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Andy-Morkes-Headshot-TG012015-9978The Morkes Report Blog: College and Career Planning Trends

Andrew Morkes has been writing about college- and career-related topics for more than 20 years. He’s the owner of College & Career Press. As a freelancer, Andrew has edited and/or written more than 350 books on college and careers, including the Encyclopedia of Careers & Vocational Guidance and many volumes in the Careers in Focus, Discovering Careers, What Can I Do Now?, and Career Skills Library series. Andrew is also the author of They Teach That in College!?: A Resource Guide to More Than 95 Interesting College Majors and Programs; Nontraditional Careers for Women and Men: More Than 30 Great Jobs for Women and Men With Apprenticeships Through PhDs; and five Vault Career Guides: Accounting, Consulting, Internet and Social Media, Law, and Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology. His poetry has appeared in Cadence, Wisconsin Review, Poetry Motel, Strong Coffee, and Mid-America Review.

Some thoughts from Andrew about his blog:

Thanks for checking out my blog. I look forward to keeping you up to date about the latest hot careers and college majors, job-search trends, college admission strategies, scholarships, and much, much more–including tips on living a healthier, more productive life. Check out my blog for occasional interviews with college, career, and life success experts, as well as occasional blog entries about my personal interests–travel, hiking, protecting the environment, books, current events, art, movies, and music.

 

Take a Short Quiz for a Chance to Win $1,000 for College

Do you need money for college? Do you want to learn about the fire sprinkler industry? Do you want to take a quiz you can’t fail? Do you want me to stop asking questions that start with “do”? If you

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9 Tasks Rising High School Seniors Should Tackle Before School Starts This Fall

If you’re a rising high school senior (you completed your junior year in 2017), you might be tempted to rest and relax during the summer before your last year of high school. But while it’s important to kick back and

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Summer Programs Provide Excellent Opportunities to Explore Colleges and Majors

  Colleges and universities offer a wide variety of experiential programs for high school students who want to do more on their summer vacations than just hang out with friends, play video games, update their Facebook status, and head to

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Foundation Offering More Than $500,000 in Monetary Awards to Teen Visual and Performing Artists

The National YoungArts Foundation is offering more than $500,000 in monetary awards to young people who are interested in cinematic arts, design arts, dance, jazz, classical music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing. Young artists in grades 10-12 or

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The Eight Types of People You Need in Your Network

Developing a diverse and extensive network is key to landing a job. There are many types of people who can help you land an internship or a job, and it’s important to have representatives from each group in your network.

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Canadian Universities Becoming Popular Destination for U.S. College Students

Applications to many Canadian universities by U.S. students are on the rise (sometimes by up to 80 percent), according to an informal survey by The Globe and Mail. More than 10,000 Americans study at Canadian colleges annually. McGill University in

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6 Great Reasons to Pursue a Career in the Health Care Industry

The status of the Affordable Care Act is up in the air right now, but there will always be a need for skilled health care professionals, although job prospects may vary by region and profession. Here are some reasons why you

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U.S. Customs & Border Protection is Hiring

The Trump Administration’s increasing emphasis on border security is prompting Customs & Border Protection (CBP) to rev up recruiting on campus for border patrol agents, customs border protection officers, marine interdiction agents, and air interdiction agents (a pilot’s license is

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8 Nontraditional Career Paths for Education Majors

Many people who major in education find employment in traditional classroom settings—elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as colleges and universities. But some—because of the challenging job market in certain areas, personal interests, and other factors—are pursuing nontraditional career paths.

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College Scholarships of $500 to $2,000 Are Available for Aspiring Musicians, Groundwater Scientists, and Broadcast Engineers

Chopin Foundation of the United States, Inc. 305/868-0624 info@chopin.org Scholarship Name: Scholarship Program for Young Pianists. Academic Area: Music. Who May Apply?: Students ages 14 to 17. Eligibility: Applicants must be American pianists (citizens or legal residents) whose field of

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Nontraditional Careers for Women = Higher Pay, But Also Challenges

It’s International Women’s Day, and today is an excellent time to write about the rewards and challenges encountered by women who enter and prosper in male-dominated careers. Not more than a few decades ago, it would be surprising to see

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Behind-the-Scenes Lighting, Sound, Cinematography, and Costume Professionals Play Key Role in the Film Industry

The 89th annual Academy Awards were a wild ride. The main event, of course, was the botched announcement for Best Picture. First it was La La Land, then it was Moonlight. Chaos reigned for several minutes, but I was really

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Contest Offers $10,000 Prize to Prom Participants Who Design and Wear a Duct-Tape Dress or Tux to Prom

Do you have a family member heading to prom? Are they creative and willing to look a little crazy to win $10,000? If so, they may want to enter the Stuck at Prom Contest. DUCK® Brand Duct Tape is offering

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Cool Career: Crossword Puzzle Writer

Myles Mellor is one of the top crossword writers in the world. He has been published in more than 600 magazines, newspapers, and web outlets, and has had more than 12,000 crosswords published worldwide. In addition to creating crossword puzzles,

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A Commemoration of My Dad…and a Recipe for “Trail Burgers”

I’m taking a break from writing about college and careers to commemorate the life of my dad, who died on this day 20 years ago. Sometimes I feel like it was just yesterday; other days it feels like forever ago.

