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The Importance of Soft Skills in the Workplace

I had the occasion to watch a counter clerk in a fast food restaurant recently. It was obvious that this person did not want to be there at that time. Neither did the customers, as a result. The ability to interact effectively with customers and co-workers is one of the “soft skills” that are becoming harder to find in employees.

October 1, 2012
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A Few Good Reasons to Join Your Alumni Association

In the final weeks of your college experience, the top things on your mind are probably finishing your last assignments and exams, preparing for certification testing, completing your petition to graduate, and beginning your career search. Something else you may want to keep in mind: the benefits you receive when you take the time to sign up for your Alumni Association. Here are a few good reasons to stay in touch with your alma mater:

September 17, 2012
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Battling With Words: The Trick to Writing Research Papers

When I was in college I hated doing research papers. My instructors always presented writing papers wrong. They’d tell me, “You cite your research to prove you don’t plagiarize,” or, “When you get into the real world you’ll do a lot of research, so it’s good practice,” or my personal favorite, “You need sources because your opinion alone isn’t enough.”

July 12, 2012
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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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Student life

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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Student life / CollegeAmerica, truth,

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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Student life / college accreditation

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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