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Top 10 Things Every College Freshman Should Know

 

Discover the top 10 things every college freshman should know before leaving for college.


1.  Find a Church “Home Away From Home”

If you are attending college away from home, you most likely will not come home every weekend.  That would simply be too taxing on you physically, not to mention what it would do to your budget.  However, your spiritual walk will be more important than ever, so it is vital you find a place to be spiritually fed.  Before you leave, you may want to ask your Pastor or other church leaders if they can recommend a church in the area to which you are relocating.

2.  Use All Available Resources

There are many free resources available to you at most colleges.  Be sure to take advantage of them.  Use the library for dedicated study time and research.  The library is a good, quiet place where you can study without so many distractions.  Use your Academic Advisors, Tutoring Services, and Group Study sessions whenever you can.  By utilizing these free resources you are more likely to do well in college.

3.  When it comes to Grades – Be Proactive

Whenever you receive a grade that was not as high as you would like – do something about it immediately.  Do not allow yourself to get too far into the semester ignoring bad grades.  The further you get, the harder it is too pull that grade up.  To be proactive, you can arrange a meeting with your professor to discuss ways you can improve.  You can also see if tutoring services are available for that subject.  Of course, once you receive a lower grade that should be your alert to devote more time to study in that subject.

4.  Don’t Worry Too Much about Your Major

You surely can remember as a child all the various things you wanted to be when you grew up.  Because the truth of the matter is, you had no idea what you would end up doing.  At that age, you did not yet have enough life experiences to make that decision.  Although it is on a much smaller scale, the same can be said for entering college freshmen.  At this point, you may not be sure what you want to do, or you may think you know, but end up changing your mind.  Don’t worry!  More than half of all college students who declare a major end up changing their major at least once.  So, take your time, learn new things and participate in as many outside activities as you can.  This will help you discover what you are truly passionate about and help you select a career path.

5.  Get Involved in At Least One Activity Outside of Class

Getting involved in activities outside of class will help you determine your major and career path.  You will be exposed to experiences which you would not normally get in a classroom setting.  Additionally, you will forge new relationships which will help make your college experience more pleasant and will be beneficial if you ever need notes from a class or help studying for an exam.

6.  Get to Know Your Professors

You may not have time to do this with all of your professors, but it is a good idea to at least introduce yourself and maintain some sort of dialogue throughout the semester.  If the professor is aware you are actively engaged in the course and that you are studying and trying your best, they are more likely to help you out if needed.

7.  Avoid Credit Card Debt

This cannot be stressed enough.  Not only is avoiding credit card debt a Biblical Principal (Proverbs 22:7 is one of many examples) – it is just plain smart.  Credit Card companies seem to pass out credit cards to college students like candy.  If you take this piece of advice, you will never know how thankful you will be for it.  However, if you choose not to take this advice, one day you will wish you had.

8.  Pay Attention to Your Eating Habits

You have all heard of the “Freshman Fifteen” – well, the bad news is this is no urban legend.  It is true that many college students will experience a significant increase in their weight during their first year in college.  This is for a variety of reasons, but mainly due to the fact that many colleges offer buffets and more fast food will be consumed by college students than when they were in high school.  Not only should you be aware of what and how much you consume, but you should also pay attention to when you eat.  The later you eat, then less time your body has to use the food consumed, so it will be stored.

9.  Be Aware of Your Surroundings

It is important to get to know your new environment.  You should contact your student or local police department and ask if there are areas which should be avoided.  Be sure to walk in well-lit areas and in groups whenever possible.  Also, you should keep any emergency numbers saved in your cell phone and posted by the phone in your dorm or apartment.

10.  Keep Connected to Home

It is so easy to lose connection with people back home.  However, it is important that you maintain these relationships.  Make some time to send emails, make a quick phone call or message people on social media.  Not only will this help keep you grounded, but if you ever need anything, the people back home will be the ones in your corner.

