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America’s Wilds, What’s There to be Seen: Exploring the American Frontier



There aren’t as many wild areas left in America today, but there are still enough to be impressive. Within any state there are still locations that are considered to be wild, and some that are even protected by the taxpayer and the continual efforts put forth to keep nature in all its pristine form. Each region of the USA offers its own pleasing form of wildlife and natural beauty, and is able to satisfy most any person that is looking for a specific place.

There are deserts, there are jungles, forests, mountains, and wide open plains that offer a wide variety of sights and sensations that range from the desolate to the most wondrous feelings a person can have. Some areas are so magnificent it takes the breath away just to see them, while others are so dim and uninviting that one has to wonder why they are still protected. The answer of course is that America is a land that is so rich with diversity that to take any one piece away is to diminish the nation as a whole.

What remains after so many years of growth however might be dwindling, as each and every passing year the wild frontier that once was begins to slowly decrease with the onset of an increasing population. This is why jobs that exist to help preserve nature and all its wonder are so important, and why immigrants are important to the USA. Immigrants provide a different look into the wilds of the country that American-born citizens might not fully understand or be able to see. The addition of a new perspective is always welcome and can even create a new understanding that can help to preserve a land that is so rich in diversity.

Immigration can also help to preserve the way of life within America that was built upon different cultures and beliefs.  From one border to another America is a land that shares a multitude of beliefs when it comes to the welfare of the nation and how it will continue in the years to come. To think that immigrants do nothing other than add to the numbers and the economy of the nation is quite absurd, as immigrants have helped to build this country into what it currently is, and will hopefully be in the years to come.


Why Student Athletes Should Not Be Paid


    There has been a growing controversy throughout the last few decades concerning the idea that student athletes have been paid off by various sources for excelling in their sport. While some deny this happening, others are adamant that this highly illegal practice does take place. It is believed that this kind of activity is kept quiet in order to avoid being boycotted, and to keep the athletes under the control of those paying. The veracity of such claims is always in dispute, but one fact remains quite obvious despite the motivations behind the act. Student athletes should not be paid to participate in sports. Student Athletes There are arguable reasons why people would believe that college athletes should be paid, and they are reasonable enough to make sense. For instance, many college athletes spend more time at perfecting their technique and methods for their given sport than many people do at their regular job (Anderson, 2016).

This type of dedication seems to imply that the student athlete is more than just an athlete looking to impress their coaches and potential scouts. In this manner it might make sense to allow them to make a healthy wage or salary due to the hard work and effort they are putting in. However, the reasons against this are many. Not only has the NCAA forbidden the act of paying a student athlete based upon their level of play, but the organization will actively boycott any college that is caught paying their athletes. There are several people that hold onto the belief that refusing to pay student athletes is immoral, and that the coaches and the organization profit greatly from the hard work of their athletes without having to share (Edelman, 2014). The idea of paying a student athlete is one that has sparked many a debate as to why students should not benefit from their hard work and effort.

What many people do not or refuse to see however is that paying student athletes is both impossible as well as intolerable. To start with, it does not truly matter how much money a school does or does not receive due to the popularity of their sports program. Any money that comes in is often spent just as quickly to maintain stadiums, equipment, and to purchase what is needed to provide the athletes with the necessities to keep playing. Many school are actually operating at loss, and must depend upon whatever money they can generate in order to continue such programs. Were athletes to be paid that cash flow would eventually dry up and the programs would cease to exist. Added to this, most of the elite college athletes that are seen to excel are awarded scholarships that either help or cover their entire tuition. Many people think that college athletes are dirt poor, and in some cases those that do not operate at the highest levels might need assistance.

No single athlete is entirely without means though considering that unless they are a walk-on or are struggling to remain on the team, they will likely be on scholarship to keep them enrolled so that they can play. Student athletes are often well-cared for and afforded the means to play while going to school. Plus, this brings the next point into greater focus. If college athletes were to be paid it likely would not be much, and would carry a stiffer penalty as well. Were athletes to receive a salary then their scholarships would be seen as taxable income (Edelman, 2017) and would be greatly reduced, thereby affecting their tuition status and quite possibly their eligibility. The problems of being paid to play college sports would create a very negative effect upon athletes in that it would make them give up a great deal of the money that they already receive to attend school, which is important to their role as an athlete. Somehow this has been overlooked far too often. Many people watch college sports, and many enjoy a good Saturday or Sunday game, but one thing that eludes many people is that playing sports in college is a privilege.

