Volunteering while in college can be beneficial in a number of ways. (Credit: Louvonia McClain)
So you’re looking ahead to spring break, but your budget does not support one of the awesome trips some of your peers are planning. You may not wind up on sandy beaches for your spring break, but you can look into the alternative spring break (ASB) opportunities offered on campus. There are many benefits to volunteering, and an ASB could be just what you’re looking for to gain positive experience. Because many ASBs still take place abroad, and do require fundraising to participate, they may still be beyond the limits of your wallet. No worries—you can find ways to volunteer close to home, or plan staycation activities to make sure your spring break is anything but ordinary. Continue reading
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American’s perception of homosexuality have recently changed significantly.
The number of famous people who have acknowledged their homosexuality continues to grow. Celebrity coming out stories, like those of Ellen Page and Michael Sam, are reflective of the changes in American’s thinking when it comes to homosexuality. Even the Justice Department recently has weighed in on the matter, as more and more states legalize gay marriage. What is the impact on society of celebrity coming out stories?
Football star—Michael Sam
On February 9, 2014, Michael Sam made football history by coming out as gay. The NFL-prospect will be the first openly gay player in the National Football League after he is picked in the upcoming draft. The University of Missouri player has racked up the accolades, helping his team win the Cotton Bowl this past year and being named first-team all-American and defensive player of the year in the Southeastern Conference by the Associated Press. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Keeping a tool kit handy will be a life saver when you least expect it.
Some college students like to wing it from the seat of their pants, while others like to be prepared for any contingency. Here are some ideas for do-it-yourself survival kits for your college dorms, car or trip away from home. All of these can be bought prepackaged or you can mix and match to make your own kits.
A handy little tool kit with the basics will get you far in fixing small items yourself. You can buy prepackaged kits with one of each necessary tool, or you can build your own. Essential items: hammer, Philips screwdriver, flathead screwdriver, pliers, wrench, hex wrench, razor cutter, Goo Gone, Krazy Glue, masking or duct tape, measuring tape and assorted sizes of screws and nails. Continue reading
Winter conditions damage your skin, unless you properly take care of it. (Credit: cezary korpal)
Winter weather in the U.S. typically means cold, dry conditions that can aggravate your skin. You need homemade skin care, which include natural remedies for every skin condition. Here are just a few ideas that are easy and affordable to help you create home remedies for acne and other skin conditions that you may find yourself dealing with.
Affordable skin care
Taking care of your skin doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. There are plenty of remedies you can find right in your own kitchen or at the nearest grocery store.
- Acne: According to SkinCareAllWomensTalk.com, actress Scarlett Johansson swears by an apple cider vinegar face wash as a remedy. “Ladies with normal skin can dab some ACV on the blemish before going to sleep and those with sensitive skin can mix one part ACV with one part water.”
- Pore minimizer: Blend half a tomato with a tablespoon of plain yogurt, apply to skin and rinse off after 5-10 minutes. Follow up with a moisturizer. Continue reading
This is a portion of my TBR pile. How many books in your pile make the top 100 cut? (Credit: Alana Joli Abbott)
The lists come out every year. Sometimes more than once. “100 books to read before you die.” “100 novels everyone should read.” They’re filled with classic books, or just good books—according to the list compilers. Sometimes they come out as memes, and you can check off which books you’ve read (and see how you score compared to your Facebook friends). On February 4, 2014, Amazon released its own list of top books, hotly debated for months by a team of Amazon staffers. Since for Amazon, books are the gateway to purchases on its site for many customers, it makes sense for the online behemoth to choose a number of titles to read—but you might be surprised by some of its choices. Which of these would you include in your “to be read” (TBR) pile? Continue reading
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: Continue reading
A fiber optic cable, like the ones used by Google Fiber and other gigabit internet service providers. (Credt: Hustvedt)
On campus, there’s probably easy-access Internet in every building. Maybe even high speed wi-fi. But while university-provided Internet for students is a modern day requirement for college life, it’s been slower to catch on with municipalities. As job searching becomes more and more an Internet-required task, those who have Internet from home have great advantages over those who don’t. Google Fiber and other municipal broadband services have been making an effort to close that advantage gap by offering free, low-speed Internet to consumers in specific test municipalities such as Kansas City, Kansas. But a lobbyist in Kansas has introduced broadband legislation that would ban this technology, ensuring that the current cable and Internet companies wouldn’t have to compete. Continue reading
If you plan to travel out of the country, having an updated passport is essential. (Credit: Full Issue)
There may still be snow where you are, but it’s not too early to start planning your spring break travel. Unfortunately, some of those great deals you find online or through a little-known travel company may result in travel scams or outright fraud. You can protect yourself from some of the most common scams by reading the fine print in any agreement you sign, or using your credit card to make purchases (since credit cards are insured against fraud). You can also help protect your parents against spring break phone scams. To get tips on how to avoid scams during your spring break, keep reading! Continue reading
The all important question with tax refunds is whether you should save or spend it.
Tax season is upon us, and if you have any income you are probably hoping for a hefty check after filing your return. The big question once your tax refund arrives is what to do with it. Read on for some ways to save that money, as well as smart spending tips if it is burning a hole in your pocket.
Part of your income
The experts at TurboTax would like to remind you in their article “How to Spend, Save, or Stretch Your Tax Refund” that your tax refund is not a gift from Uncle Sam. In reality, that money is part of your income and you should take that idea into consideration when you are deciding on whether to spend or save that check.
What’s more, if you are getting too large of a refund, then you may need to adjust your paycheck withholdings. According to TurboTax, “the amount that is withheld from your paycheck is based in part on the number of exemptions you entered on the W-4 you gave to your employer.” Continue reading