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Celebrating Arbor Day

Today on Friday the 26th of April, it is Arbor Day and if you’re a native to Nebraska you may already know what Arbor Day is and the history behind it. Although, for those who have yet to come across Arbor Day, we’ll be going through the historical significance of Arbor Day and why it is still conspicuously necessary today.

Arbor Day derives itself from the Latin word for tree, ‘Arbor’. In the year 1872, J.Sterling Morton from Nebraska City founded Arbor Day in response to the absence of trees in Nebraska and the first Arbor Day celebrated that year saw the plantation of approximately one million trees in Nebraska.

The yearly plantation of tress in Nebraska amassed attention throughout the United States and thus became a globally and nationally celebrated day in America for over a century. The importance of Arbor Day is paramount in today’s age of exceeding levels of pollution and concerning, global warming crisis. Our health is consequently at risk of respiratory conditions from asthma to cases of lung cancer in non-smokers, in there thousands. The International Agency of Research on Cancer (IARC) reported in 2010, that 230,000 deaths from lung cancer globally were the result of air pollution, with evidence to suggest pollution simultaneously increased the risk of bladder cancer.

Go green: how trees eradicate pollution

Trees ensure our air is clean and that we can breathe freely, via absorbing the rocketing levels of carbon dioxide emitted by our vehicles and other toxic pollutants such as sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide and ammonia. It takes four trees to remove the amount of pollution created from a 5000-mile drive, which for some is the just half of the mileage covered in a year.

According to a 2011 report by the US Forest Service, urban forests in Los Angeles comprising of trees and shrub canopies, which cover a quarter of the city were found to have reduced 1,976 tons of air pollution in the city. The benefits don’t stop there, as Los Angeles’ trees demonstrated cuts to annual residential energy costs by $10.2 million per year.

The costs saved in Los Angeles to our health and in our homes, is just a small taste of what we can achieve by continuing onwards the celebration of Arbor Day and planting more trees!

The ‘Time For Trees’ initiative

In order to counteract the global decline in our mental and physical health, due to air pollution, the Arbor Day Foundation has established a ‘Time For Trees’ campaign initiative. The impetus behind their campaign calls upon the plantation of trees; subsequently, they aspire to plant 100 million tress and work to inspire five million tree planters around the globe to fulfil their campaign’s mission.

The positive, global outcomes of the campaign are endless; listed in depth on the Time for Trees campaign page , the plantation benefits of 100 million trees include:

  • Absorbing 8 million tons of carbon – the equivalent of taking 6.2 million cars off the road for one year.
  • Filtering 7.1 billion cubic meters of water runoff, enough water to fill the water bottle of every person on Earth every day for five years.
  • Filtering 15,850 tons of microscopic airborne particulate matter out of the air, which could fill up nine Olympic-sized swimming pools.
  • Removing 578,000 tons of chemical air pollution from our atmosphere, enough gaseous pollution to fill 70,000 Goodyear®
  • Providing $32.9 Billion in total environmental benefits – the equivalent of the operating budget of Chicago for about 10 years.

Source: timefortrees.org/impact.cfm

In support of Arbor Day and every human’s fundamental right and existential necessity of being able to breathe safely in air free of toxins, donate today towards the Time for Trees initiative.

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College Scholarships: Get the Funding Facts

Studying alone to achieve the perfect GPA for your dream college is daunting enough as it is and then comes the other question of covering your tuition fees. College News have teamed up with the COO and Co-Founder of OneClass, Kevin Wu, to spill the tea on the different types of scholarships, the best student resources, interview tips and most importantly the secondary perks of scholarships.

What steps can students make to help reduce the costs of attending college?

Don’t limit your search to scholarships, bursaries and grants provided by your school. There are countless available that you can find on the web and the only cost to you is your time. Make sure to perform well academically so that you’re presented with greater scholarship opportunities as you move along college.

While in school, search for side-hustles that don’t require regimented time commitments. That is, jobs that grant you a flexible schedule. Jobs like driving around for Uber, Lyft, becoming a note-taker. You don’t want to place yourself in a position where a job takes precedence over your studies.

What different categories of scholarships are available to students?

