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  • 6 Essential Ways to Conquer Classes and a Job in College

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    Christina Lopez
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    College students everywhere struggle with balancing a job and classes. Whether it be a full-time job or a recent internship in your career field, balancing work and school can be pretty intimidating. Here are six tips to help you juggle the two, while still having time to spare: 1. Do something – Anything! Being 21 years old and having an odd job history, or building a company since you were in high school, you’ve already got some years of experience in the work force. I’ve held quite a few positions throughout the last four years: I’ve worked as a server at a…
  • Crafting A Repayment Plan for Your Student Loans

    College Money Insider
    College Money Insider
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    It’s a time of great change for the members of the recently-graduated Class of 2014. Whether a few months into a new job or still looking for the right opportunity, everyone is trying to figure out their new life – and just as importantly, how to pay for it. The first step towards gaining your footing...Crafting A Repayment Plan for Your Student Loans is a post from: The College Money Insider.
  • College Scholarships; The Weird, the Wacky, the Wonderful

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    Sani
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Scholarships are a wonderful thing to have, let alone apply for. And there are so many different types of scholarships, some you would never even imagine! Or maybe you didn’t know you could land a scholarship just from doing something goofy or following a hobby. This infographic highlights some of the more peculiar scholarships that [...]
  • Social media hacks to brighten up your back to school blues

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    Laura Sestito
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    These social media gems are a great way to archive your memories, write down your thoughts, track pictures and videos, save new ideas, relax and keep in touch with friends and family. I’ll be the first to admit that there’s a time and a place for your social media use.  While they bring a lot of usefulness they can also create slightly problematic issues with being distracted and procrastinating. The new school year is the perfect time to factor your various forms of social media into your upcoming schedule. Get ready to buckle down and work hard but don’t forget to use these to take…
  • How to Spend Smart

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    CollegeFocus
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
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  • Bromfield: SHXCXCHCXSH revives witch-house aesthetics for actual house music

    Daniel Bromfield
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    SHXCXCHCXSH didn’t exactly make it easy for themselves — just look at their name. Yet this isn’t the first time we’ve seen unpronounceable names in electronic music. The witch house movement of the early ’10s was full of vowelless or symbol-filed monikers, from (///▲▲▲\\\) to †‡†.  Those acts adopted a similarly dark image to SHXCXCHCXSH, and likewise cloaked their identities behind a veil of photo blur and Internet mystique. But the sound of witch house has long outlived its aesthetic mischief, and for a group in 2014 to bring the latter back takes…
  • Pick Six Podcast: Let’s talk football!

    Jordyn Siemens
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Pick Six is the CUIndependent.com’s new weekly podcast. Listen to our sports staff talk all things CU football! The post Pick Six Podcast: Let’s talk football! appeared first on CU Independent.
  • Bromfield: Sam Smith’s debut album fails to establish him as a compelling artist

    Daniel Bromfield
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The alpha male pop star is dead for the moment; Sam Smith — the most recent major male pop star to emerge in the Anglophone world — seems to be the perfect caulk to fill in the gap left by last year’s Robin Thickes and Justin Timberlakes. He’s a shy, emotional dude with a lot of pain in his heart and a preference for commitment over casual sex. The cover of his debut album, In The Lonely Hour, says everything you need to know about him in a single image — enough so that it’s not necessary to actually listen to the record to get what he’s all about. On most of…
  • Field hockey set to begin Ivy slate at Brown

    Eli Schultz
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    It’s supposed to be 70 degrees and sunny this weekend in Providence, Rhode Island, but field hockey head coach Marybeth Freeman probably hasn’t checked. “Weather, other teams, officials … I don’t care about any of that,” Freeman said. “What I care about is coming out and playing Columbia field hockey.” And if her squad can execute her game plan, the Light Blue (3-1) could be in for a big weekend as it takes on Ivy League foe Brown (3-0) and the Bears’ crosstown rival Providence (3-3). Columbia has won its last two games, overwhelming Villanova, 5-2, before topping…
  • LA County’s 3rd District candidates discuss their vision at forum

    admin
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    At a forum on Tuesday at UCLA, the two candidates running to represent L.A. County’s 3rd District stressed the importance of having experience while in office, but clashed on the types of experience they considered most valuable. While candidate Bobby Shriver, a former mayor of Santa Monica, said his previous work leading the city will help the L.A. County Board of Supervisors run like a local venture, candidate Sheila Kuehl, a former state senator, said her experience managing big budgets as a state legislator would serve her well at the county level. The UCLA-hosted forum was the…
 
 
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  • Write For Us: HackCollege Looking for Talented Student Writers

    Mark Frost
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    With the new school year already here, HackCollege is looking for new writers to add to its 2014-2015 roster. We’re expanding on our extensive library of articles on every topic related to college life, and need students who are interested in discovering and reporting on things that can help themselves and other students succeed. But beyond helping students succeed, you’ll be making money and gaining valuable writing experience that could lead to opportunities down the road. The money is the important part, though! Below are a list of writing positions we’re currently…
  • 3 Quick Tips to Beat Negative Perfectionism

    Mark Frost
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    By nature, perfectionism sounds great. The drive to always perform, and not settling for second best or mediocrity can’t be a bad thing, right? In reality, however, negative perfectionism is your worst enemy. Not only because perfection is impossible to obtain, but because it often leads to failure simply due to the fear of failing at a particular task. Throughout college, you’ll likely feel the pressure to succeed, leading your inner-perfectionist to reveal itself on a regular basis. Below are a few tips for balancing your desire to do great work with your need to complete…
  • 5 Specialized Degrees for Future Trailblazers

    Mark Frost
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    There’s no shortage of majors at your typical college today. Everything from Advertising to Zoology is available, giving students a great variety of career paths to choose from. But you rarely hear much about niche programs–the ones that go beyond your average career path and help students get truly specialized training. If you’re looking for a program that puts you into the career you’ve been dreaming of, take a look at these specialized degrees: Sports Management A Sports Management degree is a gateway to the professional sports industry. It prepares you for a…
  • 4 Subscription Services College Students Need to Use

    Geoffrey Koester
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    I was pleasantly surprised to read in my school newspaper that Spotify Premium is only $4.99 for students with a special discount.  While I’ve had Premium for many months, I didn’t blink when I had the chance to save five bucks on a monthly subscription. I look at these monthly subscriptions as bills (because they are), but since I live on campus, they are my only bills to pay each month.  What subscriptions do I have and recommend to you?  Well, keep reading because I’m about to tell you. Spotify Premium – $4.99/Month  I’ve already told you that I have Spotify and have had…
  • Freshman Week: The 5 Best Apps for Freshmen

    Mark Frost
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    While a large part of the college experience is about becoming independent, responsibility is the biggest byproduct of independence. For many, dealing with the transition to college life is natural; others may struggle to lead a balanced, organized life. In the past, we’ve often talked about ways students can organize their lives, as well as apps that can make it simple. But if you’re new to HackCollege, or the thought of even attempting to organize your life is scary, here are a few apps that you’ll want to get familiar with as the school year gets started. Note-Taking:…
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  • Listen to the Long-Lost Freddie Mercury & Michael Jackson Duet

    Dan Colman
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Some 33 years ago, Queen started work on a track called “There Must Be More to Life Than This,” which featured vocals by Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson. Written during the Hot Space sessions (circa 1981), the song was eventually abandoned and put on a shelf until Freddie Mercury released his own version on a 1985 solo album. Now, with the upcoming release of a Queen compilation called Queen Forever, you can hear the original. No longer do you have to wonder what a Mercury-Jackson duet might sound like. In fact, you only have to click play above and the suspense will be…
  • The Guggenheim Puts 109 Free Modern Art Books Online

    Dan Colman
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Back in January, 2012, we mentioned that the Guggenheim (the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed modern art museum in NYC) had put 65 art catalogues on the web, all free of charge. We’re happy to report that, between then and now, the number of free texts has grown to 109. Published between 1937 and 1999, the art books/catalogues offer an intellectual and visual introduction to the work of Alexander Calder, Edvard Munch, Francis Bacon, Gustav Klimt & Egon Schiele, Fernand Léger, and Kandinsky. Plus there are other texts (e.g., Masterpieces of Modern Art and Abstract…
  • Pakistani Orchestra Plays Enchanting Rendition of The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby”

    Josh Jones
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-tjby6f8fg Last year, we brought you an incredible cover of Dave Brubeck’s classic “Take Five” performed by the Pakistan-based group, the Sachal Studios Orchestra (also known as the Sachal Jazz Ensemble). You can find that song, along with two takes on “The Girl From Ipanema,” on their 2011 album Sachal Jazz. You won’t find the Sachal Orchestra’s version of “Eleanor Rigby” (above) on that album. This comes to us from Sachal’s 2013 Jazz and All That, a record Guardian critic John Fordham calls “smooth-jazzier” than its…
  • Optical Poems by Oskar Fischinger, the Avant-Garde Animator Hated by Hitler, Dissed by Disney

    Jonathan Crow
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:56 am
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Xc4g00FFLk At a time when much of animation was consumed with little anthropomorphized animals sporting white gloves, Oskar Fischinger went in a completely different direction. His work is all about dancing geometric shapes and abstract forms spinning around a flat featureless background. Think of a Mondrian or Malevich painting that moves, often in time to the music. Fischinger’s movies have a mesmerizing elegance to them. Check out his 1938 short An Optical Poem above. Circles pop, sway and dart across the screen, all in time to Franz Liszt’s 2nd…
  • Leonard Cohen’s New Album, Popular Problems, Is Now Streaming Free for a Limited Time

    Dan Colman
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Just thought you’d like to know: NPR’s First Listen site is now streaming Leonard Cohen’s new album Popular Problems. But it will only be available for a limited time. So don’t waste time getting your listening party started. In its review of the album, The Guardian notes that “financial worries may be driving his comeback, but Leonard Cohen’s songs of despair have never sounded so full of life.” Listen to the free stream at NPR and see what they mean. (Also find a free stream at The Guardian.) Or pre-order your own copy on Amazon or iTunes. Related…
 
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  • Bromfield: SHXCXCHCXSH revives witch-house aesthetics for actual house music

    Daniel Bromfield
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    SHXCXCHCXSH didn’t exactly make it easy for themselves — just look at their name. Yet this isn’t the first time we’ve seen unpronounceable names in electronic music. The witch house movement of the early ’10s was full of vowelless or symbol-filed monikers, from (///▲▲▲\\\) to †‡†.  Those acts adopted a similarly dark image to SHXCXCHCXSH, and likewise cloaked their identities behind a veil of photo blur and Internet mystique. But the sound of witch house has long outlived its aesthetic mischief, and for a group in 2014 to bring the latter back takes…
  • Pick Six Podcast: Let’s talk football!

