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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.
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.
Save often. Put money back as frequently as you can to help build your college fund.
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.
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.
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.
Go automatic. Making automatic payments each payday removes the money before you even miss it and ensures you are contributing regularly to your investment.
Ask for gifts. Ask friends and family to consider contributing to college funds for birthday and holiday gifts they would normally give anyway.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Specifically for parents (and grandparents), these articles offer tons of tips to help you fund your children’s education.
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.
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.
The following list offers some of the most popular options when it comes to setting up college funds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Test out of classes. Testing out of classes before you start school leaves you with fewer classes you have to take–and pay for.
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.
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.
Understand college costs. Understanding the nuances of college costs is important and can help you avoid expensive mistakes when considering funding your education.
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.
Become an RA. A residential advisor oversees the activities of those in the dorm and typically gets free room and board for their work.
FAFSA. Complete your FAFSA online to determine your eligibility for scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study opportunities that can supplement your college savings.
Federal Work Study Program. Learn about this opportunity through the federal government to work part time and earn funds for your education.
Financial Literacy. This page offers information and links to help you learn how to manage your money for college wisely.
College Costs. Learn what to expect when it comes time for paying for your education and get links to helpful calculators.
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.
Art of Saving. This personal finance social network helps members reach their finance goals, such as saving for college.
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.
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.
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.
My.WallSt.net. Beginners can learn about investing on this social site that helps you find out about stocks, trading, and more.
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.
MarketWatch Community. Members can create profiles to help connect with others, then share information, news, tips, and more.
Wesabe. Learn to manage your money while connecting with others with the same financial goals.
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.
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.
Covester. Covester allows members to watch the investment habits of other members in order to learn how to invest their money.
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.
BudgetTracker, Inc. Budgeting is much easier when you use this tool that helps you get control of bills, investments, bank accounts, and more.
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.
mint. This popular personal finance management system connects your bank, credit cards, and mutual funds to help you gain control over your finances.
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.
billeater.com. Learn how to save money and lower your bills with the tips and forums here.
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.
66 Ways to Save Money. This site offers tips and suggestions in several different categories, including transportation, housing, insurance, and utilities.
Mymoney.gov. Specially designed for educating US citizens about financial issues, this site offers tons of information ranging from home buying to having children.
MoneyCafe.com. Get information on everything from car loans to financial calculators to tax help at this site.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Networking. Find out what you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to online networking.
‘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.
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.
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.
Student Brand Makeover. This video shows how to present yourself in the most favorable light when finding a job, internship, or other similar situation.
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.
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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.
Whether made by the glass, pitcher, or trash can, you’ll at least get a smile from these creative recipes.
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.
Hop, Skip & Get Naked: Combine cheap gin, cheap beer, and pink lemonade-the lemonade hides the taste of the cheap gin and beer.
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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.
@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.
@Reuters. Get links to all the top headlines from Reuters news with this Twitter feed.
@cnn. Get CNN news headlines from around the world as well as entertainment and video links.
@msnbc. Find all the headlines from MSNBC as they happen on this feed.
@CBSNews. CBS provides all their breaking news on their Twitter feed.
@ABC. This Twitter feed provides all the official ABC News stories including world news, TV broadcast information, and breaking news.
@foxnews. Get your favorite Fox News stories as they happen by following this feed.
@ChicagoTribune. This feed brings you news from the Chicago Tribune via Twitter.
@LATimesnews. The Los Angeles Times updates their Twitter feed with the latest headlines from their paper.
@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.
@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.
@japantimes. The largest English language newspaper in Japan posts news headlines in their Twitter feed.
@africanewsfeed. Africa News provides news stories from all over the continent and makes them readily available here.
@CBCNews. Canadian news stories and views are published on this feed.
@bbcnews. This popular news source from the UK delivers news headlines and links to stories happening around the world.
@BreakingNews. Get breaking international news from several reputable news sources in this feed.
@guardian. Get Tweets from this UK news source from their blog and website.
@TelegraphNews. Those in the UK can get the latest headlines straight from the Telegraph here.
@China_Daily. Get the news from China Daily with the headlines in this feed.
@New_Europe. Find the latest headlines and news analyses on this feed from Europe’s only independent weekly.
@insideeurope. These posts include news from Deutsche Welle Radio.
@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.
@Google News. Get both breaking news and updates to news stories coming from Google News with this feed.
@YahooNews. Yahoo! provides news headlines and links to stories coming out of major news sources.
@MSNdotcom. Find the latest headlines from MSN right here on their official Twitter feed.
@digg. If you are a Digg fan, then follow this feed to stay on top of what is happening at Digg.
@reddit. Get the latest popular stories from Reddit with this Twitter feed.
@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.
@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.
@Delicious. Get all the latest Delicious news and happenings behind the scenes at this popular social media site.
@socialmedia2day. This feed shares news and opinions on the world of social media straight from their website, Social Media Today.
No matter what sport is your favorite, you can find the latest news among these feeds.
@espn. Never miss a sports headline when you follow ESPN’s Twitter feed.
@NBA. Basketball fans who follow the NBA teams will love the news available here.
@nfl. Get all the NFL news you need with this Twitter feed.
@NHL_Updates. Find the latest scores and news from the NHL on this feed.
@worldwidecycles. Not only will you find cycling news here, but you will also get updates on races and time trials.
@PGATOUR. Get your official PGA Tour, Champions Tour, and Nationwide Tour news updates on this Twitter feed.
@velonews. Competitive cycling news updates keeps this Twitter feed busy.
