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Five Ways to Prepare for Fall Semester

Published July 26th, 2017 by SFEC Admin

Can you believe 2017 is more than half over? It’s never too early to start planning for the next semester. Here are five surefire ways to get you ready for new coursework and new experiences.

 

  1. Buy your textbooks now. Students usually buy their textbooks during the first week of school, and make no mistake, the lines will be long. Professors usually make a list of books you’ll need for their classes weeks in advance, so head to the bookstore now to get what you need and get out fast.
     
  2. Work on your personal brand. It is never too early to begin crafting your resume and building a personal website. Wix and Weebly are free and user-friendly website builders that have plenty of cool templates. Start attending networking mixers at your college or in your city now so that you can build a network of people who can help you and vice versa. In a society where a job application simply isn’t enough anymore, employers will be impressed that you took the time to showcase your work.
     
  3. Start saving money. Open a savings account and start putting money into it. A good place to start is by transferring $10 a week from your checking account. It might seem like a small amount, but over time you’ll be able to see what a high amount you’ve contributed to your future house or vacation.
     
  4. Clean up your living space. You’re more likely to think clearly and be productive when you have a clear space that is organized. It doesn’t have to be boring, either: Get creative and be sure to include your own flair! A little redecorating with fun fixtures and furniture can help ignite a new burst of energy.
     
  5. Start caring more about your body. We can’t be eating ramen and mac and cheese and expect our bodies to function normally. Try a few easy, healthy recipes that will get your mind churning, and make a point to head to the gym a few nights a week. You’ll sleep better and stay focused in the classroom.

 

The best way to start a new semester is to use South Florida Education Center for all your school-related transportation needs. Learn more today!

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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Show Your LUNG FORCE

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.