    Jordyn Siemens
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Pick Six is the CUIndependent.com’s new weekly podcast. Listen to our sports staff talk all things CU football! The post Pick Six Podcast: Let’s talk football! appeared first on CU Independent.
  • Bromfield: Sam Smith’s debut album fails to establish him as a compelling artist

    Daniel Bromfield
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The alpha male pop star is dead for the moment; Sam Smith — the most recent major male pop star to emerge in the Anglophone world — seems to be the perfect caulk to fill in the gap left by last year’s Robin Thickes and Justin Timberlakes. He’s a shy, emotional dude with a lot of pain in his heart and a preference for commitment over casual sex. The cover of his debut album, In The Lonely Hour, says everything you need to know about him in a single image — enough so that it’s not necessary to actually listen to the record to get what he’s all about. On most of…
  • Field hockey set to begin Ivy slate at Brown

    Eli Schultz
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    It’s supposed to be 70 degrees and sunny this weekend in Providence, Rhode Island, but field hockey head coach Marybeth Freeman probably hasn’t checked. “Weather, other teams, officials … I don’t care about any of that,” Freeman said. “What I care about is coming out and playing Columbia field hockey.” And if her squad can execute her game plan, the Light Blue (3-1) could be in for a big weekend as it takes on Ivy League foe Brown (3-0) and the Bears’ crosstown rival Providence (3-3). Columbia has won its last two games, overwhelming Villanova, 5-2, before topping…
  • LA County’s 3rd District candidates discuss their vision at forum

    admin
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    At a forum on Tuesday at UCLA, the two candidates running to represent L.A. County’s 3rd District stressed the importance of having experience while in office, but clashed on the types of experience they considered most valuable. While candidate Bobby Shriver, a former mayor of Santa Monica, said his previous work leading the city will help the L.A. County Board of Supervisors run like a local venture, candidate Sheila Kuehl, a former state senator, said her experience managing big budgets as a state legislator would serve her well at the county level. The UCLA-hosted forum was the…
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  • How the Best Young Professors Research (and Why it Matters to You)

    Study Hacks
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Lounging in Lauinger Today I spent the morning in the library. As often happens, I arrived with a specific book in mind, but soon a long trail of diverting citations lured me in new directions. I’m a sucker for libraries. One such happy discovery was the book, The New Faculty Member, by Robert Boice, a now emeritus professor of psychology at Stony Brook. This book summarizes the findings of a multi-year longitudinal study in which Boice followed multiple cohorts of junior professors, at multiple types of higher education institutions, from their arrival on campus until their tenure fate…
  • Deep Habits: Jumpstart Your Concentration with a Depth Ritual

    Study Hacks
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    In Search of Depth Aaron is a PhD student. This requires him to spend a significant fraction of his time thinking about hard things. To accommodate the necessity of depth in his working life, Aaron developed a ritual he uses to quickly shift his brain into a state of concentration. Here’s how it works: Aaron puts on headphones and plays non-distracting meditative music (this track is a favorite). He launches FocusWriter, a stripped-down text editor that hides all the features of your computer (not unlike George R. R. Martin’s use of Word Star). He loads up a template that contains…
  • A Personal Appeal

    Study Hacks
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Saturday Update: Today was the charity event and it was a big success. With your support, our team ended up the top team fund raiser and I ended up one of the top ten individual fund raisers (out of 4,500 participants). This is a direct result and expression of your support. I thank you!   I don’t often allow my non-professional life to seep into this blog, so this post represents a rare violation of this habit… This Saturday, I’m participating in a fund raising event called the Race for Every Child. My team in this event is raising money for a foundation started by our…
  • Deep Habits: When the Going Gets Tough, Build a Temporary Plan

    Study Hacks
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:23 pm
    The Temporary Plan As I’ve revealed in recent blog posts, there are two types of planning I swear by. The first is daily planning, in which I give every hour of my day a job. The second is weekly planning, where I figure out how to extract the most work from each week. These are the only two levels of planning that I consistently deploy. But there’s a third level that I turn to maybe two or three times a year, during periods where multiple deadlines crowd into the same short period. I call it (somewhat blandly, I now realize) a temporary plan. A temporary plan is a plan that…
  • John Cage on the Necessity of Boredom

    Study Hacks
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Words of Wisdom A reader recently pointed my attention to the following quote from the composer and artist John Cage: “If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.” She thought I would like it and she was right. Cage captures something fundamental about deep work on important things: there’s a stage — sometimes a long stage — that’s tedious. The good news, of course, is that over time, tedium gives way to glimpses of potential…
 
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  • Bromfield: SHXCXCHCXSH revives witch-house aesthetics for actual house music

    Daniel Bromfield
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    SHXCXCHCXSH didn’t exactly make it easy for themselves — just look at their name. Yet this isn’t the first time we’ve seen unpronounceable names in electronic music. The witch house movement of the early ’10s was full of vowelless or symbol-filed monikers, from (///▲▲▲\\\) to †‡†.  Those acts adopted a similarly dark image to SHXCXCHCXSH, and likewise cloaked their identities behind a veil of photo blur and Internet mystique. But the sound of witch house has long outlived its aesthetic mischief, and for a group in 2014 to bring the latter back takes…
  • Pick Six Podcast: Let’s talk football!

    Jordyn Siemens
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Pick Six is the CUIndependent.com’s new weekly podcast. Listen to our sports staff talk all things CU football! The post Pick Six Podcast: Let’s talk football! appeared first on CU Independent.
  • Bromfield: Sam Smith’s debut album fails to establish him as a compelling artist

    Daniel Bromfield
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The alpha male pop star is dead for the moment; Sam Smith — the most recent major male pop star to emerge in the Anglophone world — seems to be the perfect caulk to fill in the gap left by last year’s Robin Thickes and Justin Timberlakes. He’s a shy, emotional dude with a lot of pain in his heart and a preference for commitment over casual sex. The cover of his debut album, In The Lonely Hour, says everything you need to know about him in a single image — enough so that it’s not necessary to actually listen to the record to get what he’s all about. On most of…
  • Field hockey set to begin Ivy slate at Brown

    Eli Schultz
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    It’s supposed to be 70 degrees and sunny this weekend in Providence, Rhode Island, but field hockey head coach Marybeth Freeman probably hasn’t checked. “Weather, other teams, officials … I don’t care about any of that,” Freeman said. “What I care about is coming out and playing Columbia field hockey.” And if her squad can execute her game plan, the Light Blue (3-1) could be in for a big weekend as it takes on Ivy League foe Brown (3-0) and the Bears’ crosstown rival Providence (3-3). Columbia has won its last two games, overwhelming Villanova, 5-2, before topping…
  • LA County’s 3rd District candidates discuss their vision at forum

    admin
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    At a forum on Tuesday at UCLA, the two candidates running to represent L.A. County’s 3rd District stressed the importance of having experience while in office, but clashed on the types of experience they considered most valuable. While candidate Bobby Shriver, a former mayor of Santa Monica, said his previous work leading the city will help the L.A. County Board of Supervisors run like a local venture, candidate Sheila Kuehl, a former state senator, said her experience managing big budgets as a state legislator would serve her well at the county level. The UCLA-hosted forum was the…
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  • Bromfield: SHXCXCHCXSH revives witch-house aesthetics for actual house music

    Daniel Bromfield
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    SHXCXCHCXSH didn’t exactly make it easy for themselves — just look at their name. Yet this isn’t the first time we’ve seen unpronounceable names in electronic music. The witch house movement of the early ’10s was full of vowelless or symbol-filed monikers, from (///▲▲▲\\\) to †‡†.  Those acts adopted a similarly dark image to SHXCXCHCXSH, and likewise cloaked their identities behind a veil of photo blur and Internet mystique. But the sound of witch house has long outlived its aesthetic mischief, and for a group in 2014 to bring the latter back takes…
  • Pick Six Podcast: Let’s talk football!

    Jordyn Siemens
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Pick Six is the CUIndependent.com’s new weekly podcast. Listen to our sports staff talk all things CU football! The post Pick Six Podcast: Let’s talk football! appeared first on CU Independent.
  • Bromfield: Sam Smith’s debut album fails to establish him as a compelling artist

    Daniel Bromfield
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The alpha male pop star is dead for the moment; Sam Smith — the most recent major male pop star to emerge in the Anglophone world — seems to be the perfect caulk to fill in the gap left by last year’s Robin Thickes and Justin Timberlakes. He’s a shy, emotional dude with a lot of pain in his heart and a preference for commitment over casual sex. The cover of his debut album, In The Lonely Hour, says everything you need to know about him in a single image — enough so that it’s not necessary to actually listen to the record to get what he’s all about. On most of…
  • Field hockey set to begin Ivy slate at Brown

    Eli Schultz
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    It’s supposed to be 70 degrees and sunny this weekend in Providence, Rhode Island, but field hockey head coach Marybeth Freeman probably hasn’t checked. “Weather, other teams, officials … I don’t care about any of that,” Freeman said. “What I care about is coming out and playing Columbia field hockey.” And if her squad can execute her game plan, the Light Blue (3-1) could be in for a big weekend as it takes on Ivy League foe Brown (3-0) and the Bears’ crosstown rival Providence (3-3). Columbia has won its last two games, overwhelming Villanova, 5-2, before topping…
  • LA County’s 3rd District candidates discuss their vision at forum

    admin
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    At a forum on Tuesday at UCLA, the two candidates running to represent L.A. County’s 3rd District stressed the importance of having experience while in office, but clashed on the types of experience they considered most valuable. While candidate Bobby Shriver, a former mayor of Santa Monica, said his previous work leading the city will help the L.A. County Board of Supervisors run like a local venture, candidate Sheila Kuehl, a former state senator, said her experience managing big budgets as a state legislator would serve her well at the county level. The UCLA-hosted forum was the…
 
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  • Bromfield: SHXCXCHCXSH revives witch-house aesthetics for actual house music

    Daniel Bromfield
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    SHXCXCHCXSH didn’t exactly make it easy for themselves — just look at their name. Yet this isn’t the first time we’ve seen unpronounceable names in electronic music. The witch house movement of the early ’10s was full of vowelless or symbol-filed monikers, from (///▲▲▲\\\) to †‡†.  Those acts adopted a similarly dark image to SHXCXCHCXSH, and likewise cloaked their identities behind a veil of photo blur and Internet mystique. But the sound of witch house has long outlived its aesthetic mischief, and for a group in 2014 to bring the latter back takes…
  • Pick Six Podcast: Let’s talk football!

    Jordyn Siemens
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Pick Six is the CUIndependent.com’s new weekly podcast. Listen to our sports staff talk all things CU football! The post Pick Six Podcast: Let’s talk football! appeared first on CU Independent.
  • Bromfield: Sam Smith’s debut album fails to establish him as a compelling artist

    Daniel Bromfield
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The alpha male pop star is dead for the moment; Sam Smith — the most recent major male pop star to emerge in the Anglophone world — seems to be the perfect caulk to fill in the gap left by last year’s Robin Thickes and Justin Timberlakes. He’s a shy, emotional dude with a lot of pain in his heart and a preference for commitment over casual sex. The cover of his debut album, In The Lonely Hour, says everything you need to know about him in a single image — enough so that it’s not necessary to actually listen to the record to get what he’s all about. On most of…
  • Field hockey set to begin Ivy slate at Brown

    Eli Schultz
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    It’s supposed to be 70 degrees and sunny this weekend in Providence, Rhode Island, but field hockey head coach Marybeth Freeman probably hasn’t checked. “Weather, other teams, officials … I don’t care about any of that,” Freeman said. “What I care about is coming out and playing Columbia field hockey.” And if her squad can execute her game plan, the Light Blue (3-1) could be in for a big weekend as it takes on Ivy League foe Brown (3-0) and the Bears’ crosstown rival Providence (3-3). Columbia has won its last two games, overwhelming Villanova, 5-2, before topping…
  • LA County’s 3rd District candidates discuss their vision at forum

    admin
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    At a forum on Tuesday at UCLA, the two candidates running to represent L.A. County’s 3rd District stressed the importance of having experience while in office, but clashed on the types of experience they considered most valuable. While candidate Bobby Shriver, a former mayor of Santa Monica, said his previous work leading the city will help the L.A. County Board of Supervisors run like a local venture, candidate Sheila Kuehl, a former state senator, said her experience managing big budgets as a state legislator would serve her well at the county level. The UCLA-hosted forum was the…
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  • Where Does Your Resume Go on the Common App?

    Todd Johnson
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I am often asked where a student’s resume goes on the common app and the answer is simple. No where. That’s right, colleges do not want to see a resume in your common application. And no that doesn’t mean that you should send it by mail or email to the colleges. Think about this like a college. Could they ask you for a resume? Of course, and there are a few colleges that do. But what does that tell you about all of the colleges that don’t ask for a resume? More and more selective colleges are using the common application because it is an easy way for them to get the…
  • How Do You Fit More than 10 Activities On the Common App?

    Todd Johnson
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    So you have more than 10 activities for the common app and you don’t know where to put everything? Here is some help to address this issue. First, look at your activities and ask your self, do I really have more than 10 significant activities. Playing JV tennis only in 9th grade. Does that need to be on your resume? No. That 2 hours that you helped at the food shelf sophomore year? Nope. Colleges are looking for activities that you have been engaged in ideally for multiple years and for significant hours. No, there is no definition of “significant” but I think most of you…
  • Order of Activities on the Common App

    Todd Johnson
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of the biggest mistakes I see on the common application is the order of activities.  Your activities should be listed in order of importance to you, starting with the most important and moving down to the least important. There are instructions for this on the side of the activities page but many students seem to be missing that instruction. That being said, I do sometimes have to suggest that students modify the order of their activities even if they have listed them in their order of importance. You need to keep in mind in ordering the activities what sort of things are important to…
  • Where Does Dr. Shadowing Go on the Common Application?

