Emerson, NJ: What does it take to succeed on the SAT and ACT exams? For many students it’s simply study and preparation. For others, it’s getting the idea and the access to study and preparation first. Then, it’s study and preparation. You may have seen the statistics showing that there is an average of a 300 to 400-point difference among standardized college entrance exams from applicants of polarized socio-economic backgrounds. That’s enough of a disparity to block entrance and/or scholarship money from those with the lower scores. The statistics are showing that students from wealthier families with college-educated parents tend to score higher than students whose parents have less means and education.
Ramsey, NJ: It’s the age-old question. Is it possible (or probable) to support yourself financially with a full-time career in music, the arts, or another “passion” without making it to fame and stardom? Do you really have to take up waiting tables or a “day job” or can a local musician really make it happen full time without living below the poverty line? Not having a “marketable skill” is a common fear of parents whose high school age sons and daughters announce that they want to pursue music as a career.
Passionate about helping women find their voice in fashion, Kristen Robertiello, owner of KR Wardrobe Design, LLC advocates for the often overlooked in fashion media; women over 35. She has had a career styling for TV shows, commercials and celebrities and now brings that experience home to Bergen County.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ: There’s no doubt that e-commerce over the past decade has presented challenges and dare we say threats to brick and mortar retail stores across the globe. An article published in April 2019 on cnbc.com highlighted the following statistic: “The total market share of ‘non-store,’ or online U.S. retail sales was higher than general merchandise sales for the first time in history, according to a report from the Commerce Department this week.” We’ve seen large chain stores like Toys R Us close their doors in large part due to online shopping. Independent stores have taken a hit as well.
One thing that Evelyn Quigley, owner of Making Chocolate, LLC in Bergen County, NJ knows for sure: The time has come for homemakers, whether they have outside employment part time, or their sole profession is to care for their children and family, to finally realize their worth.
While the male homemaker is on the rise throughout the past decade, still, most of the world’s stay at home parents are women. Additionally, more women are working part-timeobs outside the home versus men employed full time. Working mostly with women, Quigley not only teaches the fine art of making decadent and artistic candies, she empowers homemakers to realize that their time and hard work IS of value, monetarily and all kinds of otherwise.
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