The System: How I Wish I'd Taken Notes as an Undergraduate (Guest Post)

The System: How I Wish I'd Taken Notes as an Undergraduate (Guest Post)

Good notes can make or break your finals prep and essay writing. In today's guest post, Miles shares his excellent multi-tiered system for taking notes on books--starting with writing in the margins, then moving on to dictating thoughts and copying out passages.

I'm really impressed and inspired by the idea, and hope to integrate it into my reading as well!

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Online Degrees for Mobile Students (Guest Post)

Online Degrees for Mobile Students (Guest Post)

Online education makes college accessible for many students who would otherwise be unable to get a degree. Frequent moves or distance away from American institutions can appear to be an insurmountable barrier to attending while on the move. Many people put off continuing their education until after they have ended their time traveling. 

This guest post discusses some of the opportunities and challenges to choosing an online degree as an option for highly mobile students. 

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How to Know You're Choosing a Worthwhile Online Master's Degree (Guest Post)

How to Know You're Choosing a Worthwhile Online Master's Degree (Guest Post)

Online degrees earned a bad rap, since many early online degree programs were offered by for-profit universities focused on pumping out graduates as inexpensively as possible. However, that reputation is changing as traditional universities begin to embrace distance learning and online degrees.

Many top universities are beginning to realize that their reach should not end at the edge of campus, and online graduate opportunities are expanding. If you've decided that an online program might be right for you, how do you choose a quality program? 

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What Chronic Fatigue Taught Me About Owning My Student Experience (Guest Post)

What Chronic Fatigue Taught Me About Owning My Student Experience (Guest Post)

Jenna was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome during her sophomore year in high school. She struggled with energy, concentration, and being perceived as 'lazy' instead of sick. She shares her experience finishing high school and going on to school at Rutgers, and the study and health strategies she developed to eventually own her student experience and take control of her health. 

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Success Without College: A High School Entrepreneur's Perspective

Success Without College: A High School Entrepreneur's Perspective

Success isn't all about the classroom, and it doesn't start with college. Today's post is by a high schooler who started a business to pursue both an entrepreneurial passion and a humanitarian interest. He offers great insights into business resources, mindset strategies, coping with difficulties, and the difference young people can make when they follow a targeted goal.

I hope you enjoy this guest post as much as I did! 

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STEM Career Advice: Internships and Career Fairs

STEM Career Advice: Internships and Career Fairs

You are majoring in STEM, and you finish your degree with good grades. Now a job should come naturally...right?

A lot of people seem to think that a job will just appear after you graduate from your degree, but there is a difference in just having a job after your finish your bachelor's degree, and having the career you desire. The thing that every person in STEM should do before they graduate is make sure they have an internship (typically summer) or co-op (where you take a semester or year off of school to work). This will show companies that you have work experience, and this will help you determine what type of company you would like to work for in the future. 

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Is an Online Degree a Good Idea?

Is an Online Degree a Good Idea?

Are online degrees a good idea? Will an online degree provide the same quality of education you would receive in a brick and mortar location? Will the degree be as respected?

Several major online programs have been embroiled in scandals and revealed as frauds. But an increasing number of respected universities and colleges are now offering online courses of their own. So, here's the question: is an online degree a good idea for you? 

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When I Realized What College Meant to Me: Guest Post by Destenie Nock

When I Realized What College Meant to Me: Guest Post by Destenie Nock

Go to college, get good grades, get a good job. That’s the advice told to university students everywhere. The part that comes along as a given, but is often taken for granted is: make long-lasting friendships with people who you would want to know and talk with for the rest of your life.

I got an education in electrical engineering and applied mathematics. I have had internships at multiple companies, and I have studied abroad.  All of these components and more are why I know that I had a good college experience.

However, I don't think really I knew what my experience at North Carolina A&T State University truly meant to me until the summer of 2013... 

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Landing a STEM job with non-STEM credentials: Guest Post by Conor Walsh

Landing a STEM job with non-STEM credentials: Guest Post by Conor Walsh

By the end of the summer of 2013, with my degree wrapping up and no obvious next steps, I decided I needed to get a job. Like, a real one. I was unsure on pursuing further study, and I felt I needed a change of pace. So, I packed my bags and headed for Boston, my hometown.

I never expected a job to just appear or anything. However, after a few weeks of applying to jobs with no luck, I started to feel that gnawing desperation when you wake up and wonder if you’re in some sort of crazy depressing time warp where you actually never went to college and learned nothing of value during the last five years.

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Choosing an Engineering Major--An Unconventional Method (Guest Post by Destenie Nock)

Choosing an Engineering Major--An Unconventional Method (Guest Post by Destenie Nock)

Sometimes even the path to engineering isn't a straightforward one... 

I was 16 when it came time to apply to Universities. Like most teenagers I had no idea what I wanted to do. People love having choices in life, but at that point I felt like the infinite possibilities was almost paralyzing. I felt overwhelmed by the choices and the different outcomes that each outcome presented. Trying to make the right decision in terms of career, my future family, and everything all felt like it was riding on which college I chose to go to. That was a lot of pressure on a single decision for my 16-year old self.

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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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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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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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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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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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