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  • Should I transfer universities?

    I'm not happy at the school I'm currently at. Sure, I love the professors, I love the classes, and the campus itself is beautiful. But the people here are just ruining my experience and I'm worried that if I stay here for the next four years, I'll either do so badly academically due to emotional stress that I won't be able to get into a grad school, or I'll end up dropping out, or I'll end up depressed again. I really don't want to stay here but I know there's risk in transferring. Suggestions?

  • Is this a good enough reason for Caltech's medical scholars program?

    I want to apply to Cal tech early action so that I can apply to their medical scholars program (you get accepted to Cal tech and then are screened for their medical school at one of the UC schools so that you don't have to apply when you finish your undergrad). This program is for people who are sure they want to be doctors. I have good grades (4.00 UW and 4.72 W) and good test scores (34 ACT, 800 math level 2 SAT, 780 bio SAT 2). I have a few good extra curriculars (volunteer in hospital, intern in a law firm, and I'm going to Cambodia over the summer to build an orphanage, among a few others) and I took 5 APs this year (I'm a junior). I LOVE math and science and you can see that in my classes (I took 2 sciences this year, did science stuff over the summer, ect). I know I want to do something with math and science but the reason I want to be a doctor is more personal. I was hospitalized from the end of my freshman year of high school until the end of my sophomore year. I had some really great doctors and some really bad doctors, and well from there it's kind of an emotional thing. Some of my bad doctors made me feel so helpless, degraded, and sent me into depression, but the great doctors I had made all the difference and they saved my life. I guess I want to be a doctor so that I can help people that way because I know what it feels like to feel so helpless. This is why I want to be a doctor and it works out well because I have always loved science. Do you think this reason gives me a shot at getting into Cal-techs medical scholars program? I know it's kind of corny, but that really is my reason.

  • Should I stay in the current college I'm in or should I transfer?

    I'm currently a sociology major and a sophomore with a 2.35 gpa. I haven't been doing well in school mainly because I am depressed. I am planning on getting treatment for it. I have two D's and two F's on my transcript so far. My counselor says that even if I re-take those classes, the grades will just average out into my gpa..but the F's and D's I got in the previous classes will still remain there. I'm afraid that even I pull of straight A's from now on, my gpa won't be enough to get into a good grad school by the time I hit senior year. Should I just withdraw from this school, and re-start my career at a community college? If so, how will that affect my financial aid?

  • I,m trying to find out what p.s.p means in medical terms?

  • Is going to college a waste time when it comes to getting a job if i have a felony for robbery?

  • Graduate Programs online???

    I am thinking of taking an online masters program but not sure what to look for in a good program for online. Any suggestions would be great :o) If it helps I am thinking of Special Education or Spcial Education with Autism. Thanks!

  • What is a common problem most college students face today?

    I have to write a persuasive speech in a problem solution format, and it has to relate to someone in my age demographic. if you're in college what are some problems you are facing? (even if it pertains to your school only it can be helpful)

  • I don't understand what college instructor is asking... can anyone re word the question for me?

    Aside from earning your degree in child psychology. What are ways that even now you can get involved in this field for a type of field experience?

  • Scholarships for Asperger's Syndrome, OCD, and Borderline Personality Disorder?

  • Advice on whether or not to drop out?

    I just need some input on this. I've come to the conclusion that academia is not for me. Its not because I'm bad at it, quite the opposite actually. I graduated salutatorian of my high school class and am currently pulling a 3.3 as an engineering major at one of the top public universities . I'm on a full tuition scholarship from a military service branch in ROTC with a guaranteed commission after graduation. Everything is sorted out for me. Is it bad that I'm not happy? Call me selfish, call me ungrateful, but I've reached the point where I'm seriously considering dropping out. I do realize how blessed I am, and I give thanks for that, but I can't shake the feeling that this is not what I want my life to be. It seems like my life is just going to be me slogging through one stage of my life to get to the next stage, and it repeats until I'm old and crusty and die. One of the main things holding me back is the fear of what my family will say/think of me. I was raised with my parent's expectations that we would all go to high school, go to college, then start nice white collar jobs in a nice suburban housing complex. It was just how things were-if someone mentioned plans other than college, they were scoffed at and not taken seriously. I tell them I'm dropping out--I can already see the disappointment and disapproving glare in their eyes. I was just always that girl, the one who gets top grades then goes to college and graduates and becomes a noted professional. So am I staying in school for me, or for them? Like I said above, I've realized academia is not for me. I get asked my favorite class, and in all honesty my answer is none. Its more of a question of which class I hate the least. Lectures, quizzes, homework, exams--they irritate me like none other. Just wait until after graduation they say. You'll get to use your degree in something practical. But let's be real here. I'm an engineering major here, a lot of it is done on a computer. The thought of spending years slogging through code and modeling...I wanted it once, but now I don't. I know by dropping out I'd be giving up a lot. A good life. A comfortable salary, a commission, job security. But my heart is telling me I'm meant for something else.

