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College Myths that are NOT True

The four-year college bachelor’s is the unicorn of educational achievements. Another interesting college myth- that you can’t save money for college, or else you won’t qualify for financial aid. Here are several facts and fallacies about starting out at college that will help you breathe easier.

College Myths that are NOT True

College Myths: Debunked!

You’ll graduate in four years.  According to the US Department of Education, less than 38% of students seeking a 4-year’s bachelor’s degree graduate on schedule. “Approximately 58 percent of first-time, full-time students who began seeking a bachelor’s degree at a 4-year institution in fall 2004 completed a bachelor’s degree at that institution within 6 years…” –  U.S. Department of Education.

All colleges cost a fortune. The average college major price tag can range between $48,000 for a public college education and $250,000 at a private university.

If you save money for college, then you won’t be eligible for a student loan. Federal financial aid is based on your income, accessed up to 47% and only 5.64% of savings. Tip: Use a 529 plan to save for college- the money grows tax-free and withdrawals are tax-free, too, as long as the cash is used for school.

You have to choose your major right away. Actually, most college students change their majors during the course of their studies at least once.  Study up on which majors are most profitable. Try not to be too wishy-washy though- each time you change your college major you risk wasting credits on graduation requirements.

You’ll gain a ton of weight during your first year. The fearsome “Freshman 15” is in reality more like 3 or 4 pounds. To knock it off, join a gym that offers student discounts, walk to school, and join more charity runs.

Professors are unapproachable. Don’t shy away from asking your college professor to clarify a point he made in class. Just don’t ask during his lecture! Wait until after class, and then ask him for 1 minute of his time…and keep it that way. Don’t rattle on. Be precise and direct, and he may become one of your best advocates.

It’s okay to skip 8am classes. Many freshman students make the mistake of signing up for an early morning class and then ditching, or just showing up at finals. Don’t make this mistake! Many college professors take roll, and your attendance can affect your grade.

American colleges rule.  According to Jeff Selingo, author of College Unbound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students, a US education isn’t really all that. “American higher education has lost its way…costs are spiraling out of control and quality is declining, just as increasing international competition demands that higher education be more productive and less expensive.”

Top 10 Colleges with the Best and Worst Graduation Rates

So you made it into the university of your dream. Have you checked your college’s graduation rates? Before taking a gamble on any public or private college, it’s important to know if you’ll be graduating in four years…or longer. The following colleges have the best and worst graduation rates. Is your university listed here? Because it may not be too late to switch…

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I dreamed a dream…

It’s a sad reality, but most college students who shoot for a four-year degree end up graduating much later than planned, and racking up even more student debt as a result.

Then there are the graduation hopefuls who don’t end up graduating at all, and find themselves without a degree, but with a lot of student loans to pay off…and no job in sight.

Top 10 Worst Private Colleges

If you’re going to one of these private colleges, then you’d better have a Plan B.

These pricey private colleges scored the worst graduation rates:

  1. Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, Utah- Graduation rate: 6.5%
  2. Long Island University – Brooklyn, NY- Graduation rate: 17%
  3. Benedict College, Columbia, SC- Graduation rate: 27.5%
  4. College of New Rochelle, NY-  Graduation rate: 30.1%
  5. Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA- Graduation rate: 34%
  6. Barry University, Miami Shores, FL- Graduation rate: 35.4%
  7. Florida Memorial University, Miami Gardens, FL- Graduation rate: 36.2%
  8. Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL- Graduation rate: 36.7%
  9. Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, HI- Graduation rate: 38.9%
  10. Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL- Graduation rate:  40.5%

Top 10 Worst Public Colleges

Public colleges are a great option to save money on tuition. Still, they’re not free. You can plan on spending thousands of dollars on books and class fees. If you’re attending any of these public colleges, you should consider relocating to a different public college or a private university.

