Top 10 ways to concentrate when cramming for exams

studyblog1 photo12 dont stress Top 10 ways to concentrate when cramming for examsThe one thing you can’t get rid of as a student is exams! Some are terrified just by thinking about them. Though tests stress us out, they are actually a good thing, as they serve to evaluate our knowledge and ability to process information. Here are the few ways that might heighten your concentration while you sweat over your exams.

  • Have a strategy!

studyblog1 photo2 have a strategy 1024x922 Top 10 ways to concentrate when cramming for examsBefore you start learning, come up with a short and crisp plan on how you will proceed. For example, how many hours will you study, and what topics will you cover. At the end, note whether you were productive according to this list. At the same time, make sure the strategy is practical. Making impossible plans will let you down and you’ll start doubting yourself, so give yourself confidence to being with and never let that happen. Being positive is a must!

  • Get off your phone!

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Once you’re done with your planning, put your mobile phone on silent. Or better yet, switch it off. A call or even a text will distract you, so try to avoid it until you’re done with your studies. Avoid anything internet-related (Facebook, Twitter, email), unless it is really needed for your preparation.

  • Choose a better place!

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Go to a place where no one will disturb you and that’s free from noise and other distractions like TV, radio, etc. If you think music can help you to relax, aim for soothing tunes that won’t distract you. Pick a room with no bed; learning in a bed may lull you off to sleep, so sit erect while studying for your exams.

  • Take a break!

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Never try to overdo anything, especially studying for an exam. Accept the fact that we’re all human and not machines that work continuously. Taking a break once an hour or once you’re done with a chapter will help you stay stress-free, and you can refresh yourself with a cup of coffee or an energy-boosting snack.

  • Use your imagination!

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If you notice you’re forgetting studying points continuously after reading them several times, try to visualize it, or come up with short hints and you can go through those before taking the exam.

  • Be smart!

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Learn the short and easy ones topics first, and don’t panic if something is really tough or difficult to remember. Instead, try to break it to smaller points so it’s easier memorize and recollect later during the exam. Panicking will only consume your time and put you under more stress.

  • Have your self – control(led)!

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Say NO whenever your brain thinks of something that is not relevant to the subject you’re studying. If you let your mind wander while learning, the same will happen while writing the exam.

  • Study Group! (?)

studyblog1 photo9 have a strategy Top 10 ways to concentrate when cramming for examsIf you’re going to organize a study group with friends, you can forget about learning at all. Being with friends can easily distract you, so try to avoid them during your preparation time. You can call them for doubts but never indulge in a long irrelevant conversation as you’ll only waste your time and your friends’.

  • Healthy diet!

studyblog1 photo10 healthy diet Top 10 ways to concentrate when cramming for examsNever eat anything that would upset your digestive system, or too much, as this may put you to sleep. Drink plenty of water. Intake of fresh juices, greens and other veggies will keep your mind to stay fresh and healthy while studying.

  • Get a good night’s sleep!

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If you want an effective result for all the efforts you’ve put in, get a full night’s sleep. Avoid late night studies. The standard suggestion is at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep the night before an examination.

studyblog1 photo13 meditate Top 10 ways to concentrate when cramming for examsInstead of cramming a day before the test, try to start ahead. Avoid negative thoughts. Meditate whenever possible. Remember – Don’t stress! Do your best! Forget the rest!

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Top 5 budget-friendly spring break beach resort destinations

Students who have been working their tails off throughout the year really need a break to relax and also to refresh their minds for the upcoming term. Instead of emptying your pockets and splurging on that beach-side spring break you covet, here are the top five exotic destinations that fit a student-sized budget.

Daytona Beach, Florida

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Start your spring break in the waves of the Atlantic surf, also famous for its motorsports. If you’re there in early March, you can also enjoy the motorcycle event and rally held as a part of ‘Bike Week’. If you’re planning a day trip, you can also visit Walt Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Studios in Orlando. The ‘Big Red Party Bus’ cruises around the beach at an affordable fee, and the vast amount of low-cost resorts and hotels will assure you have an enjoyable and carefree break. Check out AirBnB options for cheaper accommodation and make sure to reserve well in advance.

South Padre Island

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The most beautiful island of South Padre is located at the southern end of Texas; it boasts attractive blue-green waters for fishing, watersports, diving and a vast array of other fun activities you can do on a budget. Added to that are “bars that emphasize character rather than class,” and lodgings available at great discounts! This could be the perfect vacation spot for you if you study in or close to Texas.

Myrtle Beach

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The significant brown-sugar-colored beaches of South Carolina are a perfect vacation destination, specifically the Family Kingdom Amusement Park, a great place to enjoy beachside rides. It offers a wide accommodation starting from oceanfront resorts along the entire Grand Strand to cozy beach homes and vacation rentals that will definitely fit your budget. Oceanfront camping sites are a great way to save and have an adventure.


