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Liz O'Neill
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Liz O’Neill writes college and career-related articles for several websites and higher education blogs, including eLearners.com, earnmydegree.com and gradschools.com. She’s also the Boston Examiner for online learning. You can follow her on Twitter @SomethingKnew.

Blog Entries by Liz O'Neill

8 Signs Your College Major Might Not Be A Smart Choice

Posted October 14, 2011 | 10/14/11 09:33 AM ET

A college degree or some form of career training is crucial in today's job market. Beyond that, many students still seem mystified by - or resistant to - employment realities, in terms of which fields are hiring and which fields will actually pay well. If you're not sure

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7 Ways To Repurpose College Libraries Once Books Are Obsolete

Posted August 5, 2011 | 08/05/11 01:11 PM ET

In the coming weeks, tens of thousands of college students will load their families' minivans, and experience the sweltering chaos of Move-In Day. Upperclassmen in matching T-shirts will volunteer their brawn and brio, as they lug assorted trunks into teeming freshmen dorms. But this year, besides the shot glass collections,...

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5 Things That Should Be Allowed On College Campuses Before Guns

Posted April 7, 2011 | 04/07/11 08:50 AM ET

College students get caught with all sorts of things they're not supposed to have -- alcohol, drugs, plagiarized papers... And up until now, guns would have been considered contraband, too. But at least seven states are currently considering revised policies that would allow professors and/or students to carry...

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7 Disappointing Things About Spring (And Life After College)

Posted March 30, 2011 | 03/30/11 09:10 AM ET

Life is a symphony of stages. All the psychologists say so. Transitioning from one stage to the next can be frightening or even painful. But if you prepare yourself ahead of time, you'll be a lot less disappointed to discover, for example, that pizza delivery in non-college towns ends around...

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The Unsung Heroes Of March Madness

Posted March 16, 2011 | 03/16/11 09:38 AM ET

The so-called "Big Dance" that is March Madness is a complex feat of choreography. Sixty-eight teams from around the country are shuttled to far-flung cities, with legions of fans trailing behind. It's easy to see the effort that so many players and coaches invest in the event. But meanwhile, behind...

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10 Valentine's Day Gifts You Could Buy for the Cost of a Dozen Roses

Posted February 11, 2011 | 02/11/11 10:23 AM ET

Every Valentine's Day, Americans flock to florist shops and fight to reserve the last of the long-stemmed roses in rich hues of pink and red -- with rich price tags to match. Depending on where you live, when you place your order and which variety you select, Valentine's roses can...

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Holiday Presents Least Appreciated By College Students

Posted December 20, 2010 | 12/20/10 11:18 AM ET

The holidays are a time for charity and selflessness. And perhaps nothing is more charitable than giving to a college student. But just like the Salvation Army, college students maintain a list of preferred giving policies. This year, you might wish to consult the following college gift "don'ts" before you...

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The 7 Worst Types Of College Admission Essays (Slideshow)

Posted November 23, 2010 | 11/23/10 08:06 AM ET

College applications are a horrible agony no one should suffer once -- let alone eight to 10 times, as many of today's high school students do. But for every tortured student, there's a tortured admissions professional, sifting through an entire forest of paper, looking for an essay that doesn't scream...

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8 Things That Couldn't Survive Without Colleges

Posted November 8, 2010 | 11/08/10 11:16 AM ET

No one wants a world without college. Citizens would be uneducated. Science would cease to advance. And back-stocked Hot Pockets would overcrowd warehouses across the country. But it's an interesting hypothetical. Just like the History Channel's Life After People predicts the first structures to crumble in the absence of human...

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8 College Classes Begging To Be Skipped

Posted October 18, 2010 | 10/18/10 05:48 PM ET

One of the great joys of college is that you can (usually) skip any class you want without fear of detention or a phone call to your parents. Of course, that missed class might cost you a grade. And it certainly costs a few hundred bucks worth of forfeited learning....

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8 Unfair College Stereotypes

Posted October 8, 2010 | 10/08/10 01:00 PM ET

In the old days it was cheerleaders and frat boys. Today, college has evolved just enough to produce a new crop of cliques, caricatures and student body clichés. But are these individuals really as pat as we think they are?

Of course, no stereotype is a fair stereotype. People...

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7 Reasons Why Your College Roommates Hate You

Posted September 24, 2010 | 09/24/10 09:52 AM ET

Everyone can identify the obvious causes of roommate strife. You're a slob. You're a mooch. You invite unsavory characters back to the communal pad.

But many students hate their roommates for stickier, subtler reasons. Some of these reasons are your fault. Some are beyond your control. Either way, knowing...

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8 Things That Stop Being Cool After College

Posted September 20, 2010 | 09/20/10 12:48 PM ET

You're only as old as you feel. Unless you're 32 and still shopping at Hollister. In that case, you're not just old. You're creepy.

College is full of peculiar norms and once-in-a-lifetime entitlements. But graduation means saying goodbye to the many oddities that define America's undergraduate experience. Your beer...

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