Geeky gadgets and other cool stuff you need for college

It’s a new school year and time to get your geek on. There are plenty of must-have gadgets and other cool stuff from which to choose  so much that it’s going to be hard to decide which new tech gadgets to buy.

With so many gadgets on the market, it's tricky to decide which one would be best for you. (Credit: Quick Meme)

With so many gadgets on the market, it’s tricky to decide which one would be best for you. (Credit: Quick Meme)

Whatever your budget, there are geeky gadgets that will satisfy your life hacks ambitions. Let’s take a look at some high tech and low tech ideas for your next semester. Read more

Are you eligible for the Pay As You Earn plan?

On June 9, 2014, President Obama signed an executive order that will make it easier for millions of young borrowers to repay their federal direct student loans.

The Pay As You Earn plan will help relieve student loan payers. (Credit: Deviant Art)

The Pay As You Earn plan will help relieve student loan payers. (Credit: Deviant Art)

With average student loan debt hovering around $30,000 per student and total student loan debt outpacing total credit card debt, borrowers will welcome the new ‘Pay As You Earn’ repayment program. Under the program loan, payments change based on your income and family size. Read more

Apply for the Student Engagement Advocate Program by Cengage Learning!

Looking to sharpen your business and presentation skills? Build your resume? AND get paid for it? If you’re interested in educating your campus on new and exciting Cengage Learning technology products, then you should apply for Cengage Learning’s Student Engagement Advocate Program!

What will you do as a Student Engagement Advocate?

  • Show-off our cool products: Meet with peers and faculty to conduct product demonstrations.
  • Be social: Hand out fun marketing collateral in high traffic areas on campus.
  • Sharpen your public speaking skills: Present to instructors, student groups and organizations.
  • Go viral: Post on your Social Media Accounts – program photos and contest or product information.

Download the PDF below for complete details and eligibility requirements:

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If this sounds interesting and you’d like to join the 2014 Student Engagement Advocate Program, visit www.cengage.com/studentengagement/team/application to apply.

Are robots taking over the world?

Does the prospect of robots becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives excite or terrify you? Whichever side you come down on, the time to prepare for what’s next with upcoming scientific advances, from personal robots to even robotic humans, is now.

Watson, one of many robots, faces its human rivals in a practice round. (Credit: Jeopardy / IBM)

Watson, one of many robots, faces its human rivals in a practice round. (Credit: Jeopardy / IBM)

Scientists have a range of exciting innovations coming down the pike, starting with robotic prosthetics and other medically based robots that will improve and even prolong our lives. Read more

How to identify your career path

I like to grow flowers and plants, should I major in horticulture and make it my career? I tinker on my dad’s car, should I study mechanical engineering and design cars for a living? There are many questions college students ask themselves about the direction of their career path.

Take the time to assess your strengths and passions when deciding on a career. (Credit: Therese Schwenkler)

Take the time to assess your strengths and passions when deciding on a career. (Credit: Therese Schwenkler)

Consult a mentor or guidance counselor for the job requirements needed for your chosen field. Here is some advice about identifying your dream career and targeting your academics and college major to get where you want to go. Read more

How to manage ADHD in college

The transition to college can be tough for anyone—living away from home for the first time, juggling the responsibility of class, being on your own. It is easy to feel overwhelmed. But what if you have ADHD?

College students with ADHD face many challenges, but they can be overcome. (Credit: DIYLOL.com)

College students with ADHD face many challenges, but they can be overcome. (Credit: DIYLOL.com)

That can make the changes and challenges that college bring even tougher. For prospective college students with ADHD or even a current student with ADHD, here are some tips for how you can survive and succeed as an undergrad. Read more

Who wins the smart home wars, Apple or Google?

Looking for a little more technology in your life… and home? You may soon get your wish, as Google and Apple are said to be announcing their respective forays into smart home technology. What is smart home technology or home automation?

The latest smart home technology will amaze you. (Credit: Meme Generator)

The latest smart home technology will amaze you. (Credit: Meme Generator)

For now, each tech giant plans to give home owners control of their security systems, lighting and even appliances through their smartphones or tablets. Could this be the start of Jetson-like homes that do all the work for us—from turning on the lights when we enter to having dinner on the table when we get home? Read more

Earn $250 per month in Cengage Learning’s 21 Voices research program!

Do you ever feel that, as a college student, your voice is not heard? That schools and companies care more about their own interests than yours? If so, this is a great chance for you to change that by applying for Cengage Learning’s 21 Voices research program!

Cengage Learning, 21 Voices

What is 21 Voices?

You’re probably wondering what 21 Voices is. Read more

How racism remains to be prevalent in sports

The NBA and the NHL have been trending news lately, but not for the reasons either league would like. After racist comments made by Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, went viral, the NBA fined him and banned him from games for life.

Fans at Oracle Arena protest Clippers owner Sterling's remarks on racism. (Credit: Reddit)

Fans at Oracle Arena protest Clippers owner Sterling’s remarks on racism. (Credit: Reddit)

Within weeks of that decision, Boston Bruins fans took to Twitter to level racial slurs at Montreal Canadiens defenseman P. K. Subban, a black player, after his game-winning double overtime goal. The Bruins were quick to cry foul at the behavior of the Twitter users. Read more

The end of print newspapers on campus is near

The death of print has been touted for years now as more and more publications go online to keep readers. College student newspapers have been somewhat immune to this trend—up until now.

As more publications go online, print newspapers are starting to diminish. (Credit: MemeCenter)

As more publications go online, print newspapers are starting to diminish. (Credit: MemeCenter)

Recently newspapers on campus are also creating Web presences in order to stay vital. So is print dead in academia, too? Read more