Knowledge is Power

As a teacher I am always pushing education.  Most of you know I spent many years scrubbing other people’s houses and peeling potatoes in a kitchen before I decided to get a degree.  Going to college radically changed my life for the better — not just because I gained the credentials that landed me a higher paying job, but because of the knowledge I gained along the way which enriched my experiences and helped me make better life choices.

If you are looking for a college for yourself or your child and want a world class education without having to pay for the moon to get it, check out the University of Redlands in Redlands, California.   The University of Redlands is ranked in the top 5% of America’s Best Colleges by Forbes and in the top 15% of America’s 4 year collages by the Princeton ReviewU.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Redlands as an A+ School and as a Best Value School.  Your educational dollar goes further at the University of Redlands, and a degree from the University of Redlands comes with a reputation of excellence in education that is over 100 years old.

Redlands college provides accelerated programs.  I could obtain my Master’s Degree in as little as 10 months.  Not only that, I can personalize my classes to achieve the education I want rather than the “one-size-fits-all” curriculum requirements of most colleges.  Of course, since the the University of Redlands is an accredited college, there are basic requirements which must be met.

The University of Redlands recognizes that not all students are fresh out of college and supported by their parents.  They have designed their degree programs around the schedules and needs of busy professionals.  The University of Redlands accelerated business degrees — Master of Arts in Management; Master of Business Administration (MBA); Bachelor of Science in Business; Bachelor of Arts in Management — were designed for adults already working in the professional world. The classes are even held in 8 convenient locations throughout Southern California.

And, direct from the University of Redlands website:

Undergraduate majors and programs of study include:

  • Accounting
  • Art History
  • Art Studio
  • Asian Studies
  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Communicative Disorders
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmenta Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • French
  • German
  • Global Business
  • Government
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Johnston Center of Integrative Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Liberal Studies
  • Managerial Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education & Athletics
  • Physics
  • Prelaw
  • Premed
  • Psychology
  • Race & Ethnic Studies
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology & Anthropology
  • Spanish
  • Speech
  • Theatre
  • Women’s and Gender Studies
  • What are you waiting for? Knowledge is power. Education is the key to future success. Summer and Fall classes are enrolling now!

    Accutane Lawsuit ~ Public Service Message

    Newsome Law Firm wishes to make you aware of the Accutane Lawsuit. Accutane is an acne treatment created by Hoffman La Roche, a United States drug manufacturer. Check to see if you or anyone in your family has taken:

    • Accutane
    • Amnesteem
    • Claravis
    • Decutan
    • Istane
    • Sotret
    • Ratane
    • Raccutane
    • Isotretinoin (generic)

    Accutane Inflammatory Bowel Disease

    Accutane has been linked to several inflammatory bowel diseases including Chron’s Disease and Accutane Ulcerative Colitis. It has also been linked to a host of other horrid side-effects:

    • weak skin
    • Alopecia
    • depression
    • suicidal tendencies
    • birth defects
    • miscarriages
    • back pain
    • joint pain
    • dry mucus membranes
    • pink eye,
    • dryness of the eye
    • vision problems
    • ringing in the ear
    • psychosis
    • liver damage
    • anaphylaxis
    • erectile dysfunction
    • aggressive behavior
    • bone loss
    • heart attack
    • stroke
    • seizures
    • lowered white blood cell count
    • inflammatory bowel disease
    • allergic vasculitis

    I don’t know about you, but I am thinking that acne is a whole lot less horrific than that list of gloom and doom. If you or anyone you love is taking accutane (by any of its names) I’d suggest you stop now. And, if your doctor hasn’t informed you of those side-effects listed above or they did not come with a prominent black box warning label, you may be due compensation if you or a loved one has suffered any of these side-effects or complications.

    Going Too Far

    Okay, I am all for work place drug tests — especially if the workplace revolves around machinery or other such things that require one’s full mental faculties for optimum safety, but I just learned about drug tests for teens which can be administered at home by the parents.  That is just wrong.

