• 100 Smart Tips and Tools to Start a College Fund

    Jun 17th, 2009

    With speculations on the outrageous cost of college in the future, it’s no wonder parents start to sweat when thinking of saving for their child’s college fund. Putting back enough money doesn’t have to be stressful, though, if you follow some of the tips below and take advantage of these tools. Whether you are planning for your newborn’s future or your teenager’s imminent education, are a grandparent wanting to help, or are soon to be a student yourself, you will find plenty of help here to start your college fund the smart way.

    College Savings Tips

    These tips provide great information for getting started and ensuring you continue to build your college fund successfully.

    1. Start as soon as you can. Whether you are expecting your first child or you are a high school student just looking at college options, start investing as soon as you can to give yourself time to build as much money as possible.
    2. Save often. Put money back as frequently as you can to help build your college fund.
    3. Get your finances in order. Make sure you have a good handle on your personal finances and spending habits to ensure your success with your investment and saving goals.
    4. Understand the risks and benefits of your investments. Every investment has risks and benefits. Make sure you clearly understand each before you invest any of your money.
    5. Diversify. Split your investments into a few different types of accounts. Putting money into separate types of accounts not only adds a layer of security so that you don’t lose everything in one bad investment, it also allows you to invest some money into safer accounts with lower returns while investing other money into riskier accounts with higher returns.
    6. Go automatic. Making automatic payments each payday removes the money before you even miss it and ensures you are contributing regularly to your investment.
    7. Ask for gifts. Ask friends and family to consider contributing to college funds for birthday and holiday gifts they would normally give anyway.
    8. Invest unexpected income. If you receive a large gift, get a large income tax refund, or get a bonus at work, invest that money so that it will work for you in the long run.
    9. Increase your savings. Build an increase into your savings goals. If you receive a raise, bump your savings by that same percentage. Even if you don’t receive a raise, make sure you are increasing your savings rate at least once a year to keep up with tuition inflation.
    10. Redirect money. When you finish paying something off such as a car or child care when your child enters school, then redirect that money to your savings.
    11. Examine spending habits. Track your spending for a few months, then take a close look at where your money is going and determine if you can cut back on certain areas and invest that money instead of spending it.
    12. Involve your child. By instilling the importance of a college education and teaching responsible financial management, you child will be better equipped to graduate college with financial savvy and without excessive debt.

    For Parents

    Specifically for parents (and grandparents), these articles offer tons of tips to help you fund your children’s education.

    1. How to Start a College Fund. The basic information offered here is a great place to start if you aren’t sure about how to save for college.
    2. Why You Shouldn’t Put College Fund Money in Your Child’s Name. Learn one reason why you should not put you child’s name on the college fund.
    3. Investing in a Child’s College Fund Versus Paying Off Your Mortgage. This article offers insight and helpful advice on evaluating which financial path you should take.
    4. How to Set Up a College Savings Account. Watch this video to learn about the benefits of a 529 plan.
    5. How Safe Is Your College Savings Plan?. Learn about the risks of 529 plans in the current economic environment and what you can do to protect your investment.
    6. College education funds trump retirement savings goals. This brief article offers a thought-provoking look at those forced to choose between saving for college or retirement.
    7. Great Ways to Fund a College Education Even If You’re Not a Millionaire. If you need a supplement to your college savings, check out the suggestions here.
    8. Send Your Kid to College Without Going Broke. This article focuses on ways to find quality education at community colleges and public schools that can reduce the cost of higher education without sacrificing the end result.
    9. Funding your child’s education. This article offers a good breakdown of the benefits, tax breaks, and regulations behind four popular savings plans.
    10. Planning for Education Funding. Five education funding myths are examined in this article.
    11. College education funding for the divorced parent. Find out ways that may help you start a college fund if you are a divorced parent.
    12. Funding a Grandchild’s College Education. Learn about several options grandparents have when contributing money to a grandchild’s education.

    Savings Options

    The following list offers some of the most popular options when it comes to setting up college funds.

    1. 529 plan. These state-sponsored plan usually come in two forms: prepaid tuition plans and savings plans. They are free from federal taxes and you can usually join any plan no matter in which state you reside.
    2. Coverdell Education Savings Account. If you earn less than $110,000 (or $220,000 if filing jointly), you can contribute tax-free up to $2000 a year into an account that goes to a named child for educational expenses.
    3. UGMA and UTMA. Uniform Gifts to Minors Act (UGMA) and Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA) allow gifts to be given to children in custodial accounts–such as from grandparents. Investments of up to $12,000 a year can be made without gift taxes applied and the money is often taxed at the child’s rate.
    4. Savings account. Setting up a traditional savings account is a very safe way to save money, but doesn’t earn as much in interest. If you plan to contribute an amount each month to reach your savings goal, however, it is a good way to build money.
    5. CDs. Another safe way of saving is to put your money into Certificates of Deposit. This money stays in the bank and remains unavailable to you for a specified amount of time with higher interest rates corresponding to longer investment periods.
    6. Education Savings Bond Program. Certain US savings bonds can be cashed in and used for qualified educational expenses without some or all of the interest money being taxed.
    7. Mutual funds. Mutual funds offer a diversified way to invest in the stock market while building a college fund. Read about the pros and cons in this article from Vanguard.
    8. Stocks. Investing in individual stocks can be risky and is not suggested for those with little investing experience, but it can provide a big payoff if you know what you are doing.
    9. Tax breaks. There are several tax breaks for those saving or paying for college. Learn how you can take advantage of the tax breaks here.
    10. Upromise. Read an overview of all Upromise has to offer for college savings through your regular spending in this article.

    College Fund Tools and Calculators

    Find out exactly how much you should save, how much you may need, what type of school you can afford, and more with these tools and calculators.

    1. College Savings Plan Comparison Chart. This chart offers a break-down of various savings plans and how they are managed.
    2. College Savings Calculator. This calculator will help you determine how much you should save and ways to make the most of your saving.
    3. College Funding Calculator. Plug in information about your savings, how long you have to invest, and your annual contribution to determine how much you should be investing now to pay for college.
    4. How much can you save?. This tool helps you calculate how much money you can save over time.
    5. Savings Calculator. Find out how much you can save to meet your college fund goals with this tool.
    6. How Much Should You Save?. Use this worksheet to determine how much you will need to put back for college expenses.
    7. College Savings Calculator. This calculator takes into consideration such variables as the type of school, commuting vs. being on campus, and more.
    8. Which college savings option is best for me?. Use this tool to help you decide the best type of investment for your college savings goals.
    9. 529 College Savings Tool. Figure out what you need to contribute to your 529 plans for each of your children with this tool.
    10. Calculate how much you’ll need to save for college. Not only will this tool tell you how much you need to save, but it can offer suggestions for changes you can make to better meet your goals.
    11. School Affordability Analyzer. Find out how much the schools of your choice will cost you, how much aid they typically provide, and the best options for your specific situation.

    For Students

    If you are heading to college soon or are already there, these tips and tools will help you cut back on expenses and fund your education the smart way.

