Student Discounts That Will Save Your Life (And Your Wallet)

Subscriptions/Memberships

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The savviest college students already know about these great discounts, but incase you don’t, let’s get you up to speed! There are a lot of memberships and subscriptions that offer discounts for student. College students get Spotify Premium for just 4.99/month, and now that includes (yes, INCLUDES) a Hulu subscription! $5 a month for 2 apps? Uh, yes please. Other special student rates apply atAmazon Prime, Adobe, Sam’s Club, Apple, and subscriptions like The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal… so much more.

Movie Theatres

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Most people hate going to the movie theatre now because the prices are insane. Regal Cinemas Theatre’s offer student discounts that vary by location, so contact your local Regal to find out. AMC Theatres offer discounts to students on Thursdays. Some Cinemark theaters also offer the discount. Just call and ask.

Restaurants

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Most college student’s paychecks every week goes to food. Why not start saving? A lot restaurants offer pretty good student discounts. Places like Subway and Chick-fil-A give students 10% off their meal. Other stores like Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, Qdoba, Waffle House, Dairy Queen, and Burger King also offer discounts, but they don’t advertise it and some locations vary.

Museums/Tourist Attractions

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Believe it or not, your student ID can save you a lot of money on your next trip! Most tourist attractions and museums will offer a decent discount to students. New York City, despite the high prices of almost everything, is the Mecca of student discounts. Tickets are a mere $10 for students at Carnegie Hall. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden charges only $6 for students. Save 28 percent of admission with tickets for $18 at the Guggenheim. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, The New York Historical Society, and even Broadway tickets can be scored with student discounts! Every time you are anywhere, ask if the site offers a discount. Most historical and touristy place do, so again – ASK!

Stores

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It will blow your mind to see how many stores offer student discounts, and most of them are 10% or more! Banana Republic, H&M, Aeropostale, Charlotte Russe, Topshop, Kenneth Cole, Club Monaco, Mod Cloth, Barnes & Noble, and even Goodwill gives you a whopping 20% on Tuesdays. When you’re out shopping, don’t be scared to ask cashiers if they offer student discount. Some stores don’t advertise, but if you ask you could be looking at some savings.

Traveling

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Going somewhere? Don’t spend half your budget on just getting there. Dozens of transportation companies offer discounts for students. Greyhound buses, Amtrak, Coach USA, and other local transportation services will grant you anywhere from 10%-20% off your travel ticket. And if you’re looking for a decent place to stay, Choice Hotels offers a discount to Students with a Student Advantage Card. Traveling while you’re in college is financially difficult, but possible.

Phone Plans

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T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint all offer students special deals and discounts. The only catch with some of these deals is that you might have to attend a school that qualifies.

Fitness

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Gyms like 24 hour Fitness and Gold’s Gym offer students 10% off membership fees. A lot of local gyms will offer a summer special for students home for break. Corepower Yoga also offers special pricing for students, but their locations are minimal at the moment. You can get all your fitness gear at Eastern Mountain Sports, where students get 15% off full-price national brand items and 20% off all full-price EMS brand items when you show your ID.

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10 Weird Scholarships Undergrads Can Apply For

So you’ve scoured the internet for scholarships and grants catered to “people like you” – architects, brown-eyes, older siblings – and come up with nothing. Let’s turn to the weird-wide web. These 10 wacky scholarships for undergraduate students go beyond am/is/was/were/be/being/been qualifications and could win you big bucks for a little creativity.

