Pros And Cons When Returning To College At 40

Congratulations! Returning to school is tough overall. Compound this with everyday lives of students who have kids and jobs and you have full havoc on your hands. The pros outweigh the cons when you are 40, and returning to school. I want to list the pros first because I think they prove motivating to be motivating factors when contemplating going back to school at 40.

Pros of going back to school at 40

1. Completing your degree can help you professionally.

2. Even though, you are 40 and will be considered outdated by your younger future classmates, you are bringing something to the arena of academia which they cannot. WORK EXPERIENCE! Your experiences will help tremendously, especially if you want to be a Business major.

3. At 40 years of age, you prove wise. You will find that you contain patience and more of an eagerness to learn. You will find that you will be more zealous in completing homework as well as asking for help from the instructors if needed.

4. If you have a family and career, you already have the time-management skills, which will help tremendously while attending college.

5. You will find the initiative of pleasing your family while improving the life of your family can be a motivational factor. When others give up, you will know that failure is not an option.

6. You will not have the difficulty of obtaining a social life through the college. You already have family and friends. You will be able to concentrate fully on the academic tasks before you.

7. You will be able to relate to your instructors because you more than likely will be the same age or older.

8. Your confidence will rise to the mountaintops and why would it not? Upon graduating with your college degree, you will have the pleasure of knowing you obtained this tremendous achievement while raising children and maintaining your personal life.

9. You will show everyone around you that you are a “go-getter”.

10. You will be a fantastic model for your children and family.

Cons of going back to school at 40:

1. You will feel alienated at first because let us face facts here; you are older than most everyone in your classes, especially if you are attending day classes at your college.

2. You will have to juggle your college classes along with your already busy life.

3. Your boss at your current job may not be supportive of your college schedule. If this happens, you might find yourself switching jobs that will prove supportive or leaving the workforce altogether, at least until you finish school. This could quite possibly create a financial hardship on your family.

4. You will find your energy level not as it used to be when you were younger. Younger students do not have children to take care of, a house to clean, a job to work, and they do not have the daily tasks that you have. I would recommend energy drinks while increasing your daily exercise; of course, you will have to find time to fit in working out in a gym or more walks during the day.

5. If you have children and are a single parent, you will have to make accommodations for your children while at school.

6. You might have to complete an internship for your degree program before you graduate college. This can be a nightmare, especially if you already work. Imagine having to work your regular job to help support your family plus a non-paid internship. More times to none if you are already working a job, the college might waive the internship because let us face it; you already have work experience at 40 years of age. Make sure you ask your academic counselor about this.

7. If you are a parent, you are going to miss things with your children. Most students at 40 years of age are forced to go to school at night. This will eliminate momentous time with your children at night and bedtime.

As you can see, the pros far outweigh the cons of going back to school when you are 40 years of age. The best advice I can give anyone attempting this monumental feat is to never give up. It becomes quite desirable to give up when you are tired from your long day of work, dealing with your children, and knowing you have to sit in class for 3 hours at night.

You must focus on the future. What is a year or so of your life in sacrificing when you will be benefitting immensely from your sacrifice with a better financial future? Hang in there and keep reaching for your goals. You will find that at 40 years of age, you will appreciate the sacrifices and opportunities presented to you more than your younger classmates. You will eventually be able to look back on this ordeal as a huge milestone in not only your own life but also that of your family. Your family is depending on you and you cannot let them down. Keep going and good luck!

University of Virginia (UVA) Cavaliers – Nickname Explained

The University of Virginia Cavaliers share a nickname with the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA franchise but that is where the similarities end. The explanation for the University of Virginia Cavaliers nickname actually involves a story of historical significance to the region.

Located in Charlottesville, Virginia the school with a total student population of close to 20,000 is often referred to simply as UVA for short (based on the post office state abbreviation VA for Virginia). The orange and navy blue now worn by the Cavaliers first went into effect in 1888 when athletic teams representing the college used to square off with local YMCA teams for lack of more formal competition. Many people are interested to learn that in the earliest days of collegiate athletics playing games against local YMCA groups was the norm all over the country. In fact, the University of Kentucky basketball program that currently has the most wins of any college team in history began their success with a single victory in the 1903 season against a YMCA squad (the UK team finished a disappointing 1-2 in that first season).

