Saturday, January 1, 2011

A POEM WORTH READING AND SHARING

He was getting 
old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.

And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew whereof he spoke.

But we'll hear his tales no longer,
For old Bob has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer
For a Soldier died today.

He won't be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won't note his passing,
'Tho a Soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young
But the passing of a Soldier
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Someone who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?

The politician's stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Soldier,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.

It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever waffling stand?

Or would you want a Soldier--
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Soldier,
Who would fight until the end?

He was just a common Soldier,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his like again.

For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor
While he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage
At the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:
"OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
A SOLDIER DIED TODAY."

(Author unknown)

Should Wikileaks be banned?

The whole issue surrounding Wikileaks has become one of the most contentious issues at present. The organization has released sensitive documents regarding the US government and the two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The big question then is, "is it right on the part of Wikileaks to release these documents and is it good for the society as a whole? ".

 There is plenty of information that the website has released which the general public has the right to know about. Early in 2010, Wikileaks released a video called "Collateral Murder" showing some Iraqi civilians and two journalists killed by strikes from a US helicopter.

One of the arguments against Wikileaks has been that the release of such documents puts the security of the nation in danger. My question is how? Lot has been said and talked about the diplomatic cables released in November 2010 which included strategies and opinion on a lot of diplomatic issues. These issues included the tension in the Middle East and nuclear disarmament. I believe that the public has the right to know about these issues. These diplomatic decision affects each and every individual and the truth needs to be out there. I don't see a reason why such information would need to be confidential.

In a free society we have the right to know the truth. Every single piece of information that Wikileaks has leaked has been backed by strong evidence. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq has affected the entire nation of America and the public deserves to know what happened at the war.  Free social media allows the truth to be out there for the public to know and this way the public can trust the government.

Wikileaks has changed the social media environment. The public now has access to the truth. They can now make decisions that would benefit them and the society. I see this as an opportunity for the government to make things more transparent and open to the public. There is a lot of anger and wrath in the minds of some people after knowing the truth that the leaks disclosed. The government needs the support of its people and hiding such information is not going to help at all. The truth needs to come to light.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The 5 most successful college dropouts

1. Bill Gates : This guy dropped out of Harvard to start Microsoft Inc.  with his college friend Paul Allen. He actually got support from his parents to drop out of college because they had confidence in their son and knew how passionate he was about computers.

Interesting fact : Bill Gates and his wife Melinda started the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is the largest transparently operated charitable foundation in the world (Wiki).

2. Steve Jobs : The CEO & Founder of Apple Inc. dropped out of Reed College in Portland, Oregon after just one semester. He started working as a technician in a video game manufacturing company and four years later founded Apple with two other colleagues.

Interesting fact : Steve Jobs went to India in search of spiritual enlightenment and came back as a Buddhist with his head shaved.

3. Mark Zuckerberg : This guy doesn't need any introduction. He has changed our social lives. The Facebook CEO & President  dropped out of Harvard to create Facebook with his three other college friends.

Interesting fact : In college, Mark Zuckerberg was famous for reciting lines from epic poems such as The Illiad.

4. Larry Page : The Google co-founder dropped out of Stanford University while pursuing a Ph.D in Computer Science. He was doing research on linking web pages and then collaborated with his senior Sergey Brin to find Google Inc.

Interesting fact : He takes an annual compensation of $1 from Google Inc.

5. Sergey Brin : He co-founded Google with Larry Page when both of them were pursuing Ph.D in Computer Science at Stanford. He also dropped out of his Ph.D program alongwith Larry Page.

Interesting fact : He also takes an annual compensation of $1 from Google Inc.

LESSON TO LEARN

If you are passionate about something, nothing can stop you from achieving it. Above all the things that you learn in college, by far the most important of all is figuring out what you are passionate about. Nothing great can ever be achieved without being passionate about it. The one thing common to all the above 5 people is their passion about what they do. It is the single most thing that will determine your altitude in life.

" Your courage to fulfill your dreams comes from passion, not position "
                                                                                             - John Maxwell

Monday, December 27, 2010

5 websites that every college student should visit



Campusbooks.com : The bookstore in colleges usually overcharge the students. You can save a decent amount of money by going to this website which allows you to buy, sell or rent used and new textbooks. Of all the websites, I've got the best deals from this one.


Ratemyprofessors.com : Before you pick your classes, getting an idea about your Professor helps a lot. This website rates your professor according to easiness and overall quality. You can also go and give your own rating about your professor. Don't be surprised to see students vent their wrath at professors.


Evernote.com : This is my favorite. It allows you to access your notes from anywhere on the web and from your smartphone. You can be anywhere in the world and access all your handwritten notes, voice memos, picture and other web excerpts just from a computer or your smartphone. I think that is amazing. It makes life so much easier !


Studentuniverse.com :  Looking for cheap flights? Studentuniverse.com gives you the best deals out there.


CollegeHumor.com :  This is a great website to go to whenever you get bored with studying and want to have some fun. They have plenty of funny videos, pictures and stories that are really funny.


The pictures have been taken from freedigitalphotos.net and flickr.com

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Things to do as Freshman in college

Socialize and make friends
Most college students would agree that friends are one of the best and most important things about college. Getting to know others through your classes and sharing the same dorm are one of the easiest ways of making friends. Some students are shy and joining a club or getting involved in some Student organization is another ways and means of making friends.
Meet your advisor to talk about your major and courses
Some students come into college not knowing what they want to study. Talking to your advisor helps a lot to figure that out. Based on your interests, your advisor would be able to suggest to the classes that would be most appropriate to take in your first semester. Also go to ratemyprofessors.com and find out about your professor. It makes a big difference!
Make a study schedule
It is important that you take a couple of hours everyday to study and do home work. It might not sounds as fun but you can make a study group with your friends and classmates. Think about getting good grades at the end of your first semester and what it means to you. One of the truth about college is there is no escaping studying. You need to devote time to study in order to be successful in college.
Talk to your Professors
Take the opportunity to meet with your professors. They want to help you out and there is always something that more that they have to offer. You also need recommendation letters when you apply for scholarships or grad school. Maintaining healthy and friendly relationship with your professors would certainly get you a good recommendation !
Get Involved
Check out the Student organizations at your campus. They are a great way of making friends and also doing something that you like. Sports, journalism, community service, leadership, business and a variety of clubs of different interests are there to be a part of. It is also a great way to network which is one of the most important things that you learn in college.