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Montegro Bay, Jamaica

If you want something more exotic and are willing to spend some of your savings on air travel, this Caribbean island nation offers a lot of options for students. First of all, the cost of air travel from Florida and other parts of the East Coast can be as low as under $200 round trip if you order in advance, and so if you go to school on the East Coast, this could definitely be the low-cost option for you. Jamaica has a lush topography of mountains, rainforests and reef-lined beaches. In the north coast, there is Montego Bay, filled with beaches, large cruise ships, amusement parks, and also in the protected waters of Montego Bay Marine Park, is snorkeling and diving in the coral reefs. And in the western part of Jamaica is the laid-back town Negril where you can have a relaxing Spring Break with an amazing outdoor party environment.

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Negril, Jamaica

It’s also popular for its water sports and cliff diving. At nights, either you can have a calm walk and relax in the 7-mile stretch of white sandy beach, or drill your body and soul in the reggae and the dancehall music that emanates from the surfside clubs. You don’t need to spend a fortune on lodging since there are special ‘cabin’ type properties available for students at low cost, but you need to book early! So no doubt, this can be your dream vacation spot!

Playa Del Carmen in Mexico

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Like in its popular northern neighbor, Cancun, entertainment is abound with amazing peaches and a large number of all-inclusive accommodations and inexpensive places to eat. It’s a more-budget friendly and down-to-earth destination, where students can relax, party and reboot for acing their finals. If you book early, you can find great deals on airfare for under $150-$200.

Check out which scholarships you are eligible for to help you with tuition and fees so that your student wages can go toward your spring break!

And take a look at the no-essay scholarship sweepstakes, You Deserve It Scholarship, with an application deadline just a week away!


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10 celebrities who went to Ivy League

Who knew? Celebrities are people just like the rest of us. They even go to college. And not just any college – so many celebrities went to Ivy League schools. There goes a popular misconception that actors and other celebrities are just not that bright. Some studied acting, yet others – literature, math or science.

Our favorite famous Ivy Leaguers are below. How many of them do you recognize?

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Natalie Portman recently opened up in the 2015 Harvard commencement speech during which she said, “Looking back, it’s easy now to romanticize my time here, but I had some very difficult times here too. Some combination of being 19, dealing with my first heartbreak, taking birth control pills that have since been taken off the market for their depressive side effects, and spending too much time missing daylight during winter months led me to some pretty dark moments particularly during sophomore year. There were several occasions I started crying during meetings with professors, overwhelmed with what I was supposed to pull off when I could barely get myself out of bed in the morning.”

James Franco did not get success get into his head while at Yale.  When 2011 Oscars Nominees were being announced (when he was a top contender), the actor chose to attend class. He said: “I’m not gonna miss class to go and presume that I’m going to be nominated, but if you want to bring out a camera crew to Yale and wait and see if I get nominated, I’d be happy to step out of class and say I’m very grateful.”


Answer to the riddle above (from left upper corner clockwise):

Matt Damon – Harvard, left 12 credits shy of graduation in 1992
John Krasinski – Brown Class of 2001
Julia Stiles – Columbia Class of 2005
Mindy Kaling – Dartmouth Class of 2001
James Franco – Yale (still a student, Ph.D. in English)
Lupita Nyong’o – Yale Class of 2012 (Masters)
Emma Watson – Brown Class of 2014
John Legend – Penn Class of 1999
Rashida Jones – Harvard Class of 1997
Natalie Portman – Harvard Class of 2003

16 New Year’s Resolutions for Students to Stick to in 2016

Here are 16 resolutions to adopt in 2016. Print them out and stick them on your fridge!

  1. Save more money.

Let’s face it, we all want the brand new iPhone 6, amazing exercise gear and the best electric bike on the market. Ask yourself, how can I get that for less?

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  1. Take more meaningful photos.

And not just selfies or pictures of food. Take photos with your college friends because that’s what you’ll want to look up years down the road when you start to forget the experiences you had.
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  1. Get an internship (or a professional job).

To get the best job possible out of college, you need to be able to signal your worth to a prospective employer. And the best way to do that is to let your accomplishments speak for themselves. Work on your portfolio while you’re at it, be it blogs, designs, lines of code or clients.

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  1. Take some interesting courses.

This can come in handy in a variety of settings. For one, you may become passionate about environmental biology, archaeology or astronomy. Did you know you can get college credit for taking step aerobics or becoming a water safety instructor? Finally, this gives you something to talk about on dates, at parties and even at interviews.

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  1. Join clubs and sports teams.

Being an active member on campus will expose you to lots of new people, challenges and future opportunities through your network.

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  1. Branch out.

College is a great time to meet new friends and learn about different people from a variety of backgrounds. And years down the road you can do a trip around the world to visit all the international friends you’ve met in college!

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  1. Travel.

Take a semester abroad and go on an adventure in a place you’ve never been to. If you do stay close to campus, look for new things and places to explore. And remember, the most important thing in travel is the company you’re with.

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  1. Eat healthy.

It’s tough keeping a healthy diet in college, but you will be thankful for it in the long run.

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  1. Fall in love.

College is your chance to experiment with relationships – it’s easy to meet people and there’s freedom to explore. Do remember about the other 15 goals on this list :).


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  1. Stop procrastinating.

It’s easy to fall into the habit of procrastinating with our assignments, but this year try to spread out your work. Use different online tools to help concentrating on one task at a time, limiting access to the web while writing essays and to find other ways to stay on track.

