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6 Skills Every College Grad Should Have Learned in Online Learning Middle School

By Elizabeth Simmons

As December graduates prepare to receive their diplomas and May grads get ready for their last semester, we have to wonder if they learned everything they need to know. I’m sure most of this year’s graduates are well educated in their fields, but an education in fields like engineering, history, or music will only get them so far.

The graduates of school year 2013-2014 are entering a job market that’s iffy at best. They also face the expectation that after four or more years of college they are able to be a successful adult. More often than not, however, college grads leave their hallowed educational halls lacking these important skills. They aren’t taught them in a lecture hall or classroom, but maybe they should be.


Ability to write a few lines of HTML code

This may seem like it’s coming from way out in left field, but a number of job postings today are asking for someone with a small amount of knowledge about coding. There are several schools like The Lang School where you can learn anything you want at any age. You don’t have to be a pro, but listing code writing as a skill (that you actually have) on your resume can make you stand out from the other applicants. Almost every industry works online on some level, so having the ability to write code and assist with even basic website management will help you enter any career field.

Manage a budget for a small household

Whether you’ve been living on your own for some time or finding your first place after graduation, you’re going to need to manage your own budget. I doubt there were courses on bill paying or managing checkbooks in college, but those are major parts of post-grad life. Take the time to sit down and see where your money is coming from and where it’s going. If you don’t already have one, open a savings account and put something in it every month. Learn even the basics about finance and investments so that your money can go a little further and you can actually understand that 401k benefit as well as manage your student loans. (more…)

Oxford English Dictionary’s Hottest New Word is…SELFIE!

It finally happened. Two years and several million excruciatingly annoying photos later, “selfie” finally made the dictionary. Britain’s Oxford University Press, which publishes the popular Oxford English Dictionary, chose “selfie” as 2013’s word of the year after a rapid spike in online usage. For now, the popular term for a camera phone self-portrait will only be included in the Oxford online dictionary, presumably driving all the other “S” words crazy with constant duck face and shutter sounds.


Oxford’s annual word of the year announcement tends to reflect the tide of our times. In 2009 they chose “unfriend.” In 2008 it was “credit crunch.” 2007 was the year of the “carbon footprint” and in 2005, we were all crazy about “Sudoku.” Oh how the mighty have fallen. In just eight short years, we’ve gone from puzzle loving intellectuals intent on examining our civilization’s impact on the environment, to self-centered wannabe models with our smart phones stuck to our nose.

I’ll save the social commentary for another time, but you know it’s a concerning trend. But what’s even more curious are the origins of the word “selfie.” It turns out we have the world’s most beautiful ex-prison colony to thank, Australia. The Australians, known for adding the “ie” suffix to every possible word—”barbie” for barbecue, “tinnie” for a can of beer—have been credited with introducing “selfie” to the masses. The word first appeared in an Australian blog in 2002. Two short years later, the hashtag “#selfie” had spread to Flickr, and self-sanity spread like a virus. (more…)

Essay Paper Writing For Nurses

When a student faces the task to write a nursing paper, they start with an in-depth research topic and then proceed to brainstorming their ideas before diving into the writing part.

Mo’ Moustaches, Less Problems: Movember Spreads Awareness for Young Men’s Health

Forget about drones, wearable computers, fingerprint sensors and all the trappings of modern life, for it is the new November.

It’s Movember. The bane of wives, fiances, moms, girlfriends, and boyfriends everywhere. “Movember” is a portmanteau of “moustache” and “November,” and it means dudes everywhere will begin sporting all manner of bizarre upper-lip caterpillars. Toothbrushes and bathroom sinks will never be the same after this month.


If you or someone you know is between the ages of 15-35, chances are you’ve already realized what you’re in for this month. Movember aligns with “No Shave November,” making this modern trend of antiquated nature the most wonderful time of the year for manly men. The rules of No Shave November are simple: shave on November 1st and don’t do it again until December 1st. It can be a hairy time for everyone, as the beardily challenged can sprout some truly horrendous man scruff.

