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Meghan Markle Well Educated, Beautiful and Now Royalty

Meghan Markle Northwestern

Meghan Markle is best known as being the bride of Prince Harry. Her induction to royalty has earned her the title of Princess, but, because she is not a princess by blood, she is known as the Duchess of Sussex. Here husband, Prince Harry, holds the title of Duke of Sussex.

In addition to being a princess, Markle is also a retired actress who is best known for her role on the American legal drama series Suits. She has also done humanitarian work for several international charity organizations, addressed issues of gender inequality and released her own clothing line in 2016.

Personal Life:

Meghan Markle was born on August 4, 1981 in Los Angeles, CA. She grew up in Hollywood and was educated in private schools. She started off projecting her political views at an early age starting a campaign to get Proctor and Gamble to change a television commercial she viewed as sexist when she was just 11 years old.

Her first marriage was to actor and producer Trevor Engelson. The two were married only two years, from 2011 to 2013. She became engaged to Prince Harry in 2017 and moved to London shortly afterwards. The couple married in May of 2018. They have recently announced their first pregnancy.

Education

High School: Markle attended an all girls Catholic private school in Los Angeles called Immaculate Heart High School.

College: Markle went on to attend Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. During her time at the school, she joined the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and participated in several community service and charity projects. She graduated from the university’s School of Communication in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree and a double major in theater and international studies.



Harvey Weinstein and his University of Buffalo Days

 

Harvey University of BuffaloHarvey Weinstein was best known for his career as a film producer. As a co-founder of the Miramax entertainment company, he produced a number of successful independent films like Sex, Lies and Videotape, Pulp Fiction and The Crying Game. He won many Tony Awards and an Academy Award for his achievements in the film industry. After leaving Miramax, he co-founded the Weinstein Company, a mini major film studio.

In October of 2017, a number of sexual abuse allegations were made against Weinstein. As a result, he was dismissed from his company and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In May of 2018, he was arrested in New York accused of rape and other offenses. He was subsequently released on bail.

Personal Life

Weinstein was born in Queens New York on March 19, 1952, the son of Polish immigrants. He was passionate about film early on and worked closely with his brother in an effort to be successful in the film industry.

He has been married twice. He first married his assistant, Eve Chilton in 1987. The couple had three children, Remy, Emma and Ruth. The two divorced in 2004. In 2007, Weinstein married fashion designer and actress Georgina Chapman. They have two children, India and Dashiell. In 2017, Chapman announced she was leaving Weinstein as a result of the sexual allegations reported against him.

Education

In 1967, Harvey began attending John Browne High School. There, he worked on editing the school paper, was a member of the student council and participated in a radio club.

After college, Harvey enrolled at the University of Buffalo where he was also active on the school newspaper. He graduated from the school with an honorary doctorate of humane letters. The school is currently looking into rescinding this degree in light of the sexual allegations made against him.



Michael Flynn United States Army Lieutenant General and University of Rhode Island Graduate

Michael Flynn University of Rhode Island

Michael Flynn is a retired United States Army Lieutenant General. He served in the army from 1981 to 2014 and then went on to become a National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump in 2017. He also served as the eighteenth director of the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama from 2012 to 2014. During his career, he played a key role in shaping a counterterrorism strategy for the U.S. and dismantling insurgent networks in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In 2017, Flynn was accused of lying to the FBI about contacts he had with the Russian government during Trump’s presidential transition. He pleaded guilty and resigned from his position in the Trump administration shortly thereafter.

Personal Life

Flynn was born in Middletown, Rhode Island in December of 1958. He was one of nine children growing up in an Irish Catholic family. He was active in sports and had a mother who stressed the importance of education.

Later in life, Flynn would marry his high school sweetheart Lori Andrade. They have two adult sons together, Michael Flynn Jr and Matt Flynn.

Education

Flynn attended Middletown High School where he excelled in football. He led the school’s team to a Division B state championship in 1976.

Flynn then went on to attend the University of Rhode Island. He joined the ROTC program there and earned a degree in management science in 1981. He also acquired graduate degrees in telecommunications, military arts and sciences and national security and strategic studies as well as an Honorary Doctorate of Law for The Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C.



Did Kathy Griffin Attend College? Or Even Graduate High School?

