How Do We Get More Students Interested in Math, Science & Tech Careers?

In the next seven years, more than a million jobs will open up that require specialized technology skills, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But there won’t be enough qualified college graduates to fill them.

Are we doing enough to get kids interested in math and science?

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Living & Working Abroad

Teaching abroad offers you the opportunity to experience a new culture gain valuable work experience. You get to see the world and make money at the same time. Teaching abroad allows you to become a global citizen.  You will be faced with the challenges of living and working in a foreign country, but you will come out of it a more independent and adaptable person.

Elaine, or Afromorena as she is known on her blog,  became enamored with international travel while in middle school where she took her first Spanish course. Given her humble background, she never thought it was possible to go abroad. Ten years later, after feeling the effects of the recent recession, she decided to throw caution to the wind and pursue a position she discovered as an undergrad. Afromorena became a bilingual teacher assistant in Spain and was able to live in the heart of Madrid for several months.

Now that she is planning a long term move to South Korea, she hopes to take her knowledge from her Spain adventures and apply it to her future move.

Read about her top 10 tips to successfully living and working abroad!!

Council on Contemporary Families: Myths About College-Educated Women and Marriage

The marriage prospects of educated women have been hotly debated in the media in recent weeks. Are highly educated women more likely to wind up single than their less-educated counterparts? Would they do better to settle for a “good enough” man before they miss their chance altogether? Or are educated women now MORE likely to marry then their less-educated counterparts? But if so, do higher expectations make them more discontented with marriage?

In a briefing paper prepared for the Council on Contemporary Families, economists Betsey Stevenson and Adam Isen crunch the data from 1950 to 2008 and come up with some surprising findings. Yes, college-educated white women (unlike college-educated black women) are less likely to marry than their less-educated counterparts. But when they do marry, they are less likely to divorce, so that by age 40, they are MORE likely to be married than other women, many of whom have already divorced.

In addition, college-educated women who are unmarried at age 40 are twice as likely to marry in the next 10 years as unmarried 40-year-olds with just a high school degree. Educated women are also more likely to report themselves happy in their marriages than less-educated women.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE REPORT

  • Contrary to Conventional Wisdom, African-American women do not face a “marriage penalty” when they acquire higher education. In fact, black women who have graduated from college or completed some college are more likely to marry than less-educated groups of black women.
  • For white women, the situation is more complicated. White women who complete college remain slightly less likely to marry than most other white women, although they are now more likely to marry than women who never finished high school. At age 40, the time after which sociologists have traditionally considered a never-married woman a lifelong single, 86 percent of college-educated white women have married, compared to 90 percent of women with some college, 88 percent of high school graduates, and 81 percent of high school dropouts.

Adiree: Adiree Consulting: Why You Should Never Really Leave School

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So you’ve finally graduated. You have your degree in whatever field you have chosen and you are ready to start your own business! It’s an exciting time for anyone, and a busy one at that, but some people thnk you should still be going back to school. WHAT?! You have your degree, you’re…
How To Study Abroad: Business Majors

One of the biggest challenges students face when making the decision to study abroad is the threat of graduating late as a result of their time abroad. This problem is easily fixed by choosing a study abroad program that is contingent to your major. Business majors have a strenuous workload that focuses on policy, marketing, communication, and management skills. While it may not seem like it at first, studying abroad is actually the perfect way to develop these important skills, and will ultimately allow you to excel in the business world.

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Meet the Young Black Globe-Trotters

A new generation of black college graduates are branching out into the world of international living. Here are a few of their stories.

My Numerous Musings: My advice for future London study abroad-ers

mynumerousmusings:

  1. Start saving money ASAP. London is expensive, and if you want to travel that’ll cost a pretty penny even if you book cheap airfare and a hostel.
  2. Figure out why you want to go to London. Besides studying abroad blah blah blah, are you going to London to party? Fine. Are you going to London to…

TRAVEL RESOURCES

Salut! Ça va??! :)

Here are some general sites to get you started that pretty much cover everything travel-related:

Transitions Abroad
Matador Network
Matador Travel
Lonely Planet (Check out their forums!)
Expat Women

Oh and I can’t forget about zeh travel podcasts! I love listening to these podcasts and all of them can be found on iTunes:

Rick Steves (Check out his YouTube channel!)
Katia and Kyliemac (I think they are pretty funny)
Amateur Traveler
Indie Travel Podcast

These are great FREE resources to take advantage of!

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Study Abroad & Travel :)

I am in the planning process for my study abroad next spring. I have literally read every study abroad website and blog that is out there in order for me to make the right decision on where and when I wanted to go to….EUROPE :)

Because of the nature of my classes, I can can’t just go to any school because I need to complete both my French and technical courses in order to graduate on time. I’ve only been able to narrow it down to either the UK or France.

In the meantime I have religiously followed the following bw’s travel blogs and I wanted to share them with you. These women are fantastic and seem very willing to answer any questions that curious people like myself have. And they aren’t all youngin’s like moi.

Here are my top 5:

oneika-the-traveller

mysocalledlifeinfrance

americanblackchickinlondon

blackandabroad

Black Women in Europe (This site focuses more on the present accomplishments and successes on black women, but it is a great resource to get an insight into the lives of black women from Europe.

I will definately be doing more posts about travel/studying abroad in the future, so look out for those. if you have any questions in the meantime, leave me a message in my ask box :)

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Students Who Study Abroad Improve Performance

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In 2000, researchers began an ambitious effort to document the academic outcomes of study abroad across the 35-institution University System of Georgia. Ten years later, they’ve found that students who study abroad have improved academic performance upon returning to their home campus, higher graduation rates, and improved knowledge of cultural practices and context compared to students in control groups. They’ve also found that studying abroad helps, rather than hinders, academic performance of at-risk students.

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