Friday, November 25, 2016

How to plan for a grant or scholarship to fund your education

Getting into college is very important to young students and anyone that reaches that level of education needs to figure out how their education will be paid for.  Although the options are multiple, most of them imply a loan that has to be paid back. In order to fund their education online at the chosen university, students search for scholarships to achieve this.
Degrees and online certifications
Since there are so many degree programs available online, students have a lot of possibilities to choose from. Skills acquired through remote online education serve as leverage for getting a promotion or open  up a whole range of superior career options. If one follows the right steps, identifying suitable scholarships should be fairly easy:
  • Identify which  online universities best match your interests and decide at least upon one to pursue.
  • Study exactly what  online degree programs are offered by the university.
  • Make sure that the university of choice has scholarship programs in their offering
  • Make an assessment regarding the requirements of any online degree that  you are taking into consideration
The secret of achieving the desired success, is to find a scholarship that pays for your education  and in the meantime also offers opportunities for growth. A lot of schools have programs that n financially support students, and in order to minimize education costs, one has to find as many such offers as possible. After doing the necessary research, applying for the majority of sources for financial help, is relatively straight forward. When sending the submission application files, be sure to check that all the requested documents are enclosed in the packages, according to each institution's requirements.
Reaching the goal of academic achievement
Be aware that although free money is still the best way to pay for your college education, it comes with a cost. You will sign a contract in which you agree and take it upon yourself, when utilizing granted academic awards to help pay for education, to maintain acceptable grade point averages. Failing to meet these conditions could place the grant in danger of being annulled and the student or even his/her parents would have to assume part of the responsibility.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

What are the effects of sleeping with an alarm clock ringing next to your head?

I noticed that some people set their alarm clock very early like 3:00-4:00 a.m. The intention is to get up early but what happens is that they consistently sleep through all alarms set and wake up around 6:00 a.m. They think that if they set it earlier, they will gradually wake up, because if they don't set the alarm, they would wake up at 8:00 a.m.

The logic behind this strategy seems to be better applied for activities during theday,  day, when one is awake, but I am wondering about other effects this type of exposure to repetitive sound while sleeping might have, similar to the snooze effect that is already demonstrated as being stressful to the mind and body.

When waking up in the morning and noticing that they slept through their set alarms, people get stressed and the next time they go to sleep they think that maybe placing the alarm clock, which today is mostly replaced by a smartphone, closer to their heads, even under the pillow, so that it's closer the the ear and maybe they will hear it better. This of course has no real effect on them actually reacting to the sound of the alarm and really waking up.

The body is most probably in some stage of deep sleep and the brain has the auditory system paralyzed to some degree or maybe involved in other functions of dreaming, because obviously hearing does not have much effect, in the sense that it does not complete its function of sending the audio signals to the brain or maybe the brain receives the signal but does not always react to the sound of the alarm. The question could be at this point if the brain perceives the sound. I am pretty sure that the cells in the ear, responsible for sound processing react. I remember seeing a documentary on how they work and they are passive and just react to different frequencies of sound and there are a whole range of such cells, called cills, that depending on their size react to different frequencies. So the sound gets sent to the brain and is transformed into electrical signal because sound is not something really voluntary. And you notice this sometimes when you dream and sounds in the surroundings, like TV, alarms and even peoples voices get slightly integrated into the dream.

I think the body has a way of dealing with sounds disturbing sleep and learns to ignore them in order to rest regardless of the intentions set by you using your mind. It is very important also what type of motivation lies behind needing to wake up. It could be, as it so often is, that you must wake up to go to work or school, which is in large an external set motivation which one internalizes to various degrees and becomes responsible in regards to it, and trains himself to respect hours when waking up.
It could also be that you want to wake up to do something for yourself or you are on a vacation and are more eager to explore new things and can barley sleep and are excited and wake up even before the alarm rings.

The scenario discussed here however is a repetitive one from Monday to Friday between 10:00-11:00 (falling asleep interval) p.m.  and 3:00-8:00 a.m. (alarm ringing interval) the next day. The classic modern workweek sleep schedule of city people.