    Todd Johnson
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I am starting to get a number of questions about where to put various items on the common application. So, in the next few weeks, I will address some of these issues. Several people have asked where to put doctor shadowing on the common app. Almost always, you will want to put it in as one of your 10 activities.  The additional information section is a possibility for overflow activities but for BS/MD programs you don’t want to relegate something as important as doctor shadowing to the additional information section. RSS Feed Content © Todd Johnson and College Admissions…
  • Different Versions of the Common App. When Is This Appropriate?

    Todd Johnson
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Did you know that you can have different versions of the common app? Many students are not aware of this. And even if you can have different versions, why would you want to? The different versions actually occur in two different ways and for different reasons.  The biggest reason most students might want a different version is if they find out that they made a mistake on the common application but have already sent it off to at least one college. Made a mistake in your phone number? Your school code? Just realized that you were supposed to list your activities in order of importance? All of…
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  • Mississippi State Fall Preview Day -- Registration Begins on September 15, 2014

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    Program Highlights Check-in for Preview Day will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Joe Frank Sanderson Center. The event will conclude by 3:00 p.m.  Registration begins on September 15, 2014.  Fall Preview Dates October 13, 2014 October 27, 2014 Campus Tours Let our staff take you on a riding tour of the beautiful Mississippi State campus. Organization Fair A number of MSU's most prominent
  • Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards - Registration Open

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
      Calling All Creative Teens: Be Bold, Claim Your Place in Art & Writing History and Earn Scholarships to Support Your Talent The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 90th annual call for submissions is open, inviting innovative teens to follow in the footsteps of distinguished alumni such as Andy Warhol, Robert Redford, Zac Posen, Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oates & Ken Burns, who won when
  • Tennessee HOPE Scholarship—Non-traditional Component

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:46 pm
    The non-traditional student must be a Tennessee resident, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be enrolled at an eligible postsecondary institution. In addition, the student must: Be age 25 or older, as an entering freshman in an eligible postsecondary institution or have not been enrolled for at least two (2) years after last attending any postsecondary
  • Internships @ MTV Networks & Campus Rep Program

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:44 pm
    College students, put your book smarts to work with an MTV Networks internship. You’ll amp up your skill set by getting real-world experience at a top-notch media and entertainment powerhouse – all while racking up some academic credits that will put you one step closer to your cap and gown. Internships are open to college juniors and seniors, though some departments also accept graduate
  • 2015 FedEx Internship Positions -- Various Areas -- Marketing, Engineer, Field Operations, Etc -- Apply Now

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:40 pm
    is currently accepting applicants for their 2015 Summer Internship positions. Below are some of the Job Names, Locations and FedEx's companies: Students can apply for jobs online.  Click here (list of internships throughout the US) If you want to specific a location (state, city, etc) FedEx Services (Memphis) Selection for Search: Location = can be Zip Code or
 
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    The College Driver News

  • GM Adds Third Shift, 750 Jobs at Wentzville Assembly

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    General Motors will add a third shift at its Wentzville Assembly plant, creating an estimated 750 new jobs, to build the all-new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups and Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans.   Dealers have ordered nearly 30,000 Colorados, which is very high for early orders. With the midsize trucks, Chevrolet and GMC offer the broadest truck portfolio in the business. No other manufacturer is positioned to offer all truck customers the right truck to meet their varied needs.   To provide Colorado and Canyon customers with an even greater…
  • Buick Program to Benefit Schools

    11 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Buick hopes to help 100 communities across the country offset the rising costs of after-school programs and reduce local deficits with "Drive For Your Students" - a test-drive initiative that partners Buick dealerships with public high schools.   Through Drive for Your Students, dealers and schools will work together to host grassroots test-drive events, through which Buick will donate money for each test drive taken at the event, up to $10,000 per event to be shared among participating schools.   "This program further demonstrates Buick's commitment to community and education, as…
  • Exclusive Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 Arrives

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    The wait to own the first Scion FR-S limited edition release series is finally over. Scion fans and racing enthusiasts can now get behind the wheel of the FR-S Release Series 1.0, a modern homage to the sports coupe's racing roots. Revealed earlier this year at the New York International Auto Show, the FR-S Release Series 1.0 is now available at dealerships nationwide.   With just 1,500 Release Series 1.0 vehicles produced, FR-S enthusiasts must move fast to own the limited edition coupe. Striking with a coat of Yuzu exterior paint color, the Release Series 1.0 comes equipped with…
  • 2015 Colorado and Canyon offer Segment-Leading Fuel Economy

    8 Sep 2014 | 4:18 pm
    The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon will offer segment-leading fuel economy for V-6 midsize pickups, based on EPA fuel economy estimates released today. For V-6 pickups with automatic transmissions, which make up the majority of midsize truck sales, Colorado and Canyon offer highway fuel economy 3 to 5 mpg better than competitors. “Colorado offers some of the best EPA fuel economy estimates of any pickup in a fun-to-drive, easy-to-own package,” said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager. “Colorado proves you don’t have to buy a lot of…
  • Full Details: 2015 Toyota Camry

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    The dynasty rolls on! For 12 consecutive years, and 16 of the past 17, the Toyota Camry mid-size sedan has worn the crown of "best-selling car in America." One creates such a juggernaut by never resting on its laurels and the new 2015 Camry is a prime example of this philosophy.   Going on sale in late September, the 2015 Camry and Camry Hybrid has been remade with a bold new exterior design, improved dynamic performance, a premium and upscale interior, and offering new and innovative safety technologies. All of this has been accomplished while retaining its excellent value through…
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    HackCollege

  • Write For Us: HackCollege Looking for Talented Student Writers

    Mark Frost
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    With the new school year already here, HackCollege is looking for new writers to add to its 2014-2015 roster. We’re expanding on our extensive library of articles on every topic related to college life, and need students who are interested in discovering and reporting on things that can help themselves and other students succeed. But beyond helping students succeed, you’ll be making money and gaining valuable writing experience that could lead to opportunities down the road. The money is the important part, though! Below are a list of writing positions we’re currently…
  • 3 Quick Tips to Beat Negative Perfectionism

    Mark Frost
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    By nature, perfectionism sounds great. The drive to always perform, and not settling for second best or mediocrity can’t be a bad thing, right? In reality, however, negative perfectionism is your worst enemy. Not only because perfection is impossible to obtain, but because it often leads to failure simply due to the fear of failing at a particular task. Throughout college, you’ll likely feel the pressure to succeed, leading your inner-perfectionist to reveal itself on a regular basis. Below are a few tips for balancing your desire to do great work with your need to complete…
  • 5 Specialized Degrees for Future Trailblazers

    Mark Frost
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    There’s no shortage of majors at your typical college today. Everything from Advertising to Zoology is available, giving students a great variety of career paths to choose from. But you rarely hear much about niche programs–the ones that go beyond your average career path and help students get truly specialized training. If you’re looking for a program that puts you into the career you’ve been dreaming of, take a look at these specialized degrees: Sports Management A Sports Management degree is a gateway to the professional sports industry. It prepares you for a…
  • 4 Subscription Services College Students Need to Use

    Geoffrey Koester
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    I was pleasantly surprised to read in my school newspaper that Spotify Premium is only $4.99 for students with a special discount.  While I’ve had Premium for many months, I didn’t blink when I had the chance to save five bucks on a monthly subscription. I look at these monthly subscriptions as bills (because they are), but since I live on campus, they are my only bills to pay each month.  What subscriptions do I have and recommend to you?  Well, keep reading because I’m about to tell you. Spotify Premium – $4.99/Month  I’ve already told you that I have Spotify and have had…
  • Freshman Week: The 5 Best Apps for Freshmen

    Mark Frost
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    While a large part of the college experience is about becoming independent, responsibility is the biggest byproduct of independence. For many, dealing with the transition to college life is natural; others may struggle to lead a balanced, organized life. In the past, we’ve often talked about ways students can organize their lives, as well as apps that can make it simple. But if you’re new to HackCollege, or the thought of even attempting to organize your life is scary, here are a few apps that you’ll want to get familiar with as the school year gets started. Note-Taking:…
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    Great College Advice

  • Educational Consultant on Bates 5 of 5: A Unique Scheduling Program

    Mark Montgomery
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    Mark Montgomery, college admissions expert and educational consultant, talks from the campus of Bates College about its 4-4-1 schedule, an opportunity for students to expand their academic horizons, and often a chance to see another part of the world. Part of a series on Bates College. Part 4 TRANSCRIPT: So one of the other interesting things about Bates is its 4-4-1 schedule. So they have this interesting term in spring that is when you can take one class. Usually you take four classes in the fall, four classes in the winter/spring semester, and then you have this separate term that allows…
  • Educational Consultant on Bates 4 of 5: An Outdoorsman’s College

    Mark Montgomery
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    Mark Montgomery, expert educational consultant and admissions counselor, talks about one of the things that sets Bates College apart: its nearby outdoor opportunities. Bates is near a beautiful natural sea coast, and the mountains and colder climate make it a skier’s paradise, and Bates offers a Division I Nordic skiing program. Part of a series on Bates College. Part 3 … Part 5 TRANSCRIPT: Another thing that sets Bates apart from many of its competitor schools, if you will, is that the outdoors is an integral part of this campus. It is located in Maine, which is a beautiful…
  • Educational Consultant on Bates 3 of 5: A Welcoming Community

    Mark Montgomery
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    College admissions advisor and educational consultant Mark Montgomery talks about Bates College’s ethos of diversity and tolerance. Even before the American Civil War ended, Bates opened its doors to blacks and other minorities, as well as women. This welcoming spirit continues to this day. Part of a series on Bates College. Part 2 … Part 4 TRANSCRIPT: One of the other things that I found were interesting about Bates is the history matters. History matters with a lot of these colleges and Bates is very different from most of the other New England colleges in that it was set up by…
  • Educational Consultant on Bates 2 of 5: Its Role in Its Community

    Mark Montgomery
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    Mark Montgomery, expert college admissions advisor and educational consultant, talks about Bates College’s role in Lewiston, Maine: unlike some schools, it is very much involved in its community, and students find many opportunities to volunteer and participate. Part of a series on Bates College. Part 1 … Part 3 TRANSCRIPT: So another thing that’s really important to know about Bates College is that it’s located in Lewston, Maine. Lewiston is, as we learned today and to my surprise, that second-largest urban area in Maine, which is not really saying much because the…
  • Educational Consultant on Bates 1 of 5: The Senior Thesis / Capstone

    Mark Montgomery
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    Mark Montgomery, expert educational consultant and college admissions advisor, visits Bates College in Lewiston, Maine for the first in a series of video snapshots of the school. In this video, Mark talks about senior theses and capstone projects, Bates being one of the few liberal arts colleges that require them of all students. Part of a series on Bates College. Part 2 TRANSCRIPT: So I’m here today on the campus of Bates College, a liberal arts college in Lewiston, Maine, and this is going to be the first of several really quick little snapshots of Bates College, and I hope you find…
 
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    CampusGrotto.com

  • Back to School: Best Backpacks for College

    9 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Choosing a backpack for college is an important decision when it comes to organization and mobility. You want a bag with multiple pockets to carry all your accessories, make them easily accessible, and protect all your gear. A bag that’s stylish and unique with enough room to hold textbooks, notebooks, chargers and a laptop, while still being comfortable to wear under a heavy load. A new school year means new designs for students to choose from to fulfill all their carrying needs. With the above guidelines taken into consideration, here are our top recommended backpacks and messenger bags…
  • College Packing List

    24 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    With college starting soon, use this packing checklist as reference when determining what to bring. Notes about what to bring to college: Coordinate with your roommate on who is bringing what so you don't end up with two of the same thing. There is only so much room in a dorm. Check with your college and see what items are allowed. Some dorms prohibit certain small appliances. Quick tips for purchasing items for college: Check campus classifieds and Craigslist. Buying used is obviously going to be cheaper. Shop thrift stores and places like Target for more affordable items. Order from…
  • America's Best Study Spaces

