Why go to School



“The Great Purpose of higher education is to

train the brain

to Efficiently teach oneself;

to become an Expert

at anything Passionately pursued.”

 ~James Dunn

If you only take one class a semester it will take you 20 years to get a bachelor’s degree.  You will have missed many opportunities during that time.  You will be working for minimum wages for 20 years.
However, by going to school full-time and studying 3 hours for every hour of class taken, you can start making double that of minimum wage within 2 years or less of starting to take classes.  This depends upon the needs and opportunities (employment, self-employment, grants…) directly related to your chosen course of study in the local area where you are taking classes.  Exceptions are for those studying online business subjects, where those opportunities can be accessed globally.
An everyday simple brain building lifestyle:

Learn to Live Priorities

Unsuccessful people routinely act on useless emotional conflict, instead of logical needs.  Their priorities are based on mood, not reason.  This does not mean ignoring the emotional state of family and friends; on the contrary.  These are indicators of needing to set logical priorities. Emotions are used as indicators of logical inconsistencies, NOT drivers in creating those inconsistencies.
Not feeling like going to work may be an indicator to pay attention to changing logical needs, but it does NOT justify being late to work. Other people who share respect with you, depend upon you providing the services you agreed upon.  Not honoring agreements earns you distrust, and significant future opportunities will be offered to others more worthy of respect (being trusted).
The tendency of young people is to think they will just get fired once, and they will just find another job.  Who are they going to use as a reference that has the credentials to provide low-risk and significant “evidence” to support being offered a better job?
KEY CONCEPT:  Low-Risk and Significant Opportunities are only offered in-general to those that can provide evidence of representing low-risk and significant value in supporting the offered opportunity.
If you find it difficult to understand the following, you can go to your local college campus and ask to speak with almost any instructor (free) during their posted office hours on their office door.  They will explain the following and give you examples for practiced experience. Instructors especially skilled in setting priorities are engineers, philosophers, and instructors of any technical program of study.
There are three (3) basic components in establishing priorities:

  1. Risk Assessment: Importance & Likeliness to Occur
    1. List the risks for each choice to be made
    2. Every Risk should be put in one of two containers; Spreadsheet Columns, or pieces of paper in buckets
      1. Contributing to Success
      2. Contributing to Failure
      3. … A quick method of making multiple copies of sets of risks for success and risks for failure, is to print them out on printer paper, and then copying them. As many as there are different goals (a few pennies per page); then cut them out with a paper shear at an office supply store (free).  A spreadsheet is cheaper, and more organized, but some people may enjoy the tactile quality of throwing risk factors into buckets, emphasizing the differences and overall influences.
    3. Create a container for each of your goals
      1. Clone/Copy the containers of Success and Failure into each goal container
      2. The level likeliness to occur and the percentage of importance to the goal, will be different for each goal
      3. Adjacent columns in a spreadsheet, or adjacent numbers on each piece of paper in each set of goal containers
        1. contributors to success, and separately failure
    4. Rank Importance of each member separately for each of your goals (0 to 100 level of Importance)
    5. Rank Likeliness to Occur of each member separately for each of your goals (0 to 100% probability to occur)
    6. Multiply each member’s level of importance by it’s probability to occur
    7. For each Goal, order the Risks for Success and Risks for Failure, High to Low
      1. Low Risks of Success and Low Risks of Failure indicate members that as presently considered, has less need for change to achieve the Goal
      2. High Risks of Success and High Risks of Failure indicate members that unless managed will likely ensure failure
    8. Managing Risk Factors for each Goal broadly pushes efforts into the region of desired outcomes
      1. This establishes your personal Corporate Culture
        Risk Impact/Probability Chart Diagram
  2. Importance vs Level of Effort
    1. Quick Wins are highest priority; getting them out of the way and having their results provide for future opportunities
    2. Major Projects need to be thoroughly planned and scheduled
    3. Fill-Ins and Thankless Tasks are Delegated if feasible
    4. As Urgency pushes priorities around, be sure to re-evaluate Importance and Urgency for each task.  In actual effort, by eliminating urgency in developing tasks by getting them done early, re-evaluation of those tasks is unnecessary.
      Action Priority Matrix Diagram
  3. Importance vs Urgency
    see table below, based on combination of importance and urgency, each area determines how to set priorities
  1. Just Do It, Don’t Procrastinate; the risks are too high to put it off until the last minute.  As is feasible, never let anything get into this area.  But when it shows up because of poor planning or accident, get it done now.
  2. Schedule It.  This is where all the useful productivity is supposed to reside.  Time for Research and Development reduces the risk of being viewed as impulsive; or negligent.
  3. Delegate/Push Back.  These are opportunities to negotiate for additional time, or additional resources; usually one or the other.
  4. Don’t Do It; use the time more effectively on higher priorities. Make sure you understand all the consequences to other goals before removing something from priorities.  Not studying for an exam might provide more social opportunities, but it will likely heavily affect other goals like referral by your instructor related to potential high paying internship opportunities.


