How to Write a Thank You Note for Any Occasion (With 3 Examples You Can Use)

From an early age, my mom instilled in me the importance of writing thank you notes. I can’t remember the exactly how old I was when I wrote my first one, but I imagine it was as soon as I was able to write. After every birthday party, Christmas, or any other occasion where someone had given me a gift, my mom wouldn’t let me rest until I’d written a thank you note to every last person.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve continued to write thank you notes for all sorts of reasons. I’ve written them to high school teachers who wrote me letters of recommendation, to friends who let me stay with them during my travels, and to the many mentors I’ve had during my journey as a freelancer.

I’ve also had the pleasure of receiving a few thank you notes over the years, so I know just how warm and appreciated they can make you feel. At the same time, I’ve used thank you notes as part of my professional life, both out of courtesy and the desire to follow up with potential clients. They can be powerful tools, yet so few people take the time to write them. Read More…

The Ultimate List of Student Discounts and Deals – Fall 2018

No matter how you look at it, going to college isn’t cheap. Of course, college already costs you way less than the average student because you’ve avoided taking out student loans (or at least paid them off early). Not to mention, you’ve read our guides to cutting the cost of college and making money in college, and you always stay within your budget.

Still, maybe you’re looking for even more ways to save money — ones that don’t require you to do anything except be a student. If so, then you’ve come to the right place. Read More…

Stop Being Broke: 100+ Ways to Make Money in College – July 2018

The “broke college student” stereotype is part of our culture. So much so, that some students use it as a badge of honor, bragging about how they manage to survive only on instant noodles. While we’re all about thriftiness and resourcefulness, we think the “broke student” stereotype is a limiting belief.

Just because you’re a college student, that doesn’t mean you have to be broke. There are a whole host of ways you can make money as a student, and they go well beyond stereotypical student jobs like delivering pizza and working fast food.

In fact, we’ve come with over 100 ways you can make money in college, and you’ll find them all below. For easier reading, we’ve broken these ways down into 11 different categories. Feel free to click on any of the links below to jump straight to the category that interests you, or read the whole guide from start to finish for the ultimate dose of inspiration. Read More…

50 of the Best Personal Website and Portfolio Examples in 2018

If you’re a student (or anyone, really) you need a website. It’s your chance to establish an online home base, impress recruiters, and provide something that will set you apart from the stacks of static resumes that everyone else is submitting for job applications.

But creating your own website can be overwhelming. Even if you’ve got the basic technical details down, the possibilities for design, layout, and text are nearly endless.

Because of this, it can be helpful to see some examples of what other people are doing. That way, when you create (or even update) your website, you’ll have some ideas of what to do to ensure that your website doesn’t look (or sound) like it’s from 1995.

That’s why we created this post. It’s a compilation of 50 of our favorite personal website examples from around the internet. In addition to showcasing the site, each example also includes an explanation of what the example can teach you about creating your own website. Read More…

The Ultimate Guide to LinkedIn for Students

If you’re reading this article, then you’re likely familiar with all the regular social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Snapchat. You probably even have an account with a few of these, and maybe you spend time on one of these platforms instead of studying.

But what if there were a way you could be on social media and advance your future career prospects? That’s exactly what we’ll cover in today’s post, which is all about LinkedIn. You know, the social network you thought was just for your dad.

We’ll explore why LinkedIn matters as a student, how to create your LinkedIn profile (including some LinkedIn summary examples for students), how to use LinkedIn to network, and how to use LinkedIn to find jobs and internships.
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The Flow State: How to Enter Your Brain’s Most Productive State

Have you ever experienced a time when you felt like you were “in the zone”? Where you were so involved in what you were doing that everything else around you melted away, and time stood still?

Psychologists call this experience “flow”, and it’s essential to doing meaningful deep work. It’s such a powerful concept that all the productivity blogs and business websites have taken the concept and run away with it, offering tips to achieving flow in order to be more productive.

But many of these bloggers have missed the point of the original book that started it all: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. As the book’s subtitle implies, flow is about so much more than being more productive. Increased productivity is a side effect of flow, but achieving flow is ultimately about leading a more enjoyable, happier life.

In today’s post, I’ll explore the truth of flow, straight from the source. I’ll explain what it is, why it matters, and how you can cultivate flow in situations you encounter as a student.
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How to Write a Resume

I don’t think anyone enjoys writing resumes. They can feel like pointless exercises in self-glorification at best, and exercises in the fine art of b.s. at worst. You have to take all the things you’ve done over the past 1-5 years and condense them into a 1-page document that will (hopefully) convince a person with hiring power to give you a job.

With all this pressure, all this confusion, it’s easy to just plug some random facts about yourself into one of those online resume generators and call it a day.

But it doesn’t have to be like that.
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How to Ask for Letters of Recommendation and References

College is a wonderful time, but it doesn’t last forever. Sooner or later, you have to start looking toward your future beyond college.

For many students, this means getting a job (but not just any job). For others, it may mean going on to graduate school or volunteering. And even while you’re still a student, you’ll need recommendations for internships, study abroad, or even just a summer job.

Whatever path you choose, odds are you’re going to need a letter of recommendation. At the very least, you’ll probably need to provide a reference.
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