‘Student 3.0’ Posts

Doing Creative Work Outside of Campus with Ien Chi

Last week, I sat down in my dorm room to interview fellow Emory student (and director of the award-winning film “Tick Tock“) Ien Chi. As referenced in the interview, this is take two–the original was lost in the ether of poor wifi. In the interview, we talk about how to succeed in whatever you’re passionate ...

Change your study habits, goal approach this school year

Don’t you feel more academically centered already? Image courtesy of Flickr user José Feliciano Cerdeño. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.I can’t wait for fall to start. (No, seriously. I’m a nerd.) The reason is that–in addition to slightly less oh-god-I’m-melting temperatures where I am–fall brings back regular school. With regular school comes the option for ...

How to Have Hobbies in College

an class="full-image-block ssNonEditable">This is Tim. He spends his free time building ships in bottles. Look how happy he is! Image courtesy of Diogo Mendes. Licensed under CC BY NC 2.0

A friend of mine walked into my room the other night, somewhat distraught. "I just realized," she said, "that I literally do not know what to do with myself when I am not doing homework." I would have teased her, but I couldn't--I feel exactly the same way.

Because college has no defined work/not work boundaries, it is incredibly easy to just work all the time and completely lose any ability to do things that are not assigned to you. This isn't healthy. Side projects and hobbies (for example, this site) are the sorts of things that not only get you noticed from a pack of job applicants post-graduation, but which make you a non-boring, fully-functional human being.

So, inspired by this blog post, I've decided to strike back. It's hard, but I've had some successes: for the first time in what feels like months, I read a book purely for pleasure. I have more time to write. Instead of letting college become my life, I've confined it to what it is--my job. I've set myself work hours (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week, and the afternoons and evenings on the weekends) and I am doing my hardest to use the time after that to explore things I'm actually interested in.

There are four steps to making this work. They are:

  1. Know what you need to do: I have very clear lists each day of what I need to accomplish. I know what assignments I need to finish by the end of my "work" time. I'm able to do this because, every three weeks, I write out all of the homework I need to be doing each day in order to hand my assignments in on time. I don't have to worry about working ahead because I know I will finish everything if I only stick to what's in the planner. This means that absolutely none of my mental processes go towards worrying about what I need to do.

Guest Post: How YouTube Can Boost Your Grades

Well, there goes the afternoon... Photo by flickr user topgold.

Today's guest post comes from Daniel Sims. He's a freshman at Columbia University. You can read more of his writing over at his blog, Habitation Intention. I like this guest post.

YouTube has been marked as a plague in the undergraduate community. It has a never ending stream of people hurting themselves, cats doing funny things, people singing on a webcam, catchy songs and other distractions keep students from their purpose (to provide cheap labor for a professor's study).

Jokes aside, YouTube does waste a lot of time. However, it can be useful. You can watch lectures, post your own lessons or stay motivated with YouTube.

Twitter in the Classroom – 3 Moderation Options

In June, we covered a UT teacher who got some major geek cred for using Twitter in her class. We even interviewed Professor Rankin.  But all I kept thinking is, what happens when people start playing the penis game on Twitter? You can’t expect a lot of maturity out of us college students (and I ...

Creating Passive Income Online in College – Part-Time Work Without Working

an class="full-image-float-right ssNonEditable">College is the perfect time to establish passive income. Creating a small, simple source of automatic income can provide the beer money necessary to enjoy the semester. And, it can pay huge dividends down the road.

Passive income is money that you earn on a regular basis without doing that much work (ideally, it’s one large investment of time that requires only a little maintenance afterward). Passive income used to mean a huge investment of both time and money, one of which, college students don’t have. But it doesn’t take renting property or earning music royalties to make passive income anymore. All it takes is a very simple business idea that “runs itself” (most likely, actually, it’ll be run by computers). I have two sources. It took a weekend.

It’s great to start some passive income in college because it’s a time in your life where you’ve got “time off.” It’s harder to do this kind of thing when you have a regular 9-5 because it requires a big initial investment of time, especially if you want to make something really bulletproof. In fact, turn it into an independent study and get some class credit for your creation.

It’s also a great project in college because once you set this thing up, it can presumably run for the rest of your life – 80 years of earning a dollar per day makes almost $30,000. Throw that into an account earning 5% at the end of each month and you’ll have almost $400,000 after 80 years.

The most important part is your actual idea. It needs to incorporate automatic marketing, an automatic way of delivering a product and a way to make money on it. The simplest one to wrap your head around is a website. People find the content online somewhere, visit the site, and click an ad. But the more effective you can be about getting someone to click that ad is the real trick. And if your site is dependent on your maintaining it regularly (a blog), then you’re still working for money. The goal is to do no work – let the site run itself.

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How to Hack In-Class Presentations

Worried about getting a job after graduation? You may just want to start streaming your online presentations to put yourself a step ahead of your classmates. Check out the video for more information. Leave a comment and let us know what you think!

XML Resume Library – Future-Proof Your Resume

an class="thumbnail-image-float-right ssNonEditable">Resumes. A necessary evil.It's that time of year again. Those of us graduating need to start focusing on job applications. The rest of us have to start searching for internships. One of the most troubling things about the resume is the software associated with it. Microsoft Word is a piece of crap. OpenOffice is nice, but still just as finicky. There's a tool out there (for the hardcore) that makes writing the resume a breeze: it's called the XML Resume Library. It's allowed me to easily generate text, HTML and PDF versions of my resume.

Using Basecamp for Large Group Projects and Student Organizations

an class="thumbnail-image-float-right ssNonEditable">Student group projects and student organizations: is organization possible? From flickr user bjornmeansbearThe group project: that painful thing that pops up every once in a blue-moon-of-a-class. Why is the group project always so strenuous? Even with capable leaders and motivated teams, any project of reasonable size fizzles after a while. The computer science majors at LMU are put to the test every fall; all CS majors (all 6 of us) must create a program of significant difficulty as a team. Over the past 16 weeks, we have been slaving away and trying to stay on top of deadlines. To organize ourselves, we used the project-management software Basecamp. This post will talk about the merits and caveats of using this web technology in a classroom setting, as well as how student organizations can use Basecamp.

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The Parent-Proof PC – This Week’s Summer Project

Are you sitting around at home this summer, religiously watching YouTube with your hand elbow deep in a container of Ben & Jerry’s? It might be time to find a hobby. Or you could make yourself useful. Chris wrote a post about “parent-proofing” your parents’ computer. How many times have they called you because “the ...

Live Reporting Follow-Up

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s post about outfitting a school newspaper (or any organization really) with the capability to broadcast video live from anywhere, it dawned on me: Someone could do the same thing for 1/10th the price. The caveat: it wouldn’t be truly live. The solution will be good for most people, though. ...

Outfit Your School Newspaper with Live Reporting

In the Kevin Rose sphere of the web, streaming live video is just beginning to take off. Guys like Kevin are just using streaming video from their phones as a novelty. While brainstorming with Chris about things that could bring the Loyolan up to speed, we came up with live reporting. There’s a trifecta of ...