College advice, tips, and tricks from our student team

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

3 Types of Learners—Which One Are You?

If you have a hard time studying, you may be going about it the wrong way. Everyone grasps material in slightly different ways. Identify how you learn best to enhance your study time. Why is this important? Think of it as a superpower—if you know what yours is, you can utilize it to your advantage!

What's your learning style?

There are countless ways to learn, but there are three main types of learning categories you can fall under. Don’t worry if you don’t fit perfectly under one type—most students are a combination of learner styles. Read more

Your Graduation Party is Over! Are You Ready for the Real World?

Soon you’ll be celebrating the achievement of completing your bachelor’s degree—congrats! But, before graduation day arrives, you may want to plan ahead so the day goes smoothly. There are two graduation areas to plan for: the celebration and the real world.

Are you ready for your graduation?

Are you ready for your graduation?

Have plans for how to celebrate your achievement, as well as what to do after the hype dies down. 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

How to Revise Your Course Goals in 4 Easy Steps

Well, your fall semester is well underway—odds are it’s not going exactly as planned. Every year, students show up to school with bright eyes, hoping this will be the year they fix their GPA and get all A’s! Then something happens…and another…and another. You realize there are more A’s in the alphabet than on your transcript—and yes, there’s only one A in the alphabet.

Need to revise your goals? Follow these steps!

Need to revise your goals? Follow these steps!

In any sense, the goals you set at the beginning of the year need some revision. Don’t fret! Follow these easy steps to reset your expectations and finish the semester strong! Read more

4 Ways to Conquer Your Mini-Mester

Taking mini-mester classes worked well for me. I could take two classes I needed to get out of the way—in the same semester! I think many people are afraid of mini-mesters because they’re fast-paced. Staying on top of your work daily will make knocking out a class in six weeks feel amazing!

Get ready to master your mini-mester.

Get ready to master your mini-mester.

Let me tell you a little more about my experience—along with some useful tips. Read more

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