What is the Average College Freshman Like? [infographic]

July 2, 2013 |  by  |  Education, Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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Congratulations, you’ve just opened the acceptance letter to your first-choice college! Your entire family could not be happier; you could not be happier. After all, you have spent the last four years preparing for this: furiously studying to keep your GPA afloat and taking endless SAT prep-courses. It is such a relief to have all of that behind you now–and to know it paid off.

Now it’s time to prepare for college itself, and this can be a very daunting task. Some things to consider are housing, tuition, major, leaving home, etc. The good news is that every entering college freshman is in the same state of decision-making panic that you are. One of the most important things to consider is financial aid. Be sure you have applied to every scholarship and grant available to you and (if necessary) requested federal or private funds to cover any additional costs you might have.

Citizens Bank has gathered some interesting statistics on college students that help paint a picture of what the average incoming freshman is like. Read more and find out what you have in common with the rest of your freshman class. Good luck! [via]

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Buying Habits of the Beauty Shopper [infographic]

July 1, 2013 |  by  |  Retail  |  No Comments
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Beauty Product Buyers are nearly twice as likely as the average consumer to be a DIY-enthusiast, 80% more likely to drive an SUV and 70% more likely to be “body-conscious.” Now I can understand the reasoning behind ‘body-conscious’ people being frequent shoppers of beauty products, but the correlation with SUV drivers? Surprising.

Almost a quarter of customers find out about new beauty products from their friends. That’s understandable. Look around at the modern fashion, everyone is wearing the same brands. Levi’s, converse, H&M – these companies are what’s cool right now and most of that is attributed to word-of-mouth and advertising.

Advertisements follow very closely behind word-of-mouth at 23%. They are everywhere, TV, Billboards, online and even on our societies’ celebrities. Fashion week is one of the largest events in the entire world. It is flooded with cash that can rival even some of the biggest sporting events. Advertising is huge in the beauty market.

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North Cyprus [infographic]

June 30, 2013 |  by  |  Travel  |  4 Comments
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Hopefully most of you are having a laid-back and relaxing summer. But I think it’s safe to say that we could all use an island getaway. Being at the beach is a freeing and almost cleansing experience for many people. I think there’s something therapeutic in just digging your toes in the sand.

Today’s infographic features Cyprus, a beautiful island located in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. North Cyprus in particular is known for its lovely sites. The island is home to the Kyrenia Harbor, where a thriving and diverse trade of wheat, olives, donkeys, and goats were once exported. And high up in the mountains is the St. Hilarion Castle, a preserved ruin that was originally a monastery and named after a monk.

The weather in North Cyprus appears to be typical island weather. It’s mild and pleasant all year long. The territory also features more than 30 pristine beaches including the Golden Turtle Beach, located in the Karpas Peninsula. And if you have a soft spot for wildlife North Cyprus is famous for its wild donkeys and rare sea turtles. The sea turtles apparently return to the beaches every year to lay their eggs.

Let’s face it, you probably need a break from working too hard or some time to de-stress. Check out today’s infographic, and consider vacationing in North Cyprus this year! [Go North Cyprus Holidays]

EDIT: I apologize to the readers for not addressing some of the problems North Cyprus is facing. While the island is beautiful and has the potential to be a fantastic vacation spot, the country’s history should be taken into consideration. North Cyprus was invaded and occupied by Turkey, which evicted a lot of the native Greeks. The Turkish army still has a massive presence in North Cyprus and there is undoubtedly lots of political unrest. These points should definitely be taken into account before planning a trip there.

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Fourth of July Fireworks [Infographic]

June 29, 2013 |  by  |  Health, Holiday, Lifestyle, Recreation  |  No Comments
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Now that our nation’s Independence Day is right around the corner, it’s time to start planning those annual BBQ’s. Hotdogs, hamburgers, American flags, and… you guessed it… FIREWORKS!!!

Before you get too carried away though, make sure to take the proper precaution when lighting up those bad@#% fireworks you scored this 4th of July.

According to Instant Checkmate more than 15,000 fires were caused by fireworks in 2010, resulting in $36 million in property damage. Of those fires, 1,100 resulted in the destruction of private homes or properties, and 8 deaths.

Now, I know you’re thinking, “Oh c’mon man, it’s the 4th of July, that’s what you do!”. But, stop, and think about how devastated those families must have felt after losing their homes to an irresponsibly started fire, or, worst case scenario, mourning over the death of a loved one.

So, this 4th of July, remember to follow the proper safety precautions during your annual celebrations. Other than the basic “Don’t let kids play with fireworks” and “Always have an adult around”, take special care to remember to some rules you might not think of in the spur of the moment at a party. For instance, always hold the firework away from your face when lighting, never try to re-light or pick up a firework that did not light properly, and be sure to have a source of water handy when lighting your fireworks.

With that being said, here is straight-forward guide to safely setting off your fireworks this 4th of July.

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U.S. Space Travel [infographic]

June 28, 2013 |  by  |  Tech  |  2 Comments
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February 1st 2003: A loud thunder is heard throughout east Texas. Shortly after the bang, debris scattered from Dallas to Louisiana and from the Space Shuttle Columbia. I was at a friend’s sleepover and I heard the boom. The Columbia explosion was one of the most terrifying events that I heard about as a kid, second to 9/11. There have been 14 deaths in the 50 years and 500 people that America has sent to space. Therefore, about 3% of Americans sent to space die in an accident. That percentage is still a little bit high before I would jump onto a space shuttle.

The idea of traveling to space is exhilarating and terrifying, and I believe we may be close to being able to travel there for leisure! They currently have rough draft plans of a structure called the “Space Elevator” that will be built from a space station toward the earth to allow easier and cheaper access to space. If some of the richest people on earth would get some money together, they could pay to build it (I’m looking at you Bill Gates and Warren Buffett). Imagine star gazing with no atmosphere in the way, with nothing except space and millions of light years between you and the galaxy.
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