These public colleges have the lowest graduation rate:

  1. Southern University at New Orleans, LA – Graduation rate: 4%
  2. University of the District of Columbia, Washington DC – Graduation rate: 7.7%
  3. Kent State University-East Liverpool, East Liverpool, OH – Graduation rate: 8.9%
  4. Rogers State University, Claremore, OK – Graduation rate: 11.5%
  5. Texas Southern University, Houston, TX – Graduation rate: 13.3%
  6. Ohio University Southern Campus, Ironton, OH – Graduation rate: 13.7%
  7. Kent State University – Tuscarawas, OH – Graduation rate: 13.9%
  8. Purdue University North Central, IN– Graduation rate: 14%
  9. Cameron University, Lawton, OK– Graduation rate: 14.1%
  10. Ohio University at Chillicothe, OH – Graduation rate: 15.6%

Top 10 Best Colleges

According to Bloomberg, you can put your money on Williams College of Williamstown, Massachusetts. Out of all college students who apply for a 4-year bachelor’s degree, 93.25% graduate successfully. For a 6-year bachelor’s degree, a whopping 96.44% graduate.

All in all, these public and private universities have had the best graduation rates for a 4-year bachelor’s degree:

  1. Williams College, Williamstown, MA- Graduation rate: 93.25%
  2. Yale University, New Haven, CT- Graduation rate: 90.44%
  3. University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN- Graduation rate: 90.08%
  4. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ- Graduation rate: 89.92%
  5. Carleton College, Northfield, MN- Graduation rate: 89.14%
  6. Davidson College, Davidson, NC- Graduation rate: 88.96%
  7. Pomona College, Claremont, CA- Graduation rate: 88.94%
  8. Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME- Graduation rate: 88.79%
  9. Babson College, Wellesley, MA- Graduation rate: 88.55%
  10. Duke University, Durham, NC- Graduation rate: 88.50%

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How to Party at College without being That Girl

Your college years will be the most important of your life, and the college party ritual is the icing on the cake. But here’s the challenge: How do you avoid being “that girl” on campus when nearly 90% of all college parties involve heavy drinking? There must be a way to have a great time at a college party AND get a higher education at the same time…

How to Party at College without being That Girl

1) Don’t be that girl.

Who is she? The one who barrels through a round of Jell-O shots before the party’s even really begun. She’s the one who wears party clothes around the campus every day, even for lectures. That girl always seems to be having a bit too much fun- she’s the life of the party at college, and she’s fun to watch…for a while.

This doesn’t mean you should avoid going to college parties. All work and no party is no way to go through the next four years of college, even if you’re serious about your major.

2) Prepare to party!

Tell a college friend who won’t be at the party that you’ll be coming back late, so she can check up on you the next day to make sure you got back to your dorm safely. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged. Make sure you have a ride home, but have a credit card AND cash handy, in case your friends go bar hopping and you want to take a taxi back to dorm.

3) Enjoy the party without drinking.

Believe it or not, you can go out with your college friends and have a good time without coming back to your dorm stoned drunk at 3 am.

Have your back-up lines ready:

“I don’t really like drinking. It makes me sick. And then I won’t be any fun at all!”

“I only drink on special occasions.”

“I’d rather sit here and chat.”

“I have a paper due tomorrow morning, and I’m not finished.”

“If you need a ride back to campus after the party, I’m here!”

4) Stand up for yourself!

Consider this the first of many lessons in self-assertion you will experience in college. Once you’ve made the choice not to drink in college, stick to it!

Anybody who tries to talk you into drinking at a college party is probably trying to manipulate you for his own reasons.

Real friends will respect your decision not to drink at a college party. These are the friends you will keep for life!

5) Drink responsibly

That girl on the campus drinks everything that’s put in front of her nose. Instead, follow some basic safe drinking tips when going to a college party. Eat dinner at your dorm room before the party. At the party, try to alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

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6) Have fun!

Whether or not you decide to have a drink, it’s important to keep a healthy perspective. You’re there to socialize, meet new people, and soak up the whole college party atmosphere. It’s called fun. If at any point the party starts to take a wrong turn, or stops being fun, then leave. Or find somebody else to hang out with.

7) Develop a buddy system

Before the party, you and your college gal pals should set up a code word or phrase to avoid uncomfortable or dangerous scenarios. In case a guy is coming on too strong, or you want to excuse yourself because you really have to leave early to get back to campus to study for an exam. Decide on a secret message to pass on to your friends that means “Time to leave the party!”

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10 College Budget Tips: Life on a Shoestring

College tuition is a huge expense. So how are you supposed to get through the next four years with little to no money coming in? Obviously, you need to draw up a college  budget and stick to it. But stretching those dollars only goes so far. Here are some ways for you to live on a sensible college budget while you’re in school:

10 College Budget Tips: Life on a Shoestring

College on a shoestring budget

Discouraged about planning a college budget and sticking to it? Don’t be! This is just the first of many challenges that you will have while working towards your major. With the right attitude, you can have it all- a great college education…and a LIFE.