    30 Apr 2014 | 2:45 am
    Whether it’s beautiful architecture or an amazing view, just sitting in an inspiring place can instantly give one a greater sense of wisdom and well-being. Wide-open, beautifully-designed study spaces allow students to spread out, focus, and achieve serenity during times of stressful study. These are the places students come to do battle. From writing term papers to studying for finals, these locations provide the perfect environment to tackle any coursework. Here we’ll showcase some of the greatest college study spaces around the country. Harper Reading Room at University of Chicago The…
  • Audio Textbooks

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    Limited Time Offer: Download a free audiobook at Audible.com now. Time is a valuable commodity. This is especially true in college when you have to master the art of multitasking. It is important to take advantage of productivity tools that will help you succeed. One way to free up more of your time and increase your productivity is to make use of audio textbooks. Audio books give you many options when it comes to being productive. Textbooks can be listened to on your commute, in the gym, while walking to class, or while relaxing on the quad. With MP3 being the format of choice for audio…
  • 10 Banned College Traditions worth Reviving

    12 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    Traditions are how college memories will be formed. Take them away, student satisfaction goes down and you have thousands of unhappy students paying $50K a year to go to school. Limiting the amount of fun college students are allowed to have is kind of like prohibition; it doesn’t work. To keep their sanity, students need time to blow off steam with something away from the monotony of studying. Traditions provide a sense of community on a campus with thousands of students. Without this feeling of belongingness, students begin to feel lost in the crowd and can end up transferring or even…
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    Geoff Campbell

  • Starting at Friends’ Central School

    Geoff Campbell
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Two weeks ago I started work as the Digital and Social Media Specialist at Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, PA (a western suburb of Philadelphia). It has been a thrilling first two weeks. While I’m still adjusting to the role and becoming fully immersed in the culture of the school, I already know there are a number of challenges and opportunities ahead and I’m very excited to bring what I can to the role and the school’s online outreach and marketing efforts. My experience working in communications for schools (K-12 and higher ed) over the past three years (and…
  • Last day at Hebron Academy

    Geoff Campbell
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Today marks my last day of work at Hebron Academy. It has been a great first full year working in marketing for an independent school. I’ve had the chance to work on a lot of diverse projects. From producing the bulk of the school’s photography for marketing, showcasing the Hebron experience through video, managing the broadcast of live streamed events on campus, creating and managing the school’s inbound marketing site today.hebronacademy.org, managing institutional social media accounts (leading to significant increases in likes/followers and engagement especially on…
  • Google Analytics Presentation at WhippleHill Conference

    Geoff Campbell
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    On Thursday (July 10th), I presented (alongside web consultants from WhippleHill) on how private schools can immediately take advantage of the most immediately useful insights on Google Analytics. Below is a snapshot of the conference program and slides from my presentation. I recorded the presentation and will add that video later this week. After the presentation I had some great in person and online feedback. It was a great experience for me and I’m glad that people at other schools found it helpful. I need to include a shout-out to my Public Speaking professor Dennis Kinsey of the…
  • Professional Development

    Geoff Campbell
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    Google Analytics Individual Qualification Over the last seven months at my first salaried job, I’ve found that my education and experience up to my start date has been helpful. However, I’ve also found that most of all, knowing how to learn has been useful. This skill is crucial especially in environments where job duties change and new technologies are needed to fulfill the same end goals. In a few short months I’ve improved my skill at Final Cut Pro X by training for and passing the Level 1 certification exam, improved my technical proficiency with InDesign CS6 with a…
  • Represented Mount Allison at a college fair

    Geoff Campbell
    23 Mar 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On Tuesday, March 18, I represented Mount Allison University at a college fair in Massachusetts. I was offered the opportunity after speaking to a past classmate at Mount Allison who now works in the school’s admissions office and is responsible for recruiting in the U.S. I got in touch with him about recruiting Hebron students and he asked me about whether I’d be willing to be the face of my alma mater at a college fair. I had an amazing time at Mount Allison. I wrote about my experiences for the Registrar’s Office (which, in Canada, includes admissions) for four years and…
 
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    LSAT Blog : Ace the LSAT

  • September 2014 LSAT Score Release Dates

    Steve Schwartz
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    Good luck to everyone taking the September 2014 LSAT! The September 2014 LSAT scores / results are scheduled to be released via email by Wednesday, October 22, 2014, so you'll have to wait for your LSAT score. However, the scores usually come out a bit earlier than scheduled. Let's look at the trend over the past several years (click to enlarge): Given the general trend of releasing
  • Law School Admission Trends Interview

    Steve Schwartz
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ann Levine is a law school admission consultant who opened Law School Expert in 2004, and has been blogging about law school application issues since 2006. She is the author of two law school guidebooks: The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert, and The Law School Decision Game. I recently interviewed her about recent trends and changes in law school admissions. Our discussion
  • LSAT Reading Comprehension Comparative Passage Explanation - Narrative

    Steve Schwartz
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Below is a complete explanation for the second Reading Comprehension passage of LSAT PrepTest 52 (September 2007 LSAT) and associated questions. It's an excerpt from Complete Reading Comprehension Explanations for LSAT PrepTests 52-61. Explanations for PrepTest 52, Section 4, Questions 7-12: These are comparative reading passages. It is important to focus on the general topic of both,
  • Is the LSAT Relevant to Law School? Question Writer Answers

    Steve Schwartz
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    I recently interviewed Stephen Harris, former LSAT question-writer and author of Mastering Logic Games. (He's written hundreds of the questions that appear in your books of LSAT PrepTests.) Our discussion follows. (See all of my interviews with him.) Do you think the LSAT is really relevant to law school (and serves as a good gatekeeper test)? Or do you think it would be better if it were
  • LSAT Reading Comprehension Passage Explanation - Ousmane Sembene

    Steve Schwartz
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Below is a complete explanation for the first Reading Comprehension passage of LSAT PrepTest 52 (September 2007 LSAT) and associated questions. It's an excerpt from Complete Reading Comprehension Explanations for LSAT PrepTests 52-61. Explanations for PrepTest 52, Section 4, Questions 1-6: The passage opens with a third party voice, “Many critics agree.” Paying attention to third
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  • Police: US man confesses to suitcase murder

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Police: US man confesses to suitcase murderGettyBali officials said Friday that an American man confessed to killing his girlfriend's mother before stuffing her in a suitcase last month.His unsettling alleged motiveMore in the newsCoroner seeks to link murders College lifts cross ban
  • Possible break in the search for missing student

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Possible break in the search for missing studentAPPolice searching for a college student who vanished nearly a week ago said Friday they are pursuing a new 'person of interest.'More than 400 tips receivedMore newsCop crashes into Dunkin' Donuts CBS chief dodges tough questions
  • Unsettling news about artificial sweeteners

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Unsettling news about artificial sweetenersGettyDiabetics and dieters who turn to artificial sweeteners to soothe their sweet tooth may not be doing themselves any favors.What they actually do to your bodyMore health newsEvent raises millions for researchKids uninsured under Obamacare
  • Heckler dragged out of Goodell's press event

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Heckler dragged out of Goodell's press eventAPThe NFL commissioner was in the midst of addressing the Ray Rice domestic violence scandal when the Howard Stern writer busted in.Explosive message he screamedMore on this storyHow players reacted to newsOrder issued against Peterson
  • Goodell: 'I got it wrong' on Rice beating incident

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Goodell: 'I got it wrong' on Rice beating incidentGettyNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted he's made mistakes and announced new policy changes Friday after a series of scandals. His response to resignation rumorsRelated coverage NFL execs rally around GoodellWhy issue 'goes beyond 'Goodell'
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    Get Into College Blog

  • College Recommendation Letters | How to Ask Teachers

    Steve Schwartz
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many of my students feel timid about asking teachers to write them recommendations. It is natural to feel awkward about this---you are asking an authority figure to do you a favor, one that could impact your college admissions. However, there's no reason to freak out. Follow this step-by-step guide to get top-quality college recommendation letters from your teachers. Step 1: Be prepared
  • 10 Tips To Prepare For College Interviews

    Steve Schwartz
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many students tell me that the interview is the most nerve-racking part of the admissions process. No longer are you hidden behind a computer screen or manila envelope; it's just you and the interviewer. You don't even get to bring 3x5 note cards! With proper preparation, you can ace the interview and leave an impression that can make the difference between a thin envelope and that glossy
  • “Any Questions?”: The Final College Interview Question

    Steve Schwartz
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The last question of every college interview is always the same: “Any questions?” If you are unprepared, this part can be scarier than the interview itself. However, if you’re prepared, this can be a chance to shine. Interviewers can get as much information about you from this part as from the rest of the interview. If you ask good, thoughtful questions, you will seem smart, prepared, mature,
  • How NOT to Write a College Essay

    Steve Schwartz
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Here are some of the most common mistakes students make, and why you should avoid them: Repeat info covered in another part of the application. Students often repeat themselves in the college essay "just to be safe." However, admissions officers have already read, or will read, the rest of your application. Reading the same thing twice is boring. Trust them to do their job and read the
  • How to Become President of a High School Club by 12th Grade

    Steve Schwartz
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Even if classwork and standardized tests aren't your cup of tea, there's still hope. Extracurriculars are the area where people skills wins out over book smarts. However, if everything you do in extracurriculars happens behind the scenes, it's hard to show admissions officers YOU were the mover and shaker. This week's post gives you a road map to help you get that prized leadership position.
 
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    College Money Insider

  • A Visual Guide to Navigating the World of Financial Aid

    College Money Insider
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    Terrific infographic from the team at Mint.com.  Expecting the unexpected,  a visual guide to navigating the world of financial aid.     A Visual Guide to Navigating the World of Financial Aid is a post from: The College Money Insider. A Visual Guide to Navigating the World of Financial Aid is a post from: The College Money Insider.
  • 6 frugal tips for college kids

    College Money Insider
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    Unfortunately the ‘poor college kid’ stereotype is far from a fictional character and chances are you are (or will be) finding it difficult to keep enough cash around to actually live while you go to school. Here are some frugal tips to boost your money management skills. Shop Online. Many retailers offer...6 frugal tips for college kids is a post from: The College Money Insider.
  • 10 Tips for Paying Back Your Student Loans

    College Money Insider
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:21 pm
      When you are going through the process of applying for and obtaining private student loans, you should take that opportunity to plan for repayment. Student loans must be repaid, so it’s essential to take the time to think through and decide in advance how you are going to manage that. If you plan ahead, you won’t...10 Tips for Paying Back Your Student Loans is a post from: The College Money Insider.
  • Crafting A Repayment Plan for Your Student Loans

    College Money Insider
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    It’s a time of great change for the members of the recently-graduated Class of 2014. Whether a few months into a new job or still looking for the right opportunity, everyone is trying to figure out their new life – and just as importantly, how to pay for it. The first step towards gaining your footing...Crafting A Repayment Plan for Your Student Loans is a post from: The College Money Insider.
  • The Student-Parent Connection: Graduation!

    College Money Insider
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:20 am
    The Student-Parent Connection is a monthly feature here on College Money Insider. During the school year, we have a student and parent share their thoughts and experiences as they save up for college and go through the college application/decision process. Today’s post is by Christina Avery! If you have any tips to...The Student-Parent Connection: Graduation! is a post from: The College Money Insider.
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    Allison Cheston — Career Connector

  • I Found My Career on Twitter

    Allison
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
      A question I frequently hear from job-seekers at all stages is, “Why do I need to be on Twitter?” Twitter is a platform for interests of all kinds, and many users abuse its power by over-tweeting—so its value is sometimes misunderstood. But Twitter is an amazing career and job search tool, and … read more
  • 6 Ways to Be a Standout Summer Intern

    Allison
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Getting a summer internship is the first step; here's how to make it count for your career. read more
  • Looking for a Job With Meaning? Here Are Four Ways to Find It

    Allison
    8 May 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Are you a 20-something seeking work with meaning? Are you willing to trade great mentoring and a dynamic work environment for a lower salary? If that’s the case, you are trending with your generation. And while making less money is not to be treated lightly, research shows that people who feel personally fulfilled … read more
  • Get That Summer Internship (Or Job) Now!

