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Five Ways to Keep Your Mind Active During the Summer

Published June 22nd, 2017 by SFEC Admin

When spring semester is over, it can be tempting to sit around, take naps and watch TV. Most students can lose up to 60 percent of what they learned in the past year over the summer, but you don’t have to be a victim of brain drain. Here are six ways you can keep your mind alert and active over the summer.


  1. Volunteer. Volunteering will help you stay on your feet and active in the community. This is also an opportunity to make friends and learn about people who are different from yourself. Giving your time to others who need it most is emotionally uplifting!
  2. Land an internship. Work experience outside of college can be invaluable and beneficial for any student. You’ll get to take a real-world look at your preferred industry, and you can begin to determine if it offers the career path you want to pursue.
  3. Summer courses. There are plenty of websites that offer free courses, such as Coursera and edX. Did you know that many of these websites are launched by accredited universities? Why not come back to school with some awesome, brand new knowledge?
  4. Read books. Instead of browsing Facebook, pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read on your shelf. College students have become embroiled in technology and social media, but books will strengthen your vocabulary and think more creatively.
  5. Exercise. Working out doesn’t have to be a drag. Riding a bike or going swimming are fun ways to keep your body moving and those endorphins active.  If going to the gym bores you, or the equipment intimidates you, bring a friend along!
  6. Keep a list of goals. Nothing will challenge your mind more than coming up with a bucket list – what are those key things you want to see and do throughout your lifetime? If it’s a bigger goal, you can start taking steps this summer to achieve it.

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Published May 15th, 2017 by SFEC Admin

Every five minutes, a woman in the U.S. is told she has lung cancer. In fact, lung cancer is the No. 1 cancer killer of women, yet only 1 percent of women claim lung cancer as “top of mind.” LUNG FORCE is hoping to change that with a series of events and social media promotions. Join the South Florida Education Center (SFEC) by showing your support for LUNG FORCE – it’s easy!


For National Women’s Lung Health Week (May 7-13, 2017), join the SFEC and participate in the annual Turquoise Takeover in these three ways:


  1. Upload your own video on social media illustrating how you Show Your LUNG FORCE, using the hashtag #ShowYourLUNGFORCE.
  2. Tag three of your friends and challenge them to do the same.
  3. Donate directly from the LUNG FORCE Facebook page or donate on the LUNG FORCE website. 100 percent of proceeds will go toward lung cancer research.


The SFEC would like to spread the word about lung cancer here on campus, but we need your help! Share a photo of yourself wearing turquoise (with #turquoiseSFEC) on campus at any one of the five schools that make up the SFEC campus including, Nova Southeastern University, Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Broward College, McFatter Technical College or the University of Florida (UF).


LUNG FORCE, led by the American Lung Association, works to unite women to stand together against lung cancer and for lung health. Take the pledge to learn more about how you can share your voice or visit http://www.lungforce.org.

Five Reasons to Bike to Campus

Published April 21st, 2017 by SFEC Admin

It’s spring, the weather is beautiful and the school year is nearing its end. Why spend this season cooped up in your car? Bicycles are becoming an increasingly popular mode of transportation due to its many health benefits. In honor of National Bike Day on April 19, here are five reasons you should trade four wheels for two.


  1. Reducing your carbon footprint. It’s common sense that bike-riding contributes to lower pollution levels, but exactly how much? A midsize car uses 68 gallons of gasoline during a 10-mile round-trip commute five days a week, which equals 0.7 tons of carbon dioxide. This would be reduced to zero if you rode your bike to campus five days a week.
  2. Exercise. When you’re sitting in class all day or doing homework, you’re probably not getting your recommended daily dose of aerobics. Riding a bicycle can give you plenty of cardio and a great muscle workout, in addition to more strength and stamina. While sitting in cars is a sedentary activity, biking is a healthy activity that you can incorporate into your commuting time.
  3. Save money. Between car insurance and gasoline, drivers can spend a pretty penny on their vehicles. With bicycles, aside from the occasional repair and tire change, you don’t have to buy insurance or gas to maintain it.
  4. Decreased stress levels. Do you feel like pulling your hair out whenever you sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic? This certainly causes your stress levels to increase. When you ride a bike, your anxiety and stress decreases, which leads to a calmer state of mind in general.
  5. Improved posture. Being on our phones and sitting most of the day causes us to crane our necks, which can lead to poor posture. When riding a bike, you must stay upright to get around safely, and this behavior in turn makes for better posture.


