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Carrie Cabral

Carrie holds a Bachelors in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College, and is currently pursuing an MFA. She worked in book publishing for several years, and believes that books can open up new worlds. She loves reading, the outdoors, and learning about new things.

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What Is a Charter School? Is One Right for You?


You may be asking yourself: what is a charter school? Chances are you've heard these schools mentioned in the media or by members of the community. Charter schools are a public school option offered to students in some areas. They operate independently from the public school system, and are a viable option for some students. These schools offer many benefits for students and parents alike, but they’re not for everyone. In this article, we hope to help you gather some basic knowledge of the charter school definition and learn tools for understanding and researching schools to help understand if a charter is right for your child.

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The 24 Greek Alphabet Letters and What They Mean

The Ancient Greeks are known for their contributions to modern society. The Greeks are often thought of as the founders of philosophy, as well as early pioneers in literature, government, and more. The Greeks were also one of the first to develop a comprehensive, written language that surfaced around the 8th century B.C, and was used widely across the region.

Though the ancient Greek alphabet originally had multiple variants, The Euclidean Alphabet, which is still used today, has been used since the 4th century B.C. In addition to being used in the Greek language, Greek letters are also used as symbols in math and science, as well as in other fields. Below, we will go over the Greek letters as they’re used today, modern pronunciation, and their approximate English equivalents.

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The Number 0: What It Is and How to Use It

The number 0 has long stumped people who are learning math concepts. Is zero a number? How do we use it? Though we all know on some level that zero means none or nothing, that doesn’t always help us incorporate it into math problems. Below we will go over a few basic functions of zero and how to solve equations containing zero using those functions.

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What Is a Dragonfly? 10 Amazing Dragonfly Facts

Dragonflies are large insects that are well-known for their bright colors and bulbous eyes. Dragonflies can be a little startling if you haven’t seen them around, due to their size and their ability to fly at high speeds.

A unique and beautiful insects, dragonflies are the subject of many myths and stories, and are common in art, jewelry, and more. An ancient insect, dragonflies are expert flyers and hunters, and their habits and lives are a fascinating look into nature and evolution. Why do dragonflies look the way they do? What do dragonflies eat?  We'll answer these questions and give more dragonfly facts in this guide.

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What Is a Dolphin Fish? 11 Fun Fish Facts

A dolphin fish, also known as mahi-mahi, is a constant in tropical waters and, dare we say it, on seafood menus. While the dolphin fish is not actually a dolphin, it is a large, strong, fish that has a dorsal fin, which may inspire some comparisons to dolphins. The dolphin fish, like dolphins, are predators, and mainly roam the seas in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Hawaii. The dolphin fish is a brightly colored, vibrant fish that is an important part of ocean ecosystems.

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Is a BSN Degree Right for You? 6 Great Careers for Nursing Majors

Nursing is one of the fastest growing professions, and there is a consistent demand for nurses and other medical employees all over the country. So chances are, you’ll be able to get a nursing job anywhere you live or want to live. There are also a lot of great career options and chances for advancement as a nurse, and you’ll be in a rewarding career in which you get to see the results of your work and care every day. We’ll go over how to get a BSN nursing degree and what that looks like for your future career.

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What Does the Dragonfly Symbolize? Unpacking Dragonfly Meaning

Dragonflies are brightly colored insects known for their vibrant colors and flying abilities. They've often been the subject of myths and legends, and have been a part of our stories and art for as long as humans have been around. Even though they are an insect, dragonflies are often revered in some legends, and feared in others; regardless, they are a well-known symbol in many cultures.

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Is a Criminal Justice Degree Right for You?

A criminal justice degree is available as an Associates, Bachelors, or Masters degree, with many online degree possibilities, which makes it a great option for many students. Many criminal justice majors go onto work in law enforcement or enter law school, and a criminal justice degree can be a great first step for those who are passionate about understanding and preventing crime.

