The Importance of Building a Relationship with Your College Professors

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(Image Credit: Tyler Olson)

In high school, getting better acquainted with your teachers happened without you really having to try. You saw them every day for an hour, sometimes two. They had you in class for a full year and maybe even in a study hall. In college, your professors are a bit different. If you’re in a seminar, chances are you’re just a number on a list of 200 kids. In your smaller classes, your professor will most likely get to know your name, but it’s up to you to get them to remember you once the semester is over. It can definitely be intimidating to try to establish the type of professional relationship with a professor that may have developed easily with your high school teachers, but know that the vast majority of professors out there are eager to get to know their students. To develop a professional relationship with your professor be an active participant in class, actually go to the office hours they constantly talk about and don’t be nervous to have a one-on-one conversation. Here are five reasons you’ll be glad you did! Continue reading

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How to Deal With A Boss That’s Not So Nice

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(Image Credit: Marylam)

Sometimes you get lucky and find a really good job – work that doesn’t feel like work, good pay, enjoyable coworkers, and a super nice boss. Other times….you don’t. Not every place of employment has a happy head honcho. But what can you do? I mean, besides quit. Continue reading

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How (Not) To Write A Resume

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(Image Credit: Marzky Ragsac Jr.)

Resumes are kind of ridiculous when you think about it. We list our accomplishments and skills on a neat little paper and turn it over to potential employers, internally screaming ‘Please like me! I’m good at stuff! See?’ Continue reading

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The Grass Is Not Always Greener

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(Image Credit: Laszlolorik)

I have this terrible habit. I think it started around the time I discovered the Travel Channel and Disney World (specifically Epcot: my 4 year old version of studying abroad), and then eventually worsened in my more “enlightened” years followed by Kerouac and Bukowski obsessions. The habit is one you might very well be suffering from too. The constant, and at times debilitating, theory that life could be better somewhere else, anywhere else for that matter. I have this philosophy that if I stay still too long, I’ll never move again. Stuck. A bleak life with little movement and growth, and it absolutely petrifies me. Continue reading

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Commuting Essentials for the First Timer

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(Image Credit: Florian Lehmuth)

Whether you’re traveling by bus, bike, or train, being a first-time commuter can feel a bit overwhelming. Not only do you need to make sure you don’t show up to work unprepared, but you also will want to bring along some travel essentials to make your commute more enjoyable. Here are a few items that you might want to add to your checklist. Continue reading

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The Best Tips for Finding a Job

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(Image Credit: Michael Jung)

Finding a job isn’t easy. Although unemployment rates were only at 6.3 percent in the month of May, it still seems like obtaining a job after graduation (or at any stage in life) is getting much more difficult. You spend day in and day out on job sites applying for jobs that just barely meet your personal requirements, just hoping to get an interview. Continue reading

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Life After College: It’s a Marathon not a Sprint

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(Image Credit: Minerva Studio)

So, you’re walking across the stage at your college graduation, preparing yourself to receive that diploma you worked your ass off for (give or take) four years to get. It’s such an exciting time! It really is, so drink it in! Because shortly after obtaining that certification, the door to adulthood swings open and before you know it, you’re back in your hometown, frantically searching for a job; anything to put those skills you spent the last four years refining to good use (for decent money, of course). Continue reading

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A Quick Guide to Email Etiquette

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(Image Credit: Olly)

In this day and age, there are a lot of methods of communication: texting, video chatting, messaging on Facebook. But let’s not forget about email. People use email all the time for all kinds of things, so it’s important to know what you’re doing. Here is a brief beginner’s guide to email etiquette. Continue reading

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Your First Time… Going on a Job Interview

Job Interview (Image Credit: Wavebreak Media)

Job Interview (Image Credit: Wavebreak Media)

You’ve gotten the interview, but you’re not out of the woods just yet! Being given the opportunity to interview for a job can be both exciting and extremely intimidating. Interviews can be nerve-wracking; but with the proper preparation, attitude, and tips, you’ll be more successful in impressing your potential employer. Here are my top tips for your first time going on a job interview!

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