Meet A Co-Founder – Ben Tincher Edition

Today we will be looking into the history and life of one of our Co-Founders.  Ben Tincher is here to answer the tough questions…  Please leave us your own question for Ben in the comments!

 What is your full name?

Benjamin Tincher

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in a town outside of Atlanta named Conyers, GA

Where do you live now?

I currently live in Ormond Beach, FL.  My wife and I moved to Golden, CO for a year which we loved but family, cost of living, and job opportunities has brought us back to FL where we were before we moved.

Relationship status?

I am married to the most beautiful, caring, and dedicated wife.  Her name is Melissa.

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Where did you attend college and what did you study?

I attended undergraduate school at Clemson University and studied Materials Engineering.  I then attended graduate school at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where I studied Aerospace Engineering.

What else did you do in college?

I did many things in college outside of the classroom, but the thing that I did the most was play on the club Ultimate team.  I loved playing Ultimate, going to practice, seeing teammates around campus, going to weekend tournaments at other colleges, and getting together for team social events.  Ultimate was more than just a sport, it was my extended family while I was on campus.

The other thing that I really enjoyed during college was D1 sports games, especially football and basketball.  I knew I wanted to go to a school with D1 athletics before I entered college, so I had that as one of my school selection criteria.  This criteria was not my main one of course and isn’t a good one for everybody, but I knew I would love the sports teams.

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What is one thing that you remember about entering college for the first semester?

I remember a whole lot of excitement and nervousness mixed together.  The freshmen got to campus a week early before classes began and that week just felt like summer camp!  Which was awesome… and weird at the same time.  But, as soon as classes began and the campus filled up, I felt like a part of the community in no time.  I think that is why it is very important to consider the atmosphere of a college when choosing one.  You will want to feel like a part of the community.  I felt very comfortable at Clemson, and I believe that helped me a lot in my studies.  I didn’t feel as comfortable at Embry-Riddle because the dynamics of the school were a lot different than Clemson and my coursework was different too.  So, I had to learn how to shift a little bit in grad school.

Why are you starting College Career Success?

I see a lot of students that simply do not have the necessary tools and insight to make fully considered decisions when choosing where and how to go to college and what to study.  When students don’t know what they want or even how to figure out what they want, it can cost them A TON of time and money down the road.  The awful thing is that these decisions made just out of high school don’t really catch up to you until early in your professional career.  The time when you need security and confidence the most!

A college graduate can suddenly find himself in major financial debt only to realize that they have a college degree in a field that they are not truly interested in.  But, to pay off all the debt, the graduate must get a job anyway if possible.  All of these decisions were made long before this realization.

I really want to help young students better understand themselves and their potential future, so that they can set themselves on the right path for college and career success.  I wonder where we got the name…

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What is one thing that you are glad you did in college that has benefitted you today?

Probably the best thing I did for my profession in college was complete several different internships.  Internships gave me first hand experience into potential careers.  I was able to learn what I liked and what I didn’t like in different jobs.  I gained professional skills not taught in the classroom.  And, I earned a paycheck!

What is one thing that you wish you could have done differently during college?

I wish that I could have known all the tips and tricks as a freshman that I knew as a senior.  I know that sounds a little obvious, but there were many things that someone could’ve simply told me.  Instead I had to learn a lot of things by experience.  Simple things from buying textbooks to how to study for tests.  It would have been nice to learn a lot of it sooner; it certainly would have saved me a lot of time and money!  Sneak peek in the future of College Career Success… we hope to create a course for freshman who are just beginning college to help them with all of these tips and tricks!

What are your hobbies?

I am an engineer to the core, so I love to build things!  Cars, boats, motorcycles, rc boats, planes, cars… anything that can be designed and built.  I also still like to play Ultimate.  And, I’m attempting to make furniture a little bit.

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The Yerkes-Dodson Law – Huh? Don’t Stress About It… Or Do!

Today, we will consider the good old Yerkes-Dodson Law.  Yes, yes, this common law that everyone knows like bread and butter.  Actually, you probably do know it, but recognize it… maybe another thing.

What’s a Yerkes-Dodson and why should I care anyway?  Good question.  No, it is not a new breed of tiny fluffy cute ball of designer dog or the latest tea like, slightly alcoholic, brewed beverage you might buy from a girl wearing flannel and sporting a nose ring.  The Yerkes-Dodson Law (YD Law) is pure business… er except when it is not.   Actually, the YD Law can be applied to just about any aspect of life; that is why you should care!

Ok, so what is it already!?  The YD Law is an observed correlation between stress and performance.  Got it?