@NCAANews. Find all the latest news headlines coming out of the NCAA on this feed.
@NASCAR. NASCAR fans can find tons of links to news pertaining to NASCAR races, drivers, and more.
Follow politics with these feeds that range from President Obama to those following the recession.
@whitehouse. Get the latest updates from President Obama at this new Twitter feed.
@nprpolitics. NPR brings you politics with their usual high quality news and conversations on the subject.
@ReutersPolitics. Pulling news stories from Reuters’ Politics section, this Twitter feed provides you with a sampling of what Reuters is reporting.
@algore. This former presidential candidate and environmental activist posts about politics with a tinge of green.
@HouseFloor. The clerk of the US House of Representatives posts live updates on this feed.
@HuffPolitics. Find breaking political news, alerts, and links to headlines from the Huffington Post.
@politicalticker. CNN Political Ticker provides all the latest political news from their top political correspondents.
@RecessionNews. Get news related to the recession as it affects people all around the globe.
@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.
@WSJ. The Wall Street Journal supplies you with business and finance news headlines in this feed.
@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.
@Financial Times. This feed provides you with the latest news from world finance, business, and politics with a London perspective.
@Reuters_Biz. Reuters brings you up-to-the-minute business news with their Twitter feed.
@LATimesbiz. Business and finance news from the LA Times supply the information on this feed.
@LATimesmoneyco. Economics and the stock market are the focus of this feed from Tom Petruno and staff at the LA Times.
@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.
@businessnews. Get business, finance, and stock market news from traderstrade.com here.
@CNNMoney. Find international business and finance news on this feed.
@nytimesbusiness. NY Times business news links are available here as the stories develop.
@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.
@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.
@new_music. Find out about new music with this feed that only includes music that receives a rating over 8.0 on Pitchfork.
@lotd. Snippets of popular song lyrics show up on this feed. Choose to browse through these lyrics of the day or add your own.
@GlobeHealth. Get health news from the Boston Globe with this feed.
@NYTimesBooks. Read about critic picks for new releases, get author interviews, and read book news here.
@nytimesarts. Find arts and entertainment news coming from the NY Times.
@nytimestravel. Get reviews, news, recommendations, and inspiration for your travel adventures in this Twitter feed.
@goodhealth. Find plenty of health and wellness news stories here.
@womensweardaily. Arguably the most important publication on fashion, Women’s Wear Daily Tweets about fashion news, quotes, and more.
From science for the average Joe to news from NASA and everywhere in between, keep up with science news with these feeds.
@NatGeoSociety. Find news as well as the popular Photo of the Day at the National Geographic Society’s Twitter feed.
@NASA. Get the latest news from NASA on this feed that also features daily images from space.
@SciNewsBlog. This feed shares science news that is easy enough for those who are not scientists to understand.
@nytimesscience. Get all the latest news on science, the environment, and space from the New York Times here.
@TrineTsouderos. A science and health reporter from the Chicago Tribune, Trine keeps you updated on the latest in science and medical news.
@newscientist. This science and technology weekly brings the headlines to readers in this feed.
@scifri. From the show Science Friday, this feed shares links to science stories as well as updates for the show.
@DiscoverMag. Technology, space, and the environment are some of the topics covered by the Tweets in this feed from Discover Magazine.
@sciencedaily. Get breaking news from the world of science courtesy of ScienceDaily here.
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.
@CNETNews. Get the latest tech news headlines from this popular tech news source.
@wired. Find the latest tech news from Wired Magazine in this official Twitter feed by the science editor @betsymason.
@Gizmodo. This popular gadget blog shares news updates on this feed.
@TechCrunch. Breaking technology news and opinion from the editors and writers at TechCrunch are found on this feed.
@Techmeme. This feed brings you all the latest tech news from sites all around the web in one easy-to-follow stream of information.
@LATimestech. Get technology news from the LA Times on this feed.
@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.
@engadgeteer. Engadgeteer.com shares all the latest technology gadget news, reviews, and release dates on their Twitter feed.
@ZDNetBlogs. Technology news features on ZDNet’s blogs make their way to this feed.
@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.
@LATimesent. Get all the latest entertainment news from the epicenter of it all with this feed.
@eonline. For scoops, previews, and reviews that cover the world of celebrity and entertainment, check out E! Online’s Tweets.
@WonderwallMSN. This newcomer to the world of celebrity news brings you their Twitter feed here.
@peoplemag. If you like People Magazine, then you won’t want to miss this feed that keeps you updated with all the celebrity news.
@usweekly. This popular celebrity gossip magazine brings you Tweets all day long so you never miss any celebrity gossip.
@GMA. Good Morning America shares their brand of current event news with readers on this feed.
@todayshow. Find news, interviews with both celebrities and regular people, and more from the Today Show.
@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.
@TheOnion. Get the best fake news available right here.
@RtrsOddlyEnough. This Twitter feed provides some of the odd news stories profiled in Reuters’ Oddly Enough blog.
@TelegraphWeird. The Telegraph offers some very strange news stories from around the world on this feed.
@msnukoddnews. The UK version of MSN shares some really odd news on their Twitter feed.
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.
Check out these school feeds if you’re a major fan
@RalphieReport: @RalphieReport offers updates from Colorado Buffaloes athletics.
@txlonghorns: See what’s going on with the Texas Longhorns from @txlonghorns.
@bighouse: The Michigan Wolverines discuss victories and news in The Big House here.
@aggies: You’ll be kept up to date on developments from the Texas A&M Aggies through @aggies.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.