College Roommate 101

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Living with someone else can be very challenging, especially if you have never met the person and did not have much say on who you would be living with. Colleges and Universities will try to match you up with your ideal roommate, but living with someone else while you are figuring out how to be a college student can still …

What to Consider When Applying Test-Optional

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History The option to apply to colleges test-optional first occurred in 2001 when the President of the University of California recommended that colleges stop using standardized test scores as an admission requirement. Test-optional has been around for more than two decades for some schools, but in the last three years and the wake of COVID-19, it has become a viable …

Help Your Student Determine What College is For: Ask Powerful Questions

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Megan G. Bernard, PhD  Founder, Kairos College Success Consulting You can help your child thrive in the complex, sometimes overwhelming college environment. Asking questions can create space for them to articulate what matters to them, why it is important, and how their experiences in college can relate to those priorities. Intrinsic, personal motivations for pursuing an education are positively correlated with college …

How to Decline a College Acceptance?

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How difficult that decision can be! If the choice was not made crystal clear by your love for one school over the other or a significantly better financial offer, you might be feeling a bit sad about having to choose the “better” of two or more great options. Such is life! Because we can’t see the future, we must embrace …

Work/School Balance

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Many college students have jobs. Working is a great way for students to develop transferable skills, which could lead to a job after graduating from college. Here are some tips on finding a job in college and maintaining a balance with your studies: Look for a job on campus.a. You can search online job boards, check out the career center, …

Decoding College Lingo

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Higher education comes with its own rules, culture, and language. If you have not been to college in the past ten years, it has changed a lot. There are so many acronyms and politically correct ways to say things that can cause a lot of confusion when you are trying to figure out if this is the right school for …

Common Student Loan Mistakes

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Taking out student loans tends to be a “given” for many students and a given you feel you don’t need to think about until after college. While that is partially true, do not make these mistakes: Using a student loan to go a college that expensive. A good way to think about it is this: the amount of money you …

Is Community College Right for Me?

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Well, that depends. Many variables go into making the all-important college decision. Most of all, the question at the heart of the answer lies in your academic, social and financial reality, along with your aspirations. Are you a student that might not have it all figured out right now but know that you want to do something grand with your …

Why Letters of Recommendation for College are Important?

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Colleges consider many factors when reviewing an applicant’s application file, most of which consist of numbers and figures. Letters of recommendation, however, can provide admission officers with information about you that is not provided anywhere else in your application. Because of this, letters of recommendation can be the determining factor in your admission decision.  Letters of recommendation can reveal a …