In a nutshell, YD tells us that for every task in life there exists an optimum level of stress to achieve the greatest level of performance.  Got it now?  It is simple really.  When delicately pulling out the side block of a tall, tilting JENGA stack against your ultimate JENGA nemesis, would you prefer silence to concentrate or your nefarious nemesis to loudly chant ‘JENGA! JENGA!’ in your ear?  On the flip side, an NBA player doesn’t often make the Top 10 plays list without the boosting energy of the screaming fans.

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Really, the YD Law is an observation of how we daily alter our levels of stress to achieve peak performance.  Since all of us already do this daily, does this mean that this observation is simply that and not useful for much else?  Not at all!  Being aware of such correlations allows you to actively use them to fine tune and squeak every ounce of potential out of any time and task.

When it comes to considering your future in a college and career, consider the YD Law.  First, you will want to pick a college that will supply the necessary level of stress for you.  Do you find that you work best in a small town and a quiet environment where you can feel comfortable and concentrate on your work?  Or, do you find that you need the energy and stimulus of a big school or big city to really get you going?  Or, maybe you fit somewhere nicely in the middle.  When you visit the campus of a potential school, be sure to walk around long enough to get a good ‘feel’ or ‘vibe’ of the campus as well as the surrounding town.  This a great reason why to schedule your campus visits during the colleges’ school year if possible!

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Secondly, when choosing a major, consider similar aspects of a job.  What is the environment like?  What is the work load like?  How much pressure will be involved?  Remember, pressure is not necessarily a bad thing.  Some need the pressure to get anything done; I’ve seen some killer intentional procrastinators out there!

You may not be able to pronounce the name, but the YD Law can work for you.  Consider what levels of stress you find yourself in the middle of a particular task and then how effectively you are progressing on said task.  Maybe you need to chill out a little bit.  Or, maybe you need a jolt of stress to get you going.  Use the YD Law to your advantage and then Take Over The WORL…. I mean, do great things!

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Top 5 Things to Consider When Choosing a College Major

What should I study in college? How should I choose a college major?  While seemingly docile, these questions are wolves in sheep’s clothing!  Having to choose a major at the age of 18 which will become your career for the next several decades of your life can be extremely difficult and stressful.  But never fear, College Career Success is here!!  OK, lame; I know.  Nonetheless, below are 5 tips to consider when choosing your (first, second, or third) college major.

  1. Engagement- will I be engaged, passionate, and fulfilled?

No, we are not talking about engagement to your dream boyfriend or girlfriend!  You are, on the other hand, to be engaged to your future career in college.  Whether you realize it or not, your MAJOR in college becomes your CAREER in life (typically).  You will want to select a major (career) that you will be excited about today, tomorrow, and in 10 years.  Choose something that you are passionate about – something that drives you – something that gives you purpose and fulfillment.  It is common among all of us that when we feel like we are contributing to the betterment of our community and world, we are more fulfilled (happy, satisfied, less stressed, …you get it).

  1. Earning potential – (HINT! The most possible is not always correct for you)

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When you graduate, likely you will be left with little to no to negative amounts of money to your name.  But, you have a college degree that can (hopefully) earn you some money!  That is… if your degree carries Earning Potential.  Three basic things to be said about Earning Potential:

  1. Choose a degree that has it!

This may seem obvious, but there are some degrees that have little Earning Potential and/or a narrow window for potential.  Carefully consider your future financial goals after college and use information available about your potential major (career) to determine if its Earning Potential matches your goals.

  1. Consider the Earning Potential at the time of GRADUATION!

In conjunction with the first point, consider also the timing of Earning Potential.  If you desire to be an airline pilot because there is currently (when you enter college) a shortage of pilots and wages are high, be sure to consider the change in the industry from now until graduation (at least 4 years later).  Things like market/industry fluctuation, governmental legislation, new technology, and competition can all change the Earning Potential of a career.  Obviously, you cannot predict the future, so do not get overly anxious about this one.  But, take time to consider the possible positive or negative effects time will have on the Earning Potential of your selected major (career) options.

  1. Some say ‘more money, more problems

If there is one wrong way to look at Earning Potential, it is probably the idea of finding the major (career) that has the absolute HIGHEST Earning Potential.  Your career should be so much more than just money.  Personal satisfaction, fulfillment, and joy found engaging with family members and friends are all things that no amount of money can ever buy.  If you select a major (career) simply based on the HIGHEST Earning Potential, most likely that major (career) will not be a good fit for you.  Most of our grandparents would all tell us that money, in the end, is not what is most valuable in life.  Although you want to be sure that your major (career) will be able to support you financially after graduation, consider joy and satisfaction in life as well.

  1. Time commitment – what will my work life look like?

Time commitment plays a large part of finding a good ‘work/life balance’.  Consider people that are already in your major (career).  Interview or shadow a professional in that field.  How much time are they spending at work or handling issues/tasks from work.  Take a look at your personal goals for your life in the future.  Do you want to have a family with kids or be able to travel a lot?  How much time will you need outside of work?  Ultimately, consider the time requirements of your selected majors (careers) and how that matches your personal life goals.

