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Ketchum University Awarded $139,000 Grant from The Del E. Webb Foundation

Fullerton, CA (PRWEB) April 25, 2015

Marshall B. Ketchum University has been awarded a $ 139,000 grant from The Del E. Webb Foundation for the first of two critical Simulation Center rooms to be housed in the Health Professions Building at MBKUs main campus in Fullerton. The Del E. Webb Foundations vision is to provide the most long term benefit for the most people through medicine and education.

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NJ Top Dentists Presents, Dr. Arthur G. Scheiner!

Scotch Plains, NJ (PRWEB) April 22, 2015

NJ Top Dentist, Dr. Arthur G. Scheiner, performed a smile makeover on a patient who later won the title of Miss Maryland!

Mallory Rome, a 2013 graduate of Rider University and 2009 graduate of Westfield High School recently won The 2015 Miss Maryland Intercontinental Pageant. Mallory was a Musical Theater Major in College and dreams of becoming a professional actress.

When Mallory was 10 years old, she severely fractured her front teeth in a scooter accident. And, although her teeth were successfully repaired with dental bonding, she had always been self-conscious about her smile. For college graduation her parents decided a smile makeover would make a perfect graduation gift. They sought the services of Dr. Arthur Scheiner a highly experienced local (Westfield) cosmetic dentist. In two visits, Dr. Scheiner placed Lumineers-brand porcelain veneers a minimally invasive and virtually painless cosmetic procedure.

Mallory has been a patient in my office since she was 8 years old. Even before her smile makeover, she could light up the room wherever she went. Providing her with an ideal smile gave her that added degree of self-confidence. Miss Maryland is going to be just the beginning for her, said Dr. Scheiner.

Mallory says people compliment her teeth almost every day. In addition to her Miss Maryland Crown, she has already landed multiple acting roles and been featured on several television news programs.

Dr. Scheiner received his dental degree from UMDNJ – New Jersey Dental School and his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Following dental school, Dr. Scheiner completed a year-long general practice residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. He has received certificates from the Synergy Training Program for Dental Implants and from the Great Lakes Education Center for Training in Advanced Dental Technology. He has served as President of the Central NJ Dental Study Club and is a member of the American Dental Association and Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Scheiners office offers many services, including:

General Dental Services

CEREC Crowns

Dental Exam

Digital Dental X-Ray

Teeth Cleaning

Natural Colored Fillings

Dental Bridges


Gum Disease Treatment


Oral Cancer Screening

Cosmetic Dentistry Services

Teeth Whitening

Smile Makeover

Porcelain Veneers

Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Cosmetic Dental Implant Restorations


CEREC Onlays

Dr. Arthur G. Scheiner is conveniently located in Westfield, NJ. For more information and locations, visit Dr. Scheiners online profile here:

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Trident University International Launches Fully-Redesigned, Mobile Optimized Website

Cypress, CA (PRWEB) April 08, 2015

After more than a year devoted to research, design, and testing, Trident University International(Trident) recently launched an all-new, fully-redesigned, mobile optimized website. This project was a complex cross-functional effort that involved support from the entire university community, including over twenty committees made up of key staff members, faculty, program directors, students, alumni, information technology, and outside creative and technical agencies, including OnIt Digital and Converge Consulting.

Our redesigned website reflects the obligation we have to the entire Trident community. Its our goal to offer a best in class experience each time we interact with a current or potential student, and this redesign is a key example of that commitment, said Andy Vaughn, Trident President and CEO.

The new Trident site offers an industry best user experience by streamlining the pathway to important site destinations like online degree programs, admissions, a military and veteran student gateway, and easy access to the Trident Learning Community, which is the portal for currently enrolled students.

The redesign process was guided by research on the expectations of the prospective student while looking into an online program. Focus group and research findings directed Trident to organize the new site by degree level because most new students know what degree they need but not which program they should enroll in.

Discovery and research on the project began in 2013 through interviews of many key Trident stakeholders to help define how the site was being used and where it was falling short, allowing everyone involved in the project to understand how to best achieve the optimal user experience. Using these insights, the dedicated team was able to bring Tridents value proposition to life by providing an excellent online experience for current and future students.

