5 Life Lessons I Learned from Bungee Jumping in Macau

This is a guest post from my good friend Pam Nguyen, who runs Surviving College (another awesome college blog). So no, I didn’t personally go bungee jumping in Macau – but now I want to 🙂

I am going to tell you a story about one of the most spontaneous moments of my life, which happened when I was on an exchange program at a business school in Hong Kong. (Hong Kong, by the way, is one of the best study abroad locations if you want an opportunity to travel throughout Southeast Asia.)

I think the entire exchange program decided to travel to the Philippines or Thailand that weekend. I had just turned 20 years old, and was one of the people in the group who didn’t go. The remaining 6 of us who didn’t commit to traveling the world that weekend decided to make a day trip to Macau, a Chinese province that is notorious for its casinos, egg tart desserts, and amazing Portuguese-Chinese fusion cuisine.

My good friend Jenny had been feeling a bit rebellious at the time. She was intending to go bungee jumping while we were in Macau without the permission of her parents, who had been funding her study abroad budget. (Insert gasp here.)

Macau is home to the Macau Tower, which is the second highest commercial sky jump in the world. At 731.6 feet, it’s not exactly a beginner’s bungee jump! Jenny didn’t want to do it alone, so she asked the 5 of us if we were up for joining her.

I’m pretty sure everyone else instantly said no, but I hardly gave it a second thought before jumping on board. Read More…

How To Get (And Keep!) Your First Client As A Freelancer

This is a guest post from my good friend Jessie Spielvogel. You might recognize her from my exceptional bloggers list I published earlier this year. She’s pretty awesome!

Freelancing is one of the best job options in the world right now. If you’re a student or if you’re currently in the market for a job, freelancing may be for you!

Think about it: jobs are hard to come by, you’ve got a set of skills that you’ve been trained for through school and/or previous work experience, and you certainly have some expertise in an area that others could use you for. So why not put those great skills to use immediately, and begin helping others while bringing in some extra cash?

If you’ve decided that you want to start freelancing, that’s awesome (and it puts a HUUUGGEEE smile on my face)!

First things first – if you’ve currently got a “real job,” make sure to check with your employer to be certain that there won’t be any issues with you working the side gig! Being sneaky about moonlighting will only end up with you either getting fired, or simply feeling paranoid and guilty all the time. Don’t let this happen to you.

If you’re employer-free, then you’re good to go! Let’s find you your first client!

“How do I start?” – you

This is one of my favorite questions (and one of the most frequent that I receive), because this is what I’m best at: getting you started!

Whether you’re a graphic designer, marketing consultant, personal fitness trainer, yoga instructor, rodeo clown, or barista, there are ways for you to get the word out about what you’re good at and what you can do to help others (and you can get paid to do so)!

Here’s How. Read More…

How To Make Your Travels More Worthwhile

This is a guest post from Lauren Gabel, one of my really good friends at Iowa State. We used to be RA’s together, and now we’ve both decided that travelling and not dealing with people who lock themselves out of their rooms is more fun. Here are some tips she learned on her own study abroad trip.

So hopefully if you’re reading this, you have already been inspired by Maria’s Top 10 Reasons to Study Abroad or even Thomas’s post about unicycling from the east coast to the west coast blindfolded with a video camera. (I could have the exact details wrong).

Either way, I hope you have been inspired to go on a radical adventure that has few guarantees other than the promise of taking you out of your comfort zone!

Personally, I did the study abroad adventure, and based off of my experiences I assembled a short list of tips for anyone looking outside of their own back yard.

There are a few basic supplies that I’ve found helpful. Read More…

A Review Of The New iPad – Is It A Fit For Students?

This is a guest post by Shep McAllister, one of my close friends and the former editor of HackCollege.

Students have often asked me if they should get an iPad. Since I first got my hands on an original model, my answer has always been:

“If you have the money, yes.”

The new iPad doesn’t change that assessment. It’s still a luxury item. You will almost certainly need a laptop or desktop to go with it. It won’t fundamentally change your academic experience.

Caveats aside though, the new iPad has absolutely improved as a college-oriented device, and any student who owns one will undoubtedly use it on a daily basis, both for business and pleasure. Read More…

Applying to Graduate School – Notes From the Front

This is a guest post by Noah Greenberg.

As I take a gulp of cold coffee dregs and hunch over the stack of papers on the café table in front of me, I realize that applying to graduate school is way more difficult than I thought it would be. ­

If I had to do it over again, I’d send myself some advice on how to apply to grad school the right way, and how different it is from applying to undergraduate universities.

Undergraduate programs scatter the country like a Verizon coverage map: they’re everywhere. No matter where you look, you’ll find an undergraduate liberal arts program at a respected college. That’s not to say it’s easy to get accepted everywhere, but the choices are endless. Graduate school programs, on the other hand, are elusive.

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Guest Post: Tips For Engineering Students

This is a guest post by ISU student Joe Mayer. Learn more about him in the author bio below this post.

So here I am, a senior in chemical engineering, working what seems like every hour of each day toward a degree and a future. Well, it just so happens that all these years spent in school have not left me without some idea of how I could have done it all better, and what I believe I did right. This semester I constantly find myself thinking of things that I feel young engineering students would (or should) probably find valuable. So here it is; my list of tips for engineering students! Read More…

Energetic Music: Breakdown Of Sanity – “Mirrors”

This week’s album review was written by Nick Kelly, whose distinctions include being a freshman at ISU, being in a band, and being my cousin. 

Like Parkway Drive? Good. Like Korn? Awesome! Like dubstep? Even better! Like random Barack Obama samples? Then Breakdown of Sanity is the perfect band for you. The unsigned 5-piece from Bern, Switzerland just self-released (meaning without label backing) their newest album, Mirrors, in April, and it fits the “energetic” title perfectly. Read More…

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