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Getting Ready for Your First Virtual Interview: Tips and Tricks

Getting Ready for Your First Virtual Interview: Tips and Tricks

The rise of the virtual interview has been a game-changer for college students looking for an internship or newly graduates seeking their first job. In the past, job seekers had to travel to the company’s office for an in-person interview, incurring significant expenses in the process. This often meant spending money on travel and lodging, which was a barrier for many students.

With the rise of virtual interviews, applicants can connect with companies from anywhere in the world. This has opened up opportunities for students who might not have been able to afford to travel for an in-person interview. In addition, virtual interviews provide applicants with a greater degree of flexibility, allowing them to schedule an interview around their other commitments.

While virtual interviews have some advantages over in-person meetings, there are also important things to keep in mind if you’re invited to participate in one. Landing a virtual interview in your dream company is a great accomplishment, but it’s important to be prepared to make the most of the opportunity. Here are some tips and tricks to help you prepare for your first virtual interview:

1. Do your research

Just as you would for an in-person interview, take the time to do your research on the company, the role you’re interviewing for, and the person who will be interviewing you. This will help boost your confidence and avoid getting tongue-tied during the interview.

Some common questions you can expect to be asked during a virtual interview include:

  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why are you interested in this role?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • What are your career aspirations?
  • What is your greatest accomplishment?

While you can’t anticipate every question that will be asked, preparing ahead of time will help you feel more confident and less likely to be caught off guard during the interview. 

2. Practice answering common interview questions

In addition to doing your research, it’s also a good idea to practice answering common interview questions. This will help you get into the right mindset and ensure that you’re prepared to answer any question that comes your way.

The best way to practice answering common interview questions is to have a friend or family member ask you the questions out loud. This will help you get used to hearing the questions and practicing thinking on your feet.

It is also helpful to practice in front of a mirror to see your body language and make sure that you are coming across as confident and professional. Additionally, it can be helpful to record yourself on the video to review your answers afterward and identify any areas that need improvement.

3. Test your technology

Before your virtual interview, it’s important to test your technology to ensure that everything is working properly. Start by opening the video-conferencing software you’ll be using for the interview and ensuring it’s working on your device. You can also test your webcam online to check the quality of your video.

You should also make certain that your internet connection is strong enough to support a video call. If possible, connect to the internet using an Ethernet cable rather than Wi-Fi to avoid any potential connection issues.

Lastly, have a backup plan if something goes wrong with your technology on the day of the interview. Have a friend or family member on standby in case you need to switch to a different video-conferencing platform or use their device for the call. 

4. Dress professionally

Just because you’re not meeting face-to-face doesn’t mean you can show up in your pajamas. First impressions are still key, so you’ll want to dress professionally from head to toe. That means no sweats, no T-shirts, and holes in your clothes. You should also avoid anything too revealing or too casual.

It’s also important that your hair is well-groomed and you have minimal jewelry. You want the interviewer to be focused on your qualifications, not wondering if you took the time to get dressed for the occasion. Depending on the company culture, you may even want to err on the side of more formal attire.

5. Clean your space

Now that you’ve taken care of yourself, it’s time to take care of your surroundings. Be certain your space is clean and tidy before the interview starts. This will help you feel more confident and focused, and it will ensure that the interviewer can see you clearly on camera.

If possible, find a quiet spot away from distractions like pets, children, or noisy roommates. You’ll also want to make certain that there’s nothing in the background that could be construed as offensive or unprofessional. 

 

Submitting online applications is easy enough, but the real challenge comes when it’s time to interview. But there’s no need to worry, even if this is your first time. With a little preparation, you can ace your virtual interview and land the job of your dreams.

You can ensure that you’re fully prepared for your next virtual interview by following the tips above. From there, simply put your best foot forward and impress the interviewer with your credentials. Go forth and conquer those interviews – you’ve got this!

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The Single Decision That Skyrocketed My GPA

The Single Decision That Skyrocketed My GPA

Let me take you back to my mid-twenties. I left my successful career as a Creative Director and the income it provided, had just married the love of my life, and decided to go back to school and get a science degree. I had never performed well in school but was under the illusion that my life experience alone would carry me to great marks in the classroom. HA!

Looking back, I had no idea how to study. I looked around the classroom during lectures and did what everyone else appeared to be doing. It felt impossible to keep up with the professor while scribbling down word-for-word what was on the slides, shifting between a rainbow of coloured pens. I did my best to keep up with the assigned readings, but they fell to the bottom of the priority list with each upcoming deadline of assignments, lab reports, and exams. Adding an ADD diagnosis to the mix landed me in this strange reality of always ‘doing’ yet never being able to keep up.

Does any of this sound familiar to you?

After giving birth to our son days after my last exam at the end of my second year, I knew that something seriously had to change. Something within me knew that I was smart, but all the evidence pointed to the contrary. The way I had been studying was not sustainable with a new baby and didn’t even get me the grades I wanted. So why would I keep going on like that?

It all came down to a decision that changed everything.