Kathy Griffin High School

Kathy Griffin is a well known actress and comedienne. She is most celebrated for her reality TV show, My Life on the D List. The show earned her two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Reality Program. She has also starred in several comedy specials and has released a number of comedy albums, some of which were nominated for Grammy Awards.

Though Griffin is well celebrated in the industry, she is also known for her subversive humor. As a result, she has been banned from several talk shows and dismissed from roles on many television shows. Perhaps her most daring stunt was posting a video of herself holding a mask styled to look like the severed head of President Trump. She later took down the video and posted a public apology.

Personal Life

Kathy Griffin was born in Oak Park, Ill on Nov. 4, 1960. A born entertainer, she would talk a lot and tell stories to her neighbors. She became passionate about musical theater early on.

Griffin was married to actor Matt Moline from 2001-2006. Since then, she has dated a number of men but was never remarried. She does not have any children.

Education

Griffin attended Oak Park and Forest River High. While she attended the schools, she immersed herself in their musical theater program.

Following high school graduation, Griffin persuaded her parents to move to Los Angeles so she could pursue her acting and comedy career. She continued her training working with the improvisational group The Groundlings and studying at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute.



Matt Lauer Educational Background – Ohio University or Scripps College?

Matt Laur Ohio University

Matt Lauer is best known for his career as a television news anchor on NBC’s today show, a position he held from 1997 to 2017. He was also a contributor to Dateline NBC and hosted the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. In the earlier stages of his career, he worked as a news anchor for WNBC in New York City and hosted a local talk shows in Philadelphia, Boston and Rhode Island.

In 2017, Lauer was accused of sexual misconduct by a female co-worker. His contract was terminated shortly afterwards. Lauer is now staying at his home in the Hamptons where he is out of the public eye. Although he says he has plans to return to television at some point, nothing is on the horizon for the immediate future.

Personal Life

Lauer was born in New York City on Dec. 30, 1957. As he grew older, he became passionate about the media arts and pursuing a career in the industry. He also always saw getting married and having children as one of his life goals.

Lauer was married to television producer Nancy Alspaugh from 1982 to 1989. The couple did not have any children. His second marriage was to Annette Roque in 1998. The two have three children together, Jack, Romy and Thijs. They are currently in the process of divorcing following Lauer’s sexual misconduct charges.

Education

High School: Matt attended Woodlands High School in Hartsdale, Westchester until his sophomore year. After getting average grades, his parents decided to move him to a school with a more challenging curriculum. The family moved to allow him to attend Greenwich High School in Greenwich, CT. He graduated from the more academically rigorous school in 1975.

Ohio University: Lauer originally attended the Scripps College of Communication and School of Media Arts at Ohio University in the mid 1970’s. He dropped out of the school in 1997 and began to pursue his career. He returned to the school later in life and earned his undergraduate degree in 1997.



Rick Perry’s Educational Background: How Well Educated Is He?

On March 2nd, of 2017, James Richard “Rick” Perry become our newest Secretary of Energy. Nominated to his position by the ever-controversial Donald Trump, Perry takes the seat formerly held by Obama’s Ernest Monis. In his new role, he’s responsible for US policies regarding energy, energy conservation, genomics, and the safe handling of radioactive materials.

Before becoming the new face of the Department of Energy, Rick Perry served three terms as the governor of Texas and served on the board of directors of Energy Transfer Partners. While governor, he vehemently opposed same-sex marriage, took a tough stance on crime, supported the death penalty, and staunchly defended the right to bear arms. This highly-conservative politician, who once wished to eliminate the Department of Energy, is now responsible for running it.

Personal Life:

Born in the winter of 1950, Rick Perry spent his foundational years in small town Texas. So did the rest of his family. The Perry family can trace its Texan roots back more than five generations. As a child, he joined and flourished within the Texas branch of the boy scouts. By the time of his high school graduation, he’d earned the rank of Eagle Scout. In his younger years, he worked as an author, salesman, small-time movie star, Air Force officer, and cotton farmer. He discovered his love for politics after the death of local US Representative Sam Rayburn.

He married his wife Mary in 1982. They went on to have two adult children, Griffin and Sydney. When not at home, or at work, he’s also big into “Cowboy Culture” and an active member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Education:

While in office, Perry stood strongly behind effective school budgets and refused to back any budget that shortchanged the children of Texas. He’s also the proud recipient of a Bachelor’s Degree.