    1. Test out of classes. Testing out of classes before you start school leaves you with fewer classes you have to take–and pay for.
    2. Take the basics at a less expensive school. Sometimes you can find schools with lower tuition and fees such as at community colleges and some online schools that will transfer to a larger school that may cost more.
    3. Live at home. You can save an average of $6,000 a year on room and board if you live at home rather than staying at the dorm or getting a place of your own.
    4. Understand college costs. Understanding the nuances of college costs is important and can help you avoid expensive mistakes when considering funding your education.
    5. Look into scholarships. There are many scholarships available for students attending accredited colleges, but you will need to do the research to find them. Also, beware of scholarship scams.
    6. Become an RA. A residential advisor oversees the activities of those in the dorm and typically gets free room and board for their work.
    7. FAFSA. Complete your FAFSA online to determine your eligibility for scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study opportunities that can supplement your college savings.
    8. Federal Work Study Program. Learn about this opportunity through the federal government to work part time and earn funds for your education.
    9. 4 Tips to Make Money Online to Fund Your College Studies. This article offers four ways to supplement your income online while paying for school expenses.
    10. Financial Literacy. This page offers information and links to help you learn how to manage your money for college wisely.
    11. College Costs. Learn what to expect when it comes time for paying for your education and get links to helpful calculators.
    12. Student Finance Domain. Paying for college and money management are the focus of this site dedicated to helping college students make smart financial choices.

    Finance Social Networking Sites

    Join these social networking sites to learn more about finance and investing so that you can make your college fund grow as much as possible.

    1. Art of Saving. This personal finance social network helps members reach their finance goals, such as saving for college.
    2. ZeccoShare. The investment community at ZeccoShare offers investment tracking, sharing of ideas and tips, and groups where members can find support as they learn about investing.
    3. UpDown. Practice investing with a $1 million portfolio while you gain experience and get tips from others, and even earn real money along the way, in this community.
    4. Minyanville Financial Infotainment. Join this financial social network to meet other investors while learning about smart investment strategies, participating in forums, and reading blogs and articles about investing.
    5. My.WallSt.net. Beginners can learn about investing on this social site that helps you find out about stocks, trading, and more.
    6. Tip’d. For those interested in finance and investment, Tip’d offers news, tips, articles, and more to it’s members, who can vote for the most helpful information.
    7. MarketWatch Community. Members can create profiles to help connect with others, then share information, news, tips, and more.
    8. Wesabe. Learn to manage your money while connecting with others with the same financial goals.
    9. Kiplinger.com. Manage your finances in this community with the tools, articles, quizzes, online forums, and more here that will help you learn about personal finance.
    10. Zacks Investment Research. Create a portfolio, connect with community and more at this site that provides mathematically-based research to help you learn about markets and trends.
    11. Covester. Covester allows members to watch the investment habits of other members in order to learn how to invest their money.
    12. InvestingMinds. This community offers everything from investing clubs to chat rooms and provides you the chance to learn from others or share your own investing experience.

    Money Management and Savings Tools

    Without a good handle on your personal finances, saving is difficult. Use these tools to keep your finances in order so you can save as much as possible for education.

    1. BudgetTracker, Inc. Budgeting is much easier when you use this tool that helps you get control of bills, investments, bank accounts, and more.
    2. SaveMoney.com. Members can get plenty of help saving money with this group that includes such tools as a tip of the day and forums.
    3. mint. This popular personal finance management system connects your bank, credit cards, and mutual funds to help you gain control over your finances.
    4. How I Save Money.net. You will find plenty of tips and tools to help save money here such as organizing coupons, tracking finances, and understanding flexible spending accounts.
    5. billeater.com. Learn how to save money and lower your bills with the tips and forums here.
    6. BillMonk. Keep track of your money with this fun tool that also allows you to track items you loaned to others or that you have borrowed.
    7. 66 Ways to Save Money. This site offers tips and suggestions in several different categories, including transportation, housing, insurance, and utilities.
    8. Mymoney.gov. Specially designed for educating US citizens about financial issues, this site offers tons of information ranging from home buying to having children.
    9. MoneyCafe.com. Get information on everything from car loans to financial calculators to tax help at this site.
    10. Bank of America Financial Education and Tools. Learn about managing debt, saving for college, budgeting, and more at this site.

    Online Peer-to-Peer Lending

    If you find that your current college fund needs some supplementing, try borrowing at one of these peer-to-peer lending groups.

    1. Lending Club. Lending Club brings together borrowers and lenders. Borrowers get low rates and lenders can hand-select to whom the loan their money.
    2. GreenNote. Members finance loans to individual students at low interest rates on this site that is a popular alternative to student loans.
    3. RSF Social Finance. Borrowers in the greatest need can find loans from members at this group that focuses on social and environmental issues.
    4. Zopa. This finance network connects members who are seeking loans with credit unions who offer low-interest rates.
    5. Virgin Money. Get loans straight through Virgin Money or facilitate and legitimize borrowing and lending through family and friends here.
    6. CommunityLend. Members can learn about each other, hear their stories, and discover their financial experience before deciding to enter into a borrowing and lending agreement.
    7. Prosper. Online auction style, borrowers create a listing and set the interest rate they are seeking, then lenders bid to fund the loan.
    8. Fynanz. Fynanz offers peer-to-peer lending for students seeking help with college expenses. They are temporarily on hold here while the economy is down, but check back soon to participate.
    9. Loanio. Co-borrow with friends or family backing you or have members bid on loans to you.

    College Savings Websites

    These websites all focus on saving for college. Read these for great tips, ideas, and support as you grow your college fund.

    1. Morningstar’s Guide to College Savings. Browse through all the articles on this site that help you understand college savings and the options available to you.
    2. TheStreet.com College Planning & Savings. Read articles that will help you stay on top of college savings news as well as learn the best way to plan and save for college.
    3. College Savings Plans Network. This site is dedicated to providing you with information on setting up and selecting 529 plans.
    4. Savingforcollege.com. With a heavy emphasis on 529 plans, this site offers articles, tools, news, and more to help you reach your college savings goals.
    5. SmartMoney Personal Finance: College Planning. Ask questions and read answers at the Financial Help Line, read articles on planning for college and education options, and more here.
    6. Forbes Retirement and College. Check out the articles at Forbes to find out the latest in college planning and funding.
    7. T. Rowe Price College Planning. Find tools and information here to help you make the best investments for your situation.
    8. The Motley Fool College Savings. This site offers realistic information about the real cost of college as well as a close look at several ways to invest for college.
    9. Ken’s Saving for College Blog. Find tips, ways to save money, and information for events such as financial aid workshops at this blog from About.com.
    10. MEFA. Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority is a non-profit working to provide planning and financing tools to families. While some of the information here is specific to Massachusetts, much of it is applicable to families planning for college in any state.
    11. American Funds College Planning. Learn the basics of college planning, find out options, use the cost calculator, and more.
    12. Bright Futures Blog. This blog examines saving and funding your child’s education as well as related topics for ensuring your child’s bright future.

    Networking 101: Tips and Tools for Online Students

    Jun 16th, 2009

    Working hard in college is usually preparation for a successful career after graduation. Another important aspect of this preparation is networking to establish connections with those who may be helpful when it comes time for going to grad school, finding a job, or making your way up the career ladder. Social networking is doubly important for online students who, by design, have fewer face-to-face interactions with professors and other students. Learn what you can do to make the most of your social networking experience while you are still in school with these tips and tools.

    Online Networking Basics

    Learn why networking is important and get tips on how best to do so.