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  1. Read more.

People who read are more likely to vote, exercise, and be more cultural. They also have a better chance of getting jobs. Be one of them.

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  1. Keep your room clean!

It’s much easier to feel at peace and less stressed when your dorm is organized.

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  1. Establish connections with your professors.

You’ll need their recommendation for grad school, internship and job applications. Plus they’re just full of wisdom, and are worth getting to know.

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  1. Stick to your goals.

Achieve that which you’ve set your mind to. Use apps to keep track of your goals.

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  1. Pay off your debt.

Graduate with as little debt as possible. Look for scholarships and grants, get a part-time job, ideally related to your field of study, and find ways to cut your expenses.

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  1. Be yourself!

2016 is all about setting yourself apart from the crowd. Figure out what makes you you, and stick to it. Develop your unique talents and figure out what you’re passionate about. Excel in that and pretty soon people will start calling you an expert!

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Best of luck for the coming year! Happy 2016!

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10 Ways to Save Money During Winter Break

Here are useful ways you can save money when school’s out and have a pretty good time:

1. Throw a leftovers party, that way all the money you spent on food doesn’t go to waste!

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One tip to remember is if you’re planning on throwing the party a few days after Christmas, make sure to freeze everything.

2. Save on snow gear!


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There are plenty of places that give discounts to students on snow gear. Be sure to check them out before you pay full price.

3. Host movie nights! There’s nothing better than inviting friends over for a movie night.

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Not only is it cozier to stay at home, but you also save money on tickets and munchies with home-made popcorn.

4. Travel home for cheaper!

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If you’re looking for the least expensive way to travel home for the holidays, be sure to try booking (in advance) through Amtrak, Greyhound, or MegaBus.

5. Invite your friends over for potluck dinners!

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Everyone chips in and it definitely takes some of the pressure off the host.

6. Explore local venues!

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Chances are there that there will be great events taking place during winter break. Just get out there and explore the culture of your hometown.

7. Go ice skating!

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If you have a community lake that freezes up during winter break, make sure to take advantage. It’s so fun in a big group or as a date activity and it’s nearly free!

8. Flash your student ID!

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Winter break is a great time to go shopping because the seasons are changing and you have to layer up, but it’s important to remember the discounts you can get with your student ID. Don’t forget it at home.

9. Spearhead fun outings!

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Look on sites like Living Social or GroupOn to help you get good deals while you’re home and have some time to relax. There are endless winter activities that are posted and they’re all at great rates!

10. Use Uber, ride sharing and carpooling apps to save on gas and transportation.

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It pays to leave your car at home. You’ll save money and meet new people!

Why Financial Aid Is So Important

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College Is a Lot Easier with Financial Aid

Wouldn’t it be great if college was just a giant pharmacy where you could go to pick up career pills and instantly get all the knowledge you need from one dose? Unfortunately, that’s not how university life works. The fact is that you are going to have to be in school for several years to get your degree, so you might as well make the most out of the time you get there. One way to do that is to get enough money in scholarships and grants to be able to pay for your schooling from the start. This will make your experiences much better as a whole.

Here is a look at how your life may change with financial aid to help you pay for college, along with some tips on how to get the aid you need for school.

You Can Get Money back from School

Did you know that you can get money back from school if you have more than what you need for tuition and fees? Indeed, you could actually get a check for any excess money that you get for your education, which is supposed to be used for college expenses. In some cases, that means room and board, living expenses, the cost of a laptop, etc. Here is a funny song that sort of highlights this subject:

If you get enough money in scholarships and grants to cover your schooling and then some, you will have no trouble paying for your school and anything else you want while you are in college. When you’re living on a tight budget to begin with, something like this could make a world of difference for you.

You Can Graduate Debt Free

Most college students get out of school with thousands of dollars in debt hanging over their heads. This is terrifying to deal with because it puts you straight into repayment when you start your career. No one wants to get a huge chunk of debt to go along with his or her freedom. That is why it is important to apply for as much money as you can for your schooling so that you don’t have to worry about making any sort of payments when you get out. You can just start your life without a care in the world – except for getting a job of course.

You Can Buy All of Your Supplies

School supplies are really expensive, especially when it comes to books. Most students do not have enough money to cover all of the supplies they need for a year. Thus they end up skipping out on a book or two because they just don’t have the money to spare for it. You won’t have to worry about that if you have financial aid though. You can get a meal plan through the school to pay for food and a whole sum of money to spend on calculators, software, books, or anything else you need. The more money you get, the more you can use towards your schooling.

Tips for Finding Financial Aid

If you know that you are going to need financial aid to pay for school, you might as well start looking for it as early as you can. There is no specific time of year when you need to apply for scholarships. You just need to do it as often as you can so you have the best chance of getting money. You could speed up this process by signing up for a site like They offer scholarship matching, automatic scholarship applications, and much more.

Talk to a financial aid adviser in your school for suggestions about awards you should apply for, and look online for options as well. You cannot be afraid to explore every venue possible because you never know when you might come across something you can use. Fill out your FAFSA early on so that you can accept the grants right when they come out. Then you will be all set to go to school free of debt.