Eat, Exercise, & Protect Your Brain for Success

Nutrition and moderate exercise are vital to building brain tissues while studying.
Get two 6-compartment containers, or a lunch bag that holds 6 small containers (eBay, Wal-mart, Target …) to proportion meals for the next day

  • Each compartment should be about 2″x 2″x 2″
  • Two container sets so there is no excuse not to pack for the next day because they are dirty
  • Once a week cook enough variety and in quantities needed for the entire week and keep in storage containers
    • if you like to cook, then cook more often
  • 1200 calories/day to lose weight (do not consume less or metabolism may slow down)
  • Eat more to gain weight to balance with exercise to maintain ideal weight
    • A combination of mild weight training and aerobic activity; one day lifting weights, the next an aerobic activity

There are about 400 lymph glands in the body to filter metabolic poisons; the ONLY way these work is by muscle contractions.  Most every muscle needs to contract daily.  Mild range of motion stretches are needed every day to filter out destructive metabolic poisons.  Poisons that over time can cause health issues and even cancer.

  • Do not use steroids as it interferes with brain building hormones and will make it difficult to retain information
  • Eat in moderation; too much or too little of any food or supplement can be harmful
  • Do not smoke nicotine products, this constricts blood vessels and restricts flow of blood to the brain
  • Do not use Marijuana because THC attaches itself to synapse receptors and distorts brain tissue associations
    • This is why Marijuana smokers are often referred to as stupid, dumb, no common sense… 54% of inmates in prison used Marijuana just before getting caught doing their crimes
      • Marijuana doesn’t make a person criminal. More likely, they were criminals and marijuana made them foolish; so they were caught.
      • Actual case: a drug addict working for a paper company went to the union representative and asked how much a finger was worth; an extreme example of how drug abuse makes a person short sighted. The union representative had to report the incident to management to protect the other union members from losing their future negotiating position and related pay increases, due to fraud by one of its members.
      • Actual case: a mechanic working 30 feet above a steel floor on a ladder, observed a drug addict distracting his safety person at the bottom of the ladder. Repeated climbing down and warnings to stay clear of his safety area followed.  The safety person refused to be more forceful in securing the safety area.  While at the top of the ladder the mechanic intentionally dropped a wrench nearby on the steel floor to drive off the drug addict, get their safety person back on task, and to protect their own life. This may not have been the optimal solution; we now cannot know their entire considerations.
      • Drug abuse causes affected rational people to take extreme measures to protect themselves.
    • Marijuana may be legal in some states, but employers know that users of marijuana are prone to employment issues
      • Engineering Internships often pay $12 to $25 per hour, available in the junior year at college, and failing a drug test means loss of professional income, and future opportunities
        • In professional fields, drug testing is required
        • For Federal sectors, a person must be clean for 3 years before being considered for employement; so if using, stop now

Never eat out as a student; where practical.  Social functions are important, but participation should be prioritized

  • Restaurant food tends to disrupt nutritional brain building stability
  • Waste of money where one meal can purchase a week’s groceries
    • Eat to get a large variety of vitamins, minerals, and protein

Basic nutritional requirements (see your physician for best advice)
Too much of anything is bad for you, to include vitamins and minerals; use nutritionist advised moderation.

