Sunday Inspiration: Abraham Lincoln

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

~Attributed to Abraham Lincoln

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Sunday Inspiration: Frank Abagnale

If you’ve seen the movie “Catch me if you Can,” you know the story of Frank Abagnale as played by Leonardo DiCaprio. This is Frank Abagnale telling his story in his own words.

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5 Things to Think About When You’ve Decided to go to College

So you’ve decided to go to college. Before you pack your suitcase and decorate your dorm, there are several things to think about.

  1. Now that you’ve decided to go to college. You need to decide where you’re going to go. According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics, as of 2012, there are 7,234 post-high school education institutions. That breaks down to 4,706 degree-granting institutions, 1,738 2-year colleges, and 2,968 4-year colleges. Which one is right for you?
    1. 2-year or 4-year colleges. There are benefits to both. If you choose a local 2-year college, you can live at home with your parents. This will hopefully let you save money on at least rent and food.
  2. What major are you going to choose? Do you know what a major is? A major is an area of study that you want to focus on. It can be anything from business management to piano performance to statistics to microbiology. You don’t have to choose one right now, but start identifying what you want to study.
  3. What classes are you going to take? You don’t have to take classes just for your major. You can take any class you want. Note: Some classes require you to take certain classes (pre-requisite classes) before you can take them.
  4. Where are you going to live? Most colleges have on- and off-campus options. A lot of freshman choose to live in the dorms and then move off campus in later years.
  5. How are you going to pay for college? This is a question that deserves a post all of its own. Here are some questions to get you started:
    1. How are you going to get scholarships?
    2. Will you work part-time or will you work full-time and study on the side?
    3. Where will you find a loan?

Sunday Inspiration: D-Day

June 6 is day that will forever be remembered as D-Day. It marks the invasion of France by the Allies in World War II. These were ordinary men. They were teachers, farmers, neighbors, fathers, brothers. All sacrificed. Some sacrificed everything so that people could live in freedom. General Eisenhower, the commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces, sent this message to the soldiers, sailors and airmen who would be storming the beaches of Normandy the next day.

“Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Forces:

You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944. Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned. The free men of the world are marching together to victory.

I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory.

Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”

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