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    Federal Funding 101

    Federal Funding 101
    With the reelection of President Barack Obama--to the ire of many, and the rejoice of others--he has promised to roll back tuition at many colleges, by working with congress, increase funding for federal student aid, and strengthen community colleges. Obama has declared higher education a “necessity”, and plans to work to make it a reality for everyone. He also declared that ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +10
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    Go to Class and Stay There

    Go to Class and Stay There
    Whether it’s the professor or the subject matter, there are some classes in college that students just don’t want to go to. This, however, is no excuse for not giving your best. With this in mind, I’ll be counting down (and rebutting) the top ten reasons that many students would rather stay home. 10) “I’ll go but…” Going to class doesn’t ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Keeping in Touch with Family—You’ll Miss the Home-Cooked Meals

    Keeping in Touch with Family—You’ll Miss the Home-Cooked Meals
    I am completely obsessed with my family. I wouldn’t have what anyone would call a normal family, but then again, who does? In high school, I found that the more I got to know a friend’s family, the a) more funny they became, and b) the less eccentric my own family seemed. With that in mind however, there are still many ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rated: +11
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    Scholarship "Support Groups"

    Scholarship "Support Groups"
    Do you ever get frustrated with the scholarship search? Of course you do, you’re human. You know there are a ton of scholarships out there, but sometimes you need a little support. It’s OK–we've all been there. Scholarship searches don’t have to be a lonely process. Have you ever thought about creating a scholarship club at your school? It may be ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Calming College Nerves

    Calming College Nerves
    If I remember correctly, December was about the time that my senior-in-high-school-self got a little worried about college. It’s very exciting to think about moving away and starting a new life in college, but there’s a lot of stuff to worry about, too. Well, I’m going to go through what worried me the most about college and calm you down about ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +21
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    Dealing with Rejection from College Applications

    Dealing with Rejection from College Applications
    It’s always hard when you had your heart set on a college only to get the letter through the post, ‘We are sorry to inform you that your application was unsuccessful…’ So, what happens next? It might seem like your life has ended, especially if that specific college played a huge role in your life plan. But all is not lost- ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +11
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    Finding Your Perfect Roommate Situation

    Finding Your Perfect Roommate Situation
    Most new college students seem to find that one of the biggest adjustments they have to make is having a roommate. Even if you’ve bunked with a sibling before, sleeping in the same room as a complete stranger is difficult at first. As we approach the housing sign-up season, try to keep the following questions in mind: Are you comfortable with ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +18
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    First Time Tax Filing Explained

    First Time Tax Filing Explained
    April 15th is fast approaching— the nationally dreaded tax day. But don’t despair. While this may represent a challenge if it’s your first time filing, it can also pay off big if you wind up with a refund. The long and short of it is, you won’t know if you’re owed a refund until you file. But completing the whole process ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Creative Group Halloween Costumes

    Creative Group Halloween Costumes
    You’ll obviously be spending Halloween with your best buds and/or your significant other so why not talk to your pals about collaborating on a super sweet group costume? The photos alone are worth the effort and, with so many great options, you’re friends are sure to be ready to jump on the bandwagon. Check out some of these great group costume ...
    Published 5 months ago | Rated: +29
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    Summertime ... and the Learning is Easy

    Summertime ... and the Learning is Easy
    The cherry blossoms are starting to fade and fall to the ground, reminding me that spring semester is nearly over. Summer break looms like a child’s birthday balloon buoyantly hovering above a crowded room. From this vantage point, the next 12 weeks seem like plenty of time to tackle those neglected home decorating projects, catch up on nearly 20 years of ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +6
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    The Stages of College Essay Writing

    The Stages of College Essay Writing
    In reality, thousands of other students applying for college will have similar grades, a comparable GPA and extracurriculars, so perhaps the only way to truly individualize your application is your essay. Your grades are most likely not funny, sentimental, quirky, deep or moving, but your essay can be. Moreover, the student with a 4.0 could be the most diligent Game of ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +18
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    How to Take Action this August

    How to Take Action this August
    You’ve got some time before school is back in session. You can either loaf like a bump on a log or make August your month of action. May we suggest the latter? Once the school year rolls around, you’ll be ecstatic that you made the effort. Trust us, we’re experts in this stuff. So, what should I be doing, you ask? ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +15
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    European Spring Break

    European Spring Break
    Spending spring break in Europe isn’t as expensive as you think. In fact, you can get a flight as well as five nights in a hotel for less than $500. You just have to know where to look. Travel tips for: London Paris Amsterdam Barcelona London Hop across the pond this spring break to foggy London town. Heralded as one of ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +43
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    Save Money on Graduation Expenses

    Save Money on Graduation Expenses
    You’d think that graduation would actually save money but, in reality, it can become quite expensive. Between filing fees, the cap and gown, announcements and invitations, party planning and gifts, costs can really begin to add up. When it comes to graduation, celebrate to your heart’s content – the key is to be creative to save a little dough in the ...
    Published 11 months ago | Rated: +26
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    Where’s the (Homecoming) Party At?

    Where’s the (Homecoming) Party At?
    Where to Find the Hottest Homecomings Homecoming season is upon us. But which schools boast the biggest and best homecoming bashes around? Here are our top picks for Homecomings across the country. Howard University Homecoming There’s a reason Howard’s Homecoming is mentioned in the rap lyrics of hip hop stars like Ludacris and Biggie. And yes, it does live up to ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +3
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    The Meaning Behind Community Service

    The Meaning Behind Community Service
    I have always wanted to have my own talk show, so I'm just going to pretend that I have one right now. Hello faithful audience and at-home viewers! Welcome to The Alison Show! Today we are going to be discussing a serious topic, one that will give you great life experiences, impressive things to put on your college application, wonderful essay ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +14
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    Senior Year Cost WHAT?!

    Senior Year Cost WHAT?!
    Everyone looks forward to the final couple of years of high school: you’re getting ready for college, looking forward to graduating, and enjoying all the perks of finally being at the top of the food chain. With all of the excitement of finally finishing high school comes a truckload of fun stuff that solidifies the rapidly approaching milestone of graduation: cap ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +13
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    How to Avoid Bad Teachers and Snag the Good Ones

    How to Avoid Bad Teachers and Snag the Good Ones
    Just one more, I thought, as I trudged up the steps and pulled open the deceivingly heavy wooden doors. Just one more flight of stairs and I would step into this classroom for the last time, submitting my exam and turning my back on what had developed into a very unsatisfying class over the course of the semester. But all of ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +12
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    Juggling 101

    The baby needs to be fed and my toddler just smeared chocolate chips all over the couch. My daughters and their friends run through the house leaving a trail of clutter behind them. Loud music is blasting from my teenager’s room and he wants a ride to the golf course right now. My husband is out running errands, the phone is ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +8
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    3 Tips for Your Scholarship Search

    3 Tips for Your Scholarship Search
    Now that my college applications are all, finally, submitted, I am beginning to consider that second half of the college selection process: financial aid. Affordability is, in the end, what will determine the college I attend. As I begin to receive merit scholarship notifications, I am developing a better sense of how much I will truly be expected to pay for ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +18
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