Congratulations to our On Tap with MindTap Contest winners!

Last month we asked you to share your personal experiences with MindTap on how it changed your learning experience for the better. Each week we chose one winner at random who then received a $100 Visa gift card.

Let’s take a look at the winners, their colleges, courses and quotes on how MindTap has been beneficial to their learning. Read more

Baking banana bread and money with charity: water

For one woman in Mozambique, having access to a borehole has made a huge difference not just in her baking business, but her whole life in general, all made possible by charity: water.

Baking banana bread is easier now through the help of charity: water. (Credit: charity: water)

Baking banana bread is easier now through the help of charity: water. (Credit: charity: water)

Meet Tencia, a 54-year-old single mother, whose husband passed away eight years ago. Since then, her two oldest daughters have gotten married and are gone. She is now left on her own to provide for her three sons. Read more

Yes, it is possible to decrease your cell phone usage

Life without your mobile phone — seems like a pretty grim thought, right? But once upon a time, cell phone usage was only for emergencies, not for every second of the day. Not to sound like mom or dad, but have you ever wondered if maybe you should use your cell phone less, maybe even “break up” for a short period of time?

Is it possible for you to put your cell phone down as you walk? (Credit: Weknowmemes.com)

Is it possible for you to put your cell phone down as you walk? (Credit: Weknowmemes.com)

If you are interested in seeing what life without your mobile phone would be like, read on for some life hacks to help you in your cell phone detox. Read more

Your passions can be leveraged into employment opportunities

Mauvis wanted to solve a problem.

He was at Burning Man. Maybe you’ve heard of it. He was in the desert with no cell service, no internet connectivity, and over 50,000 people. Mauvis immediately realized that once you become separated from your friends, it’s nearly impossible to find them again. “Everybody still had their cell phones, but they couldn’t use them,” he says, “I wanted to create a way for people to leave messages or get in contact with each other, using devices they already were used to carrying.”

A solar powered Wikipedia server. (Credit: Mauvis Ledford)

A solar powered Wikipedia server. (Credit: Mauvis Ledford)

When he went home, he knew what he wanted to do: “I wanted to create internet at Burning Man.” Read more

DIY tips and tricks for how to do laundry

Unless you are well off enough to be able to buy new clothes instead of having to wash and re-wear yours, how to do laundry is a skill that you need. But don’t despair college students, there are some tips and tricks to help, even if you don’t know a rinse cycle from a spin cycle.

Don't make this mistake while doing laundry. (Credit: MemeCenter.com)

Don’t make this mistake while doing laundry. (Credit: MemeCenter.com)

Let’s get started with a little laundry DIY, including the best ways to remove a stain that will have you looking (and smelling!) your best. Read more

Celebrate Earth Day with the Student Conservation Association (SCA)

At SCA, Earth Day is not only recognized once per year, but every day. This month SCA is celebrating the 45th anniversary of Earth Day as a national holiday. With SCA service events nationwide, there are plenty of opportunities for people (like you!) to get involved.

Celebrate Earth Day with the SCA. (Credit: theSCA.org)

Celebrate Earth Day with the SCA. (Credit: theSCA.org)

Whether you serve with SCA, join another group effort, or celebrate on your own, SCA would like to see how you serve. Read more

How to send an email to your college professor

I was lucky when I went to college. Most of my professors were friendly, approachable and genuinely interested in my academic success.

An actual email received by a professor, which is not acceptable. (Credit: Dr. Janet Frick)

An actual email received by a professor, which is not acceptable. (Credit: Dr. Janet Frick)

Today, college students can send an email to a college professor for various reasons, such as asking for extra help or saying you’ll have to miss a class. Be polite and be specific. Read more

Should these college students pay back their loans?

Just like you (unless of course you graduated debt free, then congrats!), I had student loans to pay back long after I graduated. But I attended a traditional, private, four-year college. However, some students who attended for-profit colleges joined the Department of Education (DOE) in a meeting hosted by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Student loans are a common issue among college students. (Credit: Cagle Cartoons)

Student loans are a common issue among college students. (Credit: Cagle Cartoons)

The students, who represented hundreds of others, had taken out federal financial aid as well as private student loans to attend Corinthian College. They say they are not repaying their loans. Does this seem fair? Let’s discuss it. Read more

Why do I need a professional portfolio if I have a resume?

What’s on your résumé?

I’m guessing your employment experience comes first, a few bulleted sections highlighting your responsibilities and achievements at past jobs or internships. I assume your education is also on there, and maybe a few organizations you’ve joined or honors you’ve received.

Let Pathbrite help you create the perfect professional portfolio. (Credit: Pathbrite)

Let Pathbrite help you create the perfect professional portfolio. (Credit: Pathbrite)

Maybe you’ve even included a handful of appropriate interests to mention, to really give reviewers a glimpse into your personality. Let’s now discuss what to include in your portfolio. Read more

Show your support for the Pat Tillman Foundation in the 11th Annual Pat’s Run

Pat’s Run is the signature fundraising event for the Pat Tillman Foundation. In late April for the past 11 years, the event has been held to commemorate the day that Pat lost his life in Afghanistan.

Support the Pat Tillman Foundation through Pat's Run. (Credit: Pat Tillman Foundation)

Support the Pat Tillman Foundation through Pat’s Run. (Credit: Pat Tillman Foundation)

Symbolic of the #42 he wore as an ASU Sun Devil, Pat’s Run is 4.2 miles long, ending on the 42-yard line of Frank Kush Field inside Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ. Read more