    Yes, teens make bad choices and drug use is something to watch for and be concerned about, but the instant a parent purchases Drug Testing Kits with the intention of using them on their own kids, all trust is gone. The parents obviously don’t trust the child, so the child will never again trust the parent.

    Further, most kids, if they’re being tarred and feathered for it anyway, will start taking drugs even if they never have before. As a teen I was accused of smoking so many times when I was innocent, that I finally decided I might as well smoke since no one believed me any way.

    *And even if a kid has already been caught using drugs and the parents want to know that s/he is staying clean, I see no reason for them to be the one to administer the drug test.  That is like telling the kid you expect him or her to fail.  Let the doctor do it as part of the on-going post care.  Sure it might cost more then administering the test oneself, but how much is peace in the family worth?

    Update:  I stand corrected.  According to the comments I received there are parents who have done this successfully and remained close to their children.  Given my life experiences, I don’t understand how they managed this, but I am willing to retract my words and tell parents it can work and has.  I think one would have to be careful in approaching the child with an attitude of help rather than blame.

    A Clean Slate

    When I was in college I met a man who, for the purposes of my story, we will call Dan.  Dan was a single father raising two daughters.  He was intelligent, articulate and eager to improve his life. The only trouble was, Dan had made a mistake when he was a kid, and that mistake — made well before he graduated from college — pretty much rendered his degree worthless.

    When Dan was sixteen he and a couple of his friends stole a rig and went joy riding.  Nobody got hurt.  The truck wasn’t damaged.  The contents were still in it and hadn’t been tampered with when it and the boys were apprehended, but the boys were all punished to the full extent of the law.  The boys stole the rig in Idaho, but were arrested just over the Washington State line — which was only about 15 miles from where they started — adding interstate transport to the grand theft charges.  Grand theft, because the rig they stole was a fully-loaded bakery truck.

    Dan was 16, but he was prosecuted as an adult.  That means when he turned 18, his records weren’t sealed or eligible for expungement.  Convictions for grand theft auto and interstate transportation of stolen property were still on Dan’s record ten years later when he when he took his Master’s of Business Administration Degree out into the market place. He got plenty of interviews, but he couldn’t pass the background checks.  The last time I saw Dan, he was washing dishes at the hospital.

    He made a mistake.  He deserved to be punished, but did he deserve to lose his future?  He had never been in trouble with the law previous to the joy ride.  He’d never been in trouble with the law after the joy ride, but none of that mattered in light of his conviction. It is too bad RecordGone.Com didn’t exist back then. Dan could have used a law firm like Higbee and Associates to help him clean up his record and secure a career with a future.

    If you know someone like Dan who deserves a little grace and a fair shot at a decent life, but has a legal record holding them back, point them in the direction of RecordGone.Com. The top rated attorneys at Highbee and Associates are the most trusted law firm in expungement and record sealing in eleven states. They will review your case, keep all the information you give them confidential, and offer competitive rates with easy payment options.

    Even people with less serious infractions are failing background checks in this competitive job market. Check the RecordGone.Com website and read the ABC News article detailing story after story of people with lesser crimes than Dan being turned away from career track jobs. Is there something in your background holding you back?

    Hope For the Future

    This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Cryo-Cell International. All opinions are 100% mine.

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    Typically when a child is born the umbilical cord and placenta are discarded, but they are rich in stem cells and Cryo-Cell has developed a way to preserve and bank these cells for future use.  Consider these successes: umbilical cord blood has served as a viable substitute to bone marrow in thousands of successful transplants.  If a child whose umbilical cord blood has been banked has to undergo radiation treatments or chemotherapy, s/he will have access to her/his own healthy, preserved, stem-cell-rich blood to aid in recovery and boost her/his immune system.

    These are just a couple of Cryo-Cell’s current successes.  Their research continues as they seek new and safer ways to enrich and preserve all life.  Cryo-Cell is so dedicated to saving lives, that throughout the month of February they donated $25.00 from each U-Cord® blood bank enrollment to the “Save the Children: Haiti Relief Fund.”

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