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Life Skills You Learn From Student Council (Without Even Knowing It)

student_meeting1Government provides the structure and stability necessary for society to function, and serving on the student council helps develop the skills of future generations of leaders. While it is common for students to only see it as an opportunity to help facilitate activities and events, there are many more life skills that can be learned during the term of the experience.

The Power of Persuasion

In today’s highly competitive world, never before has the power of persuasion been more relevant. Serving in the student council opens up a number of opportunities to hone these skills, and it gives you the ability to practice swaying public opinion on a daily basis. Persuasion skills prove to be beneficial later in life, whether you go on to serve further in politics or become a business manager, the ability to convince others to accept your ideas is a skill that can open a variety of windows of unique opportunity. The chance to develop these skills as early as high school gives you an advantage most do not receive.

Great Chance to Hone Public Speaking Skills

In order to serve on the student council, it is necessary to be able to speak in front of a large crowd. From the beginning, you’ll have to campaign and deliver speeches intended to persuade the crowd that you are the best person to represent the student body, and these skills carry over into life after high school.

Time Management

Time management is highly important in the busy world we live in, and the sooner one understands this, the better. As a student council member, not only will you have the duties of your office to be concerned with, but you must also maintain good grades and continue to be an example for your peers. This can give you a great opportunity to hone your time management skills and prepare you for life after high school.

Self-Esteem Building

The power of self-esteem often makes the difference between success and failure. It is hard to get others to believe in you when you don’t believe in yourself. Serving on the student council is a great way to build positive self-esteem as you get the unique chance to convince others you are a good representative and then watch as your ideas and opinions manifest into changes in the school that benefit the entire student body.

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Keep Calm & Study On: 5 Tips On Preparing For The SAT

The SAT is a three hour and forty-five minute exam that tests all the skills you are learning in school like reading, writing, and math. Taking the SAT exam is one of the most essential steps in the college application process that leads to eventually attending the college of your choice. It can also be one of the most intimidating initiatives. But since it’s necessary, here are five tips on how to prepare:

1. Practice Tests, Practice Tests, Practice Tests

They say practice makes perfect, right? Whether or not you’re enrolled in a SAT prep course, nothing will prepare you for the SAT as much as actually taking the SAT! So carve out some time once a week (or at least once every two weeks) to take a practice exam. Although sitting and taking a test for nearly four hours isn’t anyone’s idea of fun, it is a great idea to prepare your mind and body to be able to sit and focus for that long.

Head to the SAT College Board online for free practice tests.

2. Write Essays

The SAT exam allows you twenty-five minutes to write an essay on an assigned topic. Although it seems unlikely - it is possible to plan, construct, and proofread an essay in this short amount of time. The essay will always be the first section of the SAT exam and the prompt will touch on issues like justice, the value of knowledge, or learning from past mistakes. Practicing your essay before your exam will ensure that on the actual test day you are comfortable with this quick style of writing.

Practice with these potential essay prompts on College Board.

3. Study Up On Your Vocabulary

One word: FLASHCARDS! Brushing up on your vocabulary will be essential to succeeding on the SAT exam. No, that doesn’t mean you need to start reading the dictionary in your free time. Check out this list that Quizlet made of College Board’s most commonly used vocabulary words to sharpen up. Becoming familiar with these words will aid you during the sentence completion and reading comprehension sections.

4. Guess Or Skip?

While you’re taking the exam you will likely run into some questions that you may find confusing and others that you plainly won’t understand at all. Instead of wasting time trying to figure it out or stressing about it – just skip it. All of the questions in the SAT exam are worth the same amount of points so spend more time answering the questions you’re absolute about. One big key to SAT success is time management!

5. Difficulty Levels – Learn The Test Structure

One of the main factors in doing well on the SAT exam is understanding the fashion in which its structured. The questions on the SAT are arranged by difficulty. Basically, the questions at the beginning of the sections are easier than the ones at the end. Therefore, spending an equal amount of time on each question doesn’t really make very much sense. By answering the questions at the beginning of each section quickly, you will allow yourself more time for the difficult questions at the end.

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Social Media Profiles: Spruce Them Up!

Social Media

As a member of the Millenial Generation, those born between the 1980s and early 2000s, we know we like to share. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, WordPress, and Foursquare. Did we miss any? We actively share our thoughts, opinions, photos, videos, location, and just about everything else in between with our social media friends and various networks daily. Some of our notions are simple and humorous while others can be placed in the “oversharing” or “TMI (too much info)” category.

These days, colleges and universities, recruiters, and hiring managers openly admit to scouring through our social media profiles as a part of their background check to get a better understanding of who we really are, both online and in the real world. So before you apply to a college, for an internship, or your dream job take a peek through your social media profiles and ask yourself, “Is this professional enough?”

Here are a few ways you can clean up your social media profiles:

Facebook

Facebook has a wide range of privacy settings, so make sure you put them all to good use. But no matter what, your name and profile photo and cover photo are still visible to everyone who searches your name. So begin with changing your profile photo to a more professional snapshot, a family photo, or a classy group pic. Take a glance at your cover photo and past cover photos to make for certain that there is nothing offensive on display but something that showcases your interests. Lastly, take a gander through your timeline and “hide” or delete past stories, events, statuses, or photos that you think your professional network may find offensive.

Twitter

Start with your Twitter name, then the avatar, and then the bio. Even if your Twitter profile is set to “locked tweets” – any user can see your username, photo, and read your 140-character biography.

The same rules apply to Twitter - your username should be something simple and nothing offensive, your profile photo should be a modest headshot, and your biography should simply state your name, location, and maybe a fun tidbit about yourself or interests.

Scroll through your timeline a few times and delete tweets that you wouldn’t want your professional network to read.

Last but certainly not least, think before you tweet.

LinkedIn

Think of LinkedIn as your online resume. Whatever you want your future college, employer, or colleagues to know about – your volunteer work, your internships, your work experience and education – you are able to include on your profile. Keep the professional trend going throughout and you should be all set!

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Check out this helpful infographic via Visual.ly by CareerBuilder:

What are Employers Discovering about Candidates through Social Media?
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