There are enough categories of scholarships to run the gamut of possible student segment in college. Of course you can always find scholarships in the primary categories: needs-based, merit-based, school-based etc., but you can also find scholarships for athletes to scholarships for those pursuing studies in a field related to the grocery industry. There is no shortage of scholarships available.

Are there any scholarships that cover the entire cost of tuition fees?

There are scholarships that cover the full tuition of a student for a year; some even cover the tuition for all four years in college. The Cameron Impact Scholarship is one of them. Keep in mind, however, these are the most sought after scholarships, so competition will be high. They’re also commonly rewarded to the most academically driven students that are able to tie academics with extra-curricular activities while maintaining top-of-class credentials.

What are the perks of an athletic scholarship?

College athletes awarded with athletic scholarships commonly enjoy partial to full tuition coverage. The benefits don’t stop there: meal stipends, room and board coverage, student fees exemptions, physiotherapy coverage and college admissions are lenient for student-athletes in some cases. According to NCAA, more than 150,000 student-athletes receive $2.4 billion in athletic scholarships each year from NCAA member colleges and universities alone.

If you’re not a fan of being on the field, how can an esports scholarship benefit your years at college?

If forfeiting late-night gaming for academic success wasn’t ever in a student’s game plan entering college, it could be a good idea to make the most of your choices by applying for an esports scholarship and lean on some that partially cover your tuition. The average esports scholarship averages $4,800 in tuition awards according to the National Association of Collegiate Esports. As esports continue to grow, scholarship funding will only increase and more scholarship options will become available.

How can students assess the long-term financial impact of different colleges?

Students should seek out a college budget template and fit in expected expenses and extrapolate those figures across all four years to get a clear understanding of how much money that will come out of their pocket by the time they’re done for every school. This will also give them a good idea on how much they will be expected to pay back in student loans. Tuition plus expenses will vary depending on the school and the location of the school, so check with your school’s website to get exact figures.

Is there a limit on how many scholarships you can apply for?

No. There are only two things that can stop an applicant from applying for scholarships: a lack of trying or a desire to do something else. Stay motivated and keep applying because billions of dollars in scholarships are unclaimed every year.

What are your recommendations for keeping track of applied to scholarships?

Keeping track of the scholarships you applied for doesn’t have to be fancy. All you need is a calendar marked with upcoming dates of every deadlines, interviews and announcements after every application. It would be wise to reserve time on your schedule for interview preparations as well.

What are the best resources for finding scholarships that are applicable to you?

The best method of finding suitable scholarships for you are to search for scholarship directories. We put together some of the most well-scholarship directories here.

Do you have any tops tips on preparing for scholarship interviews?

Be mindful of what qualities the scholarship committee is looking for in their scholarship recipient. From there you should wrap the narrative of your biography and accomplishments to be coherently aligned with those qualities. Your presentation should be personal. Don’t be afraid to allow your idiosyncratic qualities shine because scholarship committees like students who naturally embody the highest standards in the qualities they look for.

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Shakespeare Hits 455! Top Shakespearean Plays to Celebrate the Birthday of the Elizabethan Era’s Literary Genius

As the English play-wright, Shakespeare hits his 455th birthday, we’ll be rounding up our top plays from the Elizabethan, literary mastermind! Recovering the grimmest tragedies, sobering romances and intricate, arresting comedies, we will be taking you through the highlights of Shakespeare’s literary canon.

Titus Adronicus

Believed to be Shakespeare’s first tragedy and written nearing the end of the 16th century, Titus Adronicus is by Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy. If you’re fan of gore and horror, Titus Andronicus is a definite must read.

The play engages in the story of Titus, a Roman General, who returns after a decade of war and brings with him captives: Tamora, Queen of Goth and her three sons, Alarbus, Chiron, and Demetrius. He becomes the play’s antihero as he ticks off a cycle of revenge between him and Tamora, after offering her son Alarbus as a human sacrifice to avenge the loss of his own brother as per Roman Laws.

Packed with references to Ovid’s Metamorphoses, which foretells the tragic story of sisters, Philomena and Procne, Titus Andronicus is not for the faint hearted. The play questions the morality of Roman Laws, yet in a wider, contemporary context reminds us of the blurred lines distinguishing acts of justice from selfish acts of revenge.

