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How to Make the Most of Your Gap Year


gap year imageWhile delaying college might seem like a detrimental idea to some, a few colleges have actually begun to recognize the importance of allowing prospective students to spend a year enriching themselves in ways other than traditional academia. Princeton, Tufts, and Oberlin are starting to offer scholarships and even financial aid for students to take a gap year before enrolling full-time.

If you’re not quite ready to begin your college career and want to spend your time in a productive way that will make you stand out from your peers, a gap year may be the right choice for you.

With some planning, a gap year can help set you up for success in your future career.  Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your gap year. Continue reading

Four Ways Studying Abroad Can Advance Your Career


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If you’re a high school or college student interested in studying abroad, you’re probably familiar with the more obvious “pros.” You’ll have the opportunity to explore a new place and culture, of course, and it’s easy to see how broadening your horizon would lead to a wider, valuable new perspective. But did you realize that studying abroad could also help to advance your career?

More and more employers are recognizing the benefits of studying abroad and are actively seeking out candidates with study abroad experience. Here are four reasons why studying abroad can help advance your career.

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It’s not all Online: Trends to Watch in Higher Education


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Across the country, universities are feeling a pinch. The cost of operating a university is rising, and increases in tuition can’t keep up. Across the country, students are also feeling a pinch. Tuition is rising, and the long-promised value of a higher degree is becoming more dubious for some as student debt, unemployment and under-employment rates soar.To combat these issues, universities and third party companies have placed higher education under the microscope—questioning, analyzing, and experimenting with new models.
While the reform in vogue changes year-to-year, the largest changes of the past decade have centered around online learning. From 2U enabling universities to put their own degree programs online, to the MOOCs offering university courses to the world for free, to the emergence of the Minerva Project, the most prominent trends have been spurred by the digital age. These initiatives largely take the same structural approach to teaching but have moved the medium of instructional delivery online. Many see online learning as a potential catalyst for the unbundling of universities as students choose to pick-and-choose which elements of a higher education experience they need.

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20-Year-Old Entrepreneur Is Using Data to Retune The Music Industry


Raffi Khatchadourian, COO of indify

Raffi Khatchadourian is a Mathematical Economics major and incoming junior at Colgate University. A self-starter and talented entrepreneur, Raffi has established himself as the COO of indify, an emerging music startup, before many of his peers have even declared their major. Back in January, Raffi attended GA’s week-long Business Accelerator program in partnership with Colgate University. Since then, he and his co-founders have gone on to win $10,000 in funding from Colgate University’s Entrepreneur Weekend Shark Tank and $15,000 from Colgate University’s Entrepreneurs Fund. Read on to learn how this young entrepreneur transformed his passion for music and data into a successful early-stage startup.

Follow Raffi @DeadliestKhatch and his startup at @_indify. Continue reading