  • 5 grams of protein daily
    • protein, B vitamins, daily recommended vitamins in-general, calcium, and trace minerals are vital to building brain tissues for memory and associations
  • Diversity of food choices is important to get broad nutritional exposure to trace elements
  • Vegetarians – take a protein supplement every day (about 3 grams of soy protein powder – other food sources will produce the other needed 2 grams needed daily, use more if doing heavy exercise)
  • B-complex vital for vegetarians
  • Take a broad vitamin & mineral supplement every other day (more is generally a waste)
  • Eat carbohydrates in different meal than fats when practical (easily done with compartment food containers)
  • Eat proteins and grains in different meals than vitamins & minerals
    • phytic acid in grains tend to inhibit vitamin & mineral uptake
  • Count calories (becomes routine from memory after a few weeks)
  • Eat a container compartment of food every 2 hours (this removes starvation bio-process distractions)
    • The body will not want to eat, but eat it anyway
    • Use cell phone or watch to trigger an alarm every 2 hours; in some phones this is 6 different alarms to avoid alarms at night
  • Most people eat imbalanced nutrition, too much of some and not enough of another
  • No carbonated beverages (lowers oxygen concentrations)
  • No caffeine
    • tends to inhibit vitamin uptake
    • creates internal distractions
      • take 15 minute timed catnap instead, provides much more mental stamina

Choose a Career with Intent

If you want to work near your family, research the type of work and the number of available opportunities, in the area where your family lives. Alternately, seek out an education that allows for working through the internet.  Software Engineers, Web Resource Developer, Online Business Owner, IT Specialist …  Have realistic expectations, but be creative in your search for profitable local opportunities.
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Evaluate profit versus sustained risks.  Dealing drugs might be profitable, but it is not as profitable, or as respected, as becoming an engineer, physician, attorney, business owner…

Choose a University offering Internships in your Field of Study

A lower-cost method of getting your degree, is to take the basic first 2 years of transferable-credit course requirements at a local “Accredited” community college while you live at home with your parents.  Basic course requirements like English, Math, Humanities, and basic Sciences can cost less.  While living at home you can work and save for the more expensive University classes.  Call the University to be assigned an Academic Adviser (free).  Make sure ALL the courses you take at a community college will transfer to the University degree BEFORE signing up to take any course. This will be emphasized again later, it’s that important.
See if you can get a full-time job at the University of your choice; fringe benefits are usually good. But first check to see if they give you time off to take classes.  Frequently, universities waive costs for classes taken for their employees; but check first.
Online degrees are not recommended.  You have no study partners to help mutually solve difficult problems, if your web service gets interrupted you can fail a course, most often these online courses are NOT accredited so the courses will not transfer to the University degree of your choice. Check with your University of choice before taking any online course.
Universities in-general WILL NOT transfer any course that they themselves do not teach !!!!
After you finish your first 2 years of classes, you become a Junior when you enroll at a University; i.e. 300 level classes.  This means you often qualify for participation in Internships.  Internships are jobs offered by local companies near the University, that provide working experience in your field of study.  Work schedules are typically flexible to accommodate class schedules.  Internships typically pay $12 to $25 per hour depending upon many factors; mostly due to the size of the company.  There are NOT internships available in ALL fields of study at each university, so use your due diligence and check with different universities until you find one or more that offers internships in your field of study.
Internships are often associated with grants acquired by professors.  These grants are often in support of Research & Development, which can mean very interesting experience to put in your resume.
Greater than 80% of all graduates who end up working in their field of study after graduation, are employed full time by a company where they did an internship.  So if doing research for a professor, consider to instead do an internship with one or more companies before graduation.  Companies like hiring candidates who are already trained in the areas they need, and who are known to be good at what they do.

Apply for Grants

You can apply for grants and scholarships (no need to pay back grants, they are NOT loans) to fund your living and while you are taking classes.  Billions of dollars in grant funding are available, students have received up to $45,000 in just one season of grant applications.
If you are Native American you can GET PAID about $2,000 per semester, housing and tuition paid for, for the first 2 years of college; to save up to finish your college degree at a 4-year university.
Go to college at:
http://www.SIPI.edu   (Get your CDIB, Register and go, it’s that simple.)

