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Friday 03/28/2014
1st year in the dorms is most important
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 5:46 pm

It was my first year at the University of Arizona and I spent it housed in the Yuma dorm, Room 306. Going from a small charter school to living in a dorm with more people than I graduated high school with could be considered a bit of a “culture shock.” There are so many dynamics to the dorm experience, starting with the reputation of the dorm you’re about to inhabit and the small 10-foot-by-10-foot dorm room you’ll be sharing with one or possibly more human beings. You’d be surprised how cramped a small room for two can feel when you introduce a roommate’s girlfriend (or boyfriend for the ladies) to the equation. Not to mention what it’s like to have to share bathrooms with and fight for laundry space with a floor’s worth of people. It may test your patience and gross tolerance levels, but if you do it right it’ll turn out to be one of the neatest experiences of your life and a chance to develop some life-long relationships.

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Saturday 10/13/2012
Financial must knows for college students, parents
Posted: October 13, 2012

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.

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Friday 09/28/2012
Memorization techniques help all students learn
Updated: November 05, 2012 - 4:56 pm

Memorization techniques are helpful in many situations. For high school and college students, learning these techniques will help to get ahead and stay ahead in class work and studies.

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Saturday 09/15/2012
Think safety 1st when choosing a college
Updated: January 15, 2013 - 10:28 am

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.

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Saturday 09/08/2012
Career tips for college students
Updated: November 05, 2012 - 4:56 pm

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.

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Saturday 09/01/2012
Four ways to graduate college in 4 years
Updated: October 11, 2012 - 4:43 pm

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.

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Sunday 08/26/2012
Tips for getting to know your college professors
Updated: October 16, 2012 - 12:00 pm

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.

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Saturday 08/18/2012
Top 10 SAT, ACT test-taking tips
Updated: October 15, 2012 - 11:56 am

It can be nerve-wracking to take these tests, so follows are the top 10 SAT and ACT test-taking tips:

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Saturday 08/11/2012
10 financial tips for college students
Updated: October 15, 2012 - 11:56 am

For many, going to college is the first experience handling their own finances. Follows are 10 tips to help make it easier:

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Saturday 08/04/2012
Bad credit sends more students packing than poor grades
Updated: October 15, 2012 - 11:56 am

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.

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Sunday 07/22/2012
When touring schools it’s important to check the safety on campus
Updated: January 15, 2013 - 10:28 am

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).

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Saturday 07/07/2012
Finding a college major and career building strategies
Updated: October 15, 2012 - 11:56 am

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.

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Saturday 06/30/2012
How to set boundaries
Updated: April 04, 2013 - 2:34 pm

Saying “yes” when you mean “no” is common when you lack boundaries. And when you lack boundaries and self-confidence, saying no is next to impossible.

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Saturday 06/23/2012
Social networking sites being used by more colleges
Updated: October 15, 2012 - 11:56 am

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.

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Saturday 06/16/2012
Keeping a budget throughout college, for a lifetime is smart
Updated: October 15, 2012 - 11:56 am

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.

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Saturday 06/09/2012
Summer college preparation can be fun
Updated: October 15, 2012 - 11:56 am

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.

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Saturday 05/26/2012
Picking a college, career are major tasks in life
Updated: July 05, 2012 - 9:52 pm

Here are a few interesting facts for those looking to college and choosing a degree.

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Saturday 05/19/2012
Are parents responsible for educational loans?
Updated: June 30, 2012 - 11:40 pm

Parents are not responsible for any federal student loans (Stafford and/or Perkins). However, they are responsible for the federal plus loans and any other alternative loans that require a co-signer.

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Saturday 05/05/2012
Preparing to simplify your life
Updated: June 30, 2012 - 11:40 pm

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.

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Saturday 04/28/2012
Internships create an advantage for students
Updated: June 06, 2012 - 9:09 am

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.

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