    1. Participate. Don’t just sign up, set up a profile, then never log on again. For social networking to be effective, you have to participate.
    2. Get to know each other in a meaningful way. Social networking provides a unique way of getting to know people in a more meaningful through ambient awareness.
    3. Stay in contact. Just because you no longer share a class doesn’t mean you should drop your contacts. They may prove to be valuable resources later in school or even after graduation.
    4. Get to know your instructors. Establishing professional working relationships with your instructors not only provides you with a better experience with your classes, but will also lay the groundwork for solid references after graduation.
    5. Network through discussion groups. Joining discussion groups revolving around topics related to your career aspirations is a great way to network among those who may be helpful with life after graduation.
    6. Networking. Find out what you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to online networking.
    7. ‘Online Social Networking on Campus’. Based on a book by this title, this article offers a Q and A with one of the authors that describes how online social networking is used by students and what direction it is likely to take in the future.
    8. Students Turn to Social Networking Sites for Info. This article describes one valuable aspect of social networking by describing how students were warned to stay put during the shootings at Virginia Tech.
    9. How Social Networking Affects the Student Life Cycle — From Applicant to Graduate. Find out what these panelists from US colleges have to say about social networking and college students.
    10. Networking Timetable for College Students. Get a great outline to prepare you for a successful networking experience with this article.

    Creating a Great Internet Presence

    What you offer about yourself on the Internet is permanent. Learn how to present yourself in the best possible manner so that you don’t make mistakes you regret later.

    1. Keep your online image clean. While it may be tempting to post those photos from the crazy party last weekend, find out why you may want to think twice about doing that.
    2. Positive web presence. Establish a personal web presence that will help your career success after graduation.
    3. Your On-Line Life is Your Reputation: Dos, Don’ts and Tips. Follow these tips for managing your online reputation so that you are in a good position for grad school or starting your career.
    4. Managing Your Online Reputation: A College Student’s Perspective. Follow the sound advice from this public relations major to ensure you present yourself in the best way possible.
    5. Protecting Your Online Reputation. This article offers common-sense tips and reminders about online reputation that go beyond not posting party pics on Facebook.
    6. Not Just Your Space – the FREE ebook by Naymz. Download this free book that is written just to help college students learn how to keep their online image looking great.
    7. What You Say Online Could Haunt You. This USA Today article chronicles many real-life situations where students suffered the consequences of what they put on social networking sites.
    8. Brand-Yourself.com. Run by college entrepreneurs for college students seeking a positive image for themselves as they begin their life outside college, this site offers help establishing websites, online resumes, and more.
    9. Student Brand Makeover. This video shows how to present yourself in the most favorable light when finding a job, internship, or other similar situation.
    10. Reputation Defender Blog. This blog is from a company that helps keep online reputations clean and offers invaluable advice and highlights social networking trends that you should be aware of when establishing your reputation online.
    11. How to Manage Your Reputation Online. This article offers ways to promote your good reputation online while also monitoring anything new that may show up about you.

    Social Networking Sites for Students

    These social networking sites are designed specifically for students and usually offer information and opportunities beneficial for students beyond just networking.

    1. Student.com. Find other students, get information about colleges and financial aid, find top online schools, and more.
    2. learnhub. Education sharing is the focus of this social networking site helps users find assistance with assignments.
    3. Campusbug. Stay connected with other students while also getting access to tools and resources for studying, homework, and projects.
    4. RateMyProfessors.com. Find information about professors by school or by professor’s name at this site that also provides online social activity among members.
    5. IdeaWhip. Undergrads, grad students, and recent alumni who are trying their hand at entrepreneurship can connect through this social network.
    6. Loomagoo. Besides just connecting with others, students can purchase and sell text books, share notes and study guides, and more.
    7. The Quad. Students can collaborate on school projects or organize face-to-face social events on this social network.
    8. Playboy U. Owned by Playboy Enterprises, Inc., this social network offers journalism and networking with the feel of it’s parent company.
    9. ResearchGATE. Science researchers (whether students or professionals) can collaborate and network here.
    10. SciSpace.net. Another social network for scientists, this one also allows non-scientists to join.

    Other Popular Social Networking Sites

    These popular networking sites open up opportunities for meeting business professionals, other students, instructors, and more who may be important for your networking goals.

    1. Ning. Create your own social network or search for existing social networks here. Many online colleges have social networking sites on Ning.
    2. Facebook. One of the most popular social networking sites, Facebook was originally meant only for college students, but now hosts millions of members of all ages.
    3. MySpace. A close rival to Facebook, MySpace is also super popular and offers alternative methods of sharing videos, music, and more.
    4. LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a professional networking site and a great place to create an online presence that will continue to serve you long after graduation.
    5. Ecademy. This site is also for professional networking and provides the opportunity for making new connections with business professionals.
    6. Plaxo. This social network is also an aggregator, allowing you to combine other social networks in this one place.
    7. Naymz. Build your professional network while establishing your personal brand at this site.
    8. Fast Pitch. This social network gives you a chance to network with professionals in preparation for your career.
    9. Ryze. Make business contacts on this social community designed specifically for business networking.
    10. Talkbiznow. Collaborate, present your own business, and more on this site that promotes networking among business professionals.
    11. tribe.net. Similar to Ning, this site hosts "tribes" of people connected through a common interest.

    Using Twitter as a Networking Tool

    Twitter has become an important networking tool lately. Find out how you can use it to your advantage.

    1. Get to know your classmates. A class Twitter group will help facilitate professors and students getting to know each other, especially for an online class where you probably won’t meet in person.
    2. Collaborate on projects. When working together on projects, set up a group using an app like Tweetworks to help collaboration.
    3. Brainstorm. Brainstorm on assignments and class projects on Twitter and you can share ideas as they occur to you.
    4. Direct Tweet. Professors and students can contact each other through direct Tweets without having to share cell phone numbers or wait for an email.
    5. Follow news stories. From sources such as @Reuters to @CNNMoney to @NatGeoSociety, students can follow news that relates to what they are studying.
    6. Make announcements. Instructors can send out reminders about upcoming tests, project due dates, or any other news that needs to be shared via Twitter.
    7. Take a poll. Ask student their opinions or get feedback on future projects or topics by using an app like PollDaddy.
    8. Share interesting websites. Both professors and students can post interesting websites that are relevant to their class.
    9. Follow mentors. If professors or other key figures in your field of study are on Twitter, follow them to keep up with their research and activities.
    10. Spread the news. Schools can send out Tweets to keep students informed about news pertaining to the school.

    Social Networking Sites Facilitating Peer-to-Peer Loans

    If paying for school is a struggle, check out these networking sites that facilitate loans for students.

    1. GreenNote. This popular alternative to student loans allows members to finance loans to individual students at low interest rates.
    2. Lending Club. Lending Club allows borrowers to get low rates and lenders to make money on loans they fund to borrowers they choose.
    3. Zopa. This social finance network connects members who are seeking loans with credit unions who offer low-interest rates.
    4. CommunityLend. Members can learn about each other, hear their stories, and discover their financial experience then connect to borrow and lend money together.
    5. RSF Social Finance. This group connects lenders to borrowers in the greatest need and maintains an eye on social and environmental issues.
    6. Virgin Money. Virgin Money facilitates borrowing or lending money through friends and family or funds borrowers directly through Virgin Money loans.
    7. Prosper.This site allows member-borrowers to create a listing and set the interest rate they are seeking, then lenders participate in an auction to fund the loan.
    8. Fynanz. Fynanz offers peer-to-peer lending for students seeking help with college expenses.
    9. Loanio. Members can bid on loans they fund to other members who are seeking money. Loanio also offers a co-borrowing option with friends or family.

