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How To Get Better Grades Amid College Chaos

Are you balancing a course load of 5-6 different classes and spreading yourself too thin? Does it seem that no matter how good you are at your time management, there just aren’t enough hours in your day to study?

If you’re like most college students, course overload is cursing you with stress, anxiety and panic. And you’re probably not getting nearly enough sleep, second guessing yourself and questioning your sanity.

You’re no doubt one of many students who is putting in weeks, days and hours studying for tests only to end up with grades that are way below what you hoped for, instantly making you feel like you haven’t accomplished anything!

Getting a bad grade in college, after putting so much work into it, is one of the crappiest, most hopeless feelings you’ll ever feel.

It’s no wonder you didn’t ace that test! After all, 3 out of 5 professors were giving tests on the same day! What did you do to deserve this?

The lack of sleep, constant anxiety and panic are also starting to cause depression, which in turn kills any motivation you had to study. Learning just isn’t fun anymore and you wonder why you’re even in college. Disappointing your professors and parents definitely wasn’t the plan you had in mind.

This all may sound a bit dramatic, but studies show that this is exactly what is happening with college students across America. College students want and need a way to be able to study more efficiently. They need a system that helps them memorize things quickly and easily while retaining the information indefinitely.

They need to know HOW to memorize everything much faster, saving hours of study time, decreasing anxiety and stress while improving their grades exponentially.

So, is there such a system that can save the day for you, if you are one of these college students? Yes! There is.

What would it be like if you had a system that could quickly increase your memory by 300%?

What if you could memorize the chapters of a book and learn ANY topic 10X faster!

What if you could hear 100 concepts or facts and recall every one of them instantly?

What if this system also did things like help you become a confident speaker and give speeches without notes?

Or meet 30 people in 15 minutes at a party or in a classroom and remember ALL of their names? How impressive would that be?

Or routinely recall 100 digit numbers, phone numbers, facts and details?

What if you could hear 101 words ONCE and repeat it in the same exact order?

There is a memory course that guarantees you that you can do all the above! It’s known as the Greatest Memory Course Ever Created and it’s called the Black Belt Memory Course. The creator of the course, Ron White, has won the USA Memory Championship twice. He’s appeared on Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, FOX, CBS, NBC, The History Channel and more.

Imagine yourself having more time to do things besides studying. Having time to make some extra cash and go on more dates. Impressing your professors, friends and your parents.  Having more time for your faith and family. Having less anxiousness and panic and not being down and out every day. Getting better grades. Imagine sleeping!

Stop disappointing yourself and others now! It’s totally possible if you get this course today!

The course is available now at a huge discount to readers of this article but you have to check it out now because this Black Belt Memory Course is going back up to it’s regular price tomorrow! Go to the website

The Ultimate Dorm Room Space Saver

It’s time to head back to school for a new year, hit the books, and enjoy all that college life has to offer. But it also means leaving the comforts of home behind and squeezing all of your favorite things into a tiny dorm room or apartment. The struggle against clutter is real.

The Stuff ‘n Sit

Stuff ‘N Sit by Creative QT is a perfect stylish, yet functional accessory for your dorm room. It gives you a place to store your stuff while also adding a touch of style to even the smallest places. Stuff ‘N Sit is a durable canvas bean bag stuffed with—your stuff! It can be used to store extra pillows for guests, blankets, and all of those clothes you can’t squeeze into your tiny closet. All this while creating extra seating for friends and a comfy place to curl-up with some required reading and a latte.

What to Stuff It With

Stuff ‘N Sit has a wide variety of colors and sizes to choose from that will match your décor perfectly. From stripes to solids, polka dots to daisies and extra-large to small, there are plenty of patterns and sizes to fit every room.  To use the Stuff ‘N Sit, simply fill it with the soft things that need a place to go and zip it up to create a plush bean bag chair in a matter of minutes. It’s the perfect cozy study spot or hang out space for you or your friends, and it instantly creates extra storage.  It’s a win-win!

How to Style It

We recommend placing it at the foot of your bed, next to your desk, or in the floor of your closet where you can pull it out when you need to use it as a chair. It could also work well in a common area to store extra blankets to keep you and your roomies warm during long study sessions or game nights.