Honestly, I felt jealous of my younger peers who seemed to collect A’s simply by showing up. I was working my butt off, but only a 2.3 GPA to show for it. But comparing their wins to my losses, I was missing out on the opportunity to use them as inspiration. I recognized that someone was able to know the answers on the same tests that I was taking, so it was at least possible for others to do well.

But not me.

At least, that’s what I had been telling myself. The reality was that I was bringing the expectation that ‘others could succeed academically but not me’, which had significantly influenced my grades. I couldn’t at the time bring myself to honestly believe that I was going to go from ‘praying that I could pass the next test’ to getting straight A’s overnight.

So I made the overall decision that skyrocketed my GPA from that moment.

I simply decided that it was possible for me to do well.

The Single Decision That Skyrocketed My GPA

Accepting that it was at least possible, under some imaginary circumstances that hadn’t yet existed, made the concept of succeeding seem less overwhelming to take on. I wasn’t subscribing to the belief that I was always going to do well; but somehow, I could (in theory), get good grades in school. Simply because I was a person with a brain.

The next giant step was to figure out the ‘how’ behind what I needed to do and what support I needed to bring that desired outcome to fruition. I got the help I needed at home, learned more about how I needed to work with my ADD, and became absolutely obsessed with learning how to learn.

The reality was that I was looking around at what others were doing instead of paying attention to what I personally needed to understand, the course content. I tested out dozens of strategies for different types of courses, kept what worked and ignored the rest.

Now I see the importance of leveraging the unique ways in which each individual student learns different content in different scenarios. The outcome was that I finished off my undergrad with a 4.1 GPA. I still had ADD, a baby who was finally just starting to sleep through the night, was volunteering regularly and had many responsibilities at home.

Years later as an Academic Coach, it lights me up to introduce overwhelmed students to the possibility that their academic goals are within reach. It’s up to them to start following their own intuition, the evidence of what works for them, and to get the practical support they need to make it happen!

Bio: Camille is a certified Academic Life Coach whose work has appeared in the New York Journal, Quizlet, MD Femme, Motivate MD, and more. She empowers students to earn competitive grades while actually ENJOYING the process and overcoming obstacles that may be impacting how they show up in their academics. You can learn more about how Academic Coaching can transform your grades at https://www.nontradaccelerator.com/academic-life-coaching.

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Tips for Dealing With Difficult College Roommates

Tips for Dealing With Difficult College Roommates

One of the exciting things about going to college for the first time is getting roommates. Unfortunately, far too often that “exciting experience” can feel more like a nightmare. Roommate problems are a common complaint among college freshmen. But, because so many universities across the country require students to live on campus their first year, there’s often no escaping dorm life and the roommates who come with it.

College is hard enough on its own for new students. You have to handle being away from home, adjusting to a new schedule, and feeling like a full-blown “adult” for the first time. Dealing with difficult roommates on top of everything else can be overwhelming.

You might not be able to change the personality or habits of a complete stranger. You might not even be able to get a different dorm or switch who you’re living with.

But, there are things you can do to deal with difficult college roommates. Let’s cover a few tips that can make dorm life easier for you.

Talk Things Out

If you have problems with your roommate, chances are you aren’t the only one feeling the tension. Unfortunately, the longer you ignore the elephant in the dorm, the bigger it will become.

One of the best things you can do is sit down and talk with your roommate. If you have more than one, hold a “meeting” so everyone can openly and freely express themselves. Even though it might feel easier to do a group text or write an email, it’s important to communicate these issues in person. If you’re not sure what to bring up, consider some of the following topics.

  • Your individual needs
  • Problems you can’t ignore
  • Habits that are causing issues
  • Unfair actions

Often, an open conversation can make a big difference and will help to strike a balance between you and your difficult roommates. It’s important to remember that you’re all strangers coming from different walks of life. They might not realize the things they are doing are bothersome to you because it’s what they’re used to. You might be doing things they don’t like, too. Having a conversation will clear the air for everyone.

If you talk and things don’t change, consider continuing the conversation with your RA. They might be able to serve as a mediator and make it easier for a healthy, productive conversation to take place.

Don’t Spend So Much Time in Your Room

Your dorm room is supposed to be a safe and comfortable place while you’re in college. It’s normal to want to hang your favorite posters and pictures, decorate your corner to fit your personality, and hang out in bed listening to music, studying, and eating bowl after bowl of ramen.

But, when you have a difficult roommate, it’s often better to spend less time in your dorm. That doesn’t mean you need to become a partier. Instead, fill your time between classes with activities and hobbies that interest you. Try things like

  • Joining campus clubs
  • Going to the movies
  • Getting a study room at the library for you and your friends
  • Working out at the campus gym
  • Volunteering

It might not seem fair to feel like you “can’t” be in your room. But, keep in mind that you’ll only have these particular roommates for a year. Many colleges allow you to pick (or at least request) your roommates after your freshman year. So, if you’re having difficulties with your current ones, spend this year building strong friendships and having fun. Next year, you can spend more time in your dorm with people you get along with!

