For-profit colleges: Closures add to student debt crisis

Completing a college degree is hard enough. There are the hours of studying and the balancing act between school, job and a social life. Now add to that the chance that it all ends at the eleventh hour when your school closes its doors. That’s what happened to thousands of students attending the for-profit colleges owned by Corinthian Colleges.

Students protest amidst the student debt crisis. (Credit: Getty Images)

Students protest amidst the student debt crisis. (Credit: Getty Images)

For these students the question of student loan repayment is critical. What is worse, negotiations regarding forgiveness of their federal student aid have stalled. Here’s what college students need to know about this new wrinkle in the student loan crisis. Read more

How to make the most of summer school

Your dreams for summer break are probably to lounge by the pool, sleeping until noon and doing as little as possible – basically, living the dream. Not to squash your dream, but what if you need to consider summer school? If your summer semester promises more coursework, then you need these life hacks to make the most of your time in class.

It is possible to make summer school a good experience. (Credit: MemeCenter)

It is possible to make summer school a good experience. (Credit: MemeCenter)

Read on for some do’s and don’ts to help you maximize your summer school experience. Based on previous experience, I can attest to these being super helpful for me when I took summer school! Read more

Common sense for eating healthy on a budget

Food—for too many of us, we have a love/hate relationship with what we eat. You want to eat healthy, but you also want to save money, and all too often the food that is good for you is not kind to your wallet.

Yes, you can eat healthy and enjoy it too. (Credit: MemeCenter)

Yes, you can eat healthy and enjoy it too. (Credit: MemeCenter)

Common sense tells us there has to be a better way. Read on for some tips on eating healthy on a budget. Read more

How to create the perfect exercise plan

How to get in shape? It’s really one of those eternal questions, isn’t it? We all want to stay healthy, but sticking with an exercise plan can be hard. Real hard.

Learn how you can exercise like the pros. (Credit: We Know Memes)

Learn how you can exercise like the pros. (Credit: We Know Memes)

But you can do it, with a workout for beginners that will get you moving, no matter where you are on the fitness spectrum. Read more

Still need to get to spring cleaning? Follow these tips

Yeah, spring has been in full swing for a few weeks now but even so, it’s time to clean. It isn’t always fun but you do feel so much better when it’s done. Learning how to clean is just one more of those life hacks that you have to figure out on your own.

Now is the time to complete your spring cleaning tasks. (Credit: Daily Picdump)

Now is the time to complete your spring cleaning tasks. (Credit: Daily Picdump)

You won’t find a college course on how to clean. So let’s look at some tips and tricks to help you complete your spring cleaning tasks. Read more

Career advice for the college graduate

College students hear a lot of career advice after college graduation. My teachers said to work hard, my parents said to get a good job, my friends told me to follow my heart, and my commencement speaker advised all us new graduates to be true to ourselves.

There are many pieces of career advice you can follow to succeed. (Credit: QuickMeme)

There are many pieces of career advice you can follow to succeed. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Here is some more good advice for the recent college graduate. Read more

What should you do this summer break?

Trying to get a job during summer break? Want to be productive and gain experience that will help you after college? Still not sure what to do or what your employment options are?

Decide how to make the most of your summer break. (Credit: Campus To Career)

Decide how to make the most of your summer break. (Credit: Campus To Career)

Classes may be out, graduation may be over, but it’s not too late to make something of your summer. Read more

So, you got the dreaded sunburn — here’s how to take care of your skin

Sun, sun, sun! It’s been a long, cold, dark winter, and you are ready for some fun in the sun. But before you plop into that lawn chair and lather on the baby oil, take a minute to think about summer skin care. Taking care of your skin is important for a lot of reasons—after all who wants to deal with a sunburn, skin cancer OR look 10 years older than you really are?

Find out how to avoid a sunburn this summer. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Find out how to avoid a sunburn this summer. (Credit: QuickMeme)

It doesn’t mean you have to hide inside all summer though. And should you overindulge, you will want some DIY home remedies that offer some sunburn relief. Read more

Enter Cengage Learning’s “Instructor for a Day” Video Contest!

Is it your dream to one day become an instructor? Do you ever wonder what life is like for the instructors you learn from? If so, now is your chance to reverse roles with them! This opportunity gives you a chance to make your dreams come true, along with a $1,000 grand prize scholarship, with Cengage Learning’s “Instructor for a Day” video contest.

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Through the contest, we are asking you (the students!) to submit a short video that answers the question, “How would you engage students?” if you were the instructor for a day.

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6 tips to prepare for your college graduation ceremony

I joined many college students in looking forward to my college graduation ceremony. Much of the pomp and circumstance, the cap, tassel and gown, are age-old traditions. For one, commencement (which means “to begin”) is traditionally the end of your academic life and the beginning of your career life.

Are you looking forward to your college graduation? (Credit: iStock photo)

Are you looking forward to your college graduation? (Credit: iStock photo)

Here are some practical lifehack tips and etiquette for participating in and enjoying your graduation ceremony. Read more