Archive for June, 2017

Maintaining the Balance: A Self-Help Guide for Students

June 23rd, 2017



When you graduate from high school, you think that you have the world in your hands, and that college is going to be a breeze. Then, you get to college, and you discover that there is a lot more to it than you ever even imagined. You don’t have teachers on your back to get things done. You are responsible for your own successes and failures.

In addition to your actual education, there are so many other things going on in your life once you are in college. Obviously, you want to have a great social life. You also need to look after your health. Then, there are going to be career choices to make. All of this can weigh heavy on your mind after a while, and you could get pretty stressed out. You need to find ways to maintain a balance of everything that is going on in your life. Here are some tips that will help.


Coping with Stress

“One of the first things you will need to learn as a college student is how to cope with stress. There are many things that students do that are totally ineffective, such as substance abuse, which can lead to aggressive behaviour, developing eating disorders,” says Dr. Mila Cohen. Instead of focusing on the ineffective, try these effective coping strategies:

  • Your Feelings – Take time to explore and understand your feelings.
  • Your Thoughts – Next, take time to identify your thoughts, and to take control of them.
  • Support – Don’t be ashamed to ask for support if you need it. Talk about your thoughts and feelings with someone you trust, such as a close friend, a professor, a peer counselor, etc.

Trust Your Feelings

The stress we experience as students can often be overwhelming, but you can deal with it when you learn how to listen to and trust your own feelings. First, you need to understand the types of negative feelings you are having, which for students tend to fall into three main categories:

  • Anxiety – You can probably relate to this around exam times. Anxiety causes people to feel nervous, vulnerable, fearful, not in control, etc.
  • Depression – If you find yourself feeling hopeless, sad, not worthy, or feel like a failure, you may be experiencing symptoms of depression.
  • Anger – When you don’t think that things are going your way, which can often be the case in college, you may experience feelings of anger.

Once you are aware of your feelings, you can take some time to work on them and deal with any issues you may be having.


Thinking Rationally

While it may sometimes seem impossible to think rationally (such as when you are cramming for finals), there are things that you can do to improve the way you see things, and that emotional balance in your life.

  • Focus on the Now – Don’t focus on the past, or what might happen in the future. Keep your focus on what you are doing right now.
  • Stick to the Facts – Just because you did poorly on one test doesn’t mean that you are going to do poorly on all of your tests. Don’t make more out of it than what it is.
  • Be Realistic – Don’t jump to conclusions about things, and be realistic in how you perceive situations. For instance, if a professor has grilled you in class, don’t automatically think that they are out to get you. Think about why they grilled you, and how you can do better the next time.
  • Be Optimistic – Don’t be the naysayer in your group, and don’t always try to predict failure. You need to be optimistic about your college career, and about everything else that is going on in your life.

Gordon Schorr is an online educator and creative writer. 

10 College Interview Questions You Must Prepare For

June 21st, 2017

By Linda Anderson

College admission can be a nerve wracking process. From application to acceptance, the entire process will seem excruciatingly long and painful, but it is the interview which will determine if you will get the coveted thick envelope or a rejection. It is not just your academics but also extracurricular activities, service to the society and how well you do in the interview which will determine your future. Here are ten questions you need to prepare, besides doing a thorough study on your field of education.


  1. Tell us about yourself?

Majority of students find this the most difficult question but this will help you make your first impression. Remember that they already have your resume and do not require you to recite it for them. So, make sure this is interesting, informative and gripping.


  1. Why do you want this college?

Flattery won’t help you in your interview hence, you have to be objective about your answer. Explain why you chose the particular programme how you plan to apply your education in building a career. If you are unsure of making the right choice, Forward Pathway can be the most useful option in guiding you towards the best college for you.


  1. What can you give this college?

Colleges want students who will contribute positively, to their college. You cannot simply enlist your positive qualities. You have to convince them by telling them how you plan to uphold the college’s heritage, if you are selected, and how you plan to enrich it further with your insight and work.


  1. Why should we pick you?

This is where a large number of students mess up by being either too cocky or displaying a lack of confidence. You have to convince them how the selected programme is perfect for you and how you stand out from the crowd.