Through the use of an advanced, streamlined content management system (CMS), stakeholders across the university will now play a part in the addition and upkeep of the information that is important to potential Trident students, as well as its 25,000+ strong community of students and alumni. Additionally, the use of dynamic content modules allows content managers to control information by page. This enables the website to quickly meet the needs of a diverse student body by communicating up to date and relevant information, news, and events in an easy to read manner.

As a further enhancement, the website is now fully supported across multiple devices, configured to automatically scale to a variety of smartphones and tablets. This is especially important as an increasing number of users are now visiting the website using devices like smartphones and tablets.

At Trident University, we are committed to our student success. Over the past several years we have seen our site traffic migrate from desktop to mobile but until now our site was not mobile optimized, said Brandon Rowe, Tridents Digital Marketing Director who led this project. Year over year mobile traffic to Tridents site has increased 34% and we need to be prepared to accommodate this traffic.

Trident is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.

For any media inquiries, please contact Daniel Sloan at

About Trident University

Founded in 1998, Trident University International (Trident) is a leading online postsecondary university serving adult learners. Trident developed the Trident Learning Model, which employs case-based learning in an online setting to teach real-world relevant critical thinking skills to enhance the lives and careers of students. Trident offers high-quality bachelors, masters, and doctoral degree programs, led by a qualified faculty team, over 80% of who have doctoral degrees. Visit, Tridents Facebook page, or call at (855) 290-0290 to learn more about Trident’s wide range of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs.

American University Now Accepting Applications for Two New Online Graduate Degree Programs in Business and Analytics

WASHINGTON, D.C. (PRWEB) April 02, 2015

American University’s Kogod School of Business, the first business school in Washington, D.C., announced today that it is offering its first online Masters of Business Administration (MBA@American) and an online Masters of Science in Analytics (Analytics@American). Developed in partnership with online education solutions provider 2U Inc. , both innovative programs are for domestic and global business professionals who seek new business skills, tools and knowledge to advance their careers.

Kogods online business programs blend live online classes taught by American University faculty and in-person immersion experiences in business capitals in the U.S. and abroad. The program features four starts per year with admissions decisions made on a rolling basis. The first classes will begin in October 2015.

We are excited to continue to bring our collaborative learning philosophy to students around the world, offering professionals the chance to earn a Kogod degree no matter where they live and work, said Erran Carmel, Dean of American Universitys Kogod School of Business. With the MBA and Analytics (MSAn) degrees online, classes will be delivered live to foster engaging conversations.

MBA@American is a student-centered program that delivers both online and practical learning experiences from professors, business leaders and fellow students. Students will receive a foundation in business principles and an education spanning across the broad domain of business, including accounting, finance, marketing, international business, consulting, and analytics, in preparation for a managerial career path.

The specially designed Business in the Capital immersions are the hallmark of the MBA@American program. The immersion experience offers students the opportunity to hear from business leaders, collaborate with peers to solve real business challenges, work with local companies, and explore the diverse culture of business capitals around the world.

With the rise in the influx of data, nearly every industry and organization is striving to understand how to use data effectively. Kogods online MSAn prepares students to use data analysis to solve a variety of organizational and business challenges. The program teaches evidence-based data gathering and modeling, and quantitative analysis, as well as how to implement these tools to provide businesses with competitive advantages. As a result, students will gain the necessary skills to predict behaviors, and make sound decisions involving increasingly complex situations.

Additionally, Analytics@American delivers a range of career-focused concentrations that prepare students to work as intelligence analysts, financial analysts, marketing analysts, business analytics consultants, and supply chain managers. Unlike data science masters degrees, the applied business emphasis provides students the opportunity to explore the industry of their choice.

Kogods exceptional faculty includes distinguished scholars, executives and entrepreneurs who contribute research and real-world experience to the virtual and physical classroom experience, said Dean Carmel. Our students, both locally and abroad, are well prepared and positioned to conduct business in a variety of different industries and fields.