Couponing for a College Party

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Throw a Big Party on a Small Budget with Coupons

Parties are pretty common in college, especially for people in a sorority or fraternity. If you are a college student at the moment, you may be tempted to throw your own bash at some point in time. There is just something so exciting about the idea of throwing a party, no matter how much it may cost. Lucky for you, there are ways to actually use coupons to save enough money so that you don’t have to worry about the cost of your big day. Here are some tips for using coupons for a college party.

Collecting Coupons for a Party

If you already know that you are going to be throwing a party, you might as well start collecting coupons to use for it. You could do this by just saving the coupons you personally get in the mail, but that may not be enough coupons to cover your costs completely. If you are in a sorority or fraternity, get your pledges to go around campus trying to get coupons from people. If you are in a club, see if you can get people to bring them to the next meeting. You could also contact the newspaper to see if they have any excess ads from the Sunday paper that they are going to throw away. You may be able to pick those up to use for your party.

Selecting Food and Drinks for the Party

In terms of the food and drinks that you can use in your party, try to think outside the box. You may not be able to get a good deal on classics like chips and salsa. You may, however, get a good deal on fruit or pretzels or something else that is slightly unconventional. Don’t be afraid to take a risk. If you can find the ingredients for a really good dish, you might be able to make your own snacks instead of buying them. The little extra work will pay off well in the end.

Creating Invitations for a Party

If you are planning to advertise your party a bit, try to look for coupons for printer ink and paper. You may also want to have a few of your friends make large sets of prints in the library. This will only work if you don’t have to pay money to use the printer on campus. Otherwise, you’ll end up spending more this way in the long run. Think about everything you need to put together your invitations and look for coupons to cover their costs. Then all you have to do is start passing out the flyers and hope people show up.

Couponing may not be the first activity you think about for a college party, but it can help you stay on budget while still having fun. Test out the suggestions above for your big blowout, and you’ll surely have a good time.

College Freshman Survival Tips

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6 Things Every College Freshman Needs to Know

Adjusting to life as a college freshman is a challenge for anyone. You have to go from being the top dog in high school to the bottom of the totem pole. While this may be discouraging, it is something you just have to get through. With the advice below, you should be able to make your transition smoothly and actually learn something while you’re in school. Here are five things every college freshman needs to know.

Start Applying for Scholarships…NOW

You may be tempted by all the student loans available to you, but don’t rely on those to pay for college. You will do yourself a huge favor if you start applying for college scholarships early on. You can never have too much financial aid money, so you might as well aim to get as much funding as possible.

To make your applications go faster and easier, you can use a program like ScholarshipOwl to send out your applications for you. All you have to do is fill out one application when you register for your free account, and the program completes your applications for you. It will even pair you with scholarships you qualify for.

You’re Going to Get Picked on

You just have to expect a little bullying when you first get to college. This won’t be nearly as bad as it was in elementary school and junior high, but it will be something to watch out for. You just have to take everything in stride and ignore any mean comments that come your way. When people know they aren’t impacting you, they’ll stop messing with you.

High School Jokes Don’t Work in College

The jokes you once thought were funny are now going to seem immature. If you notice people rolling their eyes when you try to be funny, you need to think about what you’re saying a little more. Just hang back and watch other funny people in action. You can pick up on their styles over time.

Getting Wasted Isn’t Cool

As tempted as you may be to get drunk at a toga party, you need to keep your alcohol intake in check. Cops love to check in on college parties, and they will arrest you for underage drinking. Even if you don’t get caught by law enforcement, you’re liable to make an ass out of yourself under the influence. You need to stay sober as much as possible and focus on school – even if you think that makes you look like a dork.

You Actually Have to Study in College

You can’t wait to the last minute to study for a test, and you can’t ignore the professor when he gives a lecture. High school is much easier than college, and you’ll learn that the hard way if you don’t pay attention. Focus early on, and you’ll be able to get good grades in your first semester.

It Will Get Better

As crappy as your life may seem during that first semester, you need to know that it will get better. You had to go through the same kind of experiences in high school. You got through those, right? Just focus on getting your degree and try to get through this year in one piece. Then you can be proud of yourself for overcoming the hard part.

Highest Paying Jobs for College Students

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College Jobs That Pay BIG Money

Most college students at least go through one semester where they think they can live off financial aid. That might work for a month or two, but then the bills are going to outweigh the “savings” (aka, the dust covered piggy bank). If you are trying to make money in college, you might be pleased to know that there are a ton of jobs out there that pay more than minimum wage. Here are some of the highest paying jobs for college students.


If you are over the age of 21, you could make a lot of money bartending. Some bartenders in college make as much as $300-$400 a night, depending on where they work. At the very least, you should be able to bring in $100 on a good night, and that’s all going to be in cash. You can immediately apply it to whatever you need. You have to know your alcohol in this business, and you have to be charming enough to woo a crowd. If you can do that though, the money will just start rolling in.


