viernes, 7 de abril de 2017

Pay it Forward

As life dragged on after her best friend Lynda Drabek's funeral, Charlene Moser took a novel approach to keeping the pain at bay: She carried out small acts of kindness. The good deeds she chose—paying for the drive-thru customer behind her, for instance—were things Lynda, a lifelong altruist, had done. "She would go through her address book, pick someone at random and write a card to them—no occasion, just because," Moser recalls.
At first, being the Good Samaritan wasn't easy. Both recipients and intermediaries—the drive-thru cashiers, for instance—were suspicious of her motives. Still, any resistance paled compared to the satisfaction Moser felt when someone smiled or thanked her for her efforts.
Literature, religions and fairy tales all trumpet the message that kindness will change our lives for the better—think of a transformed Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. But is this message just a sugar-coated platitude, or can altruism really create lasting satisfaction?
Last year, Stanford University psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky decided to put the kindness-fulfillment connection to the test. She asked students to carry out five weekly "random acts of kindness" of their choice, anything from buying a Big Mac for a homeless person to helping a younger sibling with schoolwork.
Her results indicate the Scrooge effect is no myth. The students reported higher levels of happiness than a control group, with students who performed all five kind acts in one day reaping the biggest rewards by the end of the six-week study period. Previous studies have found that altruistic people tend to be happy, but Lyubomirsky's was the first to establish that good deeds are actually the direct cause of an increase in well-being.
Why is being generous such a mood-booster? While hard-and-fast answers are elusive, the main reason is that it gives people a strong sense they're doing something that matters. "There are a lot of positive social consequences to being kind—other people appreciate you, they're grateful and they might reciprocate," Lyubomirsky says. All of these responses, she adds, are likely to make your happiness cup run over. In another study, she found that people who felt most strongly that others appreciated their efforts reported the biggest boost.
New Jersey rabbi Shmuel Greenbaum can testify to the ways kind acts reshape the self-image. After his wife, Shoshana, was killed by a suicide bomber in Israel in 2001, Greenbaum decided to respond by carrying out small acts of kindness each day—and gradually felt his anger and apathy dissolve, replaced by a strong sense of purpose. "Being kind helps you feel in control," Greenbaum says. "By doing a good deed, you're saying, 'Here's something I can do to change the world.' "
Of course, real-world kindness bears little resemblance to sunshine-and-lollipops cliches. For starters, not all good deeds promise equal returns. Passing out smiley-face stickers or leaving lucky pennies on the sidewalk may not yield fulfillment, according to Jonathan Haidt, a University of Virginia psychologist and author of The Happiness Hypothesis. Instead, he recommends choosing deeds that strengthen existing social ties, such as driving to visit your grandmother. "If you do a random act of kindness for a stranger and it's a one-shot deal, there's much less likelihood that you're going to see any benefit," he says. "It's not the altruism per se that's important. It's really all about building relationships."
Lyubomirsky's work reveals another potential kindness pitfall: Like almost any other activity, being nice gets boring after a while. In a companion study, she found that participants who varied their acts of kindness—volunteering at a library one day and hosting a surprise party for a friend the next, for instance—reported bigger increases in mood than those who repeated the same act over and over. "You need variety or else it gets monotonous," she says. "It becomes a chore, like doing the same run every day." To experience kindness as a natural high rather than drudgery, she suggests brainstorming creative, unexpected good deeds, like surprising your nephew with a new Super Soaker or returning to your old high school to visit a teacher who inspired you.
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jueves, 23 de marzo de 2017

About Rollins ( Visit on March 27, 2017)

Established 1885

Fast Facts

Affiliation Nonsectarian, Independent, and Coeducational
Accreditation Rollins College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Rollins—by the numbers.

