Make Your Next Four Years in College a Success

First-year college students are beginning to settle in. We wish you the best of luck on your college career. But, we also want you to be a wise scholar! Today, a college degree is not all that is needed for a successful future. You next four years in college should be a time of study and learning, but you should consider more.

Here is some advice for college students to use their time as best they can:
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Trouble Paying Back your Student Loans?

The sad weight of what you have borrowed to go to college comes down hard after college graduation. Some grads have trouble paying off those loans. The question, then, becomes. “Is there any relief?”
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How to Deal with Phone Interviews

More and more often you may be asked to do a phone interview. It may be after you graduate from college and are applying for your first job. Employers are using the phone to narrow down their candidate list to save time and money for the next step, the face-to-face interview. You may also have to do a phone interview for a college application, especially if you are applying to a college that requires an interview and you live far away from the campus.
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Social Media Counts for College Applicants

Admission officials do look into applicants’ social media profiles—about 35% do. To snoop? Not so much, but they do look to ferret out additional details about students…and, maybe…evaluate a student’s judgment and character.
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Consider Cost and Environment when Looking for Colleges

Even though the average cost for tuition, fees, and room and board was $29,408 in 2013, students can matriculate for less. But, less does not have to mean giving up quality nor comfortable and stimulating environments.

Here are 5 campuses that offer reasonable rates and desirable campus living across the United States.
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How to Write to the Fifth Common Application College Essay Prompt

The last, or fifth prompt, on the Common Application you can choose to write to for your personal college essay is below:

Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.


The first step in preparing to write for this prompt is to choose the event or accomplishment. What you must think about is an event, or accomplishment, that has helped you grow as a person. Growth is usually about change, mostly for the good, so you must identify what caused that growth. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Write to the Fourth Essay Prompt on the Common Application

The fourth choice you have on the Common Application for your college essay follows:
Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?

Many students like this prompt because most have a favorite spot or a refuge from the stresses of life. This prompt can also refer to imaginary places and to general surroundings, that is, types of settings, not one specific place.
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3 Ways to Celebrate High School or College Graduation

Graduation is a time to celebrate current accomplishments as well as the promise of the future. Unfortunately, the weeks leading up to the commencement ceremony can be incredibly stressful, especially for high school students studying for AP exams and college students preparing for the LSAT, the MCAT, or other graduate work.
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Let’s Look at the Third Common Application Essay Prompt

The third essay choice for college applicants on the Common Application is about a challenge of an idea you have had or a belief you have held. Here it is:

Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

This question is vague, but do not let it intimidate you. Think of it as an opportunity to write about almost anything! What you write about could be personal or world-shattering. For example, in your personal realm, you might wonder why you are asked to make your bed every day. On the world stage you may have questioned why world peace doesn’t seem achievable.
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Tax Breaks for Recent College Graduates

You have just graduated from college and have your first full-time job. You are actually making money. But, you are also paying taxes. As a recent graduate, you can reduce the amount of taxes you have to pay on your first real wages with these tax hints.
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Common Application Prompt #1: How to Write the College Essay

Here is the first prompt on the Common Application for you to choose to respond to for your 650 word college application essay:
Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

This prompt is wide-open, giving any writer the great opportunity to write almost anything she or he chooses, no restrictions. However, this prompt is also scary. It is so open and so vague that its lack of direction can really stymie an applicant.

So let’s look at some important words in the prompt to get you started, to unfreeze you. Those words are: [your] application would be incomplete without it.

What do the words in the prompt imply?
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