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There's lots of advice out there for first-year college students, but some of the best tips we've seen has been on the blog of COLLEGEINFOGEEK. Thomas Frank offers 42 tips from his own experience, some of which are excerpted and condensed below.

1. Always go to class. You never know when the professor will drop a crucial test hint, or give out extra credit for attendance.

2. If you have to choose between a double major and getting involved on campus, get involved. All the knowledge in the world won’t help you if you come out of college with no experience or professional relationships.

3. Always back up your files and make sure your computer is protected against malware.

4. Bring enough clothing to school with you that you can go two weeks between washings, but when you do get around to washing your things, never leave them in the washer after the cycle is over. Be there to take them out a minute before the cycle ends. Not doing this is rude, and people WILL pull your clothes out and set them somewhere.

5. Get to know your professors. College is just as much about networking as it is about sitting in class. Find out when their office hours are, where their office is, and then make a visit.

6. Take smart notes. Find a note-taking system that works well for you, and focus on learning rather than simply recording the information. And getting a tutor does not make you look dumb. Not getting one when you need help does.

7. Get out and explore your campus. If you have to ask your friends where the main financial office is, you’ve failed. Find out what resources are available on campus as well. Same goes for exploring the city your campus is in.

8. Take a speech class, even if you don’t have to. Communication skills are among the more important things recruiters look for in students.

9. Connect with your school’s career center; your career advisor will be an invaluable resource in the years to come.

10. Get an internship the summer after your sophomore year, or as soon as you can. You’ll forge professional connections early on and make it easier to get another internship the next summer. Graduating with two or more internships will give you a real leg up on the competition.

The departments of Business Communication and English at Stevenson University are pleased to announce the launch of faculty member Anthony Moll's new book, Out of Step: A Memoir. A reading and release party is scheduled for Tuesday, September 25, 2018, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Sound Stage in the School of Design.

Moll, who teaches both journalism and creative writing, explains that the book is "a literary memoir about a bisexual, working-class kid joining the army during 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.' It’s a queer, anti-war coming-of-age story." The book was selected in 2017 by Michael Kardos as the winner of the Non/Fiction Prize series from The Journal & The Ohio State University Press. The prize included publication with OSU Press’ literary imprint, Mad Creek Books.

The faculty of both departments are thrilled to host such an exciting event.

Congratulations to the students in Business Communication under the direction of Sonya Lawyer, assistant professor of design and internship coordinator, who are interning at a variety of locales this summer. Congratulations, students!

Morgan Bateman The Chesapeake Bayhawks Major League Lacrosse semi-professional men's team in Annapolis, Maryland
Hunter Brody SNJ Today Broadcast and media company focusing on south Jersey news
Alexandria Button Camp Pontiac Summer camp in Columbia County, New York
Timothy Craig Restoration East, LLC Contracting company that specializes in the restoration and protection of concrete structures.
Christine Favata Rockland Boulders An American independent professional baseball team based in Pomona, New York
Brenna Lane Art with a Heart An organization that brings arts classes into schools, community centers, group homes, shelters, hospitals, and housing facilities.
Wornden Ly Brook Lane Health Services A company that provides a continuum of mental health services for people throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. 
Kali Martin St. Paul's School An independent K-12 college-preparatory school in Brooklandville, Maryland
Olivia Suss 21st Century Artists, Inc. A New York artist management and entertainment company with a client roster of world-renowned, Grammy Award winning artists
Business Communication alum Julia Tucker took to the field on Saturday, August 11, 2018, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards to sing the National Anthem prior to the Orioles' game against the Boston Red Sox. Over 18,000 fans were on hand for her solo, and though the Orioles later lost the game 6-4, it was still a great day to celebrate, as second baseman Brian Roberts and sportscaster Fred Manfra were inducted into the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame prior to the game. Congratulations, Julia! (Photographs courtesy of Julia Tucker)


Senior Molly Myers (left) offered some insights through LinkedIn about what she has learned through her internship at Platinum Reputations. She writes:

1. Business meetings are stressful. They are also very interesting and gave me a chance to learn so much more about running a business.

2. A company that responds to its clients' feedback is more likely to get repeat business than those that don't.

3. Creating social media content for businesses is harder than it seems. I hit many creative roadblocks along the way, but it's definitely a fun career.

4. When given the opportunity to network... Take it!

5. Always always always ask questions! If you don't understand something or if you don't know how to do something, someone is there to help. Learn from others and seek help with your work when needed.

Platinum Reputations is a Cockeysville-based firm that helps businesses and individuals improve their online reputations, through the use of a full team of legal, search experts and computer science engineers who create a strategic plan of action for each client. Their specialties include online damage control, niche business/industry brand solutions, and mitigation, according to the company's website.