Optionally, Start your own Business

Many students have developed skills that are marketable.  Working for yourself often provides schedule flexibility to take classes.  Working for yourself usually means limited healthcare coverage, and no other fringe benefits.
A mechanic can work on cars, learn to repair commercial laundry equipment, clean the bottoms of boats, polish boats, detail cars, provide handyman services …  People that can type quickly and accurately can provide transcription services for physicians, editing services for eBay ad posters ….
I know of a 15 year-old that makes about $400/month with his very part-time eBay business.
Consider alternate options.

Make sure the classes you take are needed for your degree



In almost every school, there are classes offered that will NOT transfer to other schools.  Make sure the classes you intend to take, will be useful.  Some students tend to get tired of taking classes, more than others.  Taking a wasted class might hurt the motivation to complete a degree.  About 10% of students fail to complete their degree, because they did not take the last 2 or 3 classes needed to graduate.
See your Academic Advisor (Free and available at any college whether or not you are a student)
Most students take some classes that end up not contributing to their graduation.  Was it a waste of effort and money?  Not if it was wisely considered as needed for other reasons.

Choose Your School Carefully

Some schools offer courses not accredited, and not transferable
If you can, attend a school that has abundant PAID internships locally in the field of study you seek a degree.  Over 75% of graduating students are initially employed by a company where they did a PAID internship. Rarely do companies offering UNPAID internships, hire graduating students.  Rarely do companies hire inexperienced graduating students, so applying to jobs nationally becomes a requirement otherwise.
The Federal Government, State Government, National Science Laboratories, Many Engineering and Business Firms …. all require accredited degrees to qualify for employment.  Additionally, Research Grants often require accredited degrees to qualify in the application process.  If you are seeking certain access to employment, make sure the school you attend has the credentials.
Just because a school has accredited coursework, does NOT mean that ALL of its courses are accredited; customer beware.  For example, Adult Ed courses rarely are accredited in any school.  Special Programs like Entrepreneurial courses may not be accredited; even though the school has an accredited degree program for Business Management.
Many traditional schools provide child day-care, and financial aid assistance that goes beyond PELL Grants; to include local employment and housing services.  Study groups are easily formed; motivating support for long hours of efficient study.  In a study group, quick sharing of weakly understood information builds confidence to move onto new materials; instead of stagnating on what-if scenarios.   Tutoring and Instructor office hours are usually NOT provided for online classes.
For the new college student, Online Classes are much more difficult to complete than traditional coursework.
BEWARE: Online schools may require full payment of previously discounted tuition AND bar future attendance, by students that fail an online course.  Even if the reason is the fault of an incompetent instructor, or bad internet connection.
Recommendation: Students should commit to attending traditional classes if at all practical.
Most small colleges do NOT have accreditation that is recognized by the employers you will be working for.  For example, there are many nursing schools.  Many of those schools are not accredited by Accreditation recognized by Veteran Affairs Medical Centers and therefore those graduates can NEVER apply successfully for employment with the VA.
DO NOT fall for the Distance Learning SCAMS where they obligate you to $15,000 to get a degree, but you must pass every course.  If at any time your internet connection stops working, even if it is on their end that there is a problem, you fail the course and you are obligated to pay the $15,000.
Go to college the traditional way, any way you can:

  • Live with your Mom and Dad or significant other
  • if on your own, live with roomates
  • don’t eat out, cook at home
  • Rent someones shed if it has a toilet & shower for $100/month
    • use a space heater, window air conditioner, hot plate, and small refrigerator
    • you only eat and sleep in your hovel; you are studying and working otherwise
  • Apply for scholarships
  • Work part-time
  • Study 3+ hours for every hour of class taken (this is standard !!!!)
  • a 3.0 GPA means you missed 25% of what was taught
    • high GPAs requires studying
    • high GPAs are rewarded with better opportunities
    • high GPAs get far more scholarships (free money)
    • Sandia National Laboratories requires at least a 3.3 GPA
  • Stay away from alcohol and drugs
    • Internal distractions from addiction causes the mind to wander away from study
    • Drug abuse is Unethical – Read why for yourself
  • Choose a school where you can get paid internships in the field of study you are interested in pursuing
    • internships tend to pay more and have flexible schedules
    • every semester your class schedule changes, so you need the flexibility
  • Work part-time if you want, but always take at least 12 credit hours every semester
    • You need to graduate in a reasonable amount of time
  • Don’t limit yourself to an Undergraduate Degree
    • Internships pay twice as much as Master’s Students
    • You can not teach unless you have a Master’s Degree
      • there are many teaching opportunities
    • you can apply for grants to fund your interesting research
    • major schools value having active Master’s students on campus
    • Go for your doctorate in whatever field you desire
      • By the time you finish your Master’s in about 6 or 7 years it is an easy step to get your Doctorate