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Yeah, they’re this weird.
  1. Create a Greeting Card Scholarship
    Ever strolled through the greeting card aisle and thought, “I could make something like this.” Well now you can! The Gallery Collection is offering $10,000 to the winning designer and $1,000 to the winners’ school. The design, which will be voted on and judged based on its overall aesthetic appeal, use of design elements and appropriateness as a greeting card, is due March 1, 2018. Don’t wait – the longer it’s posted the more votes you can earn to qualify for the top 10!
  2. Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway
    A full-ride is every student’s dream, and Dr. Pepper is making dreams come true for 18- to 24- year-olds across the country. Simply write how you will change the world in 350 words or less and get 50 votes for your story, then you can make a video to get more fans! The video will be judged based on overall presentation quality, how you want to make an impact with your education, the inclusion of Dr. Pepper (not mandatory, but recommended), how the tuition prize will impact your life, community, or the world. Take your mark soon – this year’s contest closes on October 18, 2017.
  3. Aryn Rand Atlas Shrugged Scholarship
    Hey bookworm, this scholarship is for you! AynRand.org invites applicants around the world to choose one of three prompts based Ayn Rand’s fourth and last novel, Atlas Shrugged, and write an 800- to 1600-word essay. Entries will be judged based on how well students argue for his or her view, not according to whether or not the judges agree with it. Submissions must be post-marked or submitted online by May 15, 2018.
  4. Davis Putter Scholarship Fund
    This is for those who need money, but more importantly for those want and stand for justice. The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund gives a need-based scholarship to students who are activists for progressive causes. Past recipients have been active in “the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression; building the movement for economic justice; and creating peace through international anti-imperialist solidarity” (davisputter.org). Read through the Frequenly Asked Questions for this one to make sure you’re eligible – applications open in January and close March 31, 2018.
  5. Collegiate Inventors Competition
    I wouldn’t be surprised to find the next Elon Musk winning this thing. Founded in 1990, the Collegiate Inventors Competition has brought people together to showcase and recognize cutting-edge research and discovery. Finalists will not only be judged by a panel of experts, but will also receive feedback and brainstorm to bring their inventions to the next level. Innovators, prepare your ideas for Spring 2018 when the contest re-opens!
  6. Davidson Fellows Scholarship
    Davidson Fellows are some of our best and brightest. With categories like Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy and Outside the Box, applicants under 18 have many opportunities to show the Davidson Institute how exceptional they are. Students will be evaluated based on their significant work, which is defined as an accomplishment that experts in the field recognize as meaningful and has the potential to make a positive contribution to society. Applicants must be 18 or younger as of 18 or younger as of Oct. 1, 2018.
  7. American Fire Sprinkler Association Second Chance Scholarship
    Fire Sprinklers; that’s not something you hear about every day. But the American Fire Sprinkler Association is dedicated to the educating the public of the use of automatic fire sprinkler systems, so since 2010 they have been awarding students who are interested in learning more. Entries are only accepted through the scholarship website and the deadline is in August.
  8. Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation
    You should really apply to this one, it’s just common sense! This foundation offers awards through the use of internet-based quizzes with topics that range from common knowledge to specific academic subjects. There are no GPA requirements or essays involved. Simply register, and receive notifications when new quizzes are available.
  9. Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship
    Just in time for Halloween, Unigo is offering a scholarship to those who are most-likely to survive a zombie apocalypse. Think you got what it takes? In 250 words or less, tell the world how you will make it out alive, including where you’d hide and the top-five things you’d bring with you. Hurry – this application closes October 31, 2017!
  10. Denny’s Hungry for Education
    You have an hunger for knowledge, and Denny’s has a goal to end child hunger. It’s the perfect combo! In partnership with eight leading non-profit minority advocacy groups, Denny’s will recognize and reward students for their ideas to fight against childhood hunger. Click the link above and select “College Students (Nationwide)” to register, and then select the non-profit scholarship you want to apply for. Application requirements vary depending on the organization, but all applications are avialable from September 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017.

 

Staying Healthy in College Without Going Broke

You don’t need a FitBit or an expensive fitness look to stay healthy. You just need the right mindset.

Between classes and working, most college students don’t even think about a healthy lifestyle track. It’s hard enough to balance your schedule, you don’t have time to worry about your health, right? Wrong. The habits you develop in college will follow you into that ‘real world’ they keep telling you about it. Start that healthy life now!

Drink water.

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This is probably the most important tip anyone will ever give you. You need to stay hydrated. No not with gatorade (the sugar content is so high, it’s not healthy or thirst quenching). Carry a water bottle at all times.

Stop drinking sugar.

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Learn to love your coffee black. Stop drinking soda. Gatorade is not good for you. Sugar is the biggest cause of an unhealthy life, so try to stay as far away from it as possible. According to Bamboo Core Fitness, an average 12-ounce can of soda contains about 8 teaspoons of simple sugar. It only takes four 12-ounce cans of sodas to equal 1/4 pound of sugar!  Moderation is key.