Making the transition from high school sports to college is a taxing and sometimes uncertain prospect, which is why such a low percentage of high school students actually make it this far. Playing for a college team, being sought after by the coaching staff, and being given the means to play college ball is a privilege that is usually afforded only to the very best athletes. As such, this is an honor all on its own and is not meant to be cheapened by treating the experience as one would a job. In adding to this thought, there is no way that college athletes could be paid fairly. Some might think that an open market system would work, allowing supply and demand to pay a player based on their talent. But then this brings up the problem of how valuable a player is seen to be and what kind of value they believe they have. It is an uncertain and untenable system that would no doubt breed great jealousy and eventually ruin the entire idea of college sports.

This also goes back to the fact that colleges simply cannot afford to pay their players. Payment for the privilege to pay should in fact be among the last thing upon the mind of a student athlete. College sports are a pleasing distraction and should be treated as such despite the very real chance that some athletes might have of being recruited by professional scouts. During their average four-year tenure however, students need to be free to learn, experience, and develop as they continue to grow. Too much pressure is already placed upon the shoulders of the average college student to treat them like professional athletes. By treating them this way the idea of school begins to fade and look far less appealing in comparison to the life and salary of a professional athlete. Far too many individuals have cut their college careers short in an attempt to earn the big money that their skills can afford them.

Many athletes that have decided to forego their education in favor making big money have found that without an education they have virtually no future if their sports career does not work out. Also, if student athletes were paid, this would necessitate budget cuts in other areas of their university, meaning that certain programs and functions would have be sacrificed in order to make ends meet. Depending upon what kind of salary was made available for every athlete then it is likely that several schools would simply shut down and become all about sports, if they were still capable finding funding. Considering how many schools are currently operating in the red at this moment, it is by no stretch of the imagination that many schools would simply cease to exist if they were to allocate those needed funds to their athletes. The current corruption that does exist would also not be halted or even slowed. Many people do not wish to discuss the matter or choose to believe that it does not exist, but corruption within the college system is very real.

Sponsors, private parties, and anyone that has a vested interest in their athletes succeeding is a potential risk to an athlete and their sport. While it is not everyone that commits this type of injustice, each person that does so only makes the matter worse. By allowing athletes to believe that they should be paid for what is a privilege, they create an air of entitlement that follows an athlete from their college career onward. More than this, they insure that the college student that is “taken care of” will likely as not see themselves as invaluable and thus create a very irresponsible persona. College students are often irresponsible enough without receiving such an unneeded push. The average student athlete plays for the love of the game, and this is what draws fans to college sports to begin with. Once the passion is lost amidst the glaring dollar signs, then the sport has become the institution, and is therefore ruined.


    College athletes are known for their passion and desire to play at the pro level. They put hours and hours into perfecting their techniques, honing their bodies to the height of physical perfection, and all so that they can attain a dream that few ever get to realize. Those that think they are not compensated for the efforts often fail to realize that those elite athletes that are recruited by colleges are given partial or full scholarships that cover most if not all of their tuition, rendering such arguments quite moot. It must be remembered that these athletes are in college to learn first, and play second.


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Job Search Preparation: Networking



Networking is a chance to connect with others that you might know on one level but not in a way that says you know everything about them. It’s important to be open when networking, as it can help you and others to excel in life. Human beings are social creatures by nature, so networking is just another way to keep in touch with others and find the common ground that is necessary to work with a wide variety of people. Here are a few tips that might come in helpful when using the networking skill to prepare for your job search.


1) As a human being you’re already hardwired for networking.

Networking isn’t all about using other as pawns and making yourself look good. It’s about building stable relationship with others that will benefit the both of you. This is a chance to get to know others that might be able to help you with a job search or can augment your search in some way that you might not have thought about. By networking your chances of finding success in the job market can increase exponentially with each new contact. Just be yourself and people will decide whether they can help you or not.


2) You probably already have a bigger network than you realize.

Even if you don’t think you have anyone that can help you out take a second and do a mental inventory of all the people in your life. After that, assess their skills and what they might know about the type of work you’re seeking. Chances are you’ll have already met a great number of people that could be of tremendous help to you. Even if you don’t know all of them particularly well, don’t be shy about tapping them as resources when you need to.


3) Focus on those relationships and making them stronger.

