Posts Tagged ‘College’


Classroom and Textbooks by Ryan Stanton (CC) Flickr

By Cayla Woodburn

Summer is a time for jobs, internships and relaxation, but summer classes are a practical option for many college students today.

Summer classes can be beneficial for different reasons. Students often struggle with certain classes, fall behind or want to get ahead. No matter the reason, summer classes take some of the usual pressure off the spring and fall semesters.

One of the benefits of summer classes is that it allows students to test different subjects. College freshmen rarely know what they want to do with their life. This makes it stressful to pick a major. Taking summer classes allows students to find exactly what they are passionate about. Plus, they could even get ahead.

Another benefit to taking summer classes is that it allows students to get back on track for graduation. Sometimes people have to retake classes or they don’t have room to fit all their courses into their schedule. The summer term is the perfect time to catch up with course work and alleviate some stress from upcoming semesters.

Many universities offer general education or prerequisite classes in the summer which could help students get ahead in their given programs. Taking these more general classes in the summer leaves room for a job or free time in future semesters. Alleviating some classes from other semesters could even allow students to graduate early.

There are many benefits to taking summer classes, but they aren’t for everyone. College students often use the summer to gain job experience or make extra money. Taking classes during this time makes it more difficult to get a job due to students’ limited availability.

Another downside that is often attached to summer classes is the lack of downtime throughout the year. Each semester is stressful, and the summer can be a time to unwind from the trauma of college. Taking summer classes leaves little room for relaxation. Instead it causes the stress to last throughout the year. This may be problematic to some students, while others find it helpful to continually be in school because they retain more information from semester to semester.

Some students spend their summer working or lying on a beach. Other students use the summer to get ahead or back on track with their studies. Whatever the decision, students must find the option that best fits their lifestyle.


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A traveller packs their bags for their trip.

By: Clare Dunn

Summer is approaching fast, and with it, the buzz of excitement that comes when travel plans become tangible realities.

This year, hundreds of thousands of college students will be travelling to different countries in the pursuit of a new world view, fun times with classmates and an excellent résumé builder. The fulfillment of all of these goals is present in summer study abroad.

Common advice given to students when they first enter into their university or college is that they should study abroad. Recent studies have shown that studying abroad helps students think more complexly, often making our thought processes more flexible and creative.

It also broadens your cultural and educational experience. Often, when a students study abroad, they go to on site locations like museums or historical landmarks, becoming exposed to different teaching and learning methods in the process. It offers a chance to practice language skills picked up during previous schooling. And it aids students in finding new interests, because they are more likely to try new things in a new place.

Future employers and graduate schools favor graduates with study abroad experience. Studying abroad shows that an individual doesn’t shy away from challenges and embrace new experiences.

The thought process behind professionals wanting employees with study abroad experience is that the world is ever globalizing. By leaving their home country, students learn how to interact with people from different cultures. And pushing student’s boundaries through foreign study is not an unreachable goal.

There are options that fit schedules and budgets. Universities are willing to work with students by advising them through class, half-semesters and semesters abroad. But some students and parents remain anxious about 20 year olds being in foreign countries.

Safety while studying abroad is important. But threats have not hindered students who want to get personal experience in order to form their own opinions about sociopolitical conflicts. Since 9/11, study abroad rates have risen by 20%. Students specifically have asked for trips to places with religious or political conflicts, and in June 2015, were given options for trips to Palestinian territories. Many advisors say that students should still seriously consider studying abroad, because the benefits are greater than the risks.

In many ways, study abroad is a way for students to push themselves out of their comfort zone. It’s one of the best ways to become an integrated global citizen.



Bride and Groom Flickr (CC) Photo By Bunches and Bits

By Cayla Woodburn

College graduates are leaving campus with more than a diploma these days.

Many young adults are graduating college, receiving a diploma and getting married. While marriage can be a wonderful part of life, young couples rarely take the time to examine the full commitment.

Many couples jump the gun and get engaged the day after graduation.

Weddings have a drug-like effect on recent graduates that causes them to rush into marriage. This is often because many of their peers are getting engaged or married right away.

Sometimes, this causes couples to force themselves into marriages with their current partner because it is the societal step after college.

While it is ideal to marry for love, young couples may not understand that marriage is more about finances than finding your one true love. The marriage license looks appealing, but it also comes with joint bank accounts, stress and your spouse’s debt.