  • Will I get into UF, FSU, and UCF Summer 2012?

    Academic GPA: 3.52 Weighted GPA: 3.91 Un-Weighted GPA: 3.29 SAT Composite Reading: 510, Math: 530, Writing 620 (10/12 Essay).... 1660 total ACT Composite: 24 ( I was chosen to represent my county at RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), a three day summer leadership program, based upon my academic standing and leadership capabilities. I am the Vice President of Rotary sponsored Interact Service Club. I am in National Honors Society. I am in Philosophy Honors Society. I am in Rho Kappa (Social Studies Honors Society). I am in HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America). I am a member of PTSA. I am a Florida Virtual School (FLVS) Student Ambassador. I served as the co-captain of the group for my school at the annual county-wide Rotary Run I was selected to represent my school and county at the annual Interact District Conference to help our organization increase its popularity and productivity. I represented the Interact Service Club in a county-wide trivia contest. I played Junior Varsity football. Comm service: I have recorded 375 community service hours to date. I help out at my synagogue, some activities include Mitzvah Day. I helped lead famous Harvest Drive (also part of Interact), which helps feed poor families on Thanksgiving by collecting canned foods. I have participated in many food drives. I helped raise money and advertised for a local Breast Cancer Walk I can speak Spanish. I sold many Autism Awareness puzzle pieces to help raise money for autistic children to learn how to play sports. I have coached Youth Football at the YMCA two years in a row and plan to continue coaching during my senior year of high school. I have helped clean many lakes and parks. I helped set together Camp Dunk Fiesta 2010 at my high school. I helped set up and participate in the annual Rotary Concert. Talents and awards: I am a two time recipient of the PTSA LightningF Award of Excellence (sophomore and junior years), which is given to the stud

  • Good master's program in clinical psychology?

    Which universities offer a good master's for clinical or experimental/applied psychology in USA or UK? I have checked out a few usual more renowned universities and most only offer PhD and not master's. Anyone currently taking such a program? Any good recommendations? Thanks! :)

  • Can someone help me find some statistics?

    I am trying to find some statistics on the effectiveness of the different treatments for insomnia. Such as the effectiveness rates of behavioral treatments, herbal treatments, congnitive treatments... ETC. But I am having difficulties. Any help would be appreciated.

  • Can I get into UF, FSU, UCF or USF Summer Term?

    Weighted GPA: 3.99 Academic GPA: 3.57 Unweighted GPA: 3.32 SAT: Reading: 510 Math: 530 Writing: 620 Essay: 10/12 ACT: 24..... (23 for UCF) Extracurriculars: I was chosen to represent my county at RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), a three day summer leadership program, based upon my academic standing and leadership capabilities. I am the Vice President of Rotary sponsored Interact Service Club. I am in National Honors Society. I am in Philosophy Honors Society. I am in Rho Kappa (Social Studies Honors Society). I am in HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America). I am a member of PTSA. I am a Florida Virtual School (FLVS) Student Ambassador. I served as the co-captain of the group for my school at the annual county-wide Rotary Run I was selected to represent my school and county at the annual Interact District Conference to help our organization increase its popularity and productivity. I represented the Interact Service Club in a county-wide trivia contest. I played Junior Varsity football. Comm service: I have recorded 375 community service hours to date. I help out at my synagogue, some activities include Mitzvah Day. I helped lead famous Harvest Drive (also part of Interact), which helps feed poor families on Thanksgiving by collecting canned foods. I have participated in many food drives. I helped raise money and advertised for a local Breast Cancer Walk I can speak Spanish. I sold many Autism Awareness puzzle pieces to help raise money for autistic children to learn how to play sports. I have coached Youth Football at the YMCA two years in a row and plan to continue coaching during my senior year of high school. I have helped clean many lakes and parks. I helped set together Camp Dunk Fiesta 2010 at my high school. I helped set up and participate in the annual Rotary Concert. Talents and awards: I am a two time recipient of the PTSA Lightning Award of Excellence (sophomore and junior years), which is given to the student(s) based upon his or her success inside and outside of the classroom. I can type 45 words per minute in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint. I have obtained very good communication skills by dealing with frustrated parents or annoyed children when coaching youth football.

