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Monthly Archives: August 2016

Attending Art School Tips

Here are some tips that will help you survive and thrive during your art school adventure.

# Be unique
Push your creative boundaries. Be careful not to plagiarize or reproduce anyone else’s work. Don’t be afraid of using up your creativity. The more work you produce, the more creative you will become.

# Your portfolio
Always be thinking about building your portfolio. Work on each assignment as if it will end up in your portfolio. Push yourself to be the best you can be and don’t settle for mediocrity. Try to make each piece better than the last.

# Make the most of your education
Attend every art class, and be on time. Keep your nose to the grindstone and do the best work you can do. Don’t wait till the last minute to do homework assignments. You are building the foundation upon which the rest of your life will be built. Make it a solid one! Be sure to get plenty of sleep. Get to bed early on school days and let your hair down on the weekends.

# Purchased used textbooks if you can
Textbooks are one of the most expensive purchases you will make while in art school. Buy used textbooks if you can, as they are much less expensive. Sell the textbooks you don’t need.

# Scholarships
Keep searching and applying for scholarships. Apply for scholarships for each term. Every little bit of extra money towards tuition will make a huge difference, especially if you have student loans to deal with.

# Get involved
Join student organizations and groups. It is a great way to make new and lasting friendships.

# Frugal living
Living frugally and on a budget is essential while you are in college. Make use of your Student ID! Many local shops, theaters, and restaurants offer discounts to students. If you have access to a kitchen, cook your own meals. Wait for sales and clearances before purchasing clothing, or visit store outlets.

# Stay healthy
It is easy for college students to put healthy habits aside when the stress of college life mounts. Get plenty of sleep. Taking a nap between study sessions can help you retain the information longer. Eat healthy foods and drink lots of water. Try to exercise every day, even if it’s just going for a walk. Staying healthy will make you feel better and you will be more creative and productive.

Pick The Right College Major

pick-college-majorSo you’re an approaching first year recruit or an underclassman who is still undecided and the inquiry everybody asks you “What’s your major?” is getting on your last nerves. I’ve heard it a thousand times, and trust me, the main inquiry you will despise being asked more than “What’s your major?” is “The thing that would you like to do after graduation?”. Be that as it may, we’ll get into the graduation address some other day. Until further notice how about we focus on picking your major.

I went to first year recruit introduction at the University of Florida not comprehending what I needed to do with my life (and truly, 6 months after graduation and working in this present reality, despite everything I don’t have the foggiest idea about the answer). In the same way as other of you, I felt weight to give the counsels an answer. I let them know Civil Engineering. Awful slip-up on my part. Never pick designing as your major unless you are dead sold on it. I was imbecilic and agreed to a year of Calculus and Chemistry.

But the good thing about college and choosing your major is that you can always change it. You can change your major seven times if you want. I only changed my major twice, which is probably about normal. What is not normal is picking a major and sticking to it. You are in the vast minority if you go all four years with the major you picked at orientation, but kudos to you for sticking with it.

Try to evaluate what you like and enjoy doing. If you love computers, research your school’s computer science degrees. If your passion is in sports, pursue a sport management degree (that’s what I did). If you love kids, by all means declare yourself an education major. But do not feel that you are stuck with it. Explore the programs and keep your options open.

Choosing a major does not necessarily mean you will land a job in that field. I earned a Bachelor’s in Sport Management and here I am building a web page and writing articles about college life. Your degree does not limit you career opportunities. Unless you choose a very specific degree, like software engineering or accounting, your career opportunities are very open. Even with specific degrees you can find jobs in areas unrelated.

When it comes to picking a minor or going after a second degree, try to pick something relevant to your field of study. To accompany my sport management degree, I earned a business management minor. Both compliment each other. Do not get a computer science bachelor’s and an entomology minor. They are completely irrelevant to each other and won’t be impressive on your resume (unless you have a true love for bugs, then stick to something relevant). The same goes with double majoring. Don’t double major just for bragging rights. It will be a big waste of time. If you love the challenge, love studying, and hard work then explore the option of getting a second degree. Do not go straight into orientation with that go go attitude of “Oh my god I’m going to be a double major in bimolecular chemistry and nuclear microbiology and I’m going to take all honors courses so I can graduate in two and a half years”. It doesn’t work like that, and you won’t make it unless your name is Doogie Howser. Wait a semester or two before declaring a second major.

# Don’t pick your major because it’s what your mother or father do.

# If you are unsure at orientation, don’t feel pressured into choosing a major right away. It’s ok to be undeclared for a semester or two.

# Be happy with your degree. If you hate the classes you are in, think about making a change.

# Don’t declare a second major right away.

# Pick a minor that compliments your major.

# Pick a major in a field of study you enjoy. If you enjoy reading books about Art, then look into being an Art History major. If Art bores you to death, don’t be an Art major.

# Take advantage of your school’s career resource center. (I never did, and boy did I regret it when it took me 4 months to find a job).

Know the Reasons Why College Student Should Study Abroad

studyingThe advantages of studying abroad can’t be disparaged. There is no drawback to concentrate abroad and the upside is gigantic. From taking in another dialect to picking up a superior comprehension of world governmental issues, studying abroad can make you a much more attractive contract to potential bosses. In the event that the individual talking you additionally studying abroad, it can be the way to making that association with them that separates you from the others.

Here are four things that you will learn abroad that will separate you from your schoolmates who don’t concentrate abroad.

# You will learn and understand a new culture

Doing business with someone is always tricky, but doing it with a person or company in a different country is even more difficult. In some cultures, people say exactly what they are thinking. For instance, if you went abroad to a meeting and someone said, “John, nice to see you. You look much fatter than the last time I saw you,” as an American you would be greatly offended. However, if you understood the culture and knew that the comment was meant as an observation and not an insult, it would be easier to laugh off. Without an understanding of that culture, the whole business relationship could be ruined.

# You will have a better understand of foreign politics

Not only will you gain a better understanding of the general politics of a country, but you’ll understand the bureaucracy as well. If your company needs to get something done overseas and you know how to work through the system, you will be that much more valuable to your employer.

# You will learn a new language faster than taking a class

Your average language class meets for 45 hours per semester. Your average day abroad involves 16 hours per day of immersion in a new language. So, in 3 days abroad you hear and are immersed in a language more than you are in a class for an entire semester! It is also much easier to learn a language when it is being used in normal day-to-day situations. Sure, you can learn the basics by reading a textbook or listening to a teacher, but nothing will make you understand a language better than being immersed in it.

# You will learn to be flexible and patient

The two things that everyone who studies abroad learns to master are flexibility and patience. Not everyone in the world eats dinner at 6pm, or has hot water all day long, or has a dryer. So, you learn to adapt and be flexible in your new situation. Part of this adaptation involves a fairly high level of patience, as in the U.S. you would probably be pretty upset if you didn’t have hot water! Employees who are flexible and patient are a blessing to every boss. There’s nothing a manager hates more than an employee who can’t easily switch gears or sit back and wait.

Remember that studying abroad not only increases your value as a potential asset to your future employers, but expands your view on the world as well. If you are interested in studying abroad I would recommend visiting This well established professional organization can help ensure that you have safest, unforgettable yet affordable study abroad experience.