Celebrating 1 Year on My College Advice

Celebrating 1 Year on My College Advice

One year ago I had just recently graduated and I had already started to go a bit crazy. I missed writing essays. I missed having assigned readings. I missed classroom discussion and interactions with professors and peers. I missed the feel of being on campus and part of a student body: the easy camaraderie and energy, and the dynamic of walking familiar pathways each day in pursuit of deeper knowledge and the obtainable, defined goal of graduation.

In October 2013, I was deep in post-graduation nostalgia. I was asking myself, “What’s next? What will my life after college look like?” I was searching for patterns and projects that would bridge my student life to the “real world” life I was just starting to build.

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Study Abroad for History Majors--Guest Post from Abroad by James Hinton

Study Abroad for History Majors--Guest Post from Abroad by James Hinton

Considering a future as a history professor? Wondering how world wars or shifts in culture and technology are viewed from different viewpoints? This guest post by James Hinton recommends that you get on the road to study abroad--that it will deepen your passions and improve your career options. For all you history buffs out there... get abroad! 

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College Logistics: How Do I...

College Logistics: How Do I...

At every stage in the college journey, there is a plethora of shifting logistical and practical questions. Early college questions (How do I register for classes? How do I use the gym? How do I use the online homework website?) give way to mid-college questions (How do I prepare to go abroad? How do I decide if this is the right major for me? How do I move off-campus and deal with all the accompanying real-life logistics?) and finally to the questions that plague soon-to-be graduates (How do I turn in my thesis? How do I get transcripts? How am I going to make it in the real world…)

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An Average American Studying in Australia: Experiences and Lessons You Can Apply to Your Own Travels--Guest Post by Danny Conway

An Average American Studying in Australia: Experiences and Lessons You Can Apply to Your Own Travels--Guest Post by Danny Conway

I always love it when I get the opportunity to feature writing from people whose student experiences are very different from mine. Danny Conway is a student from Columbus, OH who is currently studying chemistry at the University of Melbourne. Although he characterizes himself as an "average" American, I would argue that the decision to pursue a full undergraduate education abroad is anything but "average." I hope you enjoy!

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Finalist for the Irish Blog Awards

Finalist for the Irish Blog Awards

I'm chuffed to bits to announce that I am a finalist in the Education category of the Irish Blog Awards, 2014! Although my primary audience for this blog is in the United States, I am currently living in Ireland (which qualifies me for the Blog Awards), and I hope that many of my topics--from study tips to volunteer/internship advice--are applicable to students anywhere. 

I'm thrilled to be a finalist! I'll let you know if I win on October 4th. 

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Choosing a Second Language

Choosing a Second Language

There are a seemingly infinite number of studies and reports out there on the value of a second language—everything from increased business opportunities to an enhanced ability to empathize or to think creatively. Mastery of a second language is supposed to increase potential lifetime earnings, and possibly stave off dementia and Alzheimer’s. It's also part of every Bachelor of Arts degree, and therefore a graduation requirement for many college undergraduates. So if learning a second language is part of your college future, how do you choose which one to study? 

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Sunday Dinners: Croque-Monsier (AKA the Grown-Up Ham and Cheese Sandwich)

Sunday Dinners: Croque-Monsier (AKA the Grown-Up Ham and Cheese Sandwich)

My good friend Stephanie has brought us some of the most popular Sunday Dinner recipes over the past months--Pepper Jack Butternut Squash RisottoMac and Cheese Quinoa, and a Hearty Pumpkin Polenta. She has a flare for making simple, filling food just a touch fancier than the average recipe, with extra-delicious results. 

Call it by its "grown up" name and this ham and cheese sandwich becomes something to brag about. Enjoy! 

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Success: Planning the Next Year for Short-Term and Long-Term Goals

Success: Planning the Next Year for Short-Term and Long-Term Goals

The first week back at school is a really good time to think through what you hope for and need for the coming year, and to examine how your decisions now will impact your long-term goals and successes. I’m suspicious of New Year’s Resolutions—the middle of winter is a dreadful time to launch significant life changes and a disruptive point in the calendar to make decisions, particularly when you’re living on the school calendar. However, the start of a new school year is a great time to make some decisions about this coming academic year… and about what comes next.