  1. What are your strengths?

Discuss in detail, your strength and also how it will help you in pursuing your degree or excelling in your field. Remember that your interviewers are experienced in their field and will read through your lies, so do not show off with cocky answers.


  1. What are your weaknesses?

Never say that you do not have any weakness. Be honest about your weaknesses and explain how you plan to work on those so that you can do better. Prepare well for this question to ensure that you do not mention a weakness which might ruin your chances completely.


  1. Who do you idolise most?

There is no right answer to this. It can be anyone, ranging from your parents to a 9/11 hero to an old neighbour who feeds all stray animals. But, it is important to remember that this says a lot about you so pick carefully.


  1. Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Colleges want a student who is focused and has a solid plan on how to use his or her degree and education. You don’t need to have everything figured out, but it is important to have some plans for your future. They need to know that you will not waste your college years drinking and partying only.


  1. What would you change about high school?

Irrespective of whether you had a good experience in high school or not, you cannot be disrespectful of an educational institution. Answer this question wisely so that it establishes you as an insightful and constructive person.


  1. What do you do when you are not studying?

Colleges want individuals who are into all round development and not people who only bury their nose into their book all the time. It is important to have hobbies and achievements beyond academics as well.

By line for Linda Anderson

I’m a writer and musician residing in Boise, ID in the United States, although I spent a small amount of time (about three years) living in the UK growing up, due to my father’s occupation. I graduated from the College of Idaho with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and a focus in marketing in 2014.





Introductory Jobs: How to Get Started Straight After/During college

June 21st, 2017



Recent grads will be comforted to know that it looks like the U.S. job market in 2017 is ripe for the picking when it comes to introductory positions. According to a recent survey done by, the hiring rate for entry-level jobs has reached a new record, showing an increase of 8,5% compared to last year’s numbers.

While this is certainly good news to hear, as a newbie in the labor market, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the many different directions you could go with. Of course, the best-case scenario is to get a position in your field of study. To that end, and to help guide you in your job search, below is a list of the best entry-level jobs available in different industries that have the highest hiring rates for 2017.

Web Applications Developer – There’s no doubt that IT is one of the fastest growing industries nowadays and, as such, it offers plenty of career opportunities within its field. According to a study done by WalletHub, applying for an App Developer position is one of the best entry-level options for 2017 graduates. Not only that, but the position has one of the fastest projected job growth by 2024, so you won’t be out of work as an app developer any time soon.

Medical Scribe – If you’re looking for experience in the medical field, especially if you’re planning to become a physician, your best option is to start looking into medical scribe jobs. The labor market for this position emerged thanks to the adoption of electronic health records a few years ago and medical doctors, being the busy people that they are, really don’t have the time to input a patient’s data into a computer. That’s where the medical scribe comes in.

Since the healthcare industry is expected to grow by 38% this year, you can be sure there’ll be no shortage of opportunities for premed students and recent graduates. The job won’t give you the highest income. However, you’ll have a chance to learn a lot while shadowing doctors as they go about their rounds.

Customer Service Representative – If you’re a good listener, have great communication skills, and like helping people, a customer service position could be the right fit for you. The good news is that basically, every industry can have a customer service opportunity, so even if this is not the kind of position you ultimately want to be in, you will be able to get an introduction to your field of preference. It is a particularly good option for those of you who are still in college since the position usually doesn’t require a college degree.

Software Engineer – Not only is a career as a Software Engineer part of WalletHub’s top ten list of entry-level jobs in 2017, but it also has immediate job opportunities available, and the potential to earn you a lot of money. The best part is that the industry is expected to continue growing at an amazing rate, meaning that job security is guaranteed if you have a passion for it.


These are just a few of the options available for college students and recent graduates in 2017. Hopefully, you’ve found something that helped you, if not, keep looking. The internet is full of amazing resources that will assist you in getting hired, from how to craft the best possible resume, to how to prepare for your first job interview. The most important thing is to do your research and put yourself out there.


