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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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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Tips that Can Help you get Admitted to College



College acceptance rates are as low as 6%, not a high percentage! This is probably due to the huge numbers of students who are now applying to college. So how can you improve your chances for college admission?

Here are a few simple but effective tips that help you get admitted to college.

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Need Help with the ACT?

The ACT is different from the SAT. Wrong answers do not count against you in ACT scoring. For this reason you want to answer every question to raise the possibility of right answers for higher scoring. That means you must get through the whole test. But, the test is long. There are 60 questions on the math section, and you have 60 minutes to complete this section–only one minute per question. The English section has 75 questions that have to be completed in 45 minutes!

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The College Essay: Prompt #2 on the Common Application

There are five prompts offered for your choice on the Common Application. You must select one to write to. One of the best prompts to choose is prompt # 2: Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?


All college essays are personal essays. Of course, colleges want you to write an essay so they can assess your writing ability. However, there is another very important goal colleges have in asking applicants to write a personal essay and that goal is to learn about you above and beyond all the data you have submitted on the rest of your college application: grades, coursework, recommendations, test scores, honors and awards, etc. They want to understand who you are and how you might fit in their college community.

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How to do an Athletic Recruiting Video for your College Applications

A recruiting or highlight video can help get a college coach’s attention. This in turn can help you get a college admission and even an athletic scholarship. But, a poor video can also take a shot right into the trash barrel.

Here is some advice about making a good recruiting video:
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The ACT is Changing

The ACT has become the most widely used college admission test, but to keep up with the SAT it, too, is headed for a redesign that will come out in early 2016.
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Help for Athletes Applying to College

Student athletes who are beginning the college application process should know how to promote themselves and increase their chances for being recruited to the college of their choice.
We suggest you start early by getting in touch with the coach first so you are showing initiative and determination. Don’t wait for coaches to contact you; they may not!
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Watch Out! Your College ID Card May be a Debit Card!

When students receive financial aid, they can receive the funds in several ways. Tuition and room and board could be paid to their college directly, or the monies might go to the student who then pays his or her college bills. Either way, monies for books and other college costs do have to go into student hands, and many colleges are doing so by loading their student college ID cards with financial aid funds. Then the student ID becomes a debit card or a pre-paid cash card.

These cards can be convenient and do allow students to manage their own financial aid monies, but there is big catch that most students are not aware of with these cards.
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