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A Campus Without Sexual Violence: Guest Post by Warren Light

A Campus Without Sexual Violence: Guest Post by Warren Light

The start of a school year is a critical time to discuss sexual violence prevention and appropriate response. The starting point is to remind ourselves that Sexual Violence can be prevented.  It is made possible by inequities and unhealthy power dynamics in our culture.  Those who perpetrate it are responsible for their actions, but we are all responsible to creating a world without sexual violence.

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Roommates: Early Conversations for a Better Freshman Year

Roommates: Early Conversations for a Better Freshman Year

One of the hardest things about living with someone new is realizing that everyone is truly different. It’s like going abroad in some ways—things you’ve always taken for granted about how “everyone is” turns out to not be as universal as you thought…and this can easily drive you absolutely crazy when confined to a tiny shared bedroom.

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Study Tips: Co-Writing An Essay

Study Tips: Co-Writing An Essay

Co-writing, if done right, means that both parties play to their strengths and ultimately do less work. It's also something that is a common exercise in the non-academic "real world." Most group projects in school do not resemble a work setting in the slightest—you will rarely be called upon to join a group of four colleagues in presenting on something you know very little about. However, you will often have to turn in a final product, written or otherwise, resulting from collaboration and compromise. In fact, many jobs rely almost completely on this model.

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Sunday Dinners: Spinach Salad with Fruit

Sunday Dinners: Spinach Salad with Fruit

Today's comfort food recipe is brought to you by my mom, who adapted this simple and delicious for a myriad of family meal occasions over the years. At its most basic it's a simple and fresh salad recipe, perfect for healthy side salads at home or as a contribution to a potluck or BBQ. The broad range of optional toppings makes it incredibly versatile.

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The Benefits of a Community College Education: Guest Post by Mark Rothenmeyer

The Benefits of a Community College Education: Guest Post by Mark Rothenmeyer

The low cost of tuition allows you, the student, to fulfill courses required for graduation while also taking classes to broaden your perspective, pursue your interests, and determine your future major. Many students arrive at expensive, four year institutions with the “undecided” block checked and spend a great deal of money trying to find their passion when they could have spent dramatically less had their search began at a community college.

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Cultural Preparation for Studying Abroad

Cultural Preparation for Studying Abroad

If at all possible, you should try to get a jumpstart on learning about the history and culture of the place you’re about to call your temporary home. Think about it as a kind of cultural acquaintance-making. You will by no means be able to learn everything about a country before you go. But some exploration ahead of time will mean you are better prepared and will have more context to understand the experiences in your new home.

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Education in the UK vs. the US: "What is Foucault?"

Education in the UK vs. the US: "What is Foucault?"

This is a blog post about liberal arts, the United States system of higher education, and my brief experience studying in Northern Ireland. Specifically, about the difference witnessed between my “breadth” of educational experience in liberal arts and the “depth” of background evidenced by my peers in the law program.

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Reverse Culture Shock and the Post-Abroad Slump

Reverse Culture Shock and the Post-Abroad Slump

Before you set off on a study abroad (or any prolonged travel), you will probably hear about culture shock time and time again. You’ll be warned that some aspects of culture or the mundane details of normal life will be different where you’re going, and that these differences will probably cause you to feel uncomfortable in ways you can’t anticipate before you go. When you travel, you encounter different expectations of “this is just how things are.” 

What isn’t discussed so often is the reverse shock of returning home.

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The Disconnected College Curriculum and "Spider Ed": Guest Post by "Professor X"

The Disconnected College Curriculum and "Spider Ed": Guest Post by "Professor X"

Colleges are no longer producing responsible citizens of the world.  This is a damning testament, since the world, or at least America, is clearly evolving toward entitled lifestyles where people are informed by their own filters and become disconnected from any real world.   Why is the college experience enabling students to remain on this path?

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