Help Your Child Succeed

7 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in School

With the first day of school right around the corner, now is a good time to start formulating a strategy to ensure your child’s success in the upcoming school year.  Below you will find seven ways to help your child succeed in school:

  1. Pray for Your Child.  This seems like a “no-brainer”, but it is too important to not make this list.  With the hustle and bustle of trying to get your child’s school clothes and supplies and then the hectic first day of “getting back in the groove”, it may slip your mind a bit more easily than you think.  And, don’t just pray for them, let them know you are praying for them.  You never know, they may encounter a challenge during the day and if they remember you are praying for them, it may just give them the encouragement they need.
  2. Create a Designated Homework Area.  If you do not have a desk for your child, do not worry!  Simply designate an area in your home that is specifically for completing homework and studying.  This area should be as free from distraction as possible.  When the television is on your child will not be able to focus as much, despite their arguments that they can.  Also, ensure you have the basic supplies they will need, such as paper, pen/pencil, crayons/map colors, etc., in an easily accessible location.
  3. Institute a Bed Time.  This is much easier said than done.  Hectic work schedules and busy lives make this a hard one to implement.  However, the benefits of a steady routine and a good 8 hours of sleep make a bed time a necessity.
  4. Let Your Child Stay Up Longer if they read!  When you do institute a bed time, you are sure to have much dissent from your child.  But this is the perfect opportunity to capitalize on your child wanting to stay up longer.  Allow your child to stay up 30 minutes longer if they will read in bed.  You will be surprised at the extent your child will go to stay up longer.  Reading is also a good way to “wind down” and relax so your child will fall asleep more quickly and be more rested.
  5. Read with Your Child.  The importance of this cannot be stressed enough.  Reading with your child accomplishes so many things.  It helps you spend quality time with your child.  It allows your child to read books that might be a bit tougher for them to read on their own, but you will be continually expanding their capacity and their vocabulary.
  6. Help Your Child Ensure All Tasks are Completed Before They Go to Bed.  Nothing is more frustrating for a child than to start their day and remember an assignment they forgot to do.  Help ensure your child’s homework is complete, all notes are signed, and their clothes are laid out for the next day.  A smooth start in the morning helps create a better school day for your child.
  7. Help Your Child Make Better Health Choices.  Kids these days do not get nearly enough physical activity and they eat too much junk food.  Help your child become more conscious on their food choices and offer more healthy snack options at your house, such as fresh fruit and nuts.  You can even go on evening walks as a family or make exercise fun with a sit-up competition.  Studies show exercise and eating healthy improves mood and focus which will ultimately help your child do better in school.

Please comment below to share your own personal tips or ways you have found to help your child succeed in school.

Help for OK Victims

If you were affected by the Oklahoma tornadoes, the following free services are available to you:

WERE YOU AFFECTED BY THE TORNADO?

ATTEND A FREE FINANCIAL RECOVERY
EVENT & BRUNCH

Hosted by

Bishop Malcolm Colby

Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
Presiding Bishop
Church of God in Christ

Jason A. Yancey, Operation HOPE

The Centre
4325 Northwest 50th Street

Oklahoma City, OK  73112
Friday, June 7th – 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

HOPE Coalition America free financial services include:

  • Disaster Recovery Budgeting
  • Managing Mortgage Payments on a Destroyed Home
  • Home Inspections and Repair Contracts
  • Assistance with Working with Your Creditors
  • Referrals to Government and Private Agencies
  • Assistance with Obtaining Copies of Destroyed Documents
  • Insurance Claims Assistance
  • Recovery Seminars and Financial Case Management

HOPE Coalition America is the national emergency preparedness and financial recovery division of Operation HOPE, Inc., America’s leading provider of economic empowerment programs and services.  The coalition is a collaboration of senior executives and professionals from the banking and financial services, insurance, and other industries.  Additional participants include social service, and community services agencies, which provide financial and economic recovery information and guidance to individuals and small businesses affected by disasters.

Two of our principal tools: the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK), is a document which aids people to create detailed listings of their important personal and financial information; and the companion document, the Personal Disaster Preparedness Guide (PDPG) guides them through the survival and recovery steps they should take prior to an emergency. The documents are available as a free download from our website www.operationhope.org.

The United States has a strong network of first responders to address immediate health, safety, and infrastructure needs after disasters, through agencies such as the Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  HOPE Coalition America strengthens that network by assisting individuals with the short, medium and long-term economic and financial challenges they face following disasters.


HOPE Coalition America free financial services include:

  • Disaster Recovery Budgeting
  • Managing Mortgage Payments on a Destroyed Home
  • Home Inspections and Repair Contracts
  • Assistance with Working with Your Creditors
  • Referrals to Government and Private Agencies
  • Assistance with Obtaining Copies of Destroyed Documents
  • Insurance Claims Assistance
  • Recovery Seminars and Financial Case Management

For assistance call: 1-888-388-HOPE (4673)

HOPE Coalition America is the national emergency preparedness and financial recovery division of Operation HOPE, Inc., America’s leading provider of economic empowerment programs and services. The coalition is a collaboration of senior executives and professionals from the banking and financial services, insurance, and other industries. Additional participants include social service, and community services agencies, which provide financial and economic recovery information and guidance to individuals and small businesses affected by disasters.

