Hello, Who’s This? It’s Me—Your Phone Scam!

I’m a very trusting person, and due to my susceptible personality, I’m stuck with a broken phone and $500 out of pocket.

When the Water-proof Samsung Galaxy S5 came out, I had to have one. I didn’t want to go to the store to buy an overpriced phone, so I decided to buy the phone off Craigslist… my first big mistake. Read more

3 Reasons to Stay Informed in Politics as a College Student

We’re into our first six months with the new president, Donald Trump. You’ve probably heard a lot about the legislation being passed, or considered. You probably also had many feelings while hearing some of the news. You may have wondered if you should even care or pay attention to politics at all. Well, I am here to tell you YES, it’s so important for you to understand what’s happening in our political system; especially if you’re 18 years old or older and you voted in the presidential election.

Keep reading to find out why it is important for you to keep up with politics. Read more

Pay for Music vs Download Illegally: Effects on the Music Industry

To pay, or not to pay – that is the question. Today, it is easier than ever to get music. You can find all the hottest new artists, albums and songs for free with just a couple of clicks online. If you want more of a variety of music without putting the work in to get it online for free, you can pay for your music via programs like iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora or Soundcloud, to name a few.

Many people choose the cheapest options for their listening pleasure, even though there are so many options to listen responsibly. So, one must ask, at what cost? (Pun intended). Read more

What Do We Know About Community College Graduation Rates?

The world of community college received a lot of attention during the Obama Administration. Many in the academic world were concerned about the graduation rates these schools produced and how the numbers could be improved. But recent research shared in the Hechinger Report found that “Of the estimated one in four students who start at community colleges and then move on to four-year institutions, more than 60 percent ultimately graduate.”

What is the truth about community colleges and their graduation rates that college students considering them, or already enrolled, need to know? Read more

Considering Summer School? How Many Credit Hours Should You Take?

For some college students, wrapping up your studies in four years can be a challenge. Enter summer school. You may decide to take this route to complete your education because you changed majors and need to catch up on course work; maybe you need to retake a class you did badly in.

Whatever your reason for considering summer school, you also need to be realistic about the number of credit hours you sign up for. Here’s why: Read more

Finish Your Research Papers Before Making This Windows Upgrade: Here’s Why

You may recall reading about my anxieties with my Windows 10 upgrade last March. (You can read about it in “Tech Tips: Should I or should I not upgrade my desktop?“—if that’s TL;DR, the short version is that upgrading a too-old PC to Windows 10 crashed the box, made it lose the Internet, and resulted in my having to get a new computer after months of working with IT to get it fixed).

Learn more now about the latest tech support end for Windows. (Credit: Windows)

Learn more now about the latest tech support end for Windows. (Credit: Windows)

But there’s reason to be glad I’m on it now: for some PC owners, support for their Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 boxes may be gone with the processor. If you’re running either of those, here’s what you need to know. Read more

Tech News For College Students: Are AirPods Worth It?

Because you need one more thing to keep track of, right? That might not have been the motivation behind the latest innovation from the Apple shop, but it is easy to see why you may feel differently. These new wireless earbuds may seem super cool, but they have resulted in a lot of lost earbuds, which led to the new Apple app—Find My AirPods.

What do you think of the new AirPods? (Credit: TopApps4U)

What do you think of the new AirPods? (Credit: TopApps4U)

I don’t know if this trend is worth all the fuss, but time will tell. Read more

Common App: Your One-Stop College Application Tool

If you’ve been looking for an easier way to send your college application to multiple schools, then you have to check out the Common App. With one online form, you can apply to nearly 700 academic institutions in the U.S. and other countries. It also helps with tracking your progress and meeting deadlines.

You’ll still have to send additional information such as your high school transcript, results of college entrance exams, and an essay, if required. Read more

What to Know About Picking Your Major

If you have a major all picked out before you set foot on campus, great! For many, picking a major can be paralyzing. After all, this is a decision that can impact the rest of your life.

Now is the time to choose a path for your major. (Credit: Pexels)

Now is the time to choose a path for your major. (Credit: Pexels)

But deciding your future from the array of all the college majors can be made easier if you follow my simple how-to suggestions. Read on for the things you need to know about picking a major. Read more

Overcoming a tragedy: Orlando Strong

It was Sunday morning. Tragedy struck, so at first I didn’t believe the news. I could not fathom the truth, that hate and sorrow had gained control of my city overnight. My first thoughts were that while I was fast asleep, dreaming about a better life, others were wide awake fighting for their own.

The Orlando Eye, lit with rainbow colors the night following the Orlando tragedy. (Credit: Daniel Myers)

The Orlando Eye, lit with rainbow colors the night following the Orlando tragedy. (Credit: Daniel Myers)

Some stories said they hadn’t caught the shooter yet. I woke up afraid for my life too. 49 people died that morning, and 53 people survived. The wound hasn’t completely healed, and for others it is still fresh. Read more