Don’t worry about it getting dirty if you spill something on it. The Stuff ‘N Sit is machine washable and comes with a LIFETIME WORKMANSHIP GUARANTEE. Its strong, soft cotton fabric, and extra-long reinforced zipper will hold up for life. We stand behind the quality workmanship of this premium bean bag.

So, save some much-needed space and add uncompromised style to your dorm room with a Stuff ‘N Sit this year.  Order your new MUST-HAVE piece of furniture with FREE shipping today by clicking here

This feature is brought to you by Creative QT 

How To Avoid Burnout

Colleges and universities across the country are reporting a widespread increase in mental health issues, and today’s college students are experiencing incredibly high pressure to survive college life and do well while at school. Not to mention the added pressure of setting yourself up for success in life after school and managing mounting student loan debt. There are expected challenges that going to school poses – like late-night studying and exams, more independence, owning your hours, sleep, saying no to partying – basically managing yourself as an adult. One thing is certain: you aren’t going to have all the answers when times get tough, but it’s expected that you’ll be able to figure things out. Today’s students are expected to do more and be more productive than any generation ever before, and it’s a constant struggle to live up to our highest ideals.

In addition to lots of added pressure, there are all sorts of distractions that could potentially stand between you and success as a student. It’s no surprise there are more things vying for your attention than ever before. In a recent survey of undergraduate students, 49 percent said the use of technology – like laptops, tablets and mobile devices – for reasons unrelated to class was distracting to them. Students know that using technology has a negative impact on people around them when used for “off-task” purposes like browsing the web, but they still use their devices when the classes are “boring”.

In fact, they tend to check their devices – particularly their smartphones – an average of 11 times during class for non-class activities. And a solid 12 percent are texting, emailing and checking the time or their social channels in class more than 30 times a day. When you think about all those screens, text messages, and push notifications constantly coming in, it’s no surprise that the ability to stay focused and clear-headed escapes us.

The end result? Overstimulation and BURNOUT. To counter all of that stress and anxiety that comes with the territory of daily life, there has been a slow and steady rise in the use of nootropics on a global scale. Today, nootropics include everything from prescription drugs, to dietary supplements on sliding scales of safety and effectiveness, to commonplace stimulants like caffeine (coffee and energy drinks, for example) – anything a person might use to enhance cognitive function, whatever that means to them. According to another report from Zion Market Research, the global nootropics market is set to grow at record speed, nearly 16% between 2018 and 2024. The public has spoken and to help meet heavy demand, a wave of successful nootropics companies has emerged.

When Sam Elick, founder and CEO of BrainJuice, was a college student himself, he was trapped in a cycle of bad habits that left him feeling depleted and foggy. He knew he wasn’t operating at full capacity, no matter how many cups of coffee or energy drinks he consumed. He wanted a healthy alternative to energy drinks and focus-enhancing drugs, and realized that of the available supplements, nothing on the market combined those elements to give the brain almost immediate clarity and focus. Then, through his MBA program in Entrepreneurship, Sam met a biochemist named Peter. With Peter’s knowledge of neurotransmitters and brain function, Sam decided to harness the goodness of real food with the power of science. Many rounds of ingredients and combinations later, he created BrainJuice® formula. Since then, his mission has been to perfect the formula by continuously updating the ingredients with the best food-derived sources available. Key ingredients include green tea extract, acai berry powder, monk fruit, organic coconut nectar and more, all of which have been scientifically provide to help with focus and productivity.

BrainJuice is an entirely different beast than an energy drink or that third cup of coffee – it is BRAIN FOOD. While energy drinks and coffee give you an unnecessary energy jolt to your entire body, BrainJuice is the perfect blend of natural ingredients to give your BRAIN the immediate nutrient boost it needs, without the jitters or other unhealthy side effects. The demands of busy student life are inevitable but by incorporating BrainJuice into your daily routine, you’ll have the ability to improve your focus, clarity, memory and mood. Whatever you do, do it with FOCUS.

BrainJuice is available nationwide at Whole Foods Market, CVS, GNC, Sprouts and other outlets across the U.S. It is also available on Amazon or at BrainJuice.me.

Safe Sex is Great Sex (Don’t Forget the Latex!)

