February 20, 2018

College and the Returning Veteran – Part 2

This is the second part of a two-part post specifically providing advice to military veterans who are exploring getting a degree. In part 1 I covered my own personal experiences and described how planning for your education can be treated like a field exercise. In part 2 I now continue by exploring the unique advantages and disadvantages veteran students will face while pursuing their education. Your military past gives you unique advantages. You’ll find, as a veteran, that in some ways … [Read more...]

What It Takes to be a High Achieving Honor Student

High Achieving Honor Student. What do you think of when you hear that? You probably don't immediately think of an online student who is training for a marathon, working full-time as a Director of Finance and Brand Marketing, as well as being a full time tutor for a 9th grader… and all on top of that being a family man. However, that is what I think of because it’s what I’m living right now. That is my life, and I wouldn't change it for anything. In order to be able to achieve all these … [Read more...]

My College Has Closed, Now What?

The announcement that ITT Technical Institute would be permanently closing the doors to all of their campuses threw a wrench into the educational plans and dreams of thousands of college students. The sudden closure of the for-profit school is an uncomfortable reminder that graduation can be dependent on both the hard work and success of the student and the college. ITT Tech students aren’t alone. ITT Technical Institute isn’t the first college to close leaving students in limbo and they … [Read more...]

How to Get Hired When You’re Underqualified

Presuming that like me, you’ve also spotted those ads about a job you so wanted to secure and fretted just because it was outside the field of your expertise. Maybe you told yourself ‘I could do that job,’ yet you have no experience in that specific area. How do you prove your prowess with a career pick for which you have no proven track record whatsoever? Well, the hack is all about getting the right tap of what the employers seek for. They don’t ask for that degree, but field specific … [Read more...]

Deciding if a double major is right for your future

Thinking about a double major? You're certainly not alone. In an effort to make themselves more competitive in an increasingly difficult job market, many college students today are choosing to double major – either in fields that already have some overlap or in completely different departments. If you're doing a double major just to impress future graduate schools and employers, though, you might actually want to reconsider. If you're still trying to decide if a double major is right for you, … [Read more...]

Party Like a Rock Star?

Wow. You’ve done it. You’ve finally graduated from high school and you’re off to college. You’ll be on your own with a car, an apartment, a college ID, freedom, and the ability to plan your own schedule and make your own decisions. Party! Not so quick. It is never too early to start branding yourself, monitoring your reputation, creating your “personal brand” being the key phrase this week. Whatever you call it, you are in charge of it and now is the time to begin. Print this list and … [Read more...]

12 Things To Know About College

College can be a scary experience for anyone entering the campus for the first time.  Whether you're attending a simple community college up the street or a university thousands of miles away, most students have no idea what they are doing once they park their car, head to class and listen to a lecture for the first time. To help ease the transitioning process, here are 12 things that students wish people told them about the college life -- #1 Academic Standards Most of your colleges … [Read more...]

First Impressions: What Your Email Says About You

What does your email address and signature say about you? In short, everything. Often, your email is the first impression anyone will have of you, from the actual email name and address to the signature in the body of the email. Your email carries a lot of weight when someone is deciding what his or her first impression is of you. Start with your email name. It is probably best to use your full name or first initial and last name. Using just your first name may be a little too informal for … [Read more...]

Striking a Balance Between School, Work and Having a Social Life

If anyone asked me the key to success in college, the answer would be, balance. Sadly, I didn’t learn to balance the personal, work, and school areas of my life until my junior/senior year. Success in college is not solely contingent upon being smart. There are many “smart” people who don’t do well in a university atmosphere. College is about prioritizing and time management. If you can get those key components of adulthood mastered, you will do well not only in college, but you will do well in … [Read more...]

The Early Bird Gets the Worm: Start Preparing for Success Early

A wise man named once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” This wise man was named Benjamin Franklin, and I truly believe he was spot on. It’s too common for college students, and I was not an exception, to procrastinate certain procedures and actions that could contribute to future success. By starting the actions (listed below) early on in college, you will not only have more money in your pocket during college, but you will also be better prepared once you … [Read more...]