Need to know tips for a great college life

The prospect of heading to college in the fall as a freshman is scary enough, but if you can prepare yourself just a little bit for what you’re getting yourself into, you’ll be much more relaxed. Read on to find out some things you need to know about college life!

A description of how college life is portrayed by different parties. (Credit: College Candy)

A description of how college life is portrayed by different parties. (Credit: College Candy)

Financial life

You’ve likely heard of FAFSA, but have you filled out your application? Continue reading

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Protect your skin with these DIY skin care recipes

If your summer is going the way you want, you are hitting the pool, heading to the beach or generally basking in the hot, hot rays of the sun. This is all great fun, but kind of hard on your skin.

Protect yourself from the sun's rays with some easy DIY skin care recipes. (Credit: Meme Generator)

Protect yourself from the sun’s rays with some easy DIY skin care recipes. (Credit: Meme Generator)

Summer skin care may not be the first thing you think of once classes are out and the temperatures start to inch up, but a little attention to your face (and all your skin) can go a long way to presenting your best face for the summer. Read on for some DIY skin care recipes to give your face and body a healthy, fresh look June through August and beyond. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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Don’t be a slob, clean your dorm room

Cleaning college dorms is one of the least favorite chores for college students. You get flashbacks of your mom yelling, “Clean your room!” But cleaning dorm rooms can be really quick and easy if you have the right plan and know what to clean.

With a little effort, you can make your room go from unsanitary to clean. (Credit: Fuel Brand)

With a little effort, you can make your room go from unsanitary to clean. (Credit: Fuel Brand)

Dusting and vacuuming are only the beginning. I’ll share some college dorm room ideas for keeping out bugs and cleaning mildew and offer some do-it-yourself college tips you might not have thought of to keep your room germ-free and smelling fresh. Continue reading

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Here’s your 411 on the 2014 World Cup

Every four years it happens and almost the entire world stops to watch (except maybe sports fans in the U.S). No not the Olympics, the World Cup. The 2014 World Cup soccer matches are being held in Brazil this year.

Hysteria over the 2014 World Cup has begun. (Credit: quickmeme)

Hysteria over the 2014 World Cup has begun. (Credit: quickmeme)

Despite the ongoing FIFA controversy about how the games are run and awarded, an estimated 12.6 million people will be watching. If you are new to the games, here’s some information to get you up to speed. Continue reading

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If you need a job, follow these resume tips

You graduated college. Yeah! You need a job. Oh. How do you start, how do you get your foot in the door, how can you write a killer resume and cover letter?

Learn about the ways to help yourself stand out when applying for a job. (Credit: Bloomberg)

Learn about the ways to help yourself stand out when applying for a job. (Credit: Bloomberg)

The job market is still tough, you’re competing with lots of other college students, and you don’t have a whole lot of experience yet. You need some lifehack advice! Here are some job and resume tips for recent college graduates. Continue reading

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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:

SEAP.PDF
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.

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How to deal with grief after losing a loved one

When a friend faces the loss of a loved one, it’s hard to find the right words to help them deal with their sense of grief and loss. The truth is that there is nothing that you can say to make it better but there are plenty of things that could make them feel worse.

The Texas A&M-Commerce community display grief as they come together to mourn the loss of two star players on the school’s women’s basketball team. (Credit: Steve Harvey)

The Texas A&M-Commerce community display grief as they come together to mourn the loss of two star players on the school’s women’s basketball team. (Credit: Steve Harvey)

You may have heard about the 5 stages of grief. Well, they are real and everyone goes through them; not in the same order or for a set period of time. Each person’s grief process is unique to them. Continue reading

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8 things you need to know in college

For the newbie and the senior, college is a strange world unto itself. It’s either a playground with no rules and no parents, or it’s Life 101.

There are many things you need to know before and during college. (Credit: StudentStuff)

There are many things you need to know before and during college. (Credit: StudentStuff)

Whatever stage of college life you’re in, here are some need to know study tips for college, and advice for navigating the college years and coping with stress. Continue reading

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What does it take to create a cool website?

Everyone is on the web so why not you? Sites are easy to create if you have a little talent. You can establish your web presence with a cool website and share your thoughts and talents with the world.

Create your own website to show off your skills and talents to employers. (Credit: webpacificit.com)

Create your own website to show off your skills and talents to employers. (Credit: webpacificit.com)

All you need is a few tools and some spare time. Let’s take a look at some of the tools and resources that you can use to put yourself online. Continue reading

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