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

Pros and cons of LLCs for college students

I know what you’re thinking… What are LLCs? A living-learning community on college campus is a residence hall or dorm room building filled with like-minded college students who are all studying the same subject. A relatively new trend in colleges across the country, these professional learning communities, also called interest-based housing, integrate intellectual and residential life.

Would you like LLCs? (Credit: Manhattan College)

Would you like LLCs? (Credit: Manhattan College)

In this new approach to academics, students share a special interest, live in residential halls and take the same classes together. Read more

Is psychology the right major for you?

Psychology is one of the most popular college majors and often ranks at the top for most colleges and universities. College students who want to study psychology are often cultivated by schools. Yet critics say that there are too many psychology majors who have little prospect for a decent career after they graduate.

Are you interested in a psychology major? (Credit: BizarroComics.com)

Are you interested in a psychology major? (Credit: BizarroComics.com)

Here is some information to contradict the critics. When choosing a major, psychology can still be in the running. Read more

Least valuable and hardest college majors

Here are some of the worst college majors, hardest college majors and majors that too many people are taking in relation to jobs available. But there’s a disclaimer: college students have serious choices to make when choosing a major.

Maybe you should reconsider college majors that leave you unhappy post-graduation. (Credit: Thinkstock)

Maybe you should reconsider college majors that leave you unhappy post-graduation. (Credit: Thinkstock)

This list of college majors is based on various data sets calculated by number crunchers that determine the value of a college major based on recent unemployment rates and salary starts. The fields may change in the future, and there are people who break the mold and do very well in the fields they are passionate about. Read more

Ladies in STEM – This one’s for you

I entered college expecting to major in physics and go into a space-related field. Now I’m working towards a degree in creative writing. What happened to my career plan!? By my sophomore year, I realized I had come to college without many of the prerequisites I needed to excel in higher level sciences. (At least one of my other STEM-bound female peers ended up in a theater field—and she likes to remind me that she uses engineering in almost every aspect of her creative field.)

How do you overcome the challenges faced by women in STEM? (Credit: AAUW.org)

How do you overcome the challenges faced by women in STEM? (Credit: AAUW.org)

While my high school certainly encouraged women in math and sciences, that sort of encouragement is still not the norm at either the high school or college level. Read more

What you need to know about choosing classes in college

It can seem like a no brainer—choosing classes in college is about what will raise your GPA, right? Well sort of. I know it can be tempting to go for the class that will guarantee the easy A, but is that really what is best for your future plans, whether that’s a career or grad school?

How do you go about choosing classes in college? (Credit: Lifehacker)

How do you go about choosing classes in college? (Credit: Lifehacker)

You may actually be hurting yourself in the long run by trying to take the easy way out. Here are the things you need to know about what will really help your GPA. Read more

8 college tips for surviving the second semester

Like other college students, I got over the fear of my very first semester and looked forward to my second. Even after a few years, the second semester always felt easier to approach.

Are you ready to take on the second semester? (Credit: College Media Matters)

Are you ready to take on the second semester? (Credit: College Media Matters)

I created my own do-it-yourself guide for surviving (and flourishing) in the second semester. Here are some college tips for the second semester. Read more

Big decision time—How to change your major

Maybe you started college with your future mapped out—you had everything decided and planned, from the big decision of what you would major in to what your career and life after college would look like.

Let us help you as you change your major. (Credit: campuslately.com)

Let us help you as you change your major. (Credit: campuslately.com)

But something has shifted, and you now are thinking of switching college majors. Need help or advice on how to change your major? Read more

Should you consider an Interdisciplinary studies major?

What is interdisciplinary studies? It’s a course of study that includes knowledge from various fields and disciplines. Many colleges and universities allow college students to create their own interdisciplinary studies major.

Is an Interdisciplinary studies major right for you? (Credit: Duke University)

Is an Interdisciplinary studies major right for you? (Credit: Duke University)

Some students with this college major have seen their career opportunities expand. Thinking about creating your own interdisciplinary studies major? Read on for more info. Read more