Ten helpful tips for acing college without going broke!

1) Walk or bike to campus as much as you can.

(It’ll help budget workout expenses!) When a car is absolutely necessary, drive slowly and keep the air conditioning off. Try to use public transportation as well. You can also get a college student discount on bus passes.

2) Buy in bulk.

Load up on food staples like pasta, rice, tuna, cereals, frozen vegetables, and paper supply items. Buying in bulk saves time and is good for your budget during the college years.This can save you lots of money. The extra time you’ve saved can be put to productive use on school textbooks!

3) Always eat at dorm.

Eating out is a luxury you can’t afford; at least, not until you graduate college with honors. If you do decide to splurge on restaurant food, you can still eat without killing your budget; find a buffet which offers a dirt-cheap menu or one that offers early bird specials.

4) Stay away from campus vending machines!

They are notoriously overpriced and take advantage of impulse-buying psychology. Always keep crackers or a healthy energy bar handy in your school bag in case you get the munchies in class or while studying at the college library.

5) Avoid movie theaters.

Movies and theater popcorn will kill your college budget. Instead, borrow movies from your college library, or stream online. You can pop cheap microwave popcorn for a fun night in with friends.

College can be an amazing time, with experiences that you can look back on later in life, smile and say “I did it once; I can do it again!”

6) Use coupons and promo codes.

Lots of online merchants offer promo codes to save money on shipping. Use a price comparison site like Book Bargain before purchasing college textbooks or other college materials online. And don’t forget the old standby, the Sunday newspaper, which is also loaded with money-saving coupons.

7) Buy used books and everything else second-hand.

Every college town has a Salvation Army or Goodwill that’s FULL of great stuff like washed clothing, books, DVDs, bikes, and furniture for your dorm. Many items are barely used or still have the tags on them. Also, check Craig’s list or your classifieds for items. Shopping on a college budget can be loads of fun!

8) Look for free entertainment.

Between studying and college exams, check out your city’s paper or website. Most municipalities offer free concerts or free entrances to various attractions. Student discounts are also available for these events.

9) Share with your dorm mate or frat buddy.

Split the cost of living with your dorm room mate, fraternity brother, or sorority sister. Save on expenses like food, movie rentals, workout equipment…even cool clothing! (Assuming your dorm mate or sorority sis wears the same size and has the same taste in fashion.)

10) Check your campus bulletin boards.  

Be on the lookout for college student discounts and deals. As a student, it’s understood that you’re always strapped for cash. Most local businesses offer special discounts and deals on movies, books, and other goodies. Always check for a student discount before purchasing anything.

Your turn!

Will you use any of these college budget tips? Do you have any questions or suggestions to add?Please leave your comments below!

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14 Tips for Writing a College Level Essay

Learning how to write a great college-level essay can be frustrating and time-consuming, especially for a freshman just starting out in a new university. Since you’re going to be spending the bulk of the next four years writing essays, you might as well get used it. With practice, good writing skills become second nature. Whether you’re a student working on a school thesis or preparing for a college level exam, these writing tips will help you score an “A!”

14 Tips for Writing a College Level Essay

Write an awesome paper!

College Writing Tips

These 14 important tips for writing a great college paper will get you on the right track.

