Now that I’ve recently left my undergraduate career in my rearview mirror, and now that the view of the place is quickly receding, I guess I can say there are a few things I knew would be true, but didn’t quite register until, well…now. In other words: here’s what I wish I knew before I […]
The eternal question for any workplace hopeful: should I accept an amazing internship position if it’s unpaid? Well, the answer is: it depends on what you’re looking for and what your current financial situation is. If you feel like you’re stuck between an internship rock and a hard place while weighing your options, here’s a […]
The secret of a good life is a healthy one. True, it might be a little daunting trying to live a healthy lifestyle fresh out college, where the dining hall taught you that greasy food was good and the class schedule prevented more gym time than you would’ve liked. Add to that the stress of […]
The big day is just around the corner, so celebrate the best dad ever in a style he deserves with these gift ideas: Anything that involves the grill. Not to be stereotypical, but come on: just picture the look on dad’s face when you give him a new set of tools for the barbeque. Plus, […]
Now that you’ve received all of your acceptance letters, you might be freaking out. After all, deciding which college to attend is a big deal, as it’s a four-year investment that leads you down a particular road in life. So while a college degree is a college degree no matter which way you slice it, […]
College may be some of the best years of your life, so try to savor every moment. Even the ones you’re stuck in the library—hey, at least it’s better than being stuck in an office. To help make sure college is a positive experience (instead of the alternative), here are a few hints on things […]
Attention post-grads: welcome to the real world! I hope you’re enjoying your post-college life, and I’m sure you are. Take a deep breath and realize that you’ve walked a long road and that there’s still a long one ahead of you. So, to make sure you stay on the path leading to success, here are […]
Sending your son or daughter off to college is no small task, especially if you’re prone to empty nest syndrome. But look on the bright side: it’ll be four of the most formative years of their lives. So in order to make sure that your kids get the most out of college, here’s how to […]
If you apply for a job or internship, chances are you’ll be contacted for a phone interview. Don’t be fooled, as this is an important step in obtaining a job. A solid phone interview often leads to an in-person interview, which can lead to a big opportunity. Here’s how to ace it.
Say you’re required to take a science course, or a math course, or an English course, and none of these are your strong suits. Instead of freaking out about getting a lower grade on a paper than you’re happy with, or instead of banging your head against a wall while trying to figure out why […]
Whether you’re living abroad, studying there, or just taking a vacation, it pays to do a little research before you actually arrive. From France to Turkey to Egypt, every culture has different customs. Do you tip at restaurants? If so, how much? Are taxi rides negotiated ahead of time, metered, or are fares set and standardized? What should you do and say when greeting someone? What shouldn’t you do? And more!
Life in college is expensive. I mean, come on, you’ve got bills to pay: that takeout pizza, those school supplies, and not to mention that monstrous tuition bill that eats at your wallet like a crazed Pac-Man. With that in mind, whether you qualify for federal work-study or not, you should do your best to […]
Despite the rigors of homework, class, and exams produce a lot of stress headaches. The one sure cure? Rocking out and dancing your way to a little relaxation. Here are seven tunes to get you started.
The cost of college has skyrocketed, which makes saving anywhere you can, including on textbooks, a vital strategy in avoiding massive student loan debt. In fact, the statistics on the cost of textbooks are startling.
College is a fun place. Smash hundreds of kids, a big campus, and a little fun together and you have a recipe for what college life is all about. A reflection of that? These distinct college traditions that are both fun and weird: Tufts University. No one likes exams, which is why students at Tufts […]
Don’t have enough cash to spend on a big vacation? Thankfully there’s enough stuff at home to keep you busy, which is why you should consider a staycation instead.