If you’re smart, you may be able to make some money tutoring. A basic tutoring job may only pay $10 an hour, but you could make a lot more than that hosting study sessions. A good friend of mine is a manager for Pizza Hut, and he is currently pursuing an engineering degree in college. He hosts study sessions for $10-$20 a head around test time, and he’s able to come out with an easy $200-$400. That all comes from maybe two hours of work, tops. Find a group of people to learn under you, and you’ll make tons of money in no time.

Freelance Writing

Writing online is incredibly flexible, and it does allow you to make some decent money. Most freelance writers start off making about $15 an hour, but many go on to make three to four times that amount. If you can learn quickly and produce great content, you can make a lot of money right at home. You don’t have to be a genius to do this either. You just need a grasp on the English language.


Serving jobs don’t always pay as well as bartending jobs, but they are still great options for people who don’t want to bartend. The average server at Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Cheddar’s, or someplace else along those lines will make at least $100 a shift. That’s because the tabs for the tickets are so high in those establishments. If you have a way with people and some decent memory skills, you could do well in this job.

Think about all of these jobs carefully, and you should be able to use one of them to help you get through school. The more you earn while you are in college, the less you will have to worry about your finances when you graduate.

Is Technical School Tuition Cheaper?

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Can I Save Money Going to Tech School?

If you are trying reduce tuition costs for your education, you may consider going to a tech school instead of a traditional college. This will give you a chance to get a degree in less than two years, but it may limit your ability to find high-paying work in the future. Before you sign up for something like this, you need to make sure you will actually save money in the long run. Here is a quick analysis to help you determine that.

The Cost of Tuition

The biggest cost you will encounter in tech school is tuition. This will vary by school, but it usually ranges between $150 and $250 per credit hour. If you are taking 12 hours of classes for a semester, you might have $1,800 to $3,000 in tuition costs to pay for. You can contact your school for more information about the specific amount you have to pay, but that gives you an idea of the base expenses you may encounter.

The Cost of Fees

Most classes will have fees on top of the money you pay for tuition. You may have to pay $50 to use lab equipment or $100 to go on class field trips. This is money that you will know about upfront, but it is still a hefty expense to keep in mind.

The Cost of Books and Supplies

Books and school supplies are incredibly expensive, no matter what kind of degree you’re going through. You can rent textbooks to save a bit of money every semester, but you will still need project materials to go through your classes. Sometimes you know what the cost of these supplies will be upfront, and other times you just have to come up with the money on the spot. Plan to have at least $1,000 a semester in backup money, just in case something like this comes up. If it doesn’t, you have more money to pay for everything else you need.

The Cost of Living

On top of all the costs mentioned above, you are going to need a place to stay and food to eat. Some technical colleges have dormitories to stay in, and others expect you to live off campus. Whatever the case may be, you will have to factor your rent, food, utilities, and general expenses into your cost of attendance.

How Scholarships Work at Tech Schools

Not all scholarship programs will work for technical schools. In fact, many scholarship providers require recipients to attend a four year university. You will need to think about this before you decide where you want to get your education, in case the scholarships you have won won’t work at the school you choose. Even if you manage to save money at a tech school, it’ll be no good if you lack the financial aid to cover your costs.

Make the Best of Both Worlds

Want to earn a four year degree while saving money in college with tech school? You could choose to go to a tech school for the first two years of your degree, then transfer to a traditional university. Of course, you will need to make sure that the credits from the junior college will be accepted at the university. If not, you may be better off just going to the school you plan to be at in the first place. Do your research well in advance, and you’re sure to find an affordable education to build your career on.

Write a Memorable Scholarship Essay

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Make Your Scholarship Essays Worth Remembering

Learning how to find scholarships is only a small part of the financial aid process. You also need to learn how to get accepted for those scholarships. One of the best things you can do to win scholarships consistently is to master the art of writing scholarship essays. If you know how to write a memorable scholarship essay, you can almost guarantee a full ride to college. Here are some tips to make your scholarship essay writing as effective as possible.

Read the Prompt More Than Once

Before you even begin to write a scholarship essay, you need to make sure that you know what you are supposed to be writing about. This requires you to read the prompt over and over again. It is really easy to transpose words if you rush into things, and that could lead you to writing a 500 word essay about something that doesn’t even respond to the question. Make sure you fully understand what you are being asked to discuss before you jump into the writing process. This will make a big difference in the success of your essays in the future.
Try to familiarize yourself with common essay questions to get a better idea of what you may be expected to write about in the future. Even if you have a set of scholarship essays prewritten though, you will need to read the prompt so you can modify your essay to fit your needs.

Make the Essay Personal

Scholarship committees want to connect with their applicants. They want to feel like they know whom their money is going to. You may not have a ton of personal tragedies to pull from when you write your essays, but you do need to try connecting the prompt to an event in your life. This is not a matter of telling the biggest sob story you can. The review board will know if you are just trying to get sympathy. However, you need to write from the heart enough for people to want you to get a good education. This is a balance that is difficult to master, but it is not impossible.

Write Everything at Once

Write your entire essay from beginning to end in one sitting. This will ensure that your ideas flow together nicely, and that you have a clear sense of where you are going with your work. If you come back to the same essay multiple times, you run the risk of making it sound choppy or forced. Just get all your thoughts on the page and edit when you’re finished.