College life is filled with study sessions, exams and textbook-filled nights. But college life also signifies independence. With this independence, many students indulge in nights out with friends, a few first dates, and most likely, sex. It can be easy to get caught up in the moment and forget to practice safe sex, it’s crucial to know exactly why you need to stay safe, what kinds of protections are available, and where to find them.

Awareness is key

Knowing why it’s so important to practice safe sex is the key to preventing negative consequences. Unless you abstain from sex, you risk contacting an STI, STD or becoming pregnant. Examples of STIs include gonorrhea, syphilis or HIV. An STD is an infection that became a permanent disease due to lack of treatment, like AIDS.

See a professional

Both women and men should see a doctor to get checked regularly for STIs. For women, it’s crucial to see a gynecologist after you become sexually active, so that they can perform a Pap Smear. Seeing a doctor regularly will help catch anything in time and keep a record of your health.

Use protection

Using protection every time you engage in any sexual activity is vital to help prevent STIs or unplanned pregnancies. You shouldn’t feel embarrassed to communicate to sexual partners your choice to use protection. Explain to them that you would much rather feel comfortable and safe. Types of protection include condoms, birth control for women and dental dams for oral sex.

Where to find help

There are resources available for people who cannot afford birth control or regular doctor’s visits. Planned Parenthood, the nation-wide clinic, provides sexual health services like birth control options, free condoms and multiple gynecology services. Anyone can receive these services and if they cannot afford it, Planned Parenthood has financial assistance options. They will help you find a way to receive the services you need.

There are also new ways to order birth control without having to go see a doctor. There are multiple apps, like NURX, available that allow you to purchase birth control and have it delivered. They will match you with the right kind and type. You can also order birth control at Planned Parenthood’s website after you see them for your first consultation.

Staying healthy and enjoying yourself while feeling comfortable is important when engaging in sexual activities. Don’t be afraid to voice your decision to use protection to a sexual partner. Explain what using protection prevents and why you’d feel more comfortable using it.

Types of birth control

  • Condoms
  • IUDs
  • Pills
  • Shot
  • Patch
  • Ring

See also: Period Pain Linked to Nine Days of Lost Productivity for Women in a Year
Your Seven Day Break on the Pill is Bogus—Here’s Why
Expert Tips on How to Breakup with Your Phone

Your Safety Guide for a Stress-Free Period

So, you’ve found the perfect bedding and perfect roommate, right? But have you thought about the perfect plan for your period? Whether you have early morning soccer practice, orientation activities or you’re just running around campus, insuring you have the right products on hand for any situation is crucial—and easy to do!

There has never been more choices commonly available for you to pick from. Tampons, pads, menstrual cups, period underwear or any combination of these, or whether you prefer organic or the best option for the environment, there is a lot of options to consider. And a lot of women find that, depending on what phase of their period they’re in or their activities, the product that works best for them can change.

No matter what you choose, the following guidance will help you use these products safely:

  1. When using tampons, your goal should be to use the lowest absorbency that allows you to avoid leaks and remove the tampon comfortably after 4-8 hours of use. Your flow changes from day to day, and many brands offer multiple absorbencies to mix and match (some even offer a multipack) to make choosing the optimal size for your flow easier. If you leak or spot, go up a size, and if the tampon is hard to remove, go down an absorbency. This guidance is key to not only making your tampon more comfortable and eliminating leaks, but also in helping you minimize the risk of the rare but serious disease, toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Even though the annual incidence rate of TSS in women of menstrual age in the United States is very low at about one case per 100,000 women, all women using tampons need to make sure they understand the information in the package insert and the signs and symptoms of TSS. This includes ALL tampons regardless of composition or absorbency.
  2. TSS has also been associated with the use of other intra-vaginal products, including menstrual cups, diaphragms and contraceptive sponges. Don’t be misled into thinking TSS is only associated with tampon use.
  3. Be alert to signs and symptoms of TSS. If you are using tampons or menstrual cups and start to feel sick, see a doctor immediately and tell her you think you might have TSS.

