Using the Internet for Education

Finding the right college can be very tricky, extremely overwhelming, and slightly terrifying; however, the internet can be a useful tool to help ease some of that anxiety through the college process. When I was going to college, the internet was not something many people used, but now most people can’t live without it. Every young person I talk to says they rely on the internet to search for the college they want to attend. There are now websites where you can plug in your major and the area you are looking to go to school, and it will give you a list of results to help narrow your search.

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Colleges are continuously trying to out do one another with better recreation centers, dining halls, dorm rooms, and education facilities, so it is very important to find the right school that is within your price range. To help make getting a higher education more attainable make sure to check into scholarships that the school gives, scholarships in your area, and use the FAFSA calculator to see if you are eligible for government grants and loans. It is important to understand that loans must be paid back and can lead to a lot of debt if you are not careful. That is why the internet can be so useful. There are tools available that allow you to see how much money you’ll spend and how much you’ll have to pay back in loans. College is a major step, so use the internet wisely to help make the big decision. I chose to pick the first school that seemed right for me, but one of my best friends spent months trying to decided. She worried so much that it made her sick. So, do your research, but don’t freak out and over think everything. I know, it’s easier said than done. The important thing is to pick the school where you can get the best education in the field you want to go into. Pick a major that you can apply and make a career out of. Choose a school that you can afford and won’t feel overwhelmed by student loans, and make sure you pick a place that interest you and you can get involved. College is an amazing time, so use the internet as a tool to help make the right choice.

Donna 

THOSE ARE THE FAX

Fax technology has never been reliable.  I don’t know why.  Machine problems, landline problems, I don’t care.  I just want all of my documents to get where they’re supposed to go.

Several years ago, I worked in the mortgage business.  We were a brokerage and we dealt with different companies.  They all needed the loan documents faxed to them.  In a mortgage, there’s a lot of paperwork.  Now, I’m big into follow-up and I would always call the company to make sure they got the docs.  Never and I mean never would they have all of them.  Best case, they would receive about half.  Fax technology had been with us for about thirty years and the best it could do was deliver a facsimile of about half of what I had sent.

Then I came across a website that would fax my documents over the internet.  Not a slow, easy-to-overwhelm phone line.  You just scan your docs, save them to a file and attach them to an email.  If you didn’t mind an ad for a cover sheet, they’d fax up to five documents for free.  If you need more than that, there’s a fee, but it’s worth it.

In the mortgage business, speed is essential.  Clients always ask the same question: “How long will the process take?”  If another company promises the whole thing quicker, you’ve lost them.  Also, while you’re feeding a fax machine…again, you could be scaring-up another client.

Maybe you’re not a mortgage broker.  Maybe you need to send a fax from your home office.  Do you really want a fax machine sitting on your desk?  How much money are you willing to pay for an unreliable technology?  How much time do you have to send it again?

This is just one way to make the internet work for you.  

MAKING THE INTERNET WORK FOR YOU

Making the internet work for you.  There are myriads of ways.  The world-wide web puts the wisdom and knowledge of this world at our fingertips.  Whatever we want to know, a few keystrokes will give us more answers than we asked for.

I began searching the web back in 2001, a little later than many, but I pushed back against computers because I didn’t understand them.  In the workplace, I was forced to learn computers to do my job and it was a constant source of irritation for me.  That was mostly because the programs I had to use were outdated and not user-friendly.  As companies realized that their software had to be simple to use and understand, they began to upgrade to software that people besides programmers could relate to.

When I began clicking on search engines a whole new world was opened up to me.  It first started at the public library and wasn’t long before I realized I had to have this at home!

Knowledge is power.  Americans value convenience and the freedom to learn and grow in a comfortable environment.  We would rather sit in our underwear and explore the world than really explore the world.  It’s a lot cheaper that way.  It’s also convenient to have a home office in a spare bedroom or on the dining room table.

We started adding scanners, fax machines and printers.  Then printers with built-in scanners and fax machines.  Now, the internet has the “Cloud” with the capability to connect our home and office computers.  Add our tablets and smartphones and our information goes with us everywhere.  It is truly the information age.

People are willing to pay for information.  If you’re a little tech-savvy and with a little luck, you can throw up a website and sell information on it.  Or, if your site is well done and people see its value, they may be willing to donate money to keep it up and running.  Then, there’s the wonderful world of advertising!

A really good information site will draw companies willing to advertise on it.  The premise is simple: You give the information away for free and on one side of the page your viewers will see ads relating to their interests.  They click on the ad and you get paid!  How simple is that?

You can turn your passion into profit. If you’re interested in something, you can bet there are a lot of other people interested in it too. If you are very knowledgeable on a subject, there’s probably a lot of people who are interested in it but don’t know much about it. They’ll be the fans of your website. And one way or another, with the tools available on the web, you can probably figure out somebody willing to pay you for your knowledge one way or another

So turn off the TV and get busy!  Do something profitable. Before you know it, you just might be the next great internet success.

Let’s get to writing!

Finding a Balance

The internet is one crazy place. You can search just about anything, and I bet thousands of web pages pop up. Sometimes it can be incredibly overwhelming, and other times you might enjoy looking through all those pages, but most of the time people just want to find the answer to what they are looking for and be on their way. So, how can you make the internet a more easy to use friendly tool, and what are some of the important mile stones in life where the internet can actually be useful? I mean trust me, you are not the only one that gets sick of seeing the same stupid meme over and over again.

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Lets say you need to find a new job, there are multiple websites built just for finding the right place to work. It’s all about finding the right website that works for you. I recently wanted to start working some place new. I was sick of the same old schedule every day, and I needed a change, so I went online and found a great website to search for jobs. I got a hired at a new office in about three weeks. It was amazing, and I know that for many people it can take months to find a new job. Luckily, the internet made it easy for me to transition from one job to another. I think for most people the internet is a love hate relationship. On one hand it’s great to be able to search for whatever you want at the drop of a hat, but in the same sense it gets old watching people bully one another on social media behind their computer screens. The important thing is to find a balance. Don’t waste your life away on the internet but still find time to enjoy the fact that you live in the age of technology.

Donna

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My fingers are typing away.. please be ready for some great content coming up. Thanks for your patience.

Donna

 

Do You Have What it Takes

So how about you have the nerve to actually give something away on the net.  Let loose the info in your mind. You dont’t have to give away the store but how about you just put some of the helpful information you have in your noggin and serve it up on a silver platter.

You know the clients out there never see this.  How about you show some results in advance and let the customer feel for once they have gotten over on somebody .. for a minute at least.  They are tired of being beaten down… show them there is a better way when it comes to servicing the web presence they so desperately need.

Donna