Two of our principal tools: the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK), is a document which aids people to create detailed listings of their important personal and financial information; and the companion document, the Personal Disaster Preparedness Guide (PDPG) guides them through the survival and recovery steps they should take prior to an emergency. The documents are available as a free download from our website www.operationhope.org.

The United States has a strong network of first responders to address immediate health, safety, and infrastructure needs after disasters, through agencies such as the Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). HOPE Coalition America strengthens that network by assisting individuals with the short, medium and long-term economic and financial challenges they face following disasters.

For assistance call 1-888-388-HOPE (4673)
For more information go to www.OperationHOPE.org

Job Opportunity

COGIC Urban Initiatives Seeks Assistance in Filling Job–Salary range $ 45-50,000


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JOB POSTING FOR
Program Coordinator – New York & New Jersey

JOB TITLE: Program Coordinator-Small Business & COGIC Liaison – Hurricane Sandy
DEPARTMENT: HOPE Coalition America
LOCATION: New York and New Jersey
REPORTS TO: HCA Division Director

Position Overview:
Schedule and deliver Operation HOPE Services. Provide guidance and assistance to COGIC churches and their members and small business owners and their employees. Duties and
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Disaster Recovery:
HOPE Coalition America (HCA), in partnership with FEMA, responds to national disasters. We are the financial recovery partner of FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security (Citizen Corps), and the American Red Cross. HCA employees and volunteers (HOPE Corps Associates) provide HCA services and referrals to other organizations and agencies. Provide one on one and group technical assistance to Small Businesses including completing business plans, financial projections, required loan documents, sales and marketing, operation procedures, accounting records and tax filing.

Develop new funding opportunities and coordinate introductions to the vice president partnerships and development.

Community Seminars and Presentations:
Coordinate, schedule and conduct Small Business Recovery Seminars.
Collaborate with private, public and nonprofit sectors to coordinate outreach efforts to small businesses.

HOPE Corps Volunteers:
Operation Hope, Inc.’s volunteer organization is HOPE Corps, which coordinates volunteers for all programs. HCA’s volunteers serve as seminar facilitators, financial recovery client managers, and deliver on-the-ground financial recovery services. Recruit accountants, attorneys and bankers to make presentations during business recovery sessions.

Experience and Core Competencies:
BA required; finance or accounting classes or experience required.
Must have 5-7 years’ work experience in providing technical assistance to small businesses or successfully operating a small business.
Bilingual – English and Spanish preferred.
Must have strong program coordination, organizational, written and verbal communication skills.
Must have extensive experience working with Microsoft Office Suite or other information management systems.
Knowledge of financial planning, business accounting and financial document creation, business accounting principles, all facets of small businesses operations.

Other Job Specifications and Attributes:
Additional Attributes: Able to continually adjust priorities to meet client demands. The ability to provide compassionate guidance and assistance to small business owners and their key employees.
Build and maintain a professional relationship with clients and providers of services to our clients.

Additional Interests: Financial planning and literacy, emergency preparedness and recovery, community involvement and public speaking. Work Environment: Must be able to work in
various environments.

COMPENSATION: $45,000 – $50,000 a year based on experience plus a competitive health care package and 401K matching program

CONTACT: Questions and a resume should be directed to Jason.yancey@operationhope.org or resumes@operationhope.org.

 

2013 SIMUL CONFERENCE

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Benefits for Sandy Victims‏ Meeting Cancelled

The meeting scheduled for Friday, Feb 8 at Zion Temple to discuss Hurricane Sandy relief has been cancelled because of weather. We will notify you as soon as it is rescheduled.


ALL NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY AND CONNECTICUT BISHOPS AND PASTORS

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You are invited to participate in a special event to receive information that will assist our members.

Free financial services are available from Operation HOPE:

  • Creating a Disaster Recovery Budget
  • Deferring Mortgage Payments on a Destroyed Home
  • Home Inspections and Repair Contracts
  • Assistance with Working with Your Creditors
  • Referrals to Government and Private Agencies
  • Assistance with Obtaining Copies of Documents
  • Insurance Claims Assistance                               
  • Recovery Seminars and Financial Case Management

For more information contact us at 516-623-9466 or email us at fowhite@zioncathedral.org

 
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