Symptoms include (note: you don’t need to have all of these):

  • Onset of flu-like symptoms such as fever (102°F)
  • Vomiting, diarrhea
  • Sunburn-like rash
  • Dizziness, muscle aches
  • Fainting/near fainting when standing up

4. Do not use a tampon or menstrual cup for non-menstrual vaginal discharge. Pads and liners are a safer choice.

  1. Wash hands before and after changing any menstrual product. This will help prevent the spread of bacteria that can cause disease.
  2. Do not flush used tampons, applicators and pads down the toilet. Always wrap these up in toilet paper like a “mummy” and dispose of them in the trash or product receptacles commonly found inside public restroom stalls.
  3. Sterilize menstrual cups between each use to reduce the opportunity for growth of potentially harmful bacteria.

We hope you find this guidance helpful as you choose the right product, or products, for your lifestyle. As with everything else in college, if you’re not sure, don’t be afraid to ask questions! And don’t let myths or on-line information you’re not sure about hold you back from living an active and confident lifestyle. Knowledge is power.

For more information on these issues and more, visit femcareanswers.com!

Track Your Cycle!

Your menstrual cycle is a direct indicator of your overall health, and periods are your body’s way of telling you that things are working as they should. Having an extremely irregular or heavy period can indicate an existing underlying condition. By tracking and logging various details of your cycle, you will be able to recall things that you will might otherwise forget when speaking with your doctor. There are plenty of online tools and apps out there to use!

 

The key is at YOUR fingertips

The Key is at YOUR Fingertips

Launched at CES and on Shark Tank, security and convenience come together in this padlock with technology that is perfect for college life.

The beginning

Robbie Cabral was in a tough spot. It was the Holidays, he’d just been laid off, and on that very day, his daughter was born. He was depressed and overweight, so he started going to the gym to improve his self-esteem and his waistline. While he was there, he got an idea that would change his life and improve the lives of many. He noticed people leaving keys in their padlocks, struggling to open them, leaving them unlocked.

Why did locking up your things at the gym have to be difficult? Wouldn’t it be great if you could open a padlock with your fingerprint or a key?

Robbie started working to develop his idea: designing, prototyping, testing and revising. After three years of hard work, he was granted a patent. Now what?

He exhibited at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and won the coveted Innovation Award. He’d proven his concept in a big way and needed to figure out how to raise investment money and get his product into the marketplace.

Shark tank

That’s where Shark Tank came in. Robbie made it onto the show. His story won every Shark’s heart and his idea, patent and CES award made his proposition irresistible to them all. Robbie especially clicked with “Mr. Wonderful”, and that partnership really got things moving. Kevin O’Leary knew what Robbie needed: a company to partner with who had distribution, a customer base, manufacturing capability and R&D. In comes Hampton Products.

Hampton Products

Kim Kelley, President and CEO of Hampton Products, fit every criteria Kevin O’Leary and Robbie were searching for. In no time, the agreement was signed, as was a check for $100K as an advance to Robbie on future sales. Robbie and Hampton Products have since scaled the first Benjilock® By Hampton padlock and introduced it into the marketplace at ACE Hardware and Home Depot. Benjilock® By Hampton is the perfect solution for locking up your valuables, so you can enjoy college life.

Travel

Traveling abroad? The Benjilock® By Hampton TSA luggage padlock opens for you with the touch of your fingerprint, but has a special cylinder that also allows the TSA access, too. Now, you can travel freely and safely without worrying about things getting stolen from your luggage or the TSA cutting open your lock. The TSA Benjilocks can be programmed with up to five fingerprints—and programming is easy with detailed instructions included in the packaging. They even have an optional dial combination on the lock as a backup.

Around campus

Benjilock® By Hampton is great for locking up electronics, backpacks, protecting your things at the gym and—coming soon—even locking up your bike! Just think of the convenience! Program your fingerprint and then all you have to do is touch your lock to open it. No one else will have access unless you program their fingerprint into the lock. The 43mm Benjilocks can be programmed with up to 10 fingerprints.

Benjilock® By Hampton has a padlock that fits your lifestyle.

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Boost-Your-Brain-With-Nootropics

Boost Your Brain With Nootropics

Looking for a safe alternative to Adderall without the nasty side effects? You might have heard the word nootropics before, but what exactly are they and where can I get them?

What are nootropics?