Park farther from class

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The hike is probably daunting, but a part of staying healthy is making sure you get a good amount of steps in daily. Park on a little further than you normally do from classes or work so that you force yourself to walk a good amount everyday. there are tons of apps you can download that track your steps. Some even offer you rewards, like the Achievement app, which rewards you $10 for every 10,000 points you earn!

Start Meditating

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It’s not just for monks. Staying healthy is not just physical – it’s mental too. Take just ten minutes a day to destress and just be. Don’t worry about school or work or people. A popular and short, efficient way to quickly relax is the 4-7-8 breathing technique. The Headspace app, a meditation app, is also a really helpful tool for guiding your meditation and working towards a cleaere and calmer mind.

Cook your own food.

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This can get tricky for some people. College dorms aren’t exactly a Gordon Ramsay approved prep area. But most campus food is frozen before, or fried and just not healthy. Finding ways to cook your own food is a much better option. You can find easy to make in your dorm or microwave recipes on Pinterest and Buzzfeed. (And you can print it using your schools Freenters drive!) 

Stretch Before Bed.

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This is a weird one to hear – but to be healthy and conquer your busy schedule, you need good night’s rest every night. Stretching before bed can do that for you. Relaxing your muscles right before bed (and drinking plenty of water!) is the best start to a great night’s sleep. Stretch for 15-30 minutes every night right before you lay down and trust me, you’ll wonder why you never did this before. Here’s a YouTube video from Yoga With Adriene for the perfect bedtime stretch! 

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How to succeed in business: Writing Resumes

For most people, fall is the season of sipping pumpkin spiced lattes and enjoying the sweater weather as leaves turn gold and brown. But as students looking for the next internship or side hustle, we all know what October really is – career fair season.

Whether you’re attending a school-wide career showcase or your individual college’s industry meet and greet, you need to have a clean, specific resume prepared for recruiters.

Here are 7 steps to professional success.

1. Name and Contact Information

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On your resume, you need to be front and center. Nothing on that sheet of paper should be bigger than your name. Type your full, legal name in big, bold type at the top of your resume.

You also want to clearly state how they should contact you. Under your name, list a professional email, phone number, current address and even a link to your personalized Linkedin profile.

2. Objective Statement

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Here’s where you give recruiters the run-down of who you are and what you can do for them. It’s like the thesis of your resume, and can be tailored to the company you choose. Highlight your skills and state what kind of job you’re looking for, but focus mostly on what you can do for the company.

Follow this simple format:

“Seeking [position X] in [company Y] where my [a, b, and c skills or background] will support [intended accomplishment for that position].”

For example, an engineering student looking for a summer internship may have a statement that looks a little something like this:

Looking for Summer 2018 internship in the aerospace field where I can utilize my experience in leadership, software development and design.”

This is often optional, and can be deleted to save space if needed, but it’s helpful to let companies know exactly what you’re looking for.

3. Education

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When describing your education, you’ll want to put your most recent and highest degree first. Be sure to write out the full name of your degree, and include any minors, certifications or specializations. Don’t forget to include your GPA, graduation date and location of your University.

NOTE: If you’re a second-year university student or above, all high-school experience should be removed.

4. Experiences

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If you got it, flaunt it! Show off all the part-time jobs, leadership positions and volunteer hours you worked so hard for. Simply list them under “Experiences,” or set up specific categories like “Professional and Related Experience” or “Leadership and Involvement” to better label them.

Elaborate on your successful projects and skills. Write bullet points that detail your experiences with action verbs and specific results so employers can see what you bring to the workplace.

Keep your format clear and consistent throughout – you have a lot to show and you don’t want employers to get lost and give up reading it.

5. Skills

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You have a very particular set of skills, so make sure they know them. Languages, technical skills, interpersonal skills, coding and software knowledge all fall under this category. List your proficiency in Microsoft Office and public speaking – whatever best applies to the job you want.

6. Accomplishments

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All you overachievers, I’m looking at you. Detail your awards, scholarships and accomplishments under this category – and don’t forget to include the dates you received them.

7. Presentation

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Design your resume in a clean format to reflect the industry you’re applying to. Engineering students tend to favor a straightforward format, but graphic designers may want to showcase their artistic abilities in their layout. In any industry, make the layout clear and easy to read.Make your resume stand out among the flimsy white sheets of copy paper by printing on cardstock resume paper. You can even choose an off-white color to distinguish it from the others as long as it still looks clean.

