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Collegepreneur- Successful Side Hustles for College Students

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If there was a group of individuals that could, on average, use extra income, it would be the college student. From housing, books and meal plans, the college years can be quite expensive. Should you find yourself in need of some extra funds, there are many ways to make some money in your spare time. Below is a list of ideas for those looking for opportunities.

  1. Rent Out Your Car: Live on campus or don’t use your car as much because you have online classes? Sign up with car-sharing services! This is a great way to make a little extra money when you are not using your car.
  2. Make Deliveries/Offer Rides: Have you ordered food to be delivered by DoorDash or UberEats? What about getting around town with ridesharing service like Uber or Lyft? Consider signing up for one! This system is flexible, and you can specify your hours. Additionally, you can get to know those that live in your area.
  3. Clean Out Your Wardrobe: As we move into cooler weather, it may be time to clean out your wardrobe. Get rid of items that no longer fit, you haven’t worn in some time or no longer enjoy. There are many second-hand stores that offer cash for donations.
  4. Review Apps and Websites: Students can earn a little extra money by writing app reviews and participating in focus groups. This is a great way to discover new tech from the comfort of your home.
  5. Be a Translator: Are you bilingual? If you can fluently speak another language, you can use your skill to earn some cash. Visit translator sites to sign up and begin assisting your community.


-Dina Barabash, NASBA Content Development & Web Specialist




How to answer those frequently asked interview questions: Where do you see yourself in five years & Tell me about yourself?

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Whether you have an interview for an upcoming internship or new job or an interview is in your near future,  like most people, you may be nervous about this impending appointment. The pressure, the dress code and those infamous questions: Where do you see yourself and tell me about yourself?

Employers like to ask about your five-year plan for many reasons. Aside from reducing the company’s turnover rate, employers like to see if you intend to grow with the company and if your goal’s match what the employer has to offer. So, how do you answer the question? Consider your goals, find connections between those goals and the job description and consider how the company can help you achieve your long-term goals. For example, think about the new skills you would like to develop, which roles you can see yourself in in the future, what would you like to eventually highlight on your resume and which areas would you like to improve upon?

Be sure to highlight your greatest strengths and which of your traits align with the job description. Are you organized? Do you have experience in certain areas that are encouraged? Employers want to know all of this. The interview is your time to shine, so don’t be afraid to speak up.

In addition, you may be asked to describe yourself. Regardless of where you are in the interview process, you will be asked this question by at least one interviewer. Lily Zhang, Manager of Graduate Student Professional Development at the MIT Media Lab and a writer for The Muse, recommends a simple and effective formula for structuring your response: present, past, future. Begin by telling the interviewer what you do in your current role (i.e. student, coordinator, etc.). Then, briefly let them know about your previous role(s) and end by discussing what you would like to do next. By ending on your future plans, you can tie everything back to the job you are currently applying and being considered for at the time. There are many ways to answer this question. Whichever way you choose to structure your response, , don’t forget to answer with confidence.

An interview is your opportunity to sell yourself and the experiences and skills you bring to a potential employer. Your efforts to prepare answers to these common interview questions will give you the confidence you need in the interview process. Best of luck to you on your upcoming interviews!


-Dina Barabash, NASBA Content Development & Web Specialist


Transiting Back to In-person

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As colleges and universities around the country begin to offer more in-person classes, students are facing the prospect of returning to classrooms. This news may receive mixed emotions, as some have grown accustomed to virtual learning, some are severely concerned about the new Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus while others may be relieved to join their classmates again. Either way, this is sure to be a transition for everyone.

One thing that is sure to be an adjustment is the pace of in-person lessons. Students may find it difficult to return to live classes that are not recorded and cannot be replayed. Therefore, they are urged to arrive prepared, ready to listen.

In addition to the faster pace, there is also the commute. Remember those? Students will need to prepare for morning classes by setting new, earlier times on their alarms. To help with morning madness, students can prepare the night before class. This will include making lunch for the next day, packing their books, notes and agendas, and readying any other materials needed for the next day. Lastly, consider daily traffic. Some workplaces are also opening back up, contributing to morning rush hour delays. Be sure to take all of these factors into account when preparing for live classes.

Despite the many changes that are sure to come your way, remember to have patience with yourself. This transition, like so many, will take time to adjust to this upcoming year. Remember that it took some time to adjust to virtual learning, social distancing and mask mandates. Now, you will need to ease yourself back into the old way of doing things – in-person. Be sure to give yourself the opportunity to relearn your schedule and how you best learn. You are sure to succeed in class with these tips and tricks. 


