4 helpful tips when creating your portfolio

Now that graduation is behind you, it’s time to create your portfolio that you can show to prospective employers or graduate school. Time to put all the work you did in college, at your part-time job (if applicable), for charity and for fun in your portfolio.

Let us help you get your portfolio started. (Credit: Media Bistro)

Let us help you get your portfolio started. (Credit: Media Bistro)

Today, portfolios are not only for the creative arts and those who want to create a graphic design portfolio—anyone can make a compilation of achievements to share. Read more

Tips for high school students preparing for college

Know any high school students preparing for college in the fall? Are you trying to get ready to start your own grand university adventure? You may be freaking out a bit, and that’s okay.

Let us help you in preparing for college. (Credit: The News Wheel)

Let us help you in preparing for college. (Credit: The News Wheel)

I’ve got some tips to help you use this final summer at home to your advantage so college will be a breeze! Read more

Improve your career search with these tips

Are you being resourceful with your career search? Do you know what the best job search websites are? The answers to these two questions may surprise you.

Find out how to jumpstart your career search. (Credit: Centennial Inc)

Find out how to jumpstart your career search. (Credit: Centennial Inc)

Read on for common mistakes people make in their career search, as well as a life hack or two to make the whole process easier. Read more

What to know about vaccines for college students

Heading abroad for a summer term? If you’re traveling out of country, or just getting ready for next semester, now might be a good time to check on your immunization record. It’s important for college students to support herd immunity on campus–the more people who get vaccines, the less chance of anyone getting sick.

Are your vaccines up-to-date? (Credit: Upstream)

Are your vaccines up-to-date? (Credit: Upstream)

When you live in tight quarters like dorms, it’s really easy for colds (and more serious diseases) to spread around. If you can avoid an illness in college with a simple shot, it’s a no brainer–no one wants to spend finals week (or summer break) down with the measles. Read more

Paying for college: Are small scholarships worth the essay?

It’s common knowledge: apply for scholarships and you’ll be better able to afford college, right? Certainly, large scholarships are the best ones to receive: $10k or $25k off of that $70k per year college bill makes a huge difference in the amount you have to cover. I wonder now if I should have applied for more scholarships–even small ones that would cover my books (or groceries!)–to limit the amount of debt I’m leaving college with.

Let us help you decide which scholarships to apply for. (Credit: NAU.edu)

Let us help you decide which scholarships to apply for. (Credit: NAU.edu)

For high school seniors or returning students looking for tips on paying for college, consider whether it’s worth applying for a small scholarship, especially if it requires a brand new scholarship essay. Read more

College graduation nightmares: “Enjoy the trip, we won’t see you next fall!”

Dear J,

I graduate in 5 days and I have a feeling that I am going to fall on my face when I walk across the stage! Is this normal? What are the chances of that even happening?!

Sincerely,

Lexi B

Dear Lexi,

Not to worry, you have a better chance of catching a tomato with your face while you’re on that stage! Read more

Work-life balance ideas for busy college students

Like most college students you may feel as if graduation is eons away, but it will be here before you know it. Time management skills are more important than ever because there is just so little time to get things done.

How do you manage work-life balance? (Credit: The Way HPI)

How do you manage work-life balance? (Credit: The Way HPI)

So I thought it would be a good idea to put together some ideas on how to stay organized, work smart and still find a work-life balance to keep sane. Let me share with you some tips that you can start using now. Read more

Building your memory palace and other study tips to ace your exams

I’m a big fan of the show Sherlock on PBS, and I find it fascinating when the world’s greatest consulting detective uses a memory palace (a way of visualizing walking through a room to remember details) to help solve crimes. Ever wish you could easily recall data from your short-term memory when taking an exam?

What tips do you recommend to build your memory palace? (Credit: The Nerdy Bomb)

What tips do you recommend to build your memory palace? (Credit: The Nerdy Bomb)

Study tips are great but in the crunch you have to use some brain hacks to put what you’ve studied onto the test paper. With that in mind, here are a few memory improvement tips to help you prepare for your next exam. Read more

Tips on how to have the best nap ever – YES!

If you haven’t heard all the noise about the benefits of napping, well … maybe you already know how to take a nap and don’t need any life hacks to help!

What helps you take the best possible nap? (Credit: Expertrain)

What helps you take the best possible nap? (Credit: Expertrain)

But if you’re as crazed and tired and overwhelmed as most college students, a few how to pointers could make all the difference for you when it comes to sneaking in those all-important naps. Read more

Solar initiatives on campus to help students go green

I am a big fan of solar energy. I love seeing all the solar panels that look like they’re growing along the highway; there’s a fantastic field of solar panels near Hartford, CT’s Bradley International Airport, which is the closest large airport to where I live. I’m really encouraged by those initiatives to go green, and I see a lot of them happening on campus.

If your campus doesn't have a solar farm, how else can you go green on campus? (Credit: Jim Meadows, Illinois Public Media)

If your campus doesn’t have a solar farm, how else can you go green on campus? (Credit: Jim Meadows, Illinois Public Media)

Last November, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign cut the ribbon on its new solar farm, and even before the ceremony was complete, it was providing energy to campus. Are you on one of the lucky campuses with great solar campus energy initiatives? What else can you do to go green on campus? Read more