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Are You Getting the College Life Newsletter?

Thursday April 10, 2014

Whether you've just been accepted into college or are looking at your senior year, the About.com College Life newsletter is here to help. It's free, it comes out every Monday, and it gives you all kinds of tips, tricks, and information about making your college life easier. Signing up is super easy, too.

If you'd like to see what the newsletter is like, check out some of this semester's issues:

Campus Highlight: Emily Stott at Brandeis University

Tuesday April 8, 2014

You know how you are surfing the web, reading things here and there, and then you suddenly stumble upon something absolutely stellar? Even though you can't remember how exactly you found it? That's how I came across this week's Campus Highlight.

Emily Stott, a student at Brandeis University (Waltham, MA), wrote an excellent piece discussing the need for students to practice an ethic of care -- including self-care -- during their time in school. Even though the stress of being in college can be overwhelming, she believes that "it's up to individuals to make a small difference every day, checking in on their friends and students, to change a culture of working harder to one of working smarter." She notes that the I'm-so-stressed-out college culture can often perpetuate itself, and that everyone has a responsibility to curb, when possible, that kind of frenzied normalcy.

I love her piece so much because it embodies so much of what can often become lost amidst the hustle and bustle of college life: Empathy. Compassion. Citizenship. Sure, it helps to be dedicated to your studies, to aim for a high performance, to even use competition as a motivator. But it's also important -- incredibly important -- to take care of each other, and yourself, along the way. Thank you, Ms. Stott, for reminding us of that in such a beautifully written piece.

(Each Monday during the academic year, I feature a "Campus Highlight": a unique, interesting, and noteworthy student organization, program, or initiative that demonstrates the amazing things college students do each and every day across the country.)

Starting Salaries for the Class of 2014

Thursday April 3, 2014

If you'll be entering the workforce when you graduate this year, you likely are concerned -- and reasonably so -- about what your job prospects are looking like. After all, it's hard enough to find a job, much less find a good job with great benefits and a nice salary.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers just released some information about the starting salaries for 2014 graduates. As the report notes:

The reporting year for the college Class of 2014 begins with an overall average starting salary of $45,473. Although this salary is 1.2 percent higher than the April 2013 starting salary of $44,928 reported for the Class of 2013, the increase is considerably lower than the more than 5 percent increase predicted for graduates at that time.

What does this mean for you? In essence: Keep your head up. Get your application materials together. Be open to whatever opportunities come your way. And, perhaps most importantly, head to the career center to make sure you're doing as much as you can to set yourself up for the perfect job offer!

NEW! Articles for March

Wednesday April 2, 2014

Wondering what new articles were posted in March? Check 'em out below!

Campus Highlight: Students at Northampton Community College

Monday March 31, 2014

Spring Break always has its ups and downs: you might not have had the experience go exactly how you wanted, but at least you got some form of a break, right? Sadly, the answer might be "no" if you are a student at Northampton Community College (Bethlehem, PA).

The school cancelled -- yes, cancelled -- its Spring Break this year because so many classes had already been missed due to "excessive snow days." In an effort to turn the mood around, however, a small but powerful cohort of students set up a mini, tropical Spring Break in the food court. Summer wear and a tiki bar made an appearance, as did the college president.

I love this story because it shows how students can take things seriously (their need to attend class) while also finding the humor in unexpected situations (like a cancelled Spring Break). Nice work, everyone!

(Each Monday during the academic year, I feature a "Campus Highlight": a unique, interesting, and noteworthy student organization, program, or initiative that demonstrates the amazing things college students do each and every day across the country.)

Are Student Athletes Also College Employees?

Thursday March 27, 2014

There's been some interesting news developing about whether or not student athletes qualify as college employees. First, some background: Football players at Northwestern University have filed a lawsuit, claiming that the amount of hours they work (among other factors) qualifies them as employees of the university. Their attempts at collective bargaining are done with the goal -- as excellently reported by InsideHigherEd.com -- of "increasing scholarships and coverage for sports-related medical expenses, minimizing the risk of traumatic brain injury through measures like reduced contact in practice, improving graduation rates with help from an 'educational trust fund,' and securing due process rights."

On Wednesday, the regional National Labor Review Board issued a ruling on the situation, "finding the Grant-in-aid scholarship football players are employees under the NLRA."

I have no problem voicing my opinion that student employees are often exploited and not adequately compensated or treated fairly by colleges and universities. I'm cheering for Northwestern's students in this case and am eager to see what happens next.

What about you? What are your thoughts? Should student athletes be viewed and treated as employees? If so, why? If not, why not?

Campus Highlight on Spring Break

Monday March 24, 2014

The Campus Highlight feature is on Spring Break this week -- just like many of you. Keep an eye out for its return next week, however!

In the meantime, if you know of any impressive and noteworthy student initiatives going on, definitely let me know. I always love hearing from readers.

Have a great Spring Break!

(Each Monday during the academic year, I feature a "Campus Highlight": a unique, interesting, and noteworthy student organization, program, or initiative that demonstrates the amazing things college students do each and every day across the country.)

College Life on Social Media

Thursday March 20, 2014

Did you know you can get tips, tricks, and other information about college via social media? Whether it's through Facebook, Twitter, or Google+, there's information available in the social media world that isn't always posted here. Let's connect!

Free Community College Tuition in Tennesse or Oregon?

Tuesday March 18, 2014

As reported by Stateline, several states -- namely Tennessee and Oregon -- are exploring the idea of offering free community college tuition to students, mostly as a response to the rapidly increasing costs of tuition as well as the inability of most high school graduates to earn a living wage on a high school diploma alone.

Although nothing has officially been passed or implemented yet, this idea might be worth keeping an eye on -- especially if you live in either state. Even if you're at a traditional, four-year school, you can always take a class or two at a local community college and have it transfer. Doing so for free might be an excellent option if you're looking for financially creative ways to earn enough credits to graduate without going too much into debt.

Campus Highlight: NCAA Student Athletes

Monday March 17, 2014

With March Madness now upon us, college men's basketball players are in the spotlight. And while their skills and talent should be celebrated, I also want to take a moment to acknowledge all the other student athletes out there who are worthy of recognition, too.

Being a college athlete is no easy feat, whether you're at a Division I or Division III school. With academics, games, travel, training, and all kinds of other obligations to balance, life as a college athlete is extremely busy. For this week's Campus Highlight, I want to recognize all the student athletes out there who work incredibly hard. College is difficult enough without having to balance a major sports commitment in the mix. Thanks for your dedication and determination -- and good luck with your season, whether it's going on now or starts again in the fall.

(Each Monday during the academic year, I feature a "Campus Highlight": a unique, interesting, and noteworthy student organization, program, or initiative that demonstrates the amazing things college students do each and every day across the country.)

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