Summer Updates – July 10

Sometimes it may not seem like much is going on – especially in the summer – but we’ve been working hard to give PERRLA Complete all sorts of updates so it can be even more amazing when the Fall semester rolls around.  Here are just a few of the many additions and changes that we’ve made recently:

  • Edit your Citations!  No more having to delete and re-create them fi they weren’t quite perfect.
  • Create a new Reference when adding a Citation to your papers!  This may not seem like a big deal, but it cuts down on some extra clicking to make Citations easier.
  • Tests are now “Exams”!  Ok, maybe you don’t have to get excited about Exams, but hopefully it fits the college lingo better.
  • A brand new Class Details tab!  Instead of having your class details scattered over three different tabs, we’ve collected them in one place for you to easily read and edit them.
  • Customize your Class schedule meeting names.  So, not everyone has Lectures and Labs.  Now you can name your class meetings anything you’d like – including “Most boring hour ever Session”.
  • Added Teaching Assistant Information.  Although we all love our professors, sometimes we spend more time with the equally lovely Teaching Assistants.  Now you can track their information as well.
  • New Default End Period for Class-Associated Items.  So, you’re creating a repeating Assignment or To-Do  or Event that’s associated with your Class.  Now, PERRLA Complete is smart enough to see if your Class has an end date and if it does, it automatically sets your Repeating Assignment (or To-Do or Event) to end when your class ends.  Pretty snazzy!  Don’t worry, you can always change it by hand to go on for as long as you’d like.
  • Some maintenance on the Outline Editor.  We’ve cleaned up some of the code around the Outline Editor to make it work better.  If it seems shinier, this is why.
  • Other little things.  There are a number of little things that we’ve done on the back-end of PERRLA Complete to make sure that everything is running smoothly.  We won’t bore you with the details here, but just know that we’re doing lots to make PERRLA Complete better every day.

While these are just a few of the smaller changes we’re making, we’ve got some AMAZING new features coming out in time for your Fall Semester.  Managing your classes, papers, and other school stuffs will be easier than ever.  Really – we’re super pumped about it.  Stay tuned for more!

Volunteering – How to Spend Your Summer

Volunteering.  You may have done your fair share of it when you were putting together your college application (got to get in those extra-curriculars).  You may have done volunteer work with a religious or community group, or your parents may have drug you along as a kid.  Whenever you may have done it – you aren’t alone. In 2013 just over 25% of Americans volunteered their time – adding up to almost 7.7 billion hours.  If we were to try to convert that time into its monetary equivalent, that would be roughly $162 billion dollars.  Although some of those people were just trying to pad their resumé, there are lots of great reasons to volunteer besides it looking good on paper.  Now, as a company concerned with helping students succeed, volunteering may not seem like an obvious way to become a better student.  But, taking some time to volunteer during your summer break can bring big benefits for yourself and others.

First, volunteering can help you put the skills you’re learning in class into practice in the real world.  If you’re in the middle of a nursing program, getting some hours in at a local hospital or medical center can not only give you some extra insight, but it can help you make connections and open doors after you graduate.  If you’re studying business, taking some time to work in the office of a local non-profit can help you see how the economic theories you’ve been studying, really impact organizations and people in “the real world.”  And, even if you’re in an Underwater Basket Weaving program, volunteering to teach kids to make the best underwater baskets possible can help  you better understand the intricacies of aquatic textile-ology.

Next,  volunteering can help you keep a grasp on what’s important to you.  It’s easy to get lost in the weeds between exams, homework, and study groups.  By the time you get deep into your field in school, you may have a hard time remembering why you got into it in the first place.  Stepping back from the academy and getting your hands dirty can help you regain that inspiration and drive to get through your school work.  Sure, memorizing long lists of terms and complex mathematical formulas may be a part of your education, but it can also drain the soul.  There are few things as life giving and fulfilling as taking some time to learn someone’s story and give them a helping hand.

Last, volunteering gives you the chance to get your toes wet with all sorts of businesses, communities, and career paths.  A big part of your success as a student is being able to find subjects and ideas that you find interesting and worth your time to study.  If you aren’t sure what you want to do when you get out of school, volunteering can be a great way to find a fulfilling activity while also experiencing many different career options.  On the other hand, if you already know what you are going to be doing when you’re done with school, then volunteering may give you the opportunity to make some connections in your field and start looking at how your education will be useful after you’ve graduated.

So, if you’re looking for a way to dig into your summer break, to gain some experience in your field, or to figure out if you really enjoy what you might study – take some time out and volunteer.  It’s a win-win-win opportunity for yourself, for your community, and for the people you’ll be helping.  If you need a little help getting started, here are a few online resources you can use to find volunteering opportunities near you.

www.volunteermatch.org
www.allforgood.org
www.serve.gov
www.volunteeringinamerica.gov

Amazing Ways to Celebrate Your Graduation

Congratulations!  You’ve made it through the gauntlet that is college.  The world is open before you – what are you going to do?  Well, before you jump into being a “grown up,” here are a few things you can do to celebrate all your hard work .

1.  Take a Trip

If you ask anyone who’s done it, taking a trip right after they graduated from college is one of the best adventures that they’ve ever been on.  Don’t worry about a map or a schedule!  Grab a friend and take a week, month, or even just a few days to explore the open road.  Stop wherever you want, eat in local dives, and try something completely new.  Embrace the idea that life is all about the journey and you’ll find that even a trip to the next town over can open doors you’d never expect.

2. Visit a Friend

Over the past few years, you’ve probably made some of great friends.  An easy way to put a spin on taking a trip is to couch surf for a weekend.  Not only do you get to see the people you’ve been doing life with again, it can help make the transition out of college a little easier for both of you.  Just because you don’t live in the same dorm anymore doesn’t mean you won’t be texting each other at 3 am about your latest Netflix binge…1 season per day – easy!

3. Do Something You’re Passionate About

Often times, college is about preparing for a future that will help you be self-sufficient and successful.  But, that doesn’t always mean you’re studying what you’re passionate about.  The summer right after you graduate is a prime time to dig into something you really care about.  If it’s yoga, namaste your way to nirvana.  If it’s gardening, raise some tomatoes your great grandparents would be jealous of.  If it’s underwater basket weaving…whatever floats your boat.  Not only is this a great way to unwind and feel great, it can also help round out your resumé with something a little more personal.

More is on the way

This is just a start, all summer long we’ll be offering you easy and exciting ways to celebrate your education and to enjoy the fruit of your labor.

How are you going to celebrate your graduation?