  • Who is smart enough to proof read this paper?

    Abnormal Psychology and Mental Disorders Psychology is a complex and multi-faceted aria of study. Taking a semester in this field an individual can only make a dent into the learning required to become well versed and knoligbable of the topic. However, I did learn a lot from taking this course. Neuroscience, learning, memory, social psychology, and abnormal psychology are just a few of the interesting topics associated with an intro into psychology course. Neuroscience was interesting, because it showed how the little details and mechanisms within the brain work. How neurons communicate with the electrical impulses, and how dopamine is involved with the illegal drug cocaine was fascinating. Learning and memory was intriguing because the chapters showed the reader ways to improve their learning and memory skills for quizzes and exams. I enjoyed learning about why we conform to others in social psychology. This chapter made me realize how much I need to try to be myself in different situations. Although these three topics are extremely interesting I found abnormal psychology to the most interesting. The different mental disorders learned in abnormal psychology were extremely facinateing, because each disorder is uneak and different. Angiziety disorders appeared to be the most relatable, because everyone experiences anxiety at some point within their lifetime, whether it is before performing on stage for the first time or before taking a major test. Although these are common feelings of anxiety the specific disorders such as, agoraphobia is less common than the typical anxiety most individuals encounter. Agoraphobia is anxiety to leave the house. A more common anxiety disorder would be specific phobia, where the individual fears and tries to avoid a specific object, sound, or situation. The ways to treat most anxiety disorders is through psychotherapy, and systematic desensitization. Psychotherapy is treatment with psychological techniques, such as talking therapy. Systematic Desensitization uses steps to unlearn the feared object involving relaxation techniques. I prefer these methods over medication because they are healthier for the body’s overall well-being. Mood disorders consist of major depressive disorder, and bipolar disorder. Depressive disorder is when the individual is sad, experience feelings of loneliness, and not belonging. Bipolar disorder is more intriguing than depressive disorder because the emotions are on a rollercoster experiencing feelings of depression and manic episodes, which consist of abnormal euphoric moods. Treatment of these two disorders are through medication and cognitive therapy, to change the way individuals think and view situations by replacing illogical thinking with logical thinking patterns. The most interesting disorder associated with mental disorders is schizophrenic because it is the rarest. People suffering from schizophrenia experience symptoms such as, hallucinations, delusions, and depersonalization. Unfortunately, people who suffer from this disorder need to seek out antipsychotic drugs that work on the neuron transmitter dopamine. Some of the most common medications use to help treat this disorder are… It is important to learn about these disorders because it helps diminish the common stereotype that all people with mental disorders are crazy because they simply chose to be, and that you can not simply flip a switch or change a thought and be cured. In reality individuals suffer from these disorders because they have a chemical imbalance which aide to disorders such as, bi polar and depression. Some disorders can be developed because of an individual thought process, such as anxiety disorders. Psychology is complex consisting of many interesting topics. The most interesting and intriguing topic is abnormal psychology, because of all the mental disorders learned within this topic. The most interesting mental disorder is schizophrenia because of the interesting symptoms linked with this disorder.

  • Equine Assisted Pychotherapy and the Education required?

