College advice, tips, and tricks from our student team

How to Avoid—or Recover from—Weight Gain in College

When I first started college, I didn’t have much time to work out. I worked out with friends every now and then, but I never consistently went to the gym. I worked as a YMCA co-counselor, and I was also obtaining a minor in dance. Between running around with students and dancing I didn’t need much exercise. After graduating from Rollins College, I enrolled in Florida Atlantic University’s neuroscience program. I gained 10 pounds after my first semester! I was shocked and didn’t know why I gained weight. After comparing my first year in college with my current year I realized I wasn’t as active as I used to be. My job at FAU had me sitting at a desk, and I no longer attended dance classes.

One way to beat weight gain? Lace up your kicks and workout!

One way to beat weight gain? Lace up your kicks and workout!

As students enter college they no longer participate in activities and don’t replace the lack of physical activity with something else—hence the weight gain. Don’t fret! There are a few simple things you can do to recover from the freshman 15! Read more

It’s Sophomore Year and You Don’t Have a Major?! Don’t Worry!

Time moves so fast in college—it feels as if you have no time for yourself or time to figure out your future career! Many students change majors multiple times, and some may not have everything figured out within the first few years of college. If this applies to you, don’t fret!

Don't fret, you still have time to choose a major!

Don’t fret, you still have time to choose a major!

You’re not alone and there’s still time to figure it out. Here are a few of my tips if you’re wondering how to go about finding the perfect major: Read more

Feature Friday: Student Ambassador Profile of Future Speech Pathologist, Life-Changer

Erin Dougherty, a New York native now attending college at Arizona State University, says she plans to work with children once she graduates. A junior in college, Erin has had opportunities to work outside of school, including a job where she was a nanny to a girl with high functioning autism. Erin credits that experience with helping her decide on a major because it changed her world.

Get to know our Cengage student ambassador Erin Dougherty.

Get to know our Cengage student ambassador Erin Dougherty.

Working with her and seeing her progress motivated Erin to work hard. As a Speech Pathology major, Erin is preparing for a rewarding career when she graduates. More importantly, Erin will continue to impact lives just as she did when she was a nanny. Read more

Four Quick and Easy Recipes All College Students Should Make

Do you find yourself grubbing on food that has no nutritional value? As college students, we tend to leave healthy eating on the back burner. Get it, burner? But, we can’t survive our entire college careers on ramen noodles and hot pockets—although you might want to! It may be hard to cook a healthy meal every day, but there are quick, easy and healthy meals you can make without breaking the bank.

Learn how to make these empanadas and other recipes here!

Learn how to make these empanadas and other recipes here!

If you have access to a stove and a little bit of thyme—last pun, I promise!—you’ll be in business with these four recipes: 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

Feature Friday: Future Doctor, Motivated and Mindful Student Ambassador

Neha is a self-proclaimed math geek—and proud of it! Growing up the daughter of an engineer, she’s lived in Tennessee, Oregon, Washington and California, but made her way to Arizona, which is where she’s remained to pursue a degree in Kinesiology.

Get to know our student ambassador Neha!

Get to know our student ambassador Neha!

Currently, Neha is a Freshman, attending Arizona State University (Downtown Phoenix) and calls herself a “big math geek” who loves to figure out how stuff works. Ultimately she plans to become a Doctor of Osteopathy. 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

Feature Friday: Commuter Student—Future Teacher

Meet Shaloun: A commuter student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an English education major! Originally from St. Louis, MO, Shaloun and her family moved to Wisconsin when she was five years old. A go-getter, Shaloun has already had an opportunity to teach young students during an internship where she helped young learners create art.

She says she isn’t an artist but does love DIY projects: be it cooking food or home décor. Get to know our Student Ambassador Shaloun a little better below: Read more

4 Must-Need Tips as you Prepare for the GRE

Taking the GRE and applying to graduate school can be daunting. With the right tools and preparation, you can ace the GRE and complete your graduate school applications!

One tip as you prepare for the GRE? Get organized!

One tip as you prepare for the GRE? Get organized!

If you’re nervous and have no idea where to start, these tips will help prepare you: Read more