The Kogod School of Business is the leading destination for the study of business in the Washington, D.C. metro area. The School has been a part of the D.C. business community for 60 years and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for a business school worldwide.

The programs will welcome its first class of students in October 2015. Applications for the first cohort are due by August 24, 2015. Future cohorts are scheduled to begin every three months. For details on the program, admission criteria and cost of attendance, visit or contact an admissions counselor by contacting admissions(AT) or 855-572-2800.

About AU

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nations capital and around the world.

About 2U, Inc.

2U Inc. partners with leading colleges and universities to deliver the world’s best online degree programs so students everywhere can reach their full potential. Our cloud-based software-as-a-service platform provides schools with the comprehensive operating infrastructure they need to attract, enroll, educate, support and graduate students globally. Blending live face-to-face classes, dynamic course content and real-world learning experiences, 2U’s No Back Row approach ensures that every qualified student can experience the highest quality university education for the most successful outcome. Learn more at


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Detective work by Dayton Childrens doctor finds right treatment that dramatically improves quality of life for patient with rare condition

DAYTON, Ohio (PRWEB) April 10, 2015

Careful sleuthing and a determination to provide the best care led Dayton Childrens pediatric endocrinologist, Susan Pena-Almazan, MD, to the right answer for a patient with a very rare condition. Her case study was recently published in the medical journal, Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice and will provide more evidence to help doctors nationwide who encounter similar conditions in patients.

The 9-year-old patient has a rare inherited condition known as developmental delay, epilepsy and neonatal diabetes (DEND) syndrome. While 29 million people across the country have diabetes, only one in 100,000 are diagnosed before they are 6 months old (neonatal diabetes) and DEND syndrome has been identified in only about 40 of those children to date.

Patients with DEND syndrome usually require daily insulin within their first year of life; this patient had been receiving insulin therapy since he was diagnosed with neonatal diabetes at 3 months old. DEND is also marked by developmental delays and seizures. This patient is unable to speak, had seizures, and until he was 6 years old, was mobile only with the aid of a wheelchair.

With so few patients who have this disorder, there is limited information available on how to best treat the condition. Dr. Almazan began her investigation into treatment options in 2010, when the patient’s previous endocrinologist, Maria Urban, MD, retired. Dr. Urban used genetic tests to diagnose the patient with DEND syndrome and began the effort to provide the best treatment options.

Dr. Almazan dove into the available research on treating neonatal diabetes as part of DEND syndrome. She discovered a drug commonly used for diabetics, known as sulfonylureas, can be used to stimulate the patient’s own insulin secretion. Although this therapy works in patients who have permanent neonatal diabetes (PND) alone, cases where sulfonylureas improve DEND patients (those with PND plus neurological difficulties) are not well documented – until now.

Dr. Almazan used a protocol developed by Dr. Andrew Hattersley and his colleagues in the UK to guide the patient’s transition from insulin therapy to a pill form of sulfonylureas, called glyburide. The transition required close supervision and careful monitoring – the patient had to be admitted to Dayton Childrens for several days to make sure he responded well. The transition was successful and now the patient’s diabetes is well controlled with only three pills a day. Dr. Almazan says the patient and his family have benefited from the change in medication.

After monitoring him for other things that could have indicated that the change wouldnt be right for his body, hes now able to take a pill rather than depend on shots or an insulin pump, she says. This is much easier on the patient and for his mom who provides so much of his care. Its also far less expensive.

Since the change in medication, the patients motor skills have significantly improved to the point where he can walk on his own. Its unclear whether glyburide contributed to the improvement in his neurological condition, but its certainly one more step towards a better quality of life for him and his family.