Always let the people you contact know the truth about what you’re doing. There’s no need to rush into the whole “I’ll help you if you help me” routine. Get to know them, establish a real link, and then maintain it.




Networking is getting to know people and doing right by them so that they will do right by you.  When using it as a tool of a job search, just remember that the more contacts you successfully maintain, the better chance you’ll have in the job market.

How to Prepare for your Job Interview



The average person will experience a great deal of stress before, during, and after an interview. This stress usually has to do with the level of preparation you take before entering the interview, and can be lessened if you follow these important steps:


1) Dress in a professional manner.

What you wear to an interview will say a lot about you and how you will be seen by the interviewer. Make sure your outfit is clean, pressed, and is appropriate for the job you are seeking. You can try the outfit on to make sure that you can move and that it gives you free range of motion.


2) Know your resume inside and out.

Anything that is on your resume is something that your interviewer might potentially want to talk about. You will need to be able to discuss every single point of your resume in detail. You should be able to reply confidently and without fail.


3) Practice giving concise and honest answers to common interview questions.

These questions can be found online and are some of the most basic queries that most interviewers will use to assess your value as a potential employee.  A few of them include:


* “Tell me about yourself.”

* “Why do you think that you are right for this job?”

* “Why should I hire you over someone else?”


Keep in mind that the employer doesn’t know the answers to these questions. It’s up to you to provide this information and to keep it convincing.


4) Do some research on the company and the position.

You wanted to work for this company, and the interviewer will want to know why. Learn about the company and be able to show your competence about the desired position during the interview.


5) Be on time.

This cannot be stressed enough. Interviewers don’t want to wait on you. There are always plenty of people vying for the same position, and if you can’t be on time then you will likely miss out on the opportunity. Print out directions, set an alarm, just do whatever you need to be on time.




The key to any interview is to look professional, know what you’re talking about, and above all, be confident. Interviewers are looking at you as a potential asset, and will look at every possible angle to determine who you are and what you are worth.

Why Are Writer’s Important?

You might ask yourself this question at times because let’s face it, writing seems a bit outdated now and again. But still, think about it a little more and you’ll realize that writing is one of our main forms of communication. It’s one of the biggest reasons that civilization took off. It’s how we keep our history, it’s how we convey messages to one another, and it’s a part of our everyday life no matter how much you try to deny it.

Do you read the morning news? Do you listen to presidential speeches? Do you read at all?  Well consider this the next time you listen to a speech or a newscast. Someone had to write it. No matter if it sounds stupid, inane, or amazing, someone had to put the words to paper or digital copy and hand it over to the person that presents it. Writers are quite often the voice that goes unheard despite their efforts.

Those that cannot write on their own often will seek out a writer that is skilled enough when it comes to putting words in the proper order to invoke a positive response. Yet for all this, the writer is often treated to a paltry sum for their efforts, if they receive anything at all, while those that accept the work go on towards whatever glory and recognition is to be had. A bid for fame isn’t always what most writers want, but a decent paycheck and a byline are quite appreciated at times.

Writers are behind virtually every piece of communication you see in use today, and are far too often taken for granted considering what they do. Marketing campaigns, public speeches, important policies that are created and pushed through, epic tales and even simple academic papers, all of these have a writer standing behind them to insure that the face spewing the words will have the right material to give to the public. If not for writers, a great deal of civilization would have already been long lost to a history that no one would have ever written.

My point? Don’t take writers for granted, and understand just how much society needs our words.

How to Prepare for an Online Job



Some people might tell you that an online job is easy. You don’t have to report to an office, you can explore the option of being able to take your work materials with you wherever you go, and there is a great deal more freedom.  Every one of these points is true, but only if you are willing to recognize that the trade off means you will work much longer and sometimes more erratic hours. Online work often equates to being able to work from home. However, the advertisements that make this sound easy are a bit misleading. Working online is one thing, but working online at home is a much different matter.

In order to prepare yourself for an online career you should take a few important factors into consideration, such as:


1) You need an office space that is relatively quiet and can give you the space you need.

Working online is a great way to escape the normal, everyday grind of going to and coming home from a traditional office. But regardless of the lack of traffic or the usual office atmosphere, you will need a place of quietude that will allow you to work and not be distracted. In a home this can be much more difficult, so think about how you will organize your space.


2) It is very easy to procrastinate.

