You’re graduating college: Time to find your first job

Entry level jobs for college graduates may be at a premium. We’re seeing a slow economic recovery from the 2009 recession, but there is still a lot of competition for the best jobs. Without years of experience, this year’s flock of college graduates will have to be focused and agile in their job search strategy. Here are few ideas on how you can be successful in finding your first job after graduation.

It's vital to take it slow during the application process of finding your first job out of college.

It’s vital to take it slow during the application process of finding your first job out of college.

Rules to get hired

Take the skills that you honed writing research papers and use them to find and apply for your first job. A good place to start is at Questia. Read more

How to handle stress — Tips for college students

Handling stress is a common theme among college students. (Credit: Uniwink.com)

Handling stress is a common theme among college students. (Credit: Uniwink.com)

College is supposed to be some of the best four (or five, or six—just joking!) years of your life, right? Then how come sometimes you are just so stressed out? If you feel like your mental and emotional health is taking a beating, you are not alone. A lot of your peers could use some help balancing their newfound freedom and responsibility, while keeping the occasional smile on their faces. Read on for tips for college students on how to handle stress.

The facts about college students and stress

In case you thought maybe it was just you, have no fear—you aren’t the only one. Across the country, more and more college students say they are suffering from mental and emotional health issues. Read more

Stress affects college students differently

No matter how stress affects you, there are many ways to relax.

No matter how stress affects you, there are many ways to relax.

Stress among college students is growing, and different students cope with stress in campus life in many different ways. For proper student health, students and their counselors should learn to identify the cause of stress and devise appropriate stress relief techniques. (Hiding in dorm rooms to avoid stressful issues is not one of the recommended solutions.)

In “Healthy mind, healthy body: Student health centers are expanding their services to include mental health care” for Diverse Issues in Higher Education, October 24, 2013, Vikki Conwell reported the findings of the spring 2012 American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment: Read more

Colleges use data mining to achieve student advantage

Algorithms support the data mining process. (Credit: Jupiterimages/Getty Images)

Algorithms support the data mining process. (Credit: Jupiterimages/Getty Images)

Spurred on by the problems of high student debt, colleges and universities in the past few years have resorted to data mining to improve academics and college GPA and to increase their graduation rates. Student advantage spikes after schools guide college students toward a degree program that will better help them graduate.

We all know we’re leaving a data trail, on our Facebook page, in our Google dealings, at Starbucks and through our credit card transactions. Now colleges and universities are using “big data” to decide what degree you should get. In an effort to derail failing students and put them on a path more conducive to passing and flourishing, colleges are employing data gathering systems to record freshmen’s Likes, clicks, scores and answers. Read more

Enter The Finals Countdown Blogging Contest for a chance to win $250!

The countdown to finals has begun! In order to help us count down the days until college finals we’re looking for college students to offer their best advice on homework help, research paper advice, tips and best practices for finals preparation. Enter our blogging contest and show us–and your fellow students–what your writing skills are made of for a chance at a published article and by-line on the Questia blog Citations, PLUS a $250 Visa gift card!

How to enter the blogging contest

  1. Submit your article via the submission form below anytime before April 25, 2014. One submission per person.
  2. Our editorial team will select 3 finalists to have their blog posts published live on the Questia blog – permanently.
  3. Next, it’s up to the public to vote on their favorite of the 3 finalists. Vote on your favorite blog post by commenting, “Vote!” as often as once per day before May 9, 2014.
  4. The writer of the post with the most votes will win a $250 Visa gift card!** We’ll announce the winner of the blogging contest on the Questia Facebook page on or after May 12, 2014.

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How to prepare for college finals—do’s and don’ts

Choose to be the hero in your final exams this semester.

Choose to be the hero in your final exams this semester.

Finals are fast approaching, and if you want to be the hero in your final college experience you had better start prepping now. If you are frozen in fear of your impending exams—either because this is your first go around or because your last batch of finals went, well … let’s just say your efforts could use some improvement—never fear. We’ve assembled a comprehensive list of do’s and don’ts for how to prepare for college finals that will keep you from being the zero once your favorite pen takes the ready when the testing hour strikes. Take a look at these tips on how to study and succeed. Read more

The importance of college GPA in finding a job

Be proud to display your high GPA on your resume when job searching.

Be proud to display your high GPA on your resume when job searching.

Academics is one important part of student success in college and student advantage when looking for a job after graduation. When you graduate, your college transcript plays an important role in getting the job of your choice and your desired salary. But many say GPA is not the only consideration, citing job experience and internships as also important. 

GPA matters more than you think

A common misconception is that once you pass the grueling admissions process and finally get into a prominent or prestigious college or university, you can have your pick of jobs after you graduate, no matter what your grades are. Don’t count on it. Many employers want to see your GPA on your résumé, and they use GPA to screen out low achievers. Read more

How to self-edit your college term paper

With the right tools and preparation, self-editing can be a simple task.

With the right tools and preparation, self-editing can be a simple task.

Being your own editor is often difficult. You know what your paper is supposed to say, and you tend to skim over your own writing without a critical eye. You need to make a clear thesis, include pertinent supporting information, write clearly and cut extraneous material. For a student advantage in writing term papers, here are some tips for college students for editing your paper into a professional scholarly article.

The basics of editing

As explained in “How to Self Edit (to Improve Writing),” by Dianne Bates in Practically Primary, October 2011, found on Questia.com, there are four major components of editing: adding words, deleting words, changing words and moving words. Read more

Complementary and alternative medicine: Higher use among college students

Yoga is one form of complementary and alternative medicine therapy. (Credit: dapino-colada)

Yoga is one form of complementary and alternative medicine therapy. (Credit: dapino-colada)

College students use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) more than the general public, studies show. The most common therapies are acupuncture, homeopathy, vitamins and supplements, massage therapy, Reiki, and yoga. Good research paper topics for medical students in various disciplines might be to discuss the different forms of CAM, their efficacy, their acceptance in the young adult community, acceptance or reluctance by other groups (well educated, elderly, religious), or the expected growth of complementary medicine therapies in the future. A majority of young people believe that good student health includes some form of complementary and alternative therapy. Read more

How to develop research paper topics for public relations and marketing concepts

Credit: Fletcher Prince

Credit: Fletcher Prince

If your major is marketing concepts or public relations then you’ll have plenty of possible research paper topics to choose from. Especially now that so much marketing happens online. Add to that the long history of advertising and the sky’s the limit. Whether your interest is in the past, present or future of advertising you’ll find plenty to keep you busy when writing your research papers. Here is a look at just a few ideas and resources to get you started.

Advertising and public relations topics

If you’re interested in pursuing the study of advertising and public relations then let’s take a look at the many topics that you could research. Read more