There are countless aspects that come with being and having a spouse. Recent graduate couples get caught up in the fairytale of marriage and often fail to understand every piece of matrimonial duty before they put a ring on it.

Humans are naturally jealous beings. No one should feel left out because everyone else is getting engaged or married. Wanting to marry because of societal or peer pressure leads to settling which never has a happily ever after.

People also grow and change throughout life. No one is the exact same at 30-years-old as they were at 20-years-old. Personal development can cause tension in a marriage if the couple grows apart from one another.

The risk or divorce increases the younger people marry. Young marriages are challenging in modern society. There is a greater chance for success if the couples are members of the same religion or are surrounded by an uplifting network.

Rather than rushing into commitment after graduation, young adults should get married when the time feels right.

The odds are stacked against young couples and recent college graduates, so it is be best to consider every aspect of marriage before walking down the aisle.



An English Major’s Desk

Flickr (CC) Photo by: Sheila Sund

By: Thom Koester

“What are you going to do with an English degree?” If I could have a dollar each time I’ve been asked what I’m going to do with a major in English, I’d be able to pay for all my books. If you’d stretch that to count how many times I’ve been told that I won’t find a job with my degree, I would be able to pay for at least one year of tuition. Buzzfeed even wrote an article about it!


Why is that though? Just because I’m hoping to earn a degree in English doesn’t mean that I’ll end up being a waiter while I hope for my book to hit it big. This is a real issue with students who choose to major in English. When asked what we plan on doing after graduating, we haven’t a clue.

A degree in English helps to develop skills in written communication and to understand how language is used. These skills are what bring you everything from advertisements to the way twitter guides you through its setup. The point of majoring in English is to develop critical thinking skills and effective language use.

One option for English majors is a career in education. But for many, education is not an option for them.

In reality there are many qualities that English majors have that make them invaluable in the workplace. These qualities include: setting schedules, working under deadlines, communicating clearly, critical thinking and being able to write effectively.

Again, English majors can communicate effectively. Whether verbally or electronically, everyone uses words. Wouldn’t it be great to hire someone who’s a master?

Majoring in English isn’t a career death sentence. There’s a long list of notable English majors! Some of them are: Mitt Romney, Conan O’Brien, Mario Cuomo, Barbara Walters, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Steven Spielberg and the list goes on. A degree in English is an excellent stepping stone to law school or even business. It’s not worthless.

If you’re an English major and you have no clue what you are going to do with it after graduation, don’t worry! English Degrees open doors in many different careers, not just the ones we always hear about.

So the next time someone asks what me what I will do with a degree in English, I’ll smile and say I have no idea. Something will come up after all, that’s for sure.

Do Kids have the wrong idea about college?

Posted: March 16, 2016 by jackhermann in Uncategorized
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young student prepares for big test. photo by: Abul Haque.

 Philip Dhanens was a student a Fresno State University who died in 2012 after a night of excessive drinking at a pledge initiation for the Theta Chi fraternity.

Caitlyn Kovacs was a student at Rutgers university who died in September of 2015 after a night of heavy drinking at a fraternity party.

There are hundreds of stories about kids being hurt or killed in college after a night of excessive drinking; So many young college students feel they need to drink large amounts of alcohol to fit in at college, but what they don’t realize is that drinking is not what college is for.

College is an important time in a young adults life to learn and prepare for life in the real world, but today’s media has exhibited the wrong view about what college life should really be like.

Movies and TV shows depicting college always seems to revolve around parties, going out and having a good time, but they never show what college is really like.

TV shows and movies like Blue Mountain State, Animal House and Van Wilder. Glamorize drinking and partying in college more and more. High school students are entering college with the idea that college is one long party, when in reality this is not the case college is like.

Teenagers going into college feel that they must drink or use drugs in order to fit in; because that’s what they were taught college life was about. It has caused problems for many students who are unsure if they are ready or even want to start drinking before they are 21-years-old.

Parents worry about sending their kids off to colleges far away because they are unable to make sure their kids will be safe. High school students coming into college need to understand that although drinking can be a fun part of college, it is not all that important to having a good time. Today’s media depicts college as one long party, but it should start showing the other side of college, where kids spend days working on papers or night where their friends go out, but they have to work on the heavy load of homework that is assigned.

It is true that college is a time to go out and have fun, but it is also a time to learn and prepare for a successful life. Colleges try their hardest to relay that message to kids when they first arrive, but by the time these kids get there its too late. They have seen too many shows and movies that tell them otherwise.