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How to eliminate “um” and “like” for student success

Improve your speechHey, you know, like, um, dude, seriously, it’s like totally uncool, um, you know what I’m sayin’ … No, you probably don’t. Colloquial speech may be okay among your friends or social group, but in your school and business life, you need to communicate well. Effective communication skills reflect confidence in the message you’re trying to convey. For a student advantage in your college life, with professors and in your business communication, learn how to drop the “um” and “like” right away.

Why use “um” and what it says about us

The use of “um” and “you know” and other filler words in our speech is a habit we get from an early age.
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Land that job! Top interview secrets for college seniors

Job hunt secretsIt’s that time, upperclassmen. You’re graduating soon! Woohoo! You made it! Now what? Well unless you won the lottery, or you came into a sizable family inheritance, you have to start looking for employment. AKA: work. To land that job, you will need not only the education you earned at your university of choice, but also a few inside tips on job interview secrets to set yourself apart from the herd. Read more

High paying jobs for college students — 5 ways to maximize your time and put more cash in your pocket!

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Try working in a campus mailroom !

Unless you are Donald Trump or Tim Cook, you may be looking for a job that offers a little more cash flow. And if the basic on-campus jobs like working as a cashier at the bookstore or flipping burgers at the dining hall aren’t your cups of tea, don’t stress. High paying jobs for college students aren’t as difficult to find as you might think. No, you won’t be earning a six-figure salary, but you might be able to make enough income to help offset some major expenses and still have enough left over to paint the town red on the weekends. So check out these hot jobs and follow five simple tips you’ll be raking in the cash in no time! Read more

Rising cost of college: How to overcome student loans and income inequality

Student loans

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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?

Student loans

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. Read more

How to find the college internship of your dreams

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The internship hunt begins with networking and interviewing

You’ve been studying hard, working your way toward that golden diploma at the end of tunnel. Perhaps you already have a career path in sight. Or maybe not. Either way, it’s never too early to start thinking about putting the wheels in motion toward your first big job. But how do you do that? One of the best ways to get your foot in the door is to get an internship. Internships offer you the unique opportunity to not only get some work experience under your belt in your chosen field, they’re also a great way to get real references from those you’re working with; which, as you know, could help you land your first big job! Read more

Top tips for setting goals for the new year: Academic success, career planning and more

Setting goalsIt’s now a brand new year and there’s no time like the present to re-evaluate your goals for academic success and career planning. Setting goals is the process of defining where you want to go and the best way of getting there. It’s easy to do and definitely worth taking the time! Here are some top tips to get started on defining your road map for next year.

Establish categories

First, establish goal categories such as:

  • Academics: Set goals for the grades you want to earn in your classes and then work out a plan for how you will achieve those grades. Read more

College life: Keeping your balance the college way!

Balancing act

You’ll have your balancing act down in no time.

Probably the most useful thing I’ve learned in my college life is how to stay afloat while balancing school, work, personal and social life. It’s not a lesson that comes easily learned; it takes more of a trial and error approach. But if you can learn to juggle many commitments at once, you know you’ll be able to succeed in any line of work! Read more

College survival tips: Keep in touch over the summer with friends, professors and TAs

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Keeping in touch with friends over the summer can make for an easier transition back into classes come fall. Although technology has made that task easier than ever, it does still require a bit of effort on your part. But, reaching out to your friends is totally worth it in the end. Those in the know will also offer these key college survival tips: maintain contact with your professors during and after college.

Stay connected with friends

Keeping in touch over the summer is as easy as sending a text. Of course, while getting texts from your far-flung college buds is great, it’s not the same as seeing them. Use these ways to make sure you and your friends stay connected when you are more than a dorm room away from each other. It’s as easy as 1-2-3: Read more