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What Upcoming Freshmen Need to Know About Buying Textbooks

There are plenty of surprises that come with starting college — homesickness, roommate quirks, more independence, the dreaded “freshman 15” — but one area where you don’t need to be surprised is textbooks. Sure, textbooks tend to cost a fortune. One book could cost more than $100 retail price. Yet just because you’re new to the college scene doesn’t mean you have to learn how to save money the hard way. Most of the time, you can cut costs significantly with just a little research; all you have to know is how. To help you skip the sticker shock of books this semester, here are top tips to keep in mind when buying textbooks: More...

Skills You Need When Preparing for the Real World

The last year in college involves celebration and anticipation. You’re about to earn a degree, but at the same time, you’re facing the working world and are tasked with starting a career. If the last four or so years were difficult, remember that their whole purpose has been to prepare you for life after school. As you’re about to graduate, it’s time to evaluate: Are you ready for the real world? More...

Back in Action: Recovering from Winter Break

Coming back to school after winter break can be tricky — one day you’re opening presents at mom and dad’s house; the next, you’re back in the dorms going through new syllabi. However, just as a new semester represents new challenges, it also represents new opportunities. Instead of feeling down in the dumps about going back to school, use a new semester as a motivator to implement more effective study habits and improved study skills. With a little strategy and planning, you could make this semester the one where you’re more focused, better motivated and more productive than you’ve ever been. Here’s how: More...

5 Tips to Be More Productive This Semester

It doesn’t matter if it’s your first year in college or your last, facing a new semester means facing a whole new set of demands and responsibilities — and, if you’re like a lot of college students, that can be pretty overwhelming. However, the good news is, you can take charge of your current workload by practicing smart and savvy time management in college coursework. More...

How to Choose the Right Summer Job as a College Student

Whether you head home or stick around campus when school lets out for the summer, one thing’s for sure: now is the perfect time to get a summer job. Not only can a summer job help you save money for the upcoming school year — to go toward tuition, room and board, or even buying textbooks online— but also, it can set you up with valuable experience in your chosen career path. If you’re a pre-law major, working for a local law firm during summer breaks is a great way to step into the field, for example. If you’re an English education major, tutoring students shows you’re passionate about your intended career. More...