A Midsummer’s Night Dream

Written around the year, 1956, A Midsummer’s Night Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays, as result of its light hearted comedy. The play consists of different narratives that are all interweaved and headed by the wedding of Theseus, the Duke of Athens to Hippolyta, formerly Queen of The Amazons.  Alongside references of love in Greek mythological characters, the play chronicles mortal love through the characters Hermia, Helena, Lysander and Demetrius.

The love between the mortals is tampered with by the mischievous fairy, Puck that leads to a series of odd parings. Nonetheless, the comedy gently fixes all these odd couplings and  bickering, which is perfectly summarised by Puck’s statement to the audience in the Epilogue.

A Much Ado About Nothing

Set in Messina, Italy, A Much Ado About Nothing skips the intrusion of a mythical fairy stirring drama into the hearts of lovers and instead uses the good old tactic of gossiping and ‘rumour has it’.

The play follows Benedick and Claudio, who return from war and are subsequently, acquainted with Hero and Beatrice. Although, Hero and Claudia fall deeply in love, Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into squashing their egos and finally confessing their love for each other. The darker side of rumours and gossiping, albeit leads to Hero and Claudio falling apart as false rumours of her infidelity are spread.

 

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The Dos and Don’ts of College Interviews

Applying for college or university is stressful enough, without the added pressure of reviewing for exams and making sure you’re on track of coursework deadlines, which is why we have compiled a list of our dos and don’ts when it comes to preparing for your college interviews.

The Dos

  1. Tailor your interview research

While widely researching many universities and colleges during your application process is advised, when it comes to preparing for interviews, it is better to tailor your fact-finding mission. Tailoring your research will not only prepare you for the interview process, it will also give you better insight as to if a particular university is for you. Start by noting the classes you’re most interested in, and afterwards, record how specific elements of your prior experience or education tie into these subjects.

Moreover, be sure to make note of why you would like to study “X Course” at this particular university? The interview stage is about assessing your overall suitability both for the course you’re applying to and university.

  1. Practice makes perfect

Alongside measuring your compatibility with the course and college, the interview stage looks at your communication skills. Shed the waffle with a concise script of what you plan to say, either in bullet points or as a complete text.

To avoid ‘umming’ and ‘ahhing’ when it comes to responding to questions, go over the type of questions most commonly asked at interviews for your course. Even if these questions aren’t exactly the same ones that come up, you can still quickly modify your answer in your head to execute a well-delivered, fast response.

  1. Smile

The stress of seeing applicants come in and out, while in the waiting room might sky rocket your cortisol levels; however, it is essential you make yourself feel at ease. Just remember that the interviewer you’ll be seeing was once an applicant.

Also: try smiling while you speak. In a Ted Talk about body language, Ron Gutman highlights the benefits of smiling though citing the study by UC Berkeley and Wayne State University. Their study observed the width of smiles on yearbook photos and baseball cards featuring different MLB players. The results of the study concluded the wider the person’s smile had been, the longer and happier they had lived.

Don’t forget smiles are contagious, so shine a warm, beaming smile at your interviewer, and it’s likely that they will do the same, putting you both at ease.

Don’ts

  1. Do not be late

The difference between being late and early is the type of first impression you provide to your interviewer. If you feel travel may be an issue, pad your journey with plenty of time. Even consider booking a hotel close to the university or staying over at a nearby friend’s house if possible.

  1. Don’t sell yourself short in interviews

Smiling is a good place to start when it comes to expressing confidence and appearing more confident. Nonetheless, smiling alone won’t get you into college. Learning to ‘sell yourself’ is crucial, and don’t draw attention to your negative attributes or undermine any of your achievements. Especially when facing the frequently asked questions such as, “What is your greatest weakness?” or “What is a skill you could improve upon?”

At first glance, these types of questions imply the interviewer is asking you to address something you lack, when in fact these questions give you an opportunity to turn the question on its head. The lack can be transformed into a quality or an attribute you hold too much of. For example, you could interpret being too obsessive over detail, as the result of your need and strive for perfection.

End your interview with a strong handshake and an appreciative thank you. Good luck!

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Female-Led “Captain Marvel” is 2019’s Highest Grossing Film

Marvel’s first ever female-led film, Captain Marvel, has eclipsed its predecessors with wild success. The film is now the highest grossing film of the year with a box office turnover of $938 million, surpassing Thor, Batman vs. Superman and Spiderman Homecoming.