Nonsectarian, Independent, and Coeducational
Rollins College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
Location and Campus
Winter Park, Florida, an attractive and historic residential community adjacent to the city of Orlando; the 80-acre campus is situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Virginia
  • Spanish-Mediterranean architecture; named one of the 50 Most Amazing College Campuses by The Best Colleges, 2011-13
  • Walk of Fame containing more than 200 stones gathered from the birthplaces of influential cultural and historical figures and engraved with their names
  • Five fraternities and seven sororities and more than 100 student organizations, ranging from social and cultural to service, special interest, and honorary
  • Seventeen residential halls
  • Lakeside beach and lakeside walking path
  • Four-level, 54,000-square-foot library containing more than 300,000 volumes and over 50,000 serial titles
  • More than 250 personal computers available for student use
  • Fine arts museum with six display galleries, a print study room, an educational gallery, and a collection of more than 6,000 works
  • Exposure to artists and thought-leaders from all disciplines who engage the community in substantive dialog and master classes on current educational, social, cultural, political, and economic themes
Academic Programs
College of Liberal Arts (full-time undergraduate day program)

Hamilton Holt School (evening undergraduate and graduate programs)

Roy E. Crummer Graduate School of Business (MBA program)

View a comprehensive list of offered academic departments, majors, and minors
Brief History
  • Chartered in 1885 by New England Congregationalists as a coeducational liberal arts college
  • The oldest recognized college in the state of Florida
  • During World War I, established a naval unit that enabled students to take basic and advanced courses in naval training
  • The Rollins College Conference Plan, conceived in 1927 by the college’s eighth president Hamilton Holt, is nationally recognized for emphasizing close teacher-student scholarship and conversational-style class structure
  • In 1927, established the Animated Magazine speaker series that annually brings to Rollins the leading scholars, thought leaders, and artists of the time to engage and share ideas with the Rollins community
  • Hosts the third-oldest continuously operating Bach Festival Society choir and orchestra in the United States, which was founded in 1935

lunes, 6 de marzo de 2017

13 Things to Teach Your Daughter Before 13

raising girls
We recently did a blog post about 13 Things to Teach Your Son Before 13.  So, naturally, we wanted to do a companion piece on raising daughters and the 13 things to teach your daughter before she turns 13.
While many items on this list will mirror what boys should be taught, some will be different, because girls face different pressures and challenges than boys do. Please let us know what you think about raising girls — we need advice too!

1. How to feel beautiful.

Teach your daughter that she is beautiful because of who she is in her heart and mind, not because of how she looks or how she dresses. Point out that, as cheesy as it sounds, real beauty does come from within. Help her understand that trying to be sexy won’t make her beautiful, because she is already beautiful without amping up her appearance. Build her confidence in who she is apart from her looks and explain to her that confidence translates into beauty.
But since research shows that girls in their pre-teen and teen years start showing more dissatisfaction with their bodies, you’ll need to be careful about even implying that she needs to change the way she looks. Engage in surface beauty changes for the fun of it — getting a new haircut, learning to use makeup, exercising — not to improve her appearance.

2. How to understand her hormones.

Help your daughter understand that getting a period is an amazing part of womanhood because it’s her body transitioning to the ability to have children. But also address hormonal changes realistically and tell her that the monthly cycle of hormonal activity can make her feel irritable, tired, or sad. Teach her to identify these states as being linked to her cycle so that she can be prepared for them. Teach her coping skills so that hormonal activity doesn’t derail her.

3. How to handle emotions.

Girl drama isn’t a given. Explain to your daughter that she can choose how to express herself calmly and maturely. Teach her how to reconcile differences with others. Teach her that she is the boss of her feelings and actions. This post about getting inside the mind of your tween daughter will help you understand her emotional take on life. 

4. How to protect herself.

Give your daughter the information she needs to protect herself physically and emotionally. {Tweet This} Give her age-appropriate lessons on safety. When she’s in pre-school, talk about strangers. As she gets older, tell her about staying safe if she’s away from you at school, at a friend’s house, or if she’s confronted by someone who threatens to harm her physically or interact with her in an inappropriate way. (If your daughter’s dad is active in her life, here are 3 ways he can protect her too.)

5. How to stand up for herself.

Studies show that girls are encouraged by both parents and teachers to be sweet and conciliatory. And while we don’t want to send our daughters into the world with a chip on their shoulder and their fists raised looking for a fight, we need to let them know that it is okay to stand up for themselves and voice their beliefs and opinions.
So tell your daughter that she can express herself strongly, but respectfully. And, if someone is mistreating her, empower her to say, “I don’t really like the way you’re treating me, so I’m going to go now.”