About Dayton Childrens

One of only 45 independent freestanding childrens hospitals in the country, Dayton Childrens is the regions only medical facility dedicated to children. Accredited by The Joint Commission and serving 20 Ohio counties and eastern Indiana, the experts at Dayton Childrens care for more than 290,000 children each year. Consistently recognized as one of the countrys best and most cost-effective pediatric hospitals, Dayton Childrens is home to the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and together with the United States Air Force shares the nations only civilian-military integrated pe

Pacifica Graduate Institute Announces Dr. Thyonne Gordon Elected Chair of Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Board of Trustees

Santa Barbara, California (PRWEB) April 09, 2015

Pacifica Graduate Institute is pleased to announce the election of current Board of Trustees member Thyonne Gordon, Ph.D. as Chair of Pacificas Board of Trustees. Dr. Gordon has been an exemplary member of the Pacifica Board since she joined in 2007, serving on several committees and collaborating with other board members on various academic initiatives. Dr. Gordon succeeds Dr. Ernest Zomalt who has been a member of the Board since 1991 and served as Chair since 1997.

I am delighted Dr. Thyonne Gordon is Chair of Pacificas Board of Trustees, said Dr. Zomalt who will continue as a member of the Board. We are proud to have her outstanding leadership as we proceed toward Pacifica Graduate Institutes 40th anniversary celebration in 2016.

Dr. Gordon graduated from Fielding Graduate University with a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Development. Dr. Gordon has been active in the Pacifica community for many years. She recently spoke on the panel discussion for a Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., joining other distinguished panelists including Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, First District Supervisor Salud Carbajal, and California State Senator Hanna Beth Jackson. In 2014, Dr. Gordon was featured as the host speaker for the Santa Barbara Womens Festival Gutsy Gal Awards ceremony, in honor of International Womens Day.

Dr. Gordon is an accomplished social profit management expert and writer. Her work with 501(c) (3) organizations has enhanced the not-for-profit sector with on-purpose success through her proven technique of S.T.O.R.Y. (Structure, Target, Ownership, Relatability and YOU). Using this technique for creating growth-oriented businesses and fundraising strategies in the 501(c) (3) arena, Dr. Gordon began this career with the A Place Called Home (APCH) youth center in South Central Los Angeles, facilitating programs in gang prevention and intervention. With a passion for youth development, she created sustainable programs for APCH including a music collaboration with Berklee College of Music in Boston and the first of its kind David and Linda Shaheen Scholarship, encouraging hundreds of youth to consider college as a future option. Continuing in youth development, she began work with the CoachArt Organization mentoring chronically ill youth in the arts and athletics. Dr. Gordons influence with CoachArt grew the organization from a local to regional scope servicing over 1,400 children annually.

Dr. Gordons ability to shed light on causes that bring positive impact is evidenced in the piece, From Watts to Africa, selected to showcase in the 2015 Pan African Film Festival. This documentary follows 17 youth as they journey with the organization, Foundation for Second Chances, from their home community in Watts to Senegal, Africa. Dr. Gordon is also a featured writer in Chicken Soup for the African American Soul; and she has ghost written on several projects including a recent collaboration with Grammy nominated recording artist Chante Moore in creating her book, Will I Marry Me?

A prominent member of the philanthropic community, Dr. Gordon participates in numerous coalitions and holds appointments on various boards and committees including a gubernatorial appointment to the Naturopathic Medicine Committee of California, and is an active Board member for Project MuszEd, a Los Angeles Berklee School of Music partner. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. A Public Service Sorority, the Black MBA Association and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Dr. Gordon received a number of awards, and a few include: 2013 Women Making a Difference, LA Business Journal; 2009 Girlz in the Hood Celebrate Women of Achievement Legacy Award; and 2008 Women of Distinction, California Legislature Assembly Office of the Speaker.

Dr. Gordons gift in bringing stories of significance to light and enhancing social profit organizations for on-purpose success, is unparalleled. She has raised millions of dollars for on-purpose causes and is committed to positive, strategic and sustainable growth in the social profit sector. Dr. Gordon encourages youth and adults alike to bloom where youre planted. You may learn more about Dr. Gordon at her website:

Pacifica Graduate Institute is honored to have Dr. Gordon as Chair of its Board of Trustees and looks forward to Pacificas 40th anniversary celebration in 2016.


Pacifica Graduate Institute, with two campuses in Santa Barbara, California, is a WASC accredited graduate school offering various masters and doctoral degree programs within the context of depth psychology. The Institute has established an educational environment that nourishes respect for cultural diversity and individual differences, and a rigorous academic community with a spirit of free and open inquiry. Students have access to an impressive array of resources including the OPUS Archives and Research Center which is home to the Joseph Campbell Library and Archives.

