Life hacks for college students to find your career

The biggest, most important of all life hacks for college students? It has to be how to find your career. No matter where you are in your college career—from a freshman to a senior—you have spent time wondering what your future job prospects will be when you receive that diploma.

College is the time to decide on a career. (Credit: Youniversity)

College is the time to decide on a career. (Credit: Youniversity)

Read on to learn the facts about the state of jobs for grads, and how you can improve your odds. Read more

DIY projects for holiday gift baskets

Gift baskets are usually found at church raffles, but college students can make their own basket of goodies for that special someone. Do-it-yourself projects show the recipient that you took the time to make a creative, thoughtful and useful gift just for them.

Movie Night gift basket. (Credit: forthemommas.com)

Movie Night gift basket. (Credit: forthemommas.com)

The options are almost endless for baskets. Just remember what your friend likes, create a theme, buy a big empty basket and fill it full of interesting and unique items. Read more

What to know about the Orion spacecraft launch

The space shuttle program that fascinated so many during the 1980s and beyond may now be defunct, but America has not totally set aside our efforts to explore the world beyond our planet. The NASA Orion spacecraft is one of the space center’s next generation spacecraft that represents the first steps toward achieving a Mars mission.

Time for the Orion spacecraft to head to Mars. (Credit: MemeCenter)

Time for the Orion spacecraft to head to Mars. (Credit: MemeCenter)

The test launch of Orion suffered some delays, but the unmanned craft finally achieved lift-off on December 5, 2014, in what many see as a critical first step toward future manned missions into outer space. Read more

What college students need to know about police procedure

On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, a grand jury in Staten Island, New York, decided that there was not enough evidence to prosecute officers involved in the death of Eric Garner. This case, and that of Michael Brown, highlights the issue of police brutality and the use of excessive force.

A militaristic approach being used by police. (Credit: cops.usdoj.gov)

A militaristic approach being used by police. (Credit: cops.usdoj.gov)

Many question whether policies such as “stop and frisk” and the war on drugs are leading to excessive police militarization. Here’s what you need to know about conducting yourself in a police confrontation. Read more

Few college students are finishing their four-year degree on time

A new study from Complete College America, a non-profit group, has found that very few college students actually complete their four-year degree on time. In fact, graduation rates to earn a degree in four years at public universities are only 19 percent for full-time students.

Federally reported graduation rates are already low, but even fewer college students finish their four-year degree on time. (Credit: US News)

Federally reported graduation rates are already low, but even fewer college students finish their four-year degree on time. (Credit: US News)

What is perhaps most disturbing for college students and their families is that this inability to finish on time is starting to become the accepted norm, with education policy experts now using six years as the standard for earning a bachelor’s degree and three years for an associate’s degree. Read more

Congratulations to our finals survival kit winners!

Last month we held a contest allowing college students to share why they were most deserving of a finals survival kit. We at CengageBrain were so overwhelmed by the number of participants who shared their comments with us on the blog, but after a very, very tough decision, we chose five lucky recipients of the survival kits plus a $100 Visa gift card.

We are happy to announce our winners, as well as a short excerpt from each of their comments! Read more

College comparison: Larger vs. smaller colleges

The college you pick says a lot about what you want out of college life. Besides academics and college sports, college students consider many features when choosing a college.

Classroom sizes will vary no matter if you attend a small or large college. (Credit: Her Campus)

Classroom sizes will vary no matter if you attend a small or large college. (Credit: Her Campus)

The size of the school you attend can determine the diversity of students, professor to student ratio, prestige, class size and other factors. Here is a college comparison of large versus small colleges. Read more

Body weight fitness for student health

From Thigh Master to Shake Weight to Zumba, exercise trends and gimmicks have been around for years. Each year fitness professionals (and marketing executives) predict what the next fitness trend will be. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) conducted its annual fitness trend forecast based on survey responses from thousands of fitness professionals.

Body weight fitness is the next big trend in workouts for 2015. (Credit: Elaina Verhoff )

Body weight fitness is the next big trend in workouts for 2015. (Credit: Elaina Verhoff )

Top of the list for the official fitness trend for 2015 will be… body weight training. Read on to learn about body weight workouts for good student health in the new year. Read more

Holiday shopping life hacks for college students

The biggest retail moment is just ahead—holiday shopping. For college students who would like to save money this holiday season, while still finding the perfect gifts for their friends and family, there are some tips and tricks that can help you.

Follow our tips and tricks for holiday shopping. (Credit: Holiday Memes)

Follow our tips and tricks for holiday shopping. (Credit: Holiday Memes)

Make the most of the upcoming holiday shopping season with these life hacks. Read more

5 skills to learn in college for your career path

In addition to academics, learning social skills and living on your own away from parents, college is intended to give you an education so that you can go out into the world, have a career and support yourself and your own family.

Develop your communication skills in college to prepare you for the future. (Credit: Getty Images)

Develop your communication skills in college to prepare you for the future. (Credit: Getty Images)

Not only do college students need to learn information vital to your career path (business, biology, computers, etc.) but you also need skills that make you marketable and attractive to prospective employers. Here are some college tips for skills to learn to land that great job. Read more