Wait a Day to Edit

Some people jump into editing immediately after writing an essay, but that is counterproductive. At that point, you will just skip over all of the grammar and spelling errors because your brain will translate the information like you wanted it to sound, not necessarily how it comes across on the page. If you wait a day to do your editing, you will have a clear head and a fresh look at what you wrote. Then you can see the words as other people would see them and hopefully make some beneficial edits from there.

Apply Early

The last thing you can do to really make your application memorable is turn it in early. That will ensure that your essay is at the top of the pile, where the reviewers are more likely to take it all in. You basically want to make your essay the one that they compare every other essay to. If you can remain on top throughout this process, you should have a new scholarship to call your own in no time.

Tablet vs. Laptop – Which One Is Better for College?

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Should I Get a Tablet or a Laptop?

Tablets and laptops both offer portable solutions for connecting to the internet in college. You can use these devices to create documents, research information, send emails, pay bills, and so much more. If you are working with a limited budget like most college students, you may only have enough money for one of the two of these. So, which one should you invest in – a laptop or a tablet? Let’s do a quick comparison to figure that out.


While tablets and laptops are both portable, tablets are smaller and thus easier to carry around. Most laptops are heavy and bulky, even if they are made to be moved around. Laptops also require big chargers for long-term use, which add to the bulk in transport. Tablets are more convenient all the way around.


In general, laptops are more versatile than tablets because they have more memory and storage space. It is sometimes difficult to see a website properly on a tablet because it shows up as a mobile version, not the full site. You get a watered down version of whatever you want to see. It can also be difficult to open zip folders and view large files on a tablet due to its size. Laptops have more options in that regard.


Both tablets and laptops can be expensive, depending on what you buy. A new iPad may run $400+, and a small Acer laptop could cost about the same. With that in mind, there are a lot more expensive laptops on the market than there are expensive tablets. You will have to do some comparison shopping to see what you can buy based on your budget.


It’s easy to assume that laptops are better than tablets because they come with optical drives (CD trays). However, you can get USB-powered optical drives that just plug into your tablet. These will not work well on all tablets, so you have to be careful about compatibility. Nevertheless, you can get the same basic function out of a tablet if you convert it the right way.

Finding a Compromise

If you like the convenience of a tablet and the storage options of a laptop, you could consider getting a 2-in-1 device. This will combine the best of both worlds. Several companies make these devices nowadays, so you can pick one up pretty easily.

You may also consider getting a small netbook for college. This will be shaped like a laptop, but it will most likely have a 10 inch screen. Netbooks are not built with huge processors or large hard drives, but they are nice to use if you want something quick and light to carry around.

If you get into a position where you can invest in both a laptop and a tablet, go for it. Otherwise, determine what you actually need the device for and make your purchases accordingly.

Forgotten Ways to Pay for College

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Learn New Tricks to Pay for Your Degree

For some people, paying for college means taking out thousands of dollars in student loans. For others, it means applying for scholarship after scholarship until everything is covered. While scholarships and loans are both viable options for tuition and beyond, they’re not the only options you have to choose from. By getting a little creative with your efforts, you can find some really neat opportunities to cover your costs. Here are some forgotten ways to pay for college so you can earn your degree.


There are all kinds of competitions out there that may not explicitly call themselves “scholarship contests.” You can still use the money from them to pay for college. The only difference is that you get the check, not the school. You could enter singing contests, art contests, photography contests, essay contests – you name it, it’s out there. There are even duck calling contests and duct tape dress contests for high school seniors, if you’re interested in something like that. Look in your local area and online and see what you could participate in.

Work Study Programs

A lot of colleges offer work study program that essentially let you go to school for free in exchange for doing work for them. Some companies will also participate in programs like this, where they cover your tuition if you intern with them. This could be a great learning opportunity for you because it allows you to go to school for free and work for people in your field. Once you graduate, you will have no trouble finding a job.

Note that not all work study programs cover your expenses in full. They may only cover tuition, fees, or specific classes you have to take. Talk to a counselor at your university to learn more about an option like this.


If you are a good student with a promising future, you may be able to get a sponsor to pay for your education. This most often happens in exchange for you promising to work for the company after you get out of school. For instance, if you’re a nursing student, you may get sponsored by a doctor’s office that believes in your abilities. In exchange for that, you may do some part time work while you’re in school and then work full time for the office for at least two years after graduation. As long as you are willing to make a long term commitment like this, you can get the training you need without having to pay for it yourself.

The key to paying for college is to think outside the box. The competition for scholarships and grants is always strong, but that’s not the case for some of the suggestions mentioned above. Connect with people in your field and see how they can help you out. All it takes is one point of contact to make a big difference in your degree.

Online Learning for Stay at Home Moms

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Raise a Family and Earn Your Degree!

Are you a stay at home mom looking for a way to better your life, your career, and your future? If so, you may feel a bit stuck at the moment because you cannot get out of the house. It is hard for moms in general to go to college because they have to spend so much time with their families. As much as you may enjoy doing this, there will probably come a time when you want a little more out of life than changing diapers and cleaning spaghetti stains out of shirts. That is where online degrees come into play. They provide stay at home moms with the chance to get the education they need without having to sacrifice the time they spend with their families. Here is a look at how distance learning works so you can use it to get your education some time soon.

