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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

Reflections from Freshman Year of College

I’m going to say it—freshman year is hard.

Take time to reflect on your own freshman year.

Take time to reflect on your own freshman year.

The entire year is a roller coaster, full of incredible highs you don’t want to come down from, and lows you don’t want to talk about. Read more

Feeling Stressed? Try These Five Things!

Hey, you’re a college student who’s stressed—you’re definitely not alone! Need some ideas to help you get through those tough moments?

Check out this list of five ideas that might just relieve the college stress you’re feeling! Read more

How to Build the Perfect Cover Letter

A cover letter can make or break your job application. It allows you to portray your communication skills and personality more effectively than a resume, and it’s the prime medium to stand out from other applicants.

Not everyone is the most skilled writer, but knowing what to include in your cover letter will make the process less painful. Read more

The Hardest Choice I’ve Made as a College Student

When I was in high school, I thought the hardest choice I’d make in college was figuring out my major. People only seemed to ask if I had picked one yet.

Although picking a major is a daunting decision to make, there are other important choices that will come later in college. Read more

Best Study Spots on—and off—College Campuses

Before the new school year begins, you may want to scope out the scene at your college to see where might the best study spots be. Each college student is different, which means some prefer total silence while studying and others don’t easily become distracted by noises around them.

Check out our list of awesome study spots and head out to decide which will work best for you. Read more

How to Stay on Budget as a College Student

Being a college student is expensive enough. With all the money we spend on food, printing services and tuition it’s easy to fall into a financial hole. Balancing social experiences, food and academic expenses can seem almost impossible, but if you sit down and attempt to make a budget, you’ll be fine. Budgets are essential to saving money and determining how much money you should spend. Yes people, how much money you make determines how much you should spend.

The amount of money you make should be at least 50% more than how much you spend. This leaves you with enough money for financial mishaps, accidents, and hidden fees. Once you’ve picked a budget, you need to learn to stick with it. Here are 4 ways to successfully create a budget and stick to it. Read more

5 Self Care Strategies for College Students

One of the most important life lessons I ever received was as a TA on a study tour. The college students on the trip were not a cohesive group, and I was discussing ideas with the prof on how to mitigate some of the conflicts. I made a suggestion that was self-sacrificing, and the professor said, “Alana, secure your own mask before assisting others.” I immediately withdrew the suggestion, and it’s been a motto for me ever since. It can be hard to say no to a friend who needs a small (but time consuming) favor, or a club that needs someone to organize an event. But as a college student, you must prioritize self care in order to succeed in your classes, stay healthy and have the energy to give to your friends and clubs.

Take a look at these self care strategies for dorm life. Read more

Ways to Make Money in College: 4 Apps That Pay You Back

How many times have you unlocked your phone today? Did you get paid for it? It is time to start a new trend with money-earning apps like ShopKicks, Adme, Slidejoy and S’more!

You don’t want to miss out on “easy money” with your phone through these four easy-to-use apps. Read more