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Handle with Care! 11 Tips to Protect Your Laptop

Okay, so life just became super exciting! You recently started college and received a new laptop—and if you enrolled in Graphic Arts, it’s an Apple Mac (ooh la la!). A laptop is a tool, and a critical factor in your successful college experience. It will help you with homework, research, tests (and most importantly, access Facebook). Therefore it’s important to treat your computer with the respect it deserves. Here are 11 tips to make sure your laptop makes it to graduation and beyond:

1. Laptops should be loved and cared for! Treat yours like a BFF for the length of your program.

July 2, 2012
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7 Ways to Handle Difficult People

You know that you’re a reasonable human being who knows how to interact with other reasonable human beings, so it’s easy to be thrown completely off by the bad behavior of someone you encounter at your work or at school. They make you feel off-balance, manipulated, frustrated, powerless, and it can be hard not to react badly in return, which just makes a bad situation even worse.

May 17, 2012
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Junk Food vs. Health Food

Everyone loves greasy foods, but are they good for you? No! All the fried foods, hamburgers, hot dogs and chimmichangas we eat taste so good but are not healthy. Where is the nutrition? By frying or over-cooking your food, you cook all of the nutrients out. Think of a Big Mac, with all the fat and calories going through your bloodstream. Not a good thought. All of the fats, calories, and grease from the food will clog up your arteries and can cause other health problems too.

May 8, 2012
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Going Back to School as a Single Parent

I know a lot of parents are in the same situation I’m in right now: I am a single parent who recently returned to school to earn her associate’s degree. I’m returning to school to not only better my life, but to make life better for my son, too.

May 7, 2012
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The Truth about Truth

Seeking truth is hard.  A wise mentor of mine once said, “Trust. But always verify.” This was perhaps one of my most valuable lessons in life.  And I have found, throughout my life, that truth must lie at the core of our very existence to build a firm foundation of moral character.

March 13, 2012
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A great career and a paycheck you can be proud of—here’s how to get both

Assuming an average working life starts at age 21 and ends at 65, the average American works 91,250 hours in his or her lifetime.* While a nice paycheck is important,  how you feel about your job matters as well. After all, would you want a job that pays well, but comes up short on satisfaction? Life’s too short to spend it doing something that leaves you wishing you were doing something else.

February 22, 2012
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Top 10 Methods to Land the Job Quickly

Have you ever wondered why you don’t get a job the day after you graduate? Well, by following these guidelines you will greatly increase the chance of landing interviews and eventually the job you want.

February 16, 2012
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What is Accreditation and Why Does It Matter?

When researching colleges, the word accreditation comes up all the time. Every one says that it’s important, but what does it actually mean? And more importantly, why does it matter?

December 9, 2011
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Who in the World Holds a College Degree?

Our world population is near 7 billion.  And much of what we have accomplished as a people has come to fruition due to a great deal of education.  Humans have walked on the moon, cloned sheep, created cars that run on used French fry oil, and have conducted human face transplants.  With so many strides in development, the majority of people have been to college, right?

October 19, 2011
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Workout Your Mind and Body While You Study

We all know we should exercise on a regular basis. It is recommended that people exercise for at least half an hour three times a week. But for those of us who are working, taking care of families, and earning a degree, this can seem impossible. This is where your multi-tasking skills can come in to play. Why not use study sessions to work out the mind and body? Here are some exercises you can do while literally sitting down:

June 29, 2011
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10 Healthy Eating Tips For College Students

  • Meet your daily vitamin and mineral requirements, especially iron and B vitamins. Both are essential to maintaining mental and physical energy. Foods containing iron include red meat, leafy greens, and fortified cereals. Wheat germ, whole grains, eggs and nuts are all good sources of B vitamins. Fish and soy are also excellent brain foods.
  • Don’t substitute real food with dietary supplements. For example, a chewable vitamin C tablet has just that- vitamin C. But an orange has vitamin C, fiber, beta carotene and other minerals. So it makes sense to choose food over pills. When you’re headed to the library grab an apple, orange, carrot sticks or a banana to take along for a quick pick-me-up.
June 22, 2011
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6 Steps to Help Students Learn Better Time Management

Is there anything more stressful than feeling like you just don’t have enough time to get anything done? The overwhelming anxiety some of us experience when we realize there just aren’t enough hours in the day can be… well… overwhelming. Here are some useful tips to help ensure you maximize your time and de-stress your life:

June 2, 2011
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