Don’t forget, printing endless copies can be expensive. Save loads of money by printing your resumes with freenters!

Throw those beauties into a pad-folio, and you’re ready to wow recruiters at all your professional events.

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How to Really Study for Finals

Yup. It’s here. Finals season is upon us. Now if you’re like us, you studied really hard, attended all your classes, and completed every homework assignment to its fullest extent. Right? Just kidding. No one’s perfect! Why else would you be here, helplessly trying to find tips on efficient studying (procrastinate much?).

giphy.gifWell my dears, if you’re looking like this guy in light of finals week then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a how to guide on studying (AKA cramming) for finals

Study Buddy

Take advantage of your peers. Compare notes, offer up topics, ask questions. This way you get fresh perspective on your class and you have a way of ensuring you cover all the topics. Having a study buddy or even a study group will ensure that you guys can find the correct answers and hold each other accountable for the approaching test.

If you haven’t made any contact with any of the people from your class, the best way to find someone is to just ask. Most likely, they are just as stressed as you are and will be willing to form a group, or even better, they may already have a group and you can join in!

Creating/Completing your Study Guide

I cannot stress this point enough. You want to go over all the content from the course and/or study guide if available. Do this as soon as possible!!! Sit down one day and really dive deep. Study everything you need to, even the stuff you don’t understand! Write it all done and make note of things that stick out. Follow the study guide, it is your best friend. If you don’t have a study guide, click here to figure out how to make your own. Make sure you complete a plan for what it is you need to study, after that you can really test yourself on your knowledge.

After completing the study guide or your own study plan, go through and quiz yourself. If you find yourself struggling with something specific, take note of it on a separate page to return to. By making a list of all the things that still confuse you, you can be sure to study them. Repeat until there’s nothing on your list of things that are confusing to you.

Asking Question

Get clarification on the topics that you are unsure of. This will not only help you study, but will make sure you actually learn the topics long terms. So ask, ask, ask!

If it’s not too late, email or meet you professor during office hours with your pre-prepared questions. Do not show up without preparing expecting them to give you the answers to everything, this is a sure fire way to get the professor to doubt you and ultimately leave you helpless. Have specific topics and questions in mind when you ask your professor for some clarification.

Ask your classmates. If you found a study group make sure you bring up your list of questions no matter how silly they may seem. They will be willing to help you and can probably explain it in a way that you can understand.

Never be afraid to ask questions!!! It is essential!!!

You Can Never Be Too Prepared

After you complete your study guides, go over the material for 15-30 minutes every day before the final. It doesn’t take long, and the process is absolutely beneficial to you. You can study while you snack, waiting in line for Starbucks, or even while you watch The Food Network.

Pretty soon, you’ll know everything better than the professor.

Taking Breaks

Phew. Just when we needed another excuse to procrastinate… just kidding. Taking a break while studying is actually really important. If you are constantly drilling, memorizing, and learning new information, your brain can sometimes turn on auto pilot and cease to retain further information. So take a break! Breathe. Eat a snack. Take a nap.

When you come back to studying you will feel refreshed and it will be easier to start up again.

How many breaks should you take? For every 60 minutes of studying you do, you should take a 15 minute break. The max you should go without a break is 90 minutes! Don’t overwork yourself! We’re trying to be efficient and keep you sane.

 

How Do I Get an Internship?

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The days of internships being the icing on the cake that is your resume are long gone. More and more businesses are encouraging students to get internship experience (even for entry-level jobs!). Internships play a critical role in networking and building experience, but the market for internships is so competitive that many students struggle to get into the internships they actually want. Let’s end the confusion and get ahead of the game. Check out these cool intern success stories!

Step One: What Do You Want?

What do you want to do? If you’re at this stage you have an array of options to choose from! Internships will help you learn what do or don’t like! The first step is to look at industries that you would be interested and read up on the companies! Make a list of the companies that peak your interest!

Internships should have something to do with what you’re planning to do for you career, and will thus exploit your skills and interests!

Need some help? Check out these companies that are hiring!

Pro-tip: Wanna travel? Look at internships in cities you want to visit!

