Expected Extra Costs

I have to say that I love Plymouth State University and I love my major (Early Childhood Education) but lately I feel like I am just getting bombarded with expenses to be able to stay in the Early Childhood major. One major expense that every education major has to pay is for their Teacher Licensure and Certification (the Praxis). This one test costs $180 and has to be taken at the latest before your junior year. This test is required as a prerequisite to get into some classes and you have to pass it to be able to teach. Another cost (which is new this year) is for fingerprinting and a background check to be able to work at a childcare center, school, or to be in a practicum. This costs just about $50, and this is for the special savings day. For just those 2 additional expenses one student already has to pay $230.

I don't understand why all of these additional costs are added on during the school year. We are all poor college students and don't have the money to pay for all of this! I think that Plymouth State should think ahead and add it into our tuition (or at least give us the option to). I know that I am scrapping for all I have to pay for these expenses, but I have no time to wait. I either scrap for the money or I am going to have a lot of trouble to get into certain classes.

Fivefinger Shoes

I was looking at running shoes the other day and came across this weird looking shoes called the five finger shoes.

Five Finger Shoes

When I first saw them I thought they were ugly and who would ever want to wear those? When I started reading into them I thought they were amazing! They are designed to make you experience the sensation and freedom of going barefoot with the protection and sure-footed grip of a sole.

These shoes are perfect for those who love the outdoors. From yoga to running to sailing and everything in-between these shoes are the best to feel the most freedom! Also, it has been said that these shoes help back pains, posture, balance, agility, and stimulates your feet and lower leg muscles.

To learn more about the five finger shoes head over to the Vibram website.

End of the semester

It's about that time, only 3 weeks of classes and 1 final week and then it's summer time! But right about now is the hardest point because all of your teachers just slam you with projects and papers. It gets very stressful for me and I'm sure every other college student. Here are a few ways on how to not stress that I found in an article entitled Avoiding Stress During Finals Week.

1. Don't study for more than 2 hours at a time.
Take a short break and then continue
studying.

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2. Before an exam get at least 5 hours of sleep.
Even though 8 hours is recommended
you can get by on just 5 hours.

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3. Eat food to gain energy.
This can help you gain
both physical and mental
energy.

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Stick with these 3 tips and you will do much better on exams!

Eyjafjallajökull

Who would of thought that one volcano could be so costly. The latest volcano that just hit Iceland, The Eyjafjallajökull volcano, cost over $1.7 billion in losses for airlines. When this volcano erupted it stop all air travel  in and out of the greater part of Europe. Who would think that a volcano could do this much damage! And it is said that it will take weeks to fly all the stranded passengers to where they need to go.

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Hopefully everything will be back in order soon that way people won't be stranded. Also, it is said that this is the second time the volcano has erupted within a month.. What will happen if it erupts again? There has already been rising floodwaters, shooting smoke and steam in the air, and melting ice!

CMA Fest

Every year in June Nashville, TN holds a huge 4-day concert event, the CMA Festival. This CMA festival consists of top country names (e.g. Jason Aldean, Billy Currington, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, and Tim McGraw).  Each day their is 2 different concerts (one during the day and one that night).

Now this concert is a lot different than most because the artists that come to perform receive no profit. Half of the proceeds go to charity's that various artists chose.  Also, the tickets are very reasonable for a 4-day event. Ticket prices range from $120-$320 and no matter where you sit you will be able to see the show!

The artists are around all day and night and there are a lot of meet and greets people can go to! A lot of people get autographs and pictures taken while in the meet and greet! If you are a country fan, this is the ultimate experience there is! I can't wait to go and experience it for the first time!

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