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How to interview students and alumni at colleges you're interested in attending

Ever hear the phrase, “Heard it straight from the horse’s mouth”? Of course that just means getting information directly from the source. There’s no better way to inform your college degree decision than by talking to people who know—enrolled students and graduates. Think of talking to current students and alumni as conducting what’s known in […]

How to research colleges, degree programs, and faculty members

Merriam-Webster calls it, “careful or diligent search.” “It” is what Google, Bing, Yahoo and Wikipedia give to the world: the means to quickly and conveniently gather and organize information about pretty much anything and everything. All this data readily available at your fingertips makes it easy to gather as much information as you can about […]

Choose your college degree wisely. Balance personal satisfaction with salary & career outlooks.

“Focus on the future,” say progressives. “Go where the money is,” say relatives who don’t want you moving in. “Don’t settle for less than personal fulfillment,” say those who beat a different drum. So goes the advice of many for how to choose your college degree. But why choose based on only one end result? […]

Follow your dreams and aspirations, not someone else's.

Most of us have a love/hate relationship with asking someone else’s advice. On the one hand, we want to hear what the people we know, love and respect have to say—especially when it aligns with what we want to hear. On the other, we don’t want to hear something that may challenge us, cause us […]

Choosing a career first, then a college degree

It’s the chicken-and-egg question of going back to college: Which comes first, choosing a career or choosing a college degree? While there are pros and cons to both, many would agree it makes the most sense to choose a career before choosing a degree. Why? It’s a classic example of quality versus quantity. By choosing […]

Four Resources for Finding College Scholarships

Looking for effective ways to find free money to pay for college? Maybe you’ve already gone online to search for “free money for college,” “college scholarships for adults,” or “comprehensive listing of available scholarships.” The web, of course, is an incredible and robust resource for finding information and resources for going back to college. But there’s a […]

College degree programs with high growth and salaries through 2020

Go ahead—study what you want. The latest statistics from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook show ample career opportunities for those who’ve earned an undergraduate degree. To really be in demand and garner some of the best available salaries, choose a quality university with relevant curriculum and pursue a bachelor’s degree […]

Four tips for mastering the art of test-taking

Do you stress over tests? It is certainly not uncommon. When it comes to taking tests and improving test scores, most of us go into a kind of short-term, high-anxiety mode. The secret to doing better is to turn bad stress into “eustress“ or good stress. Simply put, getting better grades on tests starts with […]

Adopt a mindset for academic success - think outside the box!

Achieving academic excellence is all in your head or so it’s been said. Forgive the Dr. Seuss-like rhyme, but the truth is, when it comes to academic success, the mind is an undeniably powerful player. In her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, psychologist Carol S. Dweck points out that a student’s mindset originates […]