    Collaborating with Others Online

    These tools offer excellent ways to collaborate with classmates and instructors online.

    1. NoteMesh. Share notes with others in your class with this tool that creates a wiki for the class.
    2. NoteCentric. Another note-sharing tool, this one also allows students to share with other members of their class.
    3. Campfire. Set up instant chat rooms with your classmates or study group with this tool.
    4. writewith. Students working together on writing projects can use this tool for shared documents and tasks, discussions, and more.
    5. Zoho Show. Students can create and share great online presentations with Zoho Show.
    6. CiteULike. Share scholarly articles on the Internet, then use this tool to store, organize, and share the results of your research.
    7. ThinkFold. Students can create real-time outlines collaboratively with ThinkFold.
    8. Google Calendar. Google Calendar is a sharable calendar that can help keep one student or a whole class on task with assignments, tests, deadlines, and more.
    9. Notefish. Students and instructors can save web content, organize, and share their notes with the entire class.
    10. MeetWithApproval. A great tool for online classes, you can plan a virtual meeting with this meeting planner.
    11. PBwiki. This wiki platform is popular with educators and helps facilitate group collaboration.
    12. Thinkature. Students can collaborate with each other, organize thoughts and research, and prepare papers and projects with this tool.
    13. Wizlite. Use this tool to highlight text online and share with others in your class.
    14. ProBoards. Create a discussion board easily and quickly with this tool offers a great way to host discussions for online students.

    Finding a Job through Social Networking

    Find out how you can use social networking to find a job after graduation.

    1. HOW TO: Build the Ultimate Social Media Resume. Use this tool to help you build an online resume that will showcase your talent.
    2. Using Your Blog as a Job Search Tool. Learn how you can use your blog to get noticed and find a job.
    3. Alumwire. College students and recent grads can use the free services here to find a job.
    4. Glassdoor.com. Find out about companies, salaries, and more at this site when researching where you want to work. Students can receive a free one-year membership.
    5. MyWorkster. Created specifically for students and new grads, this site links college networks with employers and provides access to job listings through Indeed.
    6. JobWeb. Specifically for new grads, this site offers help finding a job, opportunities to research employers, and informative articles.
    7. CollegeRecruiter.com. Both students and recent grads can find internship opportunities as well as jobs with this resource.

    Finding a Job through Twitter

    While it may be surprising, Twitter offers great opportunities for the job seeker. Find out how with these tips and tools.

    1. HOW TO: Find a Job on Twitter. Learn how you can find a job on Twitter with this article that includes several feeds you may want to follow.
    2. twitterjobcast. This tool allows you to search for jobs posted on Twitter by keyword or geographic location.
    3. TweetMyJobs. Job seekers and employers can find each other via Twitter with this tool.
    4. 50 People on Twitter Job Seekers Should Follow. Discover 50 Twitter feeds to follow if you are looking for a job. Be sure to read the follow-up post for even more feeds.
    5. Follow your occupation. Track the profession you want to practice on Twitter and stay informed about what others are saying.
    6. Follow a company. Most companies have a Twitter feed, so begin following the ones you are interested in working for so you can become familiar with their culture.
    7. Follow @jobhunting. From tips for recent college grads to recession-proof job information, this Twitter feed offers tons of information for those hunting for jobs.
    8. Post your intentions. Posting about your job hunt on Twitter can bring surprising results and is definitely worth the effort to get the word out.

    Online Education Blogs

    Blogs offer a great way to stay connected with an online community, and these blogs all focus on online education.

    1. My State of Flux. Find resources, editorials, and information about online learning in this blog.
    2. Inspiration for Education. Get uplifting news articles and interviews on this blog that frequently focus on online education.
    3. Teaching and Developing Online. This blog offers links to resources and advice to enhance the online learning environment.
    4. Michelle’s Online Learning Freakout Party Zone. Get tips and resources to enhance your online learning here.
    5. California Dreamin’. Learn about online education and much more when you follow this blog.
    6. Online Learning Update. This news aggregator offers the latest trends and developments in online learning.
    7. Inside eLearning by Susan Smith Nash, Ph.D.. Find helpful advice and information to enhance your online clearing experience here.
    8. Virtual High School Meanderings. While the focus of this blog is high school distance education, it provides insight on many issues that pertain to online learning in general.
    9. e-Learning Evangelist. Working in the world of e-learning since the mid-1990′s, this veteran online educator has plenty to offer on his blog.
    10. BestOnlineHighSchools.com. While mostly examining high schools, there is also often good information about online colleges here as well.
    11. Thoughts from BFE. Read about technology as well as online learning in both high school and higher education.

    50 Hilarious College Party Drinks

    Jun 11th, 2009

    By Sarah Russel

    College students generally aren’t known for their discerning taste in alcohol. In fact, most tend to gravitate toward the cheapest alcohol that will do the job. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be creative. Check out this list to find some of the most hilarious concoctions ever imbibed on a college campus.

    Mixed Drinks

    Whether made by the glass, pitcher, or trash can, you’ll at least get a smile from these creative recipes.

    1. Brass Monkey: Drink your favorite 40 oz of malt liquor down to the top of the label, and fill the bottle with orange juice-you’ll have a highly alcoholic, and ridiculous mimosa.
    2. Hop, Skip & Get Naked: Combine cheap gin, cheap beer, and pink lemonade-the lemonade hides the taste of the cheap gin and beer.
    3. Bloody Beaver: This drink reads like a strawberry nightmare.
    4. 1a Special Surprise Party: If you’re brave, try this drink that combines Natty Light, Tang, and olives in a can.
    5. 151 Bananas: By no means does this drink taste good, or like bananas for that matter, but it will however get you drunk.
    6. Alpine Lemonade: Full of vodka, gin, rum, lemonade and cranberry juice, this drink is great for a warm day of getting totally drunk.
    7. Beergarita: Combine two drink favorites for a refreshing way to alcoholic bliss.
    8. Screwed Hooker: The Screwed Hooker is a combination of a screwdriver and a cherry hooker.
    9. Punch in the Head: 151 rum provides the punch in this drink.
    10. T-Rex Piss: Nothing sounds good about this drink that combines one part tequila with one part Mello-Yellow.
    11. Bloody Brain: Perfect for a Halloween-inspired party, the floater of Irish cream looks like a brain.
    12. Red Eye: Although it sounds gross, the tomato juice and egg will have you up and at em.
    13. Mind Eraser: If you’re drinking to forget, use this drink of vodka, kahlua, and tonic water.
    14. Soylent Green: Vodka, curacao, and orange juice combine to make a green drink that definitely is not mild.
    15. Captain Do: In Captain Do, you’ll find a spiced rum inside Mountain Dew.

    Punches

    These punches know how to please a crowd.

