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Job Searching After Graduation: 5 Tips

May 28, 2014
5 Tips for Job Searching After Graduation

Looking for a job after graduating from college can be pretty stressful. With so many different directions you could take, it can be hard to know where to start. Read these five tips to help start off your job search right:

1. Don’t disregard internships
While a lot of internships cater to current college students, a lot of them are also open to recent grads. So if you thought internship opportunities were over now that you’re out of college, think again! Internships available to college graduates can be full time and paid! Interning after college can give you a great taste of what a certain job would be like, and give you the flexibility to look for a position elsewhere while still earning money. Or if you’re an exceptional intern and the timing is right, your internship could even end with you getting hired as a permanent employee.

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Saying Goodbye to Friends After College Graduation

May 12, 2014
Staying in Touch With Friends After Graduation: 3 Tips!

While the prospect of graduating is exciting, saying goodbye to your friends definitely is not. Odds are you’ve bonded with a few or several people over the years at school, and once that common ground of college is taken away, a lot of people will be headed in different directions. You might be lucky enough that you and your best friends are staying in the same area after graduation, but for many, this won’t be the case. Saying goodbye is never easy, especially during such a time of transition, so here are a few tips to help get you through it.

Have another hurrah
I’m not saying “last hurrah” here, because you shouldn’t be thinking of it as a “last” anything! True friendships will extend beyond college. If you want the friendship to continue, you can make it happen, and can then rest assured that you’ll spend time together in the future. But for now, have an awesome celebration with your college friends. After finals, round everyone up and have a day or weekend of fun together. Is there anything in the area you always wanted to check out, but never did? Make a trip out of it! Or visit your favorite haunts from the past few years, and reminisce about your days as bewildered freshmen. Before you go your separate ways after graduation, just be sure to have some sort of special time with all your friends, since it might be a while until you all can get together again.

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Wrapping Up Classes Before Graduation: 5 Tips to Help You Now and Later

April 28, 2014

It’s the last semester of your undergrad career; congratulations! Soon you’ll be free of homework, essays, required readings, and tests. But not so fast. You may be painfully close to that finish line, but you haven’t crossed it yet, and it’s important to end your college career strong. So as you’re wrapping up your classes this semester, be sure to follow these tips:

1.  Tie Up Loose Ends
You might be wrapped up with finals and term papers at the moment, but don’t forget about anything that’s been lingering on your to-do list for a while. If you’re unsure about your grade for a particular class, ask what your current standing is. If you know you haven’t done well, try bargaining for some extra credit assignments, or see if you can get any points for turning in missing assignments late. Do what you can to get your workload and assignments squared away for your classes. Your grades can only improve, and you’ll be glad about that later!

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Writing a Letter of Interest: 5 Things to Know

April 8, 2014
How to Write a Letter of Interest

There’s a basic formula for writing cover letters when applying for jobs, but letters of interest are a bit different. A letter of interest is something you send to a potential employer to introduce yourself, provide your qualifications, and express an overall desire to work in the company. Maybe the company of your dreams is located right in your city, and you’d be happy working any position as long as it’s under their roof. When there are no job postings or hiring announcements, writing a letter of interest might be able to help. But how should you go about writing it? Here are tips to help you get started:

1. Make it personal
Since letters of interest are unsolicited, you need to make sure yours is strong and comes off as completely genuine. Don’t send out a generic letter of interest to 10 different companies; make sure to mentioned specific details about the company’s philosophy and mission statement. Explain why you’re attracted to this company, and why you think you would be a perfect fit to work there. 

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Tax Returns- Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

April 3, 2014

The IRS reports that identity theft is among the fastest growing crimes in the country. Between 2011 and 2012, they more than doubled their number of employees dedicated to identity theft cases. Considering how much is done online today—from registering for events to buying just about anything, it’s not too hard to believe. You’ve probably entered your bank account, social security, and credit card numbers online plenty of times and not thought much of it. However, given the serious threat of identity theft, it’s important to be very careful when and where you use your personal information online. Tax season, which runs from January 1st to April 15th, is a particularly risky time for identity theft. With everyone filing their tax returns, documents like W-2 forms and bank statements are being submitted online and mailed out like clockwork. That’s a lot of important financial information circulating at one time. Identity thieves know this, and want to work it to their advantage. So what can you do to keep your information safe as a college student?

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5 Important Facts about the Flu

February 26, 2014
5 Important Facts About the Flu

Flu season is upon us. It’s the time of year where classmates get sick in waves, and everyone seems to know at least one person who’s currently feeling under the weather. But how much do you really know about the flu? Check out these five interesting and important facts about the flu so you know what you’re up against this season.

