Paleo Diets, My Cousin Betty, and Wisconsin Medical Assistant Schools

If there’s the Beaver State and the Beehive State, then there’s also the Badger State.

Wisconsin is called the “Badger State” because there are probably a lot of badgers living in the heavily forested areas near Lake Michigan. Wisconsin is also called “America’s Dairyland” because it is one of the nation’s largest dairy producers. Wisconsin’s weather is classified as hot summer humid continental climate, which is probably the best climate suited for raising cows for its dairy products.

So why exactly am I talking about the great state of Wisconsin and medical schools? It’s because I’m trying to make a cousin of mine, Betty, study in Wisconsin. She wanted to become a medical assistant; therefore, I told her that the state where she lives in (which happens to be Wisconsin) happens to have a lot of medical assistant schools available. But of course, Betty is a precocious girl. Most of my relatives believe that she is weird and it was only me whom he could converse without problems.

Then again, I also found her a bit strange at first when she gave me a website to check. To my surprise and disappointment, Paleo Compass was not a restaurant. It was a website that talks about the amazing effects of paleo dieting and apparently, she wanted me to start a paleo diet. She is currently on a paleo diet too. Paleo diet or not,  I bet the only reason why she kept on asking me is because she didn’t really want to go to college in Wisconsin.

The Types of Medical Assistants and their Requirements

Back to my paleo-dieting cousin, I told her more reasons why she should just consider going to college in Wisconsin.

In 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report, saying that the number of medical assistants from 2010 to 2020 might increase to 31%. Back then, there were 527,600 medical assistants working all over the United States, so if the report is true, the US would have 690,400 medical assistants working in hospitals and clinics.

If this is the case, then it might be a great idea to get a degree from any medical assistant schools in Wisconsin today.

There are two types of medical assistants though. One would be the administrative medical assistant and the other is the clinical medical assistant. The administrative medical assistant usually takes care of the doctor’s admin tasks, such as encoding a patient’s medical history or buying new medical supplies for the clinic. On the other hand, a clinical medical assistant is someone who assists the doctor with clinical tasks, such as getting a blood sample from a patient or checking a patient’s vital signs. Both types are probably being offered through various degrees and programs within the medical assistant school, but the most important thing is to become a certified medical assistant first in order to be employed.

So in the end, my cousin Betty was finally interested in going to a medical assistant school in Wisconsin. The only thing remaining is for me to actually start on my paleo diet. But that will be another blog post for another time!

Finding Reasons to Believe that Online Education is a Good Choice

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Some people are still not convinced of the advantages of online education. I am writing not to share a list of advantages but to share a story of how this particular education set-up has been very helpful for a friend of mine.

She lives in Anniston and she lives in a place that is both her home and her office. She have set up shop at home and this is mainly the reason why it is difficult for her to finish her studies in a regular university. She started out on her business as just something that she could use to have a little extra cash. However, the business was such a blast that for a while back she had to quit school in order to establish a much more smooth system so that the business can be easier to manage. Now that it is done just as so, she still can’t leave the house because the business requires her to be available 24/7.

It is for this reason that she decided to pursue her studies through online education. This way, she could finish school and get herself a degree while still earning and managing her business with ease and accessibility.

Her business, which is actually as a broker for spaces at an Anniston apartment complex, has been booming ever since she started joining in on the sale of spaces. As part of her strategy in selling the spaces, she lives in one of the apartment rooms now and her office is also there. It is beautifully decorated and well-organized so that people who are interested can see the beauty and sturdiness of the available apartments in the area.

Her office has become rather well-recognized in the area, that is why she is having more and more clients. Despite making lots of money, she still desires for a proper college degree in business management. That is why she strives hard to balance her work life and her student life, arranging her online classes in a schedule that would be easy for her. Of course, since she is studying online, she also has the chance to re-schedule classes if needed, especially when her clients unexpected pour in on days that she should be having classes.

Anniston has always been known to have good quality apartments, and this knowledge that she heard in the beginning, is what she used to try and earn money from. My friend really showed all of us that there will always be a sweet reward waiting at the end of every sacrifice.