The film stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Annette Benin, Jude Law and Ben Mendelsohn.

Larson plays the role of Caroline Denvers, or Captain Marvel, a soldier from the Kree military unit and former US Air Force pilot. For the role, Larson underwent extensive training through different defense sports and received consultation from the first female pilot for the US Airforce, Jeannie M.Leavitt.

In an interview with Harpers Bazaar’s, Larson discussed her fondest memories from filming Captain Marvel, saying “I’ve been thinking a lot about pre-production and working with the stunt team. We worked for a couple hours every day, and the camaraderie we built together helped build trust and a safe space for me. Learning how to punch, kick, and do judo throws when I’ve never done anything like that before [teaches you] to trust the people you’re working with. Learning these new skills totally changed my brain and changed how I played the character, too.”

Intersectional feminist breakthrough

In addition to Marvel’s long-overdue casting of a female lead, Captain Marvel signals another development—one that resonates globally. The diversity of the film’s other main female characters across different ages and ethnicities point to a much-needed intersectional representation of women in film.

Lashana Lynch plays Maria Rambeau, one of Denver’s closet, sister-like friend, while Rambeau’s daughter Monica is played by child actress, Akira Akbar. Annette Benning plays Denver’s mentor during her pilot years in Los Angeles, and Gemma Chan acts as Minn-Erva, a Kree sniper.

Speaking to the Collider about Maria’s characterization as a black mother, Lynch said, “We’re flipping a black single mother idea on its head and being like, ‘So, she’s a fighter pilot and a black …’ ‘Yes!’ I’m so glad she’s a black single mother. She don’t need a husband and she doesn’t need a boyfriend and she doesn’t actually need many males in their life because she’s only got one male that’s probably the best one, that’s her father.”

Critics’ opinions

Captain Marvel has so far gotten good ratings, garnering a 78 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, including an audience score of 60 percent out of over 76, 000 ratings.

QBP Reviews highlighted the valuable female input provided by the film’s directors and writers, such as Anna Boyden, in being able to apply these subtle nuances to carefully illustrate how, “it feels to live under an oppressive thumb in every facet of life.”

Medium Popcorn labeled the film, “boring, generic, by-the-book,” and National Reviews suggested, “Captain Marvel gives political cartoons a bad name.”

For those seeking reassurance about contemplating whether to see the film, perhaps Film Frenzy’s Matt Brunson suggestion of ignoring “the imbecilic MRAs, frightened fanboys, and all other insecure man-babies shellacked in misogyny” can act as all the encouragement you need.

 

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33 Years of Gaga: Our Round Up of Lady Gaga’s Record Breaking Singles

As Lady Gaga turns 33 today, here’s our list of top record breaking singles sizzling with Gaga drama, unrivalled fun and overflowing symbolism.

“Poker Face” – The Fame

Released in 2008, “Poker Face,” the second single of her album, The Fame features a strong melody with two unforgettable, defining hooks, “Mum mum mum mah” and in the chorus, “Can’t read my poker face.”

The robotic resonance, as fitting with the synth pop or techno pop genre matches the hit’s heading, “Pokerface” referring to an expressionless face. In an exclusive London gig, hosted by Belvedere vodka, Gaga explained to fans how the song came into play, “You know his song is actually about when I was making love to this guy that I was dating a long time ago…I was thinking about chicks every time we had sex.”

“Bad Romance” – The Fame Monster

Following Poker Face’s glory, Gaga managed to create another chart topping success with “Bad Romance.” Written and produced with the help of Nadir Khayat, the song lyrics combined with the music video’s sinister imagery offers a dark humoured portrayal of Gaga’s complex relationship history with men at that time.

The single itself became the most downloaded song in UK Chart history, while the music video for “Bad Romance” shot up to the most viewed video on YouTube in 2010.

“Born This Way” – Born This Way

As Gaga received international acclaim with her album, The Fame, she also courted attention for her unique sense of style. At the 2010 MTV Music Awards, she wore a now iconic meat dress made up of raw steak; in spite of the controversy from animal rights groups, the outfit was hailed by the Time as 2010’s top fashion statement, which led to Gaga being labelled the top fashion buzzword by the Global Language Monitor.

