Safety and Security on Campus

In the past five to ten years, most college campuses have instituted stricter security policies and protection for their students and faculty.

Knowing your school security policies, where to find the security officers on campus, and if you have ‘blue light’ boxes around the campus where you can call in an emergency are just a few of the ways you can protect yourself. Become familiar with the policies and the risks that may exist on even the most secure and protected college campuses. The handbooks do not exist to frighten you.

They exist to educate you so that you know what to do in case of an emergency and you know how to protect yourself.

Depending on the city, town or community from which you came, your life may have been buffered by home, family and friends and you may never have considered that you were exposed to danger. But in most communities today, these safe havens are fewer and farther between. There is hardly a place in this or any other country where you are completely safe and as a college age student it is time to become independent and take responsibility for your safety and security and ask your friends to take the same measures to protect themselves.

Never loan your student ‘swipe card’ to someone else even if it is another student. Your dorm is locked for a reason and that is to protect you. Always report suspicious characters or activities on campus. If you are alone, never walk around your campus or the surrounding community late at night. You are asking for trouble. If you are coming home late from the library or another activity and your campus is not closed, ask a security person to escort you to your dorm.

Do not loan parking passes or other student ID to anyone who isn’t a student on your campus or even to other students unless you know them well and have known them for a long time. Even then, giving access to these students if you don’t know them well enough to trust them.

Carry a device that makes noise, lights up or sprays toxic mist and use it if someone approaches you and seems to mean you harm. Do not wait to ask questions. If someone is following you, use your swipe card to gain access to a public building where there is plenty of light and tell someone that you are being followed.

At night, you should walk on brightly paths and roads on the campus. Always tell your friends where you are going and when you will be back and don’t take unreasonable risks by going out to clubs or events with strangers or people you do not know well.

Ask your campus security office to provide you with a list of crimes and security violations so you know how much risk exists on your campus but even if your campus seems pristine and safe, do not trust that it will always be so.

Lock your residence doors and windows. If your school publishes student information the school intranet be sure it is limited to only what others should know about you. Avoid very personal facts or information and whenever you are contacted in person, in class or by phone or email by someone you don’t know, ask how they know you and who gave you’re your contact information. Be suspicious of anyone who seems evasive or who cannot answer these questions to your satisfaction.

If you are assaulted, REPORT IT to the police and to your campus security. You may be embarrassed, but your report may mean that someone else will not suffer the same fate. Get counseling and help to overcome the after effects of that assault.

Be safe, be well and enjoy school!

Enjoying Equestrian Recreation on a Scottish Castle Holiday

Having your share of outdoor fun can do you good. You can work on your tan, for one. Another perk is that you feel revitalized by the verdant view of nature, be it on a mountain or sea. Taking advantage of the best cruise deals lets you enjoy fun-filled country-hopping vacations that widen your horizons. You can also get a package that allows you to explore the other regions of your own nation while voyaging just beyond its coasts.

But if you want to fill your days with recreational pursuits that truly bring out the outdoor person in you, spend your sabbatical at a Scottish castle and let yourself run free astride a fine horse.

Blair Castle Estate

If you want luxury mixed into your R and R, this is the place to go. You can enjoy a leisurely ride through the grounds within the Estate or hack through the Highlands beyond the premises. The latter arrangement may be made with guides offering their services around the area.

Ackergill Tower

This 15th century structure faces the sea at the edge of a secluded area at the northern fringes of Scotland. It makes for a peaceful retreat as it has no bar or a club. Your meals are prepared from the fresh bounty of the land and sea. Of course, its sprawling grounds are perfect for horse riding. If you want to venture far, you can hack through the countryside. You can even gallop your way through the sandy beach, which happens to be 5 miles long.

Kinnettles Castle

This beautiful 11-suite structure is situated in an area that is immensely suitable for equestrian pursuits and other leisurely outdoor recreational activities like walking through the glen or woodland or shooting clay pigeons.

Stobo Castle

Explore the countryside where this estate is located while mounted on a horse. You can ride to where the pine forests are and take deep breaths to clear your lungs of the city air and admire the Japanese-style gardens. You can fish while you are at it and gallop home with your catch for the day.

