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Start Creating Your Career Future Freshman Year

Robyn Tellefsen | October 4, 2012

The college decision is a big one, and once that’s behind you, you might be tempted to think you can take it easy for a bit. Just choose a major, and then wait a few years to face the reality of the working world. Not so fast.

A successful career search doesn’t start junior or senior year of college – it starts freshman year. The more mindful you are of your career plans from the start, the better use you can make of all your school has to offer. [Read More]

If you’ve ever taken the time to fill out and mail in a rebate offer, you understand the somewhat perverse pleasure derived from receiving a $2.99 check in the mail six to eight weeks later. It feels like free money and, with the exception of the time you spent and the stamp you stuck on, it is.

Call me unenlightened, but I would have never imagined that rebates could do more than pay for your next coffee. For Jonathan Hood, 25, mail-in rebates paid almost the entire tuition bill for a semester of his Ph.D. program at Auburn University. Seriously. [Read More]

Fun College Flash Mobs on a Campus Near You

Lori Johnston | September 26, 2012

With the new semester under way, there are more flash mobs popping up on college campuses.

Flash mobs – whether you love them or hate them – are becoming a part of campus life, and a new tradition for new students. Impromptu groups are dancing at the student center, popping up around freshman during orientation, celebrating at graduation ceremonies, or marking big moments like proposals.

When they’re well done, they’re awesome. But there are some cringe-worthy flash mobs, too, with unimpressive dance moves or a bored crowd. Some are sponsored by college and student organizations; others are just students wanting to be a little crazy on campus. [Read More]

Need Some Academic Inspiration?

The CollegeBound Network | September 19, 2012

I’m feeling pensive today, so I was wondering: Why does everyone love to root for an underdog? Or hear a feel-good story about someone who has overcome a unique challenge or hardship to conquer a goal? There’s something fundamentally human about wanting to follow someone’s journey from adversity to achievement. Here’s one example that comes to mind: the homeless teen, Samantha Garvey, who made it to the semi-final round of the Intel Science Talent Search last year. Talk about the odds being against you! [Read More]

Can College Electives Help You Land a Job?

Robyn Tellefsen | September 13, 2012

Every college student’s schedule contains a delicate balance of required general education courses and courses for a major. In addition, many students are fortunate enough to discover a few open credit hours to fill with whatever their hearts desire. These voluntary courses — electives — offer students the opportunity to have a little fun or explore a subject not covered in their other courses.

But don’t make the mistake of thinking electives are just for blowing off steam. As it turns out, your electives can actually give you a leg up on the job hunt after graduation. Take a look at a few of the top electives that can propel you to the front of the employment line. [Read More]

9/11/12: The 11th Anniversary

Dawn Papandrea | September 11, 2012

Whether you were a college student or a 5th grader, listening to radio reports from your office, or watching the billowing smoke right from your dorm, September 11, 2001 is a day that none of us will ever forget. I was just arriving to the Staten Island, NY office of The CollegeBound Network where I still work to this day, when I heard a co-worker on the phone with her husband saying something about seeing smoke from a small plane crashing into one of the towers. As the minutes unfolded and the news spread that this was no small plane that lost control, the realization set in that this was our generation’s Pearl Harbor. Only it was so much worse.

Thinking back to that morning is difficult. We all worried about loved ones who we knew worked in that area. For those of us in or nearby New York City, we will never forget the smell, or the bits of paper flying overhead, or the way the smoke seemed to trail on endlessly. Worst of all, we lost faith in humanity, and the idea that we could ever feel safe again.

In the days that followed, though, the way everyone pulled together in prayer, to comfort those who lost someone, or to give blood; seeing the American flags adorn every building, car, and jacket lapel; and slowly learning about all of the amazing tales of heroism from that day — those are the parts of 9/11/01 that I always try to reflect upon. Eleven years later, a new tower rises, and we try our best to heal.

May God bless all of the victims and the heroes, and bring hope and peace to us all.

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Healthy Meals You Can Make in College

Lori Johnston | September 6, 2012

Spending time in the dining hall is a big way people socialize in college. But some students may try to save money by not getting the meal plan, or even if you eat at the dining hall daily, you may get tired of the options at some point this year.

That’s why it’s good to have a few budget-conscious and healthy recipes on hand. The recipes below won’t be nearly as complicated as your physics, statistics, or your tough classes this semester, and they actually can nourish your body and mind instead of leaving you feeling run down by eating poorly. [Read More]

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Surely you’ve heard that the friendships you make in college last a lifetime. But did you know that the same can hold true for your college professors? Play your cards right, and your profs can become lifelong mentors and friends.

It can all fall apart if you don’t take relationship building seriously from the start, however. [Read More]