Paint Creek High School: James Richard Perry graduated from Paint Creek High School in 1968. This institution originally formed with the 1937 consolidation of the Post, Howard, Weaver, Rose, and McConnell school districts. By 1941, five additional school districts were folded into its jurisdiction.
Texas A&M University: Four years after earning his high school diploma, Rick Perry graduated from Texas A&M University (TAMU) with a degree in animal science. While there, he was a member of both the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and Corps of Cadets. In addition, he was elected his class’ social secretary in his senior year. TAMU is a coeducational, public research university located in College Station. With over 60 thousand students in 2016, this school possesses one of the largest student bodies in the US. TAMU also holds the title of first public higher-education institution in Texas.



5 Gift Ideas for New Graduates

Introduction

Whether it’s from high school, trade school, or college, graduation represents an important transition in someone’s life. The flipping of that tassel, or donning of that robe, is a symbolic acknowledgment of years of hard work. When someone walks off that stage, they cease to be a student. Instead, they become something else entirely: a degree holder, an adult, a middle schooler, or a doctor. These transformative moments in our lives, which include weddings and birthdays, are also marked by something else: presents.

EduInReview has compiled a list of 5 gift ideas that are sure to leave the recipient grinning.

1) Amazon Gift Card

Amazon.com gift card designAmazon is the world’s third-largest retailer, nipping at the heels of Walmart and CVS. In January of 2017, it boasted a catalog of nearly 400 million items and more than 2 million vendors. With millions of things to choose from, an Amazon gift card gives your graduate what they want — even when you have no clue what that is. In addition to its products, Amazon also offers free shipping on many purchases, video streaming, and discounted digital books.

The Other Benefits of Amazon Gift Cards

Many people, however, feel that gift cards are the easy way out. You might also hear people whine about how they’re impersonal or just plain lazy. To help shake that stigma, Amazon lets you customize its gift cards in an astonishing number of ways. For example, you can:
Make your card worth anything from $1 to $2000. To make it more personal, you could choose an amount that stands for an important date in that person’s life. If they’re graduating on June 15th, for example, you can load $615 dollars onto the card. This lets the person know that you’re thinking of them, and not just picking the first thing off the shelf.

  • Pick from dozens of eye-catching designs: There are more than 20 card designs relating to graduation. A few of these can be customized with your own images and color schemes. Add a bit of personal flair by adding a photo that highlights your graduate’s unique personality. You can also choose from animated and non-animated cards.
  • Select a Custom Container: Amazon offers nearly 40 gift card holders. These range from high-end snowflake tins to cute little boxes shaped like graduation caps. Buy a mismatched tin that makes the graduate burst out laughing, or buy something elegant for the fashionista.
  • Send by snail mail or e-mail: If you wait until the last minute, you can always e-mail a gift on Amazon! With no charge, either way, you can figure out if a physical or digital card better fits your graduate’s needs.
  • Add your own custom note: Anything you add into the note field will get written on your receipt. This lets you add a touch of poignancy and thoughtfulness to your card.
What Do Customers Think?

After nearly 80,000 reviews, the Amazon gift card scored 4.7 out of 5 stars. While there were a few complaints about cards being used by someone other than their recipients, the comments were overwhelmingly positive. The card’s simplicity, versatility, and shipping speeds impressed many people. Here are a few review excerpts:

  • “Great gift. Just about anything can be purchased from Amazon so the recipient has unlimited choices for use.”
  • “Easy to purchase and send. I send one every month as an online contest prize for my business. Always appreciated!”
  • “Always the easy gift to give! Especially for teenagers who change their taste in everything almost weekly!”
  • “A review for a gift card? I gave to wife, she bought stuff, end of story. Five stars because four looks silly and three is mean.

2) Instapot

Dorms are not exactly the roomiest of places. It’s hard enough to find room for your shoes, much less half a dozen small appliances! For those limited on space (like those heading off to college), or those hungering for multi-functionality, the Instapot makes the perfect gift. This versatile kitchen appliance replaces your pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and warmer. It also capitalizes on new-age technology to not only do those things but, do them faster.

