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    College students struggle to balance jobs and school

    Franklin Rodriguez, a senior, applied to four to five jobs since his freshman year. For him, it was difficult selling himself to employers. “The hardest thing when applying for jobs and internships, for me, would be the process of making resumes,” Rodriguez said. “I have always been awful at talking myself up.” Rodriguez, majoring in psychology and sociology, found a job at a hookah lounge, which he called an interesting experience. But he felt worried about finding a job in his studies even in the future. Rodriguez is not alone as other college students struggle to find a worthwhile job in college. Sometimes, finding a job may consume their time. CUNY’s Office of Institutional Research,…

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    Half of college graduates say college was worth it

    A recent survey conducted by Gallup-Purdue University found only half of recent graduates strongly agree with their college education “was worth the cost.” Gallup-Purdue University, as part of a national survey, selected 30,000 students from both public and private colleges. The goal is to help college professors observe and understand the their overall teaching ability by tracking student experiences, areas where the college can improve and well-being after graduation. Interestingly, the statement about the worth of a college degree was added for the 2015 edition of the survey. The percentage of college graduates who disagreed with the statement surprised Brandon Busteed, executive director of Gallup Education and Workforce Development. “Given…

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    Students of undocumented parents beat out M.I.T. in robotics competition

    A documentary was presented at Queens College concerning the challenges minority students face in America while striving to achieve academic success. Underwater Dreams is about how a team of Mexican students from Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix Arizona, children of undocumented workers, managed to defeat prestigious colleges, including M.I.T., in a robotics competition in 2004. The documentary also follows their journeys after their victory. This film touches on issues regarding undocumented immigration including the implications and continuing conversation around the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Act, ballot measures restricting undocumented students from receiving in-state tuition in certain states, and policies affecting the ability of undocumented students to seek employment after college. The film was presented…

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    Education and internships go hand-in-hand, poll says

    Twenty-nine percent of graduates say they held a job or an internship where they were able to apply skills learned from classes, according to a new poll from Gallup. The survey found recent graduates more likely to find the connection with 35 percent of students who graduated from 2010 to 2014 compared to 29 percent of graduates from 1960 to 1969. The Gallup poll highlighted, when the statistics were broken down, how 31 percent of women found their classroom experience helpful when interning compared to 27 percent of men. Furthermore, 32 percent of blacks applied the same lessons to their internships, the highest out of all ethnicities. Internships are set…

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    Report proves the value of a college education

    To all students questioning the value of their college degree, rest assured. It is projected that a college degree will reward a salary double that of a high school graduate. However, the value of a chosen major varies. Last month, The Hamilton Project, a think-tank, published a comprehensive report outlining the economic rewards of 80 majors titled “Major Decisions: What Graduates Earn Over Their Lifetimes.” The report sought to create innovative policy proposals in an effort to better the economy for more people. According to the report, quantitative skills learned in physics, engineering, or computer science majors are the most lucrative. Chemical engineering majors have median lifetime earnings of about…