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State or Private

State or Private

How do you know which is the right college for you? Have you ever considered a small private liberal arts school? When you have chosen a particular field to go into, then you must also to decide on the type of school you want to attend. Whether you want to be a lawyer, doctor, or want to work for London Plumbers you can choose a Liberal arts college. There are both advantages and disadvantages about these schools.

Here are some advantages:

· The student is the main focus of a Liberal arts school. In state run colleges and universities the faculty spends most of the time on graduate students and research however at a liberal arts school they spend more time on undergraduate students.

· The class size in a liberal arts school will be very much smaller.

· In a larger school the students may have more trouble getting the classes they desire or need in order to graduate.

· Liberal arts colleges tend to be more competitive and have students that value their education in a high degree.

Here are the disadvantages:

· The cost of going to a Liberal arts school can be expensive. A state university in the US may cost around $14,000 but private schools can cost well over $30,000.

· Students attending liberal arts schools will often take on thousands of dollars in students loans. This is quite a load to carry when you first get out of school

· There is a sense of community that you share with the whole campus. This can lead to drama and lots of gossip whereas state universities tend to be large and most students don’t know each other.

· There can be a lack of diversity in Liberal arts colleges because the minorities are unable to attend these types of schools in large numbers.

Whatever type of college or university you choose, always try to verify the advantages and disadvantages of choosing a particular school.

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How to be Original

How to be Original

There are many theories about creativity, many think that it can be learned, others think that it is something born in us that is progressively killed by an educational establishment that strives for conformity and obedience. Part of being a great artist is being disobedient and idiosyncratic. Two good examples at either side of the spectrum are Caroline Shotton and Damien Hirst. Vincent Van Moo by Shotton uses a similar set of creative skills to Hirst’s The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living which is his famous shark in formaldehyde. Both of these works meld the artist’s unfettered imagination with their physical ability to create either a two dimensional or three dimensional work.The question for this art college is how to nurture this creative quality in the student. The first step is to learn to stop censoring your impulses. Ideas flit through the human brain in milliseconds. You need to learn to generate and harness these ideas. This is commonly referred to as either brain storming or day dreaming. If you watched the last episode of the apprentice, you would have seen some great examples, both positive and negative. The contestants made lists of ideas as they popped into their heads, the rules of course, is that there is no such thing as a bad idea. To practice this type of imaginative play, it is a good idea to do free writing, painting, or drawing everyday. This is a timed activity in which the only rule is that you keep your hands moving. It is the best way to get started nurturing your creative impulses.

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