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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 over 1 year ago | Rated: +18
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    Involving Your Parents in Your College Search

    Involving Your Parents in Your College Search
    Choosing between colleges is certainly one of the hardest parts of senior year for many students, as it is hard to narrow down your college list. However, in addition to resources like Fastweb and your school counselors, there is always help to be found from your parents. We all know that our parents can be annoying sometimes, especially in the process ...
    Published 5 months ago | Rated: +18
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    Extracurricular Activities: Options & Advice

    Extracurricular Activities: Options & Advice
    Every student has his or her own form of pizzazz. As individuals, whether known or not, everyone has hobbies and skills. Thus, most choose to take advantage of their likings or strengths to establish their own lives, bolstering relationships, not to mention, themselves by way of extracurricular activities. What Exactly is an “Extracurricular Activity”? To begin, extracurricular activities are unpaid activities ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +18
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    Figure It Out: Can You Afford Your College Choice?

    Figure It Out: Can You Afford Your College Choice?
    With the new year comes new resolutions and a fresh start, and this is no different for high school seniors. Now that you have some idea of where you’ll be a year from now, it’s time to make sure you can afford it. While nearly everyone fills out the FAFSA and waits to hear back from schools on their financial aid, ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +18
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    Getting the Most Out of Federal Aid

    Getting the Most Out of Federal Aid
    If you’re in high school, college, grad school, or even if you’ve done a simple cursory exploration of different ways to fund your higher education, you’re familiar with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid—otherwise known as the FAFSA. “Why apply for the FAFSA?” You may ask, “Doesn’t it just tell you how much money your parents can supposedly afford to ...
    Published 4 months ago | Rated: +18
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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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    Should Friends Become Roommates?

    Should Friends Become Roommates?
    As you prepare to head off to college sometime in the near future, the roommate question might be forefront on your mind. If you’re going to the same school as another close friend, you may be wondering the same thing that I did before I left – should friends become roommates? I believe that, at least for the first year, friends ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +18
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    Approaching Extracurriculars

    Approaching Extracurriculars
    “Don’t spread yourself thin,” is an oft-quoted maxim, and every college information session, tour guide and college advisor will say it is true. There is a misconception among high school students (I also thought it in my freshman year) that the more activities one has on their resume, the better. Colleges will go for the fifteen-club student above the two-club one, ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +18
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    Standardized Test Prep Tips

    Standardized Test Prep Tips
    Typically beginning in junior year of high school, test preparation often becomes a source of stress for students. Some walk in the day of the test with no idea of how the test works. Others, after vain attempts at studying, receive their results with disappointment. Questions surface such as, “Should I buy that expensive test prep kit?” leaving students uneasy and ...
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +18
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    Life Lessons for When the Unexpected Happens

    Life Lessons for When the Unexpected Happens
    College is something which you spend all four years of high school – if not longer than that – preparing for. It’s a huge turning point, a milestone, in anyone’s life. So you’d hate to have life throw a wrench right in the middle of all of those plans. Believe me, I know. In early August I suddenly found myself in ...
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +18
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    The Joys and Woes of a Commuter

    The Joys and Woes of a Commuter
    On Its Way It lurches to a Stop! Spits out some dazed victims, Gorges itself on more… Then it crawls, growls, and roars, Begins to move forward…. The bus is on its way. It mixes and digests us, Mashing our limbs together, No one is safe until… It lurches to a Stop! We stagger off the bus, Barely get off before… ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +17
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    Ways to Educate Yourself for Free

    Ways to Educate Yourself for Free
    I've previously written here on Fastweb about the importance of borrowing student loan funds wisely. I am also an advocate for students pursing scholarship opportunities that they qualify for in order to offset the cost of a college education. There are, however, other ways that you can gain an education without going into debt. [gate] Do you want to know more ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Preparing for Admissions Interviews

    Preparing for Admissions Interviews
    The interview is an important part of the admission process. It gives you a chance to show off certain aspects of your application and provide additional information that perhaps was not included when you first applied. This is time to take advantage of, so prepare yourself and be ready for anything the interviewer might ask. Before the Interview Meet with your ...
    Published 3 months ago | Rated: +17
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    Getting The Most out of College Visits

    Getting The Most out of College Visits
    There is nothing that so cements in the mind how amazing an experience college is as one's first steps onto a college campus. As brochures and scheduled tours would have us believe, the university is at all times a dynamic place, and in a lot of ways that’s very true. But viewing a college entirely through the lens the university represents ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Avoiding a Finals Week Freak-Out

    Avoiding a Finals Week Freak-Out
    There are still several weeks before finals fever sets in, but many students are already feeling the stress. Even though in college most classes are just a semester long, spring finals week always seems a little more chaotic and high-stakes than winter finals week—the weather is nice, the sun is shining, and everyone is pumped up for a long summer. That ...
    Published 3 months ago | Rated: +17
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    What to Know Before You Borrow

    What to Know Before You Borrow
    Most students graduate high school ready to take on the world. Perhaps they are accepted into their first choice college, or even if it is a second choice school at least the freedom of living away from home is something to look forward to. The financial aid award letter arrives in the mail and mixed in with the grants and work-study ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +17
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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
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    Textbook Tips: Buying & Saving

    Textbook Tips: Buying & Saving
    It’s the time of year dreaded by every student and their bank account: textbook buying season. Somehow, it’s so much easier to cough up for tuition and room and board than each hundred-dollar-or-more behemoth that often professors only use once or twice over the course of the semester. Hopefully, though, I can help make your purchasing experience a little less painful, ...
    Published 9 months ago | Rated: +17
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    Making Yourself Stand Out - Before You Apply

    Making Yourself Stand Out - Before You Apply
    When you first begin the long process of applying to college, it’s easy to feel like you’ll never stand out amongst the thousands of applicants. It doesn’t feel like enough to send in an application that shows off your amazing credentials and talents – you want the school of your dreams to see how serious you are about attending. Fortunately, there ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +17
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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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