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Guest Post: Set Up a Personal Brand Home Base

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Today's post in Internship Week is actually a guest post. (Oh my!) Today's advice comes from Shep McAllister, a sophomore at Trinity University. If the name sounds familiar, that's probably because you read his previous two contributions The Best iPhone Apps for Students and Dealing with a Car Accident in College. Let's see what he's got to say about putting yourself online for that killer internship you just zeroed-in on.

These days, any employer considering you for a position or internship is likely to Google your name. While there is no overstating the importance of maintaining a clean and respectable online identity on social networks and blogs, it never hurts to have a personal page, an online business card if you will, designed specifically to show your would-be bosses just how tech-savvy you are. You don’t necessarily need to know anything about HTML to set up an online faceplate, as there are many ways of doing this.

Choosing the Best Internship

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This week is Internship Week at HackCollege. Keep your eyes out for advice on securing a coveted summer internship throughout the week!

For many students, just getting an internship in the first place might be difficult. But that is just not the case for the readers of HackCollege. You guys have business cards, have landing pages and have SEO'd your name to the top of the stack. Hopefully. It still might be difficult to get exactly the internship you want. Don't use the crappy job climate as an excuse; there are plenty of high-quality internships out there. You just might have to look a little bit harder. This post will be about identifying the summer internship that you will be the most beneficial to you.

Next Week is Internship Week at HackCollege

I would hate to brag too much, but last summer my team for won the Gawker media startup beer pong tournament. We edged out the long-standing champions, College Humor, one night on a rooftop high above New York City. Photo by founder and awesome sysops baller, Jared Klett. Hello! It’s been a slow ...

From the Vault: 5 Ways to Live Life Like an Improv Game

While getting our ducks in line for next week’s content, I ran across one of my favorite posts in the HackCollege vault. I’ve gone on record at LMU saying that joining the improv team was one of the best things I’ve done at college. Participating on a good improv team in college will teach you ...

Don’t You Wish You Went to Kansas State?

While reading Michael Wesch’s blog this morning (the bomb professor who made the “A Vision of Students Today” video), he talked about the K-State Proud in a post. Some students at Kansas State documented their “Flash Mob of Kindness” in video form and Dr. Wesch shared it on his blog. The video is a good ...

Guest Post: The Best iPhone Apps for Students

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Today's guest post is from Shep McAllister, a sophomore at Trinity University. His post last week, "Dealing with a Car Accident in College," generated some healthy and not-so-healthy discussion about handling the logistics of a terrible situation. He's back again to discuss his favorite iPhone apps. Enjoy!

It’s a well established fact that iPhones and iPod Touches now outnumber male students on most college campuses. If you have one of these devices, be sure to keep these apps in your regular rotation to make college more pleasant. You’ll notice that most of these apps are pretty popular, and savvy iPhone users have probably heard of all of them. The reason for this is simple: most popular apps are popular because they’re good (or because they have pictures of women in their underwear, but I digress). Probably 90% of the apps in the store suck, including most of the ones supposedly geared towards college students. Presented here are some of the gems of the App Store, all of which I keep in my regular rotation, and have found indispensable throughout college.

All links open the iTunes App Store.

Guest Post: Dealing with a Car Accident in College

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Today's guest post comes from Shep McAllister, a sophomore at Trinity University double majoring in communications and political science. He shares some advice about dealing with car accidents in school.

Having a car in college is awesome. You can escape campus whenever you want, members of the opposite sex flock to you for rides, and it helps establish a sense of independence and adulthood. It isn’t until you’re involved in your first car accident that you realize that being an adult can kinda suck, especially if you don’t know what you’re supposed to do.

I was recently rear-ended for the first time, and found myself clueless about what to do. I remembered that in the movies, the parties involved in the wreck exchange “information,” and then go on their merry way. Beyond this step I was pretty much lost, and while I was lucky enough to get my mom on the phone and a helpful officer on the scene, I realized that I needed to be better prepared if this were to ever happen again. So here’s a step-by-step guide I have put together, and am going to keep in my glove box from now on.

HackCollege in the Daily Trojan

It’s been a while since HackCollege has been covered in an old-school newspaper. While you might know lifehacking forwards and backwards, many of the masses remain uneducated. And it’s kind of cool to read yourself in something that is published every day on this technology historians refer to as “paper.” The Daily Trojan published a ...

What the iPad Means for Students

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It's fair to say these days that students love Apple. The MacBook outsells every other laptop out there n the student demographic. The iPhone is the go-to smart phone for students: the $99 entry point is affordable and you can leave your parents with the monthly bill. Apple tried once again to explode the world today with the announcement of the iPad, the mythical Apple tablet. Unlike unicorns, these actually exist. There are many features on this thing, but I'm going to highlight the ones that will be particularly applicable to a student's lifestyle.

So what does the iPad mean for students?

Guest Post: Review

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This guest post comes from my younger brother, Blake Sutton. He's currently a sophomore at Notre Dame studying biochemistry or something. I don't like ramen so I forced him to write this review.

Going to school in the Midwest has few advantages. When you move in during the summer everything is humid and sticky. During the winter, snow gets dumped on you. The nearest Asian supermarket is in Chicago. It is nearly impossible to get decent ramen around here, something I miss from the West Coast.