Did you know that cash gifts, which are paid directly to the college for tuition and fees (from people other than the parents) should be avoided. These gifts will be treated as a student “resource” and a dollar-for-dollar deduction in financial aid.
One of the most important issues in choosing a college is often the most overlooked: the safety and security of your collegiate environment. Different universities handle safety differently, depending on their location and campus size.
Figuring out what to do for work is a process that happens over time, rather than a single one-time decision. Career planning is a developmental, thought-provoking process. You must examine yourself: your interests, your temperament, and your values. You then need to think about what you want in a job.
If you think four years of college is expensive, try five. You may hear jokes about fifth-year seniors, but the extra time and money you’ll spend on an additional year in college is serious. Not only will you pay another year’s worth of tuition, textbook costs, campus fees and other education expenses, but you won’t be earning money in your first job or getting started in graduate school.
Being friendly to your professors can pay off big at the end of the semester. Remember, the professor is the person who determines what grade you are going to get, so it’s better to be on good terms with them. Many students just show up for class and never talk to their professor, so by putting in a little extra effort you can stand out from all of the “other” students.
According to a survey of student loan applicants by loan provider Nellie Mae, 83 percent of college undergrads use credit cards and the average card debt was $2,327 in 2001. Furthermore, the college students surveyed steadily increased usage rates and balances. From freshman to senior year, the average debt load more than doubled and number of cards held nearly tripled.
One of the most important issues in choosing a college is often the most overlooked: the safety and security of your collegiate environment. Universities handle safety differently, depending on their location and campus size. A college located in a major city might be more aggressive about safety than a school in the suburbs (however, don’t assume that safety is a non-issue in suburban locations).
Success in college and a career is a process which includes taking the time to find out and build upon the important aspects in students’ interests and abilities. This will pay off in excelled opportunities later.
Colleges are now using social networking sites to recruit students through posting pages about their school. At the same time, however, many of these same colleges may be looking at the student’s social networking page (Facebook, MySpace, etc.) to get a better idea about the student as a candidate for their school. Keep this in mind when posting things (comments, pictures, etc.) on a social networking account.
Do you find it difficult to keep your spending under control? It isn’t an uncommon problem, and for many people, spending money makes them feel good. But like most things, you need to practice moderation. The best way to do this is by creating a budget. A budget will help you itemize, track, and see where your money goes. While this is a good start, it won’t cure your overspending habits.
Now that summer is in full swing, remember to stay motivated in your college planning activities before the school year starts up again. Here are some ways to stay on top of your college to-do list and have some summertime fun. Remember anything you do that reflects service, leadership or being a part of a group can be added to your list of activities on you resume.
Make sure as you move into the summer that you are doing everything possible to organize and inform yourself of tasks that need to be completed before the next school year. Make a calendar of what to expect and pencil in items for action on specific dates. Here are a few important topics to consider for each stage of planning you are at.
Not only do internships reveal viable career paths through hands-on learning experiences, they give a student an edge over their competition when it comes to applying for jobs. You may have a killer cover letter, a stellar grade point average and glowing recommendations from your professors, but in today’s competitive market, employers are ever watchful for the new hire that knows how to jump right in and start running with the ball.
Recommendation letters are often used by students during college admissions and job applications. Some graduate schools may even require prospective students to have at least two letters of recommendation during admissions.
Ahwatukee Girl Scout Troop 470 is participating in a project to earn the gold award by creating a garden for Early Language Learning and Arts (ELLA) Studio Preschool. The goal of the garden is to create a sustainable project that can teach kids about nature.