If you work online in an office this won’t be as much of a concern. But if you happen to work at home there will almost always be a million things demanding your attention. Plan out your day accordingly and make time allotments for chores and other activities if you do work at home. If you do work in an office then take the time to get up and move around to break up the monotony.


3) Your work load could increase.

Online work is often considered to be easier and less taxing on the body, so it is inherently possible to do more work in a shorter amount of time. This means that your work load will no doubt be doubled at the very least to utilize your work day in the most efficient manner.




Working online is far easier than many jobs, but can present its own challenges. So long as you understand the demands of the job it will no doubt be a much different and perhaps easier pace.



How To Get Belly Fat To Melt Away In The Shower


            While it’s possible to burn calories faster in the shower, the method which is used is not typically recommended.  The reason behind this is the fact that losing calories in the shower usually comes in the form of taking long, cold showers that can expose the body to the risk of hypothermia. It is entirely possible to burn more calories as the likelihood of the body attempting to warm itself will burn more and more calories in order to maintain a steady body temperature, but it is not a decisive way to lose weight.

The reasons why this is so controversial include:

1) Long, cold showers can cause hypothermia.

            It only takes a few minutes in an icy shower to cause hypothermia, which can slow the reflexes and even affect the heart.

2) This method is not proven to work.

            Despite scientific studies claiming that it is possible those same studies are still inconclusive when it comes to the overall success of this method.

            The idea of burning calories by using exposure to the cold isn’t new by any means, as it is an idea that has been around for decades.  A cool bath, not necessarily cold, can help to burn fat by stimulating the body into burning more calories for warmth. This means that any stored carbohydrates that could be the cause of increased weight gain would be utilized in the process of staying warm and maintaining the body’s necessary core temperature.   

            A person’s body will in fact become more active the colder it gets as to function properly the body must be kept at an optimal temperature. When the body’s temperature gets too cool it will enter a phase known as “non-shivering thermogenesis, which is essentially when calories begin to burn in order to keep the core temperature stable. Should a person’s internal temperature lower even further however the body will begin to shiver to generate more movement and therefore more heat, which can increase the calorie burn even further. 

Cool to cold showers can in theory help to lose any unwanted weight. Two different occurrences can be observed when using a cool shower to lose weight. Those are:

1) The production of “brown fat”.

  An increase in brown fat levels could possibly help with weight control by upping the average calorie burn during an average day.  It is also known to be metabolically active unlike other fats, and will actively burn calories to produce needed body heat.

2) The production of the hormone irisin.

This hormone is largely responsible for the production of brown fat and is generally caused by an increase in shivering that is brought on by continual cold. 

 If you’re already on a steady exercise regimen it is recommended that you stay on it rather than try this controversial method, as it is considered to be high-risk when it comes to losing weight.  Despite the success that a small number of people have experienced, it is better to take the long, hard road towards weight loss than to risk damaging your body in any way to shed a few pounds quickly.

Belly Flattening Exercises to Reduce Chronic Lower Back Pain Quickly


Pain in the lower back is a potentially debilitating problem that tends to affect many active individuals at some point.  A major downside of low-back pain is that it can make exercise extremely difficult, which in turn can affect your fitness goals. Thankfully there is an exercise or two that can help to reduce low-back pain and even help to flatten the stomach. The plank exercise is a well-developed exercise that can help to alleviate low-back pain, as is the standing two-arm press.

While the two-arm press usually requires a cable machine to work, as well as some movement to facilitate the exercise, the plank uses minimal movement while still allowing you to contract your abdominals. Both exercises help to strengthen your core, which can then help to reduce your back pain. The stronger your abdominal muscles become, the tighter they will be.  When you learn how to properly execute a plank position you will also begin to strengthen your hip, shoulder, and upper-back muscles.

Here is how to perform an effective plank:

*Keep your elbows under your shoulders and line your wrists up with your elbows.

*Elevate your body into a pushup position and keep your chin close to your neck.

*Tighten your abdominals, contract them and tuck your tailbone while tightening your thighs as you breathe normally.

*Hold this position for at least 20 to 30 seconds.

*Rest for about a minute between reps, it is usually recommended to do three to five reps.

Try to avoid these common mistakes when doing planks:

*Don’t allow your head, hips, or shoulders to drop.

*Keep your hands apart, don’t let them get too close.

*Do not hold your breath.

*Keep the contraction time to around 20 to 30 seconds, don’t go longer.

