Take a break from your studies and host a party with your friends.
Winter is cold and boring, and cabin-fever is making you crazy. Why not throw a party? Combine that with your New Year’s Resolution to improve your student health by cutting down on the drinking and you can throw a fabulous non-alcoholic party in your dorm rooms. You could even get rid of some useless gifts you got this holiday season. Here are some tips for college parties that don’t involve alcohol.
“The problem with using drugs or drinking alcohol is the loss of control and the risk for dependence. When you drink or do drugs, you are no longer yourself. You can’t truly experience and enjoy anything while under the influence. Continue reading
Very soon the credit card purchases you made this past holiday season will appear on your statement. Ouch! Student success depends on smart money matters, but credit cards are a temptation that could lead to bad spending habits at the least and a devastated credit rating at the worst. Here are some college tips for managing credit card debt.
How to reduce credit card spending
Using a credit card is so easy. It’s plastic money that lets you buy now and pay later. So tempting. Continue reading
Keeping a journal while studying abroad is a great way to reminisce on your adventures. (Credit: Government of Thailand)
Ready for your semester away, and prepared for traveling abroad? In Ginny Gaylor’s January 10, 2014 post on Cengage Brain, she offered “Tips for traveling abroad—how to blend in,” so you know some of the dos and don’ts of foreign study. While you’re away, it’s a good idea to keep track of your experiences by writing a travel blog or diary. You may not expect to go into travel journalism after college, but there are plenty of reasons why you should keep a journal. Read on for some tips on recording your study abroad experience and some travel journal apps that will help you on the go.
Keeping a travel journal
Journaling may be a requirement of your study abroad program. It might be part of your grade. Or it may just be a way to keep memories of your experience for posterity. Lynn Hausman, a peer mentor for Academic Programs International (API), wrote her laments about not keeping a better journal during her time in Seville, Spain. In “Study abroad reflections – why you should keep a journal abroad,” posted on the API Blog March 1, 2011, Hausman wrote of her earnest intentions to record everything, and the way her efforts dropped off in her experience. Continue reading
By using your creative side, you can come up with an organizing plan that fits your needs. (Credit: Amy Gahran)
Now that you’re in college you may have noticed that you have to learn how to organize your life. It’s not enough to master math, English, and the skills required in your major. The paperwork in your life is beginning to pile up. You need some kind of system to track it or else you’ll be dealing with chaos. Need information for that FAFSA financial aid form? How about preparing your tax return? Here are a few tips and tricks to help you tame your own paper tiger.
If you learn how to master the art of organizing the paper in your life then it is just a short step to doing the same in a digital environment. Having a system and sticking to it is the key to success. What kinds of paperwork should you be saving and organizing? Continue reading
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Student success depends on making ethical choices during your college years. The reasons for buying a term paper online and passing it off as your own are many, not the least of which is that starting your adult life off by cheating makes you a loser. Your student advantage should not include buying term papers. Consult your school’s Honor Code and learn the academic penalties for plagiarizing. Some can be immense and life- altering.
Honor Code and Honor Committee
Many colleges have an Honor Code that addresses proper behavior and assigns punishment for infractions such as plagiarism, cheating, lying, stealing, forgery, and computer fraud. Continue reading
A new semester can mean a brand new you. Try new things. Buy new clothes. If you are still ‘undecided’ on a college major, that’s okay. This gives you an opportunity to explore electives and find out what your true passion in life is. Whatever you do, CengageBrain is here to help you with your rental textbook needs.
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For a limited time (1/10/2014 – 1/17/2014) students will receive 15% off print rental textbooks when you use the coupon code RENT15. Continue reading
Filing for FAFSA can be less stressful with the right research.
Ah January—a time for resolutions, heading back to campus and … filing for FAFSA. Whether you are still applying for college or already on campus, college students soon learn that the beginning of the year is when they have to think about filling out financial aid forms to pay for next year’s classes. Read on for some tips for college students (and parents!) on how to navigate the world of financial aid and FAFSA.
Financial aid basics
First, know you are not alone. More people than you can count have managed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, aka FAFSA, and lived to tell about the experience. But having a little bit of inside know-how won’t hurt you. Margene Walz wrote “January is FAFSA month for college students and their parents” on January 7, 2014, for the Orange County Breeze, which offered some expert advice on handling this all-too-intimidating task. Continue reading
Due to the recent hacking of credit cards at Target, now is the time to learn how you can protect your account. (Credit: PD-TEXTLOGO)
The recent credit card breach that took place between November 27 and December 15, 2013 affected about 40 million Target customers. Hackers stole bank information such as customer names, card numbers, expiration dates and security codes. College students can protect their credit card accounts by following some simple, but effective tips.
Credit card holders are not financially responsible for money lost as a result of the hacking. That responsibility falls to the stores and banks. Larger banks are quickly replacing customers’ compromised cards with new ones. But some smaller banks without the infrastructure or cash on hand to deal quickly with the crisis could be severely compromised if hackers take money from accounts. Continue reading