Biking to school is a healthier alternative to driving, and arguably a more fun one, too. If you are unsure of which routes to take to campus, Broward County Transit has a Bicycle Sustainability Map. The South Florida Education Center also has plenty of bike racks on campus. This month, dust off your old two-wheeler and get riding!


Five Benefits of Public Transportation

Published March 20th, 2017 by SFEC Admin

It’s common knowledge that most people in South Florida rely on a car to get around. However, taking public transportation can greatly reduce your costs and save our planet. Here are five reasons why you should consider taking public transportation, such as Broward County Transit and the FREE Davie Campus Shuttle.


  1. Save money: Between car insurance and gas prices, owning a car can become costly, and that doesn’t even include repairs if you’re in a car accident. Switching to public transportation immediately erases all those costs. According to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), a two-person household can save more than $10,174 a year on average by downsizing to one car.
  2. Higher levels of activity and productivity: Walking might take longer, but if you have time to make the trek, you’ll be much healthier. Using public transportation also allows personal freedom and mobility. When you are on a train or a bus, you can catch up on schoolwork, study for test or even read a book if you want.
  3. Helps the environment: Our use of public transportation reduces our nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually. If you have one 20-mile round trip commute, you can reduce your daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds.
  4. Drive community growth: Every $1 billion invested in public transportation creates and supports more than 50,000 jobs. When you ride a bus or a train (or even take an Uber), you’re also helping your community!
  5. Save gas and time: Waiting for a train that is slightly delayed takes much less time than sitting in traffic for an often-unpredictable amount of time. U.S. public transportation saved 450 million gallons of fuel in 498 urban areas in 2011, according to the APTA. In addition, U.S. public transportation use in 2011 saved 865 million hours in travel time in 498 urban areas.


You don’t have to spend tons of money to get around, especially to commute to school. With transportation options provided by the South Florida Education Center (SFEC), you can get to, from and around campus on-time and with ease.

Five Resources for Finding Internships

Published February 15th, 2017 by SFEC Admin

You might be thinking that February is too early to start looking for internships, but the truth is that many companies are already looking for students to help them out in the summer. Internships are one of the best ways to boost your career and help you gain experience in a field you enjoy. Here are five resources you can use that will help you snag your dream internship.


  1. LinkedIn: This social networking site offers many opportunities for networking without ever leaving your couch. Make sure you fill out every field of your profile, complete with a mission statement. Research the companies you want to work for, then find employees working in your department of interest. By reaching out to them and expressing your interest in their company.
  2. University career resource center: Many colleges have career centers that can help you prepare for interviews and search for jobs. Talk to a counselor who can help you narrow down your skills and even help you create a resume. Attend internship and career fairs held by the center so that you can speak directly with employers.
  3. InternQueen.com: Lauren Berger founded this site in 2009 to create a more personalized way that students can connect with the job of their dreams. The website has internships available in every industry from tech to fashion, and they’re separated by category. Berger also has an Intern Queen YouTube channel that offers useful advice on entrepreneurship and jobs.
  4. Glassdoor: This website lets you read employee reviews of companies before you even interview with them (you can sign up for a 10-day free trial, then you must post a review or add a salary to get full access). Glassdoor is best for major companies (iHeartMedia has more than 400 reviews); you might have to search a bit more for smaller businesses.
  5. Alumni network: According to an ABC News report, 80 percent of jobs are found through networking. If your university has a strong alumni network, chances are there is an email listserv or a job board where graduates post internship opportunities.


It’s never too early to start preparing for the job you want. With these five resources, you will be on your way to a successful career and endless possibilities!