Other Benefits of the Instapot

In addition to its versatility and speed, the Instapot offers the busy graduate:

  • Fourteen Program Settings: This appliance comes out of the box with a variety of helpful preset options. The difference between making yogurt and borscht is just a simple button push. This helps simplify meal prep and save your graduate time flipping through an owner’s manual.
  •  Stainless Steel Construction: If your graduate is heading off to college, they’re going to need something tough. The Instapot can withstand those keggers and hold up to years of abuse. Its elegant appearance also makes it an eye-catching piece in any home.
  • Six Must-Have Accessories: The box comes with more than an Instapot and an instruction manual! All Instapots come with a rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup, condensation collector, stainless steel steam rack, and a recipe booklet.
What Do Customers Think?

More than 20 thousand customers have picked up an Instapot. Out of those, nearly 85 percent gave this handy-dandy appliance a perfect score! While a handful of customers complained about early product failure, most users seemed ecstatic about the Instapot’s versatility and functionality. Here’s what some customers had to say:

  •  “There are so many people who say they can’t cook, but I swear I’m on a whole new level of not being able to cook. This little appliance helps expand our menu”
  • “Over the years, I have purchased hundreds of items from Amazon, and for the most part, got what I expected. I never reviewed any of them. But from the moment I received my Instant Pot, I felt that I had purchased something that not only exceeded my expectations, but will make my life easier (and more delicious)!”
  • “I’ve had my Instant Pot for a year now; I bought it on Black Friday 2015. I am still as enthusiastic about it now as I was when I bought it.”
  • “All I can say is how DID I NOT buy one sooner?!?! It’s like the TiVo or smart phone. Once you’ve tried them you wonder how you’ve lived without!”

3) Amazon Echo

Whether they’re starting their first job, or heading off to college, your new graduate is about to have their hands full. That’s why we’re proud to recommend the Amazon Echo. This hands-free speaker lets you use your voice to play music, make calls, send messages, answer questions, and check the news. All you have to do is ask. Echo’s seven microphones will hear you; even if you’re blaring Scandinavian death metal. For the music or tech-loving graduate in your life, this sleek speaker can be the perfect gift.

Other Benefits of Amazon’s Echo:

The Amazon Echo represents a conjunction of 21st-century technology and 1990s boombox. While most people associate it with music, this smart speaker also offers:

  • Upgraded Wi-Fi: This little speaker offers dual-band, dual-antenna wireless that lets you stream, call, and broadcast with fewer dropped connections. For people with spotty network connections, the Echo offers upgraded connectivity at relatively low costs. The Echo is also compatible with both 2.4 and 5 GHz networks.
  • Bluetooth Connectivity: Amazon Echo lets you stream music and content from or to any Bluetooth connected devices.
  • Multi-Device Compatibility: Echo works with your smartphone, laptop, and most gaming consoles. This versatility makes it a must-have in any connected home.
  • Multi-App Compatibility: This device can do a lot more than feed your Lady Gaga fix. It can also sync up with a variety of apps and smart devices. You can use Echo to shut off your sprinklers, darken your windows, and even change the tv station. This versatility makes Echo a huge asset in modern times.
  • A One-Year Warranty: All units come standard with a one-year warranty. This protects the device against things like electrical failures, glitches, and wireless issues. Customers in the US can purchase an extended warranty at a pretty reasonable price.
What Do Customers Think?

The Amazon Echo has over 70,000 reviews and a composite score of 4.4 out of 5 stars. Of those customers who reviewed it, nearly 70 percent gave this smart speaker a perfect score. That leaves 30 percent of customers with some complaint or another. Those most unsatisfied with the Echo complained about its short warranty, voice recognition issues, and the extra costs involved for music playlists over 250 songs. Here are some review excerpts from recent customers:

  • “Being 100% honest, I thought this was a niche product at first and dismissed it for quite a while…until my foray into making a smart home. Alexa is your best, most convenient friend and she can change your life.”
  • “I have to say, Amazon Echo, also known as Alexa, is my MOST used gadget!”
  • “The Echo has been a lifesaver for me.”
  • “Worked for 1 year now will not do anything will not even respond… very disappointed. Was happy when it did work we showed all of our friends what a great item it was but now it won’t even set an alarm for us. Have tried resetting I and still no results.”