Melissa Burns graduated from the faculty of Journalism of Iowa State University. Nowadays she is an entrepreneur and independent journalist. Follow her @melissaaburns or contact at

How to Stop Hurting Your Health While Studying

June 20th, 2017


We have already touched upon the importance of self-care for students, but it is one of the topics that can’t be stressed enough. After all, it is during their student years that most people acquire habits and form action patterns that remain with them for the rest of their lives – which means that by making a conscious effort to study in a healthy way now you can lay the foundation for your health and well-being for many years ahead. So let’s discuss some aspects of your studying regimen and see how it can be improved.

1.    Studying Outside

Although going outside (like to a park) to study may be a good idea because it makes you walk around, get some sunlight and generally provides better lighting than any artificial source, it is largely a matter of preference. Some people find outside world to be too distracting and annoying when they try to concentrate on their studies, and going against the grain in such a way will only cause unnecessary stress.

2.    Exercises

Most of the studying is done in a sitting position, and it should hardly come as a surprise that sitting all day in and day out isn’t very healthy. Even if you maintain a strenuous exercise regimen and go to a gym several times a week, it doesn’t offset the fact that you spend most of your time without moving. You should make sure you do at least a little bit of movement every now and then throughout your workday – you may take a walk around a block, do a few squats or at least some stretches – it won’t take a lot of time but will go a long way towards maintaining your general condition.

3.    Maintaining Proper Sitting Position

As we’ve already said, most studying is done while sitting down; there is no escape from it (unless you are willing to buy a rather costly standing desk, which usually isn’t a possibility for most students). So, if you are going to sit down anyway, you may just as well do it right. The Internet is rife with recommendations on how to arrange your work desk, how to sit correctly to avoid strain, complete with pictures and diagrams. Take into account your own possibilities and position, and find what works for you. Just make sure you don’t sit prone and have a comfortable chair.

4.    Reading Lying Down

People read lying down when they try to find a more relaxing and restful position than when they sit straight at their desk – however, in the long run they don’t achieve this goal. Whichever position you choose (on your back, on your stomach, half-sitting in bed), all of them force you to strain either your eyes or your hands and arms, which doesn’t make for good studying.

5.    Carrying Your Backpack Correctly

Your backpack isn’t what you normally think about as something that can hurt you, but it can – especially if you are constantly lugging around a ton of books and other studying materials and carry it in a wrong way. Of course, the best way to avoid harm from carrying a heavy backpack is not doing it at all but, unfortunately, for a student, it isn’t always possible. So make sure you follow some rules: keep heavier objects at the bottom to avoid neck strain, don’t let the backpack swing around and keep it close to your body, and distribute the weight evenly to avoid postural stress.

Studying is hard enough without making it harder on yourself by making it actually painful – so make sure you support your health and well-being as much as possible while engaged in it!


David Gutierrez has worked in the field of web design since 2005. Right now he started learning Java in order to get second occupation. His professional interests defined major topics of his articles. David writes about new web design software, recently discovered professional tricks and also monitors the latest updates of the web development.

5 College Majors To Apply Your Passion For Arts  

June 19th, 2017



It can be extremely difficult to decide what you want to major in, you have to refine all your passions and hopes for the future into one subject making the thought of finalising your decision an impossible feat. This is especially so if you are passionate about the arts and don’t know how to fuse it into your major. However, there are many college majors in which you do not have to compromise your passion, applying it to whatever you choose to do.


There are many design majors to take your pick from including Product Design and Architectural Design. If you really enjoy maths and science, but want to add your love for design in there, why not look at an engineering major? This way you can inject your passion by combining it with other subject skill sets.


Art Practice and Art History are both popular majors, and a great way to apply your passion for art. This can lead to many different careers. You don’t have to be an artist to major in art, you can use your passion to do many other things including working in PR & Marketing for an art gallery for example. Therefore to flip it around, if you wanted to major in Business Management etc., you could use your passion for art as inspiration in your projects, using galleries and artists as examples or case studies in your work.


If you fancy yourself to be a novelist or have a passion for writing poetry then a major in Creative Writing or English Literature may be perfect for you. You can draw inspiration from Shakespeare and other outstanding authors or poets, allowing your natural passion for the subject to flow into every corner of your work.

Performing Arts

Performing arts can be applied to many majors, if you have a true passion for the theatre, then a Classics course, where you delve deep into literature, philosophy and art of ancient Rome and Greece, could be a catalyst for your passion to flourish. Equally you could choose a Creative Writing major, expressing your words on paper and sharing with fellow students.


