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Your First Software Engineering Job: Six Steps to Six Figures

Ah, summertime. The air is heavy with the sweet scent of tens of thousands of somewhat-qualified Computer Science grads, unceremoniously dumped into the wider world. If you’re among them, or a self-taught programmer that’s competing with them for jobs, you probably feel like you’re sitting pretty. I have good news and bad news: It’s a ...

5 Books to Read Before College

There’s the standard list of must-read books for high school and college — and I get that — but there are a ton of books beyond the standard literary canon that college students should delve into. Some are contemporary fiction, others are inspiring nonfiction, and all are going to make you think a little bit ...

4 Free Apps to Help You Find and Save on Gas

Gas is currently over $4 in many places. It could drop in price at some point, but as sure as the sun shines, that price will continue to climb. But you can help yourself spend less money at the pump so some of that can be repurposed toward other things, like cable/internet bills — and ...

5 Great Gifts for College Graduates

Well, it’s that time of year again. From May-June, thousands of college students leave the confines of Never-Never Land to finally grow up. Whether heading for another form of higher education, the job market, or their parents’ basement, here are five great graduation gifts for givers in every budget. Plane Ticket ($300+) This may be ...

(Almost) Guilt-Free Summer Cocktails

No matter what any skinny cocktail says, there’s really no alcoholic beverage that can be classified as completely “guilt-free” when it comes to health and calories. However, you can make smart choices when you head out for drinks and parties with your friends this summer. The biggest culprit in many alcoholic beverages is sugar, so ...

6 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is the mental equivalent of having quick-dry cement poured into your ear, filling up your brain. Soon afterwards, everything comes to a sharp halt and you can’t put a thought together. It’s difficult to overcome writer’s block, but its binds on your brain can be broken. You have some work ahead of you, ...

How to Relieve Anxiety Naturally with Meditation

Plenty of people have praised meditation as a great way to relieve stress. But now we have the evidence to back up that claim. A recent academic article found that meditation “attenuates anxiety through mechanisms involved in the regulation of self-referential thought processes.” In other words, by calming yourself with meditation, you can beat your ...

The Worst States for Law School Grads to Find a Job

While a law degree will certainly be of benefit to you in the long-run, recent law school graduates have just as hard of a time getting a job as anyone else. Except they also tend to have a substantially higher amount of student loan debt to go along with it, sometimes in excess of $200,000, ...

5 Tips for Better Eating Habits

Caitlin Self is HackCollege’s resident Nutrition student. If you’d like to suggest a topic for her to cover, leave it in the comments below. With summer upon us, everyone could use a few tips on how to make their diet a little better. Whether you want to increase your energy level or become ready for ...

4 Cheap Ways to Whiten Teeth

Whether it’s a job interview, date, or anime club cotillion, Americans are vain about their teeth. But if you weren’t lucky enough to have braces as a kid, you can at least make your teeth as white as snow. No need to pay ridiculous amounts of money for monthly supplies of chemicals, though. Use stuff ...

Highest Paying Jobs That Don’t Require A Degree

The value of a college degree has never been under more scrutiny than it is now. As the sheer number of college graduates currently competing for limited job offerings seems to grow exponentially while the costs of higher education are only going up, many people are left wondering if they’d be better off skipping college ...