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

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

5 skills to learn in college for your career path

In addition to academics, learning social skills and living on your own away from parents, college is intended to give you an education so that you can go out into the world, have a career and support yourself and your own family.

Develop your communication skills in college to prepare you for the future. (Credit: Getty Images)

Develop your communication skills in college to prepare you for the future. (Credit: Getty Images)

Not only do college students need to learn information vital to your career path (business, biology, computers, etc.) but you also need skills that make you marketable and attractive to prospective employers. Here are some college tips for skills to learn to land that great job. Read more

Abuse of prescription drugs on college campus

The nonmedical use of prescription drugs on college campuses is a growing problem. Many college students are using drugs such as Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta in the belief that they improve academics.

The use of prescription drugs is a common issue with college students. (Credit: Bruins Public Health)

The use of prescription drugs is a common issue with college students. (Credit: Bruins Public Health)

In reality, many students who abuse prescription drugs perform poorly on tests and run the risk of dependency and even death. Here is some advice for addressing the problem and improving campus life. Read more

Millennials and higher education: Influence of a generation

The Millennial generation has been categorized and labeled, sometimes with good qualities and sometimes not. But many people are studying this generation born between 1980 and 2000. Millennials have been called entitled, well educated, ambitious, confident, sheltered, diverse, team-oriented and dependent and deferent to authority.

A cartoon's take on the Millennials. (Credit: Mark Anderson)

A cartoon’s take on the Millennials. (Credit: Mark Anderson)

Millennial college students have unique educational needs and opportunities in higher education. Here are some traits, influences and obstacles for the Millennial generation. (Disclaimer: This is a broad general characterization of an entire generation, which does not take into consideration individual traits or performances.) Read more

Delivering bad news: Life hacks for college students

Sooner or later it happens to all of us: delivering bad news. It may be how to tell your parents that you got a bad grade, or it may be something much worse. Regardless, it is important among life skills for college students.

Sharing bad news is never an easy task. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Sharing bad news is never an easy task. (Credit: QuickMeme)

That being said, it doesn’t mean that you have to make sharing your bad tidings any harder than necessary. There are some life hacks to make even this difficult task a little bit easier. Read more

Auditing a class: Student success without a grade

Auditing a class is an option for college students who do not need credit for that class but want a stress-free environment to learn the material or network in that field of study.

Auditing a class is a great option for college students. (Credit: Wayne State University)

Auditing a class is a great option for college students. (Credit: Wayne State University)

Student success does not always require a grade. Here are some college tips if you want to audit a class and what to expect. Read more

Strike Debt challenges student loan debt crisis

It may seem like it’s been awhile since Occupy Wall Street took over town greens and camped out in front of businesses to protest the rising gap between the wealthy and the 99%.

The group Strike Debt takes on the issue of student loan debt. (Credit: Occupy.com)

The group Strike Debt takes on the issue of student loan debt. (Credit: Occupy.com)

But while the movement has largely disappeared from the headlines, a spin-off group known as Strike Debt, which previously purchased medical debt and forgave it, has continued to work on behalf of those who can’t afford the rising costs of their debt repayments. That includes recently graduated college students who are facing what many media outlets consider a student loan debt crisis. Read more

News feeds for college students to know what’s happening in the world

Sure, you all know how to check your Twitter feeds and Facebook notifications, but do you tune in to the news and know what’s going on in the world?

A compilation of news feeds college students can follow. (Credit: Brandwatch)

A compilation of news feeds college students can follow. (Credit: Brandwatch)

Don’t live in a plastic bubble — learn how to keep yourself up to speed with these DIY tips from CengageBrain! Read more

Transferring colleges—Things you need to know

Changed your mind? Switched majors? Need to cut costs? Wanted to get those entry-level courses out of the way? There are a multitude of reasons you may be thinking of transferring from a two-year to a four-year school.

Research based on transferring college students. (Credit: National Student Clearinghouse)

Research based on transferring college students. (Credit: National Student Clearinghouse)

If you are still deciding whether or not switching schools is right for you, here is some insight and tips on the process of transferring colleges, as well as things you need to know as a transfer student. Read more