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College Graduation

Graduation: An Open Letter to My Best Friend

Emma Goddard | Posted 04.14.2014 | College
Emma Goddard

Dear Amanda, When I first began drafting this letter to you, I found my writing riddled with clichés about college and friendship, discovering how ...

A Letter to Early Graduates

Gina Ciliberto | Posted 04.12.2014 | College
Gina Ciliberto

In truth, while I know that you have loads of fun waiting for you in your life post-graduation, while I believe that you will, ultimately, find employment and reach financial independence, I am also scared for you.

I Will Not Be Making Coffee with my $200,000 English Degree

Akane Otani | Posted 04.10.2014 | College
Akane Otani

Yes, this is a degree that requires a certain amount of self-introspection. And no, you probably won't get fuzzy socks in the mail anytime soon. But don't devalue your degree because it's the butt of everyone else's jokes.

An Open Letter to the Class of 2014: Treat Yourself

Meaghan McGoldrick | Posted 04.09.2014 | College
Meaghan McGoldrick

Skip a class for a drive with the windows down, make more time for roommates -- past and present. Call home but hold tight to your last weekends away. And download Find My iPhone.

Why Is College a Dead-End?

Marta Ibarrondo | Posted 04.04.2014 | Comedy
Marta Ibarrondo


A Mother's Advice to Her Graduating Son

Amy Roost | Posted 04.01.2014 | Fifty
Amy Roost

I received a text from my son in the middle of the night. It read, "I love you." My first thought was to text back: "Are you okay?!" And then I remembered. He's on mile 26 of a marathon.

Graduating & Beginning

Adele Scheele | Posted 04.08.2014 | College
Adele Scheele

You will be stepping toward the great unknown and to begin, you have to begin now.

Failure Is Not An Option

Brian Harke Ed.D. | Posted 04.07.2014 | College
Brian Harke Ed.D.

Failure is not an option. Why not? Who says so? Failing has taken on such a stigma that just the thought of it can turn the most confident student into an insecure bundle of nerves.

How I Saved $30K and Graduated 1.5 Years Early by "Testing Out"

Jay Cross | Posted 03.16.2014 | College
Jay Cross

Higher education does need to be changed, but for right now, it is what it is. So if you want to get ahead, don't fantasize about the future. Instead, assume society will never fix college and find a better way to graduate!

We Must Never Stop Exploring

Amy Cheetham | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Amy Cheetham

Five months ago, I found passion. It was 4:30 in the morning and I was at the base of a mountain in Chilean Patagonia. I was exhausted from two days of hiking and from a night spent tossing and turning on the hard ground.

Tim Minchin's Graduation Speech Perfectly Breaks Down Life's Lessons

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.04.2013 | College

You might recognize Tim Minchin as a famous Australian musician, composer, songwriter, actor, comedian and writer, but did you know that he is also p...

Non-Athletes Do Better Than Football Players At Graduating, Report Finds

Inside Higher Ed | Posted 09.27.2013 | College

An alternative, annual study of athletes’ graduation rates has again found that football players, especially those who are black, completed college ...

Not Looking Ahead Is Harder Than I Thought

Ari Andersen | Posted 10.19.2013 | Travel
Ari Andersen

What I envy most about the rest of the animal kingdom is their ability to live completely in the present.

Why We Should Eliminate The 'Student' From 'Student Discount'

Jessica Kane | Posted 10.14.2013 | College
Jessica Kane

Apparently, the day I graduated from college was the same day I became fiscally prepared to pay full-price for a movie ticket, J. Crew blouse, TopShop dress, museum visit, train ride, gym membership and Amazon Prime. Seeing as it's also the day a large portion of college grads become independent of their parents, this logic seems off.

Preparing College Graduates for Success

Anne Snider | Posted 09.28.2013 | College
Anne Snider

Throughout my entire job search process, the best advice I was given was that I must choose the job as much as the job has to choose me. I believe that taking back control of this search process is something that should be encouraged among recent graduates.

A Few Words at Commencement

Robert Strong | Posted 09.05.2013 | College
Robert Strong

At its best, a liberal education is cultivated curiosity, tolerance for alternative points of view, humility in response to deeply challenging questions, ingenuity in making connections across disparate disciplines, and independence of thought anchored in an acquaintance with the enduring mysteries of the human condition.

Now What?! Conversations About College, Graduation, and the Next Step

Ari King | Posted 09.01.2013 | Books
Ari King

Upon graduating, you have presumably spent four years in an environment where there is a strong emphasis on getting into college and graduating, but not usually a blueprint for when you get out. Okay, now what?!

Top Five Financial Tips for Students

Justine Kay | Posted 08.27.2013 | College
Justine Kay

After the graduation parties, job hunting, and teary goodbyes are over, it's time to figure out the heavy stuff: finances. How much debt are you going to be in? Do you need a cosigner on your loan? Is there an app for this!?!?

When Reality Sets in for Graduates

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D. | Posted 08.19.2013 | College
Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D.

This new reality will have its own moments of elation, of course, but it will include the need for more hard work, more learning, more maturing and more personal and professional growth.

The Post-Grad Problem, and Part of the Solution

Alli Shea | Posted 08.13.2013 | College
Alli Shea

We are constantly surrounded by the happenings of the world in a way that no other generation has been. Unfortunately, this means that the tragedies of the day are more visible than ever. But so are the triumphs.

WATCH: Mother And Daughter Bond Is Extra Special

Posted 06.10.2013 | Divorce

It takes a lot of courage and dedication to go back to college as a single mom, but as one recent college graduate learned, going through school with ...

Relieving Stress: Doing More for Yourself

Hannah M. Murphy | Posted 08.07.2013 | College
Hannah M. Murphy

It's safe to say, without exaggeration, I didn't do so well on the test I spent all night studying for. My brain was so fried that where my eyes were reading "Which statement is an example of...," my brain only comprehended "Wycki setbenrnt eb in asdfgh jk..."

5 Tips Graduates Can Learn From Superachievers

Camille Sweeney & Josh Gosfield | Posted 08.05.2013 | College
Camille Sweeney & Josh Gosfield

Congratulations, after running on fumes for years -- pulling all nighters and cramming for your exams -- you've finally made it. You've finished school and earned your degree. But before you've even had a chance to catch your breath everyone's asking, "So, what's next?"

My Graduation Speech on How to Fail (Successfully)

Uloop | Posted 07.31.2013 | College

Want to know the key to not failing in the next 10 years? This may sound strange, but I think the key to not failing is to fail, and fail often. In those failures, you will find that you will stop worrying about the trivialities, about appearances and paychecks and pleasing other people.

For Women Entering the Workforce, It's About Options

Alison A. Quirk | Posted 07.30.2013 | College
Alison A. Quirk

Too often, the conversations about women in the workplace are focused on the wrong things. Your generation can change the discussion.