How Online Learning Works

An online degree program is not much different than a traditional degree program, at least not when it comes to the information you can learn. The big difference comes in where you go to learn the information. In a regular degree program, you have to travel to campus at specific times in the day. In an online degree program, you can do your homework whenever you want to, and you never have to leave the house. That means that you can stay at home with the kids and still get the education you need for a better future. It is the best of both worlds.

When you sign up for online classes, you will be given a username and password to enter the virtual classroom. From there, you will be able to view video lectures, submit homework assignments, download PowerPoint presentations, access the course syllabus, and do just about anything else you would for a normal classroom. You can access this program from any device that connects to the internet, including a computer, cell phone, tablet, and more. As long as you have a way to get to the World Wide Web, you have a way to get to your education.

Degrees You Can Get from Online Universities

You can get just about any degree that you want from an online college. You just have to find a school that offers your major of choice. Some of these schools are more obscure than others, but at the end of the day, you should be able to find something that works for you. Popular online degree programs include:

  • Forensic psychology
  • Nursing
  • Criminal justice
  • Business administration
  • Paralegal studies
  • Computer science
  • Software development
  • Teaching

Every school is a little different in terms of the degrees it has to offer, so you really just need to look over the programs available to you. If you can’t find the exact degree you were looking for, you should be able to find something close to it. Then you can just tailor your electives to fit your needs.

How to Find a Good Online College

The best online schools for you may not be the best schools for someone else, so you really have to focus on which university best fits your needs as a student. First, look for a school that offers the degree program you are interested in. Then ask about financial aid, scheduling, cost, and the like. You should also ask if you can take your degree completely online, or if you will have to go through a classroom at some point in time. If everything about the school seems to fit what you need, all you have to do is apply and hope you get accepted. Once the process is complete, you will be on your way to raising a family and enhancing your mind all from the comfort of your own home.

Pay for Your Online Degree with Scholarships for Women

If you need help paying for your online degree, there are a number of scholarships for women that could help you cover your expenses. Many of these scholarships are geared toward single moms and stay at home moms, so you should be able to qualify for several of these awards. With the right amount of scholarship money, you can get through your degree at home and graduate debt free!

Decorating Tote Bags for Money

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Paint Your Way to Extra Income!

Have you ever thought about using totes to raise money for your organization? If not, you may want to give it a try. A tote bag is just an oversized purse made of canvas, often used to carry art supplies or groceries. A bag like this can be quite adorable in the right setting, and it is something that can sell well if it has some personality. Lucky for you, there are some simple things you can do to give tote bags personality and potentially sell them for a profit. This is a fun project to do, and it could be really successful in the long run. Here are some creative ideas to help you decorate tote bags for a fundraiser in the future.

Buying the Tote Bags

Before you can do any sort of decorating, you obviously need a set of tote bags to work with. You can buy blank ones at your local Hobby Lobby, or you could order a set of them online. They should be less than a buck a piece, so you can buy a huge set for a small amount of money. Get different sizes or colors if you want, but make sure to look in the clearance areas of any stores and websites you go into. They are sometimes the portals for great crafting materials in general.

Painting the Tote Bags

One of the easiest ways to spruce up blank tote bags is to add paint to them. They are made of canvas after all, so they hold paint really easily. If you have an artist or to in the group, you could have those people draw cool artwork on the bags. If you’re all a little drawing challenged, you could stick to handprints, words, shapes, and other elements that are simple to paint. Try to use paint for fabrics if you can, just to ensure that it is not going to bleed on you. If you get something that is somewhat thick, you should be able to make a good impression with your paint job.

Bedazzling the Tote Bags

There is nothing wrong with adding a little bling to your tote bags. You could buy rhinestones to glue onto the bags, and then they would be all shiny on display. You may want to put a picture of a crown and use the stones as fake jewels on the crown. Get creative with it, and bedazzle as much as you want. You are the one that has to be happy with it in the end.

Ribbon-izing the Tote Bags

One of my favorite things to do when I decorate tote bags is to put ribbons all along the side of them. To do this, all you have to do is punch a hole on the edge so that it creates a hole in the front and a hole in the back (not one big hole that spans the two). Then tie a ribbon through the holes in a cute little bow. If you do this all along both sides, you can really make a tote bag look like a million bucks.

Take some time to think of a really good decoration idea, and follow through with it. This may not be easy to do at first, but you should be able to find something you can do if you think hard enough. Worse comes to worse, just autograph the bags and try to sell them that way. Hopefully your group members will have enough stalker friends that will want to buy those from you in the future.

Choosing the Right Technical College

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A Guide for Picking Tech Schools

Are you thinking about attending a technical college in the near future? If so, you may be struggling to figure out which one is right for you. There are so many tech schools to choose from, which means that the one in your home town probably isn’t a good fit. Rather than settling for something nearby, you may want to do a little research to find the best college for your needs. Here are some tips to help you select the best option from the start.

