College Myths

  • 5 Myths Not to Fall for When Searching for a Job or Internship

    5 Myths Not to Fall for When Searching for a Job or Internship
    Beth Dumbauld

    There are many myths about finding your first internship or job. Learn what actually matters when looking for a job or internship. ...

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  • Are College Major Stereotypes True?

    Are College Major Stereotypes True?
    Beth Dumbauld

    Is it true that some college major stereotypes are real? If you’re in college, you’ve probably heard some generalizations about the people in your major. Many of these are based on the characteristics that certain groups seem to have the tendency to possess. However, not everyone is the same. Some generalizations can seem true, but others may be false. Here are some examples of college stereotypes. Are These College Major Stereotypes For Real? It is widely believed that English majors are dreamers who always read and have a special knack for grammar, and spelling. Here’s the reality: English majors carry books all the time because it’s required reading for literature courses. Not all English majors are good at grammar, punc ...

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  • Should I Take The SAT Or ACT For College Admissions?

    Should I Take The SAT Or ACT For College Admissions?
    Beth Dumbauld

    You might be wondering "should I take the SAT or ACT?" The college admissions process has a lot of moving parts to pull together, and each one is geared towards giving you the best chance of getting accepted to the college or university of your choice. It's assumed that taking both tests is critical for increasing your chances of attending the school you really want, but you may not have to take both the tests! Depending upon the college or university you wish to attend, here's a list of schools that either are "test flexible" or "test optional" for college admissions. So, as part of your research on the best schools to attend for your career goals, see if yours is one that gives you leeway on taking these exams. Before we go further ...

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  • 3 Myths of Online Courses

    3 Myths of Online Courses
    Beth Dumbauld

    By Nick Carter If you’ve never experienced an online course first-hand, what you know about them might be less fact and more fiction. As a student advisor here at StraighterLine, I can help you feel confident about taking your college classes online. Want to try an online class? Take two free lessons on us today! Let's break down the three biggest myths surrounding online courses. Myth 1: Online courses are easy! Online courses aren’t easier; they’re just as challenging as traditional courses. A better word to describe online courses would be convenient. Online courses are allow 24/7 course access, eBooks are readily available so you can complete coursework on the go, and personalized tutoring services are available on-dema ...

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  • 3 College Myths You Need to Unlearn

    3 College Myths You Need to Unlearn
    Beth Dumbauld

    This article originally appeared on Western Governors University Night Owl Blog. By: Nick Rothacher, WGU Scholarship Program Manager MYTH:  Where you attend college matters more than your major. REALITY:  Your degree field is the major indicator of your future earning potential. While public perception is that you will make way more money when you graduate from a prestigious school (think Ivy league or small liberal arts college), the data tell a different story. Your degree field will dictate your future earnings much more than your alma mater. While there are exceptions to the rule, an education degree from Harvard is going to land you a teaching job with a salary comparable to that of a graduate from a state school. MYTH: ...

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