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6 tips to prepare for your college graduation ceremony

I joined many college students in looking forward to my college graduation ceremony. Much of the pomp and circumstance, the cap, tassel and gown, are age-old traditions. For one, commencement (which means “to begin”) is traditionally the end of your academic life and the beginning of your career life.

Are you looking forward to your college graduation? (Credit: iStock photo)

Are you looking forward to your college graduation? (Credit: iStock photo)

Here are some practical lifehack tips and etiquette for participating in and enjoying your graduation ceremony. Read more

Life hacks for planning what to do after graduation

For thousands of college students, graduation is just a few weeks away. College graduation is the beginning of your career, or grad school. I mean, it could go either way. Getting a master’s degree could help you to get a better job and higher earnings. And it has the added benefit of putting off getting a job for at least two more years.

What are your plans after graduation? (Credit: makeameme.org)

What are your plans after graduation? (Credit: makeameme.org)

But more schooling means more debt, too. There could be other possibilities that don’t involve school. Let’s look at some life hacks to help you figure out what to do after graduation. Read more

6 public speaking tips for college students

Everyone has a fear of public speaking. I was so nervous when I had to speak in college. But public speaking and debate are great skills to learn not just for college classes but for your career and life in general.

Improve your public speaking skills with our tips. (Credit: Tom Noonan)

Improve your public speaking skills with our tips. (Credit: Tom Noonan)

Here are some debate and public speaking tips for college students. Read more

Top 7 summer jobs for college students

Summer jobs keep you busy, put bucks in your wallet and help you save money for next semester. In addition to academics, work experience looks good on your resume. I had several summer jobs during college. Some were not so pertinent to my career ambitions (waitress, jewelry clerk) and some I could use toward my career (copyeditor for a newspaper).

I enjoyed getting paid for my work and getting out of the house to see new people and gain a good work ethic. Here are some ideas for great summer jobs for college students. Read more

DIY tips and tricks for how to do laundry

Unless you are well off enough to be able to buy new clothes instead of having to wash and re-wear yours, how to do laundry is a skill that you need. But don’t despair college students, there are some tips and tricks to help, even if you don’t know a rinse cycle from a spin cycle.

Don't make this mistake while doing laundry. (Credit: MemeCenter.com)

Don’t make this mistake while doing laundry. (Credit: MemeCenter.com)

Let’s get started with a little laundry DIY, including the best ways to remove a stain that will have you looking (and smelling!) your best. Read more

How to send an email to your college professor

I was lucky when I went to college. Most of my professors were friendly, approachable and genuinely interested in my academic success.

An actual email received by a professor, which is not acceptable. (Credit: Dr. Janet Frick)

An actual email received by a professor, which is not acceptable. (Credit: Dr. Janet Frick)

Today, college students can send an email to a college professor for various reasons, such as asking for extra help or saying you’ll have to miss a class. Be polite and be specific. Read more

Should these college students pay back their loans?

Just like you (unless of course you graduated debt free, then congrats!), I had student loans to pay back long after I graduated. But I attended a traditional, private, four-year college. However, some students who attended for-profit colleges joined the Department of Education (DOE) in a meeting hosted by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Student loans are a common issue among college students. (Credit: Cagle Cartoons)

Student loans are a common issue among college students. (Credit: Cagle Cartoons)

The students, who represented hundreds of others, had taken out federal financial aid as well as private student loans to attend Corinthian College. They say they are not repaying their loans. Does this seem fair? Let’s discuss it. Read more

College students—how to have a stress free moving day

The end of the school year is just around the corner. You and I know what that means…Moving day!

Moving day doesn't have to be as hard as it seems. (Credit: Total College Life)

Moving day doesn’t have to be as hard as it seems. (Credit: Total College Life)

Take it from a pro who has done this MANY times, if you want the transition from your dorm to your home to be as stress free as possible, read on for some of my best moving day tips. Read more

Life hacks for applying for grad school

Picking and applying for grad school can be a stressful time. If you’re considering taking your education to the next level you will definitely want some life hacks to make the process easier.

Be sure to consider all your options for grad school. (Credit: Creative Commons)

Be sure to consider all your options for grad school. (Credit: Creative Commons)

Read on for what you need to know about finding and choosing the right graduate school for you and your future. Read more

Tips for college students on how to sleep better

A little bit of shuteye never seems so good until you are sleep deprived. The hours we spend at rest may seem like time wasted, but everyone needs that time to keep their bodies working right.

Learn how you can sleep better. (Credit: FunnyMemes.com)

Learn how you can sleep better. (Credit: FunnyMemes.com)

Sleep helps brain function, memory and a whole host of other areas, so establishing and sticking with good sleep habits is a surefire way to improve your health. College students, need some tips for how to sleep better? Read on. Read more