Inspired by the synth pop genre that paved the success of “Pokerface,” Gaga fuses disco, techno beats and metal into “Born This Way.” Her lyrics such as “You’re black, white, beige, chola descent,” “Don’t be a drag, just be a queen” and “God makes no mistakes’ merge the different identity markers of sexuality, race and religion.”

Gaga’s chorus hook, “Cause I was born this way” goes onto to eradicate the difference, through highlighting how we are all ultimately “born this way.”

“Applause” – Art Pop

Aired in 2013, “Applause” pays tribute to the on-going support from her fans, especially during her Born This Way Ball Tour, where she experienced immense pain from a hip injury. Their applause encouraged her to continue onwards with the tour, until her performance’s movements caused the injury to worsen and sustain a tear to the right hip.

Applause’s electro pop form of tech-pop and upbeat dance music was an international victory for Gaga, reaching the top 10 across music charts in South Korea, Turkey, Israel, Japan, Scotland and New Zealand.

In typical Gaga fashion, the music video is saturated with imagery. Una Mullally for Irish Times comments on the allusion to Botticelli’s Birth Of Venus and the hands across her breasts costume being reminiscent of Bowie’s 1973 green hands and cobweb costume designed by Korniloff, that was barred from American Television.

Although, what’s Gaga without the rich symbolism, dark humor, satire and glorious drama. Happy Birthday, Lady Gaga!

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Could Pete Buttigieg Become America’s First Gay President?

American Presidency candidate, Pete Buttigieg is now growing fast in popularity after wining rave reviews at CNN’s town hall on Sunday and reaching out to his city’s muslim constituents following the New Zealand attack.

His entrance on CNN, before the town hall appearance, was marked by a 1 percent rating on polls in New Hampshire and Iowa and an awkward query from the CNN’s host about the pronunciation of his last name, ‘Buttigieg’. In response to host, Jake Tapper’s question of whether his name was pronounced ‘BOOT-edge-edge’, the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, simply responded, “Back home, they just call me Mayor Pete.”

For his first televised experience, Buttigieg produced well-delivered and insightful responses to Tapper’s challenging questions which included, if he believed Pence would make a better president than Trump. His laconic, honest answer, “How would he allow himself to become the cheerleader for the porn star presidency? Is it that he stopped believing in scripture when he started believing Donald Trump?” had such calm execution, rather than sounding merely accusatory that it became Buttigieg’s most talked about highlight of the show across social media.

He continued, “His interpretation of scripture is pretty different than mine to begin with. My understanding of scripture is that it’s about protecting the stranger and the prisoner and the poor person and that idea. That’s what I get in the gospel when I’m at church and his has a lot more to do with sexuality.”

Counter-Terrorism Achievements

In addition to being Mayor of South Bend, Pete Buttigieg is a war veteran having served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve and was deployed in Afghanistan, for which he took seven months of unpaid leave from his Mayor position. His persistent efforts in counterterrorism have awarded him the Joint Service Commendation Medal. The medal is not the only praise Buttigieg has received; following the election of Donald Trump, President Obama featured Pete as one of the ‘gifted Democratic politicians’ he envisioned rising up through the party.

At his televised talk with CNN, Buttigieg informed the audience, “I have more years of government experience under my belt than the President. That’s a low bar. I know that. I also have had more years of executive government experience than the vice president. I get I’m the young guy in the conversation, but experience is what qualifies me to have a seat at this table.”

Too Young to Be President?

Not only would Buttigieg be the youngest president at age 39 years old, he would additionally be making history as America’s first gay president. After the land mark victory of the Obergefell Vs Hodges case authorising same-sex couples the right to marry, he informed a local newspaper in an inspiring opinion editorial, ‘I was well into adulthood before I was prepared to acknowledge the simple fact that I am gay. It took years of struggle and growth for me to recognize that it’s just a fact of life, like having brown hair, and part of who I am.” His move to make the announcement was even more inspiring, as it was while he was pursuing his second term as mayor.

As promising as Pete Buttigieg sounds, there will always be some inevitable uncertainty about every candidate. A few have questioned, whether Buttigieg is too young for the post, especially having not held other senior senator or a governor posts where more political experience is required.

Regardless, perhaps Pete Buttigieg is the much needed, millennial intervention we are in need of to shape and transform our current legalizations.

Following his appearance on CNN, Pete Buttigieg’s fundraising campaign raised $600K in 24 hours.