  1. Flexibility – how much can I change or shift during my career?

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These days, people change jobs…  a lot.  This is a good thing for the employee most of the time.  You can shift to a role or company that better fits you.  You can try new things and learn a lot of different things.  So, how flexible are your potential majors (careers).  Consider if you desire a career that will give you flexibility and then evaluate your selected majors (careers).

  1. Job availability – will there be jobs available when I graduate?

This goes along with the timing of Earning Potential.  The timing of job availability is something very practical to consider.  Currently (when you enter college), there may be a shortage of oil engineers and many jobs are available.  But, when you graduate 4 (or more for some …) years later, will the situation be the same?  Again, you cannot predict the future.  But, consider how many jobs are needed in the country/world.  Consider how many people will be graduating with similar degrees and skills alongside of you.  Do your best to ensure that there will be a job waiting for you when you graduate!

Hopefully, these 5 tips have been useful.  And, if you didn’t get it, let the point be made that your MAJOR becomes your CAREER!  Choose your major carefully as best as you can and may your career be fulfilling and engaging such that the world is a better place thanks to your contribution!

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This post is all about squeezing the most out of your college years.  Live it up, be productive, get great grades, make friends, share in new experiences, begin your career!  Here at College Career Success we want you to enjoy college and be successful during and afterward.

First off, you are in college to get an education.  Be sure to understand that the goal of your time and money during these years is to earn a degree that will give you the skills and knowledge to go on to an exciting and fulfilling career.  Even if that sounds boring today, do your future self a solid and work hard in your classes.  The effort you put into college will most certainly give you a boost early in your career.  But, college is not all about books and tests; you will certainly want to have some fun too.  With that said, let’s look a some things that will help you both enjoy college and kill it in the classroom!

1. Put Yourself Out There

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Your freshman year can be very exciting, but college can be also intimidating.  Everything is new and different.  After you get acquainted with your surroundings in the first few weeks, begin to take some deliberate steps to get out there on the proverbial dance floor.  Start small by making a decision to show up to a information meeting about a new club or even simply visiting a new building on campus.  Choose small steps that you can take to continually grow in your confidence as a member of the community.  Before long, you will feel like you have been there for your entire life.  Being confident of yourself within your surroundings will help your social life flourish as well as your grades.

2. Go To Tutoring

Most colleges have free tutoring available for a lot of freshman courses and yet often not many students use this resource.  You can either spend two days trying to figure out a chemistry problem on your own, or you can go to tutoring and learn it in 30 minutes.  Tutoring is a HUGE help and can save you a ton of studying time.  Plus, you will truly learn the material better.  Use the resources available to you to get the most out of your study time and be better prepared for you classes.

3. Join A Club

Clubs in college are a great way to try different things and meet new people.  There are often all different types of clubs from scuba diving to basket weaving or even underwater basket weaving.  Often times, if you stay in a club for a long time, some of your best friends in college can come through these groups.  Join a club or several and get connected while doing things you love!

4. Talk To Your TAs and Professors

Most professors truly want to help their students learn.  Talking to your professor after class or during office hours is again an often under used resource.  Professors and Teaching Assistants (TAs) can help you out when you are stuck on assignments or point you in the right direction if you are lost.  Professors are often willing to help with homework, assignments, and have been known to give hints on upcoming tests!  Also, your professor is a great resource to connecting with the professional world outside of the University.  Ask them about internships and recommendations for work!

5. Try Something New

Similar to joining a club, there are always opportunities on a college campus to try something new even if for just a few hours.  Check out the events listings on campus.  Looks for signs and posters.  Go to a salsa dancing night or a try your hand at painting.  Gather some of your friends to gain some new experiences.  Who knows, you may just be the next Picasso!

6. Study With A Friend Or Group

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Let’s face it; studying can be boring and tedious sometimes.  Liven up your study time by studying with a friend or a small group from class.  Studying with other people can be extremely helpful.  You can compare notes to be sure that you didn’t miss anything.  You can discuss the course material to get a different viewpoint or understanding of the material.  And, you can help each other stay on task.  Plus, it is just more fun to have a friend.  This is especially helpful when studying for a test or completing a difficult homework set.  WARNING!  As great as it is to study with others, be very careful about who you choose to study with.  You will want a study partner that is serious about the course and willing to bring their own input to the session.  Don’t study with someone who just wants you to put in the work for them!  Ultimately, a good study partner can be an invaluable help, but choose wisely.

7. Take A Weird (Awesome) Class

Lastly, along the lines of new experiences, did you know there are whole classes devoted to new and/or awesome things?  There are climbing classes, music theory and volleyball classes, meditation and astronomy classes.  Find an awesome class and be awesome for a few hours a week.

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