Your student loan debt and the presidential candidates

The 2016 election is mere months away and the presidential candidates on both sides have been narrowed a bit. For college students, one of the big issues in this campaign cycle has been student loans. Now the latest news has a debt clock tracking the increasing student loan debt rate.

Find out the views of presidential candidates on student loan debt. (Credit: CNNS)

Find out the views of presidential candidates on student loan debt. (Credit: CNNS)

The clock was created by the education data site StartClass for MarketWatch. How will this issue play out when November 2016 rolls around? Read more

Does Skype in classrooms improve academics?

Today, college students who may need to miss a class due to illness, bad weather, family emergency or other reason can get their education from Webcam online, Skype video or other remote learning right in their college dorm or at home.

Do you think the use of Skype in the classroom is effective? (Credit: LaSalle.edu)

Do you think the use of Skype in the classroom is effective? (Credit: LaSalle.edu)

Skype in the Classroom is helping students and college professors improve academics. Your college professor is likely to bring the class to you. Read more

Pros and cons of transferring colleges

There are a lot of reasons you may be thinking of transferring colleges. But if you are weighing the pros and cons of making a switch, there are some things you need to know first. For instance, what are some good reasons to transfer and what are some reasons that you may need to reconsider?

What do you think about transferring colleges? (Credit: USA Today)

What do you think about transferring colleges? (Credit: USA Today)

Read on for all my best tips and advice before you make a change. Read more

The college admission process: 3 trends you should know

The college admission process can be a crazy and scary time—after all, you are basically using the next four years of your life to decide the rest of your life. Not to freak you out or anything … I know that the ins and outs of applying have changed.

Have you heard the latest college admission trends? (Credit: Beth Segal)

Have you heard the latest college admission trends? (Credit: Beth Segal)

I’ve done some digging to find the three emerging trends that coming applicants may see when it comes to personalized learning, specialized degrees and the role of social media in their college experience. Read more

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