Video games (yes video games) can keep you sharp through the holidays

Girl and boy playing video games at homeAs the semester comes to a close students are studying for finals, registering for classes, writing those last minute papers, planning vacations and are ready for a break from the rigorous school routine. School breaks are necessary to re-energize and refocus, but that doesn’t mean that you should completely slack off. Keeping the brain active when school lets out not only makes for a more rewarding break, but also ensures that the transition into the next semester isn’t spent relearning how to learn.

Keeping your brain in working order doesn’t have to be boring or painful, instead it can be fun and rewarding. From gaming to eating to building, there’s an activity that will be sure to make sure you don’t lose any of your hard earned brainpower.

Play video games

Elevate, a brain game app, was named Apple’s App of the Year for 2014. This brain-training tool increases communication and analytical skills and has been downloaded over five million times. Elevate is not the only game of its kind, as there are many similar games available for phones, computers or tablets. But the gaming benefits aren’t reserved to brain-training games.

When you play action video games you improve hand-eye coordination as well as ensuring that your brain processes multiple kinds of information simultaneously. Puzzle, problem solving games and strategy games challenge your mind while also providing an entertaining experience. So you have permission to game away! Continue reading »

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Get the facts about financing an education

Money and graduation capEveryone knows that getting a solid education is the foundation for a successful future, but paying for it can be challenge for some. Rather than being frightened by the prospect of financing an education, learn the ropes so you can move forward with confidence.  The process doesn’t have to be a bewildering one, especially if you understand it, so let’s break down the key factors.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is simply a term that indicates any assistance provided to help a student pay for their college expenses. This aid is provided by federal and state governments, colleges, foundations, corporations and other entities with students in mind. In order to apply for federal, state financial aid and some private scholarships, a student must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA.  Once completed, the options open up for potential monies. Continue reading »

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Register early to make your life easier

RegisterEven though the fall semester is still in full swing, now is the time to plan ahead for the spring as registration started on November 3, 2014. It may be tough to wrap your brain around planning your spring schedule while your head is still in the books, but when you get registration out of the way early, you’ll be better equipped to study for tests, write papers and tackle your finals. Less time spent in lines, less last minute panic and less stress will all lead to more usable study hours, more money in your pocket and more choices when it comes to your scheduling, and really, is there any better way to start a new semester?

More choices. Less scrambling.

Do you need to fulfill a specific prerequisite? Are you only missing a few classes before graduation? Do you have a favorite instructor? When you register early for your classes you’ll have many more choices than your procrastinating classmates. Ensure that you’ll be one of the first to pick that class you need, have it on the day you wish, or at the time that works best for you and with the instructor everyone’s been raving about. Registering early will get you the classes you need at the times you want and with the instructor you desire. Continue reading »

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‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ is a timelessly relevant story

TKAM-blogimage-editOne would think that a novel written in the ‘60s about an event that occurred in the ‘30s may not be significant in 2014, but unfortunately, many themes still ring true regarding race and judgment all these decades later. “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel focuses on uncomfortable, yet very real topics such as racial inequality, rape, justice, innocence and evil. Told in a warm and candid manner, the story in “To Kill A Mockingbird” is a well-known one, and CCA’s Theatre Department has taken on the task of relating it to events occurring today. The fall production starts on November 6, 2014.

Stacey D’Angelo, CCA Theatre Director picked “To Kill A Mockingbird” as her fall production because she wanted to prompt a dialogue regarding race. Though she selected the piece long before the struggles in Ferguson, Mo. began, she now sees how timely and relevant these discussions are. “It’s important,” she states matter of factly about a revisit to the themes expressed in the play, “we won’t be giving any answers, we’ll be posing questions.” Continue reading »

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Starting here and finishing there is easier than ever

Knowledge Transfer on Highway Signpost.Savvy students who like to save money, while still receiving the best education possible know that the associate degree has become one of the more valuable assets that a person can have in their toolbox. Students are opting to first start with a two-year degree and then transfer to a four-year institution to earn their bachelor’s degree. Not only is this one of the most cost effective ways to gain a quality education, but it also allows a student to change their mind about their focus without losing too much time.

Maybe it’s the saved money, or the convenience or even the flexibility of scheduling that has driven people to go to community colleges, but one thing is for sure: the transfer options and assistance are what ensures success after graduation.

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