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

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

Feature Friday: Student Ambassador Profile of Floridian, Math Nerd and Goal-Setter

Born and raised in Florida, Alisia Colon loves her home state and her school—University of Central Florida. As a sophomore in the Aerospace Engineering program, she’s a self-proclaimed math nerd. One of her favorite classes was Calculus II because she truly enjoys solving problems. Alisia builds confidence by setting personal goals—both short and long term.

Get to know our Student Ambassador Alisia.

Whenever she accomplishes one of these goals she gains confidence through the strength, patience and determination necessary to achieve what she set out to do. 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

Feature Friday: Finding Confidence as a Student, Mentor and Family Member

Danielle is a motivated student at Florida Atlantic University, majoring in Neuroscience. When asked about her campus involvement, she told me she loves going to school and learning. Even more, Danielle loves helping other people. Danielle’s experience ranges from being a YMCA camp counselor to a SMART Club scientific mentor.

Get to know our Student Ambassador Danielle!

Being an influence to others builds her confidence—along with her desire to accomplish her goal of becoming a scientist and researching topics that could potentially help others. She also credits her mom and other family members, stating they treat her as if she’s already attained her end goal. They don’t doubt her ability to succeed, so she doesn’t either. That’s what keeps her going. 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

Feature Friday: Get to know our First Generation American, Motivated Entrepreneur Student Ambassador

If you want to be motivated to get your work done—keep reading! When I met with Michal I knew within the first few minutes that he’s a go-getter. Born in North Chicago to Polish immigrants, Michal is studying Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Michal—a sophomore—has already gotten very involved in entrepreneurship.

Learn about Cengage Student Ambassador, Michal!

Learn about Cengage Student Ambassador, Michal!

He’s the current head of marketing & strategy for the Champaign-based startup, Mesh++. They’re a hardware company that makes small, solar-powered routers. The routers can be placed anywhere and enable access in areas never before possible. Accordingly, the grand vision is to provide stable internet connectivity and educational resources to the developing world. Check out their website at meshplusplus.com! 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

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

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