-Dina Barabash, NASBA Content Development & Web Specialist


The CPT is Going Back to School

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Ethics Matters

August 2021

As students prepare to head back to campuses across the United States and travel restrictions are being lifted, the NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) is gearing up to support 49 StudentCPT chapters and their efforts on campus. The CPT is anticipating increased engagement with in-person activities, including speakers campus recruiting fairs, and community service projects.

The CPT is committed to meeting the needs of student leaders by providing training, chapter resources and promotional materials, such as t-shirts, pens and branded tablecloths, to help chapter leaders promote ethical leadership across campus. Pizza and Chick-fil-A are also “big hits” when served at chapter meetings!

Your support provides the resources to give students a lasting memory and experience by participating in the StudentCPT. A gift of $100 provides 10 t-shirts or 10 pizzas, and a lifetime experience that the CPT believes translates into future ethical leaders.

Consider making your gift today by visiting the website at

Checks can also be mailed to:

Center for the Public Trust
P.O. Box 306262
Nashville, TN 37230-6272

Again, thank you for your support of the CPT and ethical leadership development!

Student News: UW’s SparkTank Ignites Hope in Laramie

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Ethics Matters

August 2021

Each year, the University of Wyoming’s StudentCPT chapter hosts SparkTank, an annual community service event aimed to provide a spark to help nonprofits in Laramie, WY, fulfill their mission and “spark” a sense of community service within the next generation of leaders.

“This past fall semester, UW Ethics Club members were asked to nominate local nonprofits that are making a difference in the Laramie, WY community. Next, we reached out to all 20 nonprofits and asked them to submit a short two-minute video including their mission, a tour of their physical location, if applicable, and why they want to be a part of SparkTank 2021.” explained Chapter President, Troy Cassity.

During the virtual SparkTank event, each organization shared a presentation introducing their nonprofit and how the gifts would be used. StudentCPT members and Sales Seminar class participants secured $57,500 that was distributed among four selected nonprofits. One organization in particular caught the chapter’s attention – the Laramie Foster Closet.

“When we broke the news to the organizer about the club’s $22,000 investment in the organization, there were many tears shed and lots of thank you’s as it was the biggest donation they had ever received! Tucker [fellow officer] and I both got choked up on the phone,” explained Cassity. “Knowing the Foster Closet organizer was busy serving others as we were trying to reach her drove it home that we absolutely made the right choice. I’m blown away and will forever remember that call! Life changing!”

“I love our students and I love what
they do for our community. Working with them on our SparkTank events has been the highlight of my professional career,” says Kent Noble, StudentCPT Chapter Advisor.

Additional SparkTank Donations:
Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault – $16,000
Laramie Soup Kitchen – $12,000
Climb Wyoming – $7,500

For more information, please visit

LEAD WITH INTEGRITY: CPT Board Member Spotlight: Getting to Know Andrea P. Perry, Esq.

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Ethics Matters

August 2021

The NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) staff recently sat down for a chat with its newest board member, Andrea P. Perry, Esq. Perry, a 2021 Nashville Business Journal Best of the Bar award recipient, is a member and attorney with Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, in Nashville, TN. She concentrates her practice in the areas of real estate, commercial lending, general corporate, entertainment, and tax-exempt organizations. Hear more from Attorney Perry as she shares insight on why she accepted the invitation to join the CPT Board of Directors, her proudest moments in life and how young professionals can overcome life’s challenges.

1. What made you decide to join CPT’s Board?
I decided to join the CPT’s Board of Directors as its mission resonates with me. It is important to me to be a part of a nonprofit focused on the development, empowerment and promotion of ethical leaders.

2. What are some of your proudest moments?
This is a question that causes one to reflect upon what they value most in life. When asked this question, I could talk about the success that I’ve had in my career, awards that I’ve amassed over my career or the ceilings that I’ve broken as a black female in the field of law; however, my proudest moments stem from watching my sons accomplish their dreams, both on and off the field, and hearing my parents tell me thank you for being
by their side to care for them when they were ill. Those are the things of which I am
most proud.

3. Tell us about your college experience? What were you involved in?
My college experience was truly one of the best times of my life. This was largely due to the people I met and friends that I made during that time – friends that I still have to this day. As a student at both the University of Memphis and Vanderbilt, I was involved in a myriad of clubs and organizations – pre-law club, a sorority, and student government association, to name a few. I enjoyed being busy and having the opportunity to meet people from various walks of life.

4. How do you recommend young professionals overcome a challenge?
Maintaining a positive mindset is first and foremost. Thus, it is important to remember that everyone encounters challenges in their journey through life. Next, you have to analyze the challenge and come up with a plan of how to overcome it. Remember, it’s okay to ask for help with either coming up with a plan to overcome the challenge or executing the plan. Reach out to your parents, a friend, a teacher or someone who has always been in your corner. The important thing to remember is you don’t have to handle your challenges alone. Everyone has had help getting to their destination in life.

