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 …

Tips for Getting Your Application Noticed

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Take a holistic approach when completing your application. There are so many factors that will contribute to your acceptance and you need to organize your four years of high school in an effective manner. You, along with your parents, teachers, and counselors will be instrumental in helping the college rep understand your personal values, academic accolades, work ethic, and individual …

Financial Mistakes to Avoid During Your Freshman Year

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Let’s face it: college is expensive. If you planned carefully before entering your freshman year, chances are you will still have some (hopefully minimal) debt by the time you graduate. That debt, if you play your cards right, should only apply to your tuition and nothing more. The following are some tips on avoiding those extra financial mistakes so many …

Choosing Clubs and Activities on Campus

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You’ve probably heard the old adage, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” You’ve heard it for a good reason. It rings true for many people. Participating in clubs and activities on campus can enable you to broaden your social network, which may accordingly lead to increased and/or improved employment opportunities. More importantly, you’re more apt to feel …

How to Work with Your Student Advisor Effectively

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By Corban Sanchez Working with your college advisor is a lot like working with your high school guidance counselor. A big difference is that, like the rest of the college experience, you’re expected to be more independent and take the initiative to seek the guidance and support you need. Colleges want to graduate competent people who, among other things, can …

Laundry Tips for the Laundry Room

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College is a time of gaining more independence, and for some, that may mean doing their own laundry for the first time in a shared laundry room.  So if you need help with your course load, this blog isn’t for you, but it will help you with some tips on your laundry loads and if all else fails, call home, …