Emergency preparedness: What to do after a car accident

Car accidentHere’s the scenario: You’re driving down the road on your way to class and you are slammed — HARD — with something on the left side of your car. You’ve quickly shaken it off enough to where you can focus on keeping control of your vehicle and getting it safely to the side of the road. Now what? Be proactive and learn what to do after a car accident before it happens to you. Read more

Finalists revealed: Vote for America’s Top TA!

Voting is now open in our first ever America’s Top TA competition! Over the last two weeks, students across the country recognized the teaching assistants who have had the biggest impact on their education by nominating them for the Top TA title. A group of CengageBrain Student Ambassadors then narrowed down the nominations to 10 finalists. Now it’s your turn to vote! Please visit CengageBrain’s Facebook page and tell us which TA should win America’s Top TA.

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Student loan debt crisis: What does it mean to college students?

Paying off student loansIf you’re still in school, chances are you haven’t given much thought about how much student loan debt you’re carrying. If you’re nearing the end of your program though, you’ve probably had nightmares about how you’ll make payments while trying to make ends meet. It’s much less scary if you know what you’re getting yourself into. Here’s a brief rundown of what having student debt as a college grad means to you, and how a student loan forgiveness act may be on the way to provide relief. Read more

Make it a day to remember with Mother’s Day gift ideas for mom

Vera Bradley bag

Vera Bradley bag

Shopping for a Mother’s Day gift can be stressful, especially when you’re doing it last minute. Here are some budget-friendly ideas that any mom is sure to love — be sure to ask for a gift receipt, just in case!

Is your mom always on-the-go?

If you have a mom who travels a lot for business or pleasure, maybe she’d like something pretty to ease the pain of living out of a suitcase. Vera Bradley offers beautiful bags of all styles and colors and even features a travel section where you can find items such as: Read more

How to lose your internship in 10 easy steps

(p.s. — Don’t do these things!)

So, you’ve finally secured your dream internship. You may think it’s smooth sailing from here on out, but internships call for a lot of hard work and dedication. You could easily lose your internship if you’re not careful. Steer clear of these 10 simple mistakes, and you’ll walk away with a rewarding internship experience.

  1. Arrive late everyday: Yep. Being the last one in the office every morning is a good idea if you really hate the place and want to get canned. Otherwise, invest in a Clocky Alarm Clock on wheels and get to work on time.
  2. Dress like you’re in last night’s party clothes: If the office you’re working in is business casual, please don’t go in dressing like you’ve spent the night drinking martinis, passed out on the floor fully dressed, and walked into work wearing the same outfit. Be professional. Take a hint from Virginia Tech’s Career Service department on how to dress business casual. Read more

Nominate your teaching assistant for America’s Top TA — The first national scholarship competition by CengageBrain

Have you thanked your TA today? College students now have the chance to thank the TA (teaching assistant) who has had the biggest impact on their education through the first ever America’s Top TA competition by CengageBrain.

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Summer classes: Stay focused and get credits faster

Summer school“Summer school” sounds like a punishment. You’d rather get a job, party or just veg during your summer vacation. The benefits to taking summer courses make the off-peak grind worth it though, plus you can choose from lots of different options: study abroad, summer internships or online summer school all offer flexibility and convenience that may not be available to you during the fall or winter semesters. Learn why you should consider summer courses, discover what options you have, and find out how to study during the summer when what you’d rather be doing is lying on a beach somewhere. Read more

College graduation gift ideas you should be hinting for from parents and grandparents

Pebble E-Paper Watch

Pebble E-Paper Watch (© Pebble Technology)

Ah graduation, a time for thinking of the future, sure, but also a time for gifts! Every soon-to-be-grad knows they can count on Mom and Dad or their grandparents to recognize the occasion with a special present or memento. Why not celebrate years of student success and be prepared with some hints or suggestions to get your family pointed in the right direction to encourage your big launch into the professional world.

The fun

Forget what you may need for a moment, what do you want? You may be about to graduate from college, but it doesn’t mean you still don’t like your “toys.” Read more

Where will you travel for summer break?

Study abroad

Study abroad (© Al Goldis/AP Images)

Summer break: A glorious two and a half months of freedom from the daily grind of your classes — or a chance to get ahead on the next semester. Whether you’re searching for a global education or just some good ol’ fashioned life experiences, there are many opportunities to consider for this summer break. Your taste for adventure may lead you to consider spending a semester at sea, or finding places to visit in Europe as a backpacker. You could put a few extra credits under your belt on a school sponsored study tour or see America on a low-budget college road trip. Read more

What is Cinco de Mayo and how to celebrate it at home or out on the town

Cinco de Mayo dance

Cinco de Mayo dancers in Washington DC by Flickr dbking

Happy Mexican Independence Day! Errr…what is Cinco de Mayo anyway? Take a quick look below to find out the true occasion, and get some tips on how to celebrate, including throwing your own Cinco de Mayo party!

Cinco de Mayo history

Blow away party guests with these Brainiac facts. On May 5, 1862, during the War of French Intervention in Mexico, the Battle of Puebla occurred near the town of Puebla, Mexico. Read more