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Category: College Prep

Surviving Your Freshman Year of College

Freshmen year of college is a whirlwind. A brand new environment, filled with brand new people, brand new responsibilities, and brand new freedoms. It’s no wonder 28% of students drop out after their first year. It can be a lot to handle. We’d like to make sure you’re a part of the 62% who survive freshman year. That’s why we’re here to give you a few tips on how to help make your first year of college a successful one. Hit the Ground Running “The first day we just get the syllabus.” We know that mentality. We had that...

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Planning for College Can Save You Mountains of Cash

Why is college taking so much longer to complete these days? It’s a hard question to answer on paper. Every college is different, with different levels of rigor. Furthermore, every student is different, making it even more difficult to pinpoint a direct cause. Whatever the reason may be, when it takes extra time to graduate, it costs more money to get the degree…A lot more. Maybe having a plan can help. Pitfalls Colleges are unlikely to warn you of this (unless asked directly), but six years towards a degree has become almost as common as four. A cynical person...

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What You Need to Know Before You Decide to Volunteer

Volunteer work is not just something that looks good on a college application. It can be a deeply rewarding experience that benefits both the volunteer and those they intend to help. Knowing the best way to allocate your time is key to making your efforts do the most good. With that in mind, we have some suggestions on how to choose the best volunteer project for you. Know Your Goal Be honest with yourself. Determining why you want to volunteer will help you determine where you want to volunteer. If you’re just looking to put some shine on a...

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What to Expect When Preparing for College

Over the past 20 years, secondary education has maintained the reputation of being a necessary first professional step, as opposed to an option for furthering one’s education. As more graduated from universities, more employers began requiring college degrees from applicants (whether the job required a degree or not). The current reality is, unless you have a specific trade or specialized vocation in mind, you’ll need a college degree to be competitive in the workforce. So, how do you make that happen? Getting into the school of your choice is likely a process that will begin years before you finish...

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Decorate Your Dorm Room on a Budget: 7 Tips to Help You Save Money as You Enter College

We’re closing in on that time of year again:  back to school! As the fall semester approaches and you’re getting your belongings together to move into a dorm room or a new apartment, you probably stop and ask yourself at some point, “How am I going to decorate my room?” You’ll probably come up with an elaborate plan and then realize you don’t have both the time, money and space to do everything you want to do, but you still want your decorating to look great and up to your standards! Have no fear, there are plenty of ways...

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