Not to further terrify those of us already dreading the college debt that’s waiting to greet us upon graduation, but according to a study released this week, college student debt is on the rise and the job market for recent grads is getting worse — not better — even as the economy improves. Say what?! Yes, that seems to be the cold-hearted reality. Rather than hide in a hole somewhere, now is the time to grab hold of the reins and take control of that student debt. While some of us excel at the avoidance route, taking measured steps to pay off that debt could make all the difference. Read on for these tips to prevent disaster. Continue reading
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The end of the term is approaching, and if you think your grades are slipping, you may need some new tools to stay organized. Check out iHomework, or look up your averages with a final grade calculator to get the rest of your semester under control. Need a Twitter celebrity break? Check out the Miley Cyrus Twitter pics the former Disney star posted for her fans. Continue reading
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April Fools’ Day is just around the corner so if you’re plotting a tiny trick or an elaborate prank, now is the time to get your game on. Maybe you take secret pleasure in the scheming and the plotting while others enjoy the last minute rush when a plan comes together. Either way, a little inspiration can go a long way in keeping your pranks fresh and guarantee your friends will be laughing about it for the ages. Here are the Top 5 April Fools’ pranks for college students to get your wheels turning.
One of the most classic April Fools’ Day jokes is to set the clocks forward on your roomie or another otherwise unsuspecting victim. Continue reading
In the wake of the Steubenville rape case where two students were found guilty, colleges across the country are grappling with their own sexual assault policies (or lack thereof) in dealing with sexual assault reports and the culture of rape that surrounds victims and perpetrators. College students at several high-profile universities have claimed their schools botched rape cases among the student body over recent months and are stressing the importance of speaking out via social media. Doing so, they have started a new national conversation. They are pleading with college officials to ramp up education on sexual education and are pushing for more resources for counseling, health services and legal support. We, as college students, can make a difference. Silence and shame do not need to be tolerated. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, find out how your peers are taking a stand. Read on to find out how others are making a difference. Continue reading
You know that there’s more than one way to peel an orange, so of course there’s more than one way to learn too! Join Cengage Learning’s A Slice of Life contest by submitting a quick, 1 or 2 minute video for a chance to score an awesome scholarship. And don’t be stingy with the creativity! In your video, make sure you show what makes you a unique learner who values a personal learning experience. A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to the very best story, and one runner-up will even earn themselves a $500 scholarship. In a world full of apples, give the world an orange. Be creative and show off A Slice of Your Life! Continue reading
Day 3 of the protest Occupy Wall Street in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Most of us were more worried about getting into our college of choice than we were about paying for that education. But the cost of college has risen dramatically in recent years. According to the National Center of Education Statistics, between 2000-01 and 2010-11, prices at public institutions rose 42 percent. As a result, of the 20 million Americans that attend college, 60 percent borrow money to pay for it. But without a college degree, people earn much less, leading to greater income inequality. So, what’s the answer?
For many, student loans have become the go-to solution. As the cost of college has risen, so has the amount of student loan debt. According to the American Student Assistance (ASA) organization, in Student Loan Debt Statistics, “There is roughly somewhere between $902 billion and $1 trillion in total outstanding student loan debt in the United States today.” The average balance owed is just over $24,000. Continue reading
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The effect of sleep deprivation on college students is a well-known problem. As we face the new experiences of dorm life, new sleep patterns, sharing dorm rooms, freedom away from parents to party, late night study habits, new clubs and activities — all this can lead to sleep deprivation and disruptive effects on our bodies and school performance. Don’t believe me? Read on to learn how more sleep means better test results, a healthier body and fewer trips to the student health center! Continue reading