Posted on April 25, 2012
Posted on April 24, 2012
President Barack Obama, told a rowdy college-age crowd at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Tuesday that he knows first-hand about the burden of student loans because he only managed to pay his back a scant eight years ago.
“Michelle and I, we’ve been in your shoes,” Obama, who turns 51 in August, told a cheering, capacity crowd of 8,000 at Carmichael Arena.
President Obama went on to say
“Check this out, all right. I’m the president of the United States. We only finished paying off our student loans off about eight years ago. That wasn’t that long ago. And that wasn’t easy–especially because when we had Malia and Sasha, we’re supposed to be saving up for their college educations, and we’re still paying off our college educations,” he said.
The president’s emphasis on his modest upbringing seemed designed to invite comparisons to presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The White House has denied specifically targeting the multi-millionaire financier with such attacks even as the Obama campaign has pointedly attacked Romney’s personal finances.
Obama’s stop in North Carolina was the first on a two-day, campaign-style swing through battleground states to reengage young voters who powered his historic 2008 campaign but seem less enthused about the 2012 election.
What Obama Wants You To Support
He wants Congress to pass legislation to stop student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1 from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.
His chief policy message was an appeal for Congress to pass legislation to stop interest rates on a popular student loan from doubling July 1 from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. “I didn’t just read about this. I didn’t just get some talking points about this. I didn’t just get a policy briefing on this,” the president said to laughter from the crowd.
Obama says ‘I know it’s like first hand’
“We didn’t come from wealthy families. When we graduated from college and law school we had a mountain of debt. When we married, we got poor together. We added up our assets and there were no assets. And we added up our liabilities and there were lot of liabilities—basically in the form of student loans,” Obama said of himself and Michelle Obama.
The president said he and his wife paid more on their student loans than they did on the mortgage on their condo during their first eight years of marriage.
Full article here upi.com
Posted on April 24, 2012
After all the speculation, Google Drive is finally here! The cloud service allows users the ability to access vital information from a host of products from either home, your dorm, work or on the go — utilizing easy drag-and-drop technology that makes being unable to send large files via email a thing of the past.
Drive is offering consumers 5 GB of free storage — more than twice the 2 GB of free storage offered by Dropbox. And google’s service is available for Macintosh, Windows and Android devices. An iOS version is weeks away.
And while Dropbox charges $10 a month for 50 GB, Google intends to sell a whopping 100 GB for $4.99 a month.
So for those students with 2 million final page papers or students trying to transfer large art portfolios Google drive might very well be your best bang for your buck.
by Maxmillian Garland
Posted on April 23, 2012
Hey you. Yeah you! Do you like free stuff? Of course you do. I mean you’re in college, the place where free shit grows on trees. T-shirts, free pizza, free condoms (you should probably use those).
However, there is one other thing that you may not know is free. Free housing!! I’m not talking cheap creepy housing where the land lord video tapes you in the shower either. I’m talking about the good kind of free housing.
But how can I get free housing you ask?
Educational Housing Services (EHS) is hosting a summer video contest for students and interns. All you have to do is record a video of yourself and upload it to their youtube channel (click here) Be sure to tag Educational Housing Services in the video and get all your amigos and amigas to like it and watch it.
Summer Video Contest
Posted on April 23, 2012
Maybe the dining hall is closed, or perhaps you’re late to class but you really really really want some breakfast (who doesn’t). And today cereal bars just ain’t gonna cut it! Today you want some eggs DAMN IT. But most of us don’t have the luxury of a stove. That’s why YOU yes you are going to microwave them.
Total Time: 6 mins
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 1 mins
What you’ll need:
- A microwave
- Oil or cooking spray
- An appetite (for destruction)
- a whole lot of confidence!
Posted on April 23, 2012
It’s late, you’ve been working and studying for hours. Caffeine is pumping in your veins because you’ve drunk 2 Red Bulls and three cups of coffee in the last 6 hours.
If you drink a red bull now, what are the chances that you’ll die?
Lucky for you, the crazy people at energyfiend developed a tool that can solve problems just like this one.
Just enter your weight and type of beverage you are consuming and boom-bam it spits out a death dosage.
The reality is that this figure would instead result in a fatality due to water intoxication since 149.30 cans is far greater than the amount of water your body can consume. And of course, you would wish you were dead long before you actually became dead.
What is the most caffeine or energy drinks you’ve consumed in one day? What did it feel like?
Posted on April 23, 2012
What you can win?
But I’m not in the Bay area
What is Adobe Celebrating?
Creative Suite 6 (CS6) is being released! As if CS5 wasn’t awesome enough? New features and other nerdy technical-ness can be found below or on Adobe home page. But first pictures!!!
Think about how freaking beast your cover photos could be if you had CS6. (Clearly I’m excited)
Photoshop CS6 features include:
- Content-Aware Patch – Allows greater control by letting users choose the sample area used to create a patch
- Adobe Mercury Graphics Engine – Takes advantage of cross-platform 64-bit support to speed up imaging and editing tasks, and process large images faster
- New and Re-engineered Design Tools – Type styles enable consistent formatting; vector layers apply strokes and add gradients to vector objects; custom strokes and dashed lines are easily created; quick layers search and more
- Intuitive Video Creation – The full range of familiar Photoshop tools and an intuitive set of new video tools to create and enhance any video clip
- Blur Gallery – A simple new interface with on-image controls allows users to quickly create photographic blur effects including tilt-shift effects, blur everything with one focal point, or vary the blurriness between multiple focal points
Posted on April 22, 2012
The college class of 2012 is in for a rude welcome to the world of work.
