Top ten myths about college: What you need to know

When I was in college full-time I heard so many cliché myths in the book: “You’ll gain 15 pounds your first year,” “It’s OK to get all Cs,” and “You’re supposed to be stressed out,” blah, blah, blah. You need to know that myths are just that: myths.

Time to debunk those so called college myths. (Credit: inlander.com)

Time to debunk those so called college myths. (Credit: inlander.com)

If you’re going to survive your college experience, you’ll want to read this list of the top ten myths about college. Read more

SCA approves of President Obama’s “Every Kid in a Park” initiative

President Barack Obama recently announced his new initiative that provides free admission to national parks and other federal lands to America’s fourth graders and their families. “Every Kid in a Park” is being heavily applauded by members of the Student Conservation Association (SCA) because of its commitment to connect more young people with our national parks.

SCA is a fan of "Every kid in a Park." Are you? (credit: thesca.org)

SCA is a fan of “Every kid in a Park.” Are you? (credit: thesca.org)

Beginning this fall the program will go into effect, in connection with the National Park Service’s Centennial that occurs in 2016. Read more

Top 7 summer jobs for college students

Summer jobs keep you busy, put bucks in your wallet and help you save money for next semester. In addition to academics, work experience looks good on your resume. I had several summer jobs during college. Some were not so pertinent to my career ambitions (waitress, jewelry clerk) and some I could use toward my career (copyeditor for a newspaper).

Have you started looking into summer jobs yet? (Credit: imgkid.com)

Have you started looking into summer jobs yet? (Credit: imgkid.com)

I enjoyed getting paid for my work and getting out of the house to see new people and gain a good work ethic. Here are some ideas for great summer jobs for college students. Read more

DIY Mother’s Day projects to save money and celebrate mom

She wouldn’t forget your birthday (or for that matter any other gift-giving holiday … Thank you “Mrs.” Easter Bunny!) so the least you can do is throw her a little love come Mother’s Day. But when it comes to how to celebrate mom, well, she knows you aren’t rolling in cash.

Show your mom some love this Mother's Day. (Credit: WeKnowMemes)

Show your mom some love this Mother’s Day. (Credit: WeKnowMemes)

What you need are some DIY ideas to make yourself that also will save money. Time to get crafting! Read more

TCS New York City Marathon has named Pat Tillman Foundation an Official Charity Partner

Out of the nearly 300 charity partners that are expected to participate in the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon this year, the Pat Tillman Foundation will be one of them. The race takes place on Sunday, November 1, 2015.

Team Tillman will be represented at the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon. (Credit: Pat Tillman Foundation)

Team Tillman will be represented at the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon. (Credit: Pat Tillman Foundation)

Team Tillman already has 25 guaranteed entries with an individual fundraising minimum of $4240 in honor of Pat’s ASU and NFL jersey numbers. Read more

Top 10 summer vacation ideas for the broke college student

Classes will soon be out, and you want to enjoy your break, right? It’s the perfect time for a little summer vacation. But you are a broke college student, so if you’re going to hit the road, it has to be on the cheap.

It's time for you to take a well deserved summer vacation. (Credit: Pinterest)

It’s time for you to take a well deserved summer vacation. (Credit: Pinterest)

Read on for some top destinations that will save money while allowing you to feel like you are living large. Read more

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