2012 London Olympics: What and who to watch out for at the summer Olympic Games!

RunnerOscar Pistorius

Runner Oscar Pistorius (Photo by Erik van Leeuwen)

In just two short weeks, the 2012 London Olympics will be underway in London, England. With the opening ceremonies beginning on Friday, July 27 and concluding on Sunday, August 12, the days in between will surely be packed with excitement including 36 different events for the able-bodied Olympics and 28 for the Paralympics. There will be many must-see moments for these summer Games, and here’s a rundown of what to watch this year!

The events

With so many events taking place during the two-and-a-half week span, it’ll be hard to keep up with what’s going on! The best place to check often is the official London 2012 Olympics page. Here, you’ll find a listing of all events taking place daily, with a special recognition for medal events, as well as a listing of all athletes and medals awarded by country. Read more

Student health: What the Affordable Care Act means to you as a college student

President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act

President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act

On Thursday, June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court voted to uphold President Obama’s health care reform known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — originally passed in 2010. In his speech to the nation, the president outlined several changes this will have on our country. For college students, specifically those of you who are under age 26, this may make a huge difference in your health care. Here are some quick facts to keep you in the know.

The basics of the plan:

  1. Whether you’re an undergrad or graduate student, you’ll have the option to stay on your parents’ health insurance until you turn 26. Read more

2012 summer movie releases: Our summer blockbusters round-up!

The Dark Knight Rises cast

The Dark Knight Rises cast (© Chris Pizzello/AP Images)

Summer is generally a time when we put our books away and soak up some much-needed vitamin D. But, summer is also when most of the much-anticipated movies are released as well! We’ve rounded up an exciting list of 2012 summer movie releases that are worth staying indoors for!

Magic Mike — June 29

Here’s one for the ladies — a movie staring both Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum who work at night as strippers. Read more

Poll: Stafford loan interest rate increase, students consider cheaper education alternatives

Unless Congress acts quickly to stop it from doubling, the federal subsidized Stafford loan interest rate is scheduled to revert back to 6.8 percent on July 1 from the current 3.4 percent, affecting millions of students across America.

Effects on college students

In an effort to better understand how current students would react to this change, we at CengageBrain.com, the premier destination for purchasing discount college textbooks and part of Cengage Learning, polled 500 college students on everything from the drastic actions they would take if rates increase, to how it might affect their voting in upcoming elections. Shockingly, 23 percent of the students we polled said that they would consider dropping out of their school if rates doubled, and 66 percent of students that were planning on getting an advanced degree said they would be less able to pursue graduate school. And, the effects don’t stop there.

Check out our infographic for the complete results on how increased student loan rates would impact students’ education.

Students Weigh in on Student Loans Debate

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Three quick tips for student success: How to write a resume for a competitive job market

Strong resume keywords

Strong resume keywords (Photo by Powerful Sample Resume Formats)

For many people, creating a resume can be a stressful experience. This concept is especially true for students starting out in today’s highly competitive job market. You can reduce the anxiety that often accompanies the resume writing process by learning what employers are looking for. Check out these three easy steps to teach you how to write a resume that captures a recruiter’s attention and gets results. Read more

Student loan debit cards: Are they really worth the reward for college graduates?

As your college graduation date draws ever nearer, you may be trying to figure out how to make payments on your student loans. You may have heard of online checking accounts that offer a rewards program, but what if you learned it could even help you pay off your student loan debt quicker? Before you jump into signing up, there are a few things you should know about these student loan debit cards. Read more

Honor your dad with these Father’s Day gift ideas he’s sure to love!

Tandem skydiving

Tandem skydiving

Finding the perfect Father’s Day gift year after year for your dad can be stressful, but don’t worry; your #1 fan will love anything you’ve put thought into. Try any of these great Father’s Day gift ideas to show your dad how much you care.

For the dad who loves adventure

If you have a dad who is always looking for a thrill, why not send him off a plane — with a parachute and a guide, of course? Read more

2012 presidential candidates: How to get involved with politics this year

2012 presidential campaigns

2012 presidential campaigns (© Charles Dharapak/AP Images)

We all know that come this November we’ll be voting on a new leader for our country. In case you’ve tuned out all forms of media, you’ve probably deciphered that the 2012 presidential candidates are going to be Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. While Ron Paul has not formally stepped down, Romney has secured the required amount of delegates and is already choosing his running mate. What you may not be aware of is how to get involved with politics in a way that will actually make a difference. Read on for a few tips on how you can educate yourself and a your friends during this election year. Read more

College survival tips: Keep in touch over the summer with friends, professors and TAs

Mailing letters

Mailing letters (© Damian Dovarganes/AP Images)

Keeping in touch with friends over the summer can make for an easier transition back into classes come fall. Although technology has made that task easier than ever, it does still require a bit of effort on your part. But, reaching out to your friends is totally worth it in the end. Those in the know will also offer these key college survival tips: maintain contact with your professors during and after college.

Stay connected with friends

Keeping in touch over the summer is as easy as sending a text. Of course, while getting texts from your far-flung college buds is great, it’s not the same as seeing them. Use these ways to make sure you and your friends stay connected when you are more than a dorm room away from each other. It’s as easy as 1-2-3: Read more

America’s Top TA announced, and the winner is…

America's Top TA by CengageBrain: Dan Coiro, Organic Chemistry at Rutgers University

America's Top TA: Dan Coiro, Organic Chemistry Teaching Assistant at Rutgers University

Congratulations to Rutgers Organic Chemistry TA Dan Coiro for winning the first ever America’s Top TA Competition by CengageBrain!

The competition allowed college students to recognize the TAs who helped them the most with coursework, especially during finals week. Over the last month, students from across the country submitted nominations and voted for America’s Top TA. Students had to write an essay consisting of 100 words or less, then CengageBrain Student Ambassadors narrowed down the student testimonials to a list of ten finalists before a winner was determined by opening it up for public voting through the CengageBrain Facebook page.

Chelsea Viscosi, who took Coiro’s Organic Chemistry class, submitted the winning nomination: Read more