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At Mélange College and Career Readiness Services, our primary objective is to assist learners in achieving educational and career success. We provide personalized “insider tips and strategies” to college students, adult learners, and job seekers on how to maximize their choices, options, and opportunities while pursuing their individual educational and career goals.

College Success Life – Our Blog

We all want to achieve some level of success in our personal, academic, and professional lives.  We designed our blog, College Success Life, to help you do just that. We regularly highlight a broad range of educational and career-related issues to stimulate your thinking and your goal planning.

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Back 2 Campus…Academic Options!

  Considering your academic options?  Do you even know them? Been going to class and finding your coursework a wee bit more difficult than what you had anticipated? Maybe you need to think about revisiting your academic plan or do you have one? You do remember hearing...

New Student Orientation 2018

The thought of attending a new student orientation at the college of your choice often creates feelings of excitement and anticipation.   It can, however, also create moments of anxiety. New student orientation is your pathway into a new, often challenging environment...

Writing College Research Papers

Dr. Lana W. Jackman Academic/Career Adviser Emeritus  College students often cringe at the thought of writing a college research paper. That's because writing a 20-page college research paper, for most, is a very stressful, anxiety-inducing experience! Perhaps, you're...

President Obama and Information Literacy Practice

We’re in the Information Age and information rules! Not knowing how to access the “right” information can definitely put you at a disadvantage, whether at home, school, or work. So what do you do?

College Textbooks – Freebies Available?

Need to buy some college textbooks this semester? As a matter of fact, buying college textbooks today is a major financial and academic challenge for many new and continuing students. Finally, help is on the way! There's a movement afoot, blossoming on college...

A Personal Story – College Success

A personal story often highlights the benefits of working smarter in college while working harder. First of All... would you agree that earning a college degree is a major life accomplishment? Having a B.A. degree can improve the overall quality of your life. However,...

Academic Advisors – Should They Know Financial Aid Basics?

    Key Student Support Services - Academic Advising and Student Financial Aid Academic advisors on college and university campuses across the nation need to know basic financial aid information. Moreover, financial aid is, perhaps, one of the most problematic and...

Academic Advisor – Optional or Essential?

College Students - Heads Up... Your Academic Advisor...optional or essential?  An asset on your college and career success team or a potential liability? Unlike high school, where you can wait forever to see your guidance counselor, a campus academic advisor is an...

Networking, Ready for Your Next Chapter…

You either know what you want to do with your life or you’re still trying to figure that out. Who is on your networking list? Have you honestly evaluated your skill set?

Improve Your Networking Skills

Why is Networking so Important? First of all, networking is an art as well as a skill.  To network means to promote the sharing of information as well as getting information. However, many people think that networking is primarily about getting contacts for personal...

E.T. – Call Home…That Means You!

New College Students need to call home regularly.

An Internship Experience

Internships are incredibly invaluable in helping you gain professional work experience and ultimately get hired in a career of your choice. While working as an intern, you may encounter a variety of work experiences, so you should have a flexible mindset and attitude.

You’re in College Now…So What’s Next?

You're in college now...so what's next?  You've been in school for a while.  Adjusting to your new environment has had its challenges, but so far, so good. You do have a few concerns.  For one, you're discovering that everybody was right.  College is no way like high...

Financial Aid Myths – 7 You Need to Know

  Believing financial aid myths instead of finding out the facts is a  major set-up for missing out on educational opportunities! Anyone can "apply",  using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) . HOWEVER, only U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens can...

First Generation College Students’ Success Strategies

First Generation College Students - Want to graduate in 4 years? Doing so maybe one of the biggest life challenges you'll face in the semesters ahead.   To graduate in 4 yrs requires knowing the rules of the "graduation game." It also requires seeking the best...

Skills Every College Student Needs…in school and in the workplace!

Learning Styles

Knowing what type of learner you are can strengthen your ability to perform more effectively in the classroom as well as the workplace.

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Information Literacy

Fake news is everywhere these days.  “Alternative facts” loom large over our present reality.  That being the case, do you really know how to tell the difference?

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Making worthwhile connections with a variety of individuals whose opinions you value is essential to your success.

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College Success Diet

College Success Diet

Learn how to succeed in your college/post-secondary educational experience and make the world your playground is the idea behind the creation of this eBook.  A mother and son combine generational perspectives to give you options and choices as you weigh the consequences and challenges of making this commitment.

Work smarter, not harder…

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A College Success Diet Review:

“…it is amazing. This should be a must have for all parents but more importantly their college students.  I am having my son read and take with him to college….Invaluable!!!!!!!  Very easy to read and comprehensive. This is a necessity for any student – right up there with a fake id and extra-long sheets….I cannot thank you enough for sharing it with me.   I know I will refer to it throughout his 4 years at MCLA.”