And You Will Graduate

These tough economic times have caused many adults to consider going back to school. Some need to learn specialized skills to obtain higher paying jobs, while, unfortunately, others have lost their jobs and need to pursue a new direction. Whatever the reason for returning to college or enrolling for the first time, the process can be overwhelming and intimidating. Here are the answers to some of the questions you may have. (more…)

School’s out or will be soon. If you’re a college student not taking classes this summer, you’re probably going to need a job. There are lots of things students can do to earn a little extra cash in the summer. Being resourceful and using your skills and talents to your advantage will help to give you an edge in a competitive job market. (more…)

May is a major burnout time of the year. The weather’s getting nicer, and the coursework is getting more intense, with major projects due and finals right around the corner. Hopefully, you’re not carrying a courseload full of difficult classes. Balancing your load is important when scheduling. But what about fun? I recommend adding at least one fun course every semester. By fun, I don’t necessarily mean it has to be a party or that there’s no work involved. Let me explain the benefits of lightening your load. (more…)

For many of you, graduation is just around the corner. You’ve probably written your resume and cover letter, and you may have even started your job search. Are you looking in the right places geographically? Some of you may want to stay close to home, and for many, the city of their college has become home.  The market differs for careers and industries across the country. If you’ve got geographic restrictions in your job search, you may find yourself having a harder time than you expected.


I just read about an amazing new program called BoostUp that allows everyday folks like you and me to give support to current high school students who may need some encouragement. According to the website, every day 7,000 high school students are dropping out and 40% of freshmen leave school by their senior year. These statistics are staggering. BoostUp’s mission is to help to lower the drop out rate by giving kids encouragement to keep moving forward. (more…)

Many students want to go to college but feel they may not be academically ready. The reasons for this vary. For some, their high school education simply didn’t provide them with a solid educational foundation, and they may need to brush up on some basics. Others may have been away from formal education for a long period of time and need a refresher. Whatever the reason, most states have some sort of program available to help these students, who otherwise might not make it to college or might fall between the cracks.


Since the economy has nose-dived into recession, the demand for online learning has grown dramatically. As people are losing their jobs and job security is declining, folks are searching for ways to improve their marketability. Obtaining education credentials is the way for much of the population.According to a recent article from U.S. News & World Report, more than 4 million enrolled in at least one online course last fall. This is double the 2 million enrolled in 2003. And the demand isn’t slowing down.


Muscle reading is a concept I taught in my study skills class. I first came across it in the text, Becoming a Master Student by Dave Ellis. Muscle reading is a great way to break down material and is made up of three phases, consisting of three steps each. I’d like to share this process, as it’s estimated that the average college student will read well over 10,000 pages of text in their undergraduate career. Perhaps muscle reading will help you to make all that reading a little easier to handle. (more…)

I’ve talked  about critical thinking before, but I believe it’s such an important and broad topic that I’d like to address it once again. Thinking about something critically entails looking at a situation from all sides, considering various views, and being open and aware of pre-existing beliefs. Each person develops at their own pace and arrives at various skills at different stages, but the following questions might help you on your path to becoming an accomplished critical thinker. (more…)

I wrote recently about when you should drop a class late in the semester, and I promised a lesson on figuring out your GPA or grade point average. Some schools use the term QPA or quality point average, but no matter what you call it, you know you want a good one.


I just came across an interesting post on 20 Facebook Applications to Assist in Your Job Search, and I thought I’d pass it along to you. This is not my area of expertise, so I just leave it to you to take a look through the applications to see which might be the most helpful for your particular needs. Good luck, and please remember that you can contact me with any questions you may have about writing a resume or cover letter, job search techniques, or interviewing tips.

The term “gap year” is a new one for me. Apparently, a gap year is the time many students take off after their senior year of high school before heading off to college. This isn’t a time of just hanging out, however. A gap year is most often designed to teach the student skills or provide a living/learning experience of some kind.


I just read a guest post on a blog I read now and then entitled, “Are You Trying to Live Up To Other People’s Values?”, and although the author spoke to people in various life stages, I felt her message was most applicable to college students. Turns out, the author, Ali Hale, writes her own blog for college students!


College Graduation is almost here for many of you. While you’re probably excited, I know you’re also a bit anxious. Having spent the last four years in school has given you a sense of routine and comfort, and now you’re looking to enter the newest chapter of your life. I’m sure you have tons of questions. One of the things that may be worrying you is whether you’ll find a job in your field. Now’s the time to begin the search, if you haven’t done so already. Let’s look at some ways to make yourself stand out in an ever-growing crowd of job seekers. (more…)

College acceptance letters have been sent out, and you now have a better idea of your options. Maybe you weren’t accepted by your top choice of colleges, and that’s okay. We’ve already discussed lessons you can learn from rejection. Chances are good that you still have a decision to make between the schools that did send you acceptance letters. A lot of students put pressure on themselves to pick the “right” school. Don’t let it overwhelm you. Let’s look at some ways to discover which school is right for you. (more…)