Feeling overwhelmed: The secrets to getting good grades in college

Feeling overwhelmed?

Feeling overwhelmed? (Photo by Psy3330 W10)

You learn pretty quickly that college is a whole different ballgame from high school. And no, that’s not a reference to having to report to mom and dad where you’re going and what time you’ll be getting back. The responsibility of being on your own, making it to class, getting the course work done, planning for a future, paying for it all, well it can be a lot. Feeling overwhelmed? If your stellar classroom scores start to slip, don’t fret, here’s the skinny on how to get good grades in college.

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Federal student loan repayment plans: Get in the know with what you’ll owe!

Paying off student loansWhether you’re an entering freshman or a first-year grad student, being in the know with what your federal student loan debt looks like is a good way to stay ahead of the game for when the time comes to begin repayment. Did you know you have several different options for repayment? You might even be eligible for loan forgiveness. So, what exactly are your options, you ask? Well, read on for more info. And then visit your school’s financial aid office for ways to be proactive before you accept your diploma. Read more

Why to consider an on campus job or internship…and which ones to snatch up!

On campus jobWhether or not to work during college is a tough decision for a university student to make. On one hand, it would be great to have some extra spending cash. On the other hand, a part-time job might eat into your study time, take away your relaxation on weekends and erase your social life. Fear not! An on campus job doesn’t have to turn into a career — and there are some great ones out there that offer stellar hours and fair pay. Need a student internship? That counts as working, too. So, read on to see how holding a job can help you during and after your university years — and don’t forget to take a peek at some of the best jobs and internships out there! Read more

How to network: Top six networking tips for college student success

Job fair

Job fair (Photo by USDAgov)

Multiple studies, as well as real world experience, repeatedly demonstrate that networking can be one of the single most powerful methods for securing a job or internship. This fact is especially true for college students who will soon be entering the job market for the first time. However, many students are not sure where to start when learning how to network. The following are six networking tips for student success that will help increase your competitive advantage and visibility in the marketplace. Read more

Bill Nye The Science Guy emphasizes the theory of evolution vs. creationism

Bill Nye The Science Guy

Bill Nye displays his "In Praise of Reason" Award (Photo by BDEngler)

For most of you growing up during the 1990s, Bill Nye “The Science Guy” was a scientific icon — funny, kooky, educational and entertaining. Lately, however, Nye has been making headlines with not only reports of his death but also his staunch views about the theory of evolution versus creationism — and his comments have caused quite a stir.

Nye’s credentials

In case you were worried, Nye is very much alive — his reported death being nothing more than a hoax that began on Twitter on Aug. 26, 2012 (similar rumors have been circulating for over a decade). More newsworthy, however, is that Nye is raising a few eyebrows with his newest YouTube video where he emphatically stresses the importance of students understanding evolution — and that creationism should never enter the realm of conversation on this subject. Read more

College student life: The dreaded campus dining hall

College cafeteriaAhhh…the (dreaded) dining hall, a bane of college student life. In the past, this term conjured up images of stale pizza, mystery meat stews and salad bars that screamed salmonella. Today, campus dining halls offer everything from sushi  to vegan meal options. Haven’t been to your school’s cafeteria lately? Well, stop by and check it out. You may soon find that a campus meal plan is not only more affordable, but more delicious and healthy as well. Read more

Back to school spirit: Top 10 reasons to get involved on campus

Get involved!

Getting involved at an animal shelter

If you’re like the many students across the country that started classes this week, by now you’ve probably gotten some textbooks, signed up for classes and met your new roommate(s). So, now what? How about getting involved in your college campus? If you haven’t started planning that crucial step, then you may want to put this at the top of your back to school to-do list. Here are the top 10 reasons to get involved: Read more

Presidential election 2012 update: Mitt Romney tags Paul Ryan as running mate

Republican VP nominee Paul Ryan

Republican VP nominee Paul Ryan

Yes, it’s that time of year again when all forms of mass media explode with slanderous ads and vicious attacks — the true American spirit of democracy. And, in the upcoming weeks, it will get worse. In case you haven’t heard — which seems unlikely unless you have had your head stuck in a textbook for summer term finals — Mitt Romney has added Paul Ryan’s name to the Republican ticket for the presidential election of 2012. Naturally, some are ecstatic while others find this choice laughable. But, what does this mean for college students?

A glimpse at Ryan’s criteria

Ryan’s past achievements include:

  • Graduate of Miami University in Ohio, where he earned a degree in economics and political science
  • Elected to the U.S. Congress in November 1998 (R-WI) Read more

Team USA 2012 London Olympics wrap up!

Beach volleyball, Team USA

Beach volleyball, Team USA (Photo by Craig Maccubbin)

We have many reasons to celebrate Team USA this year as they dominated the 2012 London Olympics! In case you missed the Games this year, check out the list of highlights below in our wrap up of the summer tradition.

1. The biggest story may have been Michael Phelps’ record-crushing performance to give him the title of the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals  (18 of them gold) for his career. Winning four gold medals and two silver medals during these Games sent Phelps above the previous most decorated Olympian, former Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina who won 18. Read more

Top 10 websites for back to school prep: You’ll want to bookmark these now!

Back to school bookmarksThe new school year is just around the corner and getting prepared doesn’t only mean having enough supplies to stock a small office; you’ll also want to make sure you have these top ten websites bookmarked on your computer to get your year started off on the right foot.

For organization

1. One of the best ways to ensure that you’ll have a great semester is to have some organization in your life. Read more