  1. Don’t procrastinate! You’re not in high school anymore. Resist the temptation to wait until Sunday night to start working on a paper that’s due Monday afternoon. Let’s face it- there’s no way you’re turning in your best work. And your best is what it takes to get a good college education.
  2. Research your material. Do the work. Research your topic on the internet or at your university library. Collect information the way you used to collect Pokémon cards. Your professor isn’t stupid! He can tell the difference between a college thesis that’s been researched and analyzed thoroughly and one that’s been copied and pasted from Wikipedia.
  3. Argue with yourself. Really. Talking to yourself while writing is a great way to produce natural work and will also open doors to fresh insights related to your essay. Challenge yourself; ask yourself questions, then think about clever conclusions.
  4. Stick to one topic. Don’t try to cover the entire Turkish Empire in one essay. Rather, focus on one specific point about that time period, and make it the center of your thesis.
  5. Draft an outline. Before you get writing, make a rough outline organizing your main thoughts and arguments into separate points.
  6. Skip introductions. You still need a great opening paragraph, but don’t get hung up about making that the first step in writing your paper. Jump in anywhere you’re comfortable, and write to your heart’s content. The opener can wait.
  7. Use paragraphs to your advantage. In writing a good college-level paper, it’s important to know how to feed information in small bites, to make the whole essay more digestible. Know when to end one paragraph and start a new one. Paragraphs keep your essay moving without breaking the flow of the train of thought.
  8. Write. Erase. Repeat. Even the most accomplished writers make mistakes- they just don’t publish them! Get used to forming and reforming sentences, correcting mistakes, and then having second thoughts…
  9. Keep it natural…Forget everything your high school English teacher taught you in class. Writing should be an extension of your natural voice. Don’t try to put together cleverly-concocted yet grammatically correct prose. Just write it the way you would say it.
  10. And keep it fresh! College university professors have to read hundreds of papers each year. Want to get his attention? Give him something interesting to read, something unexpected. Avoid the tried-and-true safe thesis topics, such as “Why recycling can save the world,” and come up with a unique idea that’s all your own.
  11. Quote sources. Never ever plagiarize, and always reference an idea that’s not your own. Pick a system of footnoting, and stick to it.
  12. Cite lectures. Mention other college professors in your paper, and you’re bound to get a better grade.
  13. Put it all together now.  A conclusion isn’t a summary of what you just wrote. Rather, a true college-level essay finishes with a paragraph that expertly ties all the loose ends together into one neat little package.
  14. Proofread! This is one of the most important yet overlooked steps in writing your college paper, and the reason why you should never to attempt to complete a whole college essay the day before it’s due. Put your work aside, and return to it several hours later. You’ll get a fresh perspective of your work, and any corrections that require editing will jump right out at you.

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Dorm Room Survival Kit: 10 Essential Items to Include!

Moving to a new college dorm is a huge new chapter in your life. From cramped dorm rooms and close quarters to sharing bathrooms with total strangers, the whole communal feel can lose its novelty pretty quickly. Still, you’re in for the long haul, and it’s all good.

Dorm Room Survival Kit: 10 Essential Items to Include!

Here are some tips on things that could come in handy in your dorm room:

#1: Can opener – The late night munchies might get you while you’re kicking back at dorm, and that can of tuna sure looks good.

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#2: Duct tape – Confucius says, “Because it fixes everything.” Saw that on Facebook.

Dorm Room Survival Kit: 10 Essential Items to Include!

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#3: Screw driver with Philips and flathead – Keep it in a desk. You never know when you’ll need to fix some cheaply-made dorm room furniture.

#4: Baby wipes – They have so many uses: getting stains off of clothes, wiping up spills, le toilette purposes, and as a quick hand cleanser when public restrooms don’t supply.

#5: Electric kettle – For late-night coffee or hot ramen soup during a cram session, you can’t beat boiling water in 10 seconds.

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#6: Ear plugs – Because there’s nothing worse than screaming cheerleaders in the dorm hallway or a roommate with snoring problems when you’re trying to rest up for exams.

#7: Room deodorant spray – For receiving surprise visitors when it hasn’t been a Martha Stewart sort of day.

#8: First aid kit – band aids, antibiotic ointment, aspirin, and alcohol. Because stuff happens.

#9: Night light – for when the phone rings at 10:00 pm and you left your iPhone by the computer table across the dorm room…

Dorm Room Survival Kit: 10 Essential Items to Include!

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#10: Plastic grocery bags – Keep a stash for throwing out small trash, carrying books, and storing clothes; there’s really nothing more underrated yet multi-functional. Save

Your turn!

Will you remember to buy any of these items? Can you think of anything else important for move-in day that wasn’t mentioned?

Do you have any questions or suggestions?  Please leave your comments below.

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College Dorm Move-In Days Items you Forgot to Pack

Only a few days left until the moment you’ve been waiting for- the day you finally move in to your new college dorm room. Are you excited? Of course you are! So keyed up that you probably forgot to pack a few essential items that you’re going to wish you had remembered, at the most inconvenient time, too.

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But no worries! Because here’s a handy shopping list of items to pack into your move-in day trunk.

1) Electric fan

Most likely, you’re not going to have central air conditioning where you’re going.  And if your college dorm is like most university hangouts, then we’re talking small, cramped headquarters. Think sardines.