    1. Jungle Juice: Add just about any cheap alcohol to juice, with optional cans of fruit, and you’ll have a cheap, tasty bucket of alcohol.
    2. Grain Punch: In a new, washed garbage can, you’ll use grain alcohol, dry fruit punch, lots of fruit, and ice.
    3. Sneaky Pete: This vodka based punch with ice cream on top will sneak up on you.
    4. Flavored Jet Fuel: Combine assorted rum, gin, and vodka with your favorite wine cooler for a powerful punch.
    5. Pink Panther: This mixture of Crystal Light and vodka makes a strong punch without a lot of alcohol taste.
    6. Limoncillo: Not to be confused with Limoncello, this punch is made of Crystal Light and rum.
    7. Skippies: Start a long night of partying by creating Skippies with ice, beer, lemonade, and strong vodka.
    8. Trashcan Punch: Mix sliced fruit, fruit punch, and everclear to make a deadly punch.
    9. Flaming Blow Job: This punch includes flaming whipped cream and mason jars.
    10. College Hulk Punch: Become the Incredible Hulk with Bacardi 151, curacao, sweet and sour, and orange juice.
    11. 612 Delight: 612 Delight features vodka, Crystal Light, and Big Red.
    12. Hunch Punch: Made in a very large cooler, with peach vodka, everclear, pineapple juice, sprite bottles, and Hawaiian punch, this drink is sure to have you hunched over.

    Prepared Drinks

    These drinks are ridiculous right off the shelf.

    1. Steel Reserve: This malt liquor tastes terrible, but it packs 8.1% alcohol content into a usually dirt cheap 24 ounce can.
    2. MD 20/20: A classic beverage, Mad Dog 20/20 will make you feel numb.
    3. Thunderbird: Thunderbird’s makers have cut every possible production corner in order to make this drink as cheap as possible.
    4. Old English 800: This malt liquor represents the ideal budget alcohol for college students.
    5. Natural Light: Natty Light isn’t good, but it’s cheap.
    6. Buckfast: Buckfast promises to get you "bucked up" fast, with a strong taste of molasses.
    7. Night Train: Imagine your favorite bum wine, with Ny-Quil added. That’s Night Train.
    8. Wild Irish Rose: Some believe that this wild wine is a conspiracy to kill the homeless.
    9. Pabst Blue Ribbon: PBR is by no means worthy of its ribbon, but it provides a good buzz with nostalgia.
    10. Boone’s Farm: This malt beverage product is fruity and fun.
    11. Cisco: Cisco is often referred to as liquid crack.

    Shots

    Take on these shooters if you dare.

    1. Buttery Nipple: Most people are familiar with this shot of butterscotch Schnapps and Irish cream.
    2. Purple Hooter: This shooter features vodka, triple sec, chambord, and ice.
    3. Monkey Brains: A shot of Irish cream and one of peach schnapps combined will quickly curdle and turn lumpy-you may have to chew your way out of this one.
    4. The Ultimate Jell-o Shot: Great amounts of research have gone into this recipe.
    5. Boilermaker: Drop a shot of whiskey into your beer, chug, and you’ve got a Boilermaker.
    6. Alabama Slammer: Drink these, and you’ll be slammed in no time.
    7. Snake Bite: This popular shot features a combination of whiskey and lime juice.
    8. Red Death #2: If you want to get drunk fast, try this mixture of vodka, Southern Comfort, amaretto, sloe gin, triple sec, and orange juice poured into shot glasses.
    9. Cement Mixer: This shot of Bailey’s combined with a shot of lime juice mixed in your mouth will make you feel like you’re swallowing cement.
    10. Flaming Dr Pepper: This shot is set on fire, then dropped in a beer-and it tastes remarkably like Dr Pepper.
    11. Duck Fart: Combine Kahlua, Irish cream, and Canadian whisky for this shot that tastes better than its name would imply.
    12. Purple Passion: Vodka, triple sec, grape juice, and cranberry juice combine to make a passion inducing shot.

    100 Best Twitter Feeds for All Your News and Know How

    May 21st, 2009

    The ability for Twitter to disseminate news quickly and efficiently has recently been at the forefront of the news itself. Despite the hubbub, many have discovered that Twitter is an excellent source for real-time news that readers can trust. If you want to take advantage of this powerful resource, find out how with the following Twitter feeds that share news from around the world and on a wide range of subjects.

    American News Sources

    From the New York Times to major TV news stations to Time Magazine, the following Twitter feeds are excellent resources for news.

    1. @New York Times. The Twitter feed from this popular news source includes news stories from all of the departments at this paper, including local, national, international, health and wellness, politics, and much more.
    2. @Reuters. Get links to all the top headlines from Reuters news with this Twitter feed.
    3. @cnn. Get CNN news headlines from around the world as well as entertainment and video links.
    4. @msnbc. Find all the headlines from MSNBC as they happen on this feed.
    5. @CBSNews. CBS provides all their breaking news on their Twitter feed.
    6. @ABC. This Twitter feed provides all the official ABC News stories including world news, TV broadcast information, and breaking news.
    7. @foxnews. Get your favorite Fox News stories as they happen by following this feed.
    8. @ChicagoTribune. This feed brings you news from the Chicago Tribune via Twitter.
    9. @LATimesnews. The Los Angeles Times updates their Twitter feed with the latest headlines from their paper.
    10. @TIME. Get breaking news and current events from Time.com here.

    International News Sources

    If you prefer your news coming from places other than the US, then check out these Twitter feeds.

    1. @APNews. This news source is probably the most widely used and respected throughout the world. Get their feed to stay on top of what’s happing all over the world.
    2. @japantimes. The largest English language newspaper in Japan posts news headlines in their Twitter feed.
    3. @africanewsfeed. Africa News provides news stories from all over the continent and makes them readily available here.
    4. @CBCNews. Canadian news stories and views are published on this feed.
    5. @bbcnews. This popular news source from the UK delivers news headlines and links to stories happening around the world.
    6. @BreakingNews. Get breaking international news from several reputable news sources in this feed.
    7. @guardian. Get Tweets from this UK news source from their blog and website.
    8. @TelegraphNews. Those in the UK can get the latest headlines straight from the Telegraph here.
    9. @China_Daily. Get the news from China Daily with the headlines in this feed.
    10. @New_Europe. Find the latest headlines and news analyses on this feed from Europe’s only independent weekly.
    11. @insideeurope. These posts include news from Deutsche Welle Radio.
    12. @AfganistanNews. This feed provides news stories that focus on what’s happening in Afghanistan.

    Social Media and Internet Sources

    The news available through social media often highlights stories that don’t make their way onto the front pages of news papers and websites. Find less highlighted news stories with these feeds.

    1. @Google News. Get both breaking news and updates to news stories coming from Google News with this feed.
    2. @YahooNews. Yahoo! provides news headlines and links to stories coming out of major news sources.
    3. @MSNdotcom. Find the latest headlines from MSN right here on their official Twitter feed.
    4. @digg. If you are a Digg fan, then follow this feed to stay on top of what is happening at Digg.
    5. @reddit. Get the latest popular stories from Reddit with this Twitter feed.
    6. @stumbleupon. Right now there isn’t much going on at this Twitter feed, but there have been rumblings that this might be a great feed to follow when they get it together.
    7. @mixx. Another social media site that brings the news to you via Twitter, the Mixx feed keeps you updated on what is happening there and even provides opportunities for contests.
    8. @Delicious. Get all the latest Delicious news and happenings behind the scenes at this popular social media site.
    9. @socialmedia2day. This feed shares news and opinions on the world of social media straight from their website, Social Media Today.

    Sports News

    No matter what sport is your favorite, you can find the latest news among these feeds.

