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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Stay in Touch with Your College over the Summer

You are on summer break! Well-deserved, and enjoy it! Still,…you may be starting to feel a bit bored or you may be a little stressed thinking about “getting academic” again in just two months and re-acclimating.

Here are some ways you can be off campus and still feel connected.
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The College Application Essay: A Very Important Piece of your Application

Maybe you’re focused on building your resume with activities, awards, work, experiences, travel, and volunteerism. Perhaps you are studying to take your SAT or ACT tests. You may be working to get the best GPA yet—all in preparation to get that college admission notification by spring.

But, you might have overlooked something, one of the most important parts of your college application–the college essay. Or, should I mention ESSAYS!

What? I have to write more than one essay. Yes, that could be. Here are essays many colleges have you write to as part of your application.
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Advice for College Freshmen

It’s totally new! The fall of your first year in college can be a huge adjustment. To make the most of your college experience you have to take some steps on your own.

Here is some advice for college freshmen to help make their new college community a home.
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College is Accessible for Everyone

Is getting into a top-ranked college the only option for success? What if you can’t pay for a selective college education, or what if you don’t know what career you’re aiming for? What then?

 

There are really many possibilities for you still. Here are some myths about going to college in order to have a successful life.
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The Job Market for College Graduates

There is both good and bad news for job prospects for college graduates. Which do you want first?

Let’s start with the bad news.
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The Summer Before your First Year in College

Prepare, prepare, prepare. Yes, the summer after graduation from high school is not just fun and games. It is the best time to prepare for a successful four years in college.
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Advice for College Students

Going to college may seem like your obligation is only to go to class and have some fun. Actually, college is both a privilege and an opportunity. Many college students do not see that what they get out of college is mostly up to them. Here is some good advice for college students who want to make the most of their four years on campus.
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College Essay Prompts for 2016-2017 Are Out

Although spring marks the end of one college admission cycle, another is just beginning. College applicants should already be starting to put their applications together, and one part of the college application that takes time is the personal essay. In addition to the personal essay, there are additional essays that may be required by schools. Applicants can easily write between 20 and 30 essays by the college application deadlines which start in November and run through January.

Writing all these essays while involved in both classes and activities the first two quarters of your senior year in high school can be tough…so get started early!
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Selecting a College Major

One quarter to one half of college students change their major before their first year of college has ended. Now about a third of college graduates graduate with a double major, trying to make their choice of major count.

So, how does a studnet select a college major? Most select a college major with a job in mind, and with college costs what they are today, that job needs to pay. The highest-paying college major is petroleum engineering. The lowest-paying college major is childhood education.
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Paying for a College Education? Take Your Tax Breaks!

A college education costs, on average, $24,000 a year and sometimes much more! Still, only about a third of the people paying for a college education take advantage of tax breaks.

There are two kinds of tax breaks you may be eligible for if you are paying for a college or post-high school education. The first is a tax credit, which reduces the amount of taxes you may owe. A tax deduction is a second kind of tax break. A deduction reduces the amount of income you will be taxed on.

Here are some credits and deductions you should be using on your taxes if you are going to college or have children going to college.
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