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Learning another language is an excellent way to stand out in any job market. These five apps can help you learn without charging you a penny.

Around the Bookbyte marketing department, we have several recent college graduates. We asked them to reflect on their post-graduate journeys and offer some advice to more recent grads.

Absolutely no one wants to think about an active shooter on campus, and for most of you, you won't ever have to worry about it. However, the FBI thinks it is a serious enough threat that they have videos, pamphlets and other guidelines about how to respond, which means it's probably a good idea if you do think about it, if only for a little while.

Getting laid off is the single most devastating thing a new college grad can go through, but the experience does offer lessons that bear repeating.

Thanks to Mythbusters, our generation knows the answers to many questions our ancestors could only guess at. Can a car really drive through a warehouse wall? Can you really survive a 3 story fall just by hitting awnings just right? Are textbooks actually bulletproof?

If you stop and think about it for a minute, the only difference between a new and used textbook is your perception. True, a used textbook will have highlights and perhaps the edges of the binding won't be as crisp, but you're not spending hundreds of bucks every semester because you want the thing to look pretty: you want to read it.

You've probably heard the statistic floating around that almost 3/4 of students change their major at least once while in college. The reason for that should be obvious: nobody knows what they want to be when they grow up.

Some colleges have a 'freedom of expression wall' where everybody is supposed to vandalize a single space, instead of the whole campus. While this makes cleanup easy for the maintenance folks, it can leave the rest of your campus looking a bit drab.

The used textbook is the saving grace of any broke college student struggling to buy textbooks. A used textbook sitting next to a pile of untested newbies is always a welcome sight. However, it's only thanks to a Supreme Court case that you can buy your books used.

When you're cramming for a final, the best thing you can do to improve retention is to stop studying. Just like a muscle, your brain needs rest between study sets in order to work at full strength. A break doesn't mean scrolling mindlessly through Facebook though, you actually need to turn off the part of your brain that's stressing and trying to remember everything, or at least trick it into relaxing. Here's the 5 best ways to do just that.