Instantly Improve Your Application Essay in Three Easy Steps

Writing an application essay doesn’t have to be scary or tedious. Admissions officers examine your ACT/SAT test scores, transcript, extra curricular activities, and your application essay. With the possible exception of doing well on standardized tests, the application essay is the most daunting part of the admissions process for many students. What you, as a student, may not realize is that the essay is your chance to shine. [Read more…]

The Grand Debate Finale: Off-Campus Housing

The debate is coming to a close, and Team Off-Campus Housing will now present its case. You’ll see that this post is formatted the same way as The Great-Debate Beginnings: On-Campus Housing, including statements from Team Off-Campus with rebuttals from Team-On Campus. This round of the debate will focus more on how these housing options will affect your finances. Before enrolling in a college or university, it’s critical for you factor in all of your expenses, including where you choose to live. [Read more…]

The Great-Debate Beginnings: On-Campus Housing

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When it comes to campus housing, there’s a lot to consider before making your decision. Depending on the school you’d like to go to, you may be able to rule out some of your living options right away. On the other hand, comparing different living options to your personal preferences can help you choose between schools.

In this two-part post, you’ll hear from both sides, Team On-Campus and Team Off-Campus. This week, Team On-Campus will present their case, and each statement will be followed by a rebuttal from Team Off-Campus. The debate begins now, and only you can decide which side wins.

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Summer Classes: Great Tips to Stay Motivated

Study Hard Do Good Motivational Taking summer college classes is a great way to get ahead in your studies. The warm weather, cool treats, and fun outings that come with the season make it difficult to keep your focus on school. You’ll have no time for distractions, since it’s half the length of a fall and spring semester. Sit back and relax while you can, and read on to get some great tips from a variety of perspectives on how to stay motivated during your summer classes. [Read more…]

5 Essential Podcasts for College Students

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Whatever your plans are for this summer, I recommend adding a few podcast channels to your to-do list. Podcasts are, in a word, amazing. There are literally hundreds of thousands of podcast channels available, giving you quick (and often free) access to expert advice, interesting stories, a good laugh, and more. [Read more…]

5 More .Gov Sites to Bookmark for College

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There’s a lot of information available online, but not all of it can be trusted. Government websites are excellent resources for students to find accurate information and discover a variety education and career opportunities. I wrote a post some time ago with Five .Gov Websites to Bookmark for College containing websites about college affordability like grants, scholarships, and filing your FAFSA. Today is part two, with a short list of government websites to help you find and manage career opportunities while you’re still in school. [Read more…]

Study Hacks to Help You Survive Finals

‘Tis the season for finals, where all-nighters and caffeine consumption are aplenty. Getting through your finals can be challenging, but trust me when I say that you can, and will, survive finals. Luckily there are those who have come before you, succeeded, and were generous enough to share their knowledge. Before you deprive yourself of sleep, try these hacks that will improve your studying and your overall well-being for when its time to actually take those finals. [Read more…]

5 Videos On Getting Involved in College: Extracurricular Activity Edition

You’ve heard it time and time again, “join extracurricular clubs and organizations in college.” These videos go beyond the cookie-cutter advice that you will find with a quick Google search. Each source provides their own informative, fun, and personal insight into what getting involved in college means to them. [Read more…]

Getting Involved in College: Group Project Edition

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Group projects are an inevitable part of college, yet they are rarely discussed in terms of using them as a tool to get more involved with your school. They may not always be considered the most enjoyable aspect of college, yet they are valuable nonetheless. You can’t control the behavior of others in your group. However, you can make it a more positive experience for everyone involved, including yourself. [Read more…]

Declaring Your Major 101

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Whether you are going into college right out of or years after graduating high school, the number one question people ask is, “What are you majoring in?” Those of you who know exactly what you want to do when you “grow up” are lucky. For the rest of us, that question can feel like more of an interrogation rather than excited curiosity. Sure, you know they mean well, but how are you supposed to pick a major anyway? There is so much to do in this world, how can I, you, or anyone, just pick ONE thing?! Relax, breathe, and take comfort in knowing that you’re not alone. [Read more…]