Tips for high school students preparing for college

Know any high school students preparing for college in the fall? Are you trying to get ready to start your own grand university adventure? You may be freaking out a bit, and that’s okay.

Let us help you in preparing for college. (Credit: The News Wheel)

Let us help you in preparing for college. (Credit: The News Wheel)

I’ve got some tips to help you use this final summer at home to your advantage so college will be a breeze! Read more

Advice on summer courses that will give you the “summer feels!”

The spring semester is over and many college students are weighing the pros and cons of summer courses. While many articles are written to tell you the benefits and perils of summer classes, I’m here to give you a different perspective.

Will you be taking summer courses? (Credit: MonroeCC.edu)

Will you be taking summer courses? (Credit: MonroeCC.edu)

I’m not going to tell you that summer courses are hard or you can catch up if you just failed a class last semester. No, I’m going to tell you why you should embrace summer courses as the brutal animal they can be, and how you can use them to your benefit. Read more

Improve your career search with these tips

Are you being resourceful with your career search? Do you know what the best job search websites are? The answers to these two questions may surprise you.

Find out how to jumpstart your career search. (Credit: Centennial Inc)

Find out how to jumpstart your career search. (Credit: Centennial Inc)

Read on for common mistakes people make in their career search, as well as a life hack or two to make the whole process easier. Read more

Making money after college graduation

I like to think I’m like most college students – obsessed with finding the perfect job after college graduation and making money right away. It’s understandable considering that you want a good career to support yourself, pay off your student loans and not have to move back in with your parents.

What are your plans after graduating college? (Credit: QuickMeme)

What are your plans after graduating college? (Credit: QuickMeme)

But there are alternatives to life after college. Here is some advice for what to do after college. Read more

Student debt relief is available for federal student loans

If you’re worried about how you’ll pay off your federal student loans, then I’ve got good news for you. On April 28, 2016, President Obama “crashed” a press conference with some breaking news for college students. Within the next year, 2 million more people will be enrolled in the Pay As You Earn program.

Find out more about student debt relief. (Credit: Tyler Kingkade, Huffington Post)

Find out more about student debt relief. (Credit: Tyler Kingkade, Huffington Post)

The program will help some borrowers with federal student loans by capping their monthly loan payments. The President also promised other future announcements that will help ease the burden of student debt. Read more

What to know about vaccines for college students

Heading abroad for a summer term? If you’re traveling out of country, or just getting ready for next semester, now might be a good time to check on your immunization record. It’s important for college students to support herd immunity on campus–the more people who get vaccines, the less chance of anyone getting sick.

Are your vaccines up-to-date? (Credit: Upstream)

Are your vaccines up-to-date? (Credit: Upstream)

When you live in tight quarters like dorms, it’s really easy for colds (and more serious diseases) to spread around. If you can avoid an illness in college with a simple shot, it’s a no brainer–no one wants to spend finals week (or summer break) down with the measles. Read more

Paying for college: Are small scholarships worth the essay?

It’s common knowledge: apply for scholarships and you’ll be better able to afford college, right? Certainly, large scholarships are the best ones to receive: $10k or $25k off of that $70k per year college bill makes a huge difference in the amount you have to cover. I wonder now if I should have applied for more scholarships–even small ones that would cover my books (or groceries!)–to limit the amount of debt I’m leaving college with.

Let us help you decide which scholarships to apply for. (Credit: NAU.edu)

Let us help you decide which scholarships to apply for. (Credit: NAU.edu)

For high school seniors or returning students looking for tips on paying for college, consider whether it’s worth applying for a small scholarship, especially if it requires a brand new scholarship essay. Read more

Don’t throw out that plastic bottle! Here’s how to reuse it

Do you feel guilty every time you buy a drink that comes in a plastic bottle? I do. So I decided to look for ways to recycle and reduce my plastic pollution footprint. What I found is lots of DIY ideas on how to use plastic bottles for jewelry, storage and even DIY decor.

What ways do you recycle plastic bottles? (Credit: BudgetDumpster.com)

What ways do you recycle plastic bottles? (Credit: BudgetDumpster.com)

With enough plastic bottles maybe I could even start a side business selling this stuff! But I’m getting ahead of myself here. Let me show you what I found on how to be a plastic bottle recycler. Read more

Work-life balance ideas for busy college students

Like most college students you may feel as if graduation is eons away, but it will be here before you know it. Time management skills are more important than ever because there is just so little time to get things done.

How do you manage work-life balance? (Credit: The Way HPI)

How do you manage work-life balance? (Credit: The Way HPI)

So I thought it would be a good idea to put together some ideas on how to stay organized, work smart and still find a work-life balance to keep sane. Let me share with you some tips that you can start using now. Read more

Building your memory palace and other study tips to ace your exams

I’m a big fan of the show Sherlock on PBS, and I find it fascinating when the world’s greatest consulting detective uses a memory palace (a way of visualizing walking through a room to remember details) to help solve crimes. Ever wish you could easily recall data from your short-term memory when taking an exam?

What tips do you recommend to build your memory palace? (Credit: The Nerdy Bomb)

What tips do you recommend to build your memory palace? (Credit: The Nerdy Bomb)

Study tips are great but in the crunch you have to use some brain hacks to put what you’ve studied onto the test paper. With that in mind, here are a few memory improvement tips to help you prepare for your next exam. Read more