Posted on May 9, 2012
Even the commander and chief was a freshman at one point. The leader and former leaders of our country did big things as presidents but there was a time when they were scrambling to make deadlines just like you.
It is hard to get a sense of their youth when you look at pictures of them now, so I have assembled old school snapshots of the last 10 presidents of the USA.
Pictures Of The Last 10 Presidents During Their College Years
In Office from: January 20, 2009 – Present
Obama was a transfer student.
George W. Bush
Years in office: January 17, 1995 – December 21, 2000
He characterized himself as an average student.
Interesting fact: During his time at Yale, he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon, being elected the fraternity’s president during his senior year. Bush also became a member of the Skull and Bones society as a senior. Continue Reading
Posted on May 8, 2012
A self-described electromechanical hobbyist and MIT student named Charles Guan is the mastermind behind the Chibikart, a motorized Mario Kart-like vehicle built from scratch.
On his blog, Charles states that Chibikart took him a total of three weeks to build, “from [announcement] to first ride test,” which seems like just absolutely no time at all.
I reached out to Charles via email, curious to find out how much a project like this would cost a person…
The battery pack was an exclusive that he was given at no cost, but it’s not on the market. “An equivalent lithium ion battery of that size is about $250 to $400 depending on quality/grade. ($250 for two model airplane batteries, and for a vehicle grade pack.)”
“The motors have about $250 of materials and machining time put into them,” —which, with a total of 4 motors, is another $1k of expenses— “but it’s not a cost I paid directly,”
Charles explains, “because I already had many of their parts.”
Factor in about $300 of “direct frame material and hardware costs” and a scratch estimate would put the cost to build the Chibikart at about $1300. (With the caveat that the battery cost isn’t really known.)
Building a Chibikart from scratch, if you don’t already have some of these parts, could set you back as much as $1750 (factoring in the higher-cost equivalent lithium ion battery).
He documents the whole assembly, tweaks and setbacks and all.
So I fully expect a fleet of copycat Chibikarts to appear in the coming months. Which would be great. Especially if someone built one for me.
• Frame size: 34″ by 18″
• Motors: Custom-wound and packaged direct drive hub motor, 300W peak each*
• Wheels: 100mm 87A skate wheels
• Battery: 32v 9Ah lithium iron phosphate pack
• Controllers: 350w-class Mysterious Chinese Sensorless e-Bike Controllers (“Jasontroller”)
• Top speed, theoretical: 26mph (voltage & motor RPM/V & wheel diameter)
• Top speed, realistic: 21mph**
• Actual top speed: To be determined.
*30 second “peak” rating at 20 amperes
**Factoring in conservative estimates for air drag, and motor resistive losses at-speed, smooth and level ground assumed.
Posted on May 1, 2012
Your terms paper is due on Thursday and guess what it’s worth 50% of your grade. My guess is that you probably want to get that baby proofread. You can ask Larry, your roommate who has been going on a 2 week Minecraft binge OR you can get it proofread by some pros!
Ultimately, it is your choice. If you think Larry the roommate can handle it than be my guest. I personally would prefer using Kibin, especially if the university writing center has an extremely long wait list.
Kibin use to be an editing community where volunteer editors proofread and offered unbiased feedback for free. However, lately they have been getting a lot of press and they have begun to charge.
Kibin’s current rates
The service is really easy to use.
Just upload your (doc, rtf, or txt) file and in the time you’ve specified (24,48,72 hrs) you’ll get your paper returned with edits/comments in the Kibin dashboard.
If you’re in a hurry and need a guarantee that your editing will be done in 24 hours, you can opt to pay the $0.01 per word, but otherwise the service is free.
What does the essay look like when they return it to me?
Interested in editing for Kibin? Ask if they are hiring @kibin
“If you ever feel like your paper did not receive the editing or attention it deserves, please contact us immediately. We promise to make it right whether that is refunding your payment, point balance, or having it edited again without charge.” – Kibin website
Reason you should always have someone proofread your work
Maximillian Garland: Bright Futura
Posted on April 26, 2012
Stand In, mtvU brought a little surprise to a political science class at UCLA, hard-nosed progressive political commentator and HBO Real Time with Bill Maher host Bill Maher. The full episode premieres Monday, May 7th at noon but you can watch this witty preview with Bill Maher spitting in the face of right-wing critics by saying that “We already have Socialism in America…” What do you think? Are we a Socialist/Capitalist hybrid? And is Socialism even a dirty word anyways?
