DNC recap: The importance of voting for college students

There were a whole host of guest speakers planned for the four days of the Democratic National Convention. Some were known political players, but for many the most memorable speeches came from the ordinary Americans slated to speak about the issues and obstacles they have faced.

Here's what college students should know about the DNC. (Credit: Ohio DCCA)

Here’s what college students should know about the DNC. (Credit: Ohio DCCA)

Why should college students care about the DNC or the election at all? Here are the things you need to know about why voting is important. Read more

First aid kit must haves for summer (not so much) fun

When a friend and I went biking, she fell and scraped her shin on a ragged log, causing her leg to bleed profusely. We only had a handkerchief and some tissues to take care of it until we could go to the emergency room. When an injury strikes, you don’t want to wonder what you should do or what supplies you should have on hand.

What should one include in their first aid kit? (Credit: VIVO)

What should one include in their first aid kit? (Credit: VIVO)

You should be prepared ahead of time by following some simple safety rules so you can have a fun summer. Here are some summer safety tips for preparing a first aid kit and dealing with bug bites and heatstroke. Read more

Do’s and don’ts on how to email your professor

Communication skills are a big deal, and there is no better time than the present to practice yours. When it comes to emailing your professor, there are some email etiquette tips that you need to follow to impress.

Read on for all the things you need to know. Read more

10 things college students need to know

When I was in college, I learned through trial and error. “Learn from your mistakes,” is what people say. Nevertheless, I wish I had a handy list of things to know for college students so I would’ve been more prepared.

Follow our pieces of need to know college advice. (Credit: Will Bratt Counselling)

Follow our pieces of need to know college advice. (Credit: Will Bratt Counselling)

Well, here is one I made up for you. Here is some advice on various aspects of college life for academics, dorm rooms and campus life. Read more

How to win an argument

The art of persuasion is a valuable skill to have. You’re going to need it in every area of your life from personal relationships to advancing your career. Knowing how to win an argument is more than using intimidation.

How many declare victory in an argument. (Credit: LOLhome.com)

How many declare victory in an argument. (Credit: LOLhome.com)

You have to frame a valid argument, present a clear case and avoid logical fallacies that erode your credibility. Arguments that have validity are those that are logically sound and stick to the point. How can you be persuasive and win every argument? Read more

How to become an entrepreneur while still in college

You don’t have to worry about facing a tight job market after college if you know how to start your own business now. Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone, but if you like calling the shots and taking some chances it may pay off big time.

One successful entrepreneur, Mark Zuckerberg, started Facebook in his dorm room in 2004. (Credit: Business Insider)

One successful entrepreneur, Mark Zuckerberg, started Facebook in his dorm room in 2004. (Credit: Business Insider)

How to be an entrepreneur? Start off by looking at successful entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg, who started his business while attending Harvard. Let’s take a look at what you can do to start your business now. Read more

Apply for the Student Engagement Advocate Program by Cengage Learning!

Looking to sharpen your business and presentation skills? Build your resume? AND get paid for it? If you’re interested in educating your campus on new and exciting Cengage Learning technology products, then you should apply for Cengage Learning’s Student Engagement Advocate Program!

What will you do as a Student Engagement Advocate?

  • Show-off our cool products: Meet with peers and faculty to conduct product demonstrations.
  • Be social: Hand out fun marketing collateral in high traffic areas on campus.
  • Sharpen your public speaking skills: Present to instructors, student groups and organizations.
  • Go viral: Post on your Social Media Accounts – program photos and contest or product information.

Download the PDF below for complete details and eligibility requirements:

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If this sounds interesting and you’d like to join the 2014 Student Engagement Advocate Program, visit www.cengage.com/studentengagement/team/application to apply.

Are robots taking over the world?

Does the prospect of robots becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives excite or terrify you? Whichever side you come down on, the time to prepare for what’s next with upcoming scientific advances, from personal robots to even robotic humans, is now.

Watson, one of many robots, faces its human rivals in a practice round. (Credit: Jeopardy / IBM)

Watson, one of many robots, faces its human rivals in a practice round. (Credit: Jeopardy / IBM)

Scientists have a range of exciting innovations coming down the pike, starting with robotic prosthetics and other medically based robots that will improve and even prolong our lives. Read more

How to identify your career path

I like to grow flowers and plants, should I major in horticulture and make it my career? I tinker on my dad’s car, should I study mechanical engineering and design cars for a living? There are many questions college students ask themselves about the direction of their career path.

Take the time to assess your strengths and passions when deciding on a career. (Credit: Therese Schwenkler)

Take the time to assess your strengths and passions when deciding on a career. (Credit: Therese Schwenkler)

Consult a mentor or guidance counselor for the job requirements needed for your chosen field. Here is some advice about identifying your dream career and targeting your academics and college major to get where you want to go. Read more