The mission of Pacifica Graduate Institute is to foster creative learning and research in the fields of psychology, the humanities, and mythological studies, framed in the traditions of depth psychology. Consistent with and supporting this vision, Pacifica Graduate Institute is employee-owned, and practices shared stewardship.

Dr. Tererai Trent, Champion for Universal Access to Education, Keynote Speaker at National Universitys Northern California Commencement

San Diego, Calif. (PRWEB) April 07, 2015

Dr. Tererai Trent, whose odyssey from a village in Zimbabwe to renowned international scholar has made her among the most recognized figures for equal education and womens empowerment, will be the keynote speaker at the April 12 Northern California Commencement ceremony for National University, the second-largest, private nonprofit university in California.

Among her many achievements, Dr. Trent is founder of the Tererai Trent International Foundation, which ensures access to quality education for children around the world and helps empower rural communities. She has been distinguished as Oprah Winfreys All-Time Favorite Guest, and her story is featured in a New York Times bestseller.

Dr. Trents success story provides an inspiring message to students everywhere. She succeeded despite growing up poor in northern Zimbabwe and being denied an education because she was a girl. As a child, she taught herself to read and write from her brothers school books and that same determination guided her pursuit of a higher education.

Dr. Trents story of perseverance despite overwhelming obstacles is an inspiration to us all, and we are honored to have her join us as our keynote speaker for this years commencement, said National University President, Dr. Michael R. Cunningham. She is a shining example for our graduates and their families, and her life story reflects the capacity we each have to shape our destiny and achieve our dreams.

As a young mother without a high school diploma who was married off by her family at a young age, Dr. Trent met a woman who would profoundly impact her life: Jo Luck, president and CEO of the poverty-fighting nonprofit organization Heifer International. She told Dr. Trent, If you believe in your dreams, they are achievable.

Inspired by Jo Luck and with her mothers encouragement, Dr. Trent wrote down her dreams of going to America to secure a higher education, sealed them in a tin can, and buried them under a rock.

Those dreams became the blueprint of her life. Dr. Trent moved to Oklahoma in 1998 and earned a Bachelors Degree in agricultural education three years later. She also earned a Masters Degree in Plant Pathology from Oklahoma State University, a Masters Degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Evaluation from Western Michigan University.

After she earned her degrees, she returned to Zimbabwe, unearthed her tin can, and checked off each goal she had achieved, one by one. Dr. Trent currently teaches as an adjunct professor at Drexel Universitys School of Public Health; has worked for numerous humanitarian organizations; and is a fellow at the Center of AIDS Prevention Studies at UC San Francisco, with a special focus on women and girls.

More than 500 graduates will attend the Universitys Northern California ceremony. The ceremony recognizes a diverse student body in Northern California, which includes students completing their degree programs at campuses in Rancho Cordova near Sacramento, San Jose, Fresno, Redding, as well as online.

About National University

Founded in 1971, National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California. With 30,000 students and more than 140,000 alumni, National University is the flagship institution of the National University System. National University is dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging, and relevant to a diverse population of students. Five schools and one college the College of Letters and Sciences; the School of Business and Management; the School of Education; the School of Engineering and Computing; the School of Health and Human Services; and the School of Professional Studies offer more than 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees and 23 teacher credentials. Programs are offered at locations throughout California and across the nation, and are also available online. National University is headquartered in La Jolla, California. To learn more, visit

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Medicine World Enterprises, LLC – Stress and Hormones Affect Weight More Than Previously Understood

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 08, 2015

Very few professionals would argue with the proposition that diet and exercise combine to represent the fundamental components of weight management. However, it turns out that two other factors, stress and hormones contribute significantly. They appear to interact and contribute to the ways that most people process food and benefit from exercise. The good news is that both are manageable to a degree that has significant bearing on weight control.