To learn more about Andrea P. Perry, Esq., visit:

2021 Ethics in Action Video Competition

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Ethics Matters

August 2021

Congratulations to the 2021 Ethics in Action Video Competition winners! Students from across the country were invited to submit commercials and short films for a chance to win up to $1,000 in prizes. The competition was split into two judging sequences; Viewer’s Choice – where peers, family members and CPT supporters voted for their favorite videos and Judge’s Choice – where volunteers were asked to review videos and score them based on originality, clarity, relevance and critical thinking skills. This year, 64 videos were submitted and over 500 votes were cast during the Viewer’s Choice Voting Week.



Short Film Category
(1-3 Minutes)
Judge’s Choice Short Film (1-3 Minutes)
1st Place Grand Prize ($1,000)
Ethical Dilemma at a Crawfish Boil,
Loyola University, New Orleans

Runner Up ($500)
Diversity In the Workplace,
Loyola University, New Orleans

Viewer’s Choice Short Film (1-3 Minutes)
First Place ($700)
They Both Want a Promotion, University
of the Virgin Islands

Runner Up ($300)
The Saboteuring Salesman,
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Commercial Category
(59 Seconds or Less)

Judge’s Choice Commercial
(59 Seconds or Less)
First Place ($800)
Magical Monitoring, Mt. San Antonio College

Runner Up ($400)
Ethics – Don’t Leave Home Without Them, University of Southern Mississippi

Viewer’s Choice Commercial
(59 Seconds or Less)
First Place ($500)
Unwanted Advice,
University of Alabama, Birmingham

Runner Up ($200)
Ethics Insurance, University of Wyoming


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Ethics Matters

August 2021

Congratulations to the following StudentCPT chapters for a job well done! Special thanks to StudentCPT officers and chapter advisors for your leadership during an unprecedented year. These chapters continued to spread the good news and promote leadership on their campuses and online.

2020-2021 Golden Star Chapters

Belmont University
Colorado Mesa University
East Central University
Florida State University
Lipscomb University
Marshall University
Oklahoma State University
Tennessee Tech University
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Wyoming
Valdosta State University

Good News: Yale School of Drama to Become Tuition-Free

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Ethics Matters

August 2021

According to a recent article in Forbes, billionaire David Geffen recently donated $150 million to the Yale School of Drama. According to the university, this significant donation is the largest ever gift to American theater. Beginning in August, the drama school will be tuition-free for both current and future students in its master’s, doctoral and certificate programs.

Moving forward, the school will be renamed to the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University. Students will now be able to attend the school without the tuition price of $33,000 a year. This marks the second school at Yale to become tuition-free, the first being the Yale School of Music in 2005.

Even better, there is a growing number of universities that are becoming tuition-free. Many of these opportunities have been possible with new policies and legislation, gifts, grants and endowments. These colleges and universities offer lower-income students new opportunities and that sounds like Good News to us!

If you have more Good News, please share by emailing the NASBA Center for the Public Trust at

StudentCPT 2021 Leadership Conference

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Ethics Matters

August 2021

From June 7 – 9, 2021, the NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) hosted the 2021 StudentCPT Leadership Conference (SLC) via Zoom, from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. (CST) each day. During these three days, SLC speakers shared information on relevant topics related to student leadership along with daily training for incoming StudentCPT leaders. With an average of 25 students registered for each general and StudentCPT specific session, CPT staff were excited about the participation in this year’s virtual conference.

Dr. Lisa Ordóñez, Dean and Stanley and Pauline Foster Endowed Chair, Rady School of Management, University of California, San Diego, shared a great presentation on decades of research on performance goals. Her topic, Goals Gone Wild: The Unintended Effects of Goal Setting on Employee Performance, introduced how goals can both increase productivity while also generating undesirable and unethical activities.

The second day, Ryan Hirsch, Senior Director for Surgent Accounting & Financial Education, discussed, Three Ways Technology Can Impact Ethical Decision-Making. It was great to have Hirsch back (he is a former CPT employee) to share his knowledge and engage with students on how technological advances can enhance ethical decision-making processes and how these skills are essential to developing long-term career success.

On the last day, Alfonzo Alexander, Chief Ethics and Diversity Officer, NASBA, and President, CPT, presented on Strengths Based Leadership, using the CliftonStrengths Assessment taken by the student participants. He shared leadership strategies and tips on how students can lead with their strengths.

Ashley Stoker, CPT Student Programs Manager, conducted the StudentCPT members-only workshops and officer trainings on topics including, Recruiting Lifelong Leaders and Meaningful Meetings. Her sessions inspired and prepared StudentCPT leaders to lead their chapters in the fall.