    Allison
    30 Apr 2014 | 2:10 pm
    You know how important it is to have internships during your college years. And if you haven’t already lined something up, there is still a bit of time—provided you’re not completely consumed with studying for finals at the expense of conducting a search! If you do these three things, at the very least, … read more
  • Finding Your Career Should Be Messy

    Allison
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:56 pm
    I’m helping my son, a college sophomore, find a summer internship. I’ve mentioned before in these pages that I find college sophomores to be ideal clients. For one thing, they’re over the shock of the newness of college. With established friendships and some newfound maturity, life at school is a bit more predictable. … read more
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    The Savvy Intern by YouTern

  • 12 Tips on How to Hunt for Your Dream Job

    YouTern
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Sometimes we make the job search too complicated. Sometimes, we just need to break things down in easy steps. Maybe 12 easy steps, like ManagementParadise.com has done in their infographic: "12 Tips on How to Hunt for a Job." Here are just three of the tips sure to help your job search...   
  • Successful Millennials Share Memorable Job Interview Moments

    YEC
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Young Entrepreneur Council is an amazing group of mentors and collaborators. And when we asked them to help provide advice for the YouTern community, they jumped at the chance! So recently, we asked their members this question: During a job interview (either while job hunting or hiring) what was the most memorable thing – in a good way – that ever happened?   
  • The Fine Art of Networking with Family and Friends

    Simply Hired
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    Many job seekers become frustrated when they feel like their networking “isn’t working.” They have attended face-t-face networking events, made notes on the backs of business cards, done the appropriate follow-ups, arranged many coffee meetings and pounded social media until their fingers bleed. Yet the opportunities aren’t flowing. From my experience, the problem is that they are typically spending way too much time growing the number of contacts they have, and not enough time cultivating their network. The fix? Make the best use of your strongest existing support system: your…
  • 30 Reasons Your Job Search is Taking Way Too Long

    Work Coach Cafe
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    As many have discovered, effective job search methods have changed substantially in the last few years – and it can be hard to leave behind the job search techniques that used to work, but don't in our current economy. You can, however, control what you do – and how you are spending your valuable time. And that means eliminating the time-wasters, like these...   
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Writing a Rockin’ Resume [Infographic]

    CollegeAtlas.org
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Resume tips are like snowflakes… never any two exactly the same. And yet there are certain aspects of a resume that almost every one agrees on – like those outlined in this infographic from CollegeAtlas.org. And some of the advice you may never had heard before: 400 words total is just about right More than 6 to 7 bullet points per section means they won’t get read You should avoid filler words like “the” and “a” For more do’s and don’ts, check out the infographic. We’re sure the next version of your resume will be much better as a…
 
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    cheapscholar.org

  • Online Learning Offers Creative Paths to Success

    Doug Schantz
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    As the busyness bubble continues to expand, finding ways to achieve the dream of a college education often requires creative uses of time, energy, and resources. No longer can colleges and universities expect future students to pursue the one-size-fits-all path to an education.  More innovative delivery systems, especially online learning programs designed around one’s life and work, are now providing considerable access to degree completion. According to the IPEDS Data Center as reported in Inside Higher Education, 5.5 million students took at least one online course in fall 2012, and of…
  • How to Conquer the Most Common Debt Problems

    Doug Schantz
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    A whopping 35 percent of Americans have a nonmortgage bill that is 180 days or more overdue and is in collections, according to the report “Delinquent Debt in America” released by the Urban Institute in July. The average total amount in collections is $5,178 per person. Debt in collections can remain on your credit report for up to seven years, and if you don’t check your report regularly, you may not even realize you have an unpaid bill in there. If you’re facing a debt situation, get proactive. Learn how to bring it under control and fix your finances as fast as…
  • Classroom Tech Integration – Improve Learning Outcomes and Save Students Money

    Doug Schantz
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:41 am
    A majority of teachers don’t use social media in the classroom, despite most of them using it in their daily lives. The reasons for this are fairly self-explanatory; teachers either don’t see how social media and technology can be adopted for the purpose of education, or they do see the benefits but are scared off by the potential risks. Though there may be some validity to both of these trains of thought, ultimately, the benefits of adopting social media and technology in the classroom far outweigh the negatives. If you haven’t yet adopted social media in your classroom,…
  • Tech Tools: What You Need to Succeed in College

    Doug Schantz
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:33 pm
    College is expensive. The tuition is bad enough—you haven’t even considered all of your tech related expenses. You go to class, and everybody there has an iPad, tablet or laptop and you have seventeen boxes of number two pencils because that’s all you can afford. While that last part might not be true, tech-outfitted classrooms aren’t rare. Here are three gadgets that will help you keep up. Virtual & Portable Keyboard You can’t get a laptop, tablet or iPad because they’re too expensive, and you don’t want to take on a third job. So who needs one? Just use your…
  • Creative Dorm Room Decorating Ideas For College

    Doug Schantz
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Let’s face it, dorm rooms can be a very dull place. Cinder block walls, a plastic twin mattress and florescent light bulbs don’t scream cool or hip or have any of your creative flair. Consider the ideas and tips below to spruce-up this no-frills space into the room of your college dreams. Hide the Floors Add your personality from the floor up using decorative rugs, carpet squares or floor cushions. They can be eye-catching and bring texture and warmth to a white-washed bedroom. Just be sure to leave enough clearance for door swings and make sure you can navigate around the room…
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    College Info Geek

  • Two Whiteboards, 24 Post-It Notes: My Physical Task Management System

    Thomas Frank
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    Over the past few months, I’ve slowly shifted a lot of my content planning and task management onto real, physical whiteboards. This is a pretty marked change, as I’ve traditionally used computer-based systems to manage almost everything. I still use these for certain things, but I no longer keep my task management exclusively electronic. In this post, I’ll show you my new system based on whiteboards (and Post-It notes), and explain why I’m liking the change. Who knows – maybe you’ll find it useful as well! The Setup My current system is based on two main…
  • CIG 029: Reader Q&A #3! Resume Tips, $100K Salaries, Night Classes, And… Worms?

    Thomas Frank
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Hey look, we’re back to answer your questions! And by we, I mean Martin Boehme and myself – in case you didn’t know. And for the record, Martin is terrible at any and all video games and is soundly defeated by me during the course of this episode. Would I lie to you? Anyway, in this reader Q&A episode, we’ll tackle topics including: How to deal with night classes Writing a resume when you don’t have a lot of experience Learning how to code Finding a job that pays… $100k a year?!? …and more beyond that. It’s great fun. Things mentioned in…
  • Is College Worth It? Use The Tony Hawk Method To Find Out

    Thomas Frank
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    Should you go to college? Is it a worthwhile investment? How the heck can Tony Hawk help you answer those questions? In this video, I’ll show you exactly how. People have lots of fun arguing these questions – they do research, pull together lots of data, and become disembodied heads on NBC while they discuss it. As a teenager, I spent most of my time outside of a school on my skateboard, trying to successfully kickflip off curbs or do spine transfers at the local skate park without breaking my tailbone. I was oblivious to all of these arguments. When I wasn’t skateboarding,…
  • Lazy Innovation Chronicles: How I Got Paid to Watch Netflix

    Thomas Frank
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    This story features an app that you could maybe – just maybe – use to automate your entire job. Probably not, but hey – stranger things have happened. Like that guy who outsourced his entire job to China. Primarily, though, this is a story of how I channeled my own laziness to create an innovative solution to a problem. Hopefully, it’ll inspire you to do the same. My friend Zach Sexton (from Asian Efficiency) asked me to write about these episodes of “lazy innovation,” which I told him about while we hung out in Portland; here’s the first one. I…
  • CIG 028: Getting More Done In Less Time With Zachary Sexton

    Thomas Frank
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    In July of this year, I hopped on a plane to Portland for the first time to attend the World Domination Summit. It’s kind of hard to explain what that is, so just imagine over 3,000 creative people – authors, bloggers, musicians, podcasters, entrepreneurs – coming together to hang out, drink a lot of coffee (among other substances), attend sessions, and help each other. My experience at WDS was amazing, and I became friends with a good number of very awesome people – one of them being Zachary Sexton. Zack is a writer for Asian Efficiency, which is a blog dedicated to…
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  • WordPress function to use Google Fonts.

    adeeb
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Using fonts from Google Fonts can give your site a customized look. In addition, fonts loaded from Google Fonts will be faster than using self-hosted font files. Sometimes self-hosted fonts take the longest time to download by the browser. Fonts loaded from Google Fonts will eliminate requests from your own server and also decrease latency on your server.Read more...
  • Using rem for font sizes.

    adeeb
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Rem is a new unit introduced by CSS3. Rem stands for root em and makes responsive web design easier. Rems are always relative to the root elements font-size, making them consistent. Calculations are simplified by using rems. Rems also scale better on viewports and screens compared to pixels.Read more...
  • Schedule posts in WordPress.

    adeeb
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Scheduling posts are useful in WordPress for numerous reasons. They allow you to target the best times for publishing your posts or having a consistency in adding new posts. To schedule posts in WordPress: Select the post you want to schedule.Read more...
  • Enable gzip using htaccess.

    adeeb
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Enabling gzip allows compression of HTML,CSS and other specified files. This saves a lot of file size, saving bandwidth as a result. When your site requires less bandwidth, it will load faster. To enable gzip you must add the following lines of code to your .htaccess file.Read more...
  • WordPress 4: New features & updates.

    adeeb
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    WordPress 4, named “Benny” in honor of jazz clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman, is not a major update in terms of features and functionality. However, just like every WordPress update before, it streamlines and improves WordPress. New features &Read more...
 
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    My College Guide

  • Sign Up to Take the ACT or SAT

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    SAT and ACT Test Dates It’s that time of year! The time to start signing up to take the ACT and/or SAT. Ideally, you’ll want to sign up to take the test no later than the spring semester of your junior year or fall semester of your senior year of high school. The earlier you take it, the more opportunities you have to re-take it if you don’t like the score you get. Here are the 2014-15 testing dates you can sign up for. ACT Testing Dates October 25, 2014 December 13, 2014 February 7, 2015 April 18, 2015 June 13, 2015 SAT Testing Dates October 11, 2014 November 8, 2014 December 6, 2014…
  • College Admission Essay Tips from the Pros

    admin
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Writing Essays for College Applications and Scholarships Writing a college admission essay is hard work and may be overwhelming. But there are many professionals out there who can help you write the best essay possible. My College Guide has searched the Internet for their best advice, and now we’re bringing you four blog posts with great advice you can use to write your own essays for college applications and college scholarships. How Parents Can Help You Write Your Essay: The College Essay Guy blog has some great advice on essay writing, but this particular blog post provides great tips on…
  • Changes Coming to ACT

    admin
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    Changes Coming to the ACT Changes are coming to the ACT exam and its scoring, beginning in 2015. According to an article by Inside Higher Education, the changes to the test itself are minor and students will still receive a score from 1 to 36. Where you’ll really see the change is in the addition of new “readiness” scores and indicators. The changes are designed to improve readiness and help you plan for future success. So what exactly is changing? Here’s a recap of the changes you can expect. 1. New indicators to predict student readiness and performance. New indicators will evaluate…
  • 10 College Scholarships for High School Sophomores

    admin
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am
    College Scholarships for High School Students It’s never too early to start looking for (and applying for) college scholarships. Even as early as your sophomore year in high school you can start entering essay, video and other scholarship contests to earn money to help pay for college. Here’s a look at 10 scholarships high school sophomores can apply for. The deadlines for these scholarships vary, so refer to each scholarship’s websites for its annual deadlines, rules for applying and additional details. $2,000 CaptainU Student-Athlete Scholarship: Want to be recruited to play a…
  • College Major of the Month: History

