Feature Friday: Skyline Chili Employee Turned Cengage Student Ambassador

Meet our Student Ambassador Emily Eckes—born and raised in Mason, Ohio, and also where she completed a summer internship at the Cengage office. She attends Miami University, a family affair, as Emily’s sister recently graduated from the university as well. It’s her sister—along with her parents—who give Emily the confidence necessary to succeed. Regarding her family, Emily says, “they’ve helped shape me into the person I am today by motivating me to do better, and praising my successes.”

Emily values her parents now more than ever and wants other students to not be afraid to ask their parents or support system for help, while also stretching their wings and becoming independent. Speaking of her parents, Emily says that especially during her freshman year, her parents were her strongest supporters. Read more

A Message to Women in STEM

STEM education is dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. A career in STEM is in demand today more than ever before—but the field has a gender imbalance that women know all too well. Being a woman in STEM myself, I’m passionate about changing the status quo.

Empower women to succeed in STEM.

After attending a women’s leadership conference at my university, I’m inspired to share the message with other women on how to “BE DARING.” Read more

Feature Friday: Find Vision Without Sight—One Student Ambassador’s Story

Nicole is a soon-to-be junior at Wayne State University, majoring in Dietetics. Born legally blind, life hasn’t been easy for Nicole—but she’s not one to give up. That spirit has served Nicole well through many challenges, such as when she switched schools—12 times—dating back to kindergarten.

Get to know our Student Ambassador, Nicole.

Since starting college, her struggles have mainly circulated around the inaccessibility of learning materials, an obstacle that forced her to change majors several times. Read more

White Cane Safety Awareness—Brought to You by our Student Ambassadors

Nicole Kada and Natalie Schoenfeld—two Cengage Student Ambassadors—come together to talk about the white cane. Nicole Kada, who’s legally blind, discusses how the white cane has helped her. Natalie Schoenfeld, who’s sighted, discusses the white cane from a sighted person’s perspective. Together, they hope to bring awareness about the significance of the white cane.

Become more familiar with White Cane Awareness.

Nicole’s Experience

The white cane has been a useful tool for me since I was a child. However, as a child, I didn’t value the cane as much as I do now. This is for two reasons: Read more

Misconceptions and Realities of a Gap Year

Like many of you, I spent 13 years in the public school system. For many, it’s conventional to graduate high school and pursue higher education. For me, I graduated one year early—I thought I had it all figured out. I was accepted into the university in my hometown and chose a degree that sounded best—and would make me the most money upon graduation. Then, it was time to pick my classes—I panicked. Was I making the right decision? That’s when I decided to take a gap year.

Have you considered a gap year?

Have you considered a gap year?

What follows are a few misconceptions—as well as realities—of what it means to take a gap year. Read more

Why Are College Students Required to Take a Computing Course?

I’m in my Junior year at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio—majoring in Marketing with a minor in Entrepreneurship. I’ve learned that knowing how to use Microsoft Excel, Access and Word is very important in today’s technologically-driven business world.

Take the lessons you learn from Computing courses with you beyond college.

Take the lessons you learn from Computing courses with you beyond college.

At Miami, all freshmen are required to take an intro to computing course called CSE 148. CSE stands for Computer Science Engineering. The thought  of taking this course initially freaked me out—I was totally intimidated—but luckily, we were assigned a project using Microsoft Word on the first day of class that seemed pretty easy. Read more

Reflections from Freshman Year of College

I’m going to say it—freshman year is hard.

Take time to reflect on your own freshman year.

Take time to reflect on your own freshman year.

The entire year is a roller coaster, full of incredible highs you don’t want to come down from, and lows you don’t want to talk about. Read more

Transferring Colleges? Follow This Year-Long Game Plan

We’ve all seen university brochures. The smiling faces, the beautiful campus, the promises of the education of your dreams—it’s enough to make anyone swoon. However, transferring to the university of your choice is a process that’s anything but glossy.

It will take commitment and grit. Here’s a plan for your first year. Read more

Adulting in College: What It Means and How to Master It

What does it mean to “adult” in the world? For a lot of college students, the idea of “adulting” can be intimidating and mysterious. The first time I had to adult in the real world was when I scheduled a doctor appointment without the help of my parents—even though I still texted my mom for some advice.

So, what is adulting? And how can you—as a college student—become well-versed in adulting? Read more

Feature Friday: A Cengage Ambassador Interview from 36,000 Feet

A freshman at Santa Monica College majoring in Sociology, Francisco is one of our newest Cengage Student Ambassadors.

As we traveled back to California from the Phi Theta Kappa Catalyst annual convention in Nashville (the second half of his first experience flying, FYI), we talked about his college experience and his work as a Cengage Student Ambassador. Read more