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How to Improve Your Chances of Getting Into Grad School – Master or PhD Programs

Most Master and PhD programs are competitive and difficult to get into. Here’s how to improve your chances of getting accepted into the graduate school of your choice. These tips for applying for graduate level studies are from my own experience – they’ll help you complete your application and get accepted into the grad program you […]

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How to Know if You Should Drop Out of College

Is dropping out of college the right decision for you? Here’s how I decided if I should stay in my two year MSW (Master of Social Work) program. My decision-making strategy – and the end result – may help you know if you should drop out of college. I loved the first semester of my two […]


Overcoming Obstacles When You’re Starting a Blog – Day 2

Congratulations – you decided to start blogging! Here are several tips for overcoming the obstacles you will inevitably face. Starting a blog is fun and challenging…but it can also be frustrating and annoying. I’m always reading a book about blogging or search engine optimization; currently, I have Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, […]

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Volunteer Work in India How to Make It Amazing

Volunteer Work in India – How to Make It Amazing

My teenage niece texted me, saying she’s off to do some volunteer work in India. “How do I make it amazing as it could be?” she asked me, knowing that I lived in Africa for three years and have traveled a fair bit. First, read books like India Travel Survival Guide For Women by Shalu Sharma; […]


Should You Go to Grad School for a Master of Social Work (MSW)?

If you’re asking “should I go to grad school?” and you’re considering a Master of Social Work (MSW) program, you’ll find my experience helpful. A reader asked what I think of the MSW program; here’s a list of pros and cons. It was a two year Master of Social Work for me, because my undergrad degree […]

Should I Go to Grad School for Master of Social Work

How to Choose a College Major

How to Choose a College Major

Choosing what to major in when you go to college can be confusing, even if you know what you want to be when you graduate. Here’s how to choose a college major, based on my experience getting three university degrees. Are you uncertain about choosing a career path? Read The Art of Work: A Proven […]


How to Prepare for College – What You Need to Know

College prep isn’t just about choosing classes and paying tuition. These tips on how to prepare for college will help you go back to school with a sense of security and comfort. I included information about financial loans, textbooks, courses, clubs, living accommodations, and ways to stay healthy at college. One of my favorite things about […]

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How to Study When You Can’t Focus

It’s a common problem for college students: you have to study for the exam, but you’re stressed and distracted. Here are six tips on how to study when you can’t focus, to get you through exams. Read How to Become a Straight-A Student: The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less by […]


Good First Jobs for Teens

This list of good first jobs for teens was inspired by a comment on my article about teenagers finding work and making money. I started working when I was 12 years old (yes, babysitting). I saved my first $1,000 when I was 14 years old, and bought my first car (a 1982 Ford Mustang) when […]

Good First Jobs for Teens