Can you believe it? The school year is almost over. But the key word here is almost. While it’s probably fair to say that you’ve put in a ton of blood, sweat, and tears into your work this year, there’s still just a little more to conquer: those pesky final exams. To make sure you finish […]
If you’re trudging through the last few weeks of high school, know you’re not doing it alone. And get excited, because your college life will be here soon! But it’s important to remember that transitioning from high school to college can be difficult. A lot will change over a short period of time, so to […]
Below you’ll find what amounts to a video infographic, and I thought we’d share it. It’s regarding wealth distribution in America in terms of what the ideal distribution is, versus what people think the distribution is, versus what the actual distribution is. It’s based on research by Mother Jones and a professor at the Harvard […]
So you’ve sent out all your applications, and maybe you’ve even done a phone interview or two. Still, you’re just not getting those internship or job offers you were looking for. With summer approaching quicker than an oncoming train, here are some options that will keep you out of your parents’ basement: 1. Focus on […]
It’s easy to get lost in the busy swirl of college life, but that doesn’t mean you should forget the world outside your campus. In fact, one of the best parts of college is that you’re really part of something bigger–a community–and with that in mind, get out there and contribute! Plus community service looks great […]
With the job market more saturated than butter, it’s important that you set yourself apart from the rest of the pack. For best results, hone your personal brand. In other words: become your own advocate and become your own personal marketing tool. Here’s how: Hone your interests. If you’re going to make yourself into your own […]
You probably know firsthand that school is a place of extremes. There are awkward situations and triumphs galore. That’s why the excitement of any high school and college lends itself well to Hollywood. So here they are, the best films ever made about school.
Have you ever wondered what your college degree is actually worth? Or what degrees are worth in other countries? Have you ever had the sneaking suspicion that degrees from private institutions are worth more than degrees from public institutions, or that gender plays a role in how much your education is really worth? See how all […]
A gap year may not be a common part of the student experience in the United States, but in other parts of the world it’s almost requisite. How does a gap year work? Easy: after graduating high school, you take a year “off” from your formal education. You travel, you work, you do whatever. But […]
Besides skipping class and sleeping in late, one of the easiest things to do in college is to forget that the world outside of your campus still exists. To make sure you stay connected, and to educate yourself as much as possible, you should consider immersing yourself in some good old magazines. Don’t cringe—it’s not […]
There’s nothing quite like college: you’re young, there’s what seems like limitless opportunities, and the world is probably more open to you than it will ever be, or at least it seems that way. So why not take advantage of the moment, right? Right. Just make sure you don’t pick up any bad habits along […]
While public speaking can be uncomfortable or intimidating, it’s an essential skill, especially in college. Whether you have to speak in front of your class, at an academic conference, or at an important event, it’s always good to speak well. Here’s how: 1. Practice, practice, practice. And practice. Like wine, public speaking can be an […]
If there’s one thing that all students want more of, it’s sleep. There are so many distractions on college campuses that it’s almost impossible to get consistent shuteye, but for your health (and also for your sanity) it’s important you do. In light of that, here are a few tips that may help you sleep […]
Going to college is one of the most expensive things you can do. So to make sure you get your money’s worth, periodically check in with yourself and ask: am I getting the kind of education I want? If not, consider transferring. Answering the following question will help you determine if it’s the right move […]
If you’re gearing up for the job hunt, or are knee-deep in it, then you already know: good jobs are hard to come by. So if you want to land one, it’s important to distinguish yourself. Here’s how: 1. Network. Without a doubt, the biggest tool available to you is networking. Most likely your school […]
It’s that time of year again: cover letter time. Whether you’re applying for an internship or a job out there in the real world, a solid cover letter could get your foot in the door of a potential employer. Without a doubt, the key to snagging an interview is making a good first impression. And […]
So you want to follow your passion and pursue the arts? More power to you. But know it will be a long, tough road, and likely when your friends and family ask, “What’s your major?” and you tell them painting, or pottery, or creative writing, or the flute, you’ll get a blank stare and a […]
Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, has put together this nifty infographic for students who are wondering whether or not they qualify for federal student aid. The good news? Most students qualify. Check it out.