And once exams start coming around, and with that the classic all-nighter study sessions, you’ll probably notice a slight fishy smell hanging in the air. From soiled laundry, yesterday’s pizza…and unwashed bodies. Three doors down.

Yup, you’re going to want to pack a nice high-power floor fan. Make no mistake about that.

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2) Tool Kit

It’s amazing the things we take for granted when we live at home, with mom and dad. Want a picture hung up? Look in the junk drawer, and fish out a few nails. Then go to the garage and check your dad’s toolbox for a hammer. Done.

You’re going to miss that junk drawer once you’ve moved into your own college dorm. During the course of the year, something’s going to happen that will require a quick fix, and your 5-inch pumps just aren’t going to cut it.

Save yourself some future frustration, and just bring your junk drawer with you! Purchase a handy-dandy tool kit, equipped with everything you need to assemble cheap dorm room furniture, tighten a loose screw, or hammer in a few hooks for hanging your keys or college ID.

College Dorm Move-In Days Items you Forgot to Pack

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3) Surge protectors

At home, you didn’t have to worry about finding a place to charge your iPhone, work at your laptop, and listen to music at the same time. Come move-in day, you’re going to have a harder time finding a place to power up your appliances in your dorm, as electrical outlets are few in number, due to restrictions.

Come prepared with your own surge protector and extra extension cords, and you’ll be the most popular person on campus!

Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration. But your roommate will sure love you!

College Dorm Move-In Days Items you Forgot to Pack

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Your turn!

Will you remember to buy any of these items? Can you think of anything else important for move-in day that wasn’t mentioned?

Do you have any questions or suggestions?  Please leave your comments below.

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How Not to Look like a Freshman: Advice from College Seniors

You may have been the big fish in a little pond in high school, but now you’re a college freshman trying hard to go with the flow without sinking. Here are some tips from college seniors to help you swim through freshman year without looking like a clown fish.

How Not to Look like a Freshman: Advice from College Seniors

1) Don’t wear a name tag. Ever. Or a lanyard with your college ID. College orientation moderators love to hand these out because they think it encourages school spirit, but all it encourages is freshman abuse.

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2) On the other hand, don’t go anywhere without your college ID or keys, either. Nothing’s more embarrassing for a freshman than to be locked out of his dorm room because he left his keys in his dirty laundry basket.

3) Lose the college backpack. You may have a lot of books to purchase for this semester, but chances are you won’t need to carry them all to school every day. So unless you plan on “literally” living on campus, stick to a medium-sized pack that is just big enough to hold a notebook binder and a few books. Anything larger than that is bad for your back, and your freshman image.

4) Don’t even think about bringing a lunchbox. It may be the economical, greener way to do lunch, but you’ll be eating alone, or with other freshies who haven’t been informed.

5) Ladies, ease off of the makeup. Less really is more. Accentuate your natural beauty to keep that fresh appearance, but don’t use garish colors that scream, “I’m available and I want attention NOW.”

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6) Practice walking to class when you have time to spare. Nothing says “freshman” like pulling out a campus map or asking for directions from upperclassmen.

7) Dress accordingly. You don’t need designer clothes or sexy attire to fit in with your fellow classmates. Save the party wear for just that- frat parties! Instead, dress in comfortable casual clothing, including some college sweatshirts, caps, and tee shirts.

8) Don’t shop at the college bookstore. That’s the surest way to prove that you are really not with it, and haven’t heard that the best way to save money on college textbooks is to buy them used, or rent from a textbook rental service.

Fortunately, Book Bargain is the best place to compare book prices for all your college materials, for purchase and for renting. You can also sell back any books you don’t need, and get the most money back!

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Creating your Own College Major: Pros and Cons

A new trend in some American universities is to create one’s own college major. But is Independent Concentration for everybody? While more students are opting for the opportunity to draw their own unique major, some may be better off sticking to the old-fashioned route of choosing a tried-and-true college major, particularly with traditional fields such as chemistry or accounting.

Creating your own College Major- Pros and Cons

College will have its complexities, regardless of whether or not you opt for an existing college major; it’s entirely your choice. And that is life’s most essential lesson- making choices that benefit us in the long run!

Let’s weigh some pros and cons.

Creating your own college major: Pros

 1) By creating your own major, you have the option of following a unique degree that can be a resource for future students. You’re a trend-maker!

2) A custom major allows you to pursue your own educational interests on your own terms.

