Student Life

Winter Break Goals

No Comments 15 December 2017

Congratulations – you made it to winter break! Your hard work over the last semester paid off and now your top priority should be to spend time with loved ones and enjoy the holidays. However, you’ll thank yourself later if you manage to squeeze in some extra college preparation during break. It doesn’t — and shouldn’t — be time consuming, either. Here are a few little things you can do to give yourself a leg up!

Add to your college list – Whether you are a freshman looking to get a head start on the college search or a senior looking to expand your college list before application deadlines, it’s not too late to still add colleges to your list. When you have some free time, peruse the colleges section on College Greenlight. Make sure you have a good mix of safety, match, and reach schools on your list.

Read a book – You deserve a break after finishing this semester, but you should still keep your mind active. Reading a great book is a good way to do this! If you choose a book that interests you, it will allow you to keep your mind moving while doing something enjoyable. Now that sounds like a win-win to us!

Gather application materials – If you’re applying to college soon, take this time to get your application materials ready. Make sure transcripts and letters of recommendation are good to go. Find someone you trust to edit your application essay. Double check application deadlines. Basically, set yourself up for success when you go to hit the ‘submit’ button!

Apply to scholarships – You can never have too many scholarships! Really buckle down during winter break and apply to every scholarship you are eligible for. Keep your College Greenlight profile updated and we’ll bring the scholarships right to you.

Relax – You made it through this past semester, and that’s a really big deal! Find a balance between college prep and relaxation. If you feel recharged for next semester, you will be more likely to succeed!

 

Work

Working a Part-Time Job in High School

No Comments 30 August 2017

Working a part-time job in high school has many benefits. Here are a few reasons why you should consider working in high school.

Impress colleges. Most colleges like seeing a part-time job on a student’s application. Balancing work with your studies shows that you can handle multiple commitments. Being a student that takes initiative will give you a leg up over other applicants.

Money for college. Working a part-time job in high school can help you to get money for college in more ways than one. You can save money from each paycheck to put it away from college. Some jobs even offer employees college scholarships. Talk to your manager to see if that is an option for you.

Time management. Balancing school, homework, extracurricular activities and a job can be stressful at times. But the odds are that you will be needing to balance even more in college. That’s why developing time management skills will be vital to succeeding in college. Time management will be an important skill to have moving into a career after graduation as well.

Networking. As the saying goes, it’s all about who you know. Someone you meet at this job might be an alumnus of a college you are interested in. They can help you get connections or give you tips for your application. Keep in touch with the people you work with because they might have friends who can help you land a job after college.

Find a new passion. Unsure of what you want to study in college? Your part-time job in high school might help you figure it out. Working a few different jobs through out college will give you a sense of what you like or do not like. Just be sure to keep an open mind because what you find might surprise you.

Family

Improving College Outcomes for Students who are Single Parents

No Comments 02 August 2017

It is much harder for single parents to graduate with a bachelor’s degree than students without children. According to an analysis of data from the Beginning Postsecondary Students longitudinal study, only a fifth of single parents earn a bachelor’s degree in six years, much lower than the two thirds of students who are not single parents.

Single parents who are students also tend to graduate with more student loan debt. College graduates who are single parents are 25 percent more likely to graduate with student loan debt than students who are not single parents and the average debt is about a fifth greater.

Students who are single parents also are likely to work full time, making it harder to focus on their studies. They are bogged down with earning a living, paying for childcare and managing within the schedules of babysitters. Students who work more than 12 hours a week are much less likely to graduate than those who don’t.

There are easy fixes to helping students who are single parents graduate. They include the following:

  • Providing affordable childcare on campus. Colleges often provide this service for faculty and staff and it should be extended to students. The care can range depending on the age of a child. After-school programs are appropriate for older children while toddlers and babies will need daycare.
  • Set up on-campus housing and transportation for students with families. Living on campus makes it easier for students to get to class and other academic functions. If a student lives off campus, they might have to miss classes or study sessions because of distance. Additionally, colleges can help provide transportation for students who live off campus.
  • Flexible class options. Students with children need classes in the evenings and the flexibility to schedule around work and childcare. Colleges should evaluate these options and work with students to ensure they can meet their needs at home and in the classroom.

For more insights, see How to Improve College Success for Single Students with Children.

Clubs, Student Life

Should You Go Greek?

No Comments 10 July 2017

Greek life is a huge part of the college experience for some students. Consider these points to see if Greek life is for you.

Fraternities and sororities support philanthropies. Philanthropy is a cause, such as domestic violence awareness, that Greeks fundraise and volunteer with. Every national Greek organization has its own unique philanthropy. This is a huge part of Greek life — attending philanthropy events and volunteer hours often are required from every member.

You can pursue leadership opportunities. Every sorority and fraternity has an executive board made up of its members. You will be able to run for one of these positions. This responsibility will help you to develop leadership skills and look good on a resume.

Greek life promotes lifelong friendships. One of the biggest draws to Greek life for many people is the opportunity to meet new people. As a member of Greek life, you spend a lot of time with your fraternity brothers or sorority sisters. You inevitability will find new friends within this group. You also will have the opportunity to make new friends through other sororities and fraternities.

You will have no choice but to learn time management. Greek life is fun, but it also is a big time commitment. In addition to social events, members have weekly chapter meetings, required study hours and volunteer requirements. This means you will need to adopt time management skills to make this work. You’ll be able to carry these skills with you throughout the rest of college and your professional life.

Greek life offers a professional network. When you join a sorority or fraternity, you are a member for life. As you are searching for a job after college, you can utilize your Greek connections. Connect with alumni from your chapter who are in the field you wish to pursue. They can introduce you to the right people and potentially help to find you a job.

Student Life

How to Prepare for the School Year

No Comments 12 June 2017

The school year will be here before you know it. Here’s how you can prepare for the upcoming academic year this summer.

Purchase your school supplies early. Sure, the last thing you want to do this early in summer is to purchase school supplies. But the later you wait, the more picked over things will be. That’ll cause unnecessary stress. Get your supplies early.

Keep reading. Don’t let your brain go to waste. Keep it active by reading. If you have a reading list to work through, start early and mix in other books you want to read for fun.

Research your classes. Learn your class schedule so you know where to go on your first day. Read up on your classes as well. Familiarize yourself with the class description, start to learn the reading list and know the expectations. This way you’re not going in blind and will have a leg up for your classes.

Keep a normal sleep schedule. Your sleep schedule will change during the summer but don’t let that go on for too long. If you wait until the last minute, it’ll be too hard to readjust. Starting off sleep deprived is not a great way to begin the academic year.

Relax and recharge. The school year can be long – you deserve a break. See movies, go to the beach and spend time with your family. You’ll feel ready to tackle the next school year if you feel relaxed.

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