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6 College Scholarships for Students with Physical Disabilities

The following associations and organizations offer scholarships to aspiring college students who have a disability. Scholarships are listed in order of upcoming submission deadlines. Patient Advocate Foundation Scholarship for Survivors 421 Butler Farm Road Hampton, VA 23666-9904 757/952-1370 events@patientadvocate.org www.patientadvocate.org/events.php?p=69

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Strong Opportunities Expected in Synthetic Biology

Synthetic biologists use scientific and engineering principles and practices, as well as gene-sequencing and artificial gene synthesis, to develop biologic entities such as enzymes, cells, and genetic circuits that do not exist in nature—with an end goal of creating groundbreaking

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Author Provides Tips on Writing College Essays

Although application deadlines have passed at some colleges and universities, there are hundreds of schools with application deadlines in the next few months. Students often cite the application essay as one of the most daunting aspects of the admissions process.

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15 Ways to Create a Better America After the Contentious 2016 Presidential Election

The election is over. We have a new president. Yet the acidic, acrimonious environment that pervades the Internet, coffee shops, bars, and public squares across the United States will not go away anytime soon. America’s 324 million residents are split

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New Book Spotlights Exciting Careers in Illustration

Michael Fleishman is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, commercial arts educator, and the author of Starting Your Career as an Illustrator (Allworth Press, 2016) and seven other books on illustration and the graphic arts. I recently discussed a career

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Founder of National Tutoring Center Chain Offers Advice on the New SAT

In 1997, David Kim started a SAT prep company out of his Harvard dorm room. He built this company into C2 Education, a tutoring service that has more than 180 centers nationwide, serving over 12,000 students and their families each

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What to Do If You Don’t Get Accepted to College

May 1 was the deadline for soon-to-be high school graduates to accept (or reject) an offer of college admission. Congratulations if you’ve been accepted by your dream college! But what if you’ve been rejected by your number-one college choice—or even

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10 Wonderful, Interesting, and Fun Things About My Mom

I’m taking a break from writing about college and careers to write about my mom on Mother’s Day. For all of my readers who are mothers, I wish you a very Happy Mother’s day!  My Mom… 1. Received an Honorable

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New Book Provides Tips on Launching a Career in the Arts

Launching a career in the arts can be challenging, but those who possess a combination of talent, creative vision, drive, and marketing acumen can find success. I recently discussed breaking into the art world with Stacy Miller and Angie Wojak,

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Growing Use of Big Data Fueling Demand for Statisticians

It’s a good time to be a statistician. Employment of statisticians is expected to grow by 34 percent through 2024, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, or much faster than the average for all careers. Demand for statisticians has prompted

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College Offers Degree in International Rescue and Relief

The recent devastating earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan have caused significant loss of life and property damage. During the last two decades worldwide, 1.4 billion people have been injured or killed, left in need of emergency aid, or made homeless

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Michigan College Offers Degree in Entertainment Design and Technology

Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti) is one of only a handful of colleges and universities in the United States to offer a degree in Entertainment Design and Technology (ED&T). “The program is designed to meet the needs of designers and technicians

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8 Places to Study Egyptology and Assyriology in College

Recent scans of King Tut’s burial chamber in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt have revealed two hidden rooms that could be the burial place of his stepmother—Queen Nefertiti. While some skeptics view the news as a publicity stunt

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Prognosis for Health Care Careers: Excellent

Opportunities in health care (especially care of the elderly) will be excellent through 2024, according to Charting the Projections: 2014-24, a report from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDL). The aging of the American population, advances in medical technology, and

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Association Accepting Submissions for $1,000 DNA Day Essay Contest

Interested in the study of human genetics…and a $1,000 prize? Are you a high school student? If so, you’ll want to participate in the DNA Day Essay Contest, which “aims to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on the

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More College Admissions Officers Checking Applicants’ Social Media Profiles

If you’re heading to college, what you post on social media matters. Forty percent of college admissions officers (CAOs) visited an applicant’s social media pages in 2015, according to Kaplan Test Prep’s survey of nearly 400 CAOs at top colleges

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More Colleges Offering Social Media Majors

Companies use social media to promote and sell products and services, gauge customer opinion, and gather other information about consumers. Social media sites are also used by government agencies and nonprofits to disseminate and collect information and interact with people.

