Learning while Interning? Finding a quality internship

Internships can give you an insider’s view of a career field, an opportunity to apply learning outside the classroom, develop career skills and grow your professional competencies.

The academic internship program at Purchase College is designed to give students practical experience in their area of academic study or in other fields of interest. Once you locate potential internships on Purchase JobScore (or other site), the Career Development Center team encourages you to evaluate the internship description as an opportunity for hands on learning.  Find out the expectations, the training and supervision provided, if it’s for credit, and/or other compensation, and reflect on the nature this potential learning experience.  Find out more by visiting our Academic Internship Program guide for next steps and to learn now to complete a Learning Contract to register your internship.  Visit Purchase JobScore as a resource to apply to a spring (there is still time to land a great spring internship) or summer internship.  Spring Internship Registration Deadline: February 5th

Budgeting for College Students

Creating a budget may sound intimidating or complicated, especially if you’re a college student managing your expenses for the first time.  The task becomes even more complex because money often comes in and goes out at certain times of the year.  By setting and sticking to a budget you’ll be less likely to overspend and maintain financial stress.  Read on to learn how to create a budget that works for you and to find tips and tools to help you develop healthy financial habits.

Social Wellness

Social Wellness is the ability to develop and maintain a diversity of supportive and healthy relationships.  The foundation of any relationship is self-love/self-compassion and empathy, the awareness of self and awareness of other…in other words emotional intelligence. Many agree that the basic characteristics of a healthy relationship includes respect, honesty, trust and communication.

Managing Time

Time is one of our most important resources. Effective time management is a skill most people need to make the most out of their personal and professional lives. To a college student, it can make the difference between a mediocre and a superior performance.  Here are some to help you manage you time at college. 

Love Your Body

Did you know that it your brain requires about 20% (300-400 calories) of your daily caloric intake just to function? Healthy eating is not just for physical wellness; it also helps our intellectual and emotional wellness. Restricting intake or poor eating can negatively impact how we see or what we think about our body. If you are noticing that your body image thoughts, anxiety or self-imposed rules are affecting your ability to eat, you may be developing some disordered eating (also here). Loving and accepting your body and your unique shape is important for you!

Studying Efficiently  

Being properly organized and prepared for tests and exams can make all the difference to school performance. Effective studying starts with the right attitude—a positive outlook can shift studying from a punishment to an opportunity to learn. Here are some tips and resources that may help you study stronger and ace that next exam.  

Test Taking Tips

Being prepared for your upcoming test/quiz/exam will help you pass that exam with flying colors.  Knowing how to best prepare for certain types of exams: true/false, multiple choice, essays, etc. will give you the edge you need to know how to navigate those tests.    Here are some tips that will guide you through different test types and increase your confidence.  

Reading Textbooks Effectively

A large amount of your college reading consists of reading and learning the information in textbooks. Sections are clearly divided and subdivided into boldface print and italics; study questions often come at the end of the chapter; charts and illustrations usually represent the most important facts and concepts discussed in the chapter; and usually the style of textbook material is straightforward. With the right system, reading textbook material can prove to be a worthwhile study experience.

Prescription Drug Misuse

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2017), 139,000 college age people report misuse of prescription medication. These prescriptions are responsible for many of the overdose statistics on college campuses. The majority of prescription misuse in college originates from students sharing unused medications with others. Sharing prescriptions that are controlled substances (opioids, benzodiazepines, amphetamines) is a misdemeanor offense, and can be felony in certain cases. 4/27 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and Purchase will offer depositories for meds you no longer need.

Study Groups Tips

With finals weeks just around the corner, you have probably been thinking about the most ideal way to form an effective study group for those exams coming up.  Here are some tips that may help you conduct a more productive study group session. 

Impaired Driving

The average cost of a in Westchester County is $10,000 in penalties and legal fees; not to mention the life-long criminal record that can impact all sorts of opportunities over one’s life. Impaired driving does not just include drinking, but includes all substances that impair motor functioning. For example, in Colorado where recreational marijuana use is legal, the state has been a 12% increase in motor vehicle deaths when a driver has tested positive for marijuana use since legislation passed in 2009. Stay safe and make smart choices as impaired driving rates increase during graduation time!