In addition to the benefits this product offers to the tech-savvy, it’s also quickly becoming popular among the disabled for its touch-free capabilities and emergency call features. Consider picking this device up for the music-loving graduate in your life.

4) Journey Is the Reward Necklace

Image result for journey is the reward necklaceWhile the last two gifts were perfect for techies, this one is best suited to those graduates looking for a touch of class. Let’s be honest about one thing: most graduation rings are hideous. They’re bulky, cluttered, and about as fashionable as a Super Bowl ring. This necklace will serve as a long-lasting reminder of the value of hard work. It features a petite chain and a curved pendant that reads ‘The Journey Is the Reward’.

The Benefits of this Necklace

While this necklace doesn’t boast as many perks as the Echo, it’s still a sophisticated fashion accessory. In addition to its timeless styling, this 18’’ necklace is:

  • Created from sterling silver and polished to a shine.
  • Shipped in an elegant black box
  • Equipped with an easy-to-use spring clasp.
  • Priced at less than 30 dollars
What Do Customers Think?

After more than 300 customer reviews, this necklace has a score of 4.3 out of 5 stars. Those unhappy with it, less than 10 percent of customers, bemoaned the pendant’s small size, sharp edges, and illegible writing. Read what five customers thought below:

  • “The necklace is nice, but you can’t even see the words on it.”
  • “It is unusually dangerous for a piece of jewelry.”
  • “Terribly cute necklace seems nicely made. Arrived on time and the packing was great!”
  • “I bought this for a friend of mine who completed her doctorate. It was the perfect phrase and she loved it!”
  • “I love it! Very simple and lightweight yet carries meaning behind it.”

This elegant necklace offers a low-price, elegant styling, and a poignant message. While it’s not perfect, it makes a great gift for the budget shopper. If you need it in a hurry, you can pick it up with free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime.

5) Alex and Ani Graduation Cap Bracelet

Image result for alex and ani graduation braceletsIf your trendy graduate isn’t into necklaces, you should consider picking up this stylish bracelet, instead. Produced by American-based jewelers Alex and Ani, this bangle features a trendy design and five masterfully-carved charms. You can choose from a Rafaelian gold or Rafaelian silver finish at checkout. At only 30 dollars, and eligible for Prime shipping, this bangle is a perfect purchase for the economical shopper.

The Perks of  the Alex and Ani Graduation Cap Bracelet

This bangle is more than a pretty piece. In addition to its stylish design, this bracelet offers:

  • Documentation and packaging marking it as an authentic Alex and Ani product.
  • Two distinct and attractive finishes
  • Five unique charms related to graduation
  • An easy-to-use clasp and an adjustable fit
  • A price tag less than $50.
  • Compatibility with the whole line of Alex and Ani charms.
What Do Customers Think?

While this bracelet has fewer reviews than the other items on this list, it still walks away with a respectable 4.6-star rating. While nearly 80 percent of customers gave this bracelet a high score, others were disappointed with its cheap packaging, easily damaged coils, and smaller charms. Here’s what some reviewers had to say:

  • “Did not come in box. For the price, I would have liked something better than a ziplock bag. I had to use an old Christmas box to gift the bracelet. Not impressed.”
  • “I bought this bracelet for my granddaughter for her upcoming high school graduation. She loves Alex and Ani so I know she I’ll love it. Price is the same everywhere but amazon offers free shipping and two day delivery with Prime. So easy!”
  • “Bought for both of my sisters graduating this next month. Alex and Ani never disappoints. Love adding to all of our ever growing collection. Highly recommend; perfect grad gift.”
  • “My granddaughter loved this bracelet and you could see the year hanging from the bracelet under her graduation gown. We all loved it!”
  • “My daughter-in-law was thrilled. A very simple piece, not clunky. Great for memories of a special day.”

This bangle adds a bit of fashionable fun to your typical graduation party. While you can pick it up on Amazon with Prime shipping, ordering directly through Alex and Ani gets you an adorable gift box. Regardless of the vendor you choose, your grad is sure to be impressed.

Conclusion

Whether you’re shopping for a techie, a grumpy Gus, or a fashionista, this list has something to offer.



Andrew Puzder’s Educational Background: Could He Have Ran Our Labor Department?

