BooksRun $1000 scholarship winner

Hi there, it’s Tom! I am glad to announce the winner of our scholarship contest.  It was difficult to choose out of 127 wonderful essays, but we did it.

We congratulate Carol Tally, the student of the Massasoit Community College for winning the $1000 scholarship.  You can read a part of her story below.

Dear BooksRun Scholarship Committee:

Thank you for the opportunity to apply for the BooksRun scholarship.

Returning to college in my mid-fifties started out as an intimidating experience but I realized with resources such as BooksRun, the journey was going to be possible. My college-age children shared their experiences, introduced me to ISBN and navigated around www.booksrun.com with me. This was an amazing introduction and surpassed my experience of standing in a long bookstore line to learn the book just sold out or is selling at a higher than usual mark-up.  Continue reading “BooksRun $1000 scholarship winner”

How to Organize Your CV

If you’ve started looking for graduate jobs or you are struggling to land an interview with your current CV, this article might help you with some ideas on how to add value to your application in the eyes of employers. Below we will discuss the most important techniques for organizing your CV and also the things that you should avoid. Here you can find examples of CV templates for different career paths. Continue reading “How to Organize Your CV”

15 ideas to Make Halloween Unforgettable

Spooky times are in town! It is night the 31st coming and we guess that you are trying on your Halloween costumes and you have already purchased stocks of pumpkins. No? What about some games that will make your celebration even more memorable? Just imagine: it is dark, you are surrounded by your friends dressed as Nuns, Catwomen, Super Marios and you are focused on playing an interesting game together! Sounds like fun, huh? Check below the Halloween ideas we have prepared for you.
1. Old Costume Relay Race

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How to land a graduate job

It is autumn, another academic year has started and for many students out there it will be their final year at university. This means that they will have to find an internship or graduate work and transform gradually into the adult life.  If it happens to be one of you, dear reader, you know that now is the right time to start thinking about what you are going to do after graduation.

There are different phases of the job hunting process that include deciding what you want to do in your professional life, asking yourself if you have the experience to match the requirements of the job you are interested in, the actual application process and the final stage – winning performance at the interview.

Although it might be partly true that getting a job is about being at the right place at the right time, such an extra effort as getting organized about your job hunting approach will serve you well in the years to come. So let’s get started! Continue reading “How to land a graduate job”

How to Make the Most of Your College Years

‘Is that even possible?’ You’re probably asking yourself as you read the headline. I mean, college is all about studying to get good grades so that you can graduate with a diploma and hopefully get a job, right? Well, no, not really. Even if you do get good grades and a diploma, it’s not a guarantee that you’re going to get the job of your dreams. But this doesn’t mean that in the end, it’s going to be all for nothing so you should just spend the rest of your college years not giving a damn and partying to the break of dawn. You see, college is a mixture of everything. Here you learn to balance your responsibilities with the things you do for fun, as well as seek knowledge not only from the inside of a textbook but also from your surroundings. Sure, studying is important but if you spend all your time with your head buried inside a textbook you might miss out on a lot. Just as if you spend most of college hovering between a state drunkenness and a hangover, your college years might pass you by on a whim. So here are some tips on how to make the most of your college years, so that when you look back on them you’ll have no regrets! Continue reading “How to Make the Most of Your College Years”

How to Finally Beat Procrastination

As a college student, you can’t deny the fact that procrastinating is one of the things we’re literally a PRO at. How easy it is to just shove our assignments, projects, responsibilities into a vault deep within the furthest regions of our mind and swallow the keys and go on with our easy-going students life, only for them to resurface later on when the word ‘deadline’ unexpectedly starts to crawl up behind us and then sh*t gets real! Continue reading “How to Finally Beat Procrastination”

Are Online Textbooks Making Education More Affordable?

It is undeniable that college costs have risen exponentially throughout the years, with U.S. News noting that this is due to soaring tuition prices. Based on an annual survey obtained by U.S. News, the average cost of tuition and fees for the last school year was $34,699 at private colleges, $21,632 for out-of-state students at state schools, and $9,528 for state residents at public colleges. Continue reading “Are Online Textbooks Making Education More Affordable?”

Advantages of Learning a Foreign Language

Whether you’re a science student whose primary interest lies in maths, physics, and all that complicated stuff, or a humanitarian student who, like me, is interested in the artsy stuff, learning a foreign language, especially while in college, is an important asset that is bound to come in handy in the future. It doesn’t only boost your CV or make travelling abroad much easier, but it also makes you smarter, more decisive and even better at English, as Anne Merritt says in The Telegraph. It’s not necessary to be a language major in order to learn a foreign language; language skills compliment any course or degree and it gives graduates a competitive advantage across all job sectors. But these are just a few out of numerous advantages of learning a new language. Here are some more advantages below. Continue reading “Advantages of Learning a Foreign Language”

Getting Back into College Mode After the Holiday

We all know that holidays don’t last forever. Sooner or later we were bound to take a glance at our calendar and realize that there are just less than two weeks left until the holiday ends. This usually for me is the time that I jam up all the two months of my summer holiday in one week, as a last resort to enjoy the remnants of my holiday just one last time before it comes to an end. This is also the time when the panic and anxiety of realizing I have one week to get back to the same college routine kicks in with full force. Why can’t the summer just last forever?! Well, if you’re like me who has a habit of panicking instead of actually getting your shit together, then I think these tips are exactly what you need to get you back into College mode!  Continue reading “Getting Back into College Mode After the Holiday”

The Importance of Having a Part Time Job

It’s an undeniable fact that having a part time job is a common aspect in the life of a college student. I mean, how else do you expect to afford those expensive textbooks, pay rent, and also have some money on the side for Saturday night outs? Part time jobs can be on or off campus, and you can earn as much as $15 per hour, depending on the job of course. But a decent salary isn’t all that a part time job is good for. Studies have shown that students who hold part time jobs while in college tend to have better grades, and with better grades, coupled with a handful of internships, they were likely to find jobs within six months after graduation! There are many ways in which having a part time job can help you not only improve your college experience but prepare you for what lies ahead after graduation, and here’s how! Continue reading “The Importance of Having a Part Time Job”