1.  Difference between the flu and a cold
The *CDC defines the flu as “[…] a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs.” So how is does this differ from the common cold? Symptoms of the flu include cough, fever, sore throat, nasal congestion, body aches, headaches, fatigue, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. While colds do have several overlapping symptoms, they will usually come in stages, will clear up much more quickly, and be more mild overall. The flu can keep you in bed for days and even weeks, and can lead to more serious complications like pneumonia. If you think you have the flu, it’s important to make an appointment with your school’s health center because sometimes antibiotics will be prescribed.

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Spring Break Safety Tips

February 20, 2014

 

It’s that time of year again—time to pack up and get pumped for your upcoming spring break. Throw textbooks and worries to the wind as you enjoy your much-needed break from hectic college life. While this is definitely a time for celebrating, you shouldn’t be quite so carefree as to forget about safety. Before heading out, be sure to look over this list of tips for spring break safety.

Leaving your dorm or apartment:
First thing’s first: before leaving for spring break, you’ll need to secure your room and belongings. Follow your dorm regulations with the basics like defrosting your mini fridge and taking out the trash, but also take measures to keep your belongings safe. Take your valuables with you or store them out of sight in your room. You can also consider renters insurance to help protect your personal property. And of course, remember to lock up! 

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Protecting Your Valuables at School

February 15, 2014
valuables

 

When students go off to college, they take their most essential personal items with them, which also happen to be their most valuable—think laptop, smartphone, electronics, and an entire wardrobe to name a few. Theft and vandalism are common on college campuses and student housing facilities, so this means you’ll have to be careful to keep your belongings safe. However, thievery and vandalism are often committed by fellow students who have easy access to dorms, common areas, and the library, so it can be tough trying to keep your belongings inaccessible. Practicing common sense and taking important precautionary measures certainly help reduce the risks, but sometimes luck just isn’t on your side. For those times, it can be comforting to know that insurance can help keep you covered. Could you afford to replace your belongings in the event of theft, vandalism, fire, and other unforeseen circumstances? Read on to learn about insurance choices that can help keep your valuables protected at school.

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering Grad School

February 11, 2014
Do i wanna go to grad school?

 

When you graduate from college, you have a lot of options about how to make your next move. Some will try to jump into the workforce, some take time off, and others think about continuing their education by applying to graduate school. If you’re considering grad school, make sure to ask yourself these five questions first:

1. Am I sure of what I want to study?
Graduate school is obviously different than the undergraduate experience. You might have started out as a freshman with an undeclared major, and took your time deciding on what to major in. Grad school doesn’t really offer that luxury. You have to know what it is that you want to study and what degree you’d like to eventually obtain. This will make searching through grad programs easier. If you don’t have any specific goals in mind though, grad school might not be the best idea.

2. Will this advance my career prospects?
When you already know what it is you want to study in grad school, you need to ask yourself how it will affect your professional future. Grad school will take up a lot of your time and it can be pretty expensive. You might want to get an MFA in creative writing, but will that help you get a paying career before you can be a bestselling author? If you’re interested in something that won’t necessarily help your career prospects, consider putting off grad school until you have more stability and a steady income.

3. Can I afford it?
Most students graduate college with a huge pile of student loans. It’s important to think about how you’ll tackle those payments in addition to new bills for grad school. Try looking for scholarships and grants, and find out what schools and programs would be within your budget. Also, consider the fact that some jobs will help pay for your graduate school classes! So if you’re ready to jump into the job market, find out what companies offer tuition reimbursement.

4. What schedule would be best?
Grad school accommodates for people’s busy schedules, so think about what time commitments would best suit your lifestyle. Full time, part time? Would you take night classes after work, or go during the day? Depending on what schedule you make for yourself, you can earn your degree in different amounts of time. Consider that too—do you want to devote three years to grad school, or do you want to set a sooner cutoff date and work from there?

5. Can I be fully committed?
Don’t forget that grad school is hard work. You’ll have to work more independently, and there will be higher expectations for you. You might get less guidance from professors than you did as an undergrad, and you’ll have to be self-motivated to stay on top of all your ongoing assignments. Make sure that you’ll be able to balance your grad school workload with any outside commitments you have.

If you’ve considered the above questions and are ready to start the graduate school search, excellent! Refer to this article to see what tests you’ll have to complete to be eligible.

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5 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Benefit From College

February 5, 2014

Nowadays, with skyrocketing college tuition prices and a rough economy that’s leaving even degree-holding graduates jobless, many people think that it’s not worth it for entrepreneurs to go to college. However, contrary to that belief, there are actually several reasons why college can be perfect for entrepreneurs-  here are 5:

1. Make connections
Entrepreneurs can get valuable help launching their company if they have connections made. And college provides ample opportunities for making connections. Professors active in their fields can make introductions for their students to professionals of interest. Such connections are especially important if you end up needing outside funding for your project. Depending on the project, you might need to enlist additional help from someone with a different area of expertise, so it’s definitely good to know people whom you’d feel comfortable approaching in the future for guidance or advice. Along those lines, college professors can offer great mentorships to ambitious students who are eager to learn more than just what’s outlined on their class syllabus.

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