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Engineering Scholarship for Young Women Available, But You Have to Act Fast!

Do you like to write and are you interested in engineering? If so, you might want to enter the National Academy of Sciences’ EngineerGirl! Engineering Essay Contest. Female students in grades 3-12 may enter the contest (there are three separate competition

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5 Tips For Effective Communication With Admissions Officers

Developing a good relationship with admissions officers at your target colleges can help you to raise your profile, gather information, and, at some schools that track demonstrated interest, even improve your chances of being accepted. Here are some tips on

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Turn Your Love of Christmas Music—and Music in General—Into a Career

Holiday music is everywhere—24/7 on some radio stations, in shopping malls and offices, and on the soundtracks of holiday classics such as A Christmas Story, Holiday Inn, Miracle on 34th Street, and It’s a Wonderful Life. What are the most

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NASA Needs Astronauts

Interested in a mission to Mars or the International Space Station? Have a bachelor’s degree in engineering, biological science, mathematics, computer science, or physical science? Do you have a little Mark Watney from The Astronaut in you? If so, NASA

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Author Offers Tips on Landing an Internship

Sixty-five percent of graduating college seniors from the Class of 2015 participated in an internship and/or cooperative education assignment while pursuing a bachelor’s degree, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). That’s the highest percentage since NACE

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Genealogy Scholarship Available, But You Have to Act Fast!

Tracing your family’s history can be a fun way to learn about the past and discover interesting and notable ancestors. But your interest can also add up to some scholarship money for college. The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is offering

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Consider a Career With the National Park Service…or at Least a Visit to a National Park

Have you visited a national park lately? If so, you’re in good company. In 2014, there were a record 292,800,082 visits to National Park System areas, according to the National Park Service (NPS). The most-visited national parks were: 1. Great

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Cold, But Very Bright

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has proclaimed November as National Hospice Palliative Care Month. Illness and death are rarely anyone’s favorite topics, but a quality hospice program can provide peace and comfort to those who are dying—as well

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7 Careers That May Go Extinct by 2030…and 7 Careers That May Emerge

Futurists and industry experts predict that the following jobs may disappear (or suffer sharp employment declines) by 2030. Here are a few of my thoughts on these predictions: 1. Newspaper Reporters. Let’s hope not, because a vibrant questioning press translates

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Child Life Specialists Help Children Face Life Challenges

In a perfect world, a child’s life should be filled with happiness, good health, and carefree play. But some children face challenges such as chronic illnesses that result in lengthy hospital stays, the death of a parent or other family

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REI Puts Employees Ahead of Profit

Outdoor gear and sporting goods retailer REI has announced that it will close its 143 stores in the United States on Black Friday (November 27, the biggest shopping day of the year), and pay its employees to head out to

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Landing an Internship Key to Getting a Job

If you want to get a job these days, you need to participate in an internship. Sixty-five percent of graduating college seniors from the Class of 2015 participated in an internship and/or cooperative education assignment while pursuing a bachelor’s degree,

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Metal Rules the Globe: Heavy Metal Music Around the World

I’m taking a break from college and careers to talk about heavy metal music and an interesting book. Even if you don’t like heavy metal, I think you will find this interview interesting. Plus, check out the end of the

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Resources for School Counselors, Educators, and Administrators in the Wake of the Umpqua Community College Tragedy

The heartbreaking tragedy at Umpqua Community College (Roseburg, Oregon) last week reinforces the important role school counselors, educators, and school psychologists play in helping students cope with the emotional trauma of such a senseless event, addressing student fears about violence

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Employment Opportunities in the Drone Industry Are Looking Up

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s an unmanned aircraft—or drone, as most people call it. Drones are everywhere these days, floating above sporting events, parks and forests, and city streets—and sometimes crashing to the ground when we least

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Strong Growth on Tap for the Craft Beer Industry

Here’s some great news that you can toast to if you’re a beer lover: the number of craft breweries is growing rapidly. In 2014, there were 3,418 craft breweries across the United States, according to Statista, up from only 1,521

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The Martian and Careers in Space

If you’re looking for Olympic-length, Faulkneresque depictions of man and his foibles, The Martian, by Andy Weir, is not for you. But if you’re looking for a MacGyver-on-steroids-story of man versus nature and technology, than The Martian (Broadway Books, 2014)

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Take a Moment to Enjoy the Stars