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:29 am
    College Major of the Month: History College majors in the humanities or the liberal arts often get a bad rap, but there are plenty of career opportunities for students interested in these traditional subjects. To highlight some of these career opportunities in humanities fields, we’re featuring history as My College Guide’s College Major of the Month. What can history majors do for a career? A degree in history can prepare you to work for government agencies, museums, archives, historical societies, research organizations and consulting firms. For example, you could be a director of a…
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  • FREE Scholarship Fair

    marcywilliams
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
  • VCU Dental Scholars program

    marcywilliams
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:10 pm
    VCU School of Dentistry will be offering the VCU Dental Scholars program again this academic year.  Here are the details: Who: VCU Dental Scholars is the perfect program for high school students who are interested in exploring a career in dentistry. What: VCU Dental Scholars is a hands-on dental program that exposes students to the field of dentistry.  Students will have the opportunity to visit the DentSim lab, take impressions, carve a tooth out of soap, and more! When: VCU Dental Scholars will meet on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.Nov. 5, 2014        Nov. 19,…
  • Canadian Scholarships

    marcywilliams
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) was created to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and to establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning.  The scholarships are towards a doctoral degree (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD). The scholarships is worth $50,000 per year for three years. University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships The University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships (UMGF) are merit-based awards that are open to students including international students who will be registered as…
  • Latino Student Engineering and Hispanic Fund Scholarships

    marcywilliams
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:47 pm
    The Advancing Hispanic Excellence in Technology, Engineering, Math, and Science (AHETEMS) Scholarship Name: The Advancing Hispanic Excellence in Technology, Engineering, Math, and Science (AHETEMS) Scholarship ProgramDescription: AHETMES is a series of scholarship opportunities for Latino students studying engineering, math and science. There are both merit-based and need-based scholarships, ranging from $1,000 – $5,000, for Latino high school seniors, undergraduate students and graduate students. Applications can be completed online or on paper, but only one application is necessary for…
  • Prudential Community Award and Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship

    marcywilliams
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Prudential Financial/National Association of School Principals Scholarship Name: The Prudential Spirit of Community AwardsDescription: Since 1995, Prudential Financial has been honoring young people in middle school and high school grades for outstanding volunteer service to their communities. Together with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), Prudential Financial has honored more than 80,000 young volunteers over the last 13 years. Each year, two honorees are designated for each state, plus the District of Columbia. Honorees win a $1,000 college scholarship plus…
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  • Navigating College Transfer Credits

    Lan Ngo
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    We’re a few weeks into the new school year, and some of you freshmen or sophomores out there are already considering transferring. It’s good to get an early start! Looking ahead, one major consideration is whether the classes you’re taking will transfer over to your new, future college. Not getting enough transfer credits could add up to more time as an undergrad and more dollars on your tuition bills. Before you decide on which colleges to apply to, do some homework on whether your colleges of interest will give you transfer credits. The tips below will help start you…
  • Dartmouth Stresses Importance of Maintaining College Transfer Program

    Lan Ngo
    10 May 2014 | 6:06 pm
    The Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Dartmouth College considers transfer students to be the kinds of students the College wants to have in its community, according to a recent article in The Dartmouth, the College’s student newspaper. Although transfer admissions (along with freshman admissions) continue to grow in competitiveness, Dartmouth’s message generally seems to be one of welcome to transfer applicants. Below are highlights from the article: At 1,210 students, the number of incoming freshmen accepting Dartmouth’s offer of acceptance is its highest ever, producing…
  • College Transfer Story: Family Matters

    Lan Ngo
    18 Feb 2014 | 1:01 pm
    by Rose Pallone In April 2012, I got an email from the University of St Andrews in Scotland admitting me as a second-year transfer student in English Literature and Art History. I remember calling my mom, crying, to tell her the fantastic news. Her response was “Oh” followed by prolonged silence. I was more than a little confused. My parents willingly paid for the application fee, and they did not object to the idea of transferring whenever I brought it up.  Considering the college I was enrolled in at the time was my dad’s alma mater and my brother planned... [Click here to read…
  • College Transfer Applications: Sending Transcripts

    Lan Ngo
    26 Dec 2013 | 6:29 pm
    One of the unspoken requirements of the transfer applications is the ability to be organized. Sending your school transcripts demonstrates this need. Though the Common Application for freshman applicants allows high schools to electronically submit school reports and transcripts through the Common App website, this function isn’t available to transfer applicants, who must send hard copies to the colleges/universities they’re applying to. To have the best control of your transcripts, you should ask your high school and college to send you several copies of your transcript, with…
  • Transfer Admissions Rates For US News 2014 Added

    Lan Ngo
    29 Sep 2013 | 12:14 pm
    We’ve just added the recently released Fall 2012 transfer admissions numbers for some of the top schools in the US (the “2014″ Top 50 National Universities according to US News). These are the stats for students who applied to transfer and start Fall 2012 term. (US News releases its Top 50 every September, based on information from the previous fall. So these transfer stats for students transferring and starting school Fall 2012 is for the US News Top 50 rankings released September 2013.) Check it out by clicking here, or by hovering over the “Statistics” tab at the top…
 
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    The Fat Envelope Blog

  • Word-Nerd outtage

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    Our apologies for Word-Nerd being down the last day or so. We were making some backend technical changes that took longer than anticipated. Everything should be good now!
  • SAT and ACT test dates and registration deadlines for 2014-15 school year

    13 Jun 2014 | 8:51 am
    Following are the SAT and ACT test dates for the 2014-15 school year, along with the registration deadlines. The registration deadlines below are for on-time registration; the late registration deadlines are 10-14 days later. As a heads up, the October SAT administration is so popular that we strongly recommend registering now. SAT test dates: October 11, 2014 (September 12 registration deadline) November 8, 2014 (October 9 registration deadline) December 6, 2014 (November 6 registration deadline) January 24, 2015 (December 29 registration deadline) March 14, 2015 (February 13 registration…
  • New SAT coming in spring 2016

    5 Mar 2014 | 7:23 am
    The College Board has just announced major changes to the SAT coming in spring 2016.  So no worries if you're taking the test on Saturday...this doesn't affect you! It's a little challenging to sift through the information and get a real picture of what's going to change, but here's my best attempt at this point: The essay will become optional, and will require students to analyze a passage rather then argue a point.  Both analysis and writing will be scored. The changes to the reading section are vague at this point, but there appears to be some free response elements requiring…
  • The PSAT is next week. Panic ensues.

    8 Oct 2013 | 1:51 pm
    Taking the PSAT?  Here's my brief take for Examiner.com on what the PSAT is and isn't when it comes to scholarships.
  • Yet another reason to choose a tutor over a test prep class

    13 Sep 2013 | 7:27 am
    I’m not a fan of SAT or ACT classes.  My feelings on this subject were developed over years of teaching these classes, so I can make that statement based on personal experience.  My major gripe is that classes can’t be personalized enough to meet specific students’ needs and that general “tips and tricks” can only get you so far on test day.   But I also recognized that the group dynamic worked to the detriment of most of the students.  While I was teaching for private companies, most of the classes were offered on high school campuses. …
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    College Financial Aid Advisors

  • Fall Into Small Business Marketing Success

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    The lazy days of summer are over, and we’re all shocked to find out there are only a few months left in 2014. As a small business owner, though, you have the advantage of flexibility and speed on your side to make the rest of this year a success and build a solid foundation for 2015. Here are eight marketing tips you can implement now to get your small business back in gear: 1. Build up for the holidays: A successful holiday season can make all the difference, especially in retail. Don’t wait any longer to start planning. Get your marketing in gear now so you can build a customer base…
  • What To Do If You Think You Can’t Afford College

    admin
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    Far too many potential college students today think they won’t be able to attend college because of their family’s financial circumstances. While money is certainly a big factor in the college decision-making process, it isn’t the only one. You don’t have to cut yourself off from a potential college just because you think it’s probably out of reach financially. The New York Times recently reported on “Top Colleges That Enroll Rich, Middle Class and Poor.” Some of the colleges that made their list of most economically accessible include Vassar, Grinnell, UNC – Chapel Hill,…
  • Social Media for Students on #CollegeCash

    admin
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    On Thursday, September 11, #CollegeCash welcomed Alan Katzman from Social Assurity (@SocialAssurity) to talk about social media etiquette for students. Social Assurity works with families to guide teens on safe, authentic and impressive social media use for college and career. HS students and college grads should be embracing social media as a way to set them apart from other qualified applicants. [View the story "Social Media for Students on #CollegeCash" on Storify]
  • 7 Smart Money Tips for College Freshmen

    admin
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    It’s September and college students should be settling into their new routines. For college freshmen this can be both overwhelming and exhilarating at the same time. While it’s great being away from your parents and making decisions on your own, it’s also scary being responsible for your own actions all the time. Financial choices you make now could end up causing you a lot of financial hardships down the road. Here are seven money tips you can use to make sure you don’t fall into the college money trap: 1. Shop for Textbooks: While most schools make it easy to purchase your textbooks…
  • Work-At-Home Mental Health Mistakes

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Working from home has a lot of ups and downs. It can be gratifying and fulfilling to be your own boss, but it can be difficult to feel connected with the rest of the world. You may love having flexibility in your schedule, but there are still deadlines which need to be met. If your business is your only source of income, you can’t afford to let the negatives outweigh the positives. You have to keep sharp mentally so you can pursue your passion with everything you’ve got. Here are a few mental health mistakes some work-at-home entrepreneurs make, and a few ways to avoid them: 1. Becoming…
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    ScholarshipMentor

  • 2014-2015 ProjectCSGIRLS

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    Deadline:  February 15, 2015 (this is the registration date, not the project completion date) Eligibility:  See comments Comments:  This is a computer science competition for middle school girls ProjectCSGIRLS asks you to use computer science and technology that can help solve an imminent social problem under one of three themes - global health, a safer world, and intelligent technology. They are looking for projects that are powerful in their ability to change and disrupt the present in a positive way.   Eligibility: read more
  • A. E. Robert Friedman PDCA Scholarship

    11 Jun 2014 | 10:25 am
    Deadline:  August 20, 2014 Maximum Award:  $1,500 Eligibility:  High school seniors and college students The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) serves the coating and wall covering industry. The PDCA offers the A. E. Robert Friedman PDCA Scholarship. The annual awards are based upon character, financial need, and upon full or part-time attendance in an accredited junior college, college, university or post-graduate institution. read more
  • Boomer Esiason Foundation Scholarships

    11 Jun 2014 | 10:10 am
    Deadline:  June 2014 Maximum Award:  $10,000 Eligibility:  See comments Comments:  For students with cystic fibrosis The Boomer Esiason Foundation Scholarships are for students with cystic fibrosis. They offer three scholarships with deadlines in June.   read more
  • Joshua Gomes Memorial Scholarship Fund

    11 Jun 2014 | 9:02 am
    Deadline:  July 15, 2014 Maximum Award:  $1,000 Eligibility:  High school and college students Comments:  You must be HIV positive or have AIDS The Joshua Gomes Memorial Scholarship Fund is for young adults with HIV/AIDS. Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of merit and need. read more
  • Scholarships from the Education Foundation Trust for Broadcast Engineering

    11 Jun 2014 | 8:37 am
    Deadline:  July 1, 2014 Maximum Award:  $1,500 Eligibility:  High school seniors and college students Comments:  These scholarships are for students interested in the technical aspects of broadcasting The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) is an organization devoted to the advancement of broadcast engineering. They offer four scholarships to candidates who aspire to a career in the technical aspects of broadcasting. Preference will be given to applicants who are members of the SBE; however, any individuals otherwise eligible, including graduating high school seniors, are…
 
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    Columbia Daily Spectator

  • Free laundry no more

    Rebecca Farley
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    To the delight of the student population, the laundry in Columbia dorms this semester has been free. But the end has come. Hartley Housing announced today via email that the Flex account system will soon be installed and, alas, we will have to pay for laundry once more. Here is the disastrous news:Dear Student,We hope you have enjoyed the benefits of having all new machines in the laundry rooms throughout campus.  These new machines were selected due to the fact that they are higher quality, and will be more reliable. We hope this translates into better laundry service to the residents…
  • Field hockey set to begin Ivy slate at Brown

    Eli Schultz
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    It’s supposed to be 70 degrees and sunny this weekend in Providence, Rhode Island, but field hockey head coach Marybeth Freeman probably hasn’t checked. “Weather, other teams, officials … I don’t care about any of that,” Freeman said. “What I care about is coming out and playing Columbia field hockey.” And if her squad can execute her game plan, the Light Blue (3-1) could be in for a big weekend as it takes on Ivy League foe Brown (3-0) and the Bears’ crosstown rival Providence (3-3). Columbia has won its last two games, overwhelming Villanova, 5-2, before topping…
  • The Weekend Nugget: Books, beats, and ballet tutus

    Hannah Josi
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    With another week of the semester gone, we can officially say that school is in full swing with paper deadlines and problem sets galore. That doesn’t mean you can't still have fun off campus, though! Here are some ideas and reviews from our weekend issue, plus scroll to the bottom for some events going on around campus this weekend:  Brooklyn-bound: Book festival unites borough around literary community This book festival is more than just stacks of books: with interesting panels, celebrity appearances (Joyce Carol Oates and Scott Westerfeld, to name a couple), and a literary scavenger…
  • Politicians, locals talk stop-and-frisk, public housing at 125th street neighborhood meeting