If you are interested in fashion, there are a number of ways you can apply it to a major. If you take up an arts major, you can use it to influence fashion design, and incorporate that into your final projects. It brings not only a unique perspective to your major, but continues the flow of creativity and gives you a range of new skills you never had before. Alternatively, you could look at journalism courses, or English writing to learn more about, and develop skills for, fashion editorial. With fashion blogs taking over the internet, you can apply your passion to learn how to write at a standard that will have people racing home, to see your latest post.

Do not look forward into the future too much and try to pre-plan every move you may make, just make sure that the major you take is something you enjoy doing. Student life has many pressures from all angles on what you should do, and what you should be in the future, however picking a major does not just create one door for you to go through. By applying what you love to your major, you are opening up a world of opportunities. Being happy and passionate in your studies will actually make you more successful in the long run in whatever you choose to be when the time comes.

Bio: Amira Smith is a photographer and recent college graduate, who still cherishes her life in the college. She writes short novels and devotes her time to helping animal shelter in her hometown.

How to Use Foreign Language Studies to Get Jobs

June 16th, 2017



Learning a new language isn’t just something that is going to help make you a well-rounded person. It can also help you to land the job of your dreams. If you are taking foreign language studies, the first thing you should do, if you can, is to try to combine your language degree with a core subject. If you can tie the language degree in with a specific field, you will have a better chance of landing that dream job than you would if you just had a language degree.

Your Career Goals

It is important to establish your career goals before you take on a language studies program. Just having other languages under your belt isn’t necessarily going to help you find a great career. You need to have a plan in place. Consider how you are going to use your foreign language studies to become highly employable. Don’t leave this until you are ready to graduate. The sooner you have a plan in place, the sooner you can start searching for employment. Remember, you don’t have to be a graduate to begin your search. Start searching how, and have that dream job all lined up for when you graduate.


A lot of people think that they have to be native-fluent in a language in order to qualify for certain positions. Many companies are more than willing to hire people who have functional fluency. If you possess the skills needed for the job, along with the ability to understand and speak the language, chances are you will be considered a good candidate over others who only have the business skills and not the language skills.

Market Your Skills

Not every potential employer is going to see the need for the particular foreign language skills that you possess. Rather than let this defeat you, find ways to show employers how this education has benefited you in other ways, and how it can help you to be the best candidate for the position. For example, show them how learning another language has enhanced your English skills. Show them how your training has given you better listening skills, and how you have learned to really pay attention to details. Use anything you can think of to show that there are many benefits to having an employee who has a foreign language studies degree.

Work in Education or Translation

Maybe you would like to work for yourself and avoid working with a large corporation. Your skills can work for you here. Look for language-based careers that you can do as an entrepreneur, such as website translation services, private tutoring, writing and translation, and more. The great thing about these jobs is that you can work from anywhere, as long as you have an Internet connection. Think of this as an opportunity to work and travel at the same time, and you can really hone up your foreign language skills.

Seek Out International Companies

Look for companies that are internationally-oriented. They often have positions all over the world, and require their employees to speak a variety of languages. These companies are looking for candidates who have foreign language studies degrees, and you could find yourself working just about anywhere in the world. It is a good idea to combine your foreign language skills with business courses.

Think Outside of the Box

Instead of learning one of the more common languages, such as French or Chinese, consider learning another language that is going to help land you that job. For instance, German and Japanese are both language skills that are wanted by employers across most, if not all sectors, particularly sales, marketing, and operations.

Lorraine McKinney is an academic tutor and elearning specialist. 

10 Ways Students can be Productive during Summer Break

June 15th, 2017


Summer is finally here, but that doesn’t mean that you can forget about everything and do nothing for the next two to three months. This is a great time to get out there and do things you might not have had time to do during the school year, and you get to feel like you are being productive. Let’s take a look at 10 ways that you can be productive during summer break this year.

