Jessica Martin

Should You Go To The Same College as Your Friends?

I still remember getting my first acceptance letter from the first school I had applied to. My mom did the honors of reading the letter. The sound of her voice plays back in my head every time I think about it, “Congratulations! You have been accepted to Saint Mary’s College of California.”

My parents were thrilled, that all these online programs helped me to get to the college, I was proud myself and my parents started to Tango in the living room, which was both embarrassing and awkward to watch even though no one else was around. I was pretty happy that a small, private liberal arts college near home had accepted me.

However, I wasn’t very excited about the fact that none of my friends had applied to (much less heard) of Saint Mary’s. I was scared that we would all go our separate ways and barely stay in contact.

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How to Start a Club at Your High School

Whenever I’m talking to students about activities for college applications, we end up talking about clubs. (Usually, because I ask about them.) First off, what school doesn’t have at least one club? Unfortunately, I often hear that club members can be more of a formality than an actual activity.

It is easy to go to Club Day and join a bunch of clubs. But to stay interested and involved throughout the year – that is the actual challenge. Why? Lots of students join clubs just for the sake of joining; this is especially true if you are a GED student and your study is mostly done online. I like the idea of learning for the GED exam from home, but you will need to add extra effort to get involved in the club says Steve from bestgedclasses.org that offers online GED classes and practice tests. You need to stay motivated and actively pursue your education.

So I want to propose an idea. Why not start your club this year? You might be thinking, how do I start a club? Easy – all you need is a teacher to offer their room for lunch and a few friends to join. (Of course, you will need to talk to your school administration to fill out the proper forms and be sure you are ready for Club Day.) But once you get past those basics, you have the opportunity to create something you love!

What is your passion? Puppies? Why not create a club where you and your friends can discuss, explore, learn about, and support for all things animals? (Ok, silly example- but seriously, who doesn’t love puppies?)
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Master the Meme Market

The Internet trades is cute and funny, and its main currency is memes. While we have all heard the word, it’s not always easy to understand, especially because the “it” memes of the moment are changing all the time.

To help you become an animals-on-the-Web expert, we gathered the “furriest” memes right now and even have some tips on how to use them properly. Soon you will be on your way to becoming a meme master, impressing your online friends and winning new admirers wherever you go.

Grumpy Cat

About: Hopefully you recognize Tardar Sauce, better known as Grumpy Cat. She is the Internet’s favorite cat … for now. Her quick rise to popularity is thanks to the permanent expression of displeasure on her face. Harnessing this unhappiness, Web users quickly turned pictures of Grumpy Cat into a vehicle to express their distaste for pleasant things.

How To Use: Find the one thing that everyone loves that you can’t handle, and use this meme to express your defiance against the norm. Use the word “good” and Grumpy Cat’s sour puss to fight against the majority in a fuzzy way.

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How to deal with unsolicited advice (including this one)

I’ve been trying to reach a friend that has a six-month baby. It was impossible to find her on the phone, on skype but finally, she succumbed to my pleas of hearing from her on the infamous Facebook (it’s true it connects friends, after all, I like it to find fun articles).

She then admitted that she was kind of hiding. She doesn’t know how to deal with all the advice people give to her about raising her baby. And you probably know this too: people give too much advice on raising children.

I don’t know how it works where you come from, but here in Miami and in most Latin cultures, it’s super common that people don’t only give unwanted advice all the time, they check on you to see if you are doing what they told you. Isn’t that insane?

No wonder my friend came up with this effective strategy of shutting everyone off for a while. Maybe that’s an advice for everyone to take: hide from people so you don´t need to hear what they have to say about your parenting.

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My Favorite Money Management Tools

My Favorite Money Management Tools

Budgeting can be a frustrating task sometimes.  Whether you’re an internet entrepreneur who works from home or a digital nomad traveling the world, budgeting your money is a high priority.  With a good budgeting system, you decide in advance how to spend and save your money.