    Samantha Cooney
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:32 pm
    At the Broadway Democrats club’s town hall meeting at Manhattan Pentecostal Church on Thursday night, discussion centered on conditions in public housing projects and local residents’ relationships with police officers from the 26th Precinct Around 40 local residents, many from the Manhattanville and Grant housing projects, came to the town hall meeting, which focused on the quality of life around 125th Street. Area politicians including state Assembly member Daniel O’Donnell,state Sen. Bill PerkinsCity Council member Mark Levine, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer also came to…
  • Lion Credit Union Initiative adds technological innovation to boost on-campus presence

    Samantha Cooney
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:52 pm
    The Lion Credit Union Initiative will spend this semester focused on finding investors and gaining administrative and University Senate support to help make the group’s dream of becoming a fully fledged credit union a reality. Last semester, the Lion Credit Union pushed through a ballot initiative and several student council resolutions to show the National Credit Union Administration that they had sufficient student support across campus to become a recognized credit union. This semester, the group is deciding whether it should apply to be a national credit union or become a charter of a…
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    The Daily Egyptian

  • Advisory committee talks business

    Marissa Novel
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    While perusing downtown, one can get a drink, a bite to eat or hear a local band. However, community members believe downtown could have more to offer. More than 30 community members attended the third of eight Downtown Advisory Committee meetings, specializing in business development, Wednesday at the Dunn-Richard Economic Development Center. Three committee members, Jason Siegler, George Sheffer and Meghan Cole, spoke on the current status of downtown businesses before taking public opinion. Siegler said roughly 250 businesses are associated with downtown, primarily consisting…
  • Six SIU students arrested for sexual assault

    Luke Nozicka
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    Six SIU students were arrested this weekend in two separate sexual assault incidents. Both 18-year-old victims were treated and released from Carbondale Memorial Hospital, according to a Department of Public Safety report. One was an SIU student and one was not. Dequante W. Daniels, 18, of Franklin, Tenn., Teon L. Slaughter, 18, of East St. Louis, Conner D. Mayweather, 18, of Memphis, Tenn. and Damiyon L. Griffin, 18, of East St. Louis, all of which are SIU students, were arrested for criminal sexual assault of another student at Schneider Hall. The four were transported to the Jackson County…
  • Print master prepares for show

    Evan Fait
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Evan Fait • Daily Egyptian Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, an associate professor of fine arts in Africana studies, works on a print in his studio Tuesday at The Glove Factory. The print is part of Abdul-Musawwir’s next show, “Don’t Play Me.” ”It’s about history and the idea of history in this country,” Abdul-Musawwir said. “It’s even a play on wor ds ‘his-story, not her-story or their-story,” he said.  Evan Fait • Daily Egyptian 
  • Women launch leadership conference

    Marissa Novel
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:08 pm
    A woman from NASA will be the keynote speaker at the first Women’s Leadership Conference, and it was all made possible with a Facebook message. Kelby Rogers, president for the Society of Women Engineers, said she met Mallory Johnston, a NASA engineer and 3D SCAN project manager in Huntsville, Ala., for NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge in April and knew Johnston was the perfect speaker because she was a young, successful woman in engineering. “When I was on the search to contact her, the only place I could find is Facebook,” she said. “So, yes, this professional invitation…
  • Colleges experience declining enrollment

    Brent Meske
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Three colleges experienced a decline in their undergraduate enrollment, although overall SIU enrollment increased by 25 students this semester.  The College of Education and Human Services, the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts all experienced a drop of more than 5 percent in undergraduate enrollment. Deans of the colleges attribute the decline to national trends. Total nationwide enrollment decreased by 1.5 percent in fall 2013, after falling 1.8 percent in fall 2012, according to a study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The…
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  • Optimize Your Results With Channel Optimization

    Chris Hughes
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    There is no doubt we are living in a multichannel fundraising world, but using more channels does not necessarily mean you’re effectively communicating with donors.  Instead of continually adding channels, consider using channel optimization to increase efficiency instead of quantity and to enhance holistic results for your annual giving program. What is Channel Optimization? This approach increases overall efficiency of your available communication channels through data-driven decisions.  Knowing what communication vehicles motivate a donor to give as well as knowing what giving…
  • Giving in the Attention Economy

    Brian Gawor
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The average email subscriber receives over 400 commercial messages per month. We’re all also receiving numerous charitable appeals through multiple channels. It’s a crowded field. It’s called the Attention Economy, and we’re all fighting for a share of it. Just take a look at a quick list of how our outreach to donors has changed: What We did 25 Years Ago Direct Mail Phonathon Newsletter or Magazine What We Do Now Websites YouTube Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Pinterest Instagram SnapChat Custom Apps Direct Mail Phonathon Crowdfunding Newsletter or Magazine Online Magazine Extras Lots of…
  • In College Football, Do Big Wins and Losses Immediately Impact Non-Donor Phonathon Results?

    Chris Hughes
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:03 am
    Labor Day weekend marks the opening of the 2014 college football season.  For many colleges and universities in the United States, football Saturdays are some of the most visible days of the entire year and can provide a common rallying opportunity for all alumni, regardless of whether he or she is a big sports fan. But does a win or loss immediately impact phonathon results? Several of our regular RuffaloCODY fundraising bloggers have strong affinities to major college football (including one who used to work within collegiate athletics), so we decided to run some stats to find out. We…
  • Good News from the CASE Fundraising Index

    Brian Gawor
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:37 pm
    We have some good news from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. The CASE Fundraising Index, a survey of fundraising leaders, estimated that giving to higher education grew by 5.4% during the past fiscal year ending June 30. This matches the trend reported by Giving USA earlier this year. Fundraisers at community colleges reported the largest gains, coming in at a 7.2% increase. According to the survey, fundraisers at public institutions predict growth of 6.1% in the coming year, with private institution fundraisers predicting 5.5% growth. It’s great to see this upward…
  • How an Ice Bucket Is Changing My Vocabulary

    Brian Gawor
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    I just sat down with my daughter and explained to her that if she is going to put a video of her friends dumping ice water on themselves in the backyard, after she dries off, she can tell me where to send a donation. I told her that we would talk a little more about how serious a disease ALS is over dinner tonight and how this all started. Then I found her a bucket and asked her to keep her phone dry. When I present on donor behavior I remind people that while we have an incredible array of ways to stay in touch with supporters, Americans are giving less to fewer charities. According to the…
 
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  • Are you in the right mindset?

    nextstepu
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Getting ready for the SAT isn’t necessarily about knowing the difference between the meaning of indignant and indigent, or the formulas at the beginning of the SAT Math section. It’s about getting in the zone so you can focus for four plus hours, making sure not to fall for the numerous traps you’ll see test day. But how do you get in the mindset? Well, one obvious answer is doing SAT practice problems. But in answering a bunch of questions you can often hit a wall. Or just get bored. Staying in the zone combines a few other strategies. 1. Confidence Self-doubt is a no-no, unless you…
  • Social media hacks to brighten up your back to school blues

    Laura Sestito
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    These social media gems are a great way to archive your memories, write down your thoughts, track pictures and videos, save new ideas, relax and keep in touch with friends and family. I’ll be the first to admit that there’s a time and a place for your social media use.  While they bring a lot of usefulness they can also create slightly problematic issues with being distracted and procrastinating. The new school year is the perfect time to factor your various forms of social media into your upcoming schedule. Get ready to buckle down and work hard but don’t forget to use these to take…
  • Trending Tuesday — New School Year

    nextstepu
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We know back to school advice, prep, storage and organization have been all over your Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest feeds for the past month. Some of the advice you scoffed at, I’m sure, but maybe there were one or two ideas you genuinely felt were worth the time to share, retweet or pin. We found this little gem worthy of a share. Take a peek at some back to school resolutions you may or may not be in need of this fall. Source: Pinterest > For more info on getting yourself organized and prepared for a stellar school year, check out NextStepU.com.  
  • Major Monday — Marine biology

    Laura Sestito
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Are you fascinated by ocean life? Marine biology majors study how life thrives in the oceans. You’ll examine different species such as marine mammals, fish, and plants. You’ll also look at different aspects of ocean habitats and ecological environments, such as the chemical makeup of water and the ocean’s geology. Be prepared to spend a lot of time in the water, and perhaps even spend a semester at sea! Education According to the College Board, this major is typically offered at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels. Classes within the marine biology major are science-centric,…
  • 5 Ways to Personalize Your Dorm Room

    Laura Sestito
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:57 pm
    You’re all moved in, classes have begun, and you’re starting to settle into a routine. With all that uncertainty out of the way, you now have time to really personalize your living space! Decorating my dorm room was one of my favorite parts of college living. Here are some fun ways to spruce up even the smallest space—like the open double I lived in. • Get a whiteboard or chalkboard for your door. It’s a stereotypical college standby at this point, but it’s still fun! I loved getting messages from my friends on my door when I was in school. Even though it might seem cheesy and…
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  • NIH Systematic Application Compliance Checking – What It Is and What It’s Not

    dmhall
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Automated enforcement of business rules by NIH eRA systems plays an important role in the application submission process – it helps you and it helps NIH. Understanding what that role covers can be the difference between your application moving forward to review and not. System-enforced application validations are what they are – nothing more, nothing less. They ARE
  • NIH Systematic Application Compliance Checking – What It Is and What It’s Not

    dmhall
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Automated enforcement of business rules by NIH eRA systems plays an important role in the application submission process – it helps you and it helps NIH. Understanding what that role covers can be the difference between your application moving forward to review and not. System-enforced application validations are what they are – nothing more, nothing less. They ARE
  • NIH Systematic Application Compliance Checking – What It Is and What It’s Not

    dmhall
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Automated enforcement of business rules by NIH eRA systems plays an important role in the application submission process – it helps you and it helps NIH. Understanding what that role covers can be the difference between your application moving forward to review and not. System-enforced application validations are what they are – nothing more, nothing less. They ARE
  • NIH Systematic Application Compliance Checking – What It Is and What It’s Not

    dmhall
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Automated enforcement of business rules by NIH eRA systems plays an important role in the application submission process – it helps you and it helps NIH. Understanding what that role covers can be the difference between your application moving forward to review and not. System-enforced application validations are what they are – nothing more, nothing less. They ARE
  • NIH Systematic Application Compliance Checking – What It Is and What It’s Not

    dmhall
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Automated enforcement of business rules by NIH eRA systems plays an important role in the application submission process – it helps you and it helps NIH. Understanding what that role covers can be the difference between your application moving forward to review and not. System-enforced application validations are what they are – nothing more, nothing less. They ARE
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  • Managing the College Admissions Frenzy

    Sani
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Students now apply to an average of a dozen universities to assure acceptance into a college because of the competitive nature of admissions. What has created this competitive environment and how are students empowered to take charge? Universities are huge businesses from their endowment funds to their desire to fill their classrooms. Enrollment management has [...]
  • Summer Tasks to Prepare for the Fall

    Sani
    13 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Every parent and student knows that if you’re college bound, you should spend the summer concentrating on these activities to build your resume: volunteering, reading, working, and simply making the summer productive. But summer is also an opportunity to concentrate on specific tasks before the school year begins in the fall. Students Test prep Even [...]
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Business English

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  • College Scholarships; The Weird, the Wacky, the Wonderful

    Sani
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Scholarships are a wonderful thing to have, let alone apply for. And there are so many different types of scholarships, some you would never even imagine! Or maybe you didn’t know you could land a scholarship just from doing something goofy or following a hobby. This infographic highlights some of the more peculiar scholarships that [...]
 