But after the whiskers have settled upon December’s tenderly shorn face, some real good will have occurred. Movember is not only a widespread movement in male bonding, it’s also a charity dedicated to promoting men’s health. aims to “have an everlasting impact on men’s health,” namely in the areas of mental health and prostate and testicular cancer. (more…)

What is Obamacare Anyway? What Young Adults Need to Know About Health Insurance

The extension of parental dependency among 20 somethings in the new millennia is a boundless social phenomenon. As post-high school adults lean longer on their parents than previous generations—with the putrid job market and instant gratification world being the main offenders—the pillars of our society can’t help but conform to this generous line of credit. So, for the past three years, under-zealous young adults have been able to stay on their parents’ insurance until the ripe old age of 26.

Cafe girl says no to unhealthy life choices.

Cafe girl says no to unhealthy life choices.

If the insurance charity has been in place for three years, why do we bring it up now? Use your aprons to rub the sleepies from your eyes young readers! The Affordable Care Act—aka Obamacare—is officially law after three years of slow implementation. If you had no idea about this, don’t worry, mom and dad have you covered. Also, kudos. Your ignorance means you probably haven’t had to visit the campus clinic—you’ve been safe!

As per a super-official document with White House letterhead and everything, the increase in insurance coverage is for a few reasons:

“Young adults have the highest rate of uninsured of any age group.”

Dang. According to the White House, 30 percent of shiny new adults aren’t covered by insurance. That demographic represents ONE-FIFTH of all uninsured people. (more…)

America the Average: Study Finds U.S. has Below Average Intelligence

A fancy new study claims that the United States isn’t a super power when it comes to smarts. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has found that Americans are either average or below average in literacy, mathematics and problem solving. In terms of people with high-level literacy, the U.S. has some respectable numbers, but a large swath of our population are below average, read: “…even highly literate nations have significant liabilities in their talent pool.”

i am dum

In numerical terms, 10 percent of Americans are at or below the lowest standard of the three Rs (reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmetic). The good news: we’re smarter than Ireland, France, Spain and Italy. The noodle-brained Italians are apparently the dumbest people on earth—in the developed world at least.

To quote the report: “In Italy and Spain, for example, only 1 in 20 adults is proficient at the highest level of literacy (Level 4 or 5). Nearly 3 out of 10 adults in these countries performs at or below the lowest level of proficiency (Level 1) in both numeracy and literacy.”

Another arresting statistic championed in the study was the fact that some countries’ citizens with college degrees tested worse than citizens of other nations without them. Shout out to the Japanese and Dutch! Per the report: “…Japanese and Dutch 25-34 year-olds who have only completed high school easily outperform Italian or Spaniard university graduates of the same age.” Too much pasta, too much wine. (more…)

Touchdown Shutdown: Federal Furlough Threatens College Football, Financial Aid

Day two of the shutdown, haven’t slept in weeks…

Nah, just kidding. Unless you work a government job or have a loved one that does, you’re probably not feeling the pain of the furlough just yet. But come Saturday, the shutdown will rear its ugly head in the most holiest of holies: the college football field. Saturdays in the fall are a magical time; early morning purging and energy drink chugging, mid-afternoon grilling and queasiness, and late night strolls back to what you think is your dorm. Unfortunately, the white wigs want to take that majestic ritual away from certain young scholars.

Due to the budget impasse in Congress, this Saturday’s Air Force at Navy and Army at Boston College football games are being cancelled.

Empty Stadium

The reason behind the decision is fairly simple. The Air Force and Military Academies are branches of the government and use government appropriated monies to fund their athletic departments. The Naval Academy’s football games are not in jeopardy because the team is funded by non-appropriated funds, i.e. ticket sales and merchandise.