Nootropics are synthetic compounds that improve the cognitive abilities of healthy individuals. In their basic state, they’re powders, but we sell them in capsule form.

Nootropics are not medicines: medicines bring you back to health when you’re sick, whilst nootropics help you improve when you’re healthy.

Given the unique effect profile of each nootropic compound, and given the variation in people’s brain chemistry, individuals can use different nootropics for different purposes and outcomes.

What are the best nootropics for studying?

Motivation and concentration can often be fleeting and fickle, and whilst nootropics can never replace a disciplined workflow, they can give you a substantial boost towards getting your critical tasks done, and getting them done well.

For long periods of concentrated cognitive effort, such as study, revision, essays, and other time-consuming and mentally demanding tasks, longer lasting nootropics such as Adrafinil, Piracetam and Phenylpiracetam are ideal.

For short periods of intensive cognitive load under high pressure, such as exams or public speaking, nootropics can also provide a controlled peak of sustained mental performance.

Short-duration, high power nootropics such as Aniracetam and Noopept can provide exactly the edge you need. These zone-out distractions and fuel your cognitive processes, enhancing and ensuring mental performance for the most critical of tasks.

Who are we?

We believe that nootropics are a powerful tool for the future of productivity and wellbeing. We see cognitive enhancement as part of a tentative next step in the ongoing process of human improvement. It’s our goal to create a healthy culture of nootropics usage, in which cognitive health is not taboo but recognised as an essential aspect of human capability. For the first time in history, we’re able to improve our intellectual abilities at the chemical level, and we’re proud to facilitate that change.

We run Nootropics.com with three concepts front and centre: safety, reliability and quality.

Safety: Everything that leaves our warehouse has been thoroughly tested to ensure it is of the highest quality. We maintain a network of suppliers to ensure that we deliver only the best.

Reliability: We work hard to make sure our customers know they’re ordering from a reliable source, and will be getting exactly what they’re looking for time and time again. We ensure any relevant scientific citations are included on each of our product pages.

Quality: When you shop with us, we want your whole experience to be great. We pride ourselves in providing exceptional products and first-rate customer service.

Nootropics.com supplies only the highest quality, safest, and most effective nootropics. Whether you’re looking for an edge through cognitive enhancement or a wealth of information on the subject, look no further than https://nootropics.com/

Applying for a Student Loan: Where Should You Begin?

As the cost to attend college keeps rising, so does the need for students to find ways to cover that cost. Savings, grants, and scholarships are often not enough to pay for college, leaving a student loan as one of the primary options to finance the education you want. As you consider student loans, It’s important to know that not all student loans are the same. Before you decide to jump in with student loans, you should consider all of your funding options including grants, scholarships and others.

Private student loans

Private loans, like the name implies, are provided by lenders like banks and credit unions, as opposed to federal student loans, which are funded by the federal government. While there are a lot of benefits to getting a federal student loan, there is a maximum limit of how much you can borrow. You should start by utilizing federal student loans if you can, but with the rising cost of college, federal loans may not be enough. Private student loans can help fill this gap.

Give me some credit

Federal loans don’t require a credit check, which means when you apply for one, you’ll get the same rate as every other student. When applying for a private student loan, your unique financial circumstances and credit history are taken into consideration, which can affect your approval odds and the interest rate offered if you are approved.  While having to pass a credit check may seem like a disadvantage, private loans commonly give you the option of having a cosigner. With the right cosigner, it could make a big difference in the rates you’re able to receive and may make it easier for you to acquire a private loan with a good rate. After you graduate, you may have the option to refinance your loans using your improved and established credit, which could offer you the benefit of a lower rate.

Shop around!

Where should you begin? Student lending platforms like LendKey can help you find a private student loan to cover your cost of college.

What’s the difference?

The rates and terms you may be able to get can vary drastically from one lender to another. Taking the time to shop around now could save you thousands of dollars in the future.

Federal students loans always have fixed interest rates, meaning your interest rate will be the same for as long as you have the loan.  With private student loans, you often have the option of choosing between fixed and variable rates.

There’s more to consider than just the interest rates. Will there be reliable customer service?  Will the lender also be the one to service the loan? LendKey services the loans that are originated on its platform, and LendKey’s US-based loan specialists are consistently praised for their friendliness, reliability, and how quickly they are able to respond to questions.

