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How to build leadership skills in college

You may not know who I am, but one thing you should know about me is that I was extremely shy during high school. I was afraid of what people might think of me if I spoke up with my opinion, and also that I would say or ask something stupid. You might be thinking “but there’s no such thing as a stupid question,” and you’d be right. I just didn’t have the highest level of confidence to believe that.

Having confidence to speak publicly is a strong leadership skill. (Credit: SCEI.vic.edu)

Having confidence to speak publicly is a strong leadership skill. (Credit: SCEI.vic.edu)

However, as I started college I realized I was never going to move forward in a career unless I became more vocal and more confident in delegating tasks, so I did something about it. Now I am going to share some of the ways for you to develop great leadership skills. Read more

Filing taxes — last minute how to tips for college students

Ah taxes … part of entering the world of adults is beginning that lifelong dance with filing taxes. If you had a job in high school, mom and dad may have taken care of your dealings with the IRS, but there is no time like the present to start to tackle filing taxes yourself. Taxes may not be fun, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Here are some things you may not know about how to file taxes, plus tips for college students on how to make the process just a little bit easier, especially if you’ve put them off until the last minute.

Not even taxes can bring down Jerry Maguire. (Source: Create a Meme)

Not even taxes can bring down Jerry Maguire. (Source: Create a Meme)

Tax myths

First things first: you may be operating under the delusion that college students don’t have to file with the IRS. Au contraire! Read more

How to Best Handle Group Projects in College

As a senior in college, I know that group projects are inevitable.

Recently, I worked with a partner on a presentation on early American designers. Although we finalized what each of us were going to do, she didn’t send me her information until 2 A.M. – the night before the presentation. I woke up extra early to check over our PowerPoint before submitting it to our professor.

Group projects are a great way to boost your leadership skills. (Credit: Taylor Fukui)

Group projects are a great way to boost your leadership skills. (Credit: Taylor Fukui)

Of course, there is another side to group projects. Sometimes you get to build a friendship with your group or partner. On one group project, we all became friends and ended up delivering a solid presentation and paper. Read more

How to repair your reputation—online and in life

swimming-catWe all have things in our past that we aren’t proud of. And if you’re just returning from that wild spring break trip, it might not be a bad idea to see what’s been posted to your social media accounts. So how to repair your reputation, in life and online, before your wayward deeds come back to haunt you? There are things you can do to clean up and fix how the world perceives you, whether it is with your friends and family, potential employers or future co-workers. Read on for ways to dispose of the things that could affect your reputation.

The fundamentals of reputation repair

You’ve done something wrong—posted a picture from a raging party you shouldn’t have, lied to someone you care about or even broken a law. There are steps you can take to repair your reputation, although you can’t erase the misdeed. Read more

How to update your spring wardrobe on a budget

Out with the old, in with the new for your spring wardrobe.

Out with the old, in with the new for your spring wardrobe.

As the days start to warm up, the ice and snow melt away, and the sun begins to shine, you are going to want to toss aside all those heavy knits and clunky boots for some fun, fresh spring fashion. But you probably can’t afford to revamp your entire closet, so how about incorporating some of the 2014 spring trends to keep your look fresh? Get inspired by the latest looks from the runways, then pick a few ideas you like and incorporate those into your existing wardrobe. That is how to update your spring wardrobe on a budget and still feel like you are looking good.

From the runway

You may not want to or be able to follow some of the more outlandish trends that come off the fashion runways, but you can mine the latest looks for ideas to adapt to your life and your budget. Read more

How to pay attention in class—tips for college students

Being distracted during class is a common occurrence among college students.

Being distracted during class is a common occurrence among college students.

A little daydreaming now and then isn’t so bad, but if you are fading out during class or when it is time to study, you will surely wish you hadn’t when exam time rolls around. So how to pay attention in class when your mind starts to wander and your eyes are glazing over? Read on for some tips for college students on ways to keep focused and alert no matter how long your professor is droning on about the periodic table or some 18th century poem.

Tips to stay alert in class

No matter how interesting you find a class, there will come a day when you simply can’t seem to pay attention. And how about when it’s a class you couldn’t care less about? Fuggedaboutit! A February 4, 2014, post on hackcollege.com, “How to Trick Your Mind into Paying Attention in Class,” offers some tips for college students when boredom strikes in class: Read more

Basic Interview Guide: How to Score Your Ideal Job or Internship

Being well prepared for interviews can put you well on your way to landing that dream job or internship. (Credit: bpsusf)

Being well prepared for interviews can put you well on your way to landing that dream job or internship. (Credit: bpsusf)

These days, getting an interview is a feat upon itself. Competition for jobs and even internships can be fierce, so it’s important to put time and energy into preparing for the interview process in order to score your ideal job. While you may still be in college mode, keep in mind that approaching an interview is a far cry from visiting a professor during office hours. In a job interview everything from how you’re dressed, to your presentation and demeanor can come into play. It’s important to put your best foot forward by following this basic interview how-to guide and demonstrate that you have what it takes to do not only do the job, but also to excel at it. Read more

How to take a selfie (without being a jerk)

The difference between a good and bad selfie is knowing the right time to take them. #authorselfie

The difference between a good and bad selfie is knowing the right time to take them. #authorselfie

Your profile picture is woefully out of date. Your roommate is asleep. It’s just you and your smart phone and it’s 2 a.m., and this has to be done right now (because some things become ridiculously important at two in the morning). You need a selfie. But there’s a fine art of taking a selfie – and there are some tips and tricks that can keep you from looking like a jerk. Given the rise of Instagram selfies taken while driving (distracted driving much?) – or the Tumblr that collects selfies taken at funerals – it’s easy to get so caught up in that photo op that, rather than looking good online, you give yourself a bad reputation. Here are some tips on how to – and how not to – take a good selfie. Read more

How to land a job: Successful interview tips for college students

One key factor to land a job is to come prepared to the interview.

One key factor to land a job is to come prepared to the interview.

As you prep for the so-called “real world,” nothing occupies more of your waking thoughts than how to land a job after you graduate. Sure you have a great personality, decent grades and any employer would be lucky to have you, but the trick is making them realize that. The key for college students, or anyone for that matter, is acing the interview. So how do you do that exactly? Read on for successful interview tips that will have you gainfully employed before that first student loan bill hits the mail box.

Modesty—not the best policy

Your mom may have told you it isn’t nice to brag, but when it comes to your job interview, forget it. There is no better time than during an interview to lay out how awesome you are. Read more

How to keep your computer safe from hackers, the crypto virus, and ransomware

Protecting your computer from viruses will save you plenty of time and stress. (Credit: Georgy Papantoniou)

Protecting your computer from viruses will save you plenty of time and stress. (Credit: Georgy Papantoniou)

Imagine this. You’re off campus, doing research on Questia on your laptop in a local café. You get an email notification and see you have a message from UPS. The email is related to a customer support issue and has what looks like a PDF attached. You open it. Suddenly, you see a pop-up demanding a ransom to decrypt your computer’s files. Sound scary? It could be – and several news stations have been hit with the virus, called the crypto locker virus, the cryptolocker virus, or just the crypto virus, a type of malware known as ransomware. This is one of the latest versions of scary attacks on computers – so read on to find out how to keep your computer safe from hackers. Read more