College Signing Day – A Reflection

Signing Day with Michelle Obama

Image and Background Information Courtesy of Better Make Room

After watching the College Signing Day event hosted by Better Make Room and broadcasted on Twitch, I enjoyed every minute of it. To Nick Cannon’s hilarious comedy to Michelle Obama’s inspiring speech, it made me really emotional that so many people were involved. I have been watching Ninja lately on Twitch, I was very happy to see him appear as a guest on stage to speak with the audience. He explained that his brother is a teacher and advocates for higher education regularly. I talk with clients often that are in roles such as Superintendents, IT Directors, Principals, and Teachers. I have a new appreciation for their role as they are the faces that will push forth students that are willing and with passion for what they wish to pursue after high school. It’s very humbling to be a graduate and I’m very happy to see a community that supports the push for making room and accepting students in all variety of programs. Thank you so much for the event, Better Make Room, and all of the staff and guests attended. I’m looking forward to next year!

Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher-Better Make Room initiative inspires every student in the U.S. to take charge of their future by completing education past high school. Reach Higher-Better Make Room meets students where they are (on social/digital/streaming platforms) to build a college-going culture and make it easier for students to apply and attend college.

Washington, DC — On Wednesday, May 2nd, Reach Higher hosted the 2018 College Signing Day with former First Lady Michelle Obama at Temple University. The event will be held at the Liacouras Center with 8,000 students from across Philadelphia’s public, private, charter, and parochial schools. This is the fifth consecutive year that Mrs. Obama has celebrated College Signing Day.

College Signing Day celebrates high school seniors choosing to pursue higher education at a professional training program, a community college, a four-year college or university, or the military and continues Mrs. Obama’s efforts to inspire young people to pursue their education past high school. In addition to Mrs. Obama’s event in Philadelphia, hundreds of College Signing Day events have been planned in nearly every state across the country by communities, students, and organizations committed to helping students pursue higher education.

View the website to learn more! https://www.bettermakeroom.org/college-signing-day/

 

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New Wave of Technology

 

We are in a New Wave of Technology in the 21st century, its almost 2012!! 2011 is almost over and there is a growing issue that has resurfaced in the 2000’s and now its becoming more of a concern as we are diving into the Technology Era,

Hacking.

What defines hacking? In our lifetime, a new age of technology is quickly approaching us. Can technology really be all good? Could there really be a bad?

We use technology almost every day in our lives for simple things such as: E-mail, Facebook, Google search, and to satisfy our personal Wikipedia curiosities. These opportunities and services offer so much variety and possibility in our personal lives that it could potentially put every generation behind us to rest. No more late-night calls to receive a message from a friend… we would just go to Facebook for that. Facebook is there 24/7 to give ourselves a profile of our own life, to look at other people’s lives and their personal information.

This is where hacking becomes a concern.

What many don’t realize today is that, you could be literally giving someone else (a complete stranger) your personal information: whether it be your birthday, your full name, contact information, and even phone numbers which allow you to connect with the outside world. Hackers rely on this key information to receive bank transactions, credit card numbers, pin numbers, and passwords you frequently use to gain personal desires such as money or quick satisfaction.

Avoiding Hacking:
DO NOT display key personal information to the public in any way, whether it be on an email, facebook profiles, or private messages.
DO NOT leave yourself vulnerable: including leaving facebook open for long periods of time, leaving sticky notes around your computer, at school, or at work that pertain information about you.
Have common sense — Don’t reply to messages that ask you to: Change your password immediately, or to reactivate your account whatsoever. Do not click on any links or download any files without knowing the sender and their credentials. Change your password every so often: for example every 6-12 months. Make passwords unique!!! If you would like to learn more click the links below,

External Sources:

http://www.ed.uiuc.edu/wp/crime/hacking.htm

http://netforbeginners.about.com/od/hacking101/tp/What-People-Use-For-Passwords.htm

http://compnetworking.about.com/od/networksecurityprivacy/f/what-is-hacking.htm