True Life: Being Legally Blind in College

Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Like life is too hard to handle? Do you ever feel like you are incapable of doing something because it’s challenging? Or like you don’t fit in? Well, if you haven’t, I have. My name is Nicole and I was born with a rare eye disease known as Lebers Congenital Amaurosis which left me legally blind.

When I was a child I had decent eyesight, but as I’ve gotten older it has, and continues to, progressively diminish. One day I will be left with no eyesight. Read more

What Do We Know About Community College Graduation Rates?

The world of community college received a lot of attention during the Obama Administration. Many in the academic world were concerned about the graduation rates these schools produced and how the numbers could be improved. But recent research shared in the Hechinger Report found that “Of the estimated one in four students who start at community colleges and then move on to four-year institutions, more than 60 percent ultimately graduate.”

What is the truth about community colleges and their graduation rates that college students considering them, or already enrolled, need to know? Read more

Time for College Graduation! Here Are Some Useful Tips For Entering the Real World

Whether your college graduation happens in May or December, there are things you need to know as college students when it comes to the next steps in your life. I know that leaving college and venturing into the real world can be a scary thing.

I survived it, and I’m here to share my tips for how you can, too. Read more

Considering Summer School? How Many Credit Hours Should You Take?

For some college students, wrapping up your studies in four years can be a challenge. Enter summer school. You may decide to take this route to complete your education because you changed majors and need to catch up on course work; maybe you need to retake a class you did badly in.

Whatever your reason for considering summer school, you also need to be realistic about the number of credit hours you sign up for. Here’s why: Read more

You Got the Internship You Wanted! What’s Next?

It’s a week before your internship start date. You were all excited when you got the offer letter and had no worries in the world after that, but now, it’s getting close and you’re nervous.

No worries, I’ve got you covered. Read more

Highlight Textbook Tips for Efficient Studying

When I read my college textbooks, I have a rainbow of highlighters at the ready, coloring different parts of the text with a different color. My book ended up looking like a piece of modern art! There is still debate on whether you should highlight or not and if it’s an effective study tool.

It worked for me, but everyone studies and retains information in different ways. Here are some study tips for highlighting. Read more

7 Reading Comprehension Tips For Improved Test Scores

Reading comprehension is important for college students, especially when you are new to the college experience, have advanced classes with complex material, and have a variety of types of classes, such as business, chemistry and Chinese. Effective reading comprehension strategies and study tips will help you ace your college tests. Here are some tips on how to study and utilize successful reading strategies.

When I got to college, it was often difficult to remember everything I read. Sometimes I would space out and have no idea what was in that paragraph I just finished reading. That’s why it’s important to pay close attention and check your understanding as you go along. Read more

TOEFL Test Tips for English Language Fluency

Many college students from non-English speaking countries attend college in the United States. To assure they are ready for classes conducted in English spoken at an advanced level, the TOEFL test (Test of English as a Foreign Language) rates their fluency in English.

Learn more about the TOEFL test. (Credit: Careers 360)

Learn more about the TOEFL test. (Credit: Careers 360)

The standardized test measures the English language skills of non-native speakers who want to attend academic and professional institutions. Here is some basic information about TOEFL and tips for taking the test. Read more

Student Poll Results: How Do You Manage Exam Stress?

Recently, we asked you to share your go-to strategies for managing stress in our blog poll—and share you did! From yogi-esque self-care methods and chocoholic indulgences, to exercise and straight-up panic, we’ve learned that students use a variety of different tactics to calm their nerves during test time. Some healthy, some not-so-healthy.

As we head into to finals season, you might find some of these tips handy. We started with the most popular answer—and it might just shock you! Read more

10 Tips for How To Save Your Spring Semester

There can be many reasons, as a college student, that you find yourself midway through spring semester tanking academically.

Get help before spring semester ends. (Credit: rgbstock)

Get help before spring semester ends. (Credit: rgbstock)

But your grades can be salvaged if you follow my tried and true tips for how to save your semester. I’ve listed my top 10 below for your salvation. Read more