The cost of tuition is like an endless elevator that’s always going up. That’s why it pays to save on all your other college costs. Here’s how.
Post-graduate life comes with many financial burdens. Not only do you have to pay for all of life’s requisites–that’s food and a place to live at the bare minimum, not to mention car payments, health insurance, and everything else–you’ve probably got student loans to pay back. That means you need a job as of yesterday, […]
With graduation around the corner—isn’t that horrifying?—something called “the real world” is waiting. That’s right, college seniors, I’m looking at you. Have you applied to graduate school? Have you applied for jobs? Both? If so, then odds are you have no idea how to pick between them. And that’s okay. A little mystery in life […]
An inevitable aspect of the college experience is reading a huge number of books, especially if you’re an English major. But if you dig music, too, get excited, because literature and music collide more than you think. Check it out: A Case of You by Joni Mitchell. What do you get when you cross […]
Getting the interview is only half the battle. Making a good first impression is the other. In light of that, here are a few tips on how to impress your interviewer–whether you’re trying to score a scholarship, internship, or a full-time job.
Spring Break is right around the corner, which means you should be gearing up to take some time off with your friends. It’s your time to head out on an unforgettable adventure. But to make sure it’s not, well, more regrettable than anything else, be careful to avoid the following destinations: 1. Antarctica. Sure, the […]
Face it: college is stressful. Blame that on classes, jam-packed schedules, and nonexistent free time. That’s why you should thank your lucky stars for the campus wellness center, which is exactly what it sounds like: the best place to get well on campus by relaxing. Isn’t that nice? It is. Here’s what most campus wellness […]
What number defines Valentine’s Day the best? The fact that we buy 8 billion candy hearts? The 196 million roses we grow, then give away, then throw in the garbage? The almost $16 billion we spend? Check out those numbers and more–and decide for yourself.
While college is a place to make lifelong friends, carve out a path for your future, and to pig out in the dining hall, it’s also a place where you can–and should–immerse yourself in academics. Obviously. Think of it this way: college is the land of opportunity, so embrace it. Below are some examples of […]
It’s no secret: college is a place where there’s a near-infinite course catalog, and if you play your cards right, you can take classes in music, English, biology, philosophy, history—anything you want. What you might not be aware of, though, is that classrooms and textbooks are only the beginning. In order to take advantage of […]
Most high schoolers, transfer students, and college graduates that want an even higher education should admit it already: you have a dream school. While you might not want to name it for fear of getting your hopes up, then that’s okay. But even if you have it in your head that you’ll get into your dream school and that you’ll go there, it’s always best to plan for the worst (just ask Lindsay Lohan’s career). So in case you apply but are deferred by admissions, here’s what you can do.
If you’re currently a college senior, then you already wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, asking yourself questions about the future. Okay, face it, even if your real-world anxiety isn’t that severe, then you’re probably at least a little nervous about what’s going to happen after you graduate. To help you navigate the final semester of your final year in school, pay attention to these helpful hints.
Now that you’re in college, the very idea of spending even more than one minute in your school’s library might make you throw up in your mouth a little bit. And when you’re home on break, you might forget that your local library even exists. But before you go another day swearing to never step foot in the library lobby, or in the stacks, consider digging out that old library card. Why? Well, here are a few good reasons.
1. Divide and conquer. In order to save as much money as possible, make a checklist of everything you need for your room. Rank the items from most to least expensive. Ask yourself twice if you really need the most expensive things on the list (for example, do you really watch TV enough to need […]
While college can be one of life’s highlights, it can also be one of life’s biggest financial burdens. That’s why you should at least consider the option of graduating early–and that means finishing a four-year degree in…less than four years. Fortunately it doesn’t take a genius or a cheat to do it. The key is […]
Commencement is a special time, as it’s every graduating senior’s last chance to savor their time in college, and to embrace their futures ahead. It’s also a chance to hear a great speech, and here are some of the better ones throughout the years.