Enter technology and the interwebs.
With many options online, it’s really easy to find great (free) tools to help you manage your money.
Here are 3 quick guides of  the best money management tools I’ve come across:

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Get ready before the launch

Get ready before the launch

The launch of a blog or site is a very important time in the life of a site. You want to start off with a bang. You want to make sure everything runs smoothly and with as little pressure on your part as possible. If you have at least 10 posts under your belt, when you make your site live, you can manage each move like a chess game.

Of course, don’t release all 10 posts at once. Release around four or five, to begin with, then continue to release a new article throughout the next two or three weeks. You want to micromanage every move you make, and getting the writing part out will be one less distraction. After you get your bearings and launch the site, hopefully, your readers and fans will help promote your site and promotion will impart take care of itself. Continue reading →

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Short attention span

Short attention span

Face it, people don’t want to spend all day sorting through your articles to find the information they want. They want to find information and they want it fast. So how do you provide your viewer with the most A.D.D. friendly environment? Think about them as pupils at school. 

I present here a list of ideas to keep in mind when designing a website and writing an article. These ideas originate from print media as they were the original pioneers in this area. I encourage you to reference and seek ideas from newspapers and magazines when you create the layout of a blog and individual articles. Continue reading →

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37 Tips How To Create Viral Content

Viral articles are word of mouth worthy and will grow your site more so than any other kind of content. Creating word-of-mouth worthy content won’t bore your readers because what’s worth talking about is, in most cases, high quality. This is a well-known fact, accepted by every school of thought.

As long as you explore a variety of possibilities for virality, working on viral posts is one of the best ways to grow your site.

The list!

  1. Assemble one sentence/paragraph answers to a question you ask key figures across your niche.
  2. Create a time spectacle: create content non-stop over a designated period of time (8hrs, 24hrs?).
  3. Write a review of the redesign of a popular blog/website in your niche. Everyone has an opinion on redesigns and will appreciate someone laying out some of their own thoughts.
  4. Assemble a directory of great interviews conducted with prominent/interesting figures in your niche. Continue reading →
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50 college tips for freshmen

A few of my friends are nervous about starting school this upcoming year, and they asked me if I had any tips. After taking some time to think through my freshman year carefully, I came up with these 50 suggestions to help you make the most of college, both socially and academically:

  1. Keep an open mind to different lifestyles and viewpoints. People in college come from all different walks of life, don’t rule them out just because their hobbies and views are different than yours. Make friends of all different types.
  2. Live the way you want to. If you want to have Nerf gun fights in your dorm hallway, then do it! You live away from home now, and it’s up to you to dictate how you want to live. Go to bed when you want to. Get up at a time that works best. This extends to everything — including your academics.
  3. Take a few chances. College is the time to branch out and discover yourself. Take a few risks, do things that you normally wouldn’t, and watch as you have the time of your life.
  4. Adopt a ‘Yes Man‘ attitude. Start accepting opportunities as they come to you instead of making excuses not to do something. You’ll be amazed at how much more interesting your life will become.
  5. Don’t spend all of your free time alone in your room. Solitude is nice, but you’ll love college a lot more if you don’t spend all day watching TV or surfing the Internet. Keep yourself busy.
  6. Explore your hobbies and try new ones. Find clubs and teams for hobbies and sports you enjoy and get involved.
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Am I Making A Book?!

Am I Making A Book?!

“Whaatttttt?” you may ask.

My thoughts exactly. Well, it is coming true. After 4 years of going back and forth on writing and stop writing, I am FINALLY on the road to getting it done.

It hasn’t always been my dream to be a published author. In fact, it was the last thing I ever thought I would be doing. I was very much into fashion and designing. I enjoyed looking at beautiful clothing and creating my own outfits in my head. I went to school for fashion design.

I then pursued a BA in fashion marketing and management. So to be throwing all that to the wind and saying “Hey let’s write a book”, it is a foreign idea for me as well. So what the hell, I just go…others may have started that way too, who knows…

The inspiration hit when I took two years off to focus on myself and recover from family tragedies. I spent most of those two years with journals by my side. I filled nearly 14 journals by the end.

About a little bit later, I enrolled in a writing class at my college. It was a prerequisite, and didn’t think much about it. The professor turned out to be a publish author and was working on his next piece of literature. I enjoyed the class, and actually looked forward to the projects that were assigned.

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