A weak labor market already has left half of young college graduates either jobless or underemployed in positions that don’t fully use their skills and knowledge.
Newly grads with bachelor’s degrees are increasingly scraping by in lower-wage jobs — waiter or waitress, bartender, retail clerk or receptionist, for example — and that’s confounding their hopes a degree would pay off despite higher tuition and mounting student loans.
But All Degrees Are Not Created Equal
While there’s strong demand in science, education and health fields, arts and humanities flounder. Median wages for those with bachelor’s degrees are down from 2000, hit by technological changes that are eliminating midlevel jobs such as bank tellers. Most future job openings are projected to be in lower-skilled positions such as home health aides, who can provide personalized attention as the U.S. population ages.
Taking underemployment into consideration, the job prospects for bachelor’s degree holders fell last year to the lowest level in more than a decade.
“I don’t even know what I’m looking for,” says Michael Bledsoe, who described months of fruitless job searches as he served customers at a Seattle coffeehouse. The 23-year-old graduated in 2010 with a creative writing degree.
Initially hopeful that his college education would create opportunities, Bledsoe languished for three months before finally taking a job as a barista, a position he has held for the last two years. In the beginning he sent three or four resumes daily. But, Bledsoe said, employers questioned his lack of experience or the practical worth of his major. Now he sends a resume once every two weeks or so.
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Bledsoe is now mulling whether to go to graduate school, seeing few other options to advance his career. “There is not much out there, it seems,” he said.
His situation highlights a widening but little-discussed labor problem. Perhaps more than ever, the choices that young adults make earlier in life — level of schooling, academic field and training, where to attend college, how to pay for it — are having long-lasting financial impact.
“You can make more money on average if you go to college, but it’s not true for everybody,” says Harvard economist Richard Freeman, noting the growing risk of a debt bubble with total U.S. student loan debt surpassing $1 trillion.
“If you’re not sure what you’re going to be doing, it probably bodes well to take some job, if you can get one, and get a sense first of what you want from college.”- Harvard economist Richard Freeman
Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University who analyzed the numbers, said “We’re going to need a lot better job growth and connections to the labor market, otherwise college debt will grow.”
Areas with highest out of college jobless or underemployed
By region, the Mountain West was most likely to have young college graduates jobless or underemployed — roughly 3 in 5. It was followed by the more rural southeastern U.S., including Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. The Pacific region, including Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington, also was high on the list.
On the other end of the scale, the southern U.S., anchored by Texas, was most likely to have young college graduates in higher-skill jobs.
What are the numbers
About 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor’s degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed, the highest share in at least 11 years. In 2000, the share was at a low of 41 percent, before the dot-com bust erased job gains for college graduates in the telecommunications and IT fields. (The figures are based on an analysis of 2011 Current Population Survey data by Northeastern University researchers and supplemented with material from Paul Harrington)
Broken down by occupation, young college graduates were heavily represented in jobs that require a high school diploma or less.
Bleak projected openings
According to government projections released last month, only three of the 30 occupations with the largest projected number of job openings by 2020 will require a bachelor’s degree or higher to fill the position — teachers, college professors and accountants.
Most job openings are in professions such as retail sales, fast food and truck driving, jobs which aren’t easily replaced by computers.
Degrees That Are Least Likely To Find You A Job
College graduates who majored in zoology, anthropology, philosophy, art history and humanities were among the least likely to find jobs appropriate to their education level; those with nursing, teaching, accounting or computer science degrees were among the most likely.
But Even Science Degree Aren’t Guaranteeing Work
That future may be now for Kelman Edwards Jr., 24, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., who is waiting to see the returns on his college education.
After earning a biology degree last May, the only job he could find was as a construction worker for five months before he quit to focus on finding a job in his academic field. He applied for positions in laboratories but was told they were looking for people with specialized certifications.
“I thought that me having a biology degree was a gold ticket for me getting into places, but every other job wants you to have previous history in the field,” he said. Edwards, who has about $5,500 in student debt, recently met with a career counselor at Middle Tennessee State University. The counselor’s main advice: Pursue further education.
“Everyone is always telling you, ‘Go to college,’” Edwards said. “But when you graduate, it’s kind of an empty cliff.”
Why is this happening
Job gains are going mostly to workers at the top and bottom of the wage scale, at the expense of middle-income jobs commonly held by bachelor’s degree holders. By some studies, up to 95 percent of positions lost during the economic recovery occurred in middle-income occupations such as bank tellers, the type of job not expected to return in a more high-tech age.
In addition, U.S. workers increasingly may need to consider their position in a global economy, where they must compete with educated foreign-born residents for jobs. Longer-term government projections also may fail to consider “degree inflation,” a growing ubiquity of bachelor’s degrees that could make them more commonplace in lower-wage jobs but inadequate for higher-wage ones.
Find full unabridged article at finance.yahoo.com
Posted on April 22, 2012
We’ve all tried, time and time again, to get a study group or group project together. In my experience, it’s a lot email, phone, and Facebook exchanging that result often in one or two barely populated meetings.These meetings are usually comprised of a lot of waiting for people to arrive and excuses as to why people have to leave.
No more lonely group project meetings!
But don’t despair things are about to change. Groupme is a new free group Messaging phone app that works on every phone. Free + Useable on every phone means absolutely no excuses! And it doesn’t have to be limited to just studying. GroupMe has lots of applications and a very easy step.
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I use Groupme for:
- Family communication
- Staff Meetings at work
- Group projects
- In class chatting with friends
- Party planning
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What do you use Groupme for? Do you know of any other apps that help with studying? Leave your amazing comments below