Who Is Andrew Puzder?:

Trump’s former nominee for US Secretary of Labor, Andrew Puzder withdrew his candidacy for that position on February 15th.  George Thompson, his spokesman stated that his decision stemmed from “an unprecedented smear campaign.”  Evidence against his nomination included allegations of spousal abuse and evidence regarding his employment of undocumented immigrants. If this millionaire had been successful in his bid for the Department of Labor, he would have gained the power to suggest and enforce laws surrounding unions, worker’s rights, and workplace protections.  The fact that Andrew Puzder was nominated in the first place is rather ironic.

In the private sector, he’s best known for being the CEO of CKE Restaurants.  His company, which operates both Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr, has run afoul of labor laws more than once.   In fact, since taking over in 2000, CKE has been the subject of more than 166 OSHA investigations. Before he assumed his current position at CKE, he spent decades as an independent lawyer in Ohio.

Educational and Personal Background:

Andrew “Andy” Puzder, born on July 11th of 1950, spent much of his young life in Russell Township. After graduating from high school, Puzder enrolled at Kent State University.   Within twelve months of starting his studies, the school experienced its greatest tragedy: the Kent State shootings. Due in part to trauma inflicted by that experience, Puzder transferred to Cleveland State University (CSU). He completed his baccalaureate education at that school in 1975.

With his sights set on becoming a lawyer, Puzder then transferred to Washington University’s School of Law. While there, he worked as an editor for the Washington University Law Quarterly.  After earning his JD in 1978, he moved to St. Louis to kick start his law career.  It didn’t take long for the wet-behind-the-ears lawyer to make an impression. By the late 1980s, Puzder was known as one of the best anti-abortion lawyers in the state of Missouri

His knowledge of the law, however, did not save his 15-year-old marriage with his first wife, Lisa Henning.   Remarrying later that same year, Puzder would go on to father a total of six children.

The former cabinet nominee supports a wide variety of causes and organizations. Most notable among these are The National Advisory Board of Washington University’s School of Law, The Job Creators’ Network, and the American Enterprise Institute.

Education:

  • Kent State University: Established in 1910, Kent University occupies a roughly 900-acre campus in Kent, Ohio. Thanks to a tragedy that occurred in 1970, this school has also become synonymous with school shootings.  As of 2016, this university served as home to more than 30 thousand students. Despite its somewhat speckled past, Kent State continually ranks as one of the top 200 universities in the world.
  • Cleveland State University (CSU): While smaller than Kent State, CSU holds a spot on many “Top Universities” lists. The school is home to more than 200 academic programs and just under 20,000 students.   This school also takes its role as research university very seriously. In terms of the number of dollars dedicated to research, Cleveland State ranks in the top 20-percent of universities in the USA.
  • Washington University: Established in 1890, WSU is well-known for its programs in business, chemical engineering, communications, and veterinary science. The US News and World Report typically ranks this institution as one of the best American universities With a total enrollment bordering on 30,000, WSU is the second largest university in the state.


Ben Carson’s Educational Background: Is He Qualified to Run HUD?

Why They’ve Earned Our Notice:

Ben Carson became our Secretary of Housing and Urban Development on March 2nd of 2017. In this position, he’ll be responsible for fulfilling housing needs, ensuring the fairness of real estate, and putting plans in place to improve the nation’s communities. Before being nominated for President Trump’s cabinet, Carson ran against him in the Republican primary.

Long before dabbling in the executive branch, however, he was a neurosurgeon, author, and politician. He is one of the first doctors to successfully separate twins joined at the end and perform a successful brain surgery on a fetus while in the womb.  Carson would go on to set up the Carson Scholar’s Fund for “academic excellence and humanitarian qualities.” While he’s impacted the lives of hundreds of patients before, his new position affects millions.

Personal Life:

Benjamin Solomon Carson was born in Detroit on September 18th of 1951.  By the time he’d reached eight, his parents separated. His next few years were thrown into disarray by his family’s move to Boston, his mother’s attempt at suicide, economic difficulties, and his less-than-stellar education at a Seventh Day Adventist school out east. After reentering Detroit Public Schools, he found himself and his elder brother lagged behind academically. His mother responded by limiting television time and requiring that both sons complete two books a week. By the time Carson reached high school, the family had managed to turn their lives around. His grades followed.

