5 Questions for Juniors to Ask to Prepare for College

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What classes should I be taking in high school in order to prepare me for college and my anticipated major? Students should be focusing on taking your 5 core classes each year, and then supplementing with classes that may introduce you to your preferred major. For example, students should be taking a course in English, Language, Mathematics, Science, and Social …

Writing a Winning Scholarship Essay

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By: Lauren Benters, School Counselor Scholarship essays are a good way for you to earn a few thousand dollars here and there to help offset student loans. Here are a few tips to help you write essays that win. Research the scholarship you are applying for. What are the values behind the scholarship? What is the organization/scholarship stand for? That …

Being a Part of Your Class

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Big campus, small campus, or anything in between, you will need to become a part of your class and college community. Often I will hear students cease talking about their goals when they discuss the college-application process. There is almost a vibe that once they get in, they are set. Yes – being accepted into college is a huge deal, …

Time Management

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Time management and organization are key skills to college success. College is much different than high school. In high school, your schedule is planned out for you and you know you’ll be in school pretty much between the hours of 7:30am and 3:00pm. In college, your schedule can vary drastically. You might have a class schedule that resembles something like …

Being Your Own Advocate

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Congratulations! You are about to start your first year of college. It is an exciting, yet nerve-wracking time and you may experience some challenges as you adjust to your new environment. One of the most important skills you should practice in order to make your transition successful is self-advocacy. In order to be an excellent student, you must be able …

Eating Cheaply in College

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  We all know college is extremely expensive, so try not to add to the cost! If you are that person who needs Starbucks every day, frequents Jimmy Johns, or Pot Belly’s – you must stop immediately! Let’s say you get a $4 Starbuck’s coffee twice a week for the year; that’s over $400 a year! That same money could …

High School Athletes Navigating Through the Recruiting Process

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Whether you’re a stud freshmen playing on a varsity team or an average freshman playing on the freshman team, the recruiting process takes time and effort if you want to receive an athletic scholarship. I suggest you start having conversations with your coaches and counselors starting in your sophomore year of high school. The sooner you begin the process, the …

What do I want to be when I grow up?

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How many times do you think you are asked that question in a day, week or month? When arriving at family parties and well-meaning grandparents, aunts or uncles inquire about your life goals and aspirations. Sometimes when faced with such a heavy, major decision, human nature can tend to cause us to retreat, deflect, avoid or exaggerate the many options …

Top 10 Tips for College Success

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“Growing up happens in a heartbeat. One day you’re in diapers, the next day you’re gone. But the memories of childhood stay with you for the long haul.” -The Wonder Years High school graduation marks the end of childhood, and a transition into the nascent stage of adulthood. As with every phase of growing up, you embark on an emotional …