Want an alternative to college? Here are 3 ideas!

While many high school students go directly into college after graduating, others take a unique path as an alternative to college. I wish I had taken a year off so I could earn money and mature a little—fourteen years in a row of school gets mentally tiring!

Have you considered an alternative to college? (Credit: New York Post/Shutterstock)

Have you considered an alternative to college? (Credit: New York Post/Shutterstock)

Here are some alternative ideas: take a two-year program, such as an associate in science or associate of arts degree; get IT certification (for example, Microsoft offers its MCP certification); or take a gap year between high school and college to gain experience or work before enjoying college life. Read more

Make the most of your senior year with these 6 tips

Back to school for your senior year is a special time for college students. It’s time to develop your college network of future contacts for jobs, participate in an internship program to jump start your career, and as always, look forward to college graduation.

Make it through your senior year with these tips. (Credit: The Odyssey Online)

Make it through your senior year with these tips. (Credit: The Odyssey Online)

Here are some college tips to make the most of your senior year. Read more

Career opportunities for an art degree

Some students think (and some parents fear) that getting an art degree means that you’ll spend your life trying to sell paintings or drawings on the sidewalk and live the stereotypical life of a “starving artist.”

Find out which jobs you can have that utilize your art degree. (Credit: Student World Online)

Find out which jobs you can have that utilize your art degree. (Credit: Student World Online)

In actuality, college students contemplating a bachelor of fine arts, or BFA, degree have far more career opportunities open to them than just being an art teacher or illustrator. An art education incorporates many skills and opens graduates up to a varied and fulfilling career. Read more

3 current trends in the college admission process

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.

The college admission process isn't what it used to be. (Credit: Yinyang, Getty Images)

The college admission process isn’t what it used to be. (Credit: Yinyang, Getty Images)

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

Cover letter tips: What to include (and NOT include)

I have found that getting a job is a job in itself. There are job listings to sift through, applications to fill out, questionnaires, writing the resume, and hopefully, the interview. But to seal the deal and get a job interview you need a really great cover letter.

What would you say in your cover letter? (Credit: Good & Co)

What would you say in your cover letter? (Credit: Good & Co)

While you may have taken a class that taught you how to write a resume and then studied resume examples, you may have overlooked the value of cover letters. Here are some tips to help college students create cover letters that stand out from the crowd. Read more

So, you want to hack the Pentagon?

I don’t know about you, but when I was a teenager reading a lot of science fiction, I thought that the life of a hacker must be pretty glamorous. There was something adventurous and rebellious about the idea of navigating cyberspace. While SFF still makes some great metaphors for hacking, most of the hackers you see in the news are the ones causing problems. The exception? The hackers of the Department of Defense Hack the Pentagon program—some of whom weren’t even college students yet, let alone professionals.

Find out here how to join Hack the Pentagon. (Credit: TechWorm)

Find out here how to join Hack the Pentagon. (Credit: TechWorm)

If you’re headed into a computer science major and want to test your own skills against the Department of Defense, here’s what you need to know about the Hack the Pentagon initiative. Read more

How do you workout on campus?

Everyone has that friend on Facebook: the one who’s always trying a new workout or a new cleanse and wants you to start buying Arbonne or go to a BBG meeting. Some of those friends get so involved with the workouts that they get involved as coaches, or as direct sales consultants for the products.

How do you workout on campus? (Credit: Forest Woodward, Getty Images)

How do you workout on campus? (Credit: Forest Woodward, Getty Images)

I’ve gotten into the action on Facebook, posting videos of myself doing the #22pushupchallenge and photos of the 5k obstacle course I just ran. Sometimes it can be hard to figure out what’s the best workout for you. Read more

6 tips to help you prepare for your on-campus interview

On-campus interviews are a good way for you to get practice for the interviewing game. I know that the more I practice being interviewed, the more confident I feel in my answers. Recruiters often go to a college campus looking for college students who are prepared for a career.

What not to do before your on-campus interview. (Credit: IMGflip.com)

What not to do before your on-campus interview. (Credit: IMGflip.com)

Here is some advice for how to handle interview questions and answers, whether you’re meeting with recruiters on-campus or setting up off-campus interviews. Read more

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

The hidden gems of summer jobs for college students

It’s officially summer break! You know what that means? Plenty of sun and relaxation… OH WAIT, you want (or need) a summer job? There are a handful of options available to you. You just have to do your research on the best summer jobs.

A dog walker would be considered one of many good summer jobs. (Credit: US News)

A dog walker would be considered one of many good summer jobs. (Credit: US News)

Here we show you some great ideas for summer jobs that will almost make it seem like you’re having fun and not working! Read more