The main issue facing Carson, however, was his violent temper.  In an NBC interview, he explained himself, “”As a teenager, I would go after people with rocks, and bricks, and baseball bats, and hammers,” Aside from his mother, no one has verified the existence of these violent outbursts. This temper didn’t stop him from reaching success. After his high school graduation, Carson started on the path that would take him to a medical career.

Currently, Ben Carson is married and father to three sons. At the moment, he resides with his wife in Florida.

Education:

  • Southwestern High School: Ben Carson attended this Michigan school from 9th grade until his graduation. Closed in 2012, Southwestern High School was once a campus of the Detroit Public School district. This three-floored institution once served students from Boynton to Springwells Village.
  • Yale University: In 1973, Ben Carson graduated from this Ivy League institution with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. In doing so, he joins the leagues of other famous alumni including Hillary Clinton, Meryl Streep, and Ansel Adams. Yale is a private research university currently located in the heart of Connecticut.  While open since 1701, the school did not introduce its first doctorate program until 1861. Yale currently has more than 12,000 students spread across its 1,015-acre campus. Its library is the third-largest in the United States.
  • University of Michigan: Carson didn’t wait long to continue his education. He enrolled at the University of Michigan Medical School less than a year after obtaining his bachelor’s degree.  Within a few months of beginning his program, his faculty adviser suggested that he drop out. Carson ignored his device and settled on a new studying schedule. By his sophomore year, Carson began to excel academically. In 1977, he graduated with his M.D. and gained entrance to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
  • Johns Hopkins University: To finish both his residency and specialization, Carson enrolled in John Hopkin’s neuroscience program. He completed this last piece of his program in 1983. Also, known as Hopkins or JHU, John Hopkins University is a private, research-centric university located in Baltimore. Founded in 1876, it’s considered the first research university in the United States. The school boasts a student population of nearly 20,000 and an endowment that exceeds 3.3 billion dollars. Truly a global campus, JHU boasts campuses as far flung as Italy and Singapore.


Elaine Chao’s Educational Background: Would You Believe She has More than 36 Honorary Doctorates?

Why She Deserves Our Notice

A Taiwanese-American politician and our newest Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao is no stranger to the US cabinet. In fact, thanks to her leading of the US Labor Department under President Bush, she’s was the first Asian-American woman to ever hold a cabinet position.  She was also particularly notable in the Bush administration for being the only cabinet member to serve a full two terms. In Trump’s wet-behind-the-ear team, Elaine stands out. In her new capacity, Elaine Chao is responsible for advising President Trump on all matters relating to public and federal transit.

Personal Life and Educational Background:

The eldest of six girls, Elaine came into the world on March 26th of 1953.  While the family was Chinese in heritage, they were forced to flee to Taiwan at the end of the Chinese Civil War.  Three years after her father had arrived, Elaine and the rest of her family picked up and moved to New York. By the time she graduated from Syosset High School, the Chao clan was reaping the rewards of her father’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Following her high school graduation, Elaine enrolled at Mount Holyoke College to pursue a degree in economics.  While there, she represented the field hockey and equestrian clubs and worked as both a student recruiter and yearbook editor. After her 1975 graduation, Elaine Chao set her sights on earning a Harvard MBA. She did so in 1979.  Her education did not stop there. Our current Secretary of Transportation is also the proud recipient of 36 honorary doctorate degrees.

Elaine Chao is currently married to Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Institutional Highlights:

  • Mount Holyoke College: Located in South Hadley, Mount Holyoke College is an all-female liberal arts college. Originally founded as Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in 1837 it was the first member of the Seven Sisters. Holyoke’s 2,000-acre campus features an 18-hole golf course and two botanical gardens. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Holyoke is the fourth highest producer of Fulbright Scholars. The school currently offers more than 50 departmental and interdepartmental majors.
  • Harvard University: A private Ivy League university based in Cambridge, Harvard is particularly well-known for its business programs. Founded all the way back in 1636, this well-regarded institution is the oldest secondary school in the United States. Its roughly 20,000 students can choose from eleven academic units and three separate campuses. Its endowment, which measured more than 34-billion in 2016, is the largest of any academic institution. Famous alumni include 8 US Presidents, 62 billionaires, and 359 Rhodes Scholars.

 

 





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