July 2011

  • Medical Terminology Made Simple: Coccyx

    Barry Lenson

    Medical Terminology Made Simple: Coccyx As a service to people who are thinking of entering the medical and medical support professions, StraighterLine is continuing the series of short posts on medical terminology. Each post will define one medical term. Today’s medical term is actually an anatomical one  . . . Coccyx The word coccyx sounds kind of evil, but it isn’t. I have a coccyx, you have a coccyx, and so does just about everybody else. Even the man in the illustration that accompanies today's post has one, but it's on his other side. A coccyx (a word that sort of rhymes with “jock itch”) is an anatomical structure that is commonly referred to as a “tail bone.” It’s a little downward extension of your spinal c ...

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  • How Online College Students Can Compete with Other Students in Job Interviews

    Barry Lenson

    How Online College Students Can Compete with Other Students in Job Interviews Three tips for competing on an equal footing with applicants who attended traditional “brick and mortar” colleges If a student walked into a job interview back in 2000 and said, “I went to college online,” the interviewer would probably have tossed his or her job application as soon as the interview was over.  Things are different today – and better. Now that distance learning has entered the mainstream of American higher education, employers have come to respect it more. However as you begin to look for jobs after earning a degree online, there are still some strategies you should know that can put you on a more equal footing wi ...

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  • Politically Correct Reasons for Turning in Your Assignments Late

    Barry Lenson

    Politically Correct Reasons for Turning in Your Assignments Late College students know tons of traditional reasons for turning in assignments late – some that instructors will swallow whole, others not. But remember, the language that you use to explain a late assignment will determine whether your professor smiles or scowls.  Here are some politically correct phrases to memorize before college starts in September. They could make all the difference in whether you are a college star or flop-eroo . . .   Don’t’ say, “I procrastinated.” Say instead, “At the last minute, I discovered a whole new body of promising literature on the topic, and I need another few days to incorporate it into my thesis ...

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  • Pioneering Students Come in Many Shapes and Sizes

    Barry Lenson

    Pioneering Students Come in Many Shapes and Sizes When you look back over the history of college education in America, certain students stand out as pioneers who advanced the cause of education.  We’re not saying that all of the people we list below should carry equal credit as change leaders, because some of them took actions that stand out for extraordinary bravery. Yet they are all pioneers, because other people followed in their steps.  Let’s take a closer look . . .  Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes broke the color barrier at the University of Georgia 50 years ago.  They walked onto campus, registered for classes and as one observer noted, “Took on the whole state of Georgia.” Since then, ...

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  • Worst Advice Freshmen Get: Wisdom from the College Candy Blog

    Barry Lenson

    Worst Advice Freshmen Get: Wisdom from the College Candy Blog The College Candy Blog is fun, often off-color, and chock full of irreverent advice for college students. We like it. Plus, we really liked a recent post, “The Worst Advice Incoming Freshman Receive,” because it offers sound counsel for students who will be starting college in September. Here’s a summary of what the post has to say . . . Bad piece of advice #1: Get a land line for your dorm room. Sure, your dorm room will have a phone jack on the wall, but that doesn’t mean you should pay the college to get a land line. In this age of cell phones and Skype, why bother? Bad piece of advice #2: On college night, sign up for all the extracurricular activities that ...

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