6. How to make realistic choices.

Our daughters have as many educational and career opportunities as men. But unlike men, our reproductive years are limited. So, inspire your daughter to follow her dreams, but also have her look at her choices realistically. Yes, she can choose to have a career, but if being a wife and mom are important to her too, she’ll want to make that a priority as well.
Take it from me, someone who didn’t get married until 38 and had my first child at 39 and the next at 40, I did not understand that in saying yes to some things, I was putting others on hold.

7. How to make choices about sex.

Before you can teach your daughter to make good choices about sex, you’ll need to talk to her about sex in general. Keep sex from becoming a taboo topic by referring to it without embarrassment. Teach her about sex in the context of your family’s values. As she gets older, tell her the truth about sex and its consequences. Sadly, you’ll need to address oral sex, as often teenage girls see this as a way of getting intimate with boys without having “real” sex.

8. How to value boys.

Teach your daughter that she has great value, not just because she is a girl, but because she is a person. The same goes with boys. Boys are not better or more valuable than girls; they’re valuable because they are people. Help her understand that it’s not an us (girls) versus them (boys) world. Boys shouldn’t be put down or challenged just because they’re boys.

9. How to understand boys.

Boys and girls do have differences when it comes to their brains. Boys are more visual. Boys have more testosterone than women. These biological facts make boys and girls think differently, and approach life and problem-solving differently.

10. How to deal with the online world.

Help your daughter see that the online world is not the real world. Be sure that she’s spending more time with you and  your family than with her online community. The more time that she spends online, the greater her chances of feeling discouraged about what other girls have that she doesn’t — be it their clothes, their bodies, or their boyfriends. Have a no-phone rule at meals, in the car (yes!), and in her bedroom overnight.

11. How to deal with pornography.

While men, being visually oriented, are more prone to use pornography, girls can fall into the pornography trap as well. So, be frank with her. Tell her, as you would a boy, that our bodies are wired to be interested in sex and stimulated by sexual content. But tell her that viewing pornography will take her down a path that is not healthy to her emotionally or spiritually.
Also point out that the images shown in pornography are often extremes, and that she should not feel that this is the standard for her sexuality. And as more boys view pornography, teach her that she can say no to boys, and she doesn’t have to agree to things in the sexual area that she’s not comfortable with and that may be pornography-inspired.

12. How to work hard.

Help your daughter understand that working hard is the key to moving forward in life. Reward her hard work with praise. Point out the link in her own life between her hard work and success.

13. How to have faith.

A strong faith will help your daughter navigate the challenges of life. It will serve as the basis for her standards and the choices she makes. Teach her about the power of faith. Teach her how to strengthen her faith. Pray with her. (Not sure how to shape your child’s faith? Here are five ways to get started.)
What else are you trying to teach your daughter?
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viernes, 10 de febrero de 2017

Gannon University in Pennsylvania ( visit on March 8, 2017)

Facts and Figures

A four-year Catholic university, dedicated to providing a liberal arts education integrated with professional skills and faith-based learning.
Situated in downtown Erie, Pennsylvania, close to businesses, organizations and government agencies that are active partners in helping our students receive a hands-on education. Gannon University recently announced an additional site in Ruskin, Florida
Academic Programs:
  • 59 Bachelor Degrees
  • 11 Pre-Professional Programs
  • 24 Cooperative Professional School Options
  • 7 Associate's Degrees
  • 27 Master's Degrees
  • 4 Doctoral Degrees 
Academic Year:
  • Fall and Spring semesters
  • Optional Summer semester
  • 9-week ESL Sessions
Student/Faculty Ratio:13:1
Student Population (Fall 2016):
  • 3,098 Undergraduate
  • 1,245 Graduate
  • 4,343 Total Student Enrollment 
Varsity Sports20
Financial AidOver $37 million awarded annually
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viernes, 3 de febrero de 2017