Get More: www.mtvu.com
Maximillian Garland | Bright Futura Columnist
Posted on April 24, 2012
President Barack Obama, told a rowdy college-age crowd at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Tuesday that he knows first-hand about the burden of student loans because he only managed to pay his back a scant eight years ago.
“Michelle and I, we’ve been in your shoes,” Obama, who turns 51 in August, told a cheering, capacity crowd of 8,000 at Carmichael Arena.
President Obama went on to say
“Check this out, all right. I’m the president of the United States. We only finished paying off our student loans off about eight years ago. That wasn’t that long ago. And that wasn’t easy–especially because when we had Malia and Sasha, we’re supposed to be saving up for their college educations, and we’re still paying off our college educations,” he said.
The president’s emphasis on his modest upbringing seemed designed to invite comparisons to presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The White House has denied specifically targeting the multi-millionaire financier with such attacks even as the Obama campaign has pointedly attacked Romney’s personal finances.
Obama’s stop in North Carolina was the first on a two-day, campaign-style swing through battleground states to reengage young voters who powered his historic 2008 campaign but seem less enthused about the 2012 election.
What Obama Wants You To Support
He wants Congress to pass legislation to stop student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1 from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.
His chief policy message was an appeal for Congress to pass legislation to stop interest rates on a popular student loan from doubling July 1 from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. “I didn’t just read about this. I didn’t just get some talking points about this. I didn’t just get a policy briefing on this,” the president said to laughter from the crowd.
Obama says ‘I know it’s like first hand’
“We didn’t come from wealthy families. When we graduated from college and law school we had a mountain of debt. When we married, we got poor together. We added up our assets and there were no assets. And we added up our liabilities and there were lot of liabilities—basically in the form of student loans,” Obama said of himself and Michelle Obama.
The president said he and his wife paid more on their student loans than they did on the mortgage on their condo during their first eight years of marriage.
Full article here upi.com
Posted on April 15, 2012
If you’ve ever felt tongue-tied (or mildly brain-dead) in the presence of a woman, you’re not alone. It turns out that interacting with women—or even thinking about interacting with women—makes a man dumber, say researchers from the Netherlands.
The Dutch team recruited 71 university students and asked each to complete a series of simple tasks that measured cognitive ability. During one of the tasks, the students—both male and female—were told they would be observed by someone of the opposite sex.
Although the male students had no idea what the female observer looked or sounded like, their cognitive performance dropped roughly 14 percent. The female students, on the other hand, actually performed slightly better when told they were being watched by a man.
In short men got 14% dumber while in the presence of women
Basically, your attempts at “impression management”—trying to seem cool—take a toll on your intellectual muscles, Nauts says. This happens when you think a woman may potentially be a sexual partner, and
Past studies have shown that you become even dumber if the woman is extremely attractive.
Related: Top 5 Consequences of Sexting
So why don’t women experience this same brain drain around attractive men?
The researchers weren’t sure, but speculate that nature’s age-old mating rituals may be involved. Among almost all animal species, the men are the ones who perform while the woman stand back, judge, and then pick the most impressive suitor. That means the onus is on you to show her why you’re the alpha dog.
Men’s Health asked lead study author Sanne Nauts, M. Sc., why this happens.
“We think that men are preparing for the upcoming interaction—thinking of what to say to the interaction partner, figuring out how they can make a good impression on her—and that this requires cognitive resources,” Nauts explains.
There are a few ways you can combat this biological brain block. Eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains provides healthy glucose to fuel your mental muscles, Nauts says. Self-confidence is also your greatest asset when it comes to impressing the opposite sex, explains R. Don Steele, author of Body Language Secrets: A Guide during Courtship and Dating.
Posted on April 12, 2012
Multiple choice exams scary some people however given the right approach they can be your best friend. Below I have outlined 8 Must Know Tips For Multiple Choice Tests. If followed crushing your exam should be a piece of cake.
1. Reading the answers first
See if there are any answers hat just stand out. Then read the question. Sometime you can eliminate answers just by simple reasoning.
2. Eliminate answers you know aren’t right.
Actually crossing out the answers that aren’t correct really helps narrow the answer. Also when going back over your exam you can understand more quickly why you made your choice.
3. If you run out of time. Guess!
If you hit the wall and have no idea what the answer is or if you simply don’t have any time left guess.
Note: This only applies if there isn’t a guessing penalty.
