The Importance of a College Degree and the Rising Costs of Getting One

Posted by mandy on February 25, 2013
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College education has been increasingly important in today’s economy. A college degree gives more opportunities to an individual for personal growth and career development. Normally, a college graduate would have a higher chance of promotion than a high school graduate. Unlike in the past, many high school graduates today find it hard to land a high-paying job. Industrial jobs are now driven by technology that requires higher or specialized education.

college graduatesA recent survey shows that 2 out of 3 Americans believe that obtaining a higher education is vital to getting a good, well-paying job while 7 out of 10 Americans say it is important for financial security. However, a lot of Americans cite the high cost of education in the United States as the main hindrance in getting a college education.… Read the rest

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Architectures of the Americas

Posted by mandy on January 19, 2012
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Any careful, or even careless, glance through the streets of any heavy urban area in the major cities of the U.S. can reveal a wide range of architectural styles.  Although most cities won’t begin to compare to the history and varied traditions in old cities in Europe, there are some changes to the architectural landscape that are arising from time and perseverance.  The styles of the cultures that inhabit the spaces are becoming more ingrained with the new designs, as are innovations that quote older traditions and styles.

 

Traveling through the cities of the Americas, one will surely notice that the trend is not a new one, and that there are places where many cultures meet, and have been meeting for a long time. … Read the rest

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Design in the Every Day

Posted by mandy on December 20, 2011
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When the day comes to a close, architecture is still essentially about buildings.  Their form and function work together, under ideal conditions, in order to create an experience for the people who inhabit them.  Some are designed for maximum comfort, some for a purely utilitarian affect, and some for aesthetic appeal.  It is very rare when theses facets all come together.  In a way, that’s terribly fortunate, because it helps us to learn to pay closer attention.  It’s easier to see problems when something isn’t working than when it’s absolutely successful and flawless.  It also helps to point out that the aesthetic elements are usually the last consideration.

 

Until recently, perhaps. … Read the rest

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Architectural Features & Apartment Hunting

Posted by mandy on December 15, 2011
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An appreciation of architecture is not the sole province of home owners. While it is expected that people seeking to buy a home will have a list of their favorite architectural features that are must haves before they will sign a mortgage, there are also many apartment renters who seek to surround themselves with specific architectural features. This is why real estate moguls like Daniel Drimmer make sure that their companies offer a range of apartment and condo rentals — cheaper, modern construction as well as more luxurious and historic properties.

A common request in contemporary apartment hunting is hardwood floors and high ceilings. These architectural features are usually equated with higher end apartments that are for sale, rather than rent.… Read the rest

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Beautiful Architecture on College Campuses

Posted by mandy on November 27, 2011
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As recent high school graduates make their tours through college campuses, there are some standard elements that tend to draw their interests. While the soon to be co-eds are concerned about living quarters and local hangouts, their parents are interested in the beautiful and unique architecture found on campuses throughout the country. Some of the schools back east are well known for their amazing historic buildings, though most campuses have their own history and historic significance. As parents pack up the car and find great deals on tires an more with www.performanceplustire.com , the young graduates are loading their ipods, texting friends and dreaming about the future. And while it’s the parents who are first appreciating the beauty and significance of campus architecture, it will soon find its way into the hearts and nostalgic memories of the future students.… Read the rest

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Necessity Becomes Design: Tudor Shutters

Posted by mandy on September 19, 2011
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Any student of architecture, or any closet enthusiast of the history of building design, understands that the connections between form and function are very tight. This becomes particularly fascinating when looking at contemporary architecture, and discovering that it’s often the most decorative elements that have their origins in structural necessity. The little touches that educated designers make can turn a room from a useful space into a necessary space. It’s often these little touches that have the most elemental structural purposes in other times. Part of the unique appeal, then, to things like cornices, has to do with their role in house construction in the past.

In modern homes, the addition of wood shutters to any room can add a profoundly graceful and elegant touch to its interior and exterior.… Read the rest

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Plan a Trip to Banff

Posted by mandy on June 02, 2011
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If you want to see true wilderness in a mostly undisturbed setting, then you should consider heading up to Canada and exploring the region around Banff in Alberta. In addition to unique shopping, historic sites, and fine dining, the region is home to multiple national parks that encompass lakes, mountains, glaciers and hundreds of species of wildlife.

There is nothing like wandering through a national park and happening across bighorn sheep, deer, and elk. In more secluded areas you might catch a glimpse of a coyote, wolf, or bear in the distance. There are also numerous species of birds and reptiles as well as ground squirrels and marmots to spot. You can choose from various trails and scenic drives that will showcase the wildlife and stunning scenery of the area.… Read the rest

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DUI Cases Require Experienced Attorneys

Posted by mandy on May 27, 2011
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The public service announcements make it sound cut and dried: anyone arrested of drunk driving will receive strict sentences and be taken off the streets so they can’t cause more accidents. This is a bit simplistic. DUI law, like any part of the legal system, is much more complex. This is why an experienced Knoxville DUI Attorney can mean the difference between jail time and a lesser sentence — or even keep a client from being convicted at all.

Each state has its own DUI laws that take into consideration all sorts of mitigating factors. The type of blood alcohol tests that can be administered, how soon they can be taken, and the behavior of the arresting officer can all play a part in determining guilt.… Read the rest

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Specialization is Key in Most Fields

Posted by mandy on May 16, 2011
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Career advancement is an important consideration in the lives of most adults. Even people who feel that they are stuck in dead end jobs that only serve to bring home a paycheck have dreams of someday moving up or moving on to a better and more challenging career opportunity. Individuals with clear career goals , such as those with five- and ten-year plans or with ambitions of rising to the very top of a given profession, will quickly recognize that they will need to specialize if they want to succeed.

There are two ways in which to achieve this specialization. Many people will walk into a company or career with a general degree and educational background that may or may not be obviously relevant.… Read the rest

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Las Vegas: Getting Away to Golf

Posted by mandy on May 02, 2011
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It’s sometimes a kind of a test of one’s inner serenity to engage in activities that challenge that pool of calm that is hard to attain. In a very busy world, it’s sometimes necessary to make certain changes, such as downsizing a life in some way, or simply changing habits. Interestingly, these habits are always in flux, and adding more flux is one way to make strides toward reaching another level of tranquility.

Anything can become a kind of meditation, as long as there is repetitive action, and space for contemplation. People have found ways of reaching inner peace at the workplace, in exercise, and in leisure activities like golf.… Read the rest

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