Birkhill Castle

This luxurious accommodation is just a 20-minute drive away from Edinburgh and offers other recreational options like shooting game or clay pigeons, aside from horse riding.

Always observe safety when engaged in equestrian adventures. Wear helmets and the right apparel for such endeavours. You should put on footwear with hard soles and light-coloured garments during the day so that you will be easily spotted, especially when you are hacking amongst thick vegetation in the countryside.

How to Prepare a Resume

Before you jump in and start writing your resume, it’s best to take a little time beforehand to gather all the necessary information that you’ll need. This article takes a look at how to prepare a resume. Resume preparation requires a little research on your part, such as looking up employment dates, but once you have all the information to hand, you’ll be able to make clearer choices and select the facts that will best serve your resume. Preparing beforehand also prevents you from getting stuck during the writing process. Stopping to look up a fact can easily derail you and make the process longer than it needs to be.

When gathering information for your resume, start with the easy and most obvious things first, such as qualifications and past employment. Take a piece of paper or open up a new word processor document and list all the facts that may be useful during the writing of your resume.

Education List

Note down the name and location of all your schools, with the dates that you attended. Include any qualifications that you have received while you were there. If you have graduated, include the name of your degree, the area of study and the date that you received it. Also jot down any other qualifications you may have, such as membership to professional institutes or apprenticeships that you have taken part in.

Employment List

Make a list of all the companies that you’ve worked for, along with the dates of your employment. Include the name of the company, the nature of the product or service, the job title you held and what duties you performed. If you are just leaving school and are looking for full time employment for the first time, write down any part time or voluntary jobs you may have held.

Achievements List

Note down as many of your accomplishments as you can think of. Start with things that you have achieved in the workplace, but also consider accomplishments in other areas of your life, such as sports, community activities and charities or any awards that you may have received.

Writing an achievements list may prove to be difficult for some people, but if you take the time to dig deeper into what you have achieved in life, you may find yourself surprised by how much you have actually accomplished. Doing this exercise can also help in an interview situation and provide you with examples that you can use in response to interview questions, which you may not have thought of otherwise.

Skills List

For this list, think about your strengths and expertise. We all have our strong points and personal qualities, which we can use to highlight in a resume. There are many possible examples that you can use, such as a good knowledge of computers, great people skills, planning, communication, organizational, negotiation, the ability to run meetings, the list is endless.

If you’ve done the previous exercise, a skills list list should come easy. You just need to look down your achievements list and consider the skills that contributed to the success of each achievement.

Job Requirements List

This last list is all about your potential employer and requires a bit more outside research. The exercise involves compiling a list of the skills and experience that are needed in the industry you wish to enter. This may entail some online research or talking to people already in that field of work.

Compiling a list of your industry’s requirements helps you focus on the assets that your potential employer is looking for, which could give you an advantage over other applicants. Once you’ve done this exercise, you can simply match the listed requirements with the qualities listed on your skills and achievements lists. This helps you tailor your resume, so that it highlights the qualities that a potential employer most wants to see.

If you’re responding to an advertised vacancy, study the requirements in the advertisement to see which of the skills and achievements you have could be most applicable. Also study other ads for your chosen career to see what requirements are frequently requested.

Taking the time to prepare these lists will give you plenty of information to draw upon when the time comes to write your resume. These lists can be saved and used later to prepare for an interview or to tweak your resume for a specific job you are targeting.

Indiana’s Glass Trail

I’ve been on plenty of wine trails, but I had never heard of a glass trail until I was in Indiana recently. Needless to say I was intrigued. I love glass art so I was thrilled to discover Indiana’s Glass Trail.

 

There are currently seven destinations in East Central Indiana that are on Indiana’s Glass Trail. There are other which is the closest to me 🙂

 

  1. Elwood Glass Festival, Elwood, IN: The festival features tours and demonstrations of the House of Glass and Prestige Art Glass (open year round). It’s a family event with glass, art, food and fun!

 

  1. Kokomo Opalescent Glass, Kokomo IN: America’s oldest art glass company. Manufactures colored glass for art and architecture with worldwide distribution. You can take a tour of this factory.

 

  1. Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass, Muncie, IN: The Glick Center supports and promotes the practice of the contemporary glass arts of Ball State University and in the East Central Indiana Region.