The loan with benefits

If a private student loan fits your needs, LendKey connects community banks and credit unions to students like you. Because LendKey partners with community banks and credit unions, these institutions prosper when their customers prosper, so they want you to succeed. Lendkey also streamlines the lending experience, making it easy to keep up with your loan. You can complete the entire process online, including reviewing your loan, applying, and making payments.

LendKey can also simplify repaying your existing student loans with student loan refinancing once you have graduated. If you have multiple loans already in place, you can combine them into one brand new loan, making it more convenient to keep up with. The greatest benefit  —  one loan means one interest rate, which could save you thousands in interest over the life of the loan.

When you work with LendKey and one of their partner lenders, you have a strong team behind you, helping make your dreams come true.

LendKey was founded in 2009 immediately following the Great Recession. Through partnerships with banks and credit unions, LendKey has helped more than 92,000 borrowers and disbursed more than $2.9 billion in loans.

For more information visit http://www.lendkey.com. 

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Are You Scared About Drowning in Debt?

Receiving a college degree is a highly rewarding accomplishment that requires an extensive amount of dedication. And often, a college education awards you with a higher salary than others who lack it. Perhaps, it’s true that you do indeed have to spend money to make money, but with annual tuition expected to increase by an average of 2.4 percent at private colleges and 3.2 percent at public universities, according to StudentDebtRelief.us—the amount of money to be spent requires taking out a lot in loans. The amount of student loan debt varies between public and private universities, leaving undergraduate students from private universities owing, on average, around $7,000 more than their public school graduate counterparts.

With the total national student debt sitting at about $1.5 trillion, some of the 45 million borrowers who collectively owe that amount could be paying off their loans for the next few decades and maybe even longer. Around 2.8 million people who are age 60 and older were still paying off the 66.7 billion dollars of their generation’s debt in 2017.

Types of loans

There are different types of student loans out there for students. Before attending a university, students are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the document that allows universities to tell their applicants what type of aid they qualify for.

This aid can come in many forms. A direct subsidized loan is often the best option because the U.S. Department of Education will pay the interest while the borrower is still a student and potentially for some time after they graduate. Unsubsidized loans put the responsibility of paying interest on students, who oftentimes aren’t able to pay while they are still in school, allowing their debt to steadily increase while they complete their education.

Another option is a federal student loan, which offers fixed interest rates and favorable repayment terms such as allowing borrowers to pay less when they first start to work. Some also offer extended repayment plans, which include loan forgiveness after the borrower has made, depending on the plan, 20-25 years of payments.

Private loans, with variable and high interest rates that rarely offer repayment plans, are typically only used in the event that the borrower has exhausted their federal loan options and is still in need.

What’s the right choice to avoid less debt?

One of the growing questions surrounding this daunting idea of loan debt is: “What happens if the career I invested money into being educated for doesn’t pay well or worse, isn’t there at all?” Often, it’s less of a question of whether or not to take out loans and more of just figuring out how much is necessary. While the skills obtained from related coursework could be valuable for various other jobs, actual careers available in some fields, such as the postal service, agriculture and journalism are quickly diminishing.

For bachelor students, considering the expected salary of their future career is arguably the biggest factor in their decision of how much to take out in loans. It’s not unlikely for graduates to switch career paths or pursue other, more profitable areas of interest, strictly due to the fear of not being able to make enough money to pay those lenders back.

Graduate student loans

Graduate students have intimidating student loan debt as well. Lindsey Denton, a graduate student at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, began pursuing her Masters of Science in Nursing in January 2019. “My program is a total of 43 hours which comes out to $33,000 for [only] tuition. I am taking out loans to pay for the whole thing [plus] extra to help me pay for living and eating,” Denton said. “Right now, I live rent free, but if not, I would be taking out [about] an extra $15,000 just to pay for rent, not eating or gas or books.”

She has no scholarships. According to 2014 statistics from msnedu.org, “The average salary of experienced MSN-educated nurses in Tennessee can be as high as $168,000.”

That number is more than twice the average salary of Registered Nurses is Eastern Tennessee, which the website has listed as $51,240. In 2015, studies showed that over the last 15 years, the average student loan balance for post baccalaureate certificate completers at public institutions had been 57 percent higher.