In-general, set your goals by Graduating Level Statistics

Getting paid more in areas where basic necessities cost more, usually means effectively getting paid less.  However, in areas of high costs of living, there are usually more “opportunities” for business people to get paid more.
Most schools teach students how to be an employee.  If you want to instead become an employer, do well in school but also get on the internet and learn what it takes to start your own business.
High School dropout

  • homeless or can expect to make a maximum of $12,000 per year
  • very few job opportunities are advertised, mostly word of mouth
  • the environment is often filled with Drama (useless emotional interactions)
  • likely surrounded with unethical people
    • unethical people can only share high risk (no long term opportunities) with medium return, or medium risk and low return opportunities
    • successful unethical people depend upon employing ethical people to sustain their businesses

High School graduate

  • $20,000 per year can be expected
  • general labor jobs, advertised, few jobs available because of competition
  • low opportunity for advancement
  • unless people educate them-selves diligently they usually are replaced by others more willing to help the company grow

Associates Degree

  • $30,000 per year can be expected
  • qualifies for many more advertised jobs; less competition
  • the graduate usually has developed a means of thinking for themselves
  • greater likelihood of participating in an ethical environment
  • more opportunities to be entrusted based upon dependability

Bachelor’s Degree

  • Many opportunities for getting advertised employment
    • due to specialty there is usually a need to relocate
  • Engineers: $40,000 to start
    • can expect to make $60,000+ per year with experience
  • Business: $30,000 to start
    • can expect to make $60,000+ per year with experience
  • Psychology: $20,000 to start
    • usually works in professions unrelated to their field of study
  • Music, Fashion Merchandising, Art School: $10,000 to start
    • usually works in professions unrelated to their field of study

Masters Degree

  • In general $60,000+
  • Many unapplied for advertised opportunities
    • more jobs than there are people to fill them
  • generally, finds multiple revenue streams for income
  • can work on most grants as a principal investigator
    • studies areas they have a passion for

Doctorate Degree

  • In general $80,000+ per year
  • many more opportunities than there are people to take the positions
  • generally, finds multiple revenue streams for income
    • primary job, investments, business enterprise
  • More opportunities for grants than there are people to apply for them
    • studies and develops areas they have a passion for


Definitions needed by students to be productive professionally

Dictionaries are only archives of commonly used interpretations of words and phrases by everyone, to include the uneducated.  Very often definitions are vague and have inconsistent relationships with other words.  A lexicon is a system of definitions that intentionally are mutually consistent to provide a useful means of interacting with a perspective.
The following is a lexicon for relating to Common Sense:
(in-general, to include weakening a mafia)
(specific to organization mission)
Treason can be with respect to localized organizations, or nationally. In a perfect ethical society, treason at any level indirectly is treason at the national level. However, because of the complexity of individual health, logical, emotional, and social systems throughout society, treason within an organization does not mean that treason at the national level is necessarily implicated.
MAFIA = A social group that imposes selective ethics for different classes of its members, and excludes intentional ethical treatment of non-members.
Mafia rarely, if ever, broadly develop new significant opportunities. Therefore, its members suffer stagnation, the motivated leave, and eventually the organization perishes.
To break up a mafia, monitor for corrupt practices and arrogance.  Arrogance is the loathing of others, and is an indication of incompetence; problems with social, emotional, and/or logic skills.

  • Eliminate those that abuse drugs and alcohol because they cannot consistently express common sense; impaired brain function.
  • Then relocate related personnel into positions without influence in previous duties. Evaluate them on actual performance, and not loyalty.
  • Provide every person with an accurate assessment of their innate value to the organization mission and vision.
    Personnel Evaluation Mindset & Excel Worksheets
  • Do NOT reward loyalty, and provide resources and opportunities to those who are competently productive, not the politically affluent; this builds passion throughout an organization.  Passion is usually valued more than financial compensation, as a result the organization gets more done with less resources.

