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Moments to remember

Your student years are a great time to remember and to tell about to your friends or children – it is something that happens once in a lifetime and stays with you for a lifetime. Or maybe it doesn’t? Perhaps it just depends on how good your memory is? Well, yes and no. It also depends on your efforts to save any data and information you would like to keep and remember.
It may seem that you can easily recall any details of the latest events, your first year at the university, your friends’ lifestyles and habits, or the funny things that have sometimes accompanied your student experiences. You would be surprised to find out that most of these will be completely lost or hard to remember in a few years. So it is a good idea to take photos and notes, to record and save the details you find important or entertaining – and of course, the dates, because dates are usually forgotten more quickly than anything else.
All types of information are easy and fast to save on a computer or some other digital device, but still, a lot of people prefer to keep a diary (of an old-fashioned written type or a modern online one) or to record information on the back of their printed photos or the pages of photo albums.
Boxes and drawers with photos someone has never managed to find enough time to sort out and arrange properly are less likely to be found in our houses, closets, and attics nowadays. They have been replaced by online photo galleries, personal websites, files, and folders, as most people keep their photos on their computers, their web pages or use various digital storage devices. Less of a mess – yes. Easy to access – yes! But unfortunately, this is not absolutely always true. Sometimes you lose internet connection or run out of battery power just exactly when you least expect it to happen. Sometimes you can’t remember which folder do those photos belong to that you took last winter or a few years ago when you decide to show or send them to someone. Besides, any web service or storage device may fail occasionally – perhaps you have already experienced some problems with certain web pages or images being displayed correctly.
The photo albums lined on a bookshelf are less common today than they once used to be, but still, it’s a good idea to print some of your favorite photos and make a photo album.

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Some advice you would give yourself when looking back at your student years.

• While you are a student, there are certain things worth trying to have accompanied by “excellent” and “good” definitions: grades, reputation, and friends.
• There are things worth discovering and trying even though they are not always an entirely positive and pleasant experience, such as traveling, camping, partying, extra-curricular activities, job opportunities, relationships, joining a sports team, getting a new hobby.
• There are also other things we all are familiar with, but most of us tend to leave them out or consider to be of secondary importance until starting to have some health problems: staying fit and controlling your diet. While the human body is a unique system that seems to function automatically, failures and malfunctions may occur when it’s being neglected, just as with any other system or mechanism you know. Good overall health is not a permanent value, but a variable, greatly depending on your lifestyle and habits, rather than on inherited factors and environment (as people used to believe for quite a long period of time). It’s a well-known fact nowadays, proven by substantial scientific research, but still, it is being often ignored. Health is commonly taken for granted when young, but with such an attitude, it may require a considerable amount of effort, treatment, and expenses later as you get older. Having regular meals and regular exercise is essential for your health while having enough sleep as well as getting up and going to bed at approximately the same time every day is great not just for your health, but also for your well-being, good humor, and mood, working ability, and a comfortable psycho-emotional state.
• Take care. Extreme kinds of sports, performing different stunts, parkour, motorbike racing, and just plain speeding may seem to be fun today but can result in serious injuries that might limit your future activities and opportunities. Other things may not be as dangerous as accidents and injuries, but you probably won’t be happy with them happening right now – such as pregnancy, or poor eyesight due to large amounts of time spent in front of the computer or playing on your mobile device.
• Later on, you will learn a lot from the others’ experience and your own experience. So far, try considering and analyzing the facts you know or the information you can find about a certain activity to involve in before you make a decision.