The origin of the Cavaliers nickname comes from what was going on in this region of the world during the seventeenth century when England was involved in a civil war that pitted supporters of the Parliamentary system of government against King Charles I who asserted absolute power in terms of rule. The use of the word Cavalier predates the formation of the United States of America with a very similarly spelled version of the word being used by William Shakespeare in his famed Henry IV play. Shakespeare chose the word to describe a swashbuckler who was not unlike the current University of Virginia mascot that is a sword wielding fellow on horseback. Before being penned by Shakespeare in the final years of the sixteenth century the historic nature of the word Cavaliers dates back to the Spanish word caballeros (translation: horseman) which is actually a derivation of the Latin term caballarius -which has a similar meaning as the Spanish term.

With a solid foundation of the etymology behind the term Cavaliers it is important to understand how it relates to the Virginia program in Charlottesville. Before the days of the American Revolutionary War the modern day state of Virginia was known as the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Commonwealth of Virginia had a reputation of being home to a great many loyalists that were very supportive of the British Crown. When the University of Virginia officially took on the name the Virginia Cavaliers in 1923 it was to pay homage to a bygone era when during the tumultuous seventeenth century British Civil War the good people of the Commonwealth of Virginia aligned themselves with the Royalist supporters who were often referred to as Cavaliers.

The next time you are watching the University of Virginia Cavaliers square off against the University of North Carolina Tar Heels (the oldest rivalry in the South – dating back to 1892) feel free lean over to a buddy and impress him with your thorough knowledge of the seventeenth century British Civil War and the subsequent role that era played in the eventual selection of the UVA Cavaliers nickname.

About Morehouse College

Georgia’s Morehouse College is a private college that is all-male and historically black college. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Morehouse is one of the three remaining traditional men’s colleges, along with Wabash College and Hampden-Sydney College, in the US.

There are approximately 3,000 students enrolled on the 61 acre campus. The college has an enviable ratio of 16 students per faculty. Also 100 percent of the college’s tenure track faculty has tertiary degrees. Along with Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse School of Medicine, Clark Atlanta University and the women’s college Spelman College, MC is part of the Atlanta University Center.

It is one of the only two black colleges in the United States to have produced Rhodes Scholars. The College is also the alma mater of many leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., actor Samuel Jackson, filmmaker Spike Lee, former Bank of America Chairman W. E. Massy, Olympic gold medalist Edwin Moses and the very first African-American mayor in Atlanta Mr. Maynard Jackson among many others.

Morehouse’s history started in 1867 when, just two years after the American Civil War, William Jefferson White founded the Augusta Institute. William Jefferson White, a cabinetmaker and an Atlanta Baptist minister, founded the Institute with the support of Rev. Richard C. Coulter, who was a former slave from Atlanta, and the Reverend Edmund Turney who was the organizer of the National Theological Institute.

The Augusta Institute was originally founded to educate African-American men in the fields of education and theology and it was located in the oldest independent black church in the US, the Springfield Baptist Church. The school had received sponsorships from the American Baptist Home Mission Society which was an organization that helped in the establishment of several black colleges.

The College is regarded as one of the best schools in the United States for educating African-American men. The most popular program in the college is Business. The college also emphasizes the value of volunteerism and leadership. The college has earned a chapter in the very prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society for its Liberal Arts program.

Morehouse College offers bachelor’s degree programs in education, physical and natural sciences, business and humanities. It also offers interdisciplinary majors, as well as study abroad programs in Europe, Africa and Central America. Morehouse’s joint engineering programs are in cooperation with the Boston and Auburn Universities, Georgia Institute of Technology, and several other institutions. The joint architectural program is in cooperation with the University of Michigan. Affiliated with MC are; the American Institute for Managing Diversity, the Andrew Young Center for International Affairs, and the Morehouse Research Institute.

