Tales from a transfer student

My first two years of college were a real struggle. I had horrible study habits carried over from high school which didn't require much effort and yielded good grades. Needless to say, this method did not serve me well in my college courses.

Lessons from Delivering Newspapers

My first job was delivering a weekly newspaper (The Grit) in Thebes, Illinois -- a village of 450 people in southern Illinois on the Mississippi River.  I had anywhere from 60 to 90 subscribers and it took me two evenings each week either walking or biking to deliver the papers.  I learned how to communicate with people from multiple generations.

First Job as a Sales Associate

I remember my first job interview, I was a high school sophomore in a Philadelphia suburb.  "Why do you want to work here?" "I need money so that I can tour Europe with a band program next summer."  (At least I was honest?)

Tuesday Tip: Asking for a Reference

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Finding a professor to serve as a reference for future job searching or grad school applications can be a daunting task.  At the beginning of college it’s easy to get discouraged—so many of the gen ed classes are large lectures.  But remember, you’ve got four years and the following helpful tips.

5 Great Study Break Interruptions

Studying is hard! Whether it’s a midterm or final, studying deserves a break every now and then. Do what you can to make sure your breaks are productive.   If done right, your study breaks can actually be an asset to your study routine. Here are 5 tips to taking productive breaks.

Biking Past Camels on the Way to My First Job

The sounds of mullahs calling the faithful to Morning Prayer woke me each morning. Beyond my bedroom window the Hindu Kush Mountains were capped with snow and the sharp smell of countless outdoor ovens baking the day’s nan filled the air. Morning in Kabul Afghanistan in the early 70’s was peaceful, girls dressed in black slacks, red tunics and white headscarves, not the full body veils one now associates with this war torn land, giggled and sang on their way to school.

First-year Friday: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

File 9223To get the most out of your college learning experience it’s important to try new things!  By trying new things and getting out of your comfort zone you’ll learn more about yourself and all of the opportunities that are available to you.  Here’s a list of 3 things you should try before the end of your first year:

Who's on Your Board?

Did you know that many organizations are required by law to have a board of directors to provide advice, guidance, and strategic planning to help ensure its success?  Many professionals, new and experienced, have taken this notion to a new level by creating their own personal board of directors. 

Top LinkedIn Tips for Students

With over 300 million users, LinkedIn is growing in popularity.  In fact, 94% of recruiters are active on LinkedIn according to a 2013 survey by  Since employers are actively seeking talent and looking to your LinkedIn profile to get a better sense of who you are as a job candidate, we've compiled a few of our top tips to help you stand out on the social network:

• Connect to family, friends, co-workers, and classmates.  Aim for at least 100 connections to begin.