What you should know before you vote in the 2016 election

In case you may not know, I want to remind you that the 2016 Presidential election will be on November 8, 2016. Why should you vote? College voter turnout may be a deciding factor in 2016 as it was in electing Barack Obama in 2012. Who are you for?

Have you decided who to vote for in the 2016 Presidential election? (Credit: Theresa Thompson)

Have you decided who to vote for in the 2016 Presidential election? (Credit: Theresa Thompson)

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are the 2016 presidential candidates currently leading the field. The next few months will determine which of them gets to run for President in November. Here are a few things you should know about voting. Read more

Want to affect social change? Here’s what college students can do

When speaking of social change, a recent controversy comes to mind. Ever since the Oscar nominations were announced January 22, the issue of an Oscars boycott has gotten a lot of attention. The reason is a list of nominees that lacks diversity and inclusion.

Find out how you can affect social change. (Credit: Austin Huguelet, The New York Times)

Find out how you can affect social change. (Credit: Austin Huguelet, The New York Times)

Diversity awareness has come to Hollywood in the wake of a social media campaign and numerous protests by college students calling for social change. How can college students be most effective in creating social change? Read more

College campuses catering to various religions and what they’re doing

Colleges and universities are catering to the religious and cultural diversity of their college students. My college campus has a few Christian student groups, but there is nothing for other religions, which is a shame.

Syracuse University's stone circle for pagan students is one way to cater to various religions. (Credit: Syracuse University)

Syracuse University’s stone circle for pagan students is one way to cater to various religions. (Credit: Syracuse University)

However, more colleges are catering to students of different religions, and are offering classes or extracurricular activities for anyone who wants to learn about a faith different from their own. This is happening in an era when Americans in general and millennials in particular, are identifying less and less with a specific religion. Read more

Colleges and universities adapt to millennial generation

As more and more students apply to colleges and universities, these institutions are adapting to the way students search for a college and to college students’ needs once they get there.

Has your college adapted well to the millennial generation? (Credit: MFE)

Has your college adapted well to the millennial generation? (Credit: MFE)

The millennial generation specifically is changing the way colleges do business and is having an effect on enrollment and on college curriculum, such as adding more online learning. Read more

Getting college credits over winter break

The winter break of my sophomore year of college, I had the fantastic opportunity to get my education abroad in Venezuela. While it might be too late this year for most college students to find study abroad opportunities, there’s no need to make your winter break go to waste.

Who needs snow when you could spend winter break getting your education abroad?(Credit: Luis James)

Who needs snow when you could spend winter break getting your education abroad?(Credit: Luis James)

There are less travel-intensive ways to earn college credits–and there are other opportunities to do something productive right in your own back yard. Read more

3-year degree academic option: pros and cons

I almost got a 3-year academic degree. I worked like heck for three years getting nearly all of my required courses and credits. My senior year was almost unnecessary, except for one or two courses I still needed.

Should you get a 3-year degree? (Credit: Oliver Munday)

Should you get a 3-year degree? (Credit: Oliver Munday)

Rather than assuming a 4-year degree, college students can speed up their academics and graduate in three years instead. Here are some college tips, as well as pros and cons, for a 3-year degree. Read more

Campus activism and student protests: Where social media plays a role

The recent protests at the University of Missouri and the ousting of that college’s president seems to have ignited a new wave of student protests and campus activism that is spreading. And if you think student protests are something only hippies did in the 1960s, let me tell you how wrong you are.

A new wave of student protests has escalated due to social media. (Credit: Tyler Adkisson Kbia)

A new wave of student protests has escalated due to social media. (Credit: Tyler Adkisson Kbia)

Students at Amherst College, Brown University, Claremont McKenna College, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Emory University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Ithaca College, Oberlin College, Occidental College, Purdue University, Swathmore College and Willamette University have all begun to speak out on racial issues and asking for social reforms. And social media has been playing a huge role in their efforts. Read more

Pat Tillman Foundation and U-Haul team up to help scholars

Did you know that U-Haul teams up with the Pat Tillman Foundation every year to raise scholarship funds for the Tillman Scholars program? Well, now you do!

2010 Tillman Scholar & Harvard graduate Regan Turner moves from Texas to Santa Monica for a new job. (Credit: pattillmanfoundation.org)

2010 Tillman Scholar & Harvard graduate Regan Turner moves from Texas to Santa Monica for a new job. (Credit: pattillmanfoundation.org)

They are a proud sponsor of Pat’s Run, which takes place each April in Tempe, Arizona, and bring 35,000 supporters to honor Pat Tillman’s legacy. Read more

Best astronomy apps for stargazing over summer break

It’s summer break, and you see a flash across the sky. A shooting star! But what if you’re not satisfied with just wishing? I love being able to identify exactly what I’m looking at in the summer sky, and I’ve always wanted to catch the Perseid Meteor Shower, an annual August astronomical event, as it happens. I’m determined to make this year my year.

Use one of many astronomy apps to view astronomical events including the Perseid Meteor Shower. (Credit: Kim MyoungSung)

Use one of many astronomy apps to view astronomical events including the Perseid Meteor Shower. (Credit: Kim MyoungSung)

A few weeks ago I found out that my alma mater now has an astronomy club on campus, but without access to an observatory or even a quality telescope, I’m going to have to rely on the best astronomy apps I can find for my phone. Here’s my advice for doing some amateur astronomy over your summer break. Read more

College admissions review criminal record of applicants

How does revealing a criminal record affect prospective college students who have to provide that information on college admissions applications? The college Common Application is a website where college applicants can fill out a form that is used by 500 schools. The form gathers extensive information on applicants, including the question “Do you have a criminal record?”

How will your criminal record affect your college admissions? (Credit: Veritas Prep)

How will your criminal record affect your college admissions? (Credit: Veritas Prep)

I agree with some in the industry that filling out the question–and using it as a factor in admissions review–has become controversial and is stirring debate on the ethics of the information. Read more