Monday, July 27, 2009


Passion. All successful people have it. Passion is what gets you up in the morning. Passion is what makes you stay late, passion is what drives you.

Are you trying to determine a major? Are you tryingto decide what to do with your life? Think about your talents, think about what stays on your mind throughout the day. What do you really want to pursue? This is a question for you, not your friends, not your parents. What really drives you?

Brian Tracy in this book, Focal Point, states that people who make a significant difference all have a passion for what they are doing. They are willing to suffer and to sacrifice to see their dream realized. They are willing to go all out for what drives them. For people like this, their passion is a part of them. It has literally taken hold of them.

Answer this question. Think deeply and answer honestly. The answer to this question can help you during your college years and in your career. What's your passion?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Use Social Media to Find your College

Colleges are getting into this Web 2.0 thing. And they should. Many students are now using social media to research colleges to see where they may want to spend the next four years of their lives. Research is good. The blog Mashable has a post about 10 ways you can use social media to find your next college. Click the link for details

You can also see some of the sites listed here that you may find in the comments section of the aboved referenced link. Good luck.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Seven Secrets to College Success

Congratulations. You have made the decision to pursue higher education and to meet your goal of obtaining a college degree. You are embarking on a journey that can take you places you may have only dreamed of. Being in college can be fun but it can also be challenging. There are seven things a college student must do in order to be successful in the collegiate arena. These seven steps can be the difference between a B or C student or an A student.

Be punctual: Being late for class is a sign of disrespect. It tells the instructor you don’t want to be in his class or that you don’t take the class seriously. You also miss important information when you are late. Do you like it when people are late for something you’ve planned? Of course not. The instructor has spent time preparing for the class and you should give the instructor the time you have scheduled for his class. Besides, you have spent money for the class so you should show up on time to get what you paid for. Being punctual also helps when it comes time for grading. Grading is subjective and you want to do everything you can to leave a positive impression in your instructor’s mind so he can remember you this way doing grading. Being late for class doesn’t make a positive impression. So if you are habitually late, why should he sweat over your grade? Take my word for it, show up on time.

Do the homework: It is a waste of your time and the instructor’s time if you just sit in class but never do the assignments. Not doing class assignments is a guaranteed way to fail. Instructors use assignments to determine your knowledge and your grade. Assignments also help you to learn more about your field of study. Instructors can also tell if you half-heartedly completed an assignment. And don’t wait until the last minute to do your assignment. If you start early you will have a better product than if you waited until the due date to start on it.
Ask questions: Some people think asking questions is dumb. In reality it’s just the opposite. Instructors like students who ask questions. It shows you are interested in the class and that you really want to learn more about the subject the instructor is an expert in. The question you ask is probably the same question several other students in the class want answered so you’ll be doing them a favor.

Be confident: As an instructor, I like students who are confident in their abilities and act on them. Many times students are afraid to speak up in class or write a paper about an interesting subject because they are afraid what the instructor or their fellow students may think. As a result research papers or projects are sometimes dull and boring because they cover “safe” topics. It’s okay to be afraid. It’s not okay to let fear keep you from doing something you really want do. So go ahead and write that paper you’ve been longing to write or start on that project that you truly believe in. Be confident and be able to back up your findings or conclusions with evidence.

Volunteer: College instructors like students who volunteer. Volunteerism shows you want to really want to get involved in your major or your school. You don’t have to volunteer for something big. It could be something as simple as agreeing to be a group discussion leader or leading a class project. It could be volunteering to be on a student committee or to be on the board of a student chapter of an organization. Find ways to volunteer. This will not only help your grades but it can also enhance your studies.

Be prepared for tests: Depending on your instructor, you may not know when she may call a pop quiz. Successful students are prepared and always ready. You can be prepared by reading the class material before the class, participating in class discussions, and by doing the assignments and exercises in your textbook.

Get to know people: Successful people network. You have to do the same too, even on a college campus. When you get to know people on campus they share with you information that they have. This information can help you in a class, help you to save money or a purchase, assist you in choosing a class, or even choosing a major. Networking is a very important tool in the world of business so you might as well practice the skill while you are in college.
Remember that you can be a success in college. Yes it’s hard but you can do it!

Bruce Gibbs is a college instructor and the author of the college success book, The Secret to College Success. You can visit the book’s web site at or pick up a copy at

Friday, July 10, 2009

Need Extra Money?

If you need some extra money you can enter the contest to create a PSA for Internet Explorer 8. Go here for details: Good Luck.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Diigo - New Site to Check Out

Diigo is a site perfect for college students. The site lets you bookmark pages to read later, you can highlight web pages (like with a yellow highligter), and you can even create a presentation on the fly. The site is Have fun exploring.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Get Money for College

From time to time I will remind you about ways you can get money for college. Finding money for college can be time consuming but let's face it. You need money to get through college. And you need lots of it. So let's find ways to get it. I have some resources on my site to help you find additional sources of money. The link is Good luck!