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Famous Words of Wisdom for International Happiness Day

Implemented in 2012 by the United Nations General Assembly, International Happiness Day strives towards the global happiness of men, women and children. Accordingly, in 2015, the UN launched 17 Sustainable Development Goals aiming to end poverty, protect and planet and reduce inequality—essential factors the UN believes to be responsible to determining our global happiness.

To remind our readers of the importance of being happy and support the UN’s initiative of development goals by 2030 to secure global happiness, here are our top words of wisdom to help surround yourself with positivity and never-ending enthusiasm for International Happiness Day!

Mahatama Gandhi, Indian Activist

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“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

Fridha Kahlo, Artist

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“I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.”

Mother Teresa, Catholic Nun and Missionary

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“Its not about how much you do, but how much you put into what you do that counts.”

Angelina Jolie, Actress

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“I’ve realized that being happy is a choice. You never want to rub anybody the wrong way or not be fun to be around, but you have to be happy. When  I get logical and I don’t trust my instincts- that’s when I get into trouble.”

Mark Twain, Writer, Lecturer and Humorist

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“The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer somebody else up.”

Tenzin Gyatso, Dalai Lama XIV

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“Happiness is not something readily made. It comes from your own actions.”

Gautama Buddha

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“There is no path to happiness. Happiness is the Path.”

John Lennon, British Musician

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“When I was 5 years old my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and i told them they didn’t understand life.”

Albert Einstein, Scientist

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“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not people or objects.”

Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights Activist

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“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching, forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”

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Introducing Oui Juice and The Health Benefits of Juicing For Your Body

The chronicle of Oui Juice and Owner/Founder Hassan McCullough dates back to 1999, consequently, it is also the year he began training as a profession.

He is known to be a giver by nature. At this juncture in his life, he was attending nursing school in an effort to provide care for those, whom were unable to care for themselves. Amazingly, he found nursing to be a high stress occupation. As a result and to relieve stress, Hassan worked out daily at the gym after class. Ultimately, he learned what was needed comprised of a healthy balance of training the mind and the body alike. Noticeably, while working out, he witnessed many trainers with their clients in the gym. As a former division I football and track athlete, he understood himself to be in better shape than those doing the training. Why is that important, one may ask, well Hassan believed his most valued resource to be his body, which ultimately served as his temple as well as his best business card.

Securing Client Trust

In the meantime, he realized nursing was not his calling. Yet, he recognized his passion suggested he remain in an area inclined to help people. Then, he decided to partake in an activity he had participated and excelled in since age 5, he pursued a career in training. As with any true professional, Hassan achieved the necessary certifications needed to be the best trainer while providing the best service to his clients in an effort to help people so inclined to become the best version of themselves. Hassan garnered major experience afforded by Bally’s and followed by 24 Hour Fitness. In learning the interworking of “fit” life, Hassan came to understand the business aspect of what it takes to foster successful clients. He then knew it was time to go private!

In training people, Hassan learned, the relationships fostered grow to be intimate between client and trainer. As a collegiate athlete, Hassan believed that was the missing element. In conversing with his clients, he has come to know his clients trust his word. More importantly, he has conveyed with the proper intake of fruits and vegetables success will be paramount to sustaining a healthy lifestyle. Training without a proper diet is equivalent to “spinning ones wheels.” You go nowhere fast!

As a colligate athlete and now as a trainer, Hassan has observed many athletes and clients alike unaware of the correct food to stay healthy, strong, and provide right kind of energy necessary to maintain and elevate a healthy lifestyle. Seemingly, even when drinking a “healthy” smoothie, it’s usually more fruit-based and has a high concentration of processed sweeteners to make it palatable.

The Mission

For Hassan, a concept was born! He believed, he could enhance the physical lives of his clients while providing a holistic service for others in making healthy juices, full of fruits and vegetables that would also taste great. The mission and vision was set. He immersed himself in books regarding the basics of juicing. He studied and concocted different mixtures at home. In no time, he began noticing changes—his food tasted better, his skin looked healthier, and he had more energy. Finally, he knew he had a product he could share with others.