4.Trust your instincts
Don’t keep on changing your answer, usually your first choice is the right one, unless you misread the question.
Related: How To Ace An In Class Essay
5. Look for words Not, Isn’t, and Least likely
Instructors often phrase questions using negatives for example
Which of the following is least likely to help you be F***ing amazing in college?
6. ‘All of the above’ and ‘None of the above’
In a question with an “All of the above” choice, if you see that at least two correct statements, then “All of the above” is probably the answer. In “All of the above” and “None of the above” choices, if you are certain one of the statements is true don’t choose “None of the above” or one of the statements are false don’t choose “All of the above”.
7. Usually the correct answer is the choice with the most information.
Come up with the answer in your head before looking at the possible answers, this way the choices given on the test won’t throw you off or trick you. Then look for the answer that seems the most in depth.
Usually your professor wont spend a large amount of time creating a well written wrong answer.
8. Same vs Different
Look for the answer that stands out. If all of the answer are a color and the other is an animal, the animal is likely the obvious wrong choice and can be eliminated or the answer is the correct choice. For example.
The current United States President is from
e. All of the above
hint: It isn’t all of the above
Maximillian Garland | Bright Futura Colomnist
Posted on April 4, 2012
Can former students help solve the student loan crisis? That’s the reasoning behind a new loan initiative launched last year at Stanford University, one of the nation’s most elite and expensive colleges, where undergraduate tuition is now $40,050.
A handful of Stanford alumni created SoFi, a company that funds student loans with investments from alumni.
The company is based on the peer-to-peer lending model popularized by microfinance organizations and websites like Kickstarter.com.
SoFi grew out of a recognition that the student loan market is “unsustainable,” said SoFi CEO Mike Cagney in an interview with The Huffington Post. “You’ve got the government, the school, the students, and nobody is invested in another’s success … If you take the government out of the equation and introduce alumni, you create those connections and that investment.”
Student loan debt today totals more than $1 trillion, a 14-fold increase from 15 years ago. It dwarfs the amount of the nation’s credit card debt, which is just shy of $800 million. Those in the class of 2010 graduated with an average of more than $25,000 in student loan debt, according to the Project on Student Loan Debt. In 2009, nearly 9 percent of student loan holders defaulted on their government loans, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
Last fall, SoFi piloted its loan product at Stanford’s graduate school of business (where tuition runs $108,000 for its two-year program); a hundred students borrowed a total of $2 million from 40 alumni investors.
Ben Kessler, 27, a second-year MBA student at Stanford, borrowed roughly $150,000 to finance his education. While the majority of his loans are through Citibank and the federal government, about $35,000 came from SoFi.
Through SoFi, students not only receive loans but are also introduced to participating alumni who serve as mentors.
For Kessler, that networking opportunity was one of the main attractions of the SoFi loan, whose 6.24 percent interest rate is comparable to those of his Citibank and government loans.
“I’ve sat down with three or four SoFi staff members [who] introduced me to a lot of different people in the alumni network, and to their own lenders and investors,” said Kessler in an interview with The Huffington Post.
The fact that alumni are funding some of his loans does not increase pressure to repay them, Kessler said. “I feel the same pressure to repay my Citibank loan as compared to my SoFi loan. But what I do feel is that there’s a relationship that stands to benefit if I do pay back the loan over time and if I do reach out and build a relationship with the people I’ve met through SoFi.”
“There’s no difference in what I stand to lose, but there’s a lot more to gain,” he added.
All the 100 Stanford MBA students who borrowed money from SoFi last year have kept up with their payments, Cagney said. That success, combined with eager alumni and enthusiastic investors, has enabled the company to expand. This year SoFi is planning to lend as much as $150 million to students at 40 schools, including some of country’s most elite institutions, such as Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, Duke and Georgetown universities.
The SoFi model has not affected Stanford alumnis’ contributions to other scholarships and grants, said Cagney. He pointed out that none of the 40 Stanford alumni who funded SoFi loans changed their contributions to scholarship programs as a result of their investment. SoFi investors receive a 5 percent to 8 percent return on their loans and view it as a socially responsible investment, as opposed to a charitable donation, Cagney said.
Kessler is excited to put his SoFi contacts into action when he moves to the Midwest this summer. “I want to create a family business for my wife and future children to have as a stable source of cash flow and a stable source of income,” he said. “Growing up in southern Wisconsin, I saw a number of small business that were doing well and people had a nice lifestyle, and that appeals to me.”