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Why should we study

“Experience is a comb given to a man when he is bald”(Oscar Wilde). Sometimes it may be true, but usually, you benefit from your experience and it helps you to manage similar situations occurring in the future. You may learn and make conclusions quickly, often from a single case or situation, or it may take longer, requiring a sequence of situations or problems of common origin. Learning something from your own experience or the experience of other people as well as from information accumulated by previous generations is an ongoing process that continues for all your life, regardless of whether you study at some higher education institution or not.
Of course, you don’t necessarily have to attend college or university to be able to learn something, but it is very helpful as you become familiar with different methods and techniques of collecting, analyzing, sorting, processing, comparing, classifying, verifying and summarizing information. It provides an opportunity to discover new ways of thinking, discussing, and approaching facts from different angles and points of view. Why should you study at a university, why study different subjects besides the one you choose to major in, and why should you try to learn as much as possible during your student years?
Apart from qualifying for a good job and earning a living, studying and learning is essential for acquiring other skills that are very important such as determining your priorities and goals in life, the ability to identify current and potential problems, develop a plan for solving them, find the best solutions as well as to help other people to deal with their problems. Another major issue is learning to cope with stress, which has become a part of our everyday life and is a key factor in many situations. Psychologists suggest various methods and techniques of coping with stress, but besides studying them and finding the ones that would work best for you, it is just as important to know the ones that wouldn’t. The most dangerous and inefficient are: aggression and violence, gambling, smoking, drinking alcohol, taking drugs, eating, addiction to shopping, and computer games.
Why should you try to learn other subjects and skills besides the ones you consider to be most important? While you are young, you have more time and opportunities for it. It’s hard to find enough time for sports, traveling, socializing with friends, studying abroad or learning another language, attending an art course, or a drama club when you have work, family, and kids.

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A Nice Occupation Besides Education

Along with family and friends, studies and work, monotonous daily routine and household chores, people usually have some interests and hobbies, some favorite things to do and activities they enjoy. You may know some people who have a lifetime hobby, others change their likes and interests quite often and are always willing to try something new.
Being a student means having a busy schedule, but of course, you need to have some time for yourself and for some kind of a hobby. In my opinion, photography is the most interesting and useful hobby to have while you are a student.
Photography is not just about buying a cool camera and taking pictures everywhere. It is also about things you can do with your photos, processing, changing, overlaying or combining them, which is a lot of fun. As you learn methods, techniques and skills necessary for taking pictures and processing photos, you may find yourself genuinely interested in it and pleased with the results you get. This could even become your future profession or an additional source of income.
You certainly have a lot of photos, anyway – whether you consider photography to be one of your hobbies or not. What do you usually do with them? Do you remember where exactly they are stored and can you find a single photo of your or your friends’ choice easily? Do you remember when and where were they taken, the names of people in the photo and why they are there, what happened before or after you (or someone else) took that photo?
Depending on the amount of time that has passed since the moment captured by your camera, you may find answering such questions easy or more difficult. It is worth recording these and other details in some way you find convenient, to avoid them being swept away by time. You have several options: integrating texts and signs into your photo using basic photo processing technologies or special online services, inserting photos into usual photo albums with pockets, information written on the back of the photo, sticking them to photo album pages along with notes, or making a proper scrapbook with all sorts of material used for its design. You can also order a photo book online featuring the photos and designs of your choice. Making a photo album or a scrapbook yourself as well as ordering a photo book to be printed is also a great gift idea for someone special.

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High School Teachers

The teaching activity involves the presence of at least two major sides: the objective one as a set of methods and techniques of work that are traditionally used by the lecturer and the personal one as the way how the lecturer uses such methods and techniques depending on his/her own personal characteristics and abilities. Most often, the master of the craft is a lecturer who owns pedagogical skills, his/her own individual style. At the same time, the objective side of this lecturer and his/her work should not contain anything principally new.
The main task of the lecturer is a simplification and at the same time stimulation of the educational process of the student. In other words, it is the ability to create a corresponding atmosphere, intellectual and emotional situation and atmosphere of the psychological support. The ability of the lecturer to present the studying material to the students making it understandable for them, the ability to present the issue in a clear and consistent way, cause the interest to the subject, initiate the active independent thinking of the students are the major components of the successful lecturer. The lecturer with such abilities can turn something difficult into easy, something complex into simple and something incomprehensive into something clear and understandable. The skillful lecturer knows the subject not only to the necessary extent but also in a more wide and deep way. He/she always follows the discoveries in the scientific world, has a free knowledge of the material, and shows interest in it. One more important feature is that the lecturer should have the ability to understand the internal world of a student as a personality. Along with that, there should be the ability to present the material in a clear and consistent way using not only speech but also gestures and pantomime. This is one of the major components of such a profession as a lecturer as the transfer of the information from the lecturer to a student has in general nonverbal character. The material presentation should be made in a way so as to activate the thought and attention of the auditory at maximum. As can be seen, there are a lot of things that depend on the ability of the lecturer to present the material in a necessary way. One can notice that each student who will be interested in the subject will be studying even hard diligently. That is why it is important to have the lecturer who will provide such an interest in the subject.