  1. Become a Mentor – If there is a subject you excel in, use your skills to help others. Not only are you going to be helping someone else, you can earn extra money, and sharpen your own skills while you are at it.
  2. Take a Non Academic Class – This is a great time to do something fun. Take a class that isn’t academic. There are loads of fun classes, such as art, photography, flower arranging, or just about anything else you are interested in.
  3. Listen to Podcasts – This is a great way to learn new things, and you can do other things at the same time. For instance, if you are riding the bus, you can listen to a podcast until you reach your destination. Find podcasts with topics that interest you, such as “Stuff You should Know” and “How to do Everything”.
  4. Take a College Tour – This is a good time to tour the college you will be attending, and the area around it so you know where everything is. Take a few days to become familiar with the area so you don’t feel so out of place in the fall. This is also a good chance to meet some of your professors and find out what they expect from you.
  5. Work on Your Health – Just because it is summer, it doesn’t mean you can laze around and slack off on the healthy eating habits. “It is important to work on your health year-round. Make sure that you are eating healthy, and that you are getting plenty of exercise. It’s summer. Get out there and enjoy it by swimming, biking,” suggests cardiologist Michael Ghalchi MD.
  6. Coach a Sports Team – Are you into sports? If so, offer your skills to help coach a local sports team. There are always sporting events going on throughout the summer. You can stay active, be a volunteer, and have something great to put on a resume.
  7. Teach Yourself a Useful Skill – Summer time is a great time to learn something new. You have a couple of months off, so take advantage of it and teach yourself a new skill. Learn HTML, Java, or Python for free online at a website such as Code Academy.
  8. Visit Museums and Art Galleries – Being a student, chances are that you can get some pretty great discounts and even free admissions for things like museums and art shows. This is a great way to become more cultured.
  9. Do Some Volunteer Work – There are so many benefits to becoming a volunteer. For starters, you get to feel like you are actually doing something useful, and you are helping others. Also, volunteer work always looks great on a resume. If you aren’t sure what type of volunteer work is best for you, visit a site such as VolunteerMatch to find the best volunteer opportunity for you.
  10. Go to Summer School – At one time, summer school was thought of almost as a punishment. But, you can also look at it as an opportunity to learn something new, and be better prepared for the fall semester. Take an interesting class, or use this opportunity to raise your GPA.



Jane Hurst has been working in education for over 5 years as a teacher. She loves sharing her knowledge with students, is fascinated about edtech and loves reading, a lot. Follow Jane on Twitter.


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6 Important Social Networking Sites for College Students

June 14th, 2017


Humans are highly social beings. Most of us like to interact with our friends, family and those in our community. We also like to share our personal experiences, whenever we can, with others. It is part of our make-up.

This sociability causes us to meet and engage new people, develop our relationships — both new and existing ones — and engage others in interpersonal exchanges.

In a quest to express the strong social character and the desire for social belonging, man has over the years developed and adopted various social networking tools, in response to rapid changes in technology.

This desire is reflected in the number of social network users. According to research, it is estimated that there will be around 2.67 billion social network users around the globe in 2018, up from 2.34 billion in 2016.

These social networks have their strengths and weaknesses. One major drawback to them is rising privacy invasion and identity theft but with ransomware removal plan for students, that problem can be easily avoided.

Let’s talk about the positives now. College students the world over have several reasons why they use one social networking site or the other. For some, it is to connect with friends. For others, it’s to gain more knowledge; while for some others, it is for referrals, to take notes, reduce expenses amidst other reasons.

Going forward, we’ll be looking at the different available social networking sites that make it possible to do all these and how they can help you enhance your stay in college.

  1. Google Plus

As the name implies, Google+ is a social network from Google. Some of its features, while similar to other popular social networks, operate in diverse ways.

From “Circles” which helps you, as a student, to organize your friends into categories — “friends,” “family,” “roommates,” etc. — and makes sharing information with them easier, to “Sparks” which helps you find interesting content based on your interests, Google Plus is an essential social network for any student.

With a feature like “Hangouts” that lets you video chat with all your friends, you can communicate effortlessly with your classmates, course mates and even with your family.

  1. Chegg (formerly Cramster)

Need help with that assignment? Stuck on that project with no idea what to do next? This is the site that’ll make life easier for you.

With Chegg, you have the opportunity to throw questions at either a study expert or the study community. On this platform, you can also get together with other students who are studying the same subjects and share ideas about school work.

