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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Leaving the Nest

Financial independence is one of the most liberating parts of adulthood; but leaving the nest too soon may lead to poor financial decisions, such as taking on debt to maintain a lifestyle. You should think long and hard about whether or not you have the financial maturity and stability to handle living on your own. ...

Unpaid Internships Not Worth It, According to Survey

Unpaid internships are only slightly more helpful than no internship in helping college students get jobs, according to a new survey. For its 2013 Student Survey, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) asked more than 9,200 college seniors about paid and unpaid internships and their luck with finding jobs. The results showed that ...

How to Stop Being ‘Busy’ and Prevent Burnout

If you find yourself increasingly busy — with no time for friends or anything outside of your work or studies — you’re likely headed toward a burnout that will leave you sick, tired, and utterly useless. There is a bright side, though: You recognize your problem and want to prevent a burn out. Because busyness ...

Learn a Language by Watching Movies and YouTube with LaMP

Using movies and other media to increase your proficiency in a foreign language is great if you cannot afford to travel and immerse yourself into a particular language. If you’re a beginner, it’s also a great way to familiarize yourself with common phrases and cultural nuances. In order to help language learners on their path ...

Use Goal-Oriented ‘Dashes’ to Jump-Start Productivity

We all go through bouts of procrastination during a work or study session. It’s not that we don’t want to complete what’s expected of us, it’s that we often have so much going on that it’s hard to sit and focus on our most important task. For those of us here at HackCollege, productivity is ...

Check University Dump Sites for Free Stuff

If you’re in the market for a computer monitor, chalkboard, or any type of supply or equipment your school may have in abundance, campus dump sites can be a treasure trove of gently-used items. Reddit user TheExtremeModerate, a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, told of his own journey scavenging through what he calls “tech dumps.” ...

RedHoop Aggregates the Search for Online Courses

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are disrupting the traditional education system by offering free college-level courses to anyone willing to learn. In the process, universities around the world are partnering with leaders in the field, such as Coursera and Udacity, to offer credit and degrees. But the proliferation of online course providers often makes it ...

Google Adding Nutrition Information to Search Results

Google‘s Knowledge Graph is expanding into a new category today, with the addition of nutrition information to search results. Over the next ten days, the company will be rolling out the feature — which includes over 1,000 foods and meals — to U.S. visitors. Essential fruits, vegetables, meats, and some meals will be apart of ...

Quick Tip: Bring the Classic Start Button and Menu to Windows 8

The latest version of Windows brought a slew of changes to the operating system’s user interface. The biggest of which was the removal of the classic start button and menu. In their place, Microsoft introduced a horizontal scrolling, tablet-friendly desktop, code-named “Metro.” Those of you used to the start button and menu — which have ...