Stepping into a college classroom can be mentally challenging at a later age. You never know what to expect and times have changed. However, you have the ability to overcome any college obstacle. You simply need to remember the following advice for when you step back onto campus. Have Confidence in Yourself Anyone can go to college at any age. And despite what you may think, no one is judging you for your age in a classroom. You are all there to learn and grow as adults, so be confident in yourself. You deserve to better yourself. Strive to make friends with others in your classroom. Have somewhere to sit at lunchtime. And never, ever think someone is better than you are because they seem to know all the answers. You can do it. You simply have to believe in yourself and put in the hard wo...
A December 2016 THE article highlighted the rise in both the US and Canada of indigenous language coursework. That same month, CBC News ran a story on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s prioritization of indigenous languages through the imminent proposal of the Canadian Indigenous Languages Act, while The Globe and Mail reported on Trudeau’s pledge to work toward reconciliation with the indigenous First Nations, Inuit and Métis groups through annual meetings with their leaders. Given the media buzz over indigenous studies combined with the initiatives fueling this buzz, the question follows: Why is this field so important, and are studies in this area right for you? Read on for five reasons to consider a degree in indigenous studies. 1. Indigenous studies offer a more compr
If the 21st century had a signature buzzword, “smart” might be it. From smartphones to smart homes, everything is getting smarter and, in doing so, opening up a near-endless range of new possibilities. One of the most intriguing developments in the shift to all things smart? Smart cities. Here’s a closer look at the state of smart cities, along with why engineers are positioned to lead the smart city movement. The 411 on Smart Cities The global market for smart cities is projected to skyrocket to US$1.2 trillion by the year 2020, according to a report from Global Industry Analysts, Inc. The potential benefits of smart cities are many, including higher quality of life, more equitable opportunities for all; unparalleled social, environmental and economic growth; increased participation f
In the dynamic evolution of working and choosing a career, there’s one constant: learning new skills that support emerging markets is critical to your success. You can bet that all of them will involve—and inspire—new technologies and new uses of existing technologies to support healthy, safe spaces all over the world for humans to coexist with each other and the natural world, peacefully and with curiosity. 1. Biostatistics A master’s in biostatistics will earn you a median salary of about $113,400, according to Fortune, with at least a 20 percent projected job growth by 2022. If those statistics aren’t enough to motivate you, how about this: biostatisticians help save the world. Your ability to make lasting, positive changes in public health, clinical medicine, genomics, health ec
You’ve spent your entire life immersed in the digital world. So you’re pretty much already an expert, right? Not so fast. As it turns out, there’s plenty more to learn in today’s fast-moving digital space -- particularly if you’re interested in becoming a change agent in your chosen field. Read on for a roundup of three reasons to pursue a master’s degree with a focus on the digital, along with one program that gets it right when it comes to helping students acquire the skills they need -- not just to survive, but to truly thrive in the ever-changing digital landscape. 1. Digital skills open diverse doors. Do a quick internet search of the words “digital skills,” and you’ll turn up countless articles on “essential,” “must-have” and “top” digital skills employers are looking for today.
The world’s first public schools date all the way back to ancient times. And while trends, philosophies, policies and institutions have come and gone since then, a surprising amount stayed the same through the millennia. However, technological advancements -- and digital technology, in particular -- have ushered in an entirely new era for educational delivery. For the entrepreneurially-minded, meanwhile, this ongoing shift represents a wide-open field of opportunities. Just how important is education technology (AKA “edtech”) and what does it mean for everyone from investors to students? Here’s a closer look. EdTech 101 EdTechReview defines edtech as “a study and ethical practice for facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using and managing appropriate technologic