  1. Facebook

With over a billion users, this social networking site is one of the most popular around. But, apart from connecting you to the world, what else can you, as a college student, benefit from using Facebook?

You can use your account to make connections with your classmates. By adding your classmates as Facebook friends, you can get to know them more intimately. This aids your interactions with your classmates and helps you to create deeper connections.

You can also create a class group on Facebook and add your fellow classmates, since you’re already connected. On the group, you can brainstorm, bounce ideas off each other and share important information amongst yourselves.

  1. CampusBooks

As a college student, money management ranks high on the importance list. It’s the reasons why some college students take on part-time jobs with brands like IsaTonic, Phoenix Plumber or OB Gynecologist NYC – to make some extra cash or reduce frivolous spending to save money. No one likes to be stranded.

While Skype helps you to save money by making available free communication via the internet, another way to save money is by using CampusBooks.

On this platform, you can get cheap textbooks at reduced prices. Not interested in buying? You can rent textbooks and return them when you’re done. Amazing, right?

You can also compare different prices of textbooks and save money in the process by going for the lowest available prices.

  1. Stunited

As a college student looking to explore a huge database of resources and network with fellow students, you will find this one useful.

With Stunited, you can connect with other students, share ideas with a global educational network, and discover amazing opportunities. Combined together, these features will most likely facilitate an improved academic life. For instance, a friend of mine from the UK recently lost his birth certificate while studying in the U.S. Thanks to the help of a buddy he connected with via Stunited, he was able to get another one without having to travel back to the UK.

  1. StumbleUpon

This is a social networking platform that helps you, amidst the multitude of choices on the internet, to find or discover useful content based on your interests.

For those days when the internet seems so big, and you can’t seem to find the answers to that assignment, StumbleUpon will most definitely come to your rescue.

Whether you’re a freshman or you’re in your final year, endeavor to make the most of this list. If you haven’t been using the above-listed social networking sites the way you should, now is the best time to start.



Susan Parker is a writer and tech geek. She volunteers for local environmental conservation programs and writes stories online about things that inspire her.

Transferring Your Financial Aid To Another College? Key Things To Know

June 13th, 2017




Planning on transferring schools? Whatever the reason for switching, there are a number of considerations you must attend to before you make the jump. Some people transfer academic programs thinking everything will get a lot easier. The idea of a better scenario can over shadow the ‘annoying’ aspects of transferring schools.

All students need to think about their student loans. Unlike credits, which can be carried across to a new educational institution, student loans cannot be transferred as easily, sometimes not at all. Due to this, students considering transferring must ensure their education can be funded at their new school. Furthermore, the transferring students need to take care of what they have already borrowed.

Can I transfer aid?

Student financial aid does not transfer directly between colleges. If you transfer, a new college will recalculate your eligibility from scratch based on the information on your FAFSA and the financial aid application.  You can find certain types of government aid that are portable, while campus-based aid is not. Furthermore, money awarded by the college itself will not transfer, understandably.

It’s recommended that you keep your current college informed throughout this process, make sure they know your intent to change. In the worst-case scenario, you could end up owing money to your college due to return policy.

Resubmit Your FAFSA

Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid will have to be resubmitted to your new school. Transfer in the same year and you don’t have to redo the application, each year has its own FAFSA. You can resubmit the form you have already completed to your new school.

If you do resubmit the same application, your financial aid will likely be the very similar. You should also have no surprises when it comes to expected family contribution.

Expected family contribution is the minimum your school expects you to pay for one year of a child’s college. It will be expressed as a dollar figure and is calculated based on factors like family income, assets, number of people in a household and home equity.

 Will I get the same amount?

The college you have chosen may award you the same financial aid as your current college, that does not mean the amounts will be the same.  Your new award could potentially be less than your previous. There are several reasons this could occur.

Your new school may award you less institutional aid. This will depend on the financial situations of yourself and the school. If you’re moving to a smaller institution, chances are they simply have less money to give out. Also, campus-based aid is typically a first in, first served basis, meaning you will probably miss out. So, the time at which you transfer, the aid is no longer available.