So a couple of unranked and unheralded college teams aren’t gonna take to the gridiron for the foreseeable future, big whoop, right? The government shutdown “can’t hold you,” and “we can’t stop,” or whatever you kids say. Well, until Macklemore and Miley Cyrus volunteer to help the Department of Education field calls regarding your student-loan questions, you’re gonna have a hard time dealing with next semester’s tuition. (more…)

Southeastern U.S. Crawling with Chlamydia and Gonorrhea with Highest STD Rates

Someone might want to go check on the southeastern United States, they’re not doing so hot lately. The Top Masters in Health Care recently released an interactive infographic detailing various health statistics and ranking them on a state-by-state basis, and the Bible Belt is trending in an unholy way. Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana have the most obese populations, the highest amount of cancer deaths, and the fewest teeth. Along with South Carolina, those states also have the most cases of Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. In the southeast, the gonorrhea rate per 100,000 people is over 100, and the chlamydia rate per 100,000 people is 400 plus.

Translation: the STD numbers in the respective states are high enough to be classified as epidemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are 820,000 new cases of gonorrhea—a curable STD—per year in America. Chlamydia is also a curable STD that infects an estimated one million Americans, according to the CDC. Poverty helped explain the obesity, cancer deaths, and lack of teeth in the South, and I’m sure that has some bearing on the STD numbers, but there might be a bigger factor at play for this category: amorous college students. (more…)

Major Reefer: The 5 Most Marijuana-Friendly Colleges

It’s been a banner year for weed. Washington and Colorado made pot smoking and possession legal, hemp was declared the next ‘it’ food, and a former Microsoft executive announced plans to launch the “Starbucks of marijuana.” The widespread legalization of mary jane is a hot button issue among pundits and barstool intellectuals alike, and we may only be a few short years away from total decriminalization of toking.


In Washington, the boys in blue are even getting in on the action. At the 22nd annual Seattle Hempfest, local cops will be handing out Doritos festooned with stickers directing smokers to an online FAQ page called, “Marijiwhatnow? A Guide to Legal Marijuana Use in Seattle.” (Insert munchies joke here.)

The new legality of marijuana in Washington and Colorado is a blurred line at best. You can’t smoke in public, it’s difficult and confusing to legally buy the stuff, and federal law still prohibits marijuana and all of its uses. For ganja lovers, it’s a step in the right direction nonetheless.

As the fall semester rears its shiny new head, clouds of smoke will begin to converge over these five college campuses, all of which The Princeton Review deemed the most marijuana friendly schools. Let’s hash it out.

1. Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY


This comes as no surprise, as someone was obviously high when they named this school. Apparently the administration thought pot use was getting a little too friendly when they banned all public 4/20 celebrations in 2009. (Students designed a shopping cart sized bong in the shape of an octopus.) Skidmore spokesman Dan Forbush took a shot at The Princeton Review, saying their approach “trivializes and obscures the fact that regular use of marijuana has been shown to have many serious consequences, especially in young people.” And that’s why faculty don’t get to vote in the “Reefer Madness” category. (more…)

The 5 Largest Charitable Donations Ever Made to American Universities

A private liberal arts school in rural Kentucky called Centre College has announced a $250 million donation from the Brockman Charitable Trust. Centre College has an enrollment of just over 1,000 students and the gift puts them in the top 20 worldwide for the all-time biggest charitable donations made to a university. While there’s nothing better than a quarter billion dollars to put your university on the map,—go Praying Colonels!— it’s only chump change compared to the charity that more well-known colleges receive. We’ve compiled a list of the five largest donations to American universities; how they came about, who gave them, and how they shaped the university.

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5. Johns Hopkins University, $350 million from Michael R. Bloomberg

When New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged $350 million to his alma mater earlier this year, his total lifelong donation to the university topped the $1 billion mark. His most recent donation will create cross-disciplinary programs and fund faculty appointments. The rest of the $35o million will help award 2,600 scholarships over the next 10 years.



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