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

Student employment on-campus, off-campus and work-study

Career Center

Summer jobs for teens (© Damian Dovarganes/AP Images)

Many students these days need to work to help pay the bills for tuition, gas and expenses, and room and board. Student employment opportunities include on-campus jobs, off-campus jobs, resident assistant, teaching assistant, work-study and more. Ask your financial aid office, career counselor, or just take a trip downtown to find jobs available to college students.

On-campus jobs

According to Ohio State University’s “Student Employment Opportunities,” “Working on campus is a great option because university employers are often more flexible about scheduling your work hours around your class schedule, and transportation and travel time are seldom a problem.” Read more

2012 Summer job and internship ideas: Get started now

Summer jobs and internships

Lifeguard by Flickr ganessas

Summer break is just around the corner but you have time to land a summer job if you get started now. Plenty of jobs sites will help you narrow your search to the type of job that you’re looking for. While a summer job is not likely to be related to your major, an internship can be arranged that will help you fill in your resume with some real-world experience to help you jumpstart your career. Because it takes longer to get accepted for an internship, don’t wait another second to apply. Here’s what you need to know.

Summer jobs — You can get hired now

You’re probably an old hand by now at summer jobs, so you know what you can typically expect to find. Read more

Moving day tips: Packing up your dorm rooms and apartments

Moving dayLeaving your old dorm rooms or apartments behind can be exciting, but it can also be stressful. You can make it all go a lot smoother when you have a plan for boxing up your belongings. These moving day tips will insure that you pack up and move on with ease. Time to say out with the old and in with the new, one box at a time!

Make a plan

Ever noticed how things seem to go a lot better when you have a plan of attack? Read more

How to become a teaching assistant

Teaching assistant

Teacher training (© Corey R. Minkanic/AP Images)

If you love to learn and enjoy helping your fellow students, why not think about becoming a teaching assistant (TA)? A TA works under a professor’s supervision to assist students in the classroom. You’d be lending a hand to professors in a class you have already taken and understand well so you can give guidance to other students who are in the position you once were in. Discover all the duties of a TA, ways to become a teaching assistant and how assistantship gives you experience to advance your academic career. Read more

How to upload with Pixelpipe, best fitness apps, Diablo 3 release date and online trends

Skateboarding professor

Totally trending: It’s our Internet and technology roundup

Only have a minute to break away from the books and find out what’s happening online? From the best fitness apps to news on the Diablo 3 release date, and how to upload your media using Pixelpipe, check out these topics your friends are talking about.

Pixelpipe frees your photos

San Francisco start-up Pixelpipe thinks people spend too much time transferring their media — text, photos, video, and audio — to their various social media accounts. Read more

Think outside the box: Volunteer for an alternative summer break this year

Alternative summer breakAlthough spring break has passed by already, it’s not too early to plan ahead for how you’ll spend next year. Or better yet, plan to spend a portion of your summer break volunteering with an alternative break organization. Alternative spring break plans are gaining in popularity and some organizations have to limit the amount of applications accepted, so you’ll want to beat the pack. Read more

Spring clean your machine: How to declutter your electronics to free up space and stay organized

Spring cleaning catAfter receiving five spam emails yesterday all from the same friend of mine, I alerted him that his email account had been hacked. He quickly responded with an apology and mentioned that his roommates had also been receiving “check out my profile” and “miracle product” emails from him—how embarrassing, right? As spring gets into full swing, don’t forget to spring clean your machine, lest you become a spam-circulating sucker! Declutter your electronics to remove viruses, free up space, stay organized and create order during the chaos of college life. Read more

Spending spree or save: What to do with your federal tax refund

Federal tax refundHave you already received your federal tax refund? Is it a dinner at the local fast food type of pocket change or a spending spree at the mall kind of lump sum? Whatever the amount, here are a few ideas, from responsible to fun, on what you could do with the deposit.

Make an adjustment

First, I want to ask you this. Do you like giving the government an interest free loan? Getting a big fat refund check is nice but you had to wait a year to get the money. Read more

How to find internships and summer jobs that offer experience in your field of study

Job fair

Job fair by Flickr USDAgov

Gaining useful experience through internships and summer jobs is an important part of preparing yourself for the workforce after college. If you’re at a loss for where to start, check out these tips to help begin your job search.

Where to begin

Internships are a great way to gain experience in your future career, and as Alexandra Kent writes in her March 25, 2012 article “Students face choice between internships, jobs” for the Central Florida Future, “An internship can even give a leg-up in the company that a student would like to work full-time in the future.” Read more