You may also qualify for less financial aid if you transfer mid-year, compared to returning or first time students. Usually, monetary aid is received on a proportional basis until 60% of the way through the semester. At this point the aid is considered to be fully earned. Unearned aid is returned to the federal government by the college.

Finally, the general cost of your school will come into play. Transfer to a less expensive school and you will likely get less aid. How much will depend on difference of price between schools.

Existing loans

Remember your existing loans and student debt. Even though you can’t take them with you, they don’t just vanish.  After leaving one school, your loans will enter a grace period. You may have to make payments on these loans within six months of this grace period starting.  If you are to re-enrol, you can delay these payments by filing an in-school deferment. Deferring these payments will allow you to pay the loans off after you graduate from your new school.

Remember that different loans have different grace periods and different payment schedules. Be aware of this and your repayment schedule. Some loans are also accruing and some are not. Do the research and get familiar with your situation.

Every student situation will differ, don’t expect to have the same situation as your friends. There is relevant student support that can guide you through the process of transferring. Make sure you slowly go through each step at a time to get the best outcome for you!


Alana Downer is a financial blogger, currently supporting Learn To Trade. She is very interested in small and unique strategies for achieving financial independence and often shares her tips with her readers.

Why Students Need to Learn Web App Development

June 12th, 2017


It might look that the topic is too narrow for the readers of this blog, but it concerns all of us. Shortly, such skill as programming will be equal to the reading skill and also considered as ‘basic,’ ‘required’ in our CVs. The importance of coding and other IT-related disciplines for modern graduates can hardly be overestimated, and saying that you should learn them these days means stating the obvious. Of course, you should – we live in the information age, and with every passing year programming permeates, even more, areas of our life. Now, knowing at least one programming language opens up a host of new career possibilities and broadens the already existing ones. However, another question arises: what exactly should a modern student study not to waste time? I believe that your primary choice would be web app development – and here is why.

1.    It Has a Universal Application

Learning a particular programming language is a very localized endeavor – you get a very narrow set of skills. Knowing it, of course, will make it easier to study other coding disciplines in the future, but unless you are going to be a full-time programmer, studying more than one during your college years is not a very viable proposition. If you want to dabble in IT as a side venture, you want something more general and universal, and web app fits the bill perfectly. In native apps, code should be written specifically for every platform the application is designed for. Web development doesn’t have this problem – which means that it has much wider application.

2.    It is Useful if You Decide to Start Your Business

No modern business can exist with considerable online presence – and knowing at least the basics of web app development will considerably ease the burden of creating it if ever you decide to try your hand at entrepreneurship. Not only you can save money by designing your own web app, but it is also possible to communicate on a much higher level with professional development teams when you know what you are talking about, what you need, how much it should realistically cost and so on.

3.    It Pays Well

Whether you plan a career as an independent contractor or as a part of a larger development firm, web developers are in extremely high demand these days, and the situation isn’t going to change anytime soon. Experienced developers can charge $100 and more per hour without anybody raising an eyebrow – and the beauty of this job is that there is no particular limit. The longer you work in the industry and the more impressive your portfolio, the more you can charge, and if you work hard, you can grow indefinitely. Which means that it pays to start early – preferably even before you’ve graduated.

4.    Remote Work

As many millennials will testify, telecommuting is the way of the future, and there is hardly any other job that is better suited for this arrangement than web development. It doesn’t matter whether you freelance or work for a company – a) there is no need to be present in the office and b) it is easier to prove that you don’t have to be present in the office to your superiors or clients, as the industry, in general, tends to be more lenient in this respect.

5.    You Can Easily Take Up Side Projects

The previous point adds to this one. As web development doesn’t need you to be present at your workplace, it means that you can work on as many parallel projects as you want simultaneously. Which is very useful when you have enough time or want to earn a little bit extra while studying at college.

To sum up

Web development is certainly a useful skill to pick up, especially at the beginning of your career. Right after graduation, you are going to need every additional skill to put on your resume to find employment, and this one certainly looks well on it.


David Gutierrez has worked in the field of web design since 2005. Right now he started learning Java in order to get second occupation. His professional interests defined major topics of his articles. David writes about new web design software, recently discovered professional tricks and also monitors the latest updates of the web development.