Take Care of Yourself

You’re not going to be able to avoid being in your dorm 24/7. So, when you have to be “home,” it’s important to identify coping strategies that work for you. Your mental health shouldn’t be compromised because of a bad roommate. Try distracting yourself from the unpleasant environment through things like studying or watching Netflix. Soothe yourself by listening to your favorite music. Or, try things like deep breathing, mindfulness, or meditation to reduce stress and find an inner balance.

Stress is already a common problem for college students. It can lead to issues like

  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Weight gain/loss

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the stress of your roommate situation, consider reaching out to mental health resources on campus. Most universities across the country have some type of program available or even a counselor on staff that can help you manage your stress and take care of your mental wellness. If you know that some of your roommate’s issues also stem from mental health struggles, including depression, encourage them to get help too.

College is meant to be an exciting and unforgettable stage of life. Don’t let it get tainted by bad roommates. You can’t control everything, but you can control how you react and respond to the situation. Keep these ideas in mind if you’re dealing with difficult dormmates, and remind yourself that things won’t be this way forever.

SEE ALSO: How to Manage Financial Stress as a College Student

Balancing College Life and Mental Health

Balancing College Life and Mental Health

College is supposed to be one of the most unforgettable times of your life. But, it can also be one of the most stressful. A national survey of college students in 2020 found that nearly 40% experienced depression, one in three dealt with anxiety, and one in seven admitted that they’d thought about suicide in the last year.

When you think about it, college students have a lot on their plates that can contribute to a decline in mental health. Moving to a new environment is scary. Making new friends can be overwhelming. Thinking about the future is often daunting, especially when you factor in student loan debt.

On top of it all, today’s college students are trying to navigate their way to graduation through a global pandemic.

Do all of those things sound familiar? If so, take a deep breath.

First of all, you’re not alone in the way you’re feeling. More importantly, though, you don’t have to let the weight of stress and anxiety spoil your college career. By finding ways to balance college life and your mental health, you can make the most of your experience and prioritize your well-being. Let’s cover a few useful tips that can make it easier to find that balance.

Adjusting to a New Place

One of the hardest things about getting used to college is living in a new place. For most students, it’s the first time you’re living apart from your family. If you went to a different state for college, it can often feel like you’re in a completely foreign territory.

Moving, in general, is stressful. It’s even harder when you’re on your own. Thankfully, there are things you can do to make the adjustment period easier, including:

  • Making socializing a priority
  • Staying physically active
  • Practicing self-care
  • Trying new things
  • Doing things that bring you happiness and comfort

One of the benefits of college is that it’s relatively easy to do most of those things. Having a roommate or two is a great way to meet people immediately. Joining clubs you’re interested in is another wonderful option for keeping busy and meeting friends with shared interests. Go for walks around campus to get the lay of the land while staying active at the same time. And, don’t be afraid to stay involved in some of your old hobbies.

Most importantly, don’t rush yourself. Adjustments take time. It’s okay to feel a bit homesick at first, and there’s no perfect timeline for feeling comfortable in a new place. Take care of yourself and be willing to meet new people, and you might be surprised when one day you wake up feeling happier and less homesick than before.

Managing Your Stress

Whether you’re a first-year student or you’re graduating in a semester, excessive stress can be a huge problem for college students.

Between keeping up with classes, maintaining a social life, and thinking about the future, it’s easy to burn out quickly and feel like you don’t have any energy. Some of the suggestions listed above can make a big difference when it comes to stress management. Basic self-care practices like getting enough sleep and exercising are crucial for managing your stress. But, you can also improve your energy and feel less fatigued by eating energy-boosting foods (and maybe cutting back on the ramen), striking a healthy work-life balance with your classes, and spending time outside.

It’s also helpful to cut out alcohol. While parties tend to be stereotypical of college experiences, limiting your alcohol intake can actually give you more energy and boost your overall health. When you’re more energized, your focus will improve. You won’t feel so overwhelmed, and it’ll be easier to manage your stress.

Reaching Out for Help

Remember that survey we touched on earlier? Clearly, if you’re feeling depressed or anxious, you’re not the only one. Because of the rise in mental health conditions across college campuses, many universities have established mental health centers and services.Unfortunately, there is still a stigma to seeking mental health treatment for some people. Don’t let that deter you from reaching out and getting the help you need. Seeking out help is a sign of strength. Consider some of the following services that might meet your needs and help you to manage your stress:

  • Campus support groups
  • Guidance counselors
  • On-campus counselors or therapists
  • Mental health brochures/resources for off-campus guidance

You can also help yourself in other ways, including volunteering for organizations or groups that mean something to you. One study by Harvard Medical School found that volunteering helps people feel more socially connected. That can help you to manage depressive thoughts and fight back against loneliness.

Even reaching out to family members and friends at home can make a big difference in how you feel. If you’re struggling, connect with those who already support you and want to help.

Taking charge of your mental health in college is one of the best things you can do. Yes, you’ll be more focused and productive when it comes to your studies. More importantly, though, you’ll learn how to take care of your well-being in positive and impactful ways. Those are the skills you’ll carry with you long after you graduate.

How to Manage Financial Stress as a College Student

How to Manage Financial Stress as a College Student

As a college student, you have enough to worry about without adding stress about finances into the equation. However, the fact is that many students are burdened by money issues, and in addition to having these concerns affect their studies, worrying about debt can also create a downward spiral of anxiety and depression that a young person should never have to experience.

