Childhood and adolescence are usually the happiest and most careless periods in our lives, but there always comes the time when a young person starts asking questions “What am I going to do in my life?”, “How can I be successful in my future?” Many young people understand the importance of proper education for their future and think of going to a college after graduating from high school.
High school and college are similar in many ways. For example, you can choose the subjects you are interested in and would like to study; both establishments demand a lot of time and effort if you want to be successful in them; you have different types of classes: lectures, workshops; in both establishments you can be under the influence of your class/group mates, teachers and parents or even experience strong peer pressure.
One of the most successful novels of the twentieth century – To Kill a Mockingbird – was written by Harper Lee in 1960. The characteristic feature of the novel is its autobiographical nature and plot. The novel is based on the Lee’s observations of her family relationships, her close social circle and the events that she became a fortunate observer of when she was just about ten years old. Additional charm is added to the novel by its style and narrating.
The novel is an extraordinary combination of humor with extremely sensitive issues of ethics and moral, drawn through the cases of sexual abuse and dysfunctional relationships. On one side, there is a narrator – father, who serves as a hero and example of ethics for other characters in the novel and readers. On the other side, there is a story of racial discrimination and inequality.
Each of us was given the ability and gift to understand people from cognitive and emotional aspects. Theory of mind is the notion that describes the ability of an individual to sense and analyze the way of thinking of another person. One of the greatest parts of this theory is the capability of one person to see things and realities from another person’s perspective. In real life this complicated definition means that people who know the theory of mind will be able to admit that their opinion is not a universe truth and will be open for the discussion of various views on the specific subject. People who lack the proper knowledge in this field in the same situation will most probably find it extremely difficult to understand why no one else sees that their opinion is correct and will be put off by the time spent for the discussion of obvious (from their perspective) subjects.
Swine flu, or swine influenza, is the disease that hit the population of the earth and put people back to the reality, showing the strength of nature over the most developed technological solutions that, as was believed before, could prevent us from the influence of any viruses. The name of the virus comes from the fact that the disease is most commonly spread by pigs and is further transferred to people. Though it is not common that the virus is transferred to human beings in the form of swine flu, and in general people are able to develop antibodies to prevent the development of the influenza, the cases of the zoonotic swine flu have became very common in recent years.
The roots of the disease are going back to the beginning of the twentieth century, when swine influenza was first detected among pigs and people at the same time. It happened in 1918 and ten years later the same virus hit the population of pigs all over Europe. The cases of influenza were detected further in various isolated areas, but the disease was back to the human lives in the beginning of the twenty first century through series of epidemic cases, starting from India and Korea to Latin America and Europe. The situation was very serious and humanity again faced the disease that went beyond its control.
Previously, we used to think about stress as a weakness. Today, people talk about it as an inevitable part of our jobs and day-to-day interaction with the outside world. While in the past we believed that we should try to avoid stress, modern literature and personal and professional trainings teach us how to cope with it. Job descriptions more and more often set “ability to work under pressure” as a requirement. One could even argue that stress becomes a trendy characteristic on the job market as a product for consultants and as an element of well-paid jobs.
In fact, stress is the cause of many human mistakes and de-motivation that is created as a result of dissatisfaction or excessive workload that people have to cope with. With that in mind, credibility and logic behind coping with stress mentality becomes very questionable.