How to Survive College Without a Job

It’s freshman year of college. You’re so excited. You’re meeting new friends, going out to dinner—next thing you know, all that money you saved up over high school is gone…

You’re now a broke college student. Read more

How to Protect Yourself from Bank Scams

I worked on a sailing vessel the summer after graduating high school. After sailing around Lake Michigan that summer, I packed up my things and set out on a road trip to my first year of college in Alaska. My two friends and I lived on campus, and I was set with the money I had saved from my job. Life was good—the last thing I was worried about was becoming a victim of a bank scam.

My sophomore year, I rented a small place off campus with a few friends. I learned about my bank’s college credit card for students to start building credit, so I applied for the card. Read more

Join the Conversation on The Student Pulse Podcast!

The rumors are true—Cengage has a podcast! Hosted by two college students—Brandon and Natalie—they discuss and interview students around the country on all things “college”.

Tune in to The Student Pulse podcast—we suggest you bookmark this page now 🙂 Read more

15 Fun Facts about Student Ambassador Jessica Bramlett

Hello everyone! My name is Jessica Bramlett, and I’m your student ambassador from Oregon State University. Everyone has quirks or fun facts unique to themselves, so today I’m here to share a few of mine!

It’s about time we embrace what makes each of us unique! Read more

What I Didn’t Expect to Learn from my First Research Experiment

Starting a new adventure at any point in life can be daunting, especially in college. When I first applied for my research position in an EEG lab (Electroencephalogram lab measuring brain activity), I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into as this was all new territory for a second-year neuroscience student.

However, once I finally got my first job in the lab, I found student research can be so much more in depth than I previously thought. Read more

How to Build the Perfect Cover Letter

A cover letter can make or break your job application. It allows you to portray your communication skills and personality more effectively than a resume, and it’s the prime medium to stand out from other applicants.

Not everyone is the most skilled writer, but knowing what to include in your cover letter will make the process less painful. Read more

The Hardest Choice I’ve Made as a College Student

When I was in high school, I thought the hardest choice I’d make in college was figuring out my major. People only seemed to ask if I had picked one yet.

Although picking a major is a daunting decision to make, there are other important choices that will come later in college. Read more

Hello, Who’s This? It’s Me—Your Phone Scam!

I’m a very trusting person, and due to my susceptible personality, I’m stuck with a broken phone and $500 out of pocket.

When the Water-proof Samsung Galaxy S5 came out, I had to have one. I didn’t want to go to the store to buy an overpriced phone, so I decided to buy the phone off Craigslist… my first big mistake. Read more

10 Things I Learned From Being A Student Athlete

College is a place to learn. You can look at almost every major your college provides and get a ballpark understanding of the things you will learn in each major. Often, as was the case for me, you learn the most from the situations you experience in college. I’m a student athlete, and I believe my experiences with training and competing have taught me just as much as my college classes have.

Here are ten things I learned from being a student athlete: Read more

Best Study Spots on—and off—College Campuses

Before the new school year begins, you may want to scope out the scene at your college to see where might the best study spots be. Each college student is different, which means some prefer total silence while studying and others don’t easily become distracted by noises around them.

Check out our list of awesome study spots and head out to decide which will work best for you. Read more