Prospective Students

Websites Every College Student Needs to Know

When writing papers and speeches, usually the bibliography page is the last thing on a student’s
mind. So, naturally, it’s also often the last piece to get done. Bibme and easybib are two online resources to help you build your bib page faster and get to sleep sooner.

It’s a fact of life, textbooks are needlessly expensive. Another fact is that you can buy or rent
them online for a nominal amount, allowing you to keep more money in your pocket. Chegg and Amazon allow you to buy or rent textbooks and have low shipping rates for students.

Many newcomers to the college atmosphere haven’t developed all the study habits they need to succeed. Notehall  allows students to post and share notes from textbooks and classes. Students can even earn money if others like their notes.

Technology is shifting to become “on the cloud” more and more. Dropbox and Evernote are two websites that allow students to upload notes, pictures, text files, documents, and pdf’s to be accessed later. Now a corrupt jumpdrive is no excuse to not turn in your paper.

Powerpoints have become the overused and abused program of yesteryear. Wow your professors
by building a presentation on the cloud in Prezi. Prezi forces students to think outside of the typical textbox common in powerpoint and learn to present in more dynamic ways.

Students need help to find the best deals. Student Universe and Snagajob are both built to serve.
Student Universe finds the best deals on travel between cities so a student can visit home, wherever that is. Snagajob has a section so college students can seeks hourly work.


Where do You See Yourself in 10 Years?

Goal setting is used by athletes, successful business-people, and achievers in all fields. Setting goals can give you a long-term vision and short-term motivation. It focuses your acquisition of knowledge, and helps you to organize your time and your resources so that you can make the very most of your life.

By setting sharp, clearly defined goals, you can measure and take pride in the achievement of those goals, and you’ll see forward progress in what might previously have seemed a long pointless grind. You will also raise your self-confidence, as you recognize your own ability and competence in achieving the goals that you’ve set.

When setting goals, it’s important to remember to consider the big picture goals, as well as the smaller detailed goals that are the steps upward.

When breaking your goals down into manageable chunks, certain categories are important to envision. Career – What position do you want to achieve in your career? Financial – How much money do you want to make, and by when? Is this amount reasonable considering your career choice? Education – What knowledge do you want and need to acquire in order to fulfill your career goals? Family – Do you want to be married? Be a parent? What kind of spouse and parent do you want to be? How does this impact your career
choice? Attitude – Do you have any negative attitudes you need to change in order to achieve your goals? If so, make a goal to do so. Physical – Are there any physical accomplishments you wish to achieve? Public Service – Is your life’s ambition to make the world a better place? How?

When you make your goals, make sure they are “SMART.” Goals become as easily broken as New Year’s Resolutions if they seem unreachable. By making your goals specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound (with a deadline) you will set yourself up for maximum possibility of achieving your goals. Writing the goals down is also crucial to achieving them.


Real world

Internships are an integral part of the Communication & Media Arts curriculum. Professional work experience enhances classroom education and gives USF students an important advantage in their careers. Students haveparticipated in internships at nearly all of the major television and radio stations in Chicago and its suburbs as well as media outlets from across the country. Journalism/Public Relations students have interned at newspapers, web portals, corporations, and nonprofit organizations.
Here’s more than a few of the places our students have interned:

  • AT&T Media Services
  • Big Shoulders Digital Video Production
  • BP Products US Logistics
  • Chicago Beer Distributing Co.
  • Chicago Fire (Major League Soccer)
  • Chicagoland Gardening Magazine
  • CLTV News
  • Donellon Public Relations Agency
  • Easter Seals
  • Empress Casino
  • Exit Music Inc.
  • Fox Sports Net Chicago
  • Gammon Group
  • Greater Joliet Area Y.M.C.A.
  • Ground Zero
  • Impact Imaging Technology
  • Joliet Jackhammers
  • Kurtis Productions, Ltd.
  • Laser Products Industries
  • Market Smart, Inc.
  • Morris Daily Herald
  • Nextmedia
  • Prison Productions
  • Provena St. Joseph Medical Center
  • Raceway Associates – Chicagoland Speedway
  • Rialto Square Theatre
  • Warner AV
  • WGCI Radio
  • WGN Radio
  • WGN TV
  • Will County State’s Attorney’s Office
  • WLS Radio
  • WLS-TV Chicago ABC 7
  • WZZN – 94.7 the Zone FM Radio