Cheat sheet to eat healthier this holiday season

We are officially in the thick of the holiday season. Whether you went into Thanksgiving with a plan to eat healthier through the New Year, or you have decided along the way to watch those calories, we all know that it can be hard to resist the sweet treats that are everywhere this time of year.

Learn how to control your cravings over the holiday season. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Learn how to control your cravings over the holiday season. (Credit: QuickMeme)

College students, need a cheat sheet to help you take control of what you are consuming during any festivities? Read on for some advice. Read more

DIY holiday party ideas for college students

The year-end holidays are a time to get together with old friends and new. It’s also a time to celebrate family ties and reconnect with those you love. But planning a holiday party can mean deciding among many possible cool party themes and facing the challenge of cooking on a budget.

Decorating idea for your next holiday party. (Credit: Best House Design)

Decorating idea for your next holiday party. (Credit: Best House Design)

Let’s look at some Christmas and New Year’s party ideas that you can accomplish easily. Read more

Investment advice for the millennial generation

For the millennial generation, it’s time to start thinking of saving for your retirement. What?! That’s 40 years away! That’s why investment advisors say it’s the perfect time for college students to think about retirement savings and to learn what is 401(k) savings as soon as they get their first job. Millennials in the workplace have many investment options.

Follow our investment tips for the millennial generation. (Credit: Randy Glasbergen)

Follow our investment tips for the millennial generation. (Credit: Randy Glasbergen)

Disclaimer: Consult an investment advisor of your own to discuss options before making any investment decisions. Read more

Life hacks for college students to find your career

The biggest, most important of all life hacks for college students? It has to be how to find your career. No matter where you are in your college career—from a freshman to a senior—you have spent time wondering what your future job prospects will be when you receive that diploma.

College is the time to decide on a career. (Credit: Youniversity)

College is the time to decide on a career. (Credit: Youniversity)

Read on to learn the facts about the state of jobs for grads, and how you can improve your odds. Read more

DIY projects for holiday gift baskets

Gift baskets are usually found at church raffles, but college students can make their own basket of goodies for that special someone. Do-it-yourself projects show the recipient that you took the time to make a creative, thoughtful and useful gift just for them.

Movie Night gift basket. (Credit: forthemommas.com)

Movie Night gift basket. (Credit: forthemommas.com)

The options are almost endless for baskets. Just remember what your friend likes, create a theme, buy a big empty basket and fill it full of interesting and unique items. Read more

What to know about the Orion spacecraft launch

The space shuttle program that fascinated so many during the 1980s and beyond may now be defunct, but America has not totally set aside our efforts to explore the world beyond our planet. The NASA Orion spacecraft is one of the space center’s next generation spacecraft that represents the first steps toward achieving a Mars mission.

Time for the Orion spacecraft to head to Mars. (Credit: MemeCenter)

Time for the Orion spacecraft to head to Mars. (Credit: MemeCenter)

The test launch of Orion suffered some delays, but the unmanned craft finally achieved lift-off on December 5, 2014, in what many see as a critical first step toward future manned missions into outer space. Read more

What college students need to know about police procedure

On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, a grand jury in Staten Island, New York, decided that there was not enough evidence to prosecute officers involved in the death of Eric Garner. This case, and that of Michael Brown, highlights the issue of police brutality and the use of excessive force.

A militaristic approach being used by police. (Credit: cops.usdoj.gov)

A militaristic approach being used by police. (Credit: cops.usdoj.gov)

Many question whether policies such as “stop and frisk” and the war on drugs are leading to excessive police militarization. Here’s what you need to know about conducting yourself in a police confrontation. Read more

Few college students are finishing their four-year degree on time

A new study from Complete College America, a non-profit group, has found that very few college students actually complete their four-year degree on time. In fact, graduation rates to earn a degree in four years at public universities are only 19 percent for full-time students.

Federally reported graduation rates are already low, but even fewer college students finish their four-year degree on time. (Credit: US News)

Federally reported graduation rates are already low, but even fewer college students finish their four-year degree on time. (Credit: US News)

What is perhaps most disturbing for college students and their families is that this inability to finish on time is starting to become the accepted norm, with education policy experts now using six years as the standard for earning a bachelor’s degree and three years for an associate’s degree. Read more

Congratulations to our finals survival kit winners!

Last month we held a contest allowing college students to share why they were most deserving of a finals survival kit. We at CengageBrain were so overwhelmed by the number of participants who shared their comments with us on the blog, but after a very, very tough decision, we chose five lucky recipients of the survival kits plus a $100 Visa gift card.

We are happy to announce our winners, as well as a short excerpt from each of their comments! Read more

College comparison: Larger vs. smaller colleges

The college you pick says a lot about what you want out of college life. Besides academics and college sports, college students consider many features when choosing a college.

Classroom sizes will vary no matter if you attend a small or large college. (Credit: Her Campus)

Classroom sizes will vary no matter if you attend a small or large college. (Credit: Her Campus)

The size of the school you attend can determine the diversity of students, professor to student ratio, prestige, class size and other factors. Here is a college comparison of large versus small colleges. Read more