February 2012

  • Take Summer Classes Your Way with Online Courses

    Barry Lenson

    Take Summer Classes Your Way with Online Courses If you’ll be taking some college courses this summer – maybe to speed up your college studies or help you decide on a college major – you have two ways to do it . . . Summer Classes the Old-Fashioned Way If you take courses this way, you’ll be signing up for a lot of inconvenience, discomfort and expense.  You’ll have to spend the summer, or most of it, living near the school where your classes will be held.  You’ll need to rent an apartment or secure a room in a dorm. You better plan for the heat, too, by buying some summer clothes so you can sit in classrooms and lecture halls comfortably. You better figure out the transportation end of things too, since you are going t ...

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  • How to Use Internships to Jumpstart Your Career

    Barry Lenson

    How to Use Internships to Jumpstart Your Career In only the last five years, internships have become one of the most popular strategies that college students are using to find jobs after graduation.  If you haven’t been thinking about finding an internship too, this could be the time to start looking for one. Summer is coming up. And summer is the time when most companies welcome interns through their doors. What Are Internships? An internship is an unpaid job that companies offer to college students. If those words – “unpaid job” – sound off-putting to you, perhaps it is time to think again. The fact is that more and more companies are using internships to identify students whom they will hire after they graduate from col ...

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  • An Invitation for Veterans to Go Back to College

    Barry Lenson

    An Invitation for Veterans to Go Back to College “I completed a year of college before I joined the Marines and now I want to go back and finish up,” a veteran named Jeremy emailed us recently. “Am I alone? Do you have any idea how many other veterans completed some college before going into the service?” We tried to find out how many current service people put their college work on hold before enlisting, and we couldn’t.  We did, however, find many articles online that document the fact that a growing number of veterans, thanks to the GI Bill, are finding their way back into classrooms at many of America’s colleges. A number of excellent American colleges and universities, including Excelsior College and Western Gov ...

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  • Bedbugs, Hazing, and More Weird College News of the Week

    Barry Lenson

    Bedbugs, Hazing, and More Weird College News of the Week This week has brought a wave of college news stories that could be called funny, disgusting, disturbing, and just plain weird.  Here’s a quick rundown . . . Huge flap over fraternity hazing hits Dartmouth College. Here’s a story that is anything but funny. If you want to see a huge tempest brewing over the topic of fraternity hazing, drop by the website of The Dartmouth, Dartmouth’s campus newspaper.  It is a disturbing story on many levels. First a student wrote an editorial  that described hazing rituals that are so revolting, I won’t even summarize them on this blog.  That student and his story have now been discredited by some members of the Dartmouth community. ...

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  • Spell “StraighterLine” Wrong and Win a Prize

    Barry Lenson

    The First-Ever Misspell “StraighterLine” and Win a Prize Contest As the editor of the StraighterLine blog, I can testify that the word “StraighterLine” is one tough word to type correctly on the first try. It just doesn’t fall under the fingers easily. Well, it turns out that I am not alone. Here are some unusual and funny misspellings of StraighterLine from emails that we have gotten over the last months . . . saferline state line (sounds kind of immoral, right?) stater line straight lane straighten line straigherline straighter line straighterlien straightest line straightline straightliner (sounds like a kind of truck) stray line strayer lane stright line (if say it out loud, it sounds the Aus ...

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