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How To Figure Out What You Really Want To Do In Life

College Candy | Posted 04.19.2014 | College

Graduate college, move into your own adorably modest place, buy an aspirational duvet cover from Anthropologie, host candlelit dinner parties for your...

Congrats, Graduates: Now Go Out There and Redefine Success

Arianna Huffington | Posted 04.17.2014 | College
Arianna Huffington

We're coming up on one of my favorite times of the year: that time, just after spring breaks out but before summer begins, in which thousands of college graduates are released into the world. And as they go forth we give them lots of advice. The advice varies, sometimes conflicts, but the general idea is: Here is what you need to know in order to succeed in the world. This year my book tour is taking me to a lot of colleges, and my first piece of advice is to start by defining success for yourself -- by being clear about what you want, what you value and what you are about. But to do that, we need to abandon, or at least mitigate, some of the worst practices of the adult world that students are already mired in: burnout, sleep deprivation, stress and anxiety. This is all the more important because this generation is starting out their adult lives burdened with multiple deficits.

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 ...

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.

The Adult Student as Your Prospective Employee

Dr. Mika Nash | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
Dr. Mika Nash

Not having the luxury to devote one's entire focus toward school forces a heightened sense of time management and organization. It creates a motivation to compartmentalize wherever possible as a way of feeling productive at the end of a day.

Why Is College a Dead-End?

Marta Ibarrondo | Posted 04.04.2014 | Comedy
Marta Ibarrondo

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What It Means to Be a Millennial

Serena Piper | Posted 03.28.2014 | College
Serena Piper

Fast forward eight years and I'm now 24 years-old, a recent college grad, and I'm living in the attic of my parent's house. Not exactly the way I pictured my life at this point.

College Counselors: The Unsung Heroes of American Education

Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D. | Posted 03.24.2014 | College
Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

At this time of year on America's college campuses, seniors are counting the days until graduation -- always a multi-layered moment filled both with c...

Dear College Seniors

Samantha Matt | Posted 03.20.2014 | College
Samantha Matt

Soon, you'll be working and you'll be tired. Soon, you'll have to be responsible with your money and save it. So for now, enjoy it. Forget about your impending future and focus on the present.

Discussing Post-High School Options With Your Kids

Pam Didner | Posted 03.14.2014 | Education
Pam Didner

Going to college is not the only option. Even if you decide to go to college, there are multiple ways to control the expenses.

Graduation Day: Dying From Cancer to Clean Scans in Six-Month Intervals

Kevin Lankes | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Kevin Lankes

As a young adult cancer survivor, I will never stop worrying about dying before I've lived long enough to leave my mark, to positively affect the world, and do whatever other things my mother would no doubt disapprove of.

The One Thing My Daughter Can Do To Make Me Happy

Jim Walter | Posted 03.03.2014 | Parents
Jim Walter

On your graduation day, if I say to you, "Are you happy, Lily?" and you respond "I happy, daddy," then I'm happy too. And if you can't tell me that, then I will do everything in my power to fix that.

Working to Live, Living to Work

Michael Drew | Posted 02.27.2014 | Business
Michael Drew

Of course, when you're starting out in life, and you have to support yourself, a job is essential, and a BA degree might not get you something to pay the bills. But then again, it just might.

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.

Education Is the Key to a Better Quality of Life for Women

Gayle C. Manchin | Posted 04.01.2014 | Women
Gayle C. Manchin

Education is the key to a better quality life in America. This is especially true for women, particularly the millions of them who are living on the brink of poverty -- one illness, one home repair or one lost paycheck away from economic ruin.

6 Self-Care Tips for Post-Grads

Juliana Schwartz | Posted 03.18.2014 | College
Juliana Schwartz

Confession time: I graduated from college about six months ago, and I am currently unemployed. And, as luck would have it, I'm not the only one.

A Letter To My Future Self As A High School Graduate

Isabel Song | Posted 03.04.2014 | Teen
Isabel Song

Questions aside, I also have a few wishes for you. I know you'll probably go through heartbreak with college decision letters (who doesn't?), but I sincerely wish your ultimate path will be one that you love and one that will never make you feel like you're settling for less.

The Best Christmas Gift I Could Give My Daughters

Virginia Sullivan | Posted 02.23.2014 | Fifty
Virginia Sullivan

My mother was raised to find a good husband. In her era, it was important that she know how to clean a house, plan a party and be a good spouse to the executive she was going to marry someday. Her Christmas activities were to have my dad's boss over for dinner, wrap all the gifts and always keep the house tidy and welcoming. She was the demure little housewife that everyone called his 'better half'.

Advice for December Graduates

Paul Mandell | Posted 02.16.2014 | DC
Paul Mandell

For those college students graduating this month, and gearing up to find employment, this season can be the most stressful time of year.

Ode to My Graduating Daughter

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 02.12.2014 | Fifty
Sidonie Sawyer

Despite living in a privileged country where liberty is acquired, she knows well about the struggle of less privileged. She will gently coach those in need of advice or just a simple word of consolation. She is great with children.

Why High School Was Pretty Much A Bust For Our Generation

Helene Cohen Bludman | Posted 02.04.2014 | Fifty
Helene Cohen Bludman

In my own utterly unscientific random sampling of my generation, I have concluded that high school was pretty much a bust; if not a total disaster, then potentially the most annoying time ever, with angst and insecurity as much of the daily routine as was the cafeteria food served on plastic trays.

Shame on Texas PTA for Supporting Lower Expectations

David Hinojosa | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
David Hinojosa

It is clear that requiring Algebra II for all Texas graduates is in the best interest of the youth of this state: for their future and that of Texas. TLEC calls on local PTAs to make their voices heard and demand that its statewide organization reverse its position supporting lower expectations.

Recent Grad. Gainfully Employed. Hopelessly Miserable.

Tré Easton | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Tré Easton

So. I graduated this past May to begin my life anew as a so called "grown-up" in the proverbial "real world." I never really cared for that phrase--the real world. As if to say the world in which I was living was somehow removed from reality. Oh wait. It actually was.

Hispanics Must Embrace Entrepreneurship and Innovation to Improve Education

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

While traditional education reforms to incorporate greater flexibility and higher standards into the system are still necessary, they are not sufficient. Even more important is to restore the student at the center of system, and refocus on improving learning.