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

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

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

Feature Friday: A Cengage Ambassador Interview from 36,000 Feet

A freshman at Santa Monica College majoring in Sociology, Francisco is one of our newest Cengage Student Ambassadors.

As we traveled back to California from the Phi Theta Kappa Catalyst annual convention in Nashville (the second half of his first experience flying, FYI), we talked about his college experience and his work as a Cengage Student Ambassador. Read more

How to use different social media platforms to build your professional network

I know that it’s hard to believe that social media is good for things besides watching Kanye make a fool of himself at the Grammys…again.

There are many routes you can take in social media to build your professional network. (Credit: Anne Helmond)

There are many routes you can take in social media to build your professional network. (Credit: Anne Helmond)

However, if you’re interested in learning how to use different social media platforms to build an online presence (one you can be proud of) and grow your professional network, you’ll want to read on. Read more

Pros and cons of teacher tenure for college students

The advantages and disadvantages of teacher tenure in higher education have been debated, but what about tenure’s effects on student success?

The debate of teacher tenure has its pros and cons. (Credit: Cagle Cartoons)

The debate of teacher tenure has its pros and cons. (Credit: Cagle Cartoons)

Tenure in academics offers professors job security, yet critics complain they may become complacent. Do tenured professors spend too much time researching and not enough time teaching? Read more

Create an online portfolio to showcase your brilliant work

It takes more than a resume to compete in this job climate. You’ll need to use every tool in your arsenal to get noticed. Several top websites offer you the ability to create a stunningly cool website where you can show your stuff.

When creating your online portfolio, you'll have plenty of unique templates to choose from. (Credit: Dzineblog.com)

When creating your online portfolio, you’ll have plenty of unique templates to choose from. (Credit: Dzineblog.com)

One primary way to showcase your skills is with design portfolio examples. Let’s take a look at some of the free online portfolio sites to help you create your own portfolio. Read more