of everyday school-life. And being bullied. You'd never know that by looking at her because she does not fit 'the stereotype' of a bullying victim or someone whom others would not immediately invite to their lunch table.But this simply reinforces the reality that there is 'no type' of victim, per se. She was attacked both in cyberspace and in the physical world.
Well, Natalie is now a Junior at a high school where 'community' is the norm, but not necessarily 'everything'. Anyway, she created an app called 'Sit With Us'. (For the iPhone and iPad.) The app allows for students to become 'Ambassadors'. They post where they are sitting during lunch and that there is an open seat/s that those who feel as if they were 'outcasts' can sit. Those without a seat can use the app to find these 'Ambassadors' and begin to become a part of a community.
Check out the app. Realize that even without the app, you can simply
invite those 'lost souls' during lunchtime.
Tips For Succeeding In High School Chemistry
Author: Robert Bell
High school chemistry and high school physics are two of the toughest courses students encounter in high school. Fortunately, there is more help than ever for students struggling with high school chemistry class. There's no denying that high school chemistry is a hard class, but there are several reasons students do poorly in chemistry, and many of these reasons can be conquered.
One of the top reasons students struggle with high school chemistry is procrastination. Keeping up with the reading, vocabulary, and problems is half the battle when it comes to high school chemistry. Putting off work or reading causes students to fall behind, and it is difficult to come from behind and do well in high school chemistry.
High school chemistry students also experience difficulty if they do not have a good grounding in mathematics. Algebra and geometry help tremendously with understanding high school chemistry. Unit conversions, chemistry problems, and calculating molarity, pressure, temperature, and other properties will be covered in high school chemistry, and students with a better math background will have an advantage.
While practice and preparation are essential for mastering high school chemistry, there is danger in becoming over-reliant on study guides and help books. Reading these books can supplement the main chemistry text used in the class, but there is no substitute for reading and understanding the high school chemistry textbook first.
Another essential study practice for high school chemistry students is working practice problems. Again, using the main textbook from class is important. Sometimes when a particular type of chemistry problem is troublesome, extra practice from similar problems in study guides can help. But mastering the techniques and problems presented in the high school chemistry class is necessary first.
Part of high school chemistry comes down to plain memorization. When students balance chemical equations - particularly on a test - there is not time to look up items like molecular weight for common elements like oxygen and hydrogen. These things require memorization. Techniques used by high school chemistry students to aid in memorization include flash cards, having a friend or parent ask questions for practice, or using computer software and games to test memorization skills.
While memorization is important to learning high school chemistry, it is not the same as understanding the reasoning and fundamentals of chemistry. There is simply too much material, even in high school chemistry, to memorize. Knowing what to memorize in high school chemistry is as important as the memorization itself.
The beginning of memorization and understanding in high school chemistry starts in note taking. Taking notes in class and paying attention can be a difficult balance at times, but practice improves this. Class notes, including notes written on homework papers, are excellent memory prompts and should be a regular part of participation in a high school chemistry class.
Listening to the teacher seems so obvious as to not require mentioning, but it is vital in the hard sciences to listen to the teacher. If for no other reason, listening to the teacher in high school chemistry will often let students know exactly what concepts will appear on tests, and in which forms, such as fill-in-the-blank, equations, multiple choice, or essay questions.
Succeeding at high school chemistry requires a multi-step approach: practice, memorization, reading, paying attention in class and good note taking.Need help with high school chemistry get your chemistry questions answered for free at http://www.mychemistrytutor.com/forums/
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Heroes Can Be Found Anywhere,
Including During A School Crisis
Many of you are probably aware of the horrififc school stabbing incident, in PA. - A teenage student went on a stabbing spree through his school.
Some stuents ran away. Some hid and took 'shelter in place'.
Some saved the lives of others. There were those who called 911, pulled a fire alarm, or took the hand of a friend as they fled the building. Another hero was Brett Hurt who pushed his friend, Gracey Evans, aside and took a knife wound to his back. Instead of fleeing, Gracey in turn helped stop the bleeding of a fellow classmate who had a major wound.
The fact that some students ran for their lives does not make them
cowards. We all react differently to a crisis. And, everyone
involved with that horrific day has had their lives altered forever.
If you or someone you know has witnessed a beating, a bullying, a crime, and done nothing to stop it. You can still do something about it: Talk with a counselor, your parents, clergy... Because that would also be a heroic deed. But, as always, the choice, the decision is yours to make.
25 Things I Wish I Knew Before Freshman Year at College♥
Risky Behavior Often Leads To Dire Consequences
Yea! You've made it! You're now officially a college freshman and
probably 18 or older. An adult in the eyes of many government laws
and in your own mind.
Few constraints exist when you are in college. You're ofen on your own. But as a famous superhero's guardian once said (paraphrased): With independence comes great responsibility.
Much has been made in the news lately of sexual crimes committed
against (mostly) women. And of drinking and drugs that got out of
control. And of fatal car accidents. Abductions. Dating violence.
And, unfortunately, much more.
Also unfortunately is the slant that these stories often take: That the victim or even the instigator should not be responsible for their part in the devastating situation. People like me are often accused of 'blaming the victim'. - However, there is a difference. We ask the 'victim' to take responsibility for indulging in risky behavior.
Yes! There are risks in everything that we do! Crossing a street.
Eating dinner. SAtudying at the college library.
Yet, not all risks have equal odds for dire consequences.
Think about these examples:
* Crossing the street while texting and not observing traffic. Perhaps the driver coming your way is drunk or texting and therefore not seeing you.
* Leaving the door to your dorm room open with money onyour bed or a tablet/laptop resting on your desk. No one should take it but, what's to stop them?
* Leaving your drink (alcoholic or not) on a table while you make a restroom pitstop. What would stop an a__hole from dropping adrug in the drink?