Dr. Veronica Anderson has analyzed data from the Mayo Clinic, Harvard, and other reliable sources. She recognizes that the general categories of food consumption and exercise have multiple subcategories including genetics, hormonal issues, diet quality, sleep, and stress. The public least understands stress and hormones, but they offer everyone the best opportunity to make adjustments.

The way Dr. Veronica describes the connection is that stress is the human body’s natural response to perceived threats. An example she uses is that you suddenly realize your toddler has wandered away from your sight at a park playground. A region of the brain known as the hypothalamus stimulates adrenal glands that release adrenaline and cortisol. The adrenaline raises your heart rate, blood pressure, and energy. It is cortisol, the number one stress hormone, which increases the sugar supply in the bloodstream (leading to weight gain), inhibits the immune system, and suppresses digestion. Other by-products include fear, mood disruptions, and reduced motivation.

In the example, as soon as you notice your child emerge from a play structure, the hormone levels normalize and everything else self regulates once again. However, today’s world has a way of maintaining elevated levels of stress beyond normal parameters. Long-term stress response, even at the relatively low levels we experience in competitive working environments, leads to heart disease, sleep disorders, depression, memory impairment, and weight gain.

Unfortunately, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has increased the problem since it has resulted in a reduction in reimbursements to physicians who deal with these issues. Proactive health care practitioners such as Dr. Veronica advise against taking pills that only mask the symptoms. Rather, she recommends managing stress with her 5 Pillars of Health program that include: 1-Detoxification, 2-Nutrition, 3-Fitness, 4-Nervous System Maintenance, and 5-Hormonal Regulation.

While stress reduction strategies such as meditation, yoga, and other relaxation techniques play a role, Dr. Veronica notes the long-term solutions to uncontrollable weight extend beyond those. She adds, “You cannot just quit your job or get a divorce.” She instructs people that they must learn about the cycle of stress and sustainable methods to break it.

About Dr. Veronica Anderson:

Dr. Veronica has appeared on all major news networks including NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox News Network, and CNN. She has been published multiple times on Huffington Post. She hosts the radio show, Wellness for the REAL World on BlogTalkRadio. She is an avid proponent of combining traditional Western medical care with holistic and alternative remedies. Dr. Veronica M.D. is headquartered at 1485 Fifth Ave. #19-D New York, New York. Contact Dr. Veronica at 609.577.9893 or online at:


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ImageIt begins. The first couple of weeks of college have, perhaps predictably, been difficult. The dentistry’s taken care of, at least for the moment, but there’s been a horrible cold going around, bad enough to keep me out of college for two days feeling miserable, and rob me of a nice weekend. But the upside is that I’m back, although still not feeling great, and come the 18th I’ll be running for election as student LGBT officer.

I already know the post’s going to be contested, so unlike the leader of Glasgow City Council (who sees fit to send me flyers about it) I won’t be running unopposed and get in automatically. Those who know me know that I have a wicked competitive streak, so it’s certainly tempting to wheel out the deranged bloodlust and vow to make a sandwich spread of the crushed spines of my enemies. But I’m not going to, on something vaguely approaching principle. It takes a lot of courage to stand up in front of a bunch of (largely) teenagers and tell them why you think you’re awesome enough that they should support you. So anyone who does that has my admiration to a certain extent. I’m fairly certain most, if not all, of the candidates for the various posts will be younger than I am, and they cared enough to run for them instead of just doing joyriding or flavour crystal meth or dubstep or whatever it is the kids do these days. That’s awesome.

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Thy Venom’d Stang

Well, of course I was going to pay for my arrogance, wasn’t I? I have three and a half hours before I have to leave for my first day at Langside, and for the past week or so I’ve been having progressively worse toothache. I’m not sure if it’s wisdom teeth, general neglect, or both, but the entire right side of my face hurts like a bastard, as well as my throat. It’s not swollen or anything, I just look like a bulldog licking piss off a nettle. That’s about how I feel, too.

