‘Why You Should’ Posts

Why You Should: Take IT Courses from The Linux Foundation

Why You Should: Take IT Courses from The Linux Foundation

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2020, 1.4 million jobs will be open in computing with only 400,000 computer science graduates available to fill them. That means students with training in Information Technology (IT) will be ready to fill the candidate gap. The Linux Foundation offers a growing list of online courses ...

Why You Should: Control Facebook & Other Internet Tracking

Why You Should: Control Facebook & Other Internet Tracking

Facebook tracks all users as part of its program to send them targeted adds. It places tracking cookies on your computers and mobile devices to snoop out your location and your online activity. Once these tracking markers are buried in your computer or mobile device, Facebook can track even those who have turned off their ...

Why You Should: Take an Online Class

Why You Should: Take an Online Class

In 2014, nearly 6 million students took at least one online course. The popularity of distance learning options has been growing steadily in recent years. Many full-time students are mixing on-campus classes with online courses, and others are shifting to entirely online educations. It’s not surprising that so many students are comfortable taking courses online ...

Why You Should: Write Down Your Goals

Why You Should: Write Down Your Goals

Have you ever made New Year’s resolutions that you failed to follow through with? If so, you’re not alone. Evidence suggests that roughly 60 percent of people abandon their grand plans for the upcoming year within six months of making them. Surprisingly, the trick to sticking with your goals may be simpler than you think. ...

Why You Should: Understand Consent

Why You Should: Understand Consent

The statistics are increasingly startling and upsetting—as of 2015, it was reported that 1 in 5 women will be raped in their lifetime, and 27% of women in college will experience some kind of unwanted or undesired sexual contact. As one of the most underreported crimes, sexual assault is alive and well on college campuses ...

Why You Should: Use Slader.com

Why You Should: Use Slader.com

Textbooks have an ugly side to them. They are great resources, but often lack an answer key. As a learning device, reading thorugh chapter content in search of answers is time consuming and frustrating. A more effective strategy for learning is having quick access to textbook questions. I learned that magic formula for learning many ...

Personal Finance Tools You Should Be Using

Personal Finance Tools You Should Be Using

College students, as a general rule, are striving for autonomy. We all want to be independent of our parents, but when it comes to money, sometimes it’s easier to ask mom for cash or get dad to do your taxes. If you’re ready to get better at managing your money on your own, check out ...

Why You Should: Use AirDroid Or Pushbullet

Why You Should: Use AirDroid Or Pushbullet

Using the tiny, on-screen keyboards on smart-phones and tablets can be difficult and counter-productive. Most portable keyboards for mobile devices require crunching your fingers together to type, which doesn’t fix the problem. Typing on a full keyboard is more productive and much easier. AirDroid and Pushbullet close the convenience gap for getting notes, text documents ...

Why You Should: Use Virtual Private Networks

Why You Should: Use Virtual Private Networks

Virtual private networks (VPNs) are a critical lifeline to protecting your security online. Whether you connect to the Internet using your mobile carrier’s service, through public Wi-Fi, or through a cable connection, your data is at risk and your online activities can be tracked without a VPN service. VPN connections encrypt your data and block ...

Why You Should: Update Your Android

Why You Should: Update Your Android

Android phones and tablets wear out — just not like the tires on your car or the soles of your shoes. Older Android phones simply use obsolete operating systems that your phone-carrier or tablet-maker no longer supports. If your Android no longer receives updates, it doesn’t have the latest security patches to protect it from ...

Why You Should: Volunteer Regularly

Why You Should: Volunteer Regularly

Whether you volunteered or were voluntold, odds are that you did a significant amount of service work in high school. Working a dozen different events and lending a hand at whatever charitable effort best fit your weekend schedule may have been a great way of racking up hours, but as you transition into adulthood, it’s ...