We all know that college is expensive, but we also know how important it is to earn a degree so we can get a job that we love. To help you through these potentially tough times, we will discuss a bit about financial stress and how you can manage those anxieties and thrive during your higher education.

Understanding Your Situation

To find the right solution for your stress, you first need to understand how and why a lack of financial security can cause unneeded anxiety. The fact is that while many students can secure scholarships and grants to attend the college of their choice, over 40% of adults who attended college had to rely on student loans to help pay for their education. While you might not be stressed about student loans now, you could be in the future because if you are not able to pay off those loans on time, then that debt can follow you around for a lifetime and even affect your credit down the road.

If you are concerned and, then it is important to know that you are not alone. Studies show that at least 72% of college students are experiencing some sort of financial stress, whether it be fear that they cannot afford to finish college, difficulty paying for their rent and utilities, inadequate money to buy food, or anything in between. The situation can be so hard that many students opt to drop out of school to save themselves the burden.

Financial stress can manifest itself in many ways. Over time, constant worry can lead to physical issues like excessive headaches and substance abuse. If not corrected, years of stress can even lead to serious ailments like heart disease and high blood pressure. Anxiety can impact your mental health as well, and you may begin to experience feelings of restlessness and irritability. Eventually, those mental issues can take over, and if not properly handled, you could experience burnout which will negatively impact your college career. Needless to say, you need to have control of the situation, and there are solutions you can try today.

Improving Your Financial Situation

If you are stressed about money, then the chances are that you don’t have enough of it to get by. You are probably one of the 69% of American households that lives paycheck-to-paycheck. If that’s the case, you must be smart about how you make and acquire more money. For instance, when looking for loans, avoid short-term, high-interest loans, such as payday loans that can sound promising at first but come with interest rates as high as 400%, making them almost impossible to pay back. It is also risky to request cash advances from your credit card company as this type of debt can also quickly get out of control.

Instead, you should look for programs in your area that can assist with your financial issues without forcing you to dig a deeper hole. You can start by taking the time to research and apply for scholarships. There are a ton of great resources out there, and since you don’t have to pay them back, it is well worth the effort. Many government programs can help as well. For instance, due to the added stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government is extending their student loan repayment pause until May 2022, which should give you some much-needed breathing room while you continue to create a plan to get a hold of your finances.

The most important part of your debt-elimination strategy is to create a budget that details all of your monthly income streams along with how much you pay for your assorted debts. Once you have an understanding of how much you spend, you can try to take out unnecessary expenses, such as reducing the money you pay at the cafeteria by spending less to get what you need at the grocery store. If you still can’t make ends meet, then consider landing a part-time side hustle like freelance writing or driving for a delivery service, so you can add in some extra funds. Just make sure that you can still prioritize your classes.

Managing Your Overall Stress

Once you start making headway on your financial situation, you need to turn the focus on yourself and find ways to reduce your anxiety so you can have a productive college career. The most important place to start is getting enough sleep. If you don’t get the seven to nine hours of rest that you need, then you will only become more irritable and upset. If you find yourself tossing and turning at night, then you may just have to change your sleep routine. Make it a point to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day to improve your circadian rhythm. Also, avoid looking at your phone while lying in bed because the blue light it emits can keep you awake. While living with roommates can be a great way to save money, it is important to establish healthy boundaries to ensure you get enough sleep at night.

It is also important to not overexert yourself and to prioritize self-care. It is okay to go out with friends here and there but if you party every night, then you will not only waste money but you’ll also wear yourself too thin and eventually burn out. Have fun during college but remember that it is okay to spend time at home or the library so you can study and focus on yourself. Also, make sure that you exercise and consume a healthy diet so you can feel better inside and out.

Finally, if you continue to feel stressed and your situation is not improving, then you may need to talk to someone who can offer helpful advice. In college, the best person to turn to could be your financial aid office. They may be able to make changes to your aid package, or they can recommend external resources that you can reach out to for the help that you need. Keeping your stress bottled up will only make things worse, so call your counselors, a social worker, or even your parents so you can talk through your problems.

As you can see, financial stress can happen to anyone. However, it is how you handle that anxiety that will dictate what the rest of your college career may look like. Consider the advice and tips above and feel better about your future.

For more information on how to deal with stress during your time at college, check out the infographic below.

SEE ALSO: Balancing College Life and Mental Health

 

 

How to Get Out of Payday Loan Debt

How to Get Out of Payday Loan Debt

Student loan reimbursement check is supposed to arrive in the next few months, but you have to pay rent for a new apartment. You had already exhausted your emergency savings when your car broke down a few months ago. You have also applied for a second job. Unfortunately, the only available jobs are during the weekend hours. But you are already working during that time. So what’s the way out?

Lyle Solomon has extensive legal experience as well as in-depth knowledge and experience in consumer finance and writing. He has been a member of the California State Bar since 2003. He graduated from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California, in 1998, and currently works for the Oak View Law Group in California as a principal attorney.

