The Case Against Following Your Passion (Ep. 273)

Everywhere you look, the world is telling you to follow your passion.

But does that mean that your passion has to become your career?

Naturally, it depends a bit on what your passion is. Collecting stamps probably won’t make for a very lucrative career for most people.

On the other hand, whether your interests are able to make you money is only part of the question. If you’re not careful, even a high-paying hobby may have its drawbacks.

This isn’t to tell you you shouldn’t pursue your dream job — just know what you might be getting into before you make the commitment. read more

How to Plan and Execute an Outstanding Study Abroad Trip

Studying abroad was one of the best decisions I made in college. I spent 4 months living in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and it exposed me to an entirely new world of cultures and ideas (not to mention some fun new activities such as caving).

If you’re interested in studying abroad, I highly recommend it. But the process of studying abroad can be overwhelming. To start, you have to choose a place. Then, you have to figure out how to pay for it. Finally, you have to prepare for your time away and figure out how to make the most of it. read more

Here’s Exactly How to Raise Your GPA This Semester

You’re halfway through the semester when you realize you’re in trouble.

The workload of your organic chemistry class is much larger than you anticipated, you’re struggling to pass the weekly quizzes in French 102, and you’re still trying to hold down your part-time job at the campus bookstore.

Your grades are suffering, and your GPA is dropping. The financial aid office just warned you you’re in danger of losing your scholarships. And your advisor is concerned that you won’t have the grades necessary to declare the STEM major you want to pursue. read more

The Best Way to Organize Your Files and Folders

If you’re like the average person, you probably have several “unofficial” spots for the various files, papers, and documents that make their way into your life.

Your desk is a likely candidate, as is your kitchen table – and, of course, there’s the very bottom of your backpack, where papers go to die and never be recovered.

Well, prepare to kiss your average-ness – and all of the messes in these places – goodbye.

By channeling the combined spiritual energy of Marie Kondo and Leslie Knope, I have created this guide that will show you how to easily organize all of your files, documents, and papers. read more

Let’s Talk About Minimalism (Ep. 272)

Minimalism is pretty popular these days.

Unfortunately, like with eating organic foods, it can be hard to see past the hype: will this do everything they say it will, or is it just a garden-variety good idea?

Does owning 100 or fewer things really give you superpowers, or does it just make it easier to clean?

Here’s our take.

Things mentioned in this episode:

This week’s episode is sponsored by:

  • Skillshare: with over 27,000 courses in a wide range of different skills, Skillshare can help you take things to the next level. Get started with 2 free months of unlimited learning (including Thomas’ Productivity Masterclass!) at Skillshare.com/geek.
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Timestamps:

  • 0:04:43 – Minimalism overview
  • 0:13:07 – Removing things that aren’t bringing you value
  • 0:16:57 – Trying things before committing and minimizing wasted energy
  • 0:19:09 – Coming back to your values and not buying things based on social status
  • 0:27:12 – Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks)
  • 0:30:23 – Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills)
  • 0:31:44 – Not caring as much about perfection
  • 0:33:43 – Becoming a minimalist
  • 0:36:51 – Conciliating mementos with minimalism
  • 0:48:57 – Getting rid of things when you’re not moving and that you may need later
  • 1:03:31 – Sharing things with your community
  • 1:07:01 – Conclusion

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Listen to This: The 50+ Best Audiobooks in 2019

Do you feel like you never have enough time to read? You’d like to read more, but it can be hard to find the time between work, school, and all the other things you have to do.

This is why audiobooks are awesome. With audiobooks, you can read during times when you’d never be able to look at a print book. You can listen at the gym, walking to class, during your commute, or even while doing work that doesn’t require a lot of focus.

However, the world of audiobooks is vast, and your time is limited. How are you supposed to decide what to read? read more

How to Get the Scholarships You Need to Avoid Debt

College is expensive.

The average tuition at a public university for 2018-2019 was $10,230. And if you attend a school out of state, it’s more than double that. Plus, that doesn’t include the cost of housing, food, or books.

So what can you do about it? You could freak out, light your hair on fire, and go live in a hole in the ground.

Or, you could take a proactive approach and get some scholarships. But winning scholarships is hard, right? You have to be a genius astrophysicist with a 4.0 who does 40 hours a week of community service while also serving as student body president…right? read more

10 Things We Regret NOT Doing in College (Ep. 271)

We’ve talked a lot about what we did in college. Doing mildly constructive things in university was pretty much the basis for this whole business, after all.

But what about the things we didn’t do?

Well, as it turns out, we did miss out on a few things. Things that may have been useful for us back then, but that may also be useful to you right now.

If none of our college regrets apply to you and you’re still in college, try imagining what you might regret not having done in the future. Pregrets, if you will. read more

How to Choose a Major in 5 Simple Steps

Choosing your major is an anxious time in college. All throughout high school, you had to deal with people asking, “Where are you going to college?” Now that you’ve entered college, the question has immediately changed to, “What are you majoring in?”

While I can’t do anything to prevent these questions, I can give you some guidance on how to choose your major. Below, I’ll look at the five-step process you can use to find the right major, as well as explore some common questions that come up during the process. read more

5 Questions: Mental Toughness, Quitting a Job, and Trying to Disconnect (Ep. 270)

Why hello there, dear listener. Today’s the perfect day for another five questions episode.

Once a month or so, we take five questions from social media, the College Info Geek community on Reddit, and email. Then, we discuss and attempt to answer each question, speed-dating style.

Here are the five questions this time around:

  • I’m heading off to college next fall. Is it too early to start a personal website?
  • How can I develop mental toughness?
  • Do you have any advice for someone trying to disconnect despite having a computer centered job and hobbies that are pretty much all online?
  • How do you know when it’s the right time to quit a job?
  • How does one prepare for an oral exam?

Things mentioned in this episode:

This week’s episode is sponsored by:

  • Skillshare: with over 25,000 courses in a wide range of different skills, Skillshare can help you take things to the next level. Get started with 2 free months of unlimited learning (including Thomas’ Productivity Masterclass!) at Skillshare.com/geek.
  • Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you’re one of the first 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription.

Other things we mentioned in this episode:

Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.

Timestamps:

  • 0:03:07 – Starting a personal website
  • 0:08:33 – Developing mental toughness
  • 0:22:08 – Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills)
  • 0:24:15 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
  • 0:26:40 – Disconnecting from the virtual world
  • 0:34:43 – Knowing when to quit a job
  • 0:43:07 – Preparing for an oral exam
  • 0:47:36 – Conclusion

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