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Guest Post: Evaluating Your Employability

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Today's guest post is from Thomas Frank, a longtime HackCollege reader, and founder of Thomas has some great takeaways for students from The Personal MBA. Enjoy!

One of the most interesting books I've been reading lately is The Personal MBA by Josh Kauffman. The book is centered around the idea that you can save thousands of dollars by not pursuing an MBA, instead reading lots of books in your free time and educating yourself. The book is a very broad overview of business that is broken down into chunks based on each factor that goes into running a business, including value creation, marketing, selling, finance, value delivery, and more.

While the actual value of an MBA is beyond my perception at this point in my life, I've come to realize that this book is a great starting point for business self-education. It's written in bite-size passages, each one based on a particular concept that falls under its chapter's main idea. 

In the chapter on value creation, one of the concepts that stuck out to me was the concept of economic values. These are the values of a product or offering that will influence how much people will want to buy it. The economic values Josh lists are

Efficacy - how well it works
Speed - how fast it works
Reliability - whether or not you can depend on it
Ease of use - how much effort does it require you to expend
Flexibility - how many things it can do
Status - how it affects the way others perceive you
Aesthetic appeal - how attractive or aesthetically pleasing it is
Emotion - how it makes you feel
Cost - how much you have to pay to get it

Guest Post: How To Deal with a No-Laptop Policy

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Today's guest post is from Nick Honegger, a fellow student at Trinity University. Like many of you, he can't stand being told to keep his computer in his bag. He has a few tips if you find yourself with a technophobic professor.

The semester has started and you find yourself stuck in a class that has a no laptop policy, what do you do?

The most basic option you have is talking to your professor outside of class to discuss the possibility of you using your laptop. Most professors fear students who use laptops in classes are either playing games or surfing the web. In an attempt to distance yourself from this perception, try explaining why you find a computer is helpful to your note taking process. If you can convince him or her that the computer is more efficient for you they may change their mind. Offer to make some sacrifices to prove you are willing to be diligent. For example, I’ve had teachers be content with laptop users if they sit in the first three rows. The best way for this strategy to work is to be polite and explain why your laptop is so vital for your learning process. This works more than you would expect, and as long as you do not appear to be distracting your classmates, you will be in the clear. 

Guest Post: 7 Ways College Must Have Been Different When Cellphones Didn’t Exist

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Today's guest post comes from our friends at CollegeCandy.

Nowadays, pretty much everyone has a cell phone. And if you don’t, I’m going to assume that you’re my grandma and say congrats for figuring out how to sign on the World Wide Web.  Cell phones have become a such a big part of our lives that we view them as another body part. We all know that panicky feeling that you get when you realize you left your phone at home. Seriously, I think everyone would prefer to walk out of the house without pants rather than without a fully-charged phone.

So what was life like before cell phones? (Editor’s Note: Uh….horrific?!) Like, I’m talking about life even before Zack Morris ’80s cell phone. Sure, maybe life was livable without being in constant contact with everyone, but can you imagine college without a phone in your hand at all times?

1. How did people find each other at parties or bars? My friend, for a whole semester, was sans phone. It sucked having to find her out in public places. Navigating a crowded bar with no idea where to look is the opposite of fun. We would find her an hour into our night, just when she was leaving with a new guy. The only way to be sure that we would be with her for the night was to actually arrive with her, as in make a solid gameplan and follow through, and who can do that?

2. How did they talk sh*t about people without texting? Let’s be real, we’ve all been there. Sitting in class between that weird kid who clearly hasn’t showered for weeks and your BFF.  Or talking to a creeper at a party and trying with all your might to get away from his creepy stare. Or spotting a girl’s thong sticking out of her jeans in lecture and just HAVING to share the image with someone…who happens to be sitting three rows away. Like any normal person, you take out your cell phone and text.

Twitter Contest: GoodReader for iPhone

A few months ago, Shep covered the goodness that is GoodReader for iOS. Just in time for the end of the year, we’ve got four copies of GoodReader for the iPhone to give away. The app normally costs $2.99, so this is the perfect little stocking stuffer for a tech-savvy friend or yourself. As the ...