Step 2: Prepare for Battle

Okay, maybe not battle…but kind of. For every battle you need a sword A.K.A. your resume. You’ll need a good resume too if you want it to stand out in a pile of papers, so here’s a link on how to make a kick ass resume, and here is a link for creative resume examples on Pinterest. You have about fifteen seconds to capture the attention of a recruiter so get a little creative! Also, try not to let your resume be over a page and make sure easy to read.

Almost done! But don’t forget the cover letter. Cover letters are very very important when it comes to applying to a company! Why do you want to work for this company? Why should they pick you? Who are you? Need some help? Check out this link to help you with writing a personalized cover letter! Make sure you research the company before jumping! Companies are totally full of themselves, so when you write something like:

“I’m a huge football fan and this company was started by Blah and Blah! It hits home because…”

or…

“I like that this company gives back to the community, in fact in 2012 this company gave back to my hometown of…”

Always be well versed in the company’s history.

Step 3: Network and Making Contact

Network and network well, heres a guide to networking intelligently in case you don’t know how.

Best place to start? Ta-Da! You’re career center! Most schools have them and they can help you find internships that have reached out to your school! These will be flooded with other student applicants too though so be careful!

If you or your parents know someone in a company that you’re interested in…it wouldn’t hurt to ask if they’re hiring! Use social media to your advantage and tweet or post a status: “I’m trying to get hired at X, does anyone know anyone I can talk to?”

Once you submit your resume….You gotta call.

Yeah as tedious and lame as it is, you gotta call the company. Apply online, send your resume in, and then call. Calling the company and putting a voice to the resume really makes your name stick out.

Step 4: Do Not Delay

If you have made contact with a company they will ask for your materials which could be anywhere from a portfolio or a resume. Send these in as soon as possible. If you wake too long the company will think you’re lazy or uninterested and find someone who can turn things in on time.

Respond quickly and in an organized fashion!

Step 5: The Follow Up

After you’ve had the interview be sure to call or send a succinct email to remind the employer who you are. What the heck is a succinct email? Check this out! Mention your application and your name. This should be completed a week after your interview or two weeks after you have submitted your application.

Don’t ask when you’ll find out if you got the position, you’ll seem impatient. Just give a simple reminder that you’re very interested in the job!

Rejection

Remember that the market for internships is very competitive and you won’t always get the one that you wanted. But chin up! Keep trying! You will eventually get a great opportunity!!!

Good Luck! 

What Will College Look Like in the Next Few Years?

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The college atmosphere and structure is consistently changing. Current policies may be a thing of the past tomorrow. State institutions like New York have already made the transition to free tuition and other colleges are constantly trying to add or take away policies to improve their institutions while every college student sits at the edge of their seat. It’s impossible to know the exact fate of the future of higher education but organizations like the Educause Review and The Pew Research Center have their ideas about what the future might look like for students. Here are a few ways your college education could change in the next few years.

 

A more drastic change to satisfy our dystopian fears would be that in the next two decades, professors may be replaced by machines. Technology is advancing at an alarming rate. Students can power through an essay solely with their smart phone or earn money through a printing service nowadays.  The Higher Education gives the example of artificial intelligence “discovering” Newton’s second law, and ROSS training IBM’s Watson cognitive computer to do paralegal work. Professors have far more value than the lectures they give, but some areas of study may change due to technology.

However, the rise of online classes and potential for robotic teachers has the ability to diminish students’ sociability. According to Fast Company, colleges will begin to focus more on the skill sets of individuals more than the credit hours they take. Employers expect more from incoming employees than they once had in the past.

Fast Company found that, “in one survey, 60% of employers complained that job applicants lack interpersonal and communication skills.”

In this case, colleges will be forced to become more adaptive, to adhere to the needs of industry professionals as opposed to traditional or newfound teaching strategy.

Additionally, the “traditional student” as described by the Educause Review, will change in the future. Majority of students are now above the age of 25 and work full-time, once taboo, but now the reality that not everyone has to finish a degree in a standard four year plan.

In regards to traditional students changing, one of the final guarantees for the future of higher education, already showing in today’s school systems, is the change in demographics. The majority of students for most of history on college campuses have been white and male. According to U.S. News, now the shift in demographics shows that the majority will soon be first-generation Hispanic students. This means that colleges will have to begin to change their admissions process, broaden financial aid packages, and provide remediation to underprivileged schools. In the 2014 academic year, the nine-school University of California system, “admitted more Latino students (29 percent) than whites (27 percent),” notes U.S. News. Similar changes will occur within the gender learning gap and the increase of other minority students.