She sacrificed her studies in order to have a good life, but she also understood the value of education and still pursued it even when she is already earning. Thankfully, there is online education to help her with it.

It would be amazing if a lot of people share the same mentality as my friend, that no matter how well you are earning, an educational attainment to be proud off is also still something that cannot be replaced by money.

Why do people engage in long distance learning?

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Because of the development of technology, education has become a more accessible commodity, now, more than ever. This is because of the power of the World Wide Web to connect people even from opposite sides of the globe.

An example of this is what we now call as long distance learning or online learning.

There are a lot of online learning available nowadays. There is the regular schooling process where students can choose courses that they can complete by accomplishing the tasks and requirements that the teachers provide them, online. This is especially true for graduate schools because their students are usually those who are already working. Also, some prestigious schools are located farther from the city, hence, even when schools are available nearby, in order to avail the services of well-founded schools, students would rather learn from them online.

A more popular long distance learning, however, is online tutoring.

Services of tutors are mostly sought by those who wishes to learn English. They hire tutors to talk to them and teach them in English and  the payment is also made online. This is especially easy because tutors don’t even need to be fluent in the mother tongue of their students because there is the internet to communicate for certain things that the students cannot fully comprehend. There are available pictures, translators, and anything the internet has to offer in order to make the teaching and learning experience, easier and faster.

When tutors are lucky, some students would not be so strict with regards to the topic you tackle. As long as you speak English to them and you listen to how they speak English and correct their mistakes, they learn even faster.

Teaching and learning has never been more fun because of the internet. It has provided us with a way to connect and learn, all around the world. Not only that, it has also given us the chance to make friends with people who live miles away from us, making everyone surpass the differences of races and culture.

Of course, there are still groups that find it difficult to accept the fact that Education can now be easily attained. The standards of how well you are as an educated person, can already almost be gained by everyone, as long as they have an internet access. While this is a good thing since a lot of people can now be educated, it raises a problem in terms of assessing just how educated a person could be.

Nonetheless, technology has still given this generation a wonderful gift. Hopefully, people will continue to use it for the better and refrain from abusing the education that the internet brings. Of course, online education should also be respected and that cheating of any sorts through online education should always be checked upon.

 

Dealing with the Cons of Technology and Education

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Technology has greatly affected all aspects of life and living, and the world of teaching and education has not escaped this evolution. In the past, teachers have to use chalks and chalkboards in order to teach the class. At that time, everyone thought that the invention of the chalk is a very innovative piece of device. Then it got outdated by whiteboards and whiteboard markers, which is now also an obsolete means to teach since the creation of LCD projectors. While it is true that there are still some schools and teachers that prefer to teach the old fashioned way, we could only do so much as take note that the evolution of these tools for teaching, happened because of the evolution of the things that are being taught.

Before, basic meant basic and secondary meant secondary. But today, basic principles have become more complicated to the point that they do not feel basic at all. The invention of a lot of things and the discovery of many more is enough to turn what once was a 300-page Science book into a thousand pages.

Evolution of education did not only mean the evolution of the things used in teaching, but also included the content of the lessons that are being taught. While tasks are accomplished faster, nothing is simple anymore, in terms of concept and underlying principles. It is only simple to operate, but to understand the ways of why it works the way it does, is very difficult to understand. What matters most to the users is that they are able to control it, never mind the mechanics behind the gadget. Thus, education has somehow become superficial.

We can compare it to a car. A lot of people know how to drive. In fact, people are encouraged to learn how to drive. However, only the experts and a few people know why and how a car runs, how it is able to function as it does.

If one tries to understand why a particular thing works, it becomes more complicated for the person, to the point that there is the invention of the mentality that “we would not use that knowledge anyway” kind of thinking.

When something works, people start to patronize the product. When it fails them, then they dismiss it. That is how it has become today.People would not even bother try to find out why it works, or why it has stopped working.

This level or type of education or learning is something that should be remedied. This may not be the case for all schools and teachers, but it is something that is happening and should be addressed. We are in an era where there are a lot of things to understand, and starting to be superficial now will stop the world from progressing into greater heights that are surely waiting out there to be discovered and utilized.