3) By taking the college major less traveled, you’ll be more motivated and more likely to succeed, as it will be a subject that you are really passionate about.

4) With your own custom-made major of expertise, you can push boundaries, and you’ll stand out in the crowd when applying for interviews with potential employers.

5) Some other great lessons you’ll take away in creating your own college major- time management and discipline.

Creating your own college major: Cons

1) Having your own self-drawn major can negatively impact post-graduation studies, especially if your ideas are too “out there.” (Think Franken-major.)

2) Let’s face it- You may have a hard time finding a job in a field in which you have established yourself as a non-conformist.

3) Developing your own college major is overwhelming! If you’re 100% not up to the challenge, then cease and desist.

4) There’s always the chance that you’ll put a lot of time and effort into a designer major that nobody else is interested in pursuing, or investing in.

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40 Weirdest Job Interview Questions Ever

Looking for an internship position to help you work your way through college and gain experience? Get ready to be asked some unusual, perplexing questions that would make even the popular guy on the campus squirm. Like, “What do you think about when you are alone in your car?” (Really??) Don’t get caught off-guard. Here’s your go-to list of job interview questions you’ll wish they hadn’t asked.

40 Weirdest Job Interview Questions Ever

What if a penguin wearing a sombrero were to walk in right now…?

I don’t know what’s more unbelievable- the nature of these bizarre questions, or that they came from high profile mega-corporations like Google and MasterCard.

Or the fact that somebody gets paid big bucks to ask these silly, irrelevant interrogations that have nothing whatsoever to do with your qualifications in the field you’re currently majoring in.

You may think that as an experienced college student who’s seen it all that you can’t be surprised. You’d be thinking wrong…

1) If you were to get rid of one state in the US, which would it be and why? – Forrester Research

2) How many quarters would you need to reach the height of the Empire State building? – JetBlue

3) How many cows are in Canada? – Google

4) What do you think about when you are alone in your car? – Gallup

5) What songs best describe your work ethic? – Dell

6) A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here? – Clark Construction Group

7) Name five uses of a stapler without staples. – EvalueServe

8) Jeff Bezoz walks into your office and says you can have a million dollars to launch you best entrepreneurial idea. What is it? -Amazon

9) Pick two celebrities to be your parents – Urban Outfitters

10) How would you rate your memory? -Marriott

11) Name three previous Nobel Prize winners. – BenefitsCONNECT

12) Can you say: ‘Peter Pepper Picked a Pickled Pepper’ and cross-sell a washing machine at the same time? – MasterCard

13) How would people communicate in perfect world? – Novell

14) If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put inside a blender, how would you get out? -Guardsmark

15) If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be? – Bandwidth.com

16) What do wood and alcohol have in common? – Goldman Sachs

17) If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us? – Trader Joe’s

18) How do you make a tuna sandwich? -Astron Consulting

19) My wife and I are going on vacation– where would you recommend? – PricewaterhouseCoopers

20) Estimate how many windows are in New York. – Bain & Co.

21) What’s your favorite song? Perform it for us now. – LivingSocial

22) Calculate the angle of two clock pointers when the time is 11:50. – Bank of America

23) Have you ever stolen a pen from work? – Jiffy Software

24) If you had turned your cellphone to silent and it rang really loudly despite it being on silent, what would you tell me? – Kimberly-Clark

25) On a scale of 1 to 10, rate me as an interviewer. – Kraft Foods

26) If you could be anyone else, who would it be? – Salesforce.com

27) How would you direct someone else on how to cook an omelet? – PETCO

28) On a scale of 1 to 10, how weird are you? – Capital One

29) How are M&Ms made? – UBS

30) How would you explain Facebook to your grandma? – Huddle

31) Would you rather fight a horse sized duck, or a hundred duck sized horses? – BHP Hilton

32) How would you fit a giraffe in a fridge? – US Bank

33) What makes you happy in the office on Friday evening? -Tesco

34) How many piano tuners are there in London? – Studentbeans.com

35) Just entertain me for five minutes. I’m not going to talk. – Acosta

36) “If Germans were the tallest people in the world, how would you prove it? – Hewlett-Packard

37) What do you think of garden gnomes? -Trader Joe’s

38) Would Mahatma Gandhi have made a good software engineer? – Deloitte

39) Please spell “diverticulitis.” – EMSI Engineering

40) Pepsi or Coke?  – United Health Group

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