EQ (Emotional Quotient): Why It’s Crucial for Your Applications

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If you’re a college student focused on your studies and GPA, you probably don’t think much of your EQ, but this is in fact something you should think about even before you graduate. EQ or emotional quotient measures emotional intelligence—something some may dismiss as unimportant, holding to the outdated concept that IQ rules all.

We know now how untrue that is, though. EQ is currently held to be one of the strongest predictors of success for people because it indicates their levels of self-awareness, emotional management, self-motivation, empathy, and social ability. The import of EQ is particularly clear in the business field now, where many hiring managers are even screening applicants with EQ as one of the primary criteria.

The importance of EQ is easy to see if you think back to all the times you’ve seen IQ-smart people do seemingly awkward or stupid things. Many real-life problems can’t be solved with theoretical or even scientific learning alone. Whether it’s the classmate you’re paired up with for a project or the team you have to work with once you start an internship, there are social considerations in your performance that require EQ.

A low EQ can make you less effective at dealing with others and many professional fields are unforgiving to the less-than-socially-adept. It’s also bad for self-esteem, as low EQ tends to correlate to higher potential for depression and lack of confidence. And of course, a low EQ can make it more difficult for you to deal with life since it makes you bad at managing emotions like stress.

Fortunately, EQ is far more flexible than IQ: it can be improved greatly with the right guidance. The more time one has to work on it, of course, the better. This is why you should work on improving your EQ now instead of later. That way, you’ll be better prepared for life after graduation when your college life is over.

There are many ways to improve EQ, and most important of them is improving self-awareness. This is the foundation of all other aspects of EQ. The more aware you are of your own emotions, the better you will be at managing them as well as at recognizing like emotions in others. It also gives you an idea of what the appropriate response would be to their emotions based on your own experiences. A job interview is just basically a potential employer testing your reactions and responses to social situations at work, after all.

But can’t results be faked? Yes and no. You can appear to have a higher EQ than you really have, at least for a time. For example, some candidates can pretend to be more comfortable with social situations during job interviews than they really are. This is dependent on the job interviewer being “duped by the act”. However, this can be harder (but not impossible, in most cases) to pull off if the EQ test is more scientific.

Interestingly, pretending to have a higher EQ can help you develop your actual EQ, though. For example, producing “more socially appropriate” responses to employers’ queries can help you hone your skills at identifying what is “more socially appropriate” in the first place. This is crucial for workplace EQ.

A good if informal way of honing and testing your EQ for this as well as other indicators of emotional intelligence is to simulate job interviews with your friends. They can give you feedback on your responses afterwards. Your friends can even make suggestions on responses they feel you could have improved.

You can also improve EQ through simulation of workplace structures by joining clubs and other groups that require regular teamwork. It’s why employers look at the extracurricular activities on your resume, after all: it’s good preparation for the social aspect of the office. The more you work with others, the better you get at it, not just through self-aware improvement but also by taking the advice and critiques of others.

If you want a more standard (numeric) measure of your EQ while you’re working on it, though, there are countless free tests online that can help you in that regard. The University of Washington has one here, for example, and Berkeley has one here. You can measure your EQ with tools like these to get a sense of whether or not your efforts to enhance emotional intelligence are working and to find out where you may need additional effort. Many employers use them or similar derivatives, so it can be good practice early on for application tests—it’s not that different from getting a copy of last year’s Accounting Final Exam as prep for this year’s, after all.

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Sleepless and proud… Really?

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One of the most puzzling trends that’s emerged in the supercharged, super busy life of the modern man is the pride associated with sleep deprivation. “I didn’t get any sleep last night” is said with an air of bored superiority and translated as “I work so much more than you”. Are we really competing with each other based on how much (actually, how little) we sleep?

I’m not going to hit you with all the boring details of what happens when you don’t get enough sleep. Instead, I’m going to kick you where it hurts – sleeping less than your body needs means more pounds on the weight scale! That’s right folks! Sleep is brain food. If you’re not giving your brain enough rest time, it starts asking for chocolates and doughnuts and brownies. So unless you want to start loosening the notches on your belt, pay attention.

First of all, you know there’s something wrong with your sleep cycle if you wake up cranky every day, have strange cravings or can’t eat anything for two hours after waking up, have memory and concentration problems, and feel like napping in the middle of the day. These are all simple signals your brain is trying to send. When you don’t listen, you crash – literally and figuratively. Sleep deprivation is a major cause of road accidents, increased insulin levels and heart disease.
Second, lets debunk some sleep myths.

