Miranda Cosgrove Chooses Acting Over College

Miranda Cosgrove is an American actress and singer who is probably best known for her leading role in the Nickelodeon channel television show, iCarly. The show premiered in September 2007 in the USA and is now aired in several other countries, such as Canada and the United Kingdom. Cosgrove has also appeared in several movies, such as School of Rock and Yours, Mine, and Ours.

However, as is stated above, Cosgrove is probably best known for portraying Carly Shay and recently signed on to earn a seven-figure salary for her work on the show. That’s quite a large salary for a young actress who is only 17-years old, and it doesn’t include the money she earns from acting in movies, nor her income from her singing career.

Considering the huge amount of money that Cosgrove has coming in right now, can you really blame her for deciding to postpone her education for a while in order to pursue her career? According to, this is exactly what the starlet plans to do.

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Picking a college major is a really hard decision for some people. Sure, a few people know what they want to study in college and do with their lives from the time they are six-years old. But for most of us, having to decide what you will study and then hopefully work as for the rest of your life when we enter college is a stressful process. Luckily, there’s a new app that can help make this process much simpler for you…or at least give you a little guidance. is a new website that helps you select a college major by analyzing your skills and interests. It starts by asking you what things you are good at and what things you are interested in. After selecting up to seven things from these two categories, the app asks you to choose between your options. For example, the app asked me if I would rather study a major that had a high level of emphasis in non-English skills but little emphasis on animals, or the opposite. No Major Drama continues to evaluate your choices between the two hypothetical majors, and after you choose between all of your interests, it tells you more than 300 different majors and fields of study that would suit you.

I am studying advertising and Spanish language in college. After No Major Drama analyzed my responses, it recommended that I major in a foreign language, followed by a business recommendation. It was also correct in not recommending that I study science or mathematics, both of which are things that I do not particularly enjoy.

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Seven Resume Mistakes to Avoid

Seven resume mistakes to avoid

Avoid these reds flags to improve your chance at an interview and getting hired. Hillary Chura of CBS reports that it takes less than a minute for a recruiter to plow through six resumes.

1. Don’t apply for a job you aren’t qualified for

There are entry-level jobs that expect to train new hires, but if you’re a photography student, don’t apply for a job as a tax specialist. It wastes everybody’s time–not only yours but also your potential employers. Instead, invest more time in writing a super cover letter for a position for which you’re qualified.

2. Don’t make your mission statement about you

Lofty mission statements about how a job will serve your life goals are not particularly interesting to employers. They want to know how you will serve their needs. Write an “objectives statement that shows you understand the position you’re applying for by highlighting the skills your employer is seeking.” Read the rest of this entry »

10 Famous Interns

oprah winfreyIt’s summer, or better known as internship season to college students. Whether paid or not, internships have proven to help land jobs in any field and provide college graduates with experience they can use for the rest of their careers.

I landed my first internship at a local newspaper, and although I’m not writing for the New York Times, I can’t help but think that my summer internship was just as valuable as my college degree. To further prove my point, here’s a list of the country’s most famous former interns:

Oprah Winfrey: The famous daytime talk-show host got her start at a Nashville CBS affiliate and then got hired on as anchor in 1973.

Brooke Shields: Maybe best known for her eyebrows and as the Calvin Klein jeans girl, Shields landed an internship at the San Diego Zoo. After taking a break from her childhood acting career, she opted for a college education at Princeton University and worked for a zoo along the way.

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Is It Time to Change Your Major?

justice scaleSometimes it can be quite tempting to change your major. Like when you’re pulling an all-nighter for the second night in a row, studying for finals. Or when it takes all of the strength you have to not fall asleep during a required class that only meets at 8:00 a.m., three times a week.

Yes, these situations are not a lot of fun, but they are not reason to change your major.

Changing your major is a big decision. It can keep you from graduating on time and it can end up costing a lot of money since you might not be able to transfer your credit hours from one major to another. There can be a lot of obstacles to changing your major, and it’s not a decision to make lightly. However, it can be a really good decision if you put enough thought into it.

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Two Stable and Growing Careers

classroomIt’s a scary time for college graduates. Although the economy has improved recently, we are still in a recession and jobs are hard to come by.

In looking at industries, retail lost 45,000 jobs, finance lost 42,000 jobs, and manufacturing lost 207,000 jobs, signalling the largest one-month decline in over 25 years.  Many college seniors are therefore considering graduate school, simply because there are not enough jobs.

Is there any hope?

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Community College Education Being Penalized

money ladderMany students start their higher education experience at community colleges. It’s more affordable for those two years you wade through general education courses and try to determine a career path. But a study released this week suggests that students who started at a community college before transferring to complete a Bachelor’s degree at a four-year university are being penalized. The study says that these students are earning less than their counterparts who earned their entire degree at a four-year university, and that this trend remains true for those who go on to earn higher level degrees.

“It is important for individuals to know both the benefits and the disadvantages of attending a community college when making decisions about education,” says Natalia Kolesnikova, a Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis economist who calculated the data from a 2003 National Survey of College Graduates, completed by the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Science Foundation.

Paychecks Motivating College Students, Not Happiness

Add foresight to the list of Generation Y’s credentials. A recent survey by Experience Inc. indicates that students are planning now for paying off their student loans- 47% said they chose a career path based on their student loan impact.

College graduates are taking preemptive measures to deal with the financial ramifications of student loan debt,” said Jenny Floren, founder and CEO of Experience.

About two-thirds of students currently attending college are likely to accept employment with a company offering loan repayment or assistance. And sadly, nearly half of students surveyed said they’d accept a job with a higher paycheck, even if it meant not being happy with the job, as a means to pay student loans.

It’s definitely a signal to HR directors everywhere- the next time you revisit employee benefits, a student loan program is going to be imperative to attract the next generation of employees.


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