Archive for the ‘After Graduation’ Category

Choosing a College: What Advice Should You Follow?

December 3, 2010 Leave a comment

As college students have attested, choosing which institution of higher learning to attend can be a baffling experience, particularly when even the experts can’t agree. The New York Times has enlisted a variety of experts (such as a law professor, the director of the nonprofit Colleges Change Lives, and an economist) to each give their own take on the myths associated with the college application process, cite what they think are the most important factors to consider when choosing a college, and provide resources and strategies for students who are looking for a quality education. The featured discussion offers students a spectrum of ideas and perspectives on a very difficult and often times nerve-wracking process.


College Students Find a Calling – What Career Dreams Mean in this Economy

October 26, 2010 Leave a comment

We all have encountered the stereotypical college student who has no idea what he or she will do come graduation day. He or she has claimed “undecided” or has changed his or her major for the umpteenth time. But according to studies conducted by University of Florida and University of Maine, these stereotypes may be unfounded. In fact, they indicate that a large percentage of college students have a career calling that is guiding them throughout their academic careers.

University of Florida psychology professor Ryan Duffy, in the university’s article on the study, asserted that a strong focus on a specific career path or goal early in one’s education correlates with academic success in the present and workplace success in the future. Read more…

Insurance for College: What You Might Not Have Considered

September 18, 2010 Leave a comment

One thing many parents either overlook or fail to talk to their college-bound children about is safety at college. In particular, Paul Sullivan of The New York Times, notes how loathe parents are, as well as college students are, to address this issue of insurance for college life. There’s property and identify theft–and liability cases…Sullvan goes over the things parents and their kids should consider and offers some pointers on taking the proper measures. Talking about insurance can be boring or scary, whether you’re thinking about all the technicalities of insurance or what might happen to you or your child in college, but Sullivan keeps his article practical and easy to follow.

Smart and Pretty: The Most Gorgeous Campuses on the Planet

September 12, 2010 Leave a comment

In the past, I’ve provided a list of the most affordable quality colleges and even the schools with the highest drop-out rates, but one other factors to keep in mind when college-hunting is the look of the campus–and your new home if you’ll be moving. In this Yahoo News article, Forbes interviews a panel of architects to cobble together a list of the world’s most beautiful college campuses. College faculty take note: architects say the key to preserving a school’s character and aesthetics is by “taking in its surroundings instead of alienating them” as the school expands for increasing numbers of students. Both unknown colleges such as Kenyon University, the one pictured here, and renowned schools such as Oxford University, have made this diverse list. Yahoo lists the top five, but you can find the full list here.

Green Jobs: The Demand for Graduates is Going UP

September 8, 2010 Leave a comment

An increasing number of community colleges around the country are receiving federal grants to prepare students for green jobs in energy management. The demand for these jobs is so high, these schools are swiftly expanding their current programs, and are accelerating their programs so students can enter the rapidly growing sector faster. Not many schools offer four-year degrees in this field, but the job sector for green jobs is expected to grow four fold in the next ten years! An increasing number of people who have worked in computers and other technological industries are going back to school and entering sustainable energy management programs as our economy relies more and more on alternative and sustainable energy. Learn more here about the programs and the growing sector.

Survival 101: Courses That Will Prepare You for the Real World

September 7, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve talked about ways to make the most out of your college experience and develop the skills you need to get a job in previous posts, but I didn’t talk about specific courses you can take to prepare for the future. In his article, Gregory Mankiw, Harvard professor and New York Times columnist, lists the subjects all college students should take at least one course in to prepare for a future in our current economic climate. I might have what most people would consider an impractical major (Creative Writing), but I have taken courses in all of the disciplines he lists. In fact, such courses can mean the difference between being able to balance your budget and going bankrupt. Probably the only course I would add to that list is Critical Thinking–statistics is a good start at being able to parse out the truth value of data claims, but as for articles and rhetoric, you’re going to need to know a fallacy when you see one.

The Best Colleges Can Be the Cheapest Colleges

September 6, 2010 1 comment

In an earlier post, I discussed schools that will make a “drop out” out of you–mostly schools for low income students. But I also made it clear that not all schools affordable to students from a low income family are low quality. In fact, US News compiled a list of the best schools that are also the most affordable. Both universities and liberal arts colleges are listed by region. In today’s economy, students and their families are taking cost into account more and more, but that doesn’t mean one has to sacrifice the quality of his or her education for affordability.