In a state of panic, you apply for a credit card. But the credit card company rejects your application due to your low credit score. Next, you approach a bank for a personal loan. The bank is ready to give you one. But the minimum loan amount is $3000, which is way more than what you want to take on. Plus, you have a student loan already.

You simply don’t have money. But you need a little amount of money to get by. So you apply for a payday loan and pay your rent. You are relaxed for the next few days and sleep peacefully at night. But the problem starts after 14 days when you have to pay off the payday loan along with interest and fees.

You don’t have money to pay such high-interest rates. But the lenders are not ready to listen to you, and they want money. So what can you do now? Let’s discuss your available options.

How college students can get out of payday loan debt

  1. Calculate how much you owe – How many payday loans do you have, and how much do you owe? These are pertinent questions, and you need to find the answers. Go through your loan documents to find the lenders charging the highest interest rates. Make a plan to get rid of these debts first. The sooner you get out of these debts, the more money you will save in the long run.
  2. Attend a free credit counseling session – As a student, it’s tough to navigate debt problems without proper guidance. And the best place to get the right direction is a credit counseling agency.

Certified credit counselors can suggest payday loan solutions to you. Since they are well aware of the state payday loan laws, they can even tell you if your lender is licensed in the state.

If the lender is not licensed in the state, you have the right to pay only the principal amount. Lenders may ask you to pay interest on the loan. But you can reject it.

  1. Consolidate your payday loans – If you want to reduce stress and interest rates, you need to know how to consolidate payday loans. A payday loan consolidation has significant benefits. It helps you merge all your cash advance loans into a single monthly payment plan at an affordable interest rate. This enables you to save money in the long run.

As a student, you have to take care of so many expenses – food, lodging, tuition fees, etc. A payday loan puts additional pressure on you.

You can reduce this pressure through payday loan consolidation. You don’t even have to worry about late fees and fines. But make sure you are consistent with your payments. Otherwise, your consolidation plan will be terminated. 

  1. Opt for Extended Payment Plan – If your lender is a member of the Community Financial Services Association of America, you can ask them to offer you an Extended Payment Plan. If you are approved, you’ll get a chance to pay off the debt in 4 equal installments. You will get four weeks to repay the loan. There are no prepayment penalties or fees. However, if you miss a payment, lenders may charge extra fees. Read the new agreement carefully to understand the terms and conditions properly.
  2. Settle your payday loans – Inform payday loan companies that you can’t pay the total amount. You are a college student. You don’t have so much money to pay such a massive amount. Negotiate for a lower payoff amount. Payday loan companies may not accept your initial settlement offer. Don’t lose hope and make a counter-settlement offer. They may forgive a portion of your debt when they understand that you really don’t have money to pay off the debt.

Note: Before you opt for any debt relief option, make sure you close your bank account. Unless you revoke ACH authorization with the lender or close your bank account, payday loan providers will continue to take money from it.

The bottom line

As a college student, it’s best to avoid payday loans even when you are in financial trouble. Payday loans don’t solve your problems. Instead, they would aggravate your problems.

If you need money, take out a personal loan from a friend or family member. You can also work as a freelancer to boost your income without dropping your classes.

SEE ALSO: How College Students can Save Money

How Binge Drinking in College Can Affect Your Post-Grad Life

How Binge Drinking in College Can Affect Your Post-Grad Life

Excessive drinking in college has become so much more than a stereotype or trope. Many students see it as a ritual or “right of passage” that ends up being a crucial part of the collegiate experience.

While having a few casual drinks at a bar or party is usually fine, it’s not uncommon for some students to partake in binge drinking. According to the CDC, binge drinking is defined as a pattern of drinking that causes a person’s blood-alcohol concentration to reach 0.08 g/dl or above. That usually equates to consuming 4-5 drinks in two hours.

Most people understand the immediate effects of drinking too much. It can lead to cognitive impairment, sickness, and can lead to serious health and safety risks – especially in college. But, it’s also important to understand the potential long-term effects of binge drinking.

Your habits and choices now can harm your future. While having fun and enjoying your college experience is important, understanding the potential consequences of binge drinking might make you think twice about your actions at the next party.

Not totally convinced? Let’s take a look at how binge drinking in college can affect your life long after graduation.

An Increased Risk of Health Problems

There’s no denying the immediate risks of binge drinking. You could put your health and well-being in jeopardy simply by being with the wrong people, getting behind the wheel of a car, or ignoring potential medical needs.

But, when binge drinking becomes a habit, there are long-term health risks that could follow you well after you graduate. Some of the biggest risks include:

  • Liver disease
  • Cancer
  • A suppressed immune system
  • Stroke
  • Malnutrition

If you already have certain health conditions, drinking too much can exacerbate them. For example, acid reflux and GERD can be made worse with alcohol consumption. Long-term drinking can lead to more serious digestive issues that may worsen with age.

People who drink heavily are also at a greater risk of developing mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression. It’s not uncommon for college students to deal with mental health issues without the effects of drinking. Over the last year, 30% of students reported feeling depressed.  While binge drinking might feel like a “quick fix” to ease that depression, it often ends up making things worse, leading to long-term problems that may eventually require professional help.