If your ultimate goal is to be a police officer, and you want to complete a bachelors before applying to the police department, it’s just as acceptable to major in something else. Other major may help you get a better job while you’re trying to get into police departments, which rely on testing, background investigations, physical fitness tests, and lengthy hiring processes. In this guide, we'll explain what a criminal justice degree is and give an overview of the best criminal justice schools.

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Who Are the Blue People of Kentucky? Why Are They Blue?

For a hundred and fifty years, locals in the area of Hazard, Kentucky were stumped by a group of people whose skin was the color blue . The ailment, which was later revealed to be a symptom of methemoglobinemia, was contained mostly to descendants of the Fugate family of Troublesome Creek, and a related family in nearby Ball Creek. The Blue Fugates, sometimes known as the Huntsville subgroup,  were well known in the area, and their genetic disorder went unidentified until the mid twentieth century, when the amount of affected people had greatly decreased.
The Blue People of Kentucky are still discussed, but less is known about methemoglobinemia, an extremely rare genetic trait that caused the blue color of their skin. The Fugates and the met-H gene they passed for generations can teach us a valuable lesson about genetics and understanding disease.
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The 10 Best Graphing Calculators (Physical and Online)



A graphing calculator is a unique tool in math and science. Graphing calculators perform the same functions as a regular calculator, and have more complex functions, like being able to calculate fractions, logarithms, and square roots. There are some big names in graphing calculators that are trusted and have been around for a long time—you may recognize the classic TI-84 from one of your math classes. Online graphing calculators are fairly new, and often free. We’ll go over the best physical and online graphing calculators to help you decide which one is right for you.

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Understanding the 3 Types of Irony

Irony is one of the great forces of language and literature. Irony calls on us to use our wit and instinctual understanding of right and wrong, and often requires that we see humor where there is none. Some say that irony is as old as literature itself, and they may be right— in the human condition, we have always sought to find meaning in paradoxes. Since irony is so ubiquitous, it’s important to understand the different types of irony, and how or when they’re used. You'll be able to identify the different types, and call out the right and wrong ways to use them.

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The Ultimate College Packing List: 110 Must-Have Items

College is an exciting and challenging time for many young adults. Whether you're going far away or staying nearby, having the right supplies can make a huge difference in making college feel like home. Plus, remembering everything will save you those rushed last-minute trips to the store or waiting for your trash can to be delivered along with your month-long supply of popcorn and ramen.

Check out this college packing list to find out what to bring to college. Make sure to also get the printable checklist! But first, what is dorm life really like?

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What Is a Nucleotide? Definition, Structure, and Function

If DNA is the building block of life, then the nucleotides are the building blocks of DNA. But what is a nucleotide exactly? Nucleotides are a class of organic compounds that make up nucleic acid, the substance that defines hereditary traits of all living organisms. Nucleotides are an essential part of DNA, RNA, and cell function, and they can serve many purposes depending on their structure and chemical compounds.

We’ll go over the nucleotide definition, the different types of nucleotides out there, what makes each type of nucleotide unique, and why nucleotides are involved in nearly all cellular activities.

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The 5 Best Business Majors to Launch Your Career

Some students know exactly what they want to major in long before applying to college. For the rest of us, choosing a college major is a big decision, and we have to consider future job prospects as well as the coursework you’ll encounter while at school. Business majors open the door to jobs that require a Bachelors’ degree, and they will allow you to secure a wide range of jobs in the corporate world.

The great thing about top business majors is that you get a well-rounded education, and get to learn about the cross-section of creativity and data, all while preparing for a rewarding career where you get to see the results of your hard work on a daily basis. The other awesome thing is that “business” is broad and there’s a lot of different industries, so by majoring in business you can give yourself the opportunity to work in a field you’re passionate about.

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Did You Know? 61 Amazing Facts

Everybody loves looking like the smartest person in the room with cool and interest facts. While I’m a big fan of random and fun facts, Did You Know Facts are facts that you can use as supporting evidence, whether it’s in a timed essay, a debate, or even a conversation. Did You Know Facts help expand your knowledge base so you’re prepared for any situation, and have the benefit of making you seem like you know what you’re talking about on any subject.

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