College-Ahead“I don’t have to worry about college applications until senior year.” Wrong. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Courtney Tran, academic, instructor, tutor, and UC Berkeley student, explains what you need to do, what you don’t need to do, and how to Make the Best of the Application Season.



Dearest Readers,

Please take note of creative guru Ken Robinson.

“Formal education often gets in the way because it is typically focused on a very narrow idea of talent.”


hashtagTeaching students the language of digital media is preparing them for the competitive job market. Jason Tham, Educator at St. Cloud State University discusses #Hashtags in the Writing Classroom. He breaks down the hashtag definition, as well as offers innovative ideas of integration into writing instruction. How is that for language evolution?

Georgetown University knows what they’re talking about. Recently, it is the relationship of your college major vs. unemployment. Who do you think is finding success and not falling into the 7.9% of jobless bachelor holders?



I’ll give you a hint… STEM. For those visual learners, see more about the recent report here HARD TIMES: Your Major Matters or via NPR by reading If the Employment Game Has Changed, Who is Teaching the Rules?

I’ve said a lot of things about the value of getting a college degree; how it furthers you in life, brings you one step closer to your professional career, etc. However, as high school grads begin to “measure the worth” of their perspective institution – it is key to consider the payoff. Will you be making a decent living by the time you’re an Alum? What will your student loan payment be? Moreover, will the entire “experience” be worth it? These questions (and some additional ones) should be thought of before your sign that tuition check: What’s the Value of a College Degree?

According to US News, the job search for teens look promising for Summer 2013.

Although unemployment for adolescents is one of the highest in the country (approx. 25%), it is expected that jobs will continue to open up for the Millennials if the economy continues upward.

To read more about this research here:
Job-Seeking Teens Might Get A Break This Summer

“The twenty-something brain is especially sensitive to criticism and correction.” – Meg Jay, Clinical Psychologist at the University of Virginia

The Defining DecadeAlthough we’re a sensitive group, we must be mindful of our most “defining decade of adulthood.” This includes taking professional risks, staying enriched and exploring passions. Read more abour Meg Jay’s TED2013 Talk Here: Make the Most of Your 20′s

Be sure to check our Meg Jay’s Book as well: The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter – And How to Make the Most of Them Now

CareerBuilder shows survey results of the best paying jobs for 2 and 4 year degrees. There are many engineers and technicians in this list. However, the survey still shows that the path to professional success begins with higher education.

Best Paying Jobs for 2-and-4 Year Degrees

When students begin their journey in the post-secondary world, they’re full of questions regarding academics, housing, financial aid… etc. So why do we often feed these young adults with the same routine answers when each individual is different and has different needs?


Penn State’s The Mentor discusses changing the paradigm of Academic Advising to Holistic Mentorship. A wonderful read for those working in Student Services; the article below speaks to those who would like to change their professional practice to meeting students social and emotional needs.

From Advising to Mentoring: Shifting the Metaphor

Although I have completed my masters classes, I was thinking of taking a course in the MOOC world. A recent study discovered “which institution really had the smartest individuals.”

DedicateThis article helped me to narrow down my choice to MIT – the most intelligent in the US with students who have the best problem solving skills.

The 20 Smartest Colleges in America