GOVERNMENT / ADMINISTRATION = A formalized structure not dependent upon whom occupies positions in office, whereby the structure largely determines the day to day operations, and interfacing social groups evolve local mechanisms of who benefits at whom’s expense, based on the ethical consistency imposed by the structure (Constitution, Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Operations Manual, Process Forms and other structure based mechanisms)
One should determine if what they want to engage is a Government, or a Mafia. The method of successful participation strongly depends upon which structure is being used. In a mafia, loyalty and seniority are rewarded using organization resources, and competence is of little value (corruption rewarded). In government, competence and competent productivity are valued with priority over corruption.
TEAMING = Forming a group skilled in Common Sense to passionately research and develop new significant organization opportunities.
Incremental creative developments spawned from passion (a knowing of innate value in a group) creates new access to under-utilized resources, improves efficiency, and develops new significant opportunities made available to the organization. When an ethical organization prospers, so does its members.
EMPIRE BUILDING = is the unethical and/or illegal allocation resources and/or opportunities issued to the less productive and/or incompetent to reward loyalty (creating Yes-Men), to entrench corrupt leadership, and diminish productivity for, and diminish value of the organization.
Empire Building broadly kills passion within an organization; obstructing the useful formation of Teaming. Teaming creates teams of competent personnel and/or coalitions to grow a greater number of opportunities. Mafia creates teams of personnel and/or coalitions to squander and hord available opportunities. Empire Building creates an Administrative Mafia.
ANY “Empire Building” done within a government administration is an act of forming a Mafia, is Racketeering, and is Treason.
Part of Civil Rights is that Representation is Free of Treason.
Self-deception is the greatest destructive quality, because it tricks a person to take an easy path that prevents them from making logical decisions and following needed priorities.
Common Sense = Self-Esteem (the sharing of useful information and/or skills with peer groups) + logical thinking + predicting consequences with an emphasis on sustaining support of desired outcomes
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“Persistence” and “Attention to Detail” allow for productively expressing Common Sense with greater consistency. Those lacking these skills often are excluded from significant opportunities, unless they become “Yes-Men” within an Administrative Mafia.
Respect = the communication process of sharing useful information and/or skills with a peer group and the associated trust conveyed
Disdain = the communication process of sharing non-useful and/or destructive information and/or skills with a peer group and the associated distrust conveyed
Self-Respect (learning to convey useful relationships) = the accumulating collection of events involving Respect and Disdain a person generates, from a combination of all social groups engaged; and through empathy the individual detecting the trust conveyed to them by all of the groups. Self-Respect is common to all groups, and the Respect/trust generated from the combined experiences in each group contributes in part to the total number of situations a person can usefully express Self-Respect.  Self-Respect comes from learned experiences, and is used to generate body language and voice inflections to guide others.
A person that is Arrogant has difficulty in expressing Self-Respect, and instead tends to express loathing of others.  Arrogant people are difficult to work with as they do not know how to generate mutual trust, so they tend to micro-manage efforts and exclude the useful advice of others.  Arrogant people tend to rise into positions of corrupt leadership.
Self-Esteem (usefulness specific to each group) = is attributed by others of a group as the accumulating collection of useful outcomes relative to teaching one’s self useful information and skills; the trust one has in-general that they are useful in providing support for the needs of the group they selectively choose to engage.
Self-Confidence = is attributed to one’s self as the accumulating collection of useful outcomes relative to teaching one’s self useful information and skills; the trust one has in completing a related proposed task
Self-Confidence is largely related to previous practiced experience. While Arrogance is largely related to excluding competent influence in the control of an allocated resource and/or opportunity.
Self-Confidence and Arrogance have similar body language; but, Self-Confident people/coalitions consistently teach themselves new useful information/skills to share with their groups. While Arrogant people are subversive and manipulate rhetoric, they loath others and have no intention to share useful information.
Arrogant people spend more time thinking of ways not to lose their political position, than time spent on usefully serving the beneficial groups in which they are a part.

Self-Esteem guides personal pathways of usefulness
in serving each group.

Self-Respect guides how to attribute trust to others
to guide mutual participation in ALL groups.

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