Change or stay: 5 tips to choosing a college major

College freshmen have an important decision when choosing a college major. Your major will help decide your future career. But luckily, you don’t have to make a hard and fast decision the minute you enter college. You can wait to decide, you can change your major even if you’ve already chosen one or you can stay with your original decision.

Let us help you choose a college major with our tips. (Credit: UNIGO)

Let us help you choose a college major with our tips. (Credit: UNIGO)

In my case, I knew what I wanted my major to be, but I added a double major my sophomore year. Here are five college tips to decide what to major in college and to determine the best major for you. Read more

10 do-it-yourself tips for academic goals in college

I was lucky in that I knew exactly what my personal goals were for college. But not every college student does. Figuring out what to study and how to work toward that degree several long years away can be daunting.

Create academic goals to help with college success. (Credit: My Time Management)

Create academic goals to help with college success. (Credit: My Time Management)

So here are some student educational planning tips and guidelines for a do-it-yourself plan to create educational goals and objectives, and suggestions to track your academic goals while in college. Read more

Yep, it’s already time to apply for your summer internship

There will be plenty of competition for jobs after graduation so college students need to make sure that they have a resume that gets noticed. One way to do that is with an internship. Not only will you get great experience, you’ll make professional contacts and you could earn money for tuition.

Start applying for your summer internship soon. (Credit: Make Money In Life)

Start applying for your summer internship soon. (Credit: Make Money In Life)

Even unpaid internships are worth considering because they can help you get a job after graduation. The best internships go fast, so if you want a summer internship, you need to start applying now. Read more

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