Feature Friday: Student Ambassador Profile of Floridian, Math Nerd and Goal-Setter

Born and raised in Florida, Alisia Colon loves her home state and her school—University of Central Florida. As a sophomore in the Aerospace Engineering program, she’s a self-proclaimed math nerd. One of her favorite classes was Calculus II because she truly enjoys solving problems. Alisia builds confidence by setting personal goals—both short and long term.

Get to know our Student Ambassador Alisia.

Whenever she accomplishes one of these goals she gains confidence through the strength, patience and determination necessary to achieve what she set out to do. Read more

3 Types of Learners—Which One Are You?

If you have a hard time studying, you may be going about it the wrong way. Everyone grasps material in slightly different ways. Identify how you learn best to enhance your study time. Why is this important? Think of it as a superpower—if you know what yours is, you can utilize it to your advantage!

What's your learning style?

There are countless ways to learn, but there are three main types of learning categories you can fall under. Don’t worry if you don’t fit perfectly under one type—most students are a combination of learner styles. Read more

Your Graduation Party is Over! Are You Ready for the Real World?

Soon you’ll be celebrating the achievement of completing your bachelor’s degree—congrats! But, before graduation day arrives, you may want to plan ahead so the day goes smoothly. There are two graduation areas to plan for: the celebration and the real world.

Are you ready for your graduation?

Are you ready for your graduation?

Have plans for how to celebrate your achievement, as well as what to do after the hype dies down. Read more

Feature Friday: Finding Confidence as a Student, Mentor and Family Member

Danielle is a motivated student at Florida Atlantic University, majoring in Neuroscience. When asked about her campus involvement, she told me she loves going to school and learning. Even more, Danielle loves helping other people. Danielle’s experience ranges from being a YMCA camp counselor to a SMART Club scientific mentor.

Get to know our Student Ambassador Danielle!

Being an influence to others builds her confidence—along with her desire to accomplish her goal of becoming a scientist and researching topics that could potentially help others. She also credits her mom and other family members, stating they treat her as if she’s already attained her end goal. They don’t doubt her ability to succeed, so she doesn’t either. That’s what keeps her going. Read more

White Cane Safety Awareness—Brought to You by our Student Ambassadors

Nicole Kada and Natalie Schoenfeld—two Cengage Student Ambassadors—come together to talk about the white cane. Nicole Kada, who’s legally blind, discusses how the white cane has helped her. Natalie Schoenfeld, who’s sighted, discusses the white cane from a sighted person’s perspective. Together, they hope to bring awareness about the significance of the white cane.

Become more familiar with White Cane Awareness.

Nicole’s Experience

The white cane has been a useful tool for me since I was a child. However, as a child, I didn’t value the cane as much as I do now. This is for two reasons: Read more

Misconceptions and Realities of a Gap Year

Like many of you, I spent 13 years in the public school system. For many, it’s conventional to graduate high school and pursue higher education. For me, I graduated one year early—I thought I had it all figured out. I was accepted into the university in my hometown and chose a degree that sounded best—and would make me the most money upon graduation. Then, it was time to pick my classes—I panicked. Was I making the right decision? That’s when I decided to take a gap year.

Have you considered a gap year?

Have you considered a gap year?

What follows are a few misconceptions—as well as realities—of what it means to take a gap year. Read more

How to Revise Your Course Goals in 4 Easy Steps

Well, your fall semester is well underway—odds are it’s not going exactly as planned. Every year, students show up to school with bright eyes, hoping this will be the year they fix their GPA and get all A’s! Then something happens…and another…and another. You realize there are more A’s in the alphabet than on your transcript—and yes, there’s only one A in the alphabet.

Need to revise your goals? Follow these steps!

Need to revise your goals? Follow these steps!

In any sense, the goals you set at the beginning of the year need some revision. Don’t fret! Follow these easy steps to reset your expectations and finish the semester strong! Read more

4 Ways to Conquer Your Mini-Mester

Taking mini-mester classes worked well for me. I could take two classes I needed to get out of the way—in the same semester! I think many people are afraid of mini-mesters because they’re fast-paced. Staying on top of your work daily will make knocking out a class in six weeks feel amazing!

Get ready to master your mini-mester.

Get ready to master your mini-mester.

Let me tell you a little more about my experience—along with some useful tips. Read more

Feature Friday: Get to know our First Generation American, Motivated Entrepreneur Student Ambassador

If you want to be motivated to get your work done—keep reading! When I met with Michal I knew within the first few minutes that he’s a go-getter. Born in North Chicago to Polish immigrants, Michal is studying Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Michal—a sophomore—has already gotten very involved in entrepreneurship.

Learn about Cengage Student Ambassador, Michal!

Learn about Cengage Student Ambassador, Michal!

He’s the current head of marketing & strategy for the Champaign-based startup, Mesh++. They’re a hardware company that makes small, solar-powered routers. The routers can be placed anywhere and enable access in areas never before possible. Accordingly, the grand vision is to provide stable internet connectivity and educational resources to the developing world. Check out their website at meshplusplus.com! Read more

How to Avoid—or Recover from—Weight Gain in College

When I first started college, I didn’t have much time to work out. I worked out with friends every now and then, but I never consistently went to the gym. I worked as a YMCA co-counselor, and I was also obtaining a minor in dance. Between running around with students and dancing I didn’t need much exercise. After graduating from Rollins College, I enrolled in Florida Atlantic University’s neuroscience program. I gained 10 pounds after my first semester! I was shocked and didn’t know why I gained weight. After comparing my first year in college with my current year I realized I wasn’t as active as I used to be. My job at FAU had me sitting at a desk, and I no longer attended dance classes.

One way to beat weight gain? Lace up your kicks and workout!

One way to beat weight gain? Lace up your kicks and workout!

As students enter college they no longer participate in activities and don’t replace the lack of physical activity with something else—hence the weight gain. Don’t fret! There are a few simple things you can do to recover from the freshman 15! Read more