Long-Term Consequences

In addition to an increased risk of long-term health issues, consider how your drinking habits could impact your future based on the choices you make.

Drinking impairs your judgment. When you’re surrounded by others who are also drinking too much, it’s hard to find a “voice of reason” that keeps you from doing things you otherwise wouldn’t. That could include things like:

  • Getting behind the wheel of a car
  • Engaging in sexual activity
  • Partaking in risky behaviors
  • Trying other drugs

Each year, 696,000 college students are assaulted by another student under the influence of alcohol. Many of those assaults are physically violent, while just under 100,000 students report some type of sexual assault. Not only can that cause serious problems in the moment, but depending on the severity of the assault, it could lead to long-term physical and/or mental health issues that could negatively impact your life for years.

How to Stop Binge Drinking in College

The more you know about the short-and-long-term effects of binge drinking, the more motivated you should be to get it under control. First, evaluate your existing relationship with alcohol. Is your drinking causing problems with your family members, friends, or your studies? Have you tried to stop drinking so much but haven’t been able to do so? Has drinking become a priority in your life?

The answers to those questions can give you a better idea as to whether your drinking pattern has become a problem. Recognizing that is often the first step in getting things under control.

Thankfully, if you know you need to stop drinking, you don’t have to do it on your own. Most campuses across the country have resources and support services that can educate you and help to hold you accountable. These services can also help you to form a strategy to stop drinking while offering you consistent support along the way.

You might also need to change your environment or your circle of friends. That’s not always easy to do in college, but when your well-being depends on it, it could be a necessary sacrifice. Sometimes, removing yourself from the toxic situation is the best course of action.

Finally, don’t be afraid to lean on family members or friends for help. The people who care about you don’t want to see you struggling with the effects of binge drinking. By reaching out now and getting a handle on your habits, you can reduce the risk of damaging effects now, and in the future. While binge drinking and college might always be linked together, it doesn’t mean you have to fall into the stereotype. Educate yourself, take the right steps to stop drinking, and you’ll have more control over a positive future.

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Tips For Acing Your Final Exams

Tips for Acing Your Final Exams

If exam anxiety creeps up on you every finals week, or you simply can’t stand taking exams, you aren’t alone. Final exam week is stressful, to say the least.

Of course, your GPA and sanity depend on a high grade, but acing exams isn’t necessarily your thing. So, now your new obsession is optimizing your study habits because this exam will be different.

Studying effectively for final exams seems to be easier said than done. Luckily, we’ve got you covered with practical advice on how to get the most out of your study sessions and, in turn, do well on your exams.

Designate a Study Space

Our first tip for acing your final exam is to designate a study space. If you can study in your bed and actually get something out of it, kudos to you. Most of us can’t do it because it sends mixed signals to our brain, and our bodies don’t know if we should be sleeping or doing.

You can make things clearer for your mind and body by designating a study space that encourages you to focus on learning and studying productively. Consider the following when designing your study area:

  • Access to high-speed internet
  • Comfortable furniture
  • A sturdy desk or table
  • Lighting
  • Temperature
  • Accessories and Artwork
  • Music

Create a Study Schedule

Don’t just wing it when it comes to studying. That’s how all-nighters happen, and we can honestly say cramming the night before an exam won’t get you favorable test results. Instead, create a study schedule to ensure you’re giving yourself ample time to study.

Implementing a study schedule all year is ideal, but you should give yourself at least a couple of weeks minimum to study before your exam. Choose blocks of time to study each day. Be sure to take frequent breaks during your sessions to give your mind time to refresh and reset before diving back in.

Organize Your Notes

You’ve learned a lot come the end of a quarter or semester. You likely have more notes and notebooks than you know what to do with, but all of the information in them is crucial to keep. When it’s time for your final exam, it’s a good idea to take some time to organize your notes.

You can loosely organize your notes or use something more structured like a mind map. Converting your notes into mind maps can help you better understand complex information because it’s visually presented to you, easy to review, and manageable.

Once your notes are organized, you can review them against the study guide provided by your professor. Or, you can create a study guide of your own based on your notes and begin studying that way.

Prioritize Sleep and Nutrition

It might be tempting to pull all-nighters and survive on snacks during finals week, but do everything you can to avoid both. You must get a good night’s rest, not just the night before your exam, but every night in the weeks leading up to it. You should also pay special attention to how you’re fueling your body.

Do your best to get 6-8 hours of sleep each night and eat healthily throughout each day. When you’re well-rested and well-fed, you’re mind, body, and spirit will remain in tip-top shape, making it easier for you to study.

Get a Study Buddy

If you study better alone, no problem. However, don’t feel bad if you need someone beside you to get the most out of studying.

Reach out to your classmates and see if they’re interested in forming a study group. You can meet in person or virtually. Just be sure everyone in the group is on board with when you’re going to meet and what you will study in each particular session.

You can also study with friends who aren’t in the same classes as you. Sometimes just being around other students who understand what you’re going through is enough to keep you motivated and uplifted during this stressful time.