Guest Post: Stuff Your Brain With Cramberry

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Today's guest post comes from Kyle Dreger, a tech enthusiast and freshman at University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio.  You can read more of his writing at his personal Tumblr.

Through the years, low-tech flashcards have remained one of the best ways to help you memorize facts, vocabulary, or pretty much any sort of information you need. However, many times the process of creating flashcards can be tedious - writing a hundred front and back cards is exhausting for anyone. If you've made flash cards before, you realize that keeping track of many sets is a pain as well. Once a hardcore flashcard user, I've tried almost every online flashcard creation site out there. They all have different strengths, but none really gave me the simple, yet robust, flashcard experience I was looking for on both the desktop and my mobile device. Then I met Cramberry

The HackCollege Christmas List

an class="full-image-float-right ssNonEditable">The holiday shopping season is upon us, and the HackCollege writers are salivating at the thought of some of the latest gadgets, toys, and apps out there.  We've rounded up a few of our favorites after the break for you to sample, and feel free to leave your own recommendations in the comments.  


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Show Your OS Some Love: Contest Winners

We don’t know what our real winners look like, so we’re taking a guess. You guys have great hair! Image courtesy of The Oregon Trail Red Cross. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0. Thank you to everyone who entered our contest! We’ve picked the winners of the copy of Office 2010 and the two Cinch licenses. ...

HackCollege Contest: Show Your OS Some Love

And by “kittens” we mean “software.” Image courtesy of Flickr user Simon Lieschke. Licensed under CC 2.0 BY-NC.First off, election day is tomorrow. If you haven’t voted yet, do so! (You can even check in on Foursquare.) In addition, we’re having a contest. A few weeks ago when Emily went to the Microsoft Open House, ...

Guest Post: The Dangers of Four Loko

Today’s gust post is from our friends at College Candy. These drinks came out after Lesinski told us the cheapest ways to get drunk, ounce per ounce, and I’d like to see how it holds up. Here’s a quick little midterm for you: you have $10 in your pocket, but you need to unwind at ...

Intro to Cooking: Sesame Broccoli Salad

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It may have been the vegetable non grata at your childhood dinner table, but now that you’re a super-chic college chick there’s no reason to balk at broccoli. Of all the greens with which to fill your plate, broccoli has a unique varied texture that soaks up yummy sauces, and is robust and filling, too. Now is the peak season for the veggie, so it’s a great time to stock up on its calcium and folate.

 Snack Ideas:

  • Awesome as a crispy, fresh vehicle for hummus spread or paired with Laughing Cow cheese.
  • Steam in boiling water and serve drizzled with Thai peanut sauce (available in the ethnic foods section of your grocery store)
  • Chop and scramble with eggs and ham for an omelet twist.

The Recipe: Sesame Broccoli Salad

By now, you’re probably tired of the caf salad bar and its endless iceberg lettuce. Whip up this salad at home and it will serve you for a week. Sometimes I add chunks of steamed chicken for a protein boost and to make it a complete meal. Crunchy, sweet, and savory!

Five Things College Students Take For Granted

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College students are notoriously strapped for cash, and everyone on campus knows this.  Maybe administrators only do it because they feel guilty for sucking thousands of dollars out of our bank accounts, but the truth is, they actually provide plenty of awesome things for students to utilize – but we never seem to take these opportunities.  Why is it that the turnout for dollar beer night is always SO much greater than the number of students who show up for on-campus lectures?

There are so many chances that college students simply fail to take advantage of.  Here’s a little bucket list, College Candy style.  Make sure you take advantage of each of these things at least once before graduation.  Trust us – these opportunities are painfully rare once you get out into the real world.

Who Would We Cast in the HackCollege Movie?

Episode 7: The HackCollege team talks about our favorite posts of the week, the incredibly-inspiring The Social Network, and formulate plans for the 100 million dollar HackCollege movie. If your browser doesn’t support the HTML5 player below, just download the .mp3 here. Your browser does not support the audio element. Show Notes Make Life Easier: ...