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School and Career Tips and Information

This list of articles offers valuable information on going to college and starting careers.

This University Is Eliminating Textbooks

The change begins this fall. Associated Press ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The University of Maryland University College plans to eliminate textbooks this fall to save students money by using resources online. Kara Van Dam, a vice provost, said Thursday students will be able use a variety of materials like readings and videos online at no cost.

How Colleges Judge Your High School Courseload

Is your high school student stressing about enrolling in courses that will look good on his or her college application? Admissions officers have a strategic way they evaluate course loads.

How not to flip your lid over college applications

School is starting, as is the new college admissions season - and kids as well as their parents are already starting to get panic attacks about what lies ahead. How to keep anxiety at reasonable levels and deal with college applications in a non-crazed fashion? Brennan Barnard tries to answer that in this post.

The Real Skinny on Freshman Year

This article is for college freshmen. If you are not a freshman, kindly read something else. First off, congratulations on getting into school. As the mother of three people who went to college, allow me to say: way to go. You're about to experience the best four, five, six or whatever years of your life.

14 Bad Habits That Can Cost You Your Job

We all have bad habits. Perhaps you procrastinate, gossip, or lack punctuality. These negative behaviors don't necessarily make you a terrible person-but as an employee they can reflect poorly upon you, and even cost you your job. "A single bad habit is not likely to get you fired immedia

20 Tips For Packing Your Car And Moving To College - The Allstate Blog

It's August again, and the new school year is right around the corner. Already, college-age students are gearing up for that most exciting and chaotic of occasions: moving-in day at the dorms and college apartments. Given the sheer bedlam of move-in day, anything that makes the process easier, safer and less stressful will be a welcome addition, for parents and students alike.

The 10 Skills Employers Most Want In 20-Something Employees

Are you able to work effectively in a team? That's the skill employers most want when they are recruiting new college grads. The next most important skill: ability to make decisions and solve problems. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) a Bethlehem, Pa. non-profit group that links college career [...]

10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Senior Year

Having reached the final chapter of my high school existence, I've spent the end of summer reflecting on my last three years and predicting the months to come. As application deadlines loom in the distance, I've compiled countless of "could have beens" and "should have dones" into a pile of regrets.

Advice for New Students From Those Who Know (Older Students)

New supplies, new clothes, new start. Freshman year is a chance to redefine yourself, to challenge assumptions, to lay the foundation for the rest of your life. Gee whiz, you say, I'm just 18! So we asked for help, from those who have been there, done that.

America's Top Colleges

This year it comes down to small, student-centric, liberal arts colleges vs. large, brainy, research-oriented universities closely associated with science, technology, engineering and math. The FORBES 7th annual Top Colleges ranking reveals higher education in flux, ongoing debate between the value of liberal arts vs.

The 10 Best Colleges That You Can Actually Get Into

You may not be going to an Ivy League school, but that doesn't mean you can't get an incredible education. Whether you are an A student looking for a reputable school closer to home, or a C student feeling uneasy about your options, there are plenty of universities where the odds are in your favor and are solid academic institutions.

Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them?

More and more people in education agree on the importance of learning stuff other than academics. But no one agrees on what to call that "stuff". There are least seven major overlapping terms in play. New ones are being coined all the time. This bagginess bugs me, as a member of the education media.

How to Survive the College Admissions Madness

HERE we go again. At Harvard, Emory, Bucknell and other schools around the country, there have been record numbers of applicants yearning for an elite degree. They'll get word in the next few weeks. Most will be turned down. All should hear and heed the stories of Peter Hart and Jenna Leahy.

How A Tragic Fall Inspired This High School Dropout To Become A College Valedictorian

An eye-opening experience propelled this student to completely reshape his life Moubarek while in the hospital. After his parents' divorce, Michael Moubarek, a now-22-year-old from Germantown, Maryland, had a rough time in high school and eventually dropped out before his senior year, he told The Huffington Post. Moubarek.

45 quick changes that help your resume get noticed

Taking a couple hours to really clean up your resume is worth doing before you start a job search, or even just once a year as a tune-up.

When a Two-Year College Degree Pays Off

You generally do better with a four-year degree, but sometimes a quicker diploma can launch you on the road to success.

50 Things I Wish I'd Known In College

To the students beginning your college experience: as I prepared for my 10-year college reunion, I made a list of things that, in retrospect, I think are important as you navigate the next four years. I hope that some of them are helpful. Your friends will change a lot over the next four years.

What NOT to Include in Your College Application Essays

College early action and early decision deadlines have come and gone, and you know what that means! Time to start prepping even more essays. The good news is: I have some words of wisdom to help make sure your essays are "totally baller" or whatever the kids are saying these days.

Do Your Research Before Transferring From Community College

Students should ask community colleges specific questions about which classes will transfer to four-year programs for full credit. ​When a community college is the economical first step toward a bachelor's degree, an articulation agreement is often the key to getting to Step 2.

Students, Graduates Share Why They Picked Their Colleges

Feeling comfortable on campus and impressed with academic programs were reasons students cited behind their college choices. Why I Picked Northeastern University (Boston) Rachael Tompa, 20 14 graduate I knew I wanted a career in aerospace and defense, so when I visited Northeastern's ​campus, I was happy not only to be shown the usual sights like dorms, classrooms and the beautiful rec center, but also to be taken on faculty-led tours of the university's state-of-the art electrical, mechanical and civil engineering labs.

College Application Essay Tips Students Need Now

Despite the wording in the prompt, admissions essays are designed to get students to share insight about their character and experience. With college application season comes the pressure to produce high-quality admissions essays. Make no mistake - regardless of the wording of the question, virtually all admissions essays are truly asking, "Who are you?"

College Quiz: Do You Understand the Application Process?

See if you can separate truth from fiction when it comes to applying to college.

10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making a Final College Choice

Most high school seniors have already made their decision about which college to attend in the fall, but for those of you who have not yet made up your mind, time is running short.

Private Colleges Target Community College Grads

Mount Olive and a handful of other private, nonprofit institutions have long histories of enrolling community college students. By Jon Marcus Adam Brown started his higher education at a community college in his home state of North Carolina.

6 things professors wish they could tell their students, but never do

Note: Part 1 of this series - "7 things students wish they could tell their professors, but never do" - can be found here. Here's how most professors determine if you're a flash in the pan or the real deal: You consistently handle yourself with ease and grace.