Quest University in Canada offering scholarships

Quest University abre convocatoria para ofrecer becas academicas totales y parciales a los estudiantes con alta capacidad académica para la entrada de 2017. La Universidad tiene como objetivo ayudar a estudiantes internacionales que requieren asistencia financiera para continuar con sus estudios.
Todos los estudiantes, independientemente de su país de origen, son elegibles para solicitar becas y / o ayuda financiera.
El programa Quest es riguroso, y un criterio importante para un premio de beca es el expediente académico del solicitante. Adicional los solicitantes cuya lengua materna no es el inglés deben presentar los resultados de un TOEFL o IELTS en los últimos dos años
Fecha límite de solicitud: 1 de marzo de 2017 para iniciar estudios en ciclo de otoño 2017-

lunes, 23 de enero de 2017

Becas Taiwán

Programas de Becas (ICDF y Beca Taiwan MOFA)
Post Date:2016-02-05 (Last Update:2017-01-17)
***Programa de BECA TAIWÁN ICDF 2017 (Pregrado y Posgrado)  
I. Introducción
El Fondo para la Cooperación y el Desarrollo InternacionalICDF de la República  de China Taiwán, ofrece a los profesionales hondureños un programa para cursar  estudios de Pregrado y PosgradoMaestría y Doctorado en Taiwán, con el propósito de capacitar y especializar el capital humano para el progreso social y   económico de los países amigos.

El Taiwán ICDF espera de esa forma fortalecer los lazos de amistad, cooperación educativa, así como incrementar los intercambios culturales entre la República de ChinaTaiwán y la República de Honduras.

II.Especificaciones de la Beca
1.     Este programa de becas es para realizar estudios de Pregrado y PosgradoMaestría y Doctorado, por el lapso de 4 años para el Pregrado, 2 años para la Maestría y  4 años para el Doctorado, las clases serán impartidas en el idioma inglés).
2.     El Taiwán ICDF brindará a cada becario: boleto aéreo en clase económica, alojamiento, matrícula, libros de texto y pensión mensual.
III. Fecha de Inscripción: del 1 de enero al 17 de marzo de 2017.
IV. Proceso de Solicitud
1.     La información de los requisitos, formularios de aplicación de cada universidad pueden ser encontrados en la página web de ICDF:
2.     Cada aspirante podrá aplicar solamente a un solo programa.
3.     Los aspirantes deben respetar el orden, requisitos y forma de presentación solicitadas. De lo contrario, sus aplicaciones podrían ser rechazadas.
4.     Los aspirantes deben enviar los documentos requeridos por la universidad que han elegido antes de fecha límite establecida. (Es decir, los documentos deben estar en Taiwán antes de la fecha señalada por cada universidad y cada aspirante hay que pagar el envío de los mismos.
5.     A la vez entregar personalmente todos los documentos enumerados en el siguiente orden entiquetado y en carpeta antes del 17 de marzo del 2017 a la Embajada de la República de ChinaTaiwánen Tegucigalpa:
(1) Bajar y llenar la APLICACION ON-LINE en la página web y presentar formulario de aplicación lleno impreso y firmado.
(2) Copia de la tarjeta de identidad o pasaporte.
(3) Copia de diploma y certificación de estudios con un índice en el último estudio mayor de:
90% para aplicar estudios de pregrado
85%  para aplicar estudios de maestría
Sin restricciones para aplicar estudios de doctorado
 Importante: El requisito de Autentica de documentos por la Embajada será de acuerdo a los requerimientos de aplicación de cada Universidad.
(4) Certificación del examen TOEFL IBT, TOEFL ITP o TOEIC.
(5) Cartas de recomendación en inglés.  (Mínimo 2)
6.La Embajada tiene la potestad de:
(1) Revisar los documentos entregados por los aplicantes.
(2) Llamarles a una entrevista.
(3) Presentar una lista de recomendación de aplicantes al ICDF y a cada Universidad.

7.El resultado de los ganadores de las becas se dará a conocer antes del día 30 de junio de 2017.
Nota: Obtener la admisión de la universidad no necesariamente significa que ha obtenido la beca del Taiwan ICDF. Solamente los aplicantes que reciban la carta de aceptación emitida por el programa de becas Taiwan ICDF es un ganador de la beca.

Embajada de la República de China (Taiwán) en Honduras
Tel. 2239-5837 ext. 502, Colonia Lomas del Guijarro,
Calle Eucalipto, No. 3750 Tegucigalpa, Honduras.