Many things are changing in the future of higher education and it’s nice to be in the know.

Brought to you by Freenters, this has been a steamy hot plate of food for thought.

 

Prepare Yourself Now To Save Yourself Later

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College is a great time and you could be at the top of your game, moving through each semester successfully. No matter how strong you might feel as a college student, you can’t forget about the end goal. Especially in this day and age, it’s becoming harder to get a job straight out of college, and who dreams of graduation and moving back in with the parents? You have to work towards things that will land you a job when it’s all set and done. Keep up the good work, but add a couple of these tips to your yearly plan.

1. Build Your Network

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Making connections doesn’t always mean going to sanctioned functions, having enlightening and intellectual conversations over dinner, and then boom you have a contact. Building your network can start with knowing your professor. It’s always important to know your professor to get ahead in classes but as said before, you have to look at the bigger picture. Professors are professors because they have been in the industry a lot longer than you, and are your industry professionals. This also means that their connections can become your connections. They can write you amazing recommendation letters, be a great reference on resumes, or let you in on great job opportunities. Before all of this, you should add them to you LinkedIn profile. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, MAKE A LINKEDIN PROFILE!

2. Land An Internship

Internships are one of the most effective ways to land a job after college, especially if you’re interning in your dream industry. Internships can grant you more connections and you can showcase your talents. If you’re lucky enough (or play your cards right) you could even be offered a job by the end of your internship.

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Why not? If you’ve already put in the work towards four years of Spanish in high school, utilize those powers! This could lead to study abroad opportunities which sets your resume apart from all others. Trust that you will find far more opportunities after college or employers looking for that “little something extra.” If you do end up wanting to master your foreign language for the workplace, read our tips from You’ll Be Awed If You Study Abroad to help get you started.

4. Maintain A Clean Profile

Nothing on the internet is private and nothing is worse than losing the position your interviewing for because you had a little too much fun at college parties three years ago. It’s easy to just make all your social media profiles private yes, but go that extra step to look polished. Change your Facebook settings so that people can’t tag you in pictures without your permission first. A nice dinner with your friends while you’re drinking wine seems nice when you’re studying abroad and of legal age, but not so much to people who don’t know the situation. Avoid cursing up and down your statuses, pictures, and tweets. It doesn’t add anything to what you want to get across or to your social image.

5. Utilize The Career Office

Your career office is much more valuable than you might think, regardless if you may not be a business, accounting, or marketing major. They always know about alumni looking for young, ambitious students to hire. Better yet they can help you with the tools to succeed like improving your resume, practicing for an interview, and overall being your career coach.

It’s okay to have fun in college and you should have fun in college, but just remember these few tips to land your dream job after graduation.

You’ll Be Awed If You Study Abroad

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According to Forbes, fewer than 10% of undergraduate students take advantage of study abroad opportunities. Studying abroad can set you apart from others in the workplace and you gain valuable intercultural communication experience. If you don’t know where to start or feel like studying abroad isn’t possible for you, follow these tips to help get yourself going!

Plan ahead

Studying abroad can be a very long process. Planning ahead allows you to settle everything you need before you go. This includes planning out your college plan when you’re a freshman or as soon as possible. It may seem overwhelming at first, but it will be nice every year after when you just go back to your college plan to sign up for classes. Also, this way you’re able to see where studying abroad fits in best with your schedule. It shows you which prerequisites you’ll need to get before you’re able to study abroad. You’ll also need to get a passport or a visa depending on how long you stay. If you don’t have these things yet or they’re not up to date, it could ruin your trip if you wait too long. And finally, things like packing, funding, and required documents all need to be finished in a timely manner to avoid penalties or expulsion from your program.

Talk to your global adviser

One of the most helpful things you can do when studying abroad is talk to your global learning adviser. Almost every university has them and they are one of your most useful resources in this process. They are the people you’ll be turning your important documents into and they guide you along the way. If you’re lost and have no idea where to start, they can give you great advice. They can help you narrow down your choices and in deciding what route is the best for you. Plan ahead with them early as well.

