Need a last-minute holiday gift idea? Here you go

Last week, we gave you some gift ideas, knowing that you probably haven’t had a lot of time to think about the holidays. If you waited – and you may have waited – now it’s crunch time, so we have some last-minute ideas for you.

Mashable offers a list of last-minute gifts you can send by email, which is perfect if you’re behind the gift-giving eight ball. Those gifts include an iTunes gift card, ebooks, a video streaming service and e-gift cards.

Hack College offers several other last-minute suggestions:

Everyone needs a calendar, and this time of year you can find them almost anywhere.

Whether your family and friends are voracious readers or not, you’ll be able to find books for them.

It’s the same idea as with books. Everyone likes a good movie, whether it’s a comedy, a sappy love story or an active-filled adventure.

A helpful “coupon”
You have at least one area of expertise. If it’s technology, create a coupon as someone’s gift, which when they redeem it will require you to help them with their new iPhone or Wii or Kindle Fire.

The Washington Post offers even more last-minute ideas:

Downloadable gifts
Using iTunes, you can buy music, videos and apps for others by selecting “gift this” when you’re ready to check out. Or, you can also use ITunes to create a modern mix tape from your own playlist.
This site allows you to “wrap” gift emails and set an unwrap date and time. Cool huh?

Charitable donations
Here’s something a little different but something that fits in with the giving theme of the holidays. You can make a gift to a worthy cause in the name of your loved one or friend. One such cause is OxFam America Unwrapped, which allows you to buy much-needed items for people around the world, including mosquito nets, a water pump or a goat.

Or, you can donate money to, and the gift recipient gets to choose the charity that benefits from your donation.

Happy Holidays, everyone.


Need some holiday gift ideas? Here they are.

You’ve been busy. You’ve endured final exams. You’ve had to complete end-of-the-semester projects and papers. When have you had any time to shop for the holidays? If you’re now struggling to figure out what to get your friends and family, here are some suggestions from the Huffington Post that we hope you’ll find helpful.

Photo album
By using Flickr or Kodak, you can create a photo album that your mom, dad, grandmother, aunt, uncle, cousin, etc. will love.

Personalized books
Did you know that Penguin allows you to personalize books? We didn’t. You can pick a classic book, such as A Christmas Carol or Treasure Island and insert a personalized dedication page.

College mug
Pitt-BradfordMugForDec19PostThis may not be the most creative gift, but it may be the easiest one to take care of. Just visit your campus store and scoop up a coffee mug or a sweatshirt with your school’s name on it.

Creative cookie cutters Let’s get real here. If you buy someone creative
cookie cutters, such as these Helvetica ones, you may score homemade cookies. Enough said.

One-hour mail
This service will allow you to print a letter and mail it for you within the hour. So, if you’re way behind in your holiday greetings, this will be a huge help. Postful will mail postcards for you. Easy-peasy.

Homemade goods on Etsy or Art Fire

We know you didn’t have time to make a homemade gift for your loved ones. But, you might find something homemade on Etsy or Art Fire.

iPod accessory

There are iPod and iPhone cases, and then there are these iPod cases from Griffin Technology.

Reusable bag

Reusable bags are big right now. They’re functional, and they help to save the Earth. It’s Only Natural Gifts offers a wide assortment of eco-friendly bags you can customize.

ChocolateBarForDec19PostCustomize a chocolate bar

This may be the coolest idea of all – customize a chocolate bar using Chocomize. You can add all kinds of ingredients to a chocolate bar, including nuts such as macadamia nuts, fruits such as dried raspberries and diced lemon peel, herbs and spices such as cayenne pepper and lavender, candy such as peanut butter drops and sour patch kids, and other crazy ingredients such crystallized rose petals, 23 karat gold flakes, pretzels, coffee beans, potato chips and bacon. (Yes, bacon).

Need more ideas? They’re on the way.

10 careers that didn’t exist when you were in middle school

Last week, we shared with you the list of the 100 best jobs in America in the hopes that you might find one of them interesting., a job board for college students looking for an internship or their first job, recently listed 10 careers that are relatively new. They’re so new, in fact, that they didn’t even exist back when you were in middle school.

And some of them sound pretty interesting.

App developer

Chief listening officer

Green funeral director

Forensic accountant

TSA officer

Medical coder

Environmental economist

Patient advocate

User-experience designer

Sustainability officer

So, this list combined with last week’s make 110 possible job opportunities. Did you find one you’re interested in? (We’re particularly intrigued by the chief listening officers.)

If so, let us know.

These are the best jobs in America

So, now that you’re in college – or applying for admission to college – do you know what job you eventually want to have? Not sure? That’s OK. Here’s a list that may help you.

Fortune and Money magazines and CNN have compiled a list of the 100 best jobs in America based on the jobs’ personal satisfaction, the amount of stress they have (or don’t have), their benefits to society, and their flexibility.  The story also includes the average pay, top pay, 10-year job growth rate, and total number of jobs in the United States.