    1. @espn. Never miss a sports headline when you follow ESPN’s Twitter feed.
    2. @NBA. Basketball fans who follow the NBA teams will love the news available here.
    3. @nfl. Get all the NFL news you need with this Twitter feed.
    4. @NHL_Updates. Find the latest scores and news from the NHL on this feed.
    5. @worldwidecycles. Not only will you find cycling news here, but you will also get updates on races and time trials.
    6. @PGATOUR. Get your official PGA Tour, Champions Tour, and Nationwide Tour news updates on this Twitter feed.
    7. @velonews. Competitive cycling news updates keeps this Twitter feed busy.
    8. @NCAANews. Find all the latest news headlines coming out of the NCAA on this feed.
    9. @NASCAR. NASCAR fans can find tons of links to news pertaining to NASCAR races, drivers, and more.

    Politics

    Follow politics with these feeds that range from President Obama to those following the recession.

    1. @whitehouse. Get the latest updates from President Obama at this new Twitter feed.
    2. @nprpolitics. NPR brings you politics with their usual high quality news and conversations on the subject.
    3. @ReutersPolitics. Pulling news stories from Reuters’ Politics section, this Twitter feed provides you with a sampling of what Reuters is reporting.
    4. @algore. This former presidential candidate and environmental activist posts about politics with a tinge of green.
    5. @HouseFloor. The clerk of the US House of Representatives posts live updates on this feed.
    6. @HuffPolitics. Find breaking political news, alerts, and links to headlines from the Huffington Post.
    7. @politicalticker. CNN Political Ticker provides all the latest political news from their top political correspondents.
    8. @RecessionNews. Get news related to the recession as it affects people all around the globe.
    9. @recessionwire. Learn how to survive the recession with the news and tips available on this feed.

    Business and Finance

    If you need your business and finance news, try getting a steady stream from these Twitter feeds.

    1. @WSJ. The Wall Street Journal supplies you with business and finance news headlines in this feed.
    2. @tipd. This feed from Tip’d financial social network provides you with popular links from their network to help keep you abreast of what’s going on in the world of finance.
    3. @Financial Times. This feed provides you with the latest news from world finance, business, and politics with a London perspective.
    4. @Reuters_Biz. Reuters brings you up-to-the-minute business news with their Twitter feed.
    5. @LATimesbiz. Business and finance news from the LA Times supply the information on this feed.
    6. @LATimesmoneyco. Economics and the stock market are the focus of this feed from Tom Petruno and staff at the LA Times.
    7. @beckyyerak. Becky Yerak, a financial services reporter from the Chicago Tribune, keeps you updated on all the latest news from the world of banking, private equity, and insurance.
    8. @businessnews. Get business, finance, and stock market news from traderstrade.com here.
    9. @CNNMoney. Find international business and finance news on this feed.
    10. @nytimesbusiness. NY Times business news links are available here as the stories develop.
    11. @bbcbusiness. BBC Business shares international business news with a British accent.

    Arts and Living

    Find news and reviews on books, music, travel, health, and fashion among these feeds.

    1. @amazon. From Amazon.com, not only can you get book news here, but if you follow and send a direct message with a book title or ISBN, they will send you the price of the book on Amazon.com.
    2. @new_music. Find out about new music with this feed that only includes music that receives a rating over 8.0 on Pitchfork.
    3. @lotd. Snippets of popular song lyrics show up on this feed. Choose to browse through these lyrics of the day or add your own.
    4. @GlobeHealth. Get health news from the Boston Globe with this feed.
    5. @NYTimesBooks. Read about critic picks for new releases, get author interviews, and read book news here.
    6. @nytimesarts. Find arts and entertainment news coming from the NY Times.
    7. @nytimestravel. Get reviews, news, recommendations, and inspiration for your travel adventures in this Twitter feed.
    8. @goodhealth. Find plenty of health and wellness news stories here.
    9. @womensweardaily. Arguably the most important publication on fashion, Women’s Wear Daily Tweets about fashion news, quotes, and more.

    Science

    From science for the average Joe to news from NASA and everywhere in between, keep up with science news with these feeds.

    1. @NatGeoSociety. Find news as well as the popular Photo of the Day at the National Geographic Society’s Twitter feed.
    2. @NASA. Get the latest news from NASA on this feed that also features daily images from space.
    3. @SciNewsBlog. This feed shares science news that is easy enough for those who are not scientists to understand.
    4. @nytimesscience. Get all the latest news on science, the environment, and space from the New York Times here.
    5. @TrineTsouderos. A science and health reporter from the Chicago Tribune, Trine keeps you updated on the latest in science and medical news.
    6. @newscientist. This science and technology weekly brings the headlines to readers in this feed.
    7. @scifri. From the show Science Friday, this feed shares links to science stories as well as updates for the show.
    8. @DiscoverMag. Technology, space, and the environment are some of the topics covered by the Tweets in this feed from Discover Magazine.
    9. @sciencedaily. Get breaking news from the world of science courtesy of ScienceDaily here.

    Tech News

    Whether you want the details going on in the tech world or just want to learn about the latest gadgets coming out, follow these feeds to find out more.

    1. @CNETNews. Get the latest tech news headlines from this popular tech news source.
    2. @wired. Find the latest tech news from Wired Magazine in this official Twitter feed by the science editor @betsymason.
    3. @Gizmodo. This popular gadget blog shares news updates on this feed.
    4. @TechCrunch. Breaking technology news and opinion from the editors and writers at TechCrunch are found on this feed.
    5. @Techmeme. This feed brings you all the latest tech news from sites all around the web in one easy-to-follow stream of information.
    6. @LATimestech. Get technology news from the LA Times on this feed.
    7. @truemors. This Twitter feed was intended as a place for all the true rumors flying around the Internet, it has a decidedly tech feel to it.
    8. @engadgeteer. Engadgeteer.com shares all the latest technology gadget news, reviews, and release dates on their Twitter feed.
    9. @ZDNetBlogs. Technology news features on ZDNet’s blogs make their way to this feed.
    10. @techweb. Find the latest news links that discuss business technology here.

    Celebrity and Entertainment News

    If you want the latest in celebrity gossip or just like to keep up with current events, these Twitter feeds will send you a steady stream of news.

    1. @LATimesent. Get all the latest entertainment news from the epicenter of it all with this feed.
    2. @eonline. For scoops, previews, and reviews that cover the world of celebrity and entertainment, check out E! Online’s Tweets.
    3. @WonderwallMSN. This newcomer to the world of celebrity news brings you their Twitter feed here.
    4. @peoplemag. If you like People Magazine, then you won’t want to miss this feed that keeps you updated with all the celebrity news.
    5. @usweekly. This popular celebrity gossip magazine brings you Tweets all day long so you never miss any celebrity gossip.
    6. @GMA. Good Morning America shares their brand of current event news with readers on this feed.
    7. @todayshow. Find news, interviews with both celebrities and regular people, and more from the Today Show.
    8. @theviewtv. From recipes to interviews, readers can find it all on this feed from The View.

    Odds and Ends

    For fans of strange news, these Twitter feeds are not to be missed.

    1. @TheOnion. Get the best fake news available right here.
    2. @RtrsOddlyEnough. This Twitter feed provides some of the odd news stories profiled in Reuters’ Oddly Enough blog.
    3. @TelegraphWeird. The Telegraph offers some very strange news stories from around the world on this feed.
    4. @msnukoddnews. The UK version of MSN shares some really odd news on their Twitter feed.

    100 Best Twitter Feeds for College Sports Fanatics

    Apr 9th, 2009

    If you’re crazy about your college sports, you’ll be glad to know there’s a great tool for keeping up with your favorite teams in real time — Twitter. You can follow coaches, schools, teams, and more through the service. Check out these feeds for up-to-the minute information on all your favorite college teams.

