Pat Tillman Foundation and U-Haul team up to help scholars

Did you know that U-Haul teams up with the Pat Tillman Foundation every year to raise scholarship funds for the Tillman Scholars program? Well, now you do!

2010 Tillman Scholar & Harvard graduate Regan Turner moves from Texas to Santa Monica for a new job. (Credit: pattillmanfoundation.org)

2010 Tillman Scholar & Harvard graduate Regan Turner moves from Texas to Santa Monica for a new job. (Credit: pattillmanfoundation.org)

They are a proud sponsor of Pat’s Run, which takes place each April in Tempe, Arizona, and bring 35,000 supporters to honor Pat Tillman’s legacy. Read more

Best astronomy apps for stargazing over summer break

It’s summer break, and you see a flash across the sky. A shooting star! But what if you’re not satisfied with just wishing? I love being able to identify exactly what I’m looking at in the summer sky, and I’ve always wanted to catch the Perseid Meteor Shower, an annual August astronomical event, as it happens. I’m determined to make this year my year.

Use one of many astronomy apps to view astronomical events including the Perseid Meteor Shower. (Credit: Kim MyoungSung)

Use one of many astronomy apps to view astronomical events including the Perseid Meteor Shower. (Credit: Kim MyoungSung)

A few weeks ago I found out that my alma mater now has an astronomy club on campus, but without access to an observatory or even a quality telescope, I’m going to have to rely on the best astronomy apps I can find for my phone. Here’s my advice for doing some amateur astronomy over your summer break. Read more

College admissions review criminal record of applicants

How does revealing a criminal record affect prospective college students who have to provide that information on college admissions applications? The college Common Application is a website where college applicants can fill out a form that is used by 500 schools. The form gathers extensive information on applicants, including the question “Do you have a criminal record?”

How will your criminal record affect your college admissions? (Credit: Veritas Prep)

How will your criminal record affect your college admissions? (Credit: Veritas Prep)

I agree with some in the industry that filling out the question–and using it as a factor in admissions review–has become controversial and is stirring debate on the ethics of the information. Read more

Let’s have the talk about transgender and Caitlyn Jenner

Once upon a time, few people could say they knew someone who was gay or lesbian. Fast forward to 2015—most of us have a friend or relative we know and love who identifies as lesbian, gay or bisexual. Yet transgender people have remained very misunderstood, and many institutions, such as women’s colleges have struggled with how to be inclusive.

Bruce Jenner debuts as a transgender with the new name, Caitlyn Jenner. (Credit: Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair)

Bruce Jenner debuts as a transgender with the new name, Caitlyn Jenner. (Credit: Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair)

That may be changing now that Bruce Jenner has made history by announcing his true gender identity. Now the transgender community will get another boost as Vanity Fair magazine introduces Caitlyn Jenner in a series of photos by Annie Leibovitz. Read more

Free SAT test prep for prospective college students

Prospective college students now have access to free SAT test prep classes through a partnership between the Khan Academy online educational site and the College Board, which administers the SAT college admissions test.

Free SAT test prep will help improve student academics. (Credit: Southcoast SAT Prep)

Free SAT test prep will help improve student academics. (Credit: Southcoast SAT Prep)

In an effort to improve student academics and SAT test scores, the two organizations will make SAT tutor classes available to high school students anywhere so they can be prepared for taking the SAT tests. Read more

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

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

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

Attend grad school or get a job? Answers for college students

Graduation day is coming for all college students (hopefully!). And when it does, will you be hitting the pavement to get a job, or will you be checking out the advanced degree opportunities to be had in grad school?

There are more reasons to attend grad school. Read on for more. (Credit: someecards.com)

There are more reasons to attend grad school. Read on for more. (Credit: someecards.com)

Need some help deciding which choice is right for you? Read on. Read more

Diversity in college—important for college students and college professors

As our population becomes more heterogeneous, U.S. college students are broadening the diversity in college. But that same varied representation of gender, races and cultures does not seem to be extending to college professors.

Learn what can be done to change diversity within the college environment. (Credit: MemeGenerator)

Learn what can be done to change diversity within the college environment. (Credit: MemeGenerator)

Not only is faculty diversity lacking in terms of race, but also academic jobs seem to be disproportionately going to the graduates of the same group of schools. Why is this bad, and what can be done to change things? Read more