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8 Great Reasons to Consider a Gap Year

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The gap year—taking a year off between high school and college—has recently come back into vogue. The idea of a taking a sabbatical of self-exploration first became popular in the 1970s, but this new generation of...

How to Survive a Homework Marathon


I can’t even begin to list all the things about college that are better than high school. The freedoms are worth celebrating, and the course material is much more engaging and interesting. That being said,...

Is College Preparing You for Real Life?


Many of today’s students report that their undergraduate experience had not prepared them adequately for life after college. Rightly expecting to use their degrees to find jobs in their chosen career path, they are too...

Jobs You Never Knew You Wanted


How would you like to get paid for collecting artifacts, eating chocolate all day, or translating communications? Hard as it may be for many of us to believe, jobs such as these really do exist!...

Living-Learning Communities Grounded in Faith


A distinguishing hallmark of Catholic colleges across the nation is that students do not have to choose between changing the world and advancing their career goals. They can do both. With opportunities offered through global...

Relevant and Raw: Global Education Helps Reinvent Higher Ed


Is higher education in danger of becoming irrelevant? It has been suggested that colleges and universities are not adapting to the needs and pace of the world. The IBM Institute for Business Value calls upon...

Things I Forgot to Bring to College


I thought I lived a simple life. I thought I’d grown to be perfectly minimalistic, impervious to the petty evils of material things. I thought I was all set to move to school with little...

What is a Living Learning Community?


Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are residential programs that allow you to connect with diverse groups of students who share a common focus. Students live together and participate in shared courses, special events and service projects...

Why It’s Okay to Be Undecided About Your Major


Starting college, and essentially a brand new life, can be a challenge for just about any student. Not too long ago, you were asking to go to the bathroom or even sharpen your pencil, and...