So, you want to hack the Pentagon?

I don’t know about you, but when I was a teenager reading a lot of science fiction, I thought that the life of a hacker must be pretty glamorous. There was something adventurous and rebellious about the idea of navigating cyberspace. While SFF still makes some great metaphors for hacking, most of the hackers you see in the news are the ones causing problems. The exception? The hackers of the Department of Defense Hack the Pentagon program—some of whom weren’t even college students yet, let alone professionals.

Find out here how to join Hack the Pentagon. (Credit: TechWorm)

Find out here how to join Hack the Pentagon. (Credit: TechWorm)

If you’re headed into a computer science major and want to test your own skills against the Department of Defense, here’s what you need to know about the Hack the Pentagon initiative. Read more

Pros and cons when choosing a college minor

While I have a double major with no minor, many college students are choosing a major with a minor. How important to your academics is it to have a college minor? Some colleges don’t even offer them.

Here are some advantages and disadvantages of minors, and advice on types of degrees as well as choosing a minor. Read more

You ask, we answer: You’re in! Into some serious conversations with the parents!

Dear J,

I’m still in high school but I’m looking to attend college in the fall of 2016. The problem is, I just got my college acceptance letters and I got into all four Universities that I applied to! Sounds great, right? Well it’s not: My parents both want me to go to a certain one and there are two others that I got into that I’d rather go to. What do I do?

Sincerely,

Jacob P

Jacob,

First of all, CONGRATULATIONS! College is a great experience and you’re off to a good start with having options. Unbeknownst to you, you have already taken some steps to answer your own question. Read more

How to prepare yourself for grad school

If there is a chance that grad school is in your future, there are some things you need to know while you are still an undergrad.

Do you think you're ready for grad school? (Credit: Otmar Winterleitner/iStock)

Do you think you’re ready for grad school? (Credit: Otmar Winterleitner/iStock)

How to succeed in a master’s program requires some advance planning, and preparing for that possibility is something you should be thinking about sooner rather than later. Are you ready? Read more

Pros and cons of transferring colleges

There are a lot of reasons you may be thinking of transferring colleges. But if you are weighing the pros and cons of making a switch, there are some things you need to know first. For instance, what are some good reasons to transfer and what are some reasons that you may need to reconsider?

What do you think about transferring colleges? (Credit: USA Today)

What do you think about transferring colleges? (Credit: USA Today)

Read on for all my best tips and advice before you make a change. Read more

The college admission process: 3 trends you should know

The college admission process can be a crazy and scary time—after all, you are basically using the next four years of your life to decide the rest of your life. Not to freak you out or anything … I know that the ins and outs of applying have changed.

Have you heard the latest college admission trends? (Credit: Beth Segal)

Have you heard the latest college admission trends? (Credit: Beth Segal)

I’ve done some digging to find the three emerging trends that coming applicants may see when it comes to personalized learning, specialized degrees and the role of social media in their college experience. Read more

Pros and cons of LLCs for college students

I know what you’re thinking… What are LLCs? A living-learning community on college campus is a residence hall or dorm room building filled with like-minded college students who are all studying the same subject. A relatively new trend in colleges across the country, these professional learning communities, also called interest-based housing, integrate intellectual and residential life.

Would you like LLCs? (Credit: Manhattan College)

Would you like LLCs? (Credit: Manhattan College)

In this new approach to academics, students share a special interest, live in residential halls and take the same classes together. Read more

Is psychology the right major for you?

Psychology is one of the most popular college majors and often ranks at the top for most colleges and universities. College students who want to study psychology are often cultivated by schools. Yet critics say that there are too many psychology majors who have little prospect for a decent career after they graduate.

Are you interested in a psychology major? (Credit: BizarroComics.com)

Are you interested in a psychology major? (Credit: BizarroComics.com)

Here is some information to contradict the critics. When choosing a major, psychology can still be in the running. Read more

Least valuable and hardest college majors

Here are some of the worst college majors, hardest college majors and majors that too many people are taking in relation to jobs available. But there’s a disclaimer: college students have serious choices to make when choosing a major.

Maybe you should reconsider college majors that leave you unhappy post-graduation. (Credit: Thinkstock)

Maybe you should reconsider college majors that leave you unhappy post-graduation. (Credit: Thinkstock)

This list of college majors is based on various data sets calculated by number crunchers that determine the value of a college major based on recent unemployment rates and salary starts. The fields may change in the future, and there are people who break the mold and do very well in the fields they are passionate about. Read more

Ladies in STEM – This one’s for you

I entered college expecting to major in physics and go into a space-related field. Now I’m working towards a degree in creative writing. What happened to my career plan!? By my sophomore year, I realized I had come to college without many of the prerequisites I needed to excel in higher level sciences. (At least one of my other STEM-bound female peers ended up in a theater field—and she likes to remind me that she uses engineering in almost every aspect of her creative field.)

How do you overcome the challenges faced by women in STEM? (Credit: AAUW.org)

How do you overcome the challenges faced by women in STEM? (Credit: AAUW.org)

While my high school certainly encouraged women in math and sciences, that sort of encouragement is still not the norm at either the high school or college level. Read more