Based on those factors, the top 10 jobs in American are:

Biomedical engineer

Marketing consultant

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Clinical research associate

Database administrator

Financial adviser

Market research analyst

Physical therapist 

Software developer

Occupational therapist

If none of those jobs interest you, don’t fret. There are 90 more on the list, including dentist, petroleum engineer, veterinarian, financial analyst, nurse anesthetist and public relations specialist.

Don’t forget that you won’t have to make this decision all on your own. Your college or university will have a career services office that will help you explore and prepare for possible careers.

Use these tips in a weather emergency

No matter where you’re going to school – or where you’re considering going to school – there is a chance that there will be a weather-related emergency while you’re there. A snowstorm. A flood. A hurricane.

Of course the biggest question you may have in a weather-related emergency is if your school is going to cancel classes. Keep in mind that each school has a different policy. Although, some schools may offer an online way you can find out like ours does.

Even if classes are canceled, you may be living on campus and will still need to know what to do in case of an emergency. Our friends at the Student Advisor blog have a list of five tips you should keep in mind if or when bad weather strikes your campus.

Know your school’s plan
Some schools have their emergency weather plan on their website. Go online and see if your school has one there. Another good source is your resident advisor. He or she will know what you should do in case of a weather-related emergency.

Stock up and get to know your neighbors
If you begin hearing about a storm, start stocking up on items you may need – bread, milk, canned soup, etc. And, be willing to share your supplies if your neighbors didn’t think as far ahead as you did. Of course, many schools have back-up generators so that normal operations – like food service – can take place if the power goes out. But, the entire campus may not be covered by a generator, so it’s best to have supplies on hand.

Be kind
If a building on campus loses heat or electricity but yours didn’t, it would be a nice thing to do to invite students in those affected buildings to yours. After all, the next time, you may be the one who needs to relocate, and you’ll want someone to repeat the favor.

Pay attention to warnings
If you’re told to evacuate, then do so. If you hear the fire alarm, respond appropriately. It’s important that you do as you’re told, particularly in an emergency.

It never hurts to say thanks
There will be many campus employees working very hard to keep you safe during an emergency – from dining hall employees who will be keeping you well fed to campus police offers who will keep you safe. When the crisis is over, don’t be afraid to say thank you. They’ll really appreciate it.

Stay safe.

Here’s how you can survive finals week — Part II

On  Monday, we offered six tips on how you can survive finals week. Today, we have a few more to make an even dozen.

7. Figure out how best you study
Can you concentrate if music is playing? Can you focus only if it’s classical or instrumental music? Or, do you need it completely quiet? Figure out what works best for you and do it.

8. Schedule some “me” time
No one can study nonstop. Take some time to do something else, something you like to do that will help relax your mind. Take time to play a game, hang out with friends, or watch a TV show. It will help you have a clear mind when you go in to take your test.

9. Wear comfortable clothes
If you’re comfortable, you’ll be able to think more clearly than if you’re wearing jeans or a shirt that is way too tight.

10. Have lots of snacks on hand
Snacking will help you keep alert. Also, if you have snacks on hand, you won’t have to take extra time to head to the dining hall or to the local supermarket to get food. Additionally, drink lots of water. Staying hydrated will help you stay focused.

11. Make a detailed schedule
This will enable you to schedule everything you have to do, with days that assignments are due and tests will be held. Include breaks and snack time. Seeing it all laid out will prevent you from getting overwhelmed.

12. Stay confident
Going into a final with a bad attitude won’t help. So, take your final with confidence.

Good luck.

Here’s how you can survive finals week – Part I

It’s that time of year that most college students dread – Finals Week. Yes, it can be stressful. Yes, it can unnerving. Yes, it can leave you with a sick feeling in your stomach and a feeling of dread as you walk around campus.

But don’t fret. We have several tips you can use so you can survive the dreaded finals week. These first few tips come from College Fashion, which offers nine tips:

1. ExerciseForDec.3Post
It can literally work out your frustrations but also help you stay healthy so you’ll be on top of your game.

2. Back up your work
Let’s face it. If you don’t back up your work, you know you’re going to lose a big research paper the night before you need to turn it in. Prevent that disaster by saving all of your work to a flash drive.

3. Eat power foods
While it may be tempting to skip a meal because you’re busy studying, don’t do it. If you’re hungry, you’re not going to be able to concentrate. And if you can’t concentrate, you’re probably not going to do very well on your test.

4. Get rid of distractions
Josh recommends you head to the library, where you won’t be tempted to give in to the distractions in your room such as your game system, TV, friends, cell phone, etc.

5. Sleep
If you’re tired, you’re not going to be able to think clearly. And if you can’t think clearly … yeah, you get it.

6. Practice, practice, practice
If you have questions at the end of the chapters in your textbook, answer them. Remember, practice makes perfect.

Do you have any suggestions? If so, please share.