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Many people believe that all National Merit Scholars have a high grade point average Others believe that all National Merit Scholars come from large states with excellent schools Some also believe that they are in the National Honor Society as well All of the above were possibilities until 2002 The NMSC did a survey in 2002 on what common factor all National Merit Scholars have With their results in they found out that every National Merit Scholar ate with their families 3 or more times a week Reasons for this stunning common factor may be the scholars spend more time with their families learn to follow a schedule and they spend less time watching television Many people have trouble following schedules but by eating together at a certain time and place almost every night helps people follow schedules Once scholars learn how to follow a schedule they can make and follow their own schedules Being able to follow their schedules allows scholars to manage their time better and enables them to follow a routine every day When scholars are sitting at a dinner table they are spending less time watching television and more time talking about current events andor learning from their parents Within seconds of beginning to watch television a persons brainwaves change Instead of beta waves which indicate alert conscious attention the brain produces alpha waves This indicates a brain unfocused overly receptive daydreaming or hypnotized The more scholars eat dinner at a dinner table the more they are doing something constructive instead of watching Cribs on MTV Obviously there are many more possible reasons why all National Merit Scholars have eating at a dinner table at least 3 or more nights a week in common Maybe it is a little bit of everything or only one thing Or whether it is because of spending more time with their families they are getting used to a schedule or because
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