  1. There’s no magic number. There is no minimum daily requirement (its not a vitamin pill). Some people get along with as little as 2 hours a day and others need upto 9 hours. Find out what works best for you and then be consistent.

  2. Reading in bed is not a good idea. Your bed should be a place your brain associates with sleep. Read in the living room, read on a comfy couch in your bedroom, but the bed is a shut eye zone.

  3. Snooze marathons don’t help. Want to know the real cause of Monday blues? Sleeping all Sunday. No one has a perfect routine. There are times when we just can’t get enough sleep and our body accumulates “sleep debt”. If you’ve missed out an hour of sleep everyday in the week, you can’t pay it off by sleeping 6 hours extra on Sunday. Sleep debt has to be paid off in installments – sleep a little bit more every day of the next week.

  4. Working out before bedtime is a definite no. In fact, avoid any intense activities before bedtime (chill, this doesn’t include sex). Tiring yourself out before going to sleep is not the answer. Instead, gradually change your daily schedule to cover all mentally and physically intensive activities at least 4 hours before your bedtime.

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4 Ways To Use Technology To Help You Do Better In School!

With the arrival of smart phones and tablets, people have become more productive and efficient. Now people can use these tools to organize their chores, manage their resources and above all supervise their day-to-day tasks. These blessings of technology have particularly facilitated the busy students who can enjoy more time and freedom than before.

Using these smart technological tools students can give their best inside and outside the classroom. In the classroom, they can be more reflective and studious and remain interactive and accessible while they are away. With these tools of information, students can be more smart and time-efficient. Here are four ways, technology can help you do better in school:

#1: Mobility: Learn On the Go

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Four Ways to Make Your Lectures Less Boring

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Having a hard time staying awake during lectures?

Being a student, I loved exams, yes, I really loved them, because they gave the opportunity to see what knowledge and skills I was able to get during the period of my study. And now I understand, that every exam was worth passing. But there was one small detail that did not give me any chance to enjoy my process of study in full, and these were… lectures. Yes, some dreaded lectures on mornings or incredibly boring lectures on afternoons – it does not matter actually; the main problem was that these lectures were difficult to listen till the very end without going asleep.

Certainly, every student knows how to deal with his different problems in college, and boring lectures were one of these problems for me. I bet, many today’s students will agree with me here, as I do not know any young person who would like ALL lectures he has at college or university. The main thing is to stay awake during such lectures, and here some quite creative methods and solutions come. Have you ever tried any of them?

#1. Listen carefully

It is not easy to do, when you find this lecture boring, but you CAN do that! Do not sit and think of how boring this lecture is, and how sleepy you are at the moment. Try listening to your professor carefully, and pay attention to what he says. It may sound strange to you, but when you listen to your professor, his lecture may suddenly appear very interesting.

Moreover, do not be passive. Think critically on everything a lecturer days, ask questions… As far as you understand, it will be more difficult to call such a lecture boring, when you take an active part in its discussion. And plus, it gives your brain some kind of a workout, when it is difficult to fall asleep actually.

#2. Take colorful notes

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Diploma Mill Scams: Spotting the Red Flags


The practice of handing out fake diplomas and degrees to people is far from new. In fact, the earliest known diploma mill was exposed in the late 19th century – almost 140 years ago. But it’s not surprising that it’s easier to get tricked into paying for a fake education certificate now than ever before. Not only has the internet made these scams easier, higher education is also more important. You hear everywhere that the bachelor’s degree is the new diploma, and that it’s becoming impossible to get hired at even a semi-decent job without one. And yet, according to the New York Times, the average American household income fell 7 percent in the last decade while the cost of college rose 18 percent. Everywhere, people are looking for online colleges as alternatives to spending four years and thousands upon thousands of dollars to get a degree. But how do you know if the degree is worthless?

1. Research Accreditation

It used to be that you could spot a diploma mill scam simply by finding out the online school you’re applying to is not accredited. But now, so-called “accreditation mills” have become the norm, where a fake school advertises being accredited by a completely fake agency that they made up themselves. Even if the school claims to be international, you should never give money to any educational organization that is not recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. International schools can be accredited, so don’t let them tell you any differently. Another way to spot phony schools is to check the faculty listings, because sometimes the teachers are listed as having attended bogus schools, too.

2. Remember Life Experience Degrees are Scams

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