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Umbrella Categories and Subcategories

Umbrella Categories and Subcategories

“Everything about learning” is a rather large category. Underneath this umbrella is a subset entitled “housing.” True, housing is not directly related to learning and education. But indirectly it is related in that many people relocate from their home to institutions of higher learning. Accordingly, when they do this they will have to find Weber State housing especially if the choose to attend Weber State University.

We here at the “Everything About Learning” blog editorial board are firmly of the philosophy that in order for the umbrella category to maintain its own integrity all of its many subcategories must also possess a well structured integrity. To this end it must be re-emphasized in a very clear and concise manner that when a student puts himself or herself in the position where he or she is looking for Weber State housing, he or she will both in theory and practical effect find themselves squarely under the umbrella category which is called “Everything About Learning.”

Indeed there are many, many other subcategories that can find themselves under this rather large category. For example, text books might be found under this category. Teachers might be there as well. Moreover, one might easily find the subcategory of course work under this category as well. Come to think of it there are probably an infinite number of subcategories that can fit both under this umbrella category and any umbrella category for that matter. However, it goes without saying (but I will say it anyway) that a full and complete listing of this subset of subcategories cannot not be listed in a three hundred word blog post. In fact, the idea of doing so is preposterous and anyone suggesting that such a thing could be done is either very ill informed or psychologically unstable and in need of treatment.

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A Sign of Relief

A Sign of Relief

Today I walked past the house of the dude who hangs signs and banners from his front porch. It has been a while since he has hung a sign and I must say that I am feeling a little nostalgic for the good old days when there was a new sign each week. I know that his signs were a bit of an embarrassment for the neighborhood. I also know that the poor woman named Susan who lived across street and courageously fighting cancer probably is relieved the signs are now gone. Still I must admit that I do miss seeing them.

As we all know the dude of which I speak hung those signs and banners as a sign (quite literally) of encouragement to Susan whilst she fought the cancer. This was the reason why the situation was so awkward. On the one hand the dude had the best of intentions in his displays. On the other hand the signs made everyone uncomfortable. Even the home owners’ association got involved and told him to knock it off. In response to the letter they sent him he hung a very passive aggressive last sign that simply read, “Have a Great Day!!!”

But it has been weeks since that last sign was displayed. Now his porch is empty. His yard is still immaculately manicured. Everything seems to have moved forward. Susan is done with her treatment and we all hope she is doing well. I suspect a great number of people in the neighborhood are happy the whole situation is over with. In a sense it has been swept under the rug and repressed. I think his desire to hang another sign is festering under the surface. And so I wait. I wait for the moment I know someday I will see when the next sign is hung. I will be there to walk past his house an breathe a sign of relief.

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Facing Danger with Courage

Facing Danger with Courage

It has often been said that the true measure of a man resides in his ability to face danger with courage. Many people however mistake courage to mean the absence of fear. This is not courage. Courage is the ability to move forward in the face of fear. This is a quality that is taught to the many people who enlist in the U. S. Armed Services.

Before enlisting in the U. S. Armed Services, however, the candidate for enlistment must sit for an exam called the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery or ASVAB test for short. The ASVAB is required for candidates for enlistment in all branches of the U. S. Armed Services including the U. S. Navy, the U. S. Army, the U. S. Marines Corps, the U. S. Air Force, the U. S. Coast Guard as well as the U. S. National Guard. The ASVAB is designed to test the candidate’s qualification for enlistment as well as to assess which profession within the U. S. Armed Services would be the best fit for the candidate.

Many successful candidates for enlistment in the U. S. Armed Services report that the reason they performed successfully on the ASVAB was because they prepared themselves by taking the ASVAB practice test. They typically describe that by taking multiple versions of the ASVAB practice test they both became familiar with the ASVAB test format but also learned which of the ten subject areas covered by the ASVAB required additional focus.

By preparing themselves with the ASVAB practice test they increased the probability that they would perform well on the actual ASVAB test. This in turn increased the probability of a successful enlistment as well as a profession of their choice once enlisted in the U. S. Armed Services. As one can see, performing well on the ASVAB can translated into a successful military career.

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Taking the ASVAB

Taking the ASVAB

Whether a young individual seeks enlistment in the U. S. Army, the U. S. Air Force, the U. S. Marines Corps, the U. S Coast Guard, the U. S. National Guard or the U. S. Navy, he or she will have to sit for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery or ASVAB test. The ASVAB consists of a written section and a multiple question format section. Both sections are comprised of questions related to ten different subject areas. These subject areas are (1) General Science, (2) Arithmetic Reasoning, (3) Word Knowledge, (4) Paragraph Comprehension, (5) Mathematics Knowledge, (6) Electronics Information, (7) Automotive and Shop Information, (8) Mechanical Comprehension, (9) Assembling Objects and finally (10) Verbal Expression.

The best way for a candidate for enlistment in the U. S. Armed Services to prepare for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is to take an ASVAB practice test. Not only does taking multiple versions of an ASVAB test help to familiarize the candidate for enlistment with the test format but it also helps the candidate for enlistment better discern the specific subject areas that he or she may lack sufficient knowledge and therefore would require more focused attention.

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery serves two distinct purposes. The first purpose served by the ASVAB is that it assesses the candidate’s qualifications for enlistment. Although it is not a particularly high bar for most young people to achieve, some people do in fact lack these qualities and are therefore not qualified to serve in the U. S. Armed Services regardless of the branch. The second purpose served by the ASVAB is that it assesses the candidate’s individual skill set in order to best match that candidate (assuming he or she passes the exam) with an appropriate occupation within the U. S. Armed Services. The bottom line is that it is important the candidate perform well on the ASVAB and the way to do that is to prepare by taking multiple versions of the ASVAB practice test.

 

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Achieving the Harrison Heights

Achieving the Harrison Heights

Many people speak of achieving the heights of accomplishment in this or that field of endeavor. But nobody speaks of achieving the Harrison Heights of accomplishment (at least not as far as I have ever heard). This, however, does not mean that such a thing cannot be achieved. In order to discern whether this goal can be achieved it must first be defined. After the concept has been we must then perform an assessment of the skill set of whoever is trying to accomplish that goal. In the final analysis, if the skill set matches with the intended goal we will then be in a good position to answer the question.

Achieving the Harrison Heights of accomplishment is a term that is difficult (yet not all together impossible) to define. A clue as to the meaning of this term might be found in the fact that Harrison Heights is an apartment building near the campus of Weber State University. As such Harrison Heights could properly be considered as an option within the numerous choices making up the total of Weber State housing available for students to choose from. Knowing this, however, does not shed light upon the initial inquiry unless one considers the fact that the apartment building called Harrison Heights is merely an analogy to the meditative state of mind that is also called Harrison Heights.

I have achieved this state of mind myself and I can tell you from personal experience that it is an experience not for the faint of heart. Far better for most to think of Harrison Heights as an option within the Weber State housing system. However, for the more seasoned individual who will not freak out should he experience his reality melt away and his ego fade such that the reality of the absolutely infinite nature of the universe unfolds to him, perhaps the mental state of achieving Harrison Heights is an option.

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