I’m just about getting by due to magical painkillers, but if it doesn’t recede on its own at least a little bit, there’s no way I can go in today. I’ll be trying to provoke neds into punching me in the face to get rid of all my teeth at once. Either that, or a complete zombie. So I’m waiting for 0830; that’s when I should be leaving, but also when the Glasgow Dental Hospital opens. If I’m not feeling any better by then, I’m making myself an appointment and not going into college until I can actually sit through a lesson or get any sleep without painkillers.


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I’m in. Now I just have to stay that way. I have a student ID card with a ludicrous photo, a small mountain of paperwork, and just under a week before my classes start. Since you didn’t ask, I’m enrolled for Highers in English, History, Psychology, Sociology and French. That’s a huge workload, complicated significantly by anxiety and having forgotten all the French I’ve ever learned.

Told you it was bad.

Of course, there’s more. There always is, with me. In a few weeks, elections for student government start. Compared to Croydon, it actually seems like it’s organised properly; affiliated to the NUS, proper positions and everything. So in keeping with my habit of getting overconfident and overextending myself, I’ve decided I’m going to stand. On the off-chance I actually win, you might be looking at the next LGBT officer. I mean, it’s not like I ever desperately wanted a position of responsibility in the past to satisfy my own insecurity and ego.

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Back to School

I have kind of a storied history with education. I went to an expensive, if second-flight, public school (public as in private, Americans) in south London, only to drop out at seventeen. I’ve always been highly-strung and weird. Highly-strung and weird and gay was not really a combination suited to that environment. Add in the pressure of A-levels, and it’s not wholly surprising. I had something like a nervous breakdown, spent what felt like six months in bed crying, and that was it.

I’ve spent basically the last five years trying to get back into education. Problem is, mental illness keeps getting in the way. My last attempt, at Croydon College, went pretty much the same. Stayed six months, and then essentially collapsed right before exams started. But, I’m either persistent or stupid, because I’m trying it again. This time at Langside College in Glasgow. Now, granted, I can cope with stuff a lot better now, and I actually have a support network in husband-shaped form. But I guess it also brings to mind an old idea; the definition of madness is doing the same thing and expecting a different result.

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An Approximate Scot

I’m not quite sure how I feel about the mess that is the Scottish independence debate. Partly, that’s due to my own particular identity crisis. I’m half English and half Scottish, with a fair amount of Irish mixed into the Scottish side. I was born and raised in London, but most of my family are clustered around the west of Scotland. And for the past two years I’ve been living in Glasgow. That’s an uncomfortable confluence of circumstances, especially when forms ask me for my nationality and ethnicity. The first seems like an obvious ‘British’, but is that an ethnicity?

There’s a perennial thing in the British press about what, if anything, ‘Britishness’ means. For me, it’s a nebulous sort of catch-all. Am I proud to be British? Of course, history of violent colonialism and boy bands aside. I can’t really be proud to be Scottish, because until fairly recently I’d never lived here. My accent certainly marks me as English. But what’s Englishness? The playing fields of Eton? Grandmothers bicycling to church? I’m several counties and a couple of generations away from that seeming even faintly plausible. These days, ostentatious Englishness seems to be wholly the province of fat-headed racist morons and Morrissey. But I repeat myself. So fuck that, right?

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Stranger Here Myself

I can’t say I’m back by popular demand, because I’m not. Probably, on reading the tagline, a handful of people will have the same unspoken thought: “Who invited her?” I also can’t say I’m back because I had burning insights to deliver about the state of the world today, because I don’t. My name is Alex, and I have some opinions. I don’t particularly expect anyone to care much, but I’m writing them down.

I used to write a moderately successful blog about being seventeen and insane. I stopped being seventeen but kept being insane. At age 19, two years ago, I moved from London to Glasgow. I made a vague attempt to keep writing about it, and then… radio silence. I disconnected myself from the outside world; not wholly intentionally, but after a while it stops making any difference. I grew my beard, smoked a lot and wrote precious little. I did this because I don’t like people – not in the abstract, anyway. Certainly there are people I like, I’m just not very good with the species as a whole. Sometimes that means my relationships with people I care about suffer. I’m not very reliable. But I’m also 21 and (still) insane. I’m learning, and this is a part of that.

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