At the onset, he provided juices to his clients after training sessions to serve as a source of recovery. He would learn the juices were well received. Then his clients began referring the juices to their friends and family for purchase and consumption, it was then, he knew he had a good product. Oui Juice was born! For the past ten years, helping people get healthy and feel great while serving a real nutritional need coupled with a product the owner stands by has led to high praise and continue promise from the client base.

So, Why Juice?

Well, according the Centers for Disease Control, less than 10% of Americans eat enough fruits and vegetables each day (cdc.gov). More importantly, 90% of the remaining population is at greater risk for chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, and obesity. Incorporating a juicing regiment helps to meet 7-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. In turn, greater energy, weight loss, pH balance, immunity to illness, healthy skin, and productive digestion will be achieved as well as aiding in detoxification, recovery, and hydration.

Hassan and his clients alike have come to know juicing is a delicious alternative to a healthy life and meal replacement. When Hassan started juicing, he noticed changes right away. He had the energy of a young man and it felt great. One of the many aspects of juicing allows the body to know it is getting the proper fuel needed without having to eat poultry. At 45 years of age, Hassan is in the best shape of his life—he runs daily, he lifts weights, he operate two successful businesses, he is never sick, and he looks and feels great! If you’re looking for results like these, Hassan has a great juicing program for you–from weight loss to detox, from energy boosting to immunity boosting—whatever you’re looking for, you will find it in Oui Juice.

 

Created by a certified sports and fitness trainer, Oui Juice is designed to enhance your diet and exercise program for superior results. Our mission is to provide a way to incorporate healthy choices into daily life in a way that is enjoyable, nutritious, and suited to each individual. 

Visit Ouijuice.com to start your health journey, now!

Brush Off Your Midterm Woes: It’s World Sleep Day

Tired of reviewing for midterm exams on top of putting in extra hours at your campus job? Well, we have the perfect excuse for you to take that much needed break! Today is World Sleep Day.

Forget waking up or pressing the snooze button, you can dismiss the alarm completely (unless you’re heading off to a graded lecture). Here are our top tips for napping on World Sleep Day.

The power of napping: Improve cognitive processes, alertness and memory

Short naps, often referred to as power naps can amplify your memory and allow you to absorb information faster. Axel Mecklinger’s study published in his journal, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, observe memory retention rates in two groups of people.

One group watched a film, while the other took a short nap. Afterwards, both groups we asked to complete a learning task. Findings demonstrated that the group who had napped had five times better memory retrieval than the group who had watched the film.

A brief 40 to 60 minutes of sleep is an essential, especially during midterms when it’s likely that students are getting less than the recommended amount of sleep. Brief naps aid with improving motor skills, while longer naps over an hour enable the brain to make new connections and work to enhance your problem-solving skills.

Sleeping in the dark

Blue light reflected by our various digital gadgets—phones, tables, computers and laptops—have been shown to suppress the sleep regulating hormone melatonin. Sleeping in the dark, without any blue light pollution, is an essential way of insuring your sleep is undisturbed.

In a recent study by researchers at the University of Granada, melatonin was been shown to fight obesity and diabetes in rats, leading researchers to stressed sleeping in the dark to prevent obstructions in the body’s creation of this vital neurohormone.

Aromatherapy: Making sleep smell like paradise

If you’re into essential oils, two that are highly recommended for sleep in aromatherapy practice are lavender essential oil and cedar-wood essential oil.

In a study conducted by the University of Southampton testing the sleep patterns of 10 adults, there was a 20 percent improvement in the sleep patterns of adults sleeping in the room with lavender essential oil dispersed in the air, in comparison to the other adults sleeping in the room with the almond oil diffused air.

Other health perks of  diffusing lavender oil in your room include a decrease in anxiety, blood pressure and a more relaxed state of mind.

Cedrol, the key element of cedar-wood essential oil, on the other hand works to produce a gradual sedative effect, helping you fall asleep.

As well rubbing oils onto your wrists and hands before smelling them, essential oils can be dropped into your fragrance diffusers to allow the smell to gently waft into your room and slowly coax your brain into sleeping.

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The art of bathing

Although, a quick shower before work or a lecture is usually the most common way of keeping clean, a warm bath with essential oils and massages allow you to achieve that quality ‘me time.’

Lowering your body temperature with a bath an hour before bedtime soothes the body and prepares you for sleep.

 

See also: Words of Wisdom on International Women’s Day