    Schools

    Check out these school feeds if you’re a major fan

    1. @RalphieReport: @RalphieReport offers updates from Colorado Buffaloes athletics.
    2. @txlonghorns: See what’s going on with the Texas Longhorns from @txlonghorns.
    3. @bighouse: The Michigan Wolverines discuss victories and news in The Big House here.
    4. @aggies: You’ll be kept up to date on developments from the Texas A&M Aggies through @aggies.
    5. @UNLVAthletics: Get official updates from UNLV Athletics here.
    6. @PUTIGERS: Find updates on Princeton University athletic events from @PUTIGERS.
    7. @harvardcrimson: @harvardcrimson is the official twitter feed of Harvard Athletics.
    8. @NunesMagician: Sean Keeley discusses Syracuse Orange football, basketball, and lacrosse.
    9. @WPIAthletics: Here you’ll find athletics news, events, and score updates.
    10. @DePaulAthletics: Here you’ll find the official Twitter feed of the DePaul Blue Demons.
    11. cubuffs: You’ll get the latest on the Colorado Buffaloes from @cubuffs.
    12. @BUAthletics: Find official updates from Boston University athletics on @BUAthletics.
    13. @osucowboys: @osucowboys covers anything and everything about the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
    14. @USCTrojans_com: You’ll get full coverage of the USC Trojans from this Twitter feed.
    15. @UWSportsNews: Here you’ll get sports news from the Washington Huskies.
    16. USInsider: Get the inside scoop on Princeton from Michael Cross, the Executive Associate Athletic Director for Princeton University.
    17. @huskers: Check out @huskers to see what’s going on with the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
    18. @SyracuseStats: Learn about news, scores, and stats from Syracuse on @SyracuseStats.
    19. @Sidelines: You’ll find updates on the University of Kentucky from @Sidelines.
    20. @BroncoNationNOW: @BroncoNationNOW is the Twitter feed behind the Bronco Nation blog and podcast.
    21. @ICGaels: Iona College Athletics offers updates on this Twitter feed.
    22. @BuckeyeKev: Kevin Pressler is a fervent supporter of the Ohio State Buckeyes.
    23. @UWBadgersdotcom: Read news about University of Wisconsin Athletics from the Wisconsin Badget mascot.
    24. @sooners: @sooners offers a great source on information on the Oklahoma Sooners.
    25. @PB_at_BON: Follow Longhorn Mania with Peter Bean.
    26. @GoLSUTigers: Follow LSU football and more when you follow this Twitter stream.

    Organizations

    Follow organizations like the NCAA and conferences on these Twitter feeds.

    1. @NCAA: You’ll get scores and more from @NCAA on Twitter.
    2. @bigtenconf: Follow @bigtenconf to learn about the Big Ten Conference.
    3. @d3hoops: @d3hoops covers news from NCAA Division III basketball.
    4. @CentennialConf: Learn about the NCAA Division III conference from this Twitter feed.
    5. @NCAADoubleAZone: @NCAADoubleAZone discusses news from the official blog of the NCAA.
    6. @NCAANews: Read news about Pac10Rivalry: Follow the Pac10 through this Twitter feed.
    7. NCAC: Keri Luchowski offers updates from the North Coast Athletic Conference.
    8. @SECSportsUpdate: You can find official news on the Southeastern Conference from @SECSportsUpdate.
    9. @FastTimesSEC: Here you’ll find news and commentary about SEC football.
    10. @BigTenNetwork: The Big Ten Network is all about Big Ten fans talking about sports.
    11. @BehindtheNCAA: You can get inside info on college sports from @BehindtheNCAA.
    12. @caazone: Get coverage of the Colonial Athletic Association at @caazone.
    13. @BigWestMBB: Follow men’s basketball in the Big West Conference through @BigWestMBB.
    14. @atlantic10: Through @atlantic10, you can follow the happenings of the Atlantic 10 conference.
    15. @BigTen_Score: @BigTen_Score serves up scores from the Big Ten conference.
    16. @TheMWC: Check out @TheMWC to get official news from the Mountain West Conference.

    Coaches

    These Twitter feeds feature head coaches and more.

    1. @CoachMiles: Tim Miles is the head coach of CSU men’s basketball.
    2. @Ryan_Darcy: Ryan Darcy is the pitching coach for Manhattan College baseball.
    3. @CoachSark: Follow Coach Steve Sarisian, the head football coach at the University of Washington.
    4. @utesoccer: Rich Manning is the coach of the women’s soccer team at University of Utah.

    Events

    Learn what’s happening in bowls from these Twitter feeds.

    1. @ATTCottonBowl: This Twitter feed offers official news from the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
    2. @FiestaBowl: @FiestaBowl is full of official news and sports musings.

    Media

    These Twitter feeds represent large media outlets for college sports.

    1. @espn: ESPN Sports News shares the latest from college football, basketball, and more.
    2. @AP_Sports: Follow @AP_Sports to be the first to know about sports news.
    3. @dailyorange: Get sports updates from The Daily Orange, the independent student paper at Syracuse.
    4. LATimessports: @LATimessports offers reports on what’s going on in national and Southern California sports.
    5. @pretzel_logic: @pretzel_logic represents Philly.com’s blog about college sports.
    6. @FOXSportscom: @FOXSportscom is the Twitter presence for FOXSports.com.
    7. @nbc_sports: @nbc_sports covers sports news from NBC Sports and msnbc.com.
    8. @nytimessports: Get news from the experts at New York Times sports.
    9. @osknights: The Orlando Sentinel writes about the Knights here.
    10. @BillPlaschke: This columnist at the LA times is also a regular panelist on ESPN’s "Around the Horn."
    11. @OregonianSports: You’ll find sports updates from The Oregonian here.
    12. @osgridiron: Find college football from the Orlando Sentinel on @osgridiron.
    13. @dmatter: Dave Matter is a college football writer for the Columbia Daily Tribune.
    14. @ESPN360: Check out @ESPN360 to find out which sports are streaming live.
    15. @orlandosports: The Orlando Sentinel reports on Central Florida sports here.
    16. @PSbasketball: Find coverage of Syracuse University’s men’s basketball from the Post Standard on @PSbasketball.
    17. @ESPN_Brackets: This stream follows the NCAA tournament.

    Sports

    Check out these Twitter feeds for specific sports, like football, basketball, and hockey.

