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    Tips from a Scholarship Winner

    Tips from a Scholarship Winner
    If you are anything like me, scholarships seem nearly impossible to win. Up until recently, I believed this to be true, but was proven wrong when my sister won a $500 scholarship from the Sylmar's Women's Club. “Personally I had never heard of someone winning a scholarship before and was in complete shock when I received an email informing me that ...
    Published 7 months ago | Rated: +19
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    Ideas for Your Best Winter Break Yet

    Ideas for Your Best Winter Break Yet
    Happy break! Well, almost. It’s exciting, isn’t it; just thinking about how little time there is left before you’ll be heading home? Can you believe that an entire semester is already almost over? For me, it’s my first college semester…which is absolutely crazy! I’ve been in Ireland since August, and sad as I am to leave, I’m also super excited to ...
    Published 5 months ago | Rated: +18
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    All About Essays

    All About Essays
    Oh, the dreaded college admissions essay. Everyone, it seems, has the same question: What do I write about? Suddenly, it’s hard to imagine anything that makes you stand out. But, of course, there is an essay topic out there for everyone. Often, students hear stories of essays about the week spent volunteering in Africa or a class that was especially challenging. ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +18
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    How to Write your Personal Statement in Four Easy Steps

    How to Write your Personal Statement in Four Easy Steps
    1. Pick a topic you’re passionate about. Your writing will be both easier and more genuine if you write about what you want to write about, instead of writing about what you think colleges want to hear. The most successful essays describe a moment of personal growth, difficulty, strength, or confidence, all of which people experience in vastly different ways. [gate] ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +14
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    High School Reflections

    High School Reflections
    Hello fellow Fastwebbers! Brace yourself for the best advice that you will ever receive about high school! These are the things they don't want you to know, the things that everyone is keeping from you ‒ but I am here to give them to you. Just think of me as the nerdy guy in all of the James Bond movies that ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +15
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    The Perfect Fit

    The Perfect Fit
    College: it’s a word that has a different meaning to everybody. To some, it could mean further pursuing your dream career, for others it could be the long awaited escape from the prison that high school and your house can be, and for some it could be that dreaded thing your family is forcing you to go to. However, no matter ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +11
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    Scheduling for Success

    Scheduling for Success
    One of the best perks of finally getting to college—other than the learning experience, the social fun and the increased independence—is the freedom that comes with choosing classes that are, for the most part, interesting. Moreover, there’s the opportunity to choose your own schedule (to an extent). Although your biggest priority should be planning a well-balanced schedule that helps you work ...
    Published 4 months ago | Rated: +30
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    You Have a Horrible Professor - Now What?

    You Have a Horrible Professor - Now What?
    The first day of a new class always starts with a mixture of anticipation, nervousness, and excitement. If you take enough classes in college you are sure to run into the dreaded “bad professor” who seems to ruin your hopes of having a great semester. Every instructor has his or her own style. Sometimes the way a teacher teaches isn't conducive ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +14
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    Graduate School vs. Undergrad: What to Know

    Graduate School vs. Undergrad: What to Know
    You finished four years of college and feel that you have finally accomplished your goal. Now you will be able to go out and get hired, on the spot, for the job you have always wanted. Or will you? Obtaining the job you want right out of college isn’t always a reality. Many college graduates end up working jobs just to ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +21
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    It Started with a Lisp: Tips For Learning A New Language

    It Started with a Lisp: Tips For Learning A New Language
    “She sells sea- She sells- She sells seashells by the seashore.” It was a problem- a minor one in North America, but big elsewhere. In Mandarin Chinese, there are five consonant sounds I still struggle with, especially when presented in rapid succession, and two of them appear in that line. Generally, I avoid saying certain phrases in English (“we were where”), ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: +11
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    Help! I Can't Stand My Professor

    Help! I Can't Stand My Professor
    No matter how much you love your major, you’re bound to get a professor whom you don’t care much for at some point within your academic career. Whether it’s their teaching style, way of grading, or assignment load, less-than-great professors happen to all of us. Nevertheless, how do we deal with them in a way that’s both respectful and still keeps ...
    Published 2 months ago | Rated: +19
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    Freshman Year Feelings

    Freshman Year Feelings
    In the frenzy that is preparing to leave the nest for the first time, there’s hardly time to sit around and contemplate your feelings. There are always more clothes to be packed, more things to buy, and emergency trips to the store to get something you forgot. As the day of departure grows nearer, emotions surface: worry, excitement, nervousness, apprehension, and ...
    Published over 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 about 3 years ago | Rated: +11
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    Staying Afloat in Stormy Classes

    Staying Afloat in Stormy Classes
    As college students across the nation lock themselves in their dorm rooms and curl up in bed with a spoon and a jar of Nutella in preparation for final exams, many of them will realize they are in over their heads. [gate] After all, there is a difference between stressing over an important final because there is a lot of information ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +14
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    You Have Student Loan Debt - Now What?

    You Have Student Loan Debt - Now What?
    When you first apply for financial aid for college, you may feel like student loans are a great option. The idea of paying back the loans seems like a distant reality. Surely, you will be able to pay the loans back without any problems, right? After graduation the truth sets in. Depending on how much money you borrowed while in school, ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +17
  • +16

    Atlas Shrugged, and Then Offered a Scholarship

    Atlas Shrugged, and Then Offered a Scholarship
    While other, more practical students spent their summers entering realistic and potentially profitable scholarship contests, I spent the month of August reading Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged. As anyone familiar with the book will be able to tell you, this was no weekend read. 1,069 pages of tiny print—and, at one point in the novel, a fifty-page-long speech on the light ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +16
  • +15

    Examining the FAFSA

    Examining the FAFSA
    Welcome to 2013, everyone! It's looking bright and cheery from my standpoint and – Hey! Wait! It's January, isn't it? Well, then it's about time for that FAFSA form. Now to me, that word incites a bit of fear because it just sounds so official, so important, and so future-ruining. But there's no need to worry! Because you are now entering ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +15
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    Dealing with the Emotions of Leaving for College

    Dealing with the Emotions of Leaving for College
    Feeling ready to leave home and strike out on your own as the mature, independent and emotionally rock-solid college freshman you now are? Maybe not. Chances are leaving home was a much more appealing concept when you were a high school student counting down the days to graduation. But now that move-in day is around the corner, you may be experiencing ...
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +15
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    Coping with College Stress

    Coping with College Stress
    Let's face it, college can be very stressful. Between carrying a full-time course load, work-study or a part-time job, internships, exams, papers due, finding time for friends, and keeping in touch with your family, it can all be too much. Some stress may be healthy, but too much of it will make you very sick. According to womenshealth.gov, stress can lead ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +15
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    Going Home for the Holidays

    Going Home for the Holidays
    Every year, November 1 comes roaring in so fast, but trust me, I’m not complaining. I can hear turkeys gobble, sleigh bells ringing and, most importantly, my cats meowing because the holidays are the time to leave college for awhile and relax at the place you come from: home. Oh, and I’d love to see my family, too. However, splitting yourself ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +17
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