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How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay

No Comments 06 September 2017

Here are some tips for writing a scholarship essay that can earn you free money for college.

Read the prompt. Sure, this might seem obvious. It is vital that you understand exactly what is expected of you. Every sentence and paragraph of your essay should support the prompt.

Plan, plan, plan. Your scholarship essay should not be written the night before the application is due. Begin research a week before you intend to send in your application. After you have gathered your research, schedule when you plan to write. Your essay will be less stressful go in with a game plan.

Add some heart. Whatever the essay prompt is, find a way to make it personal. Tie it back to your life. This will be the best way to make your essay memorable and stick out to the scholarship committee. Your life story is different than the other applicants, so make the scholarship administrator feel it.

Tie it to your ambitions. It’s important to get personal but a scholarship essay is supposed to help you get to college. Be sure your academic goals are clearly stated. You can go above and beyond and talk about your plan after college.

Find an editor. It’s always smart to have a second set of eyes on any essay before you submit it. Find someone you trust, such as your friend who excels at writing or an adult mentor, and ask them to give your essay a look. They might offer feedback you didn’t think of.

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Colleges with Amazing Dorms

No Comments 14 August 2017

Most dorms are four walls and a bed, but some colleges have been building nicer dorms that cater to students. Take a look at these amazing college dorms across the country.

University of Arizona

The Hub at Tucson

The Hub at Tucson is college luxury. Rooms have private bedrooms and bathrooms, walk-in closets and a washer and dryer. The residence hall has amenities as gaming room, a gym and a spa for all residents to enjoy.

University of Florida

Ivy House                                                                                               

If you are a female student attending University of Florida, you should check out Ivy House. Each dorm is equipped with with a sun deck, a jacuzzi, a living room with a fireplace and big screen tv and a gourmet kitchen. The residence hall is close to campus and happens to be cheaper than other housing options.

University of Cincinnati

Morgens Hall

These dorm rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows that offer beautiful views of the campus. These windows also offer a unique eco-friendly feature that allows each unit to be individually heated or cooled. Windows can be adjusted to opaque to keep the light out.

Yale University

Durfee Hall

This residence hall is full of history. Part of Gilmore Girls was filmed in this building and Anderson Cooper stayed here during his first year at Yale. Each room is adorned with wood paneled-walls and its own fireplace. You can find the Durfee Sweet Shop on the ground level on the building to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Pomona College

Sontag & Pomona Hall

This building won the Builder’s Choice and Custom Home Design awards in 2013. The residence hall has eco-friendly features such as low water use fixtures and daylight sensors. The building also offers a drop-down movie screen and a rooftop patio garden.


Back-to-School Shopping on a Budget

No Comments 31 July 2017

No matter if you are in high school or college, back-to-school shopping is expensive. Here are some tips for back-to-school shopping on a budget.

Make a budget. Select day or two for back to school shopping and put it on your calendar. That way, you will avoid waiting until the last minute and paying whatever price you need to get a certain item. You also should set a budget.

Check what you already have at home. Make an extensive list of the supplies you will need for the upcoming school year. Check to see if you have anything on that list lying around the house. Do you have a few extra notebooks? Set them aside. Did you find an extra desk lamp? Pack it for your dorm room.

Shop the sales. Multi-purpose stores such as Target typically have back to school sales starting at this point in the summer. Keep an eye out online or in the newspaper to see when these sort of sales start, and pick up as many things as possible. The earlier you go, the more you have to choose from. When it comes to college, the most important sort of sale you can shop is discounted textbooks. College textbooks are necessary, but notoriously expensive. It’s vital that you learn how to find the best deal.

Set limits. It’s natural to want the best of the best. But is it always necessary? No. For example, when you are in high school, you do not need an expensive set of pens to get the job done. You can easily find a larger pack of pens for just a couple of dollars. Depending on the college and specific major, you might be required to have a laptop. Stay away from the newest model and just pick the computer that does what you need.

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Scholarships Expiring in August

No Comments 24 July 2017

Here is a list of scholarships expiring in August. Finish out the summer strong by getting some free money for college.

Melissa Read Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is for students who are currently enrolled in or actively applying for enrollment to an undergraduate program. Students are asked to submit an essay explaining the worst financial decision they have made and what they learned from it. The deadline to apply is August 1 and the scholarship award amount is $1,000.

SocialSEO Digital Marketing and SEO Scholarship – This scholarship is for students who are pursuing a degree in marketing, advertising, communications, business or finance. Applications are due August 1 and the scholarship award amount is $1,000.

ARTBA’s Student Transportation Video Contest – Applicants must create an original two- to four-minute video examining any aspect of transportation in the United States. This scholarship is worth $500. Applications are due August 15.

Financial Sumo Educational Scholarship Program – This scholarship is for any student who is currently attending an accredited college, or who will be in the fall. Applicants are asked to submit an essay addressing a struggle in their life that they are proud to have overcome, along with what this scholarship would mean to them. Applications for this scholarship are due August 29. The award amount is $1,000.

Prevent Texting and Driving Scholarship – To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must make thumb socks for your friends to wear to prevent them from texting while driving. This scholarship is worth $5,000 and applications are due August 31.

Post a Note to Brighten Someone’s Day Scholarship – Applicants can apply for this scholarship simply by posting a sticky note around their school with a note meant to brighten someone’s day. Applications are due August 31 and the scholarship award amount is $1,000.

Noplag Scholarship Essay Contest – Applicants must submit an essay of at least 700 words on a given topic. This scholarship is worth $3,500 and applications are due August 31.


What to Know Freshman Year of College

No Comments 07 July 2017

College is a whole different world than high school. Here’s what you need to know before you start your freshman year.

Time management is everything. In high school, you were given a schedule to follow. College allows you to create your own schedule. That means that it’s up to you to figure out how to succeed with that schedule. Try purchasing a planner to help you balance your classes, time for studying, and any extracurricular activity you join.

You might not become best friends with your roommate – and that’s okay. You may have a vision of you and your college roommate becoming best friends and spending all your time together. That could very well happen. But it’s okay if it doesn’t. The most important thing in your relationship with our roommate is respect and communication. Just make sure you can peacefully live side-by-side and you will make great friends elsewhere.

Use every resource available to you. Your college campus will be full of resources for you to utilize. You’ll have access to a gym, a tutoring center, a counseling center and more. Your college campus is your new home away from home. Explore it and make sure you are comfortable. Plus, many of these resources will be free of additional cost – why not take advantage of them?

You will likely get homesick. This may be your first time away from home, which means you will likely get homesick. And that’s okay. It may hit you right away, or it may hit you months later. Everyone adjusts at their own pace. It takes time to feel fully adjusted at college. Just keep in contact with your family while still working at making friends at college.

Academics come first. While being away from home for the first time may cause homesickness, it may also bring its own temptations. It’s easier and more fun to hang out with friends instead of studying. But you are in college to further your education. Classes and studying should always come before spending time with friends. Poor grades could cost you your spot at your school. It may be hard at first, but you will quickly learn to balance fun and studying.

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