    I asked a similar question previously but did not get much of a response. Im really wondering exctly how I would get into this. I was thinking maybe a degree in Hippotherapy, but that seems to be more dirrected at shildren and people with menal and physical disbilities not people with mental illnesses.I want to treat people,aiming at adolecents, that have severe depression,suicidal tendancies and attemtpts, anormexia as well as people who self harm. I used to suffer from severe clinical depression and anorexia, where i expressed severe self harm. horses got me through it and i would like to share that opportunity with others as well. Im really lost in what courses i should take. Maybe a degree in pychology? but where do i go from there? please, any information on how to actually start this career path would be helpful. *please do not tell me to talk to certian people at universities i have already done that and am still lcking informatin, hence why am asking on here*

  • Why would a college offer "confidential" free depression screening...?

    in a very public spot where everyone could see and hear who's talking to who about what? I know it's nice they're offering the screening to the student body at all, but they get to meet with a professional for it, and it's supposed to be confidential, but it's in this big open atrium where students walk through to go to eat, to go to many important offices, etc. How many people--first years it's targeted for particularly--are really going to stop there? The ones who really want the attention, yeah, but hey. Whatever. They'll only be filling out a questionnaire anyways, most likely, probably not much actual help reminding them of what they already know....

  • Good GPA. Decent SATs. Chances at these schools?

    White - Male - NJ - 1st Gen GPA weighted - (98.1) Top 10% - ~550 in class (doesn't give specific ranks) Just about all AP and Honors courses throughout HS. Thinking about majoring in Biology or Biochem and maybe a minor in finance or something Senior Sched: Spanish 4 Honors Calculus AP English 4 Honors AP Macro-Economics Ap Biology SAT results (first try): M-720 CR-610 W-600 SAT #2 M-710 CR-620 W-680 Best Sections...M-720,CR-620,W-680 - total=2020 - taking one more time..hoping for 2100+ SATIIs Math II - 750 US History - 710 should i send? Working experience- 2 Pizza Shops - 9th to 11th - 12 hours per week Babysitter- when needed Tutor - 3 hours per week Extracurriculars: -Vice President of my class for 2 years -Member of student council (all four years) -Interact club - officer next year - club that does community service -Italian-American Club -Student Alliance -Philosophy Club -Basketball league in which i've been playing since 2nd grade -Another league in which i started playing since 6th grade -National Honors Society -Spanish Honors Society -Accounting award for school Volunteer: Mentor to an autistic child - Each week I spend one or two hours with an autistic child of a Families Fighting Autism family I know. Started in 11th grade to present. Animal Orphanage - Walk dogs at a local animal shelter Highschool’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt - Event when children come to Eastern and have a variety of acitivites to and food to eat. At the end, there is a egg hunt for all of the age groups. Walk-a-Thon Breakfast with Santa - Annual event that children attend with many events going on and every child receives presents donated by the volunteers. Senior Citizen Luncheon - Annual event where the volunteers serve, talk, and entertain the the senior citizens who attend Elementary Fair - Volunteer at a elementary school (that i attended) annually when they have their fair So what do you think my chances are at the following schools? (don't have to answer all, just as many as you feel like or as many as you know about): Bucknell College of New Jersey Lehigh Northeastern Penn State - UP Duke Rutgers NB University of Delaware University of Maryland - College Park University of Michigan University of Virginia University of North Carolina University of Florida University of Miami Any other schools to look at? Thanks!

  • After writing a letter for readmission, what are the chances of a college giving second chances?

    I completed 486 hours of cosmetology school. Barely, I was misdiagnosed as bipolar for 7 years. I had severe depression, and it got harder and harder for me to focus on school let alone get there. I was recently diagnosed as ADD, and also have a letter from my doctor stating that I was not well, and am currently under treatment and on the correct medications to function and focus now. I feel a lot better, but I am nervous about my chances? Any advice would be appreciated, =)

  • Need Help Writing College Essay for Application?

    Im a senior in high school and I'm beginning to apply for colleges. Most of the colleges I'm applying to require a short essay or personal statement. I consider myself a decent writer, I just have a few questions. Maybe you can help me out: 1. What are some good topics to write about if the essay can be about anything? 2. Would it be a bad idea to write about my struggles with eating disorders for an essay question that asks about an event that had a significant impact on me? 3. Should I type it double or single spaced? And if you have any other tips for me, I would really appreciate it! Thanks so much!!