Morehouse College also offers a number of student services which includes non-remedial tutoring, health service, health insurance and placement service. Furthermore, MC also offers services like campus safety and security that include 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, late night transport or escort service, lighted pathways and sidewalks, and controlled access to the dormitories.

With regard to athletics, Morehouse College is a member of the Southern Inter-collegiate Athletic Conference or SIAC and the National Collegiate Athletic Association or NCAA, Division II. Varsity sports include basketball, football, baseball, cross country, tennis, and track and field.

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How Should I Make Notes at College Or University?

If you are to take notes effectively as students at college or university, you need to think carefully about how best you will be able to read and understand concepts relating to the subject that you are studying in shortened or even abbreviated form for the purposes of completing your coursework essay writing assignments and/or revising for exams.

Therefore, in this short article I will look to show you as to how I have abbreviated ideas in note form in relation to a particular aspect of a subject in the following example regarding the notes necessary for learning and revising contract law to be better prepared for an exam.

In so doing it is necessary to –

(a) Pick out the key concepts (e.g. in contract law – offer, acceptance, consideration, ‘the Postal Rule’, misrepresentation, etc . . .).

(b) Define the most significant ideas.

(c) Recognise links between areas of subject.

(d) Outline key aspects (e.g. in contract law, case law court decisions and sections of statutes).

(e) Use key references where they are applicable to support what you are saying.

(f) You can use complete sentences or write in a more notey fashion missing out less important words in sentences to make things a lot easier.

On this basis an example of this in practice can be given with regards to the ‘Formation of a Contract’ is as follows –

Formation of a Contract

In looking to consider whether a valid contract has been formed it is generally considered to be a good idea to look at the negotiations that have taken place between the parties. But this can be quite problematic where there there is a lengthy course of negotiations between the parties because it may be difficult to effectively determine when they have actually reached an agreement, supported by Kennedy v. Lee (1817) 3 Mer 441. Nevertheless, inspite of a prolonged period of continuing negotiations, the courts may be willing to find a concluded bargain; and, if so, a continuance of the negotiations thereafter will not necessarily terminate that agreement, illustrated by Davies v. Sweet [1962] 2 QB 300.

However, in making their decision in relation to any series of negotiations put before them, the courts will also look to consider the three fundamental aspects that are recognised as part of any contract – (a) offer; (b) consideration; and (c) acceptance – in order to make their decision about whether an agreement has been formed leading to a binding contract.

(a) Offer

The offer is considered to be concerned with the making of a written or oral proposal to give or do something as part of an agreement that may be deemed to be a legally binding contract in certain circumstances that may be express or implied from the conduct of the parties in any given case. As a consequence, it is important to understand that the person making the offer is the offeror, whilst the person to whom the offer is made is the offeree and any given offer must adhere to the following rules – (i) it must be made to a definite person, class or person, or even the world at large; (ii) it must be effectively communicated to the offeree before acceptance; but (iii) the offer is only considered to have been made when it actually reaches the offeree – see, by way of illustration, the decision in Adams v. Lindsell (1818) 1 B & Ald. 681.

(b) Consideration

The element of consideration within a contract refers to that which is actually given or accepted in return for a promise as part of an agreement in the form of a “right, interest, profit or benefit accruing to one party, or some forbearance, detriment, loss, or responsibility given, suffered or undertaken by the other”, in keeping with the decision in Currie v. Misa (1875) LR 10 Ex 153. Consideration is executed when the act that is considered to constitute the consideration in a given case is performed and is deemed to be ‘executory’ when it is yet to be performed in the future. But regardless of this, any element of consideration must be legal, not be past, and move from the promisee to the promisor, supported by Lipkin Gorman v. Karpnale [1991] 3 WLR 10.

(c) Acceptance

The idea of acceptance relates to the idea of where an offer is made by one party that is considered to be acceptable to another without qualification in words or through conduct to the offeror in conformation with the indicated or prescribe terms of the offer that has been made, in keeping with the decision in Hyde v. Wrench (1840) 3 Beav 334. But it also must be recognised that it is possible to have an acceptance ‘subject to contract’ where the parties will only be bound where a formal contract is prepared and then signed, according to Chillingworth v. Esche [1924] 1 Ch 97.