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

2016 conventions: Why college students should care

It’s summer and you’re probably not watching much television, but you should be. This week, the Republican National Convention endorsed Donald Trump as its candidate for president. Starting July 25, the Democratic National Convention is holding its convention. They will be nominating Hillary Clinton as its candidate.

Find out the importance of conventions. (Credit: Homes in Columbus)

Find out the importance of conventions. (Credit: Homes in Columbus)

Another function of political conventions is to create the policies that each party will run on. College students should pay attention to what’s going on because our choice for president will affect the country for decades to come. Read more

Free tuition at public universities? Hillary Clinton says yes

Many millennials were supporting Bernie Sanders in his bid for the democratic nomination because of his stance on offering free tuition at public universities and colleges. With Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee, these same people were feeling disappointment, thinking their hopes for a college education without giant amounts of student loan debt had been dashed.

Do you think free tuition is a real possibility? (Credit: Plexuss)

Do you think free tuition is a real possibility? (Credit: Plexuss)

But not so fast, I have some exciting news! The Clinton campaign announced that they now have a free tuition plan, too. But how does it stack up to Bernie’s plan? Let’s see, shall we? Read more

Self-driving cars coming to a college campus near you!

I suppose if I can’t have a flying car yet, a self-driving car is just as good. No more are we in the realm of science-fiction or having to think of self-driving cars as playthings of the rich, famous …and brave! Now there is a company testing an autonomous car on a college campus.

What are your thoughts on self-driving cars? (Credit: TNW)

What are your thoughts on self-driving cars? (Credit: TNW)

College students can be transported to and from class in a driverless car. Self-driving car technology is big business, so watch for it. Read more

How does the Brexit vote affect British universities?

Think that the Brexit vote was just some political or trade thing involving the European Union and Great Britain? Can’t imagine how it might be of interest to college students? The landmark vote may have centered on issues of trade and immigration, but it also has the potential to seriously affect college students at British universities. How?

University leaders have warned about potentially ‘damaging’ effects for higher education if the UK voted for Brexit. (Credit: Christopher Furlong, Getty Images)

University leaders have warned about potentially ‘damaging’ effects for higher education if the UK voted for Brexit. (Credit: Christopher Furlong, Getty Images)

Leaving the EU is expected to affect research funding at universities, as well as result in tuition hikes for students among other things. So have a little sympathy for your brethren across the pond. Read more

Ways you can volunteer on campus

It can be tough to figure out how to balance volunteering in the community with all the other responsibilities on campus. I know I’ve missed out on a lot of opportunities trying to keep up with my work-study job and my class work; it can be hard to find time to volunteer.

Rodney Smith, Jr. posted this photo alongside the 93-year-old woman whose lawn he and colleague Terrence Story mowed as part of their Raising Men Lawn Care volunteer organization. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Rodney Smith, Jr. posted this photo alongside the 93-year-old woman whose lawn he and colleague Terrence Story mowed as part of their Raising Men Lawn Care volunteer organization. (Credit: Huffington Post)

But if you’re like Rodney Smith, Jr., then you can create a opportunity to make a difference in your community. Smith, a senior at Alabama A&M, is the founder of Raising Men Lawn Care Service, which provides lawn care for people in need in the Huntsville, Alabama community. Read more

2016’s unique commencement speeches

It’s graduation speech time. College seniors are dressed up in their graduation cap and gown. But before they’re allowed to leave, they have to listen to their commencement speech.

Which commencement speeches do you enjoy most? (Credit: PopSugar.com)

Which commencement speeches do you enjoy most? (Credit: PopSugar.com)

Unless your college gets a memorable guest speaker like a movie star or the U.S. President, you’re probably not going to remember what the speaker said. I know I don’t. Here are some of 2016’s unique, inspiring and memorable commencement speeches. Read more

College students petition Yale University over Calhoun name: Do you agree?

Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut, has been embroiled in a controversy over the name of Calhoun College, a set of residential buildings and dining hall on the Yale campus. The college was named in 1932 after South Carolina politician John Caldwell Calhoun (1782-1850), a Yale alumnus, orator, and Vice President under Andrew Jackson.

After Yale announced it would not be changing the name of Calhoun College, university students held a symbolic renaming ceremony on the Yale campus. (Credit: Down Magazine)

After Yale announced it would not be changing the name of Calhoun College, university students held a symbolic renaming ceremony on the Yale campus. (Credit: Down Magazine)

Calhoun was also a proponent and fierce defender of slavery. Yale college students circulated an online petition to get Yale to change the name of the student housing building. Read more

Solar initiatives on campus to help students go green

I am a big fan of solar energy. I love seeing all the solar panels that look like they’re growing along the highway; there’s a fantastic field of solar panels near Hartford, CT’s Bradley International Airport, which is the closest large airport to where I live. I’m really encouraged by those initiatives to go green, and I see a lot of them happening on campus.

If your campus doesn't have a solar farm, how else can you go green on campus? (Credit: Jim Meadows, Illinois Public Media)

If your campus doesn’t have a solar farm, how else can you go green on campus? (Credit: Jim Meadows, Illinois Public Media)

Last November, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign cut the ribbon on its new solar farm, and even before the ceremony was complete, it was providing energy to campus. Are you on one of the lucky campuses with great solar campus energy initiatives? What else can you do to go green on campus? Read more

Should I avoid that chocolate or not?

It hit the news this week: consumer advocate group As You Sow released a survey that chocolate has more lead content than recommended. In fact, they said the lead in chocolate is nine times the amount considered safe by California law. Looking at the pile of empty candy wrappers on the corner of my desk, I’m not feeling great about this news.

Will lead in chocolate keep you from eating it? (Credit: Cooperative Home Care)

Will lead in chocolate keep you from eating it? (Credit: Cooperative Home Care)

Then again, there are a bunch of studies supporting the health benefits of chocolate, particularly the dark blends. Is chocolate good for you? Check out these recent news articles and decide for yourself if chocolate is a good way to improve your mood—or if it’s just going to add to that freshman 15 you’ve been trying to avoid… Read more