Filing taxes — last minute how to tips for college students

Ah taxes … part of entering the world of adults is beginning that lifelong dance with filing taxes. If you had a job in high school, mom and dad may have taken care of your dealings with the IRS, but there is no time like the present to start to tackle filing taxes yourself. Taxes may not be fun, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Here are some things you may not know about how to file taxes, plus tips for college students on how to make the process just a little bit easier, especially if you’ve put them off until the last minute.

Not even taxes can bring down Jerry Maguire. (Source: Create a Meme)

Not even taxes can bring down Jerry Maguire. (Source: Create a Meme)

Tax myths

First things first: you may be operating under the delusion that college students don’t have to file with the IRS. Au contraire! Read more

Living on a budget — tips for college students

A common issue for college students is maintaining a budget. (Credit: CommonSense&Nonsense)

A common issue for college students is maintaining a budget. (Credit: CommonSense&Nonsense)

Living on a budget is hard for anyone. But for college students, it may be the first time that you have been in full control (or almost full control) of your money. A few tips for how to handle your expenses, avoid debt and still have some fun along the way can be a big help. Whether you think you are doing just fine money-wise or if you have no idea where to begin, read on; while these are tips for college students, they’re suggestions that everyone can benefit from.

Getting started

If you have never tried living on a budget before, you may have no idea where to start. Wells Fargo offers some tips in their online article, “Budgeting for college students.” Read more

Change your major: Improve college GPA and student advantage

If you feel unsure about your major, look into changing it. (Credit: Phillip Martin)

If you feel unsure about your major, look into changing it. (Credit: Phillip Martin)

Now that you have a year or so of college under your belt, maybe you’re having second thoughts about your declared major. There’s no shame for college students in changing your major. The goal of college is to give you an education in a subject that interests you and to help you get a job you will enjoy in your career. Changing your major offers a student advantage by improving academics, helping you do better on midterms, improving your reading level and possibly getting a higher overall college GPA.

Reasons to change your major

There are many reasons college students change their major, minor or add another minor: Read more

Share Your Thoughts on College, We’ll Share Your Professor’s.

As a college student, you obviously have thoughts on college. Thoughts on college related to the classroom, your job and your relationships with friends and family. Juggling it all can be challenging, we at CengageBrain get that, you don’t have to tell us… But this is your chance to tell your instructors your thoughts on college, your thoughts on what the life of a college student is truly like! We know what puts you in the seats, this is your chance to tell your instructors what keeps you there!

Share Your Thoughts on College, We'll Share Your Professor's Thoughts.

college lecture (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

Student thoughts on college

In order to help your instructors understand some of the challenges you’re facing in your academic career, we want you to take our survey. Any and all feedback is appreciated so feel free to spill your guts about what your college life is like! We will be sharing your thoughts on college with instructors so they have a better idea about what matters the most to you. But that’s not the best part… Read more

After a bad midterm exam: College tips to improve academics

Always keep in mind that it's never too late to succeed.

Always keep in mind that it’s never too late to succeed.

Bad midterms are not the end of the world. Student success doesn’t hinge on one test. There are ways for college students to improve study habits and get a better grade on your subsequent tests and final exam. Did you suffer from a lousy midterm exam? Worried your academics aren’t up to par? Here are some tips for college students to study better and improve your overall grade in the class.

Don’t get discouraged

Grace Fleming wrote in “Improving Bad Grades: Change Your Habits and Improve Your Grades” for About.com’s Homework/Study Tips: “It is easy to get the blues when you receive low scores on a big test or a homework assignment, but you can’t let poor performance get you down. There is always time to make things better. … Just don’t get down on yourself!” Read more

What should I major in and does it matter?

When picking a major, it helps to see what job options will be available after graduation.

When picking a major, it helps to see what job options will be available after graduation.

You picked a college, got in and thought the hard decisions were behind you. But there is still that little wrinkle of picking a college major. You know … that decision that will determine the entire course of the rest of your life—what your career is, how you live, who you marry? Okay, some of that may be exaggeration, maybe even all of it. So if you haven’t already answered the question—what should I major in?—there is no time like the present. Once you have an answer, then you can decide—does it matter?

What is a college major?

Just to make sure we’re on the same page, let’s talk a little bit about what a major is. The College Board’s Big Future site offers up an answer in their post “The College Major: What It Is and How to Choose One:” “A major is a specific subject area that students specialize in. Typically, between one-third and one-half of the courses you’ll take in college will be in your major or related to it.” Read more

Future jobs for liberal arts majors: What are the job prospects?

When picking a college major, consider what gives you the best chance at a job right out of college.

When picking a college major, consider what gives you the best chance at a job right out of college.

Worried that your humanities major might be dooming you to a life of ramen noodles from your basement apartment at your parent’s house? Well never fear. A recent study from the AAC&U and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems has shown that liberal arts majors do have a shot at not only gainful employment, but also a career that equals the economic opportunities of graduates with a professional or pre-professional degree. So what are the job prospects for a liberal arts major? What future jobs are in store for you?

Long-term job prospects

There seems to be a lot of talk recently about the value in a liberal arts education, even though many people say that degrees in the humanities don’t offer the same job prospects that other courses of study do. However, on January 22, 2014, in “Liberal arts grads win long-term” for Inside Higher Ed, Allie Grasgreen reported that a study by the AAC&U and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems found, over the long term, liberal arts majors do just as well earnings-wise. Read more

Degrees that will increase college students odds of finding a job after graduation

Monroe Community College Graduation at The Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester War Memorial. (Credit: David Maiolo)

Monroe Community College Graduation at The Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester War Memorial. (Credit: David Maiolo)

If you’re wondering what college degree will guarantee you a job after graduation, there may not be a fool proof answer, but some degrees certainly hold their weight in gold more than others. Recent surveys show that some of the college degrees that increase your odds of finding a job after graduation are the ones that have been trending for several years now, but what’s interesting, are the ones that maybe you didn’t know even existed.

The most job offers

According to data from the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE), reported in the Forbes post, “The College Degrees That Get The Most Job Offers,” by Susan Adams January 22, 2014, the top five college majors that produced the highest percentage of students reporting at least one job offer upon graduation were: Read more

Job ideas for college students

Holding a job during college can help prepare you for a post-college career.

Holding a job during college can help prepare you for a post-college career.

Many students work while taking classes, whether they’re working their way through school, need some extra spending money or want to add to their resume. Besides working in fast food, there are many other choices and ways to think outside the box for job opportunities on or off campus. Go to your financial aid office and see if they have campus jobs available. Here are some more tips for college students who want work.

Why work during school?

“According to findings by Citi and Seventeen magazine from a 2013 survey, nearly four out of five (almost 80 percent) of college students work while attending college, with the average student clocking in a work load of 19 hours per week,” reported Jon Fortenbury in “Is it wise to work while in college?” posted October 24, 2013 in Schools.com. Read more

Unintended consequences of posting online: Use of social networking sites sparks legal battles for Courtney Love and college students

Celebrity Courtney Love has recently been at the forefront of social media related controversy.

Celebrity Courtney Love has recently been at the forefront of social media related controversy.

Social networking sites like Twitter and Instagram have become as much a part of our daily lives as morning coffee. Yet those who enjoy these sites rarely think about the unintended consequences of posting every passing thought and emotion for the world to see. A case in point is that of rock singer Courtney Love who has been embroiled in more than one lawsuit related to posts that she has made on social media sites.

The case of Courtney Love

It all began in early 2009 when Love accused fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir of being a prostitute and dealing drugs. Read more