Enlist the Help of Your Professors

Not enough students do it, but enlisting the help of your professors when studying for your final exams is wise. Although it may seem like your professors are the enemy at times, they’re there to help you and want to see you succeed. Don’t feel like you have to do this alone.

Take full advantage of office hours. You’d be surprised how many professors are longing for just one student to visit them when their doors are open. You’d also be surprised at how helpful and memorable office hour sessions can be.

So, compile your most pressing questions and head to your professor’s office to get them all hashed out so that you’re thoroughly prepared for your final exam.

Conclusion

Final exams are no joke. Just thinking about them can trigger anxiety, and the next thing you know, you’re talking yourself out of even showing up. But this doesn’t have to be you. Instead, implement the tips above to have the best chance at acing your final exam.

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How College Students can Save Money

How College Students can Save Money

Every penny matters when you are in college. Even if you have a part-time job, you’ll still likely find it difficult to make ends meet while in college. Instead of living like an ascetic, shift your focus to strategies that will help you maximize your savings.

Take Advantage of Free Offers

Check out campus bulletin boards, Facebook and other social media accounts related to your college or university and you are sure to find plenty of free offerings. From free food and drinks at social events to no-cost entertainment on campus and beyond, there are plenty of freebies available to college students. Restaurants, bars and other businesses near campus are also likely to provide students with specials and discounts that make it easy to have fun without zapping your savings.

Borrow Money From the Right People 

A short-term loan that helps you enjoy a decent quality of life in college is beneficial in that it bridges the gap between paychecks yet it can also backfire. Instead of taking out a loan from a payday loan provider, seek out a loan from a family member, a trusted friend or another institution unlikely to take legal action against you.

If you take out a payday loan and can’t repay the debt, it is in your interest to consider the merits of a payday loan debt settlement. Such a settlement reduces the debt you accrued through a payday loan by negotiating with the lender. A lower payoff amount is agreed to and paid, ultimately liberating you from the debt.

Rent or Borrow Items Instead of Buying Them

College students should borrow or rent items rather than spending large sums of money to buy them. There is no sense buying movies, video games and other expensive items when they are available for short-term rentals or even no-cost borrowing. Visit the local library, take out books, movies and music at no cost, return them on time and you won’t pay a penny.

Don’t buy Textbooks

College textbooks are egregiously expensive. It doesn’t make sense to pay an exorbitant sum of money for those books when you can access them online for free. Opt for e-books or used books and you’ll save a bundle of money.

Frequent the Dollar Store and Garage Sales

Shop at the local thrift stores, keep an eye out for yard sales and always buy second hand items. Avoid paying a premium for prescription drugs, textbooks, clothes and other items and you’ll save hundreds or even thousands of dollars each year. As an example, generic medicine that is over-the-counter is oftentimes half the price of regular medicine.

So don’t fall into the trap of shopping at high-end stores or even grocery stores that charge a premium for items that you can find at bargain basement stores. Make an effort to go out of your way to snag the best deals with the lowest prices at thrift stores and you’ll save plenty of money.

Establish a Budget and Stick to It

Fail to set a budget and you’ll end up taking on debt including a payday loan. Though a payday loan debt settlement is available to get you out of the debt trap, it is better not to get into that financial hole in the first place. Create a budget, stick to the budget’s parameters and you’ll have some money left over at the end of each month for saving or investing.

Buy Used Furniture

You’ll save a ton of money buying used furniture as opposed to new furniture. If you haven’t bought furniture in the past, you should know a living room chair has the potential to cost $1,000. Some couches and loveseats cost several thousand dollars.

Opt for secondhand furniture and you’ll spend 25% or even less of the cost of new furniture. You can find used furniture on social media such as Facebook’s Marketplace and websites like Craigslist. Used furniture is also available at Goodwill stores and other second hand stores.

Buy in Bulk

When was the last time you bought economy-sized groceries? If you are like most college students, you rarely, if ever, buy items in bulk as you probably don’t have a family. Opt to buy large quantities of items sold in economy-size packaging and you’ll spend significantly less than you would have if you bought smaller portions. Keep in mind, you can always store the excess in a fridge, freezer or storage space for use in the semesters ahead.

Don’t pay for a Car

The average college student desperately wants a car as it provides an opportunity to experience life to the fullest off campus. However, cars are expensive as they require a monthly loan payment, auto insurance, repairs, maintenance and more. Add in the cost of gas and it is difficult to justify spending your limited discretionary income on an automobile. 

Instead, opt for a rideshare service such as Lyft or Uber. Keep in mind, you can always walk, ride a bike or take public transportation for free or a fraction of what it would cost to take a cab or drive your own vehicle.

Author Bio: 

Catherine Burke is a financial writer for online payday loan consolidation. She provides information on successful cash loans and payday loan consolidation to help people get over a difficult patch. She lives in Kansas and has earned a frame in the matter of payday loans.

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What are the Tips for Fresh Graduates to get Hired?

What are the Tips for Fresh Graduates to get Hired?

The Ancient people Say that “you can’t get a job without experience, and you can’t get experience without a job,” and as a new graduate out of college, this is one of the resilient blockades to face when trying to begin a career.