For doctorate students, the balance was 64 percent higher for those at public institutions and 107 percent higher for those at nonprofit private institutions.

Other options to lessen your debt

The reality of student loan debt has led many students, both undergraduate and graduate, to seek out more grants and renewable scholarships, neither of which have to be paid back and are always readily available through websites, universities directly and many local businesses. For students who have already accrued student loan debt, some schools, like the University of Central Arkansas, offer free access to use the resources provided by Solutions at ECMC. Their website describes Solutions as “a service of the non-profit organization ECMC and is dedicated to helping students manage educational loans.”

This article was originally published in the spring 2019 edition of College News.

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Writing the Perfect Resume

Writing the perfect resume is one of the toughest parts of job-hunting, and also one of the most important. If the gruelling odds of success are making your job prospects seem as sad as your blank resume, don’t worry. Even if you have little or no work experience, knowing how to draw on relevant skills and a clearly set out resume will help you to sell yourself effectively. Here’s how to impress a recruiter in six seconds flat.

Resume Format

If your recent nightmares consist of being stared at by a blank page, there are plenty of resume templates available online that can help you get started. Remember to list your experience in reverse-chronological order and choose a format that plays to your strengths. If you have less work experience, you may want to feature your education first. If you’ve been exploring the industry during college, you could highlight a separate section about your relevant or professional experience.

Unfortunately, the design of your resume is important, too—hiring managers may have to read thousands of applications and they won’t appreciate the extra work if your information isn’t clearly set out on the page.

Design rules:

  • Aim for one page, but if you have information that is highly relevant, add a page instead of compromising on a clear layout.
  • Choose an easy-to-read font and keep this consistent.
  • On average, hiring managers spend just six seconds considering a resume before deciding whether to dismiss it.
  • Use a variation of font sizes (make headers and your name larger).
  • When choosing a font size, many resumes follow a 24, 12, 10 format—the name is 24pt, the body headers are 12pt, and the bullet points are 10pt.
  • Create white space by breaking up text with paragraphs or lines.
  • Never set margins below .5—if you lack experience, stick to one inch margins.
  • Focus on readability

Profile summary

Including a brief profile summary or statement at the top of your resume can be a great way to attract attention and show the employer, at a glance, why you’re qualified for the job.

E.g. “Self-motivated and adaptable business graduate with proven experience in business, marketing, sales and communication.”

Education

With entry-level applications, graduates benefit from emphasizing the education section on their resume. Include the names of institutions, their location, the date of graduation and your degree. Only include your GPA if it is above average. You may also wish to mention your thesis or the most relevant courses that you took.

Work experience

Yes, getting professional work experience whilst you study greatly helps to differentiate your application from your competitors’. If this isn’t you though, don’t panic—you may have more experience than you think. Part-time jobs, volunteer work, summer internships and college clubs will all work to embellish your resume. Include the company’s name, location, your title and the dates of employment (month and year). Use around three to five bullet points per experience to cover your main duties and achievements.

Additional sections

While education and experience are necessary to a resume, adding additional sections can help to strengthen it. Examples include: skills, interests, certificates, publications and languages.

Perhaps most important here is a skills section that features soft and hard skills. Soft skills include attention to detail, teamwork, critical thinking, etc. Hard skills include technical expertise, foreign languages and SEO knowledge. Don’t try and save time here—each resume should be tailored to the individual job ad. Don’t list all of your hobbies, unless they’re relevant—you’ll need things to discuss in the interview.

Tips to make your resume stand out!

Statistics are your best friends—exactly how many followers did you attract to social media pages? Even if a company doesn’t ask for a cover letter, you should almost always include one. Submit a separate document that highlights your strongest skills and qualifications or include it in the body of an email with your resume attached

Step-by-step resume checklist

  1. Decide on a resume template and make it readable.
  2. Make your contact information easy to find and use a professional email address.
  3. Write a brief profile summary that responds to what the company are looking for.
  4. Write your resume content—most relevant and most recent experience first.
  5. Check your skills clearly match those in the job ad.
  6. Check you use tailored keywords, quantification and action verbs

This article was originally published in the Spring 2019 of College News.

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