* Being drunk and going off to a bedroom with someone you just met (same sex or otherwise). Rape is inexcusable. But putting yourself in a dangerous position...
* Professor leaves test answers on her desk. Yes, others might have checked them out. But your act of cheating is on you!
* Your folks gave you a credit/debit card. You see great bargains on clothing or technology. So you burn through your month's food allowance. Your folks do not owe more money for nourishment.
* You decide to go to the library late at night by yourself. You think that you're too old to need a 'babysitter' (having a security guard) take you back and forth to your dorm. And you get mugged or worse.
Hopefully, you get my point. Yes, you are older and
probably wiser than you were in high school. But that does not mean
that you have little if anything to learn about being a successful
Think about this... 'Nuff said!
(Note: This video
expresses a very strong set of opinions. While we tend to agree with
much of what is said here,
we do not agree with everything. Likewise, you need to draw your own conclusions.)
A 'Real Guide' To College Life
Okay! You've arrived,
You're a grown-up, college student. And, boy, do you ever expect to spread your wings. Flying off in many directions, without your parents/guardians there to micro-manage your life. Or, to know if you sort of, kinda, stretch your boundaries beyond anything you have done before.
you think. You have common sense. You won't get into any tricky or
Well, I hope that you are correct! - That said, allow me to share some real warnings about matters your guidance counselor and other adults probably did not mention. Or, if they did, you nodded your head and then blew them off.
Well, I have no vested interest in you personally, so my advice is based on reality, not hypebole. After you digest it a bit, it's up to you to do 'whatever'.
#1 Freshman Weight Gain - Most adults believe that freshmen typically gain 15 pounds during that first year. Between the meal plan which might or might not be decent, late night pizzas, junk food, and booze, weight gain does appear to be common. But many studies put the average weight gain somewhere between 5 and 10 pounds. Whatever the average is, realize that you should pay modest (not obsessive) attention to your weight.
- An all-too frequent problem among high school students, some of
you might find yourself obsessing over your weight for any number of
reasons (stress among them). If you find yourself heading down this
road, male, as well as female, get some help at the guidance center
or community health center in the town. 'Cause you don't want
to be controlled by food. Stopping is very difficult, but not
impossible. But extremely difficult without some professional
#3 Fraternities/Sororities - There are certainly some great ones, from what I can tell. However, hazing can not only be brutal, but deadly. And, that is not an exaggeration. - Hazing is about power and humiliation. It frequently involves sex acts, real or simulated. Alcohol poisoning has truly claimed many lives. The degradation can last a lifetime, psychologically. It seldom is fun for the one going through it.
#4 Pregnancy - Many a promise is made in the heat of passion, horniness, and drunkeness. Most of the promises mean s__t! Likewise, a girl can say that she is on the pill and not be/forgot to take it. Guys can say that they will pull out before ejaculating, but virtually no one has that control, and all you need is for one of those 'little guys' to... An unwanted/unplanned-for pregnancy has ended many a co-eds college plans. Same for the guy who must now get a real job and support this child.
#5 Rape - It is real. Happens much more frequently than you will ever want to believe. - Females often face a difficult time getting either law enforcement or the college administration to believe that the sex was not invited/otherwise, consensual. Guys, you can be automatically believed to be guilty in some locations. Fortunately, there is a Federal movement underway to rectify problems in this area. But the first and most important step involves you not getting into dangerous situations, if you can help it. (And, you cannot always help it... Understood.) Guys, you can also get raped.
#6 Drugs - There are even more drugs available than there were in high school. The problem is that they are as dangerous here, or even more so. A lot of what is out there is not 'pure', meaning it gets mixed with such ingredients as pesticides and other toxic chemicals. Even 'the good stuff' has led to some students getting addicted, dropping out due to poor grades, becoming 'junior dealers' in order to pay for their habit, or trading sex for that next high/fix. - Don't think this is drama or hyperbole. Trust me. I used to work in that field and things have only become more dangerous, in many ways.
#6 Drugs, Continued - Never leave your drink or food alone. There are those who will slip something in it. Perhaps in order to have sex with you, against your will. Perhaps to simply watch how you deal with it. For 'laughs'. The only thing is that the results are seldom funny for the person taking them.
#7 Social media stupidity - Being blunt, your Facebook, SnapChat, Twitter, and other postings will likely be seen by not only the college administration, but by future employers and potential spouses. - Don't believe me? Then do a little bit of Google-ing. See the many instances where that SnapChat sexy photo was saved and forwarded before it was deleted. Check out the guys and gals who lost jobs because even though they kept their Facebook page private, someone else at the party posted photos of you with a bong or having a threesome or vomiting from too much booze. - What is on the Internet pretty much stays there.
#8 Sexting - What a stupid idea! Try to think about how many people students date before settling down for good. (Very rarely is it ever with your college lover.) Those photos will surface, in all likelihood. (Even movie stars such as Jennifer Lawrence is learning this the hard way!) - By the way, depending upon the age of the person in the photos, someone might be charged with 'child pornography'and have to register as a sex offender, for life.
#9 Missing classes - Have some fun while at college, by all means. But remember that you are there for an education that will hopefully lead to a promising career and an income that will support you in the lifestyle that you wish to experience.
#10 The Counseling Center - Almost every college has an on campus counseling center. Please don't worry about a stigma being attached to it. Because you would be amazed by the number of students using it. But, if you can't get past the worry of being 'found out', then virtually every city and college community has a health center where you can go and pay nothing, in many instances. - Remember that it is the s'trong' person does seeks help when they need it.
#10 Don't forget family - Or others whose support over the years, emotionally and financially, have helped you get to where you are, today.
Okay. Enough of this.
Now, go have a great year!
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