Budget your expenses

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A common problem with studying abroad is that people automatically assume they can’t afford it. Another problem with studying abroad is that there are thousands of unclaimed scholarships out there because no one applied. Apply for every scholarship you can. You can also use financial aid to help your funds, but remember that financial aid isn’t dispersed until the actually semester you study abroad, so you’ll have to be able to supply funds until then. Seek out help from friends and family too! These people love you and want to see you succeed. Set up a GoFundMe account and set a smaller amount at first like $2,000-$3,000. If you aim too high with an amount of $5,000 or $10,000 to pay for your entire experience, people will feel like their $5 contribution wouldn’t help anyways. And again, start planning this early!

Figure out what you want out of the program

One of your very first steps if you don’t know what to do, is to decide what you want out of a study abroad program. Do you want to learn or improve a language? Do you want to receive specific credits at your home university? Have you always had a passion for volunteer work abroad or want to do an internship in a foreign country? After you consider these options, then you can narrow down your search to your program type such as, faculty-led through your university, exchange programs, or applying through an outside program provider. Each will have different benefits for instance, faculty-led means that you’ll have even more guidance from faculty who travel with you on your trip and your credits can directly be transferred easily. Exchange programs are usually a lot cheaper and outside providers allow you multiple different options like staying with a host family while you’re overseas or going on excursions. Visit Study Abroad 101 where they rate different things you consider when going abroad like the top budget-friendly countries, top “foodie” cities, and the top providers.

If you plan correctly, studying abroad can easily fit into your schedule and cost nearly the same or even less than your current college expenses. Allow yourself to see a new global perspective on life. Never stop yourself from doing something new and exciting because you assume it’s unattainable. With these few tips, you’ll have a solid foundation and the study abroad process will be a breeze!

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Five Tips for Surviving Online Courses

Screen Shot 2017-04-18 at 2.36.27 PM.pngWith recent developments in technology in the classroom, universities are increasingly starting to utilize online classes. In 2016, a study found that 75% of students were taking one or more online courses in their current semester.

Online courses are seemingly easy on the surface, but with the new platform students are finding that the constant posting can be stressful. Here are five tips to help you out with your new online course.

Familiarize Yourself with the PlatformImage result for cat using computer gif

Quizzes, homework and exams are all taken online and  will come in formats you may not be used to. Check for any online tutorials that your school has posted to assist you in figuring out the program. Most online courses also mandate a discussion board with strict rules. Be sure to learn what is appropriate to post, word counts, and important feedback tips. These can all be found within your syllabus or by emailing your professor.

Writing Down Important Dates

DSC_0039.jpgIt is very important to familiarize yourself with the syllabus. Most teachers have this available to you online throughout the entire semester. Review the policies of the syllabus and proceed to write down every due date inside your calendar. Utilize your planner and continually check following days to ensure that you remember to post and turn in important assignments. 

Setting Alarms

Image result for phone alarm gifDiscussion boards are really strict on posting. Usually you are required to post two discussion points and respond to different people a certain amount of times on a determined amount of days. It can be overwhelming and a little confusing, but think of it as participation in class! You go to class to participate and discuss, this is the point of the discussion boards. Setting alarms in your phone or lap top while also writing it down is a sure fire way to never forget important due dates or to post in your discussion posts. Remember that these points add up! Set a weekly alarm for as many days necessary at one of your less busy hours.

Always Ask Questions

Image result for question gifProfessors are here to build your education and help you succeed. They are required a certain amount of office hours and must therefor answer any questions you may have! Don’t be afraid to ask simple questions or ask for clarification, this will surely help you in all classes, online or in person!

Know Your Technology

Image result for technology gifWhether you are using your own computer or a school computer, it is important to know how to use them. Since due dates online are time stamped and recorded, be sure to always prep for the worst and test your computer’s ability to work with your online class! Be familiar with you computer and connecting it to wi-fi and so on. If your computer has any trouble with anything in the course be sure to email your professor promptly for assistance.

Overall…

Image result for good luck gifRemember to focus. It’s hard to be held responsible for a class you don’t have to show up to. A lot of students push off their online courses because there is no one there to hold them accountable. Don’t fall behind! And be sure to always have good communication with your professor. Good Luck!