I’m taking a break from the world of college and careers for a short vacation and a look at the stars…. Only a handful of stars dot the night sky in Chicago (my hometown). Sad. Light pollution has ruined one

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Check Out My Interview With the Authors of The Autism Job Club

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a “range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior.” Currently, one out of every

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A Father’s Day Remembrance

I’m taking a break from college and careers to remember my dad: Father’s Day has passed, but I’d like to say how much I miss and appreciate my dad, who died in January 1997. This is one of my favorite photos

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Planetary Protection Officer Fights Microbes, Not Aliens

Did you know that NASA employs a planetary protection officer (PPO)? No, Dr. Catharine Conley—the PPO at NASA’s Office of Planetary Protection—is not a member of a secret team fighting aliens bent on destroying Earth, but, instead helps the space

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Sleep Specialists Help People Get Some Shut-Eye

Are you getting enough sleep? If you answered “no,” you’re not alone (unfortunately). Only 1 in 7 Americans report that they feel refreshed every day of the week when they wake up, according to a poll conducted by YouGov.com. Getting

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Summer Programs Provide Excellent Opportunities to Explore Colleges and Majors

Colleges and universities offer a wide variety of experiential programs for high school students who want to do more on their summer vacations than just hang out with friends, play video games, update their Facebook status, and head to the

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Women on $20s Campaign Sheds Important Attention on the Often-Overlooked Achievements of Women in America

The Women on $20s Campaign is over. The votes have been tallied, and Harriet Tubman is the deserving winner. I voted for Eleanor Roosevelt because of her public advocacy for women’s, minority, and general human rights, as well as her redefinition

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7 Strategies That Will Improve Your Chances of Landing a Job

A strong résumé, impressive college and work credentials, and good interviewing skills may not be enough to land a position in our highly competitive job market. Here’s Part II of my April 28 blog on effective job-search strategies. Do the

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What to Do if You Don’t Get Accepted to College

Last Friday was the deadline for soon-to-be high school graduates to accept (or reject) an offer of college admission. Congratulations if you’ve been accepted by your dream college! But what if you’ve been rejected by your number-one college choice—or even

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5 Key Job-Search Strategies That Will Help You Land a Job

The job market is improving, but don’t tell that to those who are out of work or new graduates who still haven’t landed their dream job. Despite these challenges, there are many things you can do to improve your chances

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They Teach That in College!?: 5 Offbeat Majors That Lead to Good Careers-Part II

Martial Arts, Race Track Industry, Western Clinical Herbalism…These are not your parents’ college majors. But they are paths to viable careers—ones being offered by a growing number of colleges and universities. Here’s Part II of my look at interesting and

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Consider a Career in Geriatrics and Aging

It’s Careers in Aging Week, which makes it a good time to discuss employment opportunities in geriatrics and aging. The number of Americans age 65 and older will double from 35 million in 2000 to 70 million by 2030, according

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Helping People With Autism Enter the Workforce

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a “range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior.” Currently, one out of every

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They Teach That in College!?: 5 Offbeat Majors That Lead to Good Careers-Part I

Toy Design, Comic Book Art, Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science…These are not your parents’ college majors. But they are paths to viable careers—ones being offered by a growing number of colleges and universities. Here’s a summary of what each major entails

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Get Dollars for College…But You Need to Act Fast

Looking for $2,000 to help pay for college this fall? If so, you should enter the American Fire Sprinkler Association’s Scholarship Contest. But you need to act fast—very fast—to take advantage of this opportunity. You must enter by 12:00 noon

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STEM Careers Growing in Popularity

Are you ready for a career in STEM? Employment in STEM ( science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) occupations is expected to increase by 13 percent through 2012 to 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, or faster than the average for

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I Like This Book!

These days, “best college” books and lists are everywhere, but many don’t really provide much useful information or they narrowcast to focus on top schools that only the wealthy can afford. The Other College Guide: A Road Map to the

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It’s Snow Lie!: Montana College Offers Degree in Snow Science

Some people hate snow, while others not only love it, but earn a bachelor’s degree in snow science. In the Snow Science Program at Montana State University (Bozeman, MT), you’ll learn about the mechanics of snow (physics, engineering), distribution of

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Some Social Media Posters Playing Russian Roulette With Their Careers/College Futures

Social networking sites have been around since 1997, yet nearly 20 years later the news is filled with stories of people getting themselves in trouble because of what they say or post on social media. Amazing. Curt Schilling was once

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Leonard Nimoy and Exploring Space Careers

  Leonard Nimoy passed away on Friday. He most famously played Spock, the half-Vulcan/half-human science officer on the 1960s sci-fi classic Star Trek. As a boy, I discovered the show via reruns, and have been a fan ever since. I

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