Here are a few exercises to consider when doing planks:

Plank with hip flexion/extension

*Start in a high-plank position

*Raise your right leg about six to eight inches, hold for five seconds, and then alternate legs. Do about three to four reps.

Plank with Thoracic Spine Rotation

*Start in high-plank position

*Press your right hand into the ground and then rotate feet and hips to the left while raising the left arm off the ground. Rotate back and repeat for the right side. Perform three to six reps per side.

Side Plank with Full Extension

*Going from a side position, press the right hand to the ground and then extend the other arm while at the same time pushing both legs together and keeping the side of the right foot pressed into the ground. Hold for 10 to 15 seconds and then alternate with the other side.


*Start in high-plank position

*Drop your right arm down to the right elbow, then the left to your left elbow and hold for three seconds. Return to the starting position and repeat for three to five reps.

This next exercise will require a cable machine and should be done at a gym.

Standing Two-arm Press from Cable Column

*setting the column to a chest-high setting, set your feet and push the bar away from you to simulate a standing plank.

*Hold this position for up to ten seconds and perform six to eight reps.

Tips for a Successful Job Search in a Recession



            The current era has become one of the hardest times ever when it comes to finding a stable job.  Millions of people are currently out of work and the unemployment rate is still abnormally high. To be successful and in some cases just to get by it pays to be calm, relaxed, and very proactive. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you get ready to try your hand at today’s job market:


1) Be selective in which jobs you apply for.

            Find out what you’re interested in and where your current skills would be put to the greatest use. Even if there aren’t any openings at the moment keep watching the job boards and be ready to apply if anything does come available.


2) Make good use of your network.

            In a recession it is always useful to know someone and stay in touch. You might know people in a certain line of work that can help you out or serve as an influence towards getting a job in a field that you happen to know something about. Cultivate those relationships and keep them active.


3) Let people see who you are and what you can do.

            If your resume doesn’t show them that you are the right person for the job then and there you will be forced to keep looking. Do what it takes to stand out and let employers know that you’re worth the effort.


4) Sometimes freelancing can be the answer.

            It’s not a stable or even dependable job most times, but becoming a freelancer can at least supplement your income and keep the lights on.  This can also be another inroad to networking and creating contacts that you might have never thought about before.


5) Whatever you do keep things positive.

            Always keep looking forward. Hope might be the denial of reality, but when searching for a way to put food on the table it’s a necessity that can’t be chucked to the side in favor of practicality.  Keep that candle lit and press on towards the next opportunity as you continue your search.




            When times get tough a job search might be the last thing on your mind. But in order to keep moving forward you will need to stay positive and sharpen your skills so that you can find that next bit of work to keep yourself going.

Prepare Yourself Mentally and Emotionally for Your Job Search



            Even before the interview it’s possible to get psyched out and worked up to the point that the brain simply shuts down. People worry about jumping from one job to another, they worry over the security they might be losing in switching employers, and tend to stress out over the smallest to the largest things that may or may not matter. The job search will go as it must, but in order for it to have even a chance of success the average individual must remember that by keeping themselves balanced and in a calm, relaxed state.  Being stressed out only works against the individual, and can ruin the chances of landing that one in a life time opportunity that might be waiting. Here are a few things you can do to calm yourself before and during a job search.


1) Remind yourself why you’re seeking a new job.

            It could be that the job you have now is too stressful, too demanding, or it might just be time for a change. Most people don’t switch jobs unless there is a good and justifiable reason, so don’t start second-guessing yourself before you even begin looking.


2) Your future employer will look for someone with confidence.

            If you’re continually stressing out and trying to make the best impression possible it will show, and this will work against you more often than not. Employers are more impressed by those individuals that can work under pressure and still exude a sense of calm while dealing with one problem after another. If you fall apart during the search then there’s little hope for the interview. Calm down, breathe, and relax.


3) Too much stress can be harmful for the body and the mind.

            Ever hear of people going to the hospital with a stress-related illness?  The effects of stress on the body and the mind are very real and can happen with minimal effort. By keeping calm and relaxed you will spend less time in the sick room and more time showing potential employers that you are reliable and, most important, stable. 




            There are many ways to remain calm and relaxed during your day, be it exercise, meditation, or just taking a moment to yourself.  By eliminating or minimizing stress you will find that your emotional state will balance and your mind will become a quiet haven you can retreat to when necessary.