Pick a Degree Program

The easiest way to narrow down your options is to choose a degree program to go through. Some technical colleges will offer more degrees than others, so you have to decide what you want to do before you can choose a school. Possibilities may include:

  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • Automotive Technology
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology
  • Business Office Administration
  • Care and Development of Young Children
  • Carpentry
  • Collision Repair Technology
  • Computer Electronics Technology
  • Computer Network Specialist
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary Arts and Occupations
  • Drafting and Design Technology
  • Electrician
  • Graphics
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Medical Assistant
  • Nurse Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy
  • Practical Nursing
  • Welding

Once you choose a degree to go through, you’ll have a much easier time finding the right school for you.

Assess the Costs

Tech schools are known for being cheaper than traditional universities, but there are still some that cost more money than others. You have to assess the cost and financial aid opportunities for each school so you can determine where to go. Keep in mind where your scholarship money can be used, as it may not be applicable at some institutions. If you can’t afford to attend a certain school, look for a cheaper option. There is always some other school to go to. You just have to find it.

Check the Reputation

You may be able to narrow down your options by reading reviews about certain schools online. Good schools will inevitably have good reviews, and bad schools will have bad reviews. You can use information from former students to decide where to go when it comes time to pursue your degree. You can also look for schools that are accredited and offer accredited degree programs. Never attend a non-accredited school because you cannot guarantee the quality of the education you will receive.

Once you figure out which technical college you want to attend, all you have to do is apply to the school of your choice and hope you get in. You will be on the fast track to your career in no time!

5 Jobs Every College Student Should Apply for

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Top Jobs for College Students

When most people think about working in college, they imagine themselves living off financial aid and the minimum wage work they can get down at Taco Bell. You’re more than welcome to do that if you want, but chances are you need something more than a pint-sized paycheck and scholarship money to get by. Before you go broke just trying to start your future, you might want to learn about the high paying career opportunities that are available to you right now. Here are five jobs every college student should apply for.

Paid Intern

Most internships don’t pay any money, but there are some that offer financial compensation for career training. In other words, you could learn more about your career and make money at the same time. This will make it easier for you to find work after graduation, and it will help you avoid massive debt living on student loans. If you happen to establish some positive career connections, you might be able to land a job before you even complete your degree program.

Freelance Writer

As a freelance writer, you can work from the comfort of your own home and make more than you probably will right after you graduate. Every word on the web (including this one) has to be written by someone, and a lot of companies will pay people to write those words for them. Most freelance writers make at least $15 an hour right from the start, and some make as much as $60+ an hour with some experience. Think of all the beanie wienies that will buy you!


If you’re over the age of 21, you could probably make good money bartending. This depends on where you live and what kinds of bars you have in your area, but most college towns have plenty of good bars to choose from. Bartenders have the potential to make several hundreds of dollars a night if they are good at what they do. You just have to be able to charm people and multitask. Instead of getting drunk on the weekends, why not provide the drinks? This is a much more profitable option in the long run.

Affiliate Marketer

In affiliate marketing, you basically get paid to promote someone else’s products or services. You could do this by putting affiliate links on a blog, on a video, on a social network account, or something else along those lines. You could even post product reviews with links in them, as long as the site you’re posting them to allows affiliate linking. Every time someone clicks on a link you posted, you could make money. Some places will pay by click and others will pay by purchase. All you have to do is draw traffic to your post, and you’ll make money with very little effort.


If you’re in college, you’re somewhat intelligent. Why not put your knowledge to the test and make some money doing so? You could sign up to be a teacher’s aide at your school, or you could look for tutoring jobs in your area. You may even want to get a tutoring job online, if you’re having trouble finding something local. Whatever the case may be, you should be able to make some decent money in your spare time.

All of the jobs mentioned above offer great pay, flexible scheduling, and immense opportunities for any college student. Figure out what you’ll do best, and find a job to support you through school.

Getting the Most out of Your Financial Aid

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Maximize Your Financial Aid

Most students do not have the luxury of paying for their own college education because they don’t come from a family of millionaires. The average full time college student pays anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000+ for a single year of education, and that can be a lot of money to come up with without any help. Luckily, there are several financial aid programs that students can look into when they need assistance paying for their education.

If you have been looking into a college degree program for the future, you may want to learn how to get the most out of your financial aid. Here are some tips to help you get the most money possible every semester.

Understand the Different Types of Financial Aid Available

There are three main types of financial aid that most college students consider: scholarships, grants, and student loans. Each of these categories of financial aid has subcategories to keep in mind, like private loans vs. public loans or need based scholarships vs. merit scholarships. You can apply for any one of these aid options, but you need to make sure that you apply for the one that is right for you.

Student loans are sums of money that you have to pay back whenever you get out of school. They can be great options for students who cannot qualify for other forms of aid, but they should not be your first resort for money. Scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back, and they can usually cover the entire cost of attendance if you get the right awards. Look for scholarships and grants before you apply for student loans. This will save you from debt in the end.

Look Wherever You Can

If you only apply for one or two scholarships from the school, you may not get enough to pay for your education. Instead of doing that, you need to look wherever you can for financial aid. There is no ideal time of the year to apply for scholarