Alison GrahamAlison Graham is a freshman at Indiana University, majoring in Journalism with a minor in German. Originally from Indianapolis, IN, she cannot wait to explore the massive Bloomington campus and become involved in everything IU has to offer.
Besides exploring her new Bloomington home, Alison enjoys reading and writing, playing badminton and occasionally indulging in Game of Thrones (more like constantly, to be honest). Other guilty pleasures include using laser pointers against her cats and using Pinterest to pin crafts that she will never do.
My First Week of College
Navigating through College Life
Your Major? Your Passion
Going Home for the Holidays
Calming College Nerves
Brandon HuffmanBrandon is a senior at Jim Thorpe High School in Pennsylvania. He hopes to go to college at either Vanderbilt University or University of Pennsylvania to double major in Biomedical Research and English (with a focus in creative writing, of course).
As of the end of his junior year, he was first in his class and taking as many advanced classes as he could. He is also involved in almost every club he can be, and is a manager of a local grocery store.
He began noticing his love of writing in sixth grade and after reading the Harry Potter series, fell hopelessly in love with reading and writing; thus having written his first full length novel by 16 and planning many more to come. He is currently finishing the plots for the other four books in his first series and is working on getting published.
When not focusing on school or working, he is an active participant in tennis and bowling and probably always will be. He loves reading, researching science stuff, playing drums, and playing video games – what normal teenager doesn't?
Finding Out Where You Belong
The Early Decision Debate
Laura MagerkurthLaura is a sophomore at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, where she is studying communication disorders and minoring in Spanish and disability studies. This is her third year as a student contributor for FastWeb. After getting her master's degree, she hopes to work as a speech-language pathologist and freelance writer.
When Laura isn't in class or writing about her college experiences, she is exploring Kirksville antique shops, observing therapy sessions in Truman's speech and hearing clinic, drinking lots of tea, and reading for class and for fun.
Catching some zzz's
As the Years Go By…A College Perspective
Examining the College Journey
Social Tips for the Introvert
Keeping Busy Over Break
Maya MoritzMaya Moritz is a high school junior in Westfield, New Jersey, but has lived in many other places and hopes to continue to travel for the rest of her life. She wants to be a doctor focusing on infectious disease, and also incorporate public policy into her work. She wants to major in Comparative Literature, and work anywhere (but hopefully the WHO) that allows her to travel and help people, Maya's two goals in life.
Maya loves cinema, especially movies like Donnie Darko and The Painted Veil.
She is a devoted Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Iggy Pop, and Velvet Underground fan. On TV, British comedies like Spy are favorites. Most of all, she likes to debate about anything. She likes alternative and underground music, movies, and books.
Maya does a lot of extracurriculars, like Model UN and Science Olympiad. She loves to read pieces written in unique styles, like Trainspotting and Less than Zero. She has explored short story writing and screenplay writing, and enjoys writing creatively.
Maya is looking at East Coast schools that will give her the most freedom, namely Brown, Amherst, and Wesleyan, and hopes to document all the successes and failures of her college search experience.
A Student's Perspective on Test Prep
The Stages of College Essay Writing
College Choice Considerations
Kara NelsonKara Nelson is a college junior majoring in English at the University of Hawaii-Hilo, with a minor in Communication (which might become a double major!). Kara keeps busy since she has a part-time job, makes and sells photo-greeting cards, and volunteers as a music coordinator/pianist at a local church. Kara also is the Kalamalama Big Island Correspondent for Hawaii Pacific University's student paper, for which she writes about old and new Hawaii attractions on the beautiful island where she was born and raised. She recently did a ten-day study tour in Japan representing the University of Hawaii System.
Kara enjoys spending time with friends and family, writing fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, eating food, reading, photography, playing piano, and singing in the car, at work, and at home…and at school, if the coast is clear!
Planning for Success
Exploring Study Abroad Opportunities
The Joys and Woes of a Commuter
Kizzy PrestonKizzy Preston is a writer and a dreamer. She is passionate about providing inspiration and resources to help adults of every age achieve their goals and dreams.
Kizzy graduated from Chatham University with a Master's degree in Professional Writing. She received her Bachelor's degree in English Language and Literature from Southern New Hampshire University.
When she's not writing, Kizzy reads as if her life depends on it, watches television way too much (Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Glee), and obsesses over Ph.D. program applications.
Kizzy is hard at work on her first novel.
Finding a Part-Time Job to Fit Your Schedule
You Have Student Loan Debt - Now What?
College Life Versus the "Real" World
Preparing for a Successful Job Interview
Paige SheffieldPaige is a senior at Mason High School, where she writes for her school newspaper and works as an editor at her school's writing center. She really enjoys making things up, but when she job shadowed at a local newspaper during her sophomore year, she realized her passion for journalism. Though she still struggles to live in reality all of the time, she loves discovering and exposing the raw truth. She dreams of working as a columnist, and hopes to study either communications or journalism in college.
When she's not pouring her heart out into a novel, a poem, or an article, you can find her sipping chai tea lattes, listening to all kinds of music, laughing at her own jokes, volunteering in her community, and going to zumba classes. She looks forward to experiencing this college admissions journey with other students, while also helping and inspiring them along the way.
Personalizing Your College Visit
The Battle: College Applications vs. Academics
My Scholarship Search
AP Classes: It's About More than Credit
Jamie VincentJamie Vincent is a senior at Herkimer High School in central New York state. She is the editor of her school newspaper and the recipient of two Scholastic Writing Awards. She plans on majoring in Creative Writing in college (wherever that ends up being), and hopes to someday be able to write full time. Jamie loves writing moderately nerdy futuristic fiction and reading anything that's good! (She has recently discovered the very talented David Mitchell, but her all-time favorites remain J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Series and Chris Paolini's Inheritance Cycle.)
Besides writing novels, Jamie's passions include the Dave Matthews Band, the film adaptation of Pride & Prejudice (the 2005 version!), and dreaming about college and the world beyond! She is excited to share with fellow students in the thrilling and nerve-racking process of applying to and choosing a college.
Reprioritizing College Applications
Atlas Shrugged, and Then Offered a Scholarship
Conquering It All
The Reality of Senioritis
Diane WonDiane Won enrolls at Torrance High School as a junior, in the beloved "Golden State" of California. Diane does her best in school; some have called her an "over-achiever." Regarding extra-curricular activities, for one, Diane has recently joined the school-wide newspaper.
Writing has been a hobby for Diane since she was a wee child. Creating little tales since she was ten years of age, writing has been a vent for Diane's overflowing imagination. Writing serves as a stress-ball of sorts as well; Diane can jot down her feelings and release some anxiety, for instance.
As for fun facts, girly girl that she is, Diane enjoys shopping for clothes and shoes. Another favorite pastime of Diane is hanging out with her family along with her friends. Diane likes to hang about the outdoors, especially the beach. She spends much of her time walking along the shorelines of her resident beach, Redondo. Likewise, Diane finds exercise to be significant in her life; she also strives to consume healthier foods in her pursuit of well-being.
Presently, Diane wishes to attend a UC establishment for her life after high school, where she anticipates studying psychology in addition to journalism.
Race to the Future via the College Fair
Eyes on the Prize: Recommendation Letters
Ace Everything! Studying 101
Stay Strong! Your College Dream Awaits