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A new poll questioned 150,000 students from eighth to 12th grade to find out their interest in 200 different careers

Top Ten Career Choices For Young People

  1. Registered nurse
  2. Professional athlete
  3. Artist
  4. Musician/singer
  5. Athletic trainer/sports medicine
  6. Physician/surgeon
  7. Actor/Actress
  8. Veterinarian/Veterinary technician
  9. Photographer
  10. Mechanical engineer

And the survey proves there’s a huge difference in career aspirations for males and females. Female respondents appear to be less interested in engineering, business or trade jobs, while male students are less likely to want careers in healthcare, social services and the arts and humanities.

Source: The Street


A report by AAA reveals that drivers between the ages of 16 and 17 are three times as likely as an adult to get into a deadly crash.  During summer, considered the “100 Deadliest Days,” teen driver crashes jump 15% as compared to the rest of the year, with 1,600 people killed in crashes involving teen drivers in the past five years.  The biggest causes of deadly teen crashes include distractions, not buckling a seatbelt and speeding.

Source: AAA


A new Harris Poll finds that 89% of adults believe teen suicide rates have gone up, with 31% of parents with teens saying their child knows someone who has attempted or died by suicide.  While 58% parents are concerned about their teen’s mental health, 28% say they don’t know how to talk about it.  Most parents feel that mental health issues (88%) and being bullied (85%) are the biggest factors behind teen suicide.

Source: Harris Poll

A report by the Alzheimer's Association finds that 94% of people believe that a lot of support is needed when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, yet not enough people are getting it.  64% of caregivers say they feel isolated and alone, while 84% say they wish they had support, specifically from their family.  70% of people worry about not being able to care for themselves, only 24% have made any financial plans for their families in case they need a caregiver.

Source: Yahoo


Most of us just have too much stuff. But when you finally decide to downsize, knowing where to start and what to get rid of can be challenging. So before you start tossing clutter into trash bags, here are some tips for scaling back, from an expert, Jacquie Denny, co-founder of estate-sale website Everything But the House (EBTH).  Click here for the full article, but here's the short version:

  • Toss anything you don't use 80% of the time - You have to cut deep when you’re trying to minimize. Denny advises sticking to the basics and tossing any really specific, impractical stuff. In the kitchen, keep only the pots, pans, and essentials you use to cook with 80% of the time. Remember, less is more.
  • Don't get a storage unit - Denny says “off-site storage is not your friend.” And if you do get a storage unit, she suggests you toss the stuff after a year in there.
  • Sell things with resale potential - Check all the books, vases, tableware, and vintage pieces you’re willing to part with to see if they’re valuable. To gauge if it’s trash or treasure, find out: "Is this piece signed by an artist or does it have a significant maker's mark on it? Is this piece one of a kind or is it from a limited-production run? Is this piece made of expensive metals (silver, gold, or platinum)? Is a book a first edition or illustrated by a notable artist?"
  • Sell art with value - Even if you’ve never heard of the artist, Denny says signed, original pieces resell well and so do prints by well-known artists like Picasso and Miró. Use an online resource, like EBTH to give you an idea of what things are going for.
  • Keep what you love - "My number-one rule is to always keep what you love,” Denny says. “Nothing is worse than holding onto things that are mediocre!"


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