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  • Degrees of Hope: Helping First Generation Students Reach Their College Dreams

    Jennifer Engle
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Like many of you, I was the first in my family to go to college. And while it may sound strange, I had absolutely no clue as to how to choose the right one. Many of my family members never finished high school, let alone considered college. I was always a really good student, but there was a lot I didn’t know about going to college, and my school didn’t have the resources to help me. I decided which schools I wanted to visit my senior year by eavesdropping on other students in my honors classes. However, I crossed the “good” schools off my list one by one because of…
  • Taking Pride in Your First-Generation Identity

    Nu Xiong
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    It was in high school that I began to fully understand the disadvantages that came with being a first-generation student: I realized that the cultural and linguistic barriers my parents faced greatly limited their ability to be involved in my academic development. I was also poor, which made me feel out of place at my elite boarding school, where the majority of my classmates came from upper-middle class backgrounds. During this time, I was terribly embarrassed of my identity as a first-generation student and did everything I could to hide from it. Now, as I start my second year of college at…
  • Acing Sophomore Year: Yes, Sequels Can be Better than the Originals!

    Michael Palmieri
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Remember last year, when everything — all the events, activities and fun — was planned for you? Unless your institution has a dedicated sophomore program (most don’t!), you may find that when you get back on campus you feel a bit lost — or maybe even forgotten! There will still be tons of things going on, but you may not be as excited about them since you’ve “been there and done that.” Graduation is still a few years away, so what are you supposed to do for now? Sophomore year is often the time when students start to ask some of the big questions:…
  • 3 Essential Pieces of Advice for First-Generation College Students

    Julie Tucker
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Recently, I had an opportunity to sit down with first-generation college students (“first-gens”) and discuss their transition to college. As a first-generation college student myself, these were discussions I related to, as the students expressed emotions and shared stories that I, too, had felt and experienced during college. Over the course of these discussions, three pieces of advice for first-gens emerged: 1. Ask For Help and Do It Early In talking to first-gens and even thinking about my own experience as a first-gen, many of us think we shouldn’t ask for help. We think…
  • Creating a New College Legacy for My Family

    Tara Strong
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    Deciding to be the FIRST I am a low-income, first-generation college student. My decision to attend college was calculated and tiring. I always believed that I was destined to make a difference. I grew up in a great town, but thirsted for richer experiences and big opportunities. I believed—and still believe—that college has the potential to elevate people into greater opportunity. So I declared that I would be the FIRST to complete college in my family, despite the vast opposing voices I encountered along the way. The journey to college was not easy. I navigated the FAFSA…
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  • How to Become a Dental Assistant in 15 Months or Less

    Centura College
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:31 pm
    How to Become a Dental Assistant in 15 Months or Less A good career as a Dental Assistant that pays a median of $34,500 and can be learned in 15 months or less isn’t too good to be true according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those in the field of a Dental Assistant can expect a projected growth of 25 percent over the next eight years. That means 74,000 new openings for dental assistants up to the year 2022. Careers in the health care industry carry an unemployment rate of 1.2 percent to 5.3 percent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics making this industry one of the most…
  • Computer Networking Jobs: What No One Is Talking About

    Centura College
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Computer Networking Jobs: What No One Is Talking About No matter the industry, in the 21st century all professions depend on computer networking to keep business informed, employees connected, and information flowing. These networks do not run by themselves, and administrators are needed to take a hands-on approach to troubleshooting. At this point in time it is almost a cliche when you hear someone say that  computer networking jobs, or anything in the computer science industry is “growing fast.” That is quite an understatement. And even with this common knowledge, there are a…
  • Massage Therapy Jobs: How to Get One!

    Centura College
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Massage Therapy Jobs: How to Get One! The good news for massage therapy jobs is that the field is growing. From 2012 to 2022, employment in massage therapy is projected to grow 23%. This is faster than average for all other occupations and creates new opportunities for newly-certified massage therapists. However, securing one of these jobs is still very competitive.  The American Massage Therapy Association estimates that there are 300,000 to 340,000 massage therapists in the United States, including students.  Getting one of these new jobs will depend on job seekers securing the right…
  • Think You’re Cut Out for a Paralegal Law Degree? Take This Quiz

    Centura College
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Think You’re Cut Out for a Paralegal Law Degree? Take This Quiz Is a professional paralegal law degree in your future? If you’re a high school graduate or hold a General Educational Diploma (GED), you’re steps away from beginning a professional career as an important team member of the intricate legal system. Take this brief quiz to find out if work as a paralegal may be a good choice. Have you been to the local courthouse? While it’s certainly not a prerequisite, having prior experiences with; obtaining a marriage license, applying for a passport, obtaining an official…
  • 10 Compelling Reasons Why You Need A Computer Networking Degree

    Centura College
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    10 Compelling Reasons Why You Need A Computer Networking Degree In today’s age of information technology, it would seem obvious why a computer networking degree would have infinite benefits for today and especially tomorrow. A computer networking degree offers students the opportunity to gain intuitive knowledge of computer information technology concepts and how they apply in the real world. As one of the true careers without a foreseeable expiration date, continue reading for 10 reasons why you need a computer networking degree. 1.  Job Growth According to the Bureau of Labor…
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  • Back to School: Preparing your child for SAT/ACT success

    5 Sep 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Back to school season is in full swing. As summer winds down, parents have been swept up in the tide of back to school shopping, double-checking summer assignments, and preparing their children for another year of academic success. This season can get even more stressful as your children begin the college application process. Test preparation in particular can be challenging for children and parents alike. It is important for parents to support, guide and mentor their children through the college admissions process. If you are afraid that your child may struggle with time management, SAT/ACT…
  • Back to School: 5 Things seniors must tell their counselors

    22 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    You’ve done it! Well, almost. If you’re a senior about to start your final year of high school, the bulk of the hard work is already behind you. As you celebrate all of the hard work that it took to get to where are, you must also plan for the future. When it comes to your college plans, it’s important to communicate these key pieces of information to your guidance counselor from the beginning of your senior year. Share your college list revisions As a senior, you should have spent the summer after your junior year researching the schools on the college list your counselor provided you…
  • 3 Findings from the 2014 ACT College and Career Readiness Report

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Every year, the ACT prepares a “College and Career Readiness” report. This report highlights significant performance data points for the given year’s graduates. This information is meant to help track test-prep trends, give clear insight into whether aggregate test scores are meeting college readiness benchmarks, as well as capturing student aspirations. Below we share three critical findings from this years report.  1. The ACT continues to grow in popularity In 2012, for the first time ever, more students took the ACT than the SAT[i]. The increasing popularity of the ACT continues…
  • Study for the September ACT in just 3 weeks!

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    The time for the Sept 13th ACT is quickly approaching, and you haven't started studying yet. Don't fret! TestRocker can help you ace the test!  Here are the three steps to ensuring you get your dream ACT score on Sept 13th: If you haven't already done so, sign up for our free trial. If you enjoy learning with TestRocker then purchase our program! Use the calendar below and work through the recommended modules, video concepts, and practice quizzes Wake up calm and relaxed on Sept 13th, and rock the ACT! Since TestRocker is completely online, you can prep for the ACT whenever you…
  • How will the Vocab section change on the New SAT

    15 Aug 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Earlier this year the College Board announced their planned changes to the SAT. Planned changes to test include the following: - Passages will come from new sources- The new math section will have a heavier focus on algebra, linear equations, and inequalities- The SAT essay will go from being required to being optional and scored separately Another key aspect of these changes includes a change in the type of vocabulary students will need to focus on. Gone are the obscure SAT words of tests past, instead students will be expected to focus on demonstrating a command of complex vocabulary that…
 
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  • 6 Essential Ways to Conquer Classes and a Job in College

    Christina Lopez
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    College students everywhere struggle with balancing a job and classes. Whether it be a full-time job or a recent internship in your career field, balancing work and school can be pretty intimidating. Here are six tips to help you juggle the two, while still having time to spare: 1. Do something – Anything! Being 21 years old and having an odd job history, or building a company since you were in high school, you’ve already got some years of experience in the work force. I’ve held quite a few positions throughout the last four years: I’ve worked as a server at a…
  • 9 College Majors’ Stereotypes vs. Reality

    Christina Lopez
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:56 am
    Do people believe a common misconception about your college major? Check out this hilarious video comparing stereotypes vs. reality!   The post 9 College Majors’ Stereotypes vs. Reality appeared first on Clutch Prep - Blog.
  • These Are The Oldest Colleges In The Country. Do You Attend One Of Them?

    Christina Lopez
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    A higher-education information website, eCollegeFinder, has put together this easy-to-read map showing the oldest college in each state based on when they were first opened to students. The colleges represented on the map range from some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country to flagship state universities. The oldest college in the country — Massachusetts’ Harvard University — has been open since 1636, while University of Alaska Fairbanks is less than a century old. Research for this map was conducted by eCollegeFinder’s Mike Simmons. Via…
  • The 7 Most Important Items To Pack For College

    Christina Lopez
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    While packing for your freshman year in college can be stressful, there are just 7 essential items you should worry about to start off on the right foot. 1. Refrigerator Trust us, you are NOT going to want to eat in the dorm cafeteria every day. Your fridge is gonna be a lifesaver on campus—but whether you fill it with healthy snacks or leftover pizza is up to you! 2. Washer & Dryer Nobody likes the smelly guy on campus. Between messy late-night partying and sweaty sprints to class the next morning, you’re gonna need to pack a reliable washer/dryer combo to keep things fresh. 3.
  • 4 Tips To Help You Conquer Your First Day At A New Job

    Christina Lopez
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    You’re starting a new job. You’re battling these mixed emotions of excitement and apprehension. Next thing you know, the unforgettable first impression that you were hoping on making is made… not in the way you thought it would. While your first day will probably entail some form of training and introduction to your new employees, you should still have a game plan for your first day. According to James Lee, here are a few tips to help you survive the first day at your new job. 1. Meet the “front line” employees You’ll have time to meet with managers and…
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  • The Nonsense of “Checking Your Privilege”

    collectivistduck
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:59 pm
    As far as ideological buzzwords are concerned, “Check Your Privilege” is right up there with “Rape Culture” in the hierarchy of excellent, beautifully conceived drivel. I am in awe of phrases like this, they are exactly what this blog has always been about, power through ideas. The genius of these phrases is that they do a large number of complicated things in merely a few words. They do the following, Establish ‘axioms’ State the issue Frame the solution Going through our framework with “Rape Culture” yields the following, Axiom: There exists a prevalence of rape in society…
  • How Fascism Permeates America

    collectivistduck
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:46 pm
    As much as we would like to believe that Fascism was defeated in the 40’s, it is still alive. It goes beyond Greece’s Golden Dawn, it goes past Russian Neo-Nazi’s, and it goes even further than France’s National Front. Fascist principals have pervaded every nation it has ever come in contact with. It has changed the way we view government, citizenship, and the definition of ‘Nation’. In my last two articles I’ve outlined the history and the philosophical principals of Fascism. Now let’s expand this to talk about how it impacts us in America. The fact is that many of the core…
  • Israel and Palestine: There Will Never Be Peace

    collectivistduck
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:51 pm
    In response to a lot of posts and messages around the internet of Arab or Israeli solidarity… I have to just say it: there will never be peace between Israel and Palestine. The conflict will be continuous and will never stop until the power dynamic of the region changes. Current events do not bode well for the future of this region. You have a super powerful Israel and a dirt poor Palestine. Israel is heavily subsidized by western powers and therefore will never accept any peace from a lesser armed enemy (Palestine) that doesn’t heavily favor… you guessed it: Israel. All regional…
  • The World’s Cheapest Vacation: Why Society Hates Drugs

    collectivistduck
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Drugs are an escape from reality. You don’t need to pack any bags, go to an airport, or interact with anyone. You hardly need money to do them, and by extension, you hardly have to do any productive work to receive them. All you need is $10 and an empty room, then take a small tablet, inhale a few fumes, or eat a couple grams; you’re off to space. But society doesn’t benefit from this transaction. You don’t buy any products or participate in the social world in any way. Societies hate that. Or, to put it more succinctly, collections of people hate this sort of behavior. Why? To…
  • Turn Off The Air Conditioner

    collectivistduck
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:14 pm
      It’s hot right now. Really hot. A kind of muggy, humid, 85 degree hot that persists long into the night. Add to that a 4th story apartment, laced with carpet, and plopped in the middle of a concrete jungle? You have a recipe for an uncomfortable week. But, as it turns out, this is a weak sort of hardship. It’s the kind of hardship that doesn’t damage you, it steels you. It reminds you to appreciate life if the worst thing going on is some uncomfortable weather. I mean sure, I could go to a store and buy an air conditioner and turn it on. It’s not like I’m strapped for cash or…
 
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