2016’s unique commencement speeches

It’s graduation speech time. College seniors are dressed up in their graduation cap and gown. But before they’re allowed to leave, they have to listen to their commencement speech.

Which commencement speeches do you enjoy most? (Credit: PopSugar.com)

Which commencement speeches do you enjoy most? (Credit: PopSugar.com)

Unless your college gets a memorable guest speaker like a movie star or the U.S. President, you’re probably not going to remember what the speaker said. I know I don’t. Here are some of 2016’s unique, inspiring and memorable commencement speeches. Read more

Tips for high school students preparing for college

Know any high school students preparing for college in the fall? Are you trying to get ready to start your own grand university adventure? You may be freaking out a bit, and that’s okay.

Let us help you in preparing for college. (Credit: The News Wheel)

Let us help you in preparing for college. (Credit: The News Wheel)

I’ve got some tips to help you use this final summer at home to your advantage so college will be a breeze! Read more

The hidden gems of summer jobs for college students

It’s officially summer break! You know what that means? Plenty of sun and relaxation… OH WAIT, you want (or need) a summer job? There are a handful of options available to you. You just have to do your research on the best summer jobs.

A dog walker would be considered one of many good summer jobs. (Credit: US News)

A dog walker would be considered one of many good summer jobs. (Credit: US News)

Here we show you some great ideas for summer jobs that will almost make it seem like you’re having fun and not working! Read more

Advice on summer courses that will give you the “summer feels!”

The spring semester is over and many college students are weighing the pros and cons of summer courses. While many articles are written to tell you the benefits and perils of summer classes, I’m here to give you a different perspective.

Will you be taking summer courses? (Credit: MonroeCC.edu)

Will you be taking summer courses? (Credit: MonroeCC.edu)

I’m not going to tell you that summer courses are hard or you can catch up if you just failed a class last semester. No, I’m going to tell you why you should embrace summer courses as the brutal animal they can be, and how you can use them to your benefit. Read more

Improve your career search with these tips

Are you being resourceful with your career search? Do you know what the best job search websites are? The answers to these two questions may surprise you.

Find out how to jumpstart your career search. (Credit: Centennial Inc)

Find out how to jumpstart your career search. (Credit: Centennial Inc)

Read on for common mistakes people make in their career search, as well as a life hack or two to make the whole process easier. Read more

Making money after college graduation

I like to think I’m like most college students – obsessed with finding the perfect job after college graduation and making money right away. It’s understandable considering that you want a good career to support yourself, pay off your student loans and not have to move back in with your parents.

What are your plans after graduating college? (Credit: QuickMeme)

What are your plans after graduating college? (Credit: QuickMeme)

But there are alternatives to life after college. Here is some advice for what to do after college. Read more

Student debt relief is available for federal student loans

If you’re worried about how you’ll pay off your federal student loans, then I’ve got good news for you. On April 28, 2016, President Obama “crashed” a press conference with some breaking news for college students. Within the next year, 2 million more people will be enrolled in the Pay As You Earn program.

Find out more about student debt relief. (Credit: Tyler Kingkade, Huffington Post)

Find out more about student debt relief. (Credit: Tyler Kingkade, Huffington Post)

The program will help some borrowers with federal student loans by capping their monthly loan payments. The President also promised other future announcements that will help ease the burden of student debt. Read more

What to know about vaccines for college students

Heading abroad for a summer term? If you’re traveling out of country, or just getting ready for next semester, now might be a good time to check on your immunization record. It’s important for college students to support herd immunity on campus–the more people who get vaccines, the less chance of anyone getting sick.

Are your vaccines up-to-date? (Credit: Upstream)

Are your vaccines up-to-date? (Credit: Upstream)

When you live in tight quarters like dorms, it’s really easy for colds (and more serious diseases) to spread around. If you can avoid an illness in college with a simple shot, it’s a no brainer–no one wants to spend finals week (or summer break) down with the measles. Read more

Paying for college: Are small scholarships worth the essay?

It’s common knowledge: apply for scholarships and you’ll be better able to afford college, right? Certainly, large scholarships are the best ones to receive: $10k or $25k off of that $70k per year college bill makes a huge difference in the amount you have to cover. I wonder now if I should have applied for more scholarships–even small ones that would cover my books (or groceries!)–to limit the amount of debt I’m leaving college with.

Let us help you decide which scholarships to apply for. (Credit: NAU.edu)

Let us help you decide which scholarships to apply for. (Credit: NAU.edu)

For high school seniors or returning students looking for tips on paying for college, consider whether it’s worth applying for a small scholarship, especially if it requires a brand new scholarship essay. Read more

College graduation nightmares: “Enjoy the trip, we won’t see you next fall!”

Dear J,

I graduate in 5 days and I have a feeling that I am going to fall on my face when I walk across the stage! Is this normal? What are the chances of that even happening?!

Sincerely,

Lexi B

Dear Lexi,

Not to worry, you have a better chance of catching a tomato with your face while you’re on that stage! Read more