    1. @RUTWncaaf: @RUWTncaaf covers NCAA football.
    2. @clemsonfootball: Rob Williams offers updates on Clemson Football here.
    3. @BracketBusters: @BracketBusters loves college hoops.
    4. @nikebasketball: @nikebasketball covers anything and everything basketball.
    5. @princetontigers: You can find updates from Princeton basketball on this Twitter feed.
    6. @bracketdobber: @bracketdobber is "blogging the bracket."
    7. @umhoops: @umhoops offers unofficial University of Michigan basketball news.
    8. @bbstate: @bbstate is all about too much college basketball.
    9. @CollegeHoopsNet: Find loads of knowledge about college basketball through College Hoops Net.
    10. @RUWTncaab: This Twitter stream will keep you up to date on college basketball.
    11. @psubaseball: Get Penn State baseball scores and more from @psubaseball.
    12. @TheCBB: Follow the College Baseball Blog through @TheCBB.
    13. @rhodybaseball: Follow the happenings of the University of Rhode Island baseball team from @rhodybaseball.
    14. @BadgerMBBall: Here you’ll find official news from Wisconsin Badger Men’s Basketball.
    15. @BracketBuster: Get NCAA tournament news from @BracketBuster.
    16. @huskerhellion: Find Husker football updates, links, rumors and more on @huskerhellion.
    17. @usffootball: This Twitter stream has official news on USF Football.
    18. @GatorsNow: @GatorsNow follows Florida Gators football and basketball.
    19. @BadgerMHockey: @BadgerMHockey is your source for Wisconsin men’s hockey.
    20. @chnews: Get updated on college hockey news through @chnews.
    21. @BadgerRowing: See what the Badger rowing team is up to through this Twitter feed.
    22. @BSUHockey: Learn about Bemidji State University hockey from @BSUHockey.
    23. @CornNation: This tweeter is addicted to Husker football.
    24. @cffwire: Get college football fever from @cffwire.
    25. @BadgerFootball: You can get official news about the Wisconsin football team from this Twitter feed.

    General

    These Twitter feeds cover a wide variety of college sports.

    1. @collegeathlete: Karen Weaver is a college athletic recruiting educator.
    2. @FanNation: @FanNation is a sports social network from Sports Illustrated.
    3. @sbncollege: This sports blog is written for college sports fans, by college sports fans.
    4. @LearfieldSports: Aaron Worsham discusses collegiate sports marketing and beyond.
    5. @BleacherReport: Max at BleacherReport offers an open source sports network.
    6. @GSPWINS: Get sports picks and predictions from @GSPWINS.
    7. @thesportsdiva: Diva Cherie Lampley is a big fan of sports.
    8. @idiotsonsports: Here, three idiots talk about sports.

    10 Surprising Celebs Who Are Ivy-League Educated

    Apr 1st, 2009

    Because of the roles they play, or perhaps because it’s easier to reconcile our own mundane lives with the possibility of celebrity by assuming beautiful, talented, rich people can’t also be smart, it’s easy to underestimate the true intelligence of our favorite stars. But whether it makes you feel worse about yourself or not, an Ivy-League education doesn’t lie. These celebrities may have starred in comic book films and comedy TV shows, but they’re also super smart.

    1. David Duchovny: Actor David Duchovny has gone from The X-Files to Californication, and from a seemingly happy marriage to Tea Leoni to a rehab stint for sex addiction. He has been nominated for an Emmy four times, and is a two-time Golden Globe winner, but Duchovny is also a graduate of two Ivy League universities. Raised in New York City, Duchovny attended the elite Collegiate School for Boys, and then enrolled in Princeton University, where he won a college prize from the Academy of American Poets. Duchovny also has a Master’s degree in English literature from Yale University.
    2. Wentworth Miller: Wentworth Miller has penetrating eyes, a pretty-boy face, and probably a killer paycheck. Miller stars as Michael Scofield on the Fox TV show Prison Break, but the British-born, Brooklyn-raised actor started performing in high school with an annual musical production group. After high school, Miller attended Princeton, where he studied English literature and was a member of the a capella group the Princeton Tigertones.
    3. Natalie Portman: Natalie Portman was a famous, successful actress long before her Harvard days, and that’s why it’s no secret that the stunningly gorgeous actress from Long Island is just as smart as she is beautiful and talented. Portman was born in Jerusalem, and when she was three years old, her family moved to Washington, D.C., then Connecticut, and then to Long Island, NY. While in school, Portman appeared in movies like The Professional, Mars Attacks! and Everyone Says I Love You. When Portman joined the cast of the new Star Wars prequel trilogy, she became an international star, while she was still in high school. Portman continued to film the Star Wars films while on breaks from Harvard where she studied psychology. She graduated in 2003, and in 2004, she began graduate work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition to acting in important films like Cold Mountain, V for Vendetta, and Goya’s Ghosts. Portman has also served as a guest lecturer at Columbia University, was named a Ambassador of Hope for FINCA International during a trip to Ecuador, and has supported numerous advocacy groups for animal rights, humanitarian efforts, environmental causes, the Democratic party, and more.
    4. Amanda Peet: Film actress Amanda Peet got her big break after appearing in The Whole Nine Yards and has acted steadily since then, in movies like Something’s Gotta Give, The Ex, The X-Files: I Want to Believe and Syriana. Peet credits an acting class she took at Columbia University with inspiring her to become a professional actress. She graduated from Columbia with a degree in history, and then began appearing in commercials, TV shows and independent films.
    5. Edward Norton: Edward Norton has enjoyed a successful career as an actor, screenwriter and director since the 1990s. His breakout role was Aaron Stampler in Primal Fear, for which he won a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination. Norton has also acted in Rounders, Fight Club, The Illusionist, The Hulk, and 25th Hour, among other films. Norton acted at summer camp and as a history student at Yale. His friends at school there include Paul Giamatti and Ron Livingston.
    6. Joy Bryant: Joy Bryant is a beautiful model and actress who often shows up on the red carpet, at Fashion Week and at other social events and parties in LA and New York. But she was discovered by a modeling scout when she was a student at Yale University. Bryant dropped out of Yale and has worked for Tommy Hilfiger, RocaWear, and other brands. As an actress, Bryant appeared in Get Rich or Die Tryin, Antwone Fisher, and other films.
    7. Rashida Jones: When Rashida Jones joined the cast of The Office, her character was known as the girl who gave Pam competition for being "the token hot girl" at work. In real life, the beautiful Rashida Jones is the daughter of Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton, and grew up in Sherman Oaks, CA, where she was a classically trained musician and top student. She was voted "Most Likely to Succeed" in high school, and then went on to Harvard to study law. Instead, Jones turned to theater and music, and even composed the score for one of the annual Hasty Pudding Theatricals performances. Jones graduated from Harvard in 1997 after studying religion and philosophy.
    8. John Krasinski: John Krasinski, better known as Jim from The Office is a very smart, very creative guy. He grew up in Boston, MA, and attended high school with future Office co-star B.J. Novak, with whom he collaborated on theatre projects. After taking a semester off post-graduation, Krasinski attended Brown University and studied playwriting. He graduated from Brown in 2001, and acted in commercials, TV shows and off-Broadway shows. Besides The Office, Krasinski acted in films like Kinsey, Jarhead and Leatherheads. Krasinski’s own project, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, an adaptation of the David Foster Wallace work which Krasinski wrote and directed, will open in 2009.
    9. Famke Janssen: Famke Janssen is a Dutch actress who plays sexy, smart roles in films like the X-Men movies and Golden Eye. In the 1980s, Janssen was a model with Elite Model Management. After working for top brands like Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, Janssen attended Columbia University, where she studied writing and literature. Despite the success she has enjoyed for more commercial films, Janssen continues to pursue more thoughtful work through films like Turn the River, for which she won the Special Jury Best Actress Award by the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2007. In 2008, Janssen was named a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Integrity.
    10. Maggie Gyllenhaal: Maggie Gyllenhaal is an indie film actress who, thanks to her role in The Dark Knight, has started receiving broader recognition for her work. Gyllenhaal, who is the sister of actor Jake Gyllenhaal and daughter of Eric Foner, a history professor at Columbia University, began her film acting career when she was just 15. After graduating high school in Los Angeles, she attended Columbia in New York, where she studied literature and Eastern religions. Gyllenhaal graduated in 1999 and then moved to London to study at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.