 

  1. Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN: From July through September 2013 the museum has been hosting the International Glass Invitational. The exhibition featured the work of 26 of the best studio glass artists in the world. Additionally, the museum has been hosting a Chihuly exhibit.

 

  1. Dunkirk Glass Museum, Dunkirk, IN: More than 8,000 pieces of glassware from 100 factories around the world currently on exhibit. Admission is $2/adults, free for children under 12.

 

  1. Bright Ideas Stained Glass, Farmland, IN: Amazing pieces of stained glass can always be seen in this workshop in Historic Farmland.

 

  1. Stained Glass Trail, Richmond, IN: Richmond is home to an impressive collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows. Four sites within a five block area offer a glimpse of this magnificent national art treasure.

 

I hope you liked this post and I hope it was helpful! Tell me if you’ve ever been to these places or if you are planning to go!

Can You Picture Yourself On A Beach In Aruba?

If you are looking for a cool new place to travel on your next vacation, then perhaps what you need is a nice trip to a sunny tropical island. With so many different islands out there in the Atlantic and the Pacific, finding the right travel destination can be a real chore though. So, what is a person to do when they are faced with the problem of choosing a great tropical destination to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life? Well, they choose a place that can give them the relaxing tropical atmosphere that they need while also providing them with relatively cheap rates and all of the top notch services you would expect from a world class travel destination. In other words, they choose a trip to an island like Aruba.

 

You probably remember a year or so back when an American girl went missing during her trip to an island country. Unfortunately, that island was Aruba. However, since that incident, Aruba has been greatly trying to improve their view in the eyes of world travelers and now offers amazing discounts and rates for people who want to visit. While Aruba was never an extremely expensive place to travel to, it is now much, much cheaper than other islands where people head off to on vacation. In comparison to a trip to Tahiti or Hawaii, a similar vacation to Aruba is much less expensive, so you get more bang for your buck, you can stay longer or you can live like kings. You may have to act quickly however if you want to get these great discounts on travel to Aruba, as since more people are not taking advantage of these reduced rates, travel to this beautiful island country has skyrocketed.

 

So, when planning your next trip, why not skip Hawaii, forget Tahiti and instead give Aruba a try, you will be glad you did.

10 Reasons I’m Going To Love Visiting Niagara Falls, NY

I’ve been to Niagara Falls, Ontario quite a few times, but I’ve never visited the U.S. side. I’ll be fixing that this month when I visit Niagara Falls, NY. I found 10 reasons to travel Niagara Falls, NY.

 

  1. Unique Food: From Dwyer’s Irish Pub in North Tonawanda to DiCamillo’s Italian Bakery to family owned restaurants on Pine Avenue, you will experience unique restaurants and eateries with a rich history that have been around for generations.

 

  1. Wine: With over a dozen wineries in the Niagara USA Wine Trail and even a bar devoted to wine (Wine on Third in downtown Niagara Falls), you know it has to be plentiful and delicious!

 

  1. Negative Ions:  Although there isn’t a lot of science to back this up, it made the list anyway. It is believed that the mist from Niagara Falls creates negative ions that increase the levels of the mood chemical, serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy. No wonder why everyone is always so chipper!

 

  1. Indian Restaurants: There are a lot, seven to be exact, and they’re all within a 1-mile radius in downtown Niagara Falls. Naan anyone?

 

  1. Rainbows: We have tons of rainbows—without all of those pesky leprechauns!

 

  1. History:  The history of Old Fort Niagara spans more than 300 years. You can tour and view artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries. Hear ye!

 

  1.  Birds: Well, we don’t necessarily love them all the time, especially in the spring! Anyway, the Niagara River supports thousands of wintering gull and waterfowl species. And we do mean thousands!

 

  1. Ghosts: Hey, it may be a little scary but the ghosts of The Winery at Marjim Manor were on the SciFi Channel’s Ghost Hunters. They’re famous -that’s why we love them!

 

  1. Concerts: There are over one hundred free concerts every year. Who doesn’t love free?

 

  1. Water: Lots and lots of water.  About 750,000 gallons of water flow over Niagara Falls each second. That’s about 3,160 tons if we did our math correctly.