However, there is the aspiration, as a graduate can do some quick and straightforward things to help them successfully land their initial job and set themselves up for stable progress.

Being a fresh graduate can be a breathtaking time. Closing one chapter in life and another is just taking place. But, in many ways, searching for post-grad work is a job in itself. Making that evolution from student to employee is not always straightforward. There are a lot of blunders to be made if you don’t know what to look out for. Uncovering your first job as a fresh graduate is hideous at the good times but baffling in a universal recession, and it might seem absolutely impossible. But while things may seem acute, it doesn’t undoubtedly mean that your job-seeking forecast is departed in the water.

It’s been disclosed that more than half of the nation’s recently embossed college graduates are either underemployed or jobless. That’s the apical portion in over a decade. Some grads, though, have come in their dreams with great job organizations. Every individual kid wants to become a great person someday; this is what herd you from rudimentary through college to make your sound so that you would be adept at getting the job you want when the time comes.

Inpouring to a new phase of life is very striking, and perhaps nothing is more thrilling than graduating and having the chance to desire a career of your own. However, there are a lot of graduates who are really not sure about their future and what they want to pursue. So if you know anyone who is about to graduate, make sure to tell her or him about these ideas and tips. As a graduate, it’s about playing to your durability and ensuring you can determine how all of your memoir, university, extracurricular, be it work or your public life, can relate back to the job you are applying for.

The key is to get out there, be anxious, and have some fun. That’s what it’s all about.

Five Essential Job Search Tips for Fresh Graduates

In order to get a proper job when you are getting out of college, fresh graduates should be perfectionists with real-life business or any internship experience, and they should look to have gone above and beyond the exemplary job search. There are Different Kinds of Scholarships that are highly ambitious and typically composed for top inquirers.

Based on our research, here are some ways to start your position and resume yourself to make the best odds of getting a job offer:

  1. Be Unrolled to All Kinds of Opportunities

With the tight budget, organizations nowadays work very hard to increase their fixed-term contract and source interns for the employees rather than long-term employees to steer clear of covering medical insurance and high salaries. While these positions may not be most fresh graduates’ dream jobs, some advise them to seize the excuse at hand although: “These types of works will give you an amazing taste of the world. After all, taking the work is better than keeping your hand in hand.” Always open to a new start or opportunities, various types of opportunities come across you in day-to-day life. It’s just that you have to see with your open eyes and try to choose the correct one for your career.

  1. Polish Up Your Hard Skills

While a lot of insistence has typically been placed on the academic acquisition and getting a degree from a renowned university, fresh graduates should never avoid the development of more practical skills. Be it commercial awareness, client management, and more industry-specific technical skills. Your hard skills will be very essential to help you establish your values as an employee. In fact, many community-university graduates are exceptional for job candidates. They advertise their employability to the undeniable, practical skills that make them handy at the workplace.

  1. Show That You’re Passionate

“Do not deem your employees to work as the endpoint. If you are still looking for the best opportunities, you need to keep making fresh ideas and content to show that you are passionate about the industry and not just sitting there and keeping one hand on the other. Working on your own portfolio for the advertising industry, if you like to take some pictures, then do it. If you are interested in doing artist things, then you should go for it more often. If you are great at making or filming videos, go film some videos!” What’s even better, by doing this, you can quickly grow and build your website easily. As an employee of an organization, if you are interested in other files rather than what you are doing, you can not give your 100% at that particular work, so always remember to do what encourages you and pushes you to success. “Show the work you have done to your interviewer, and definitely it will be something which will be highly acknowledged.”

  1. Never Stop Learning

You are putting into the context of a digital advertising enterprise. In the era of digital, information is very easy to convenient. It is essential to always stay on top and self-learn the game. There are always new technologies and new policies by which graduates can constantly learn new things and make great employees. If you are an employee and are working in the other department, your friend is working on the other post. Still, if he knows about the work or asks you any related question of its work, you have to listen to it properly rather than avoid it. You always have to open your eyes and ears to learn new things. Always be free to learn new things.

In fact, it is true that the brightest ones are mostly self-learners. When you look at personalities like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, they are not prosperous because of the school they went to or what they are studying, but this is because they are persistent and reasonable with self-learning.

  1. Keep Searching for Interview Opportunities

Although most organizations may not have job postings on job advertising programs, that does not spell that there are no jobs handed out there. Some organizations may not hire actively, but many of the jobs are still willing to get new fresh minds.

Rather than singly looking for job opportunities via plugged openings, new graduates to “try crashing on the aggregated’ doors one by one to see which ones are eager to see you.” Sure, you may be disapproved of sometimes, not for one or two, but various times. But this process could end with the sheltered job.

Summing Up

All in all, the eventual outcome might seem to be all gloom and doom. But it is essential to not be frightened. The job market is going to be ambitious at the best of times. So keep knocking on doors, gaining ways to self-improve, and, who acknowledges, you may even overwhelm yourself! Instead, stay dedicated – take hold of any convenience that comes your way and, most importantly, treasure to keep your head up amidst the cold calls and dissolutions.

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