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Category: Colleges & Universities

Posted April 29, 2016, 9 a.m. by Emily Southey | View Comments
Seniors, Take These 6 Pieces of Advice to College

Going off to college can be very nerve-wracking. It’s a huge change, and let’s be honest, your friends and family have been telling you nonstop how awesome college is going to be for the past year. I left home with incredibly high expectations (and a very queasy stomach). College was supposed to be the best time of my life … right? Honestly, I had an amazing four years, but there are definitely a few things I wish I had known prior to my freshman year. Now a year out of college, I’ve compiled a list of advice that, if I ...

Posted April 28, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Two Important Reasons for Going To Community College

Community college gets a bad rap. Both students and parents often ignore the idea of community college as an end in itself or as a tool for getting a four-year college degree. They think commuity college credits are not valued by prestigious institutions. Or, they worry about how an employer will view two-year schools on a resume. Years ago, I was one of those parents. I felt community college was simply a scapegoat for those students who couldn’t hack the real world of college. By observing my son’s college path, however, my eyes were opened to its value. After working ...

Posted April 18, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Consider a specialty college dorm

Accepted to college? Consider a speciality dorm Congratulations on being accepted to college! Now you can start thinking about what it’s going to be like to live on campus. Most colleges have dorms specifically for entering freshmen. But you can also request or apply to be in a specialty dorm where students are in a community based on their academic major, special interest, language or lifestyle. If you have a preference regarding your living accommodations on campus, ask about these dorms during your college tour or freshman orientation. It might help you build a community during your first year away ...

Posted April 15, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
How to solve a friend conflict in college

Do You Know Your Role in the College Drama Students, colleges and parents each have a role to play in this new college adventure. The key is to know your part, do your part and work positively with one another. Students tend to rely heavily on their parents even after leaving for college. Parents find it hard to let go. Colleges often downplay their need to be involved on some level. But if each knows their role and strives to stay within those boundaries, the college experience will be more enjoyable and less stressful for all involved. What students can ...

Posted April 8, 2016, 9:35 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
study tips high school college organization

Perhaps you will be taking one or more AP tests during the first two weeks of May. This makes April a great time to master several study hacks that can make your review sessions both more effective and more efficient. Although the best way to prepare for an AP exam is to take an AP course and to continually ready throughout the year, these hacks will help you with those final weeks of preparation. 1. Peruse a practice test. The average AP exam is two to three hours long. It typically begins with a multiple-choice section, and then continues on ...

Posted March 17, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
5 Questions to Ask the College Financial Aid Office

If you have been accepted at college, these questions will be helpful when planning your financial aid strategy and comparing offers from all the colleges that offered you admission. For juniors, these questions will be helpful when determining which colleges to apply to in the fall. If you can, take the time to schedule an appointment or call with the school's office of financial aid. They will be most willing to answer your questions. 1. What are your financial aid deadlines? In addition to deadlines for the standard financial aid applications – the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) ...

Posted March 16, 2016, 9 a.m. by James Paterson | View Comments
Thinking About College? Why Not Think About Summer Too!

If you plan to go to college, don’t let the lazy days of summer be too lazy. There is plenty you can do in July and August to help get you thinking about colleges and preparing for applications. And now is the time to start thinking about it so you can reward yourself and plan plenty of time to just veg out. First, most college timelines recommend these to-do lists, based on the year you’ve just finished: Freshman year – Start exploring the idea of college. Talk to friends or relatives about schools. Visit a campus or two and see ...

Posted March 9, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Touring colleges? Be Sure To Make These 3 Connections

A college visit is possibly the most important component of your college search. Without a visit, you are applying blind. Without a visit, you can’t know if the college is a good fit for you. And without a visit, you won’t be able to make three important personal connections: the college admissions counselors, college financial aid officers, and current college students. These three groups of people will help you make your final college choice and see you express interest in the college, which contributes to getting accepted. And, not only will these connections help during your application process, you can ...

Posted March 2, 2016, 9 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
6 Terrible Reasons to Choose a College

Congratulations! You have gone through the process of applying to a number of different colleges, and now you are beginning to receive acceptance letters. But when faced with a decision that can shape the rest of your life, what do you do? Which school do you choose? Although there are a number of great reasons to go to a certain college, there are also several terrible reasons to pick a specific college, such as: 1. “My friends will be there.” Choosing a college or university is a very personal decision. Your school should suit you academically, financially, and socially, and ...

Posted March 1, 2016, 9 a.m. by Alicia Blaisdell-Bannon | View Comments
Here’s the Skill You’ll Need in Almost Every College Classc

Spoiler alert about college: Not every class you take will require a knowledge of math, or science, or history — but almost all of them will require a basic understanding of the writing rules of the road. That’s fine if you have been a talented writer all your life, starting with that adorable poem about wanting to be a hedgehog that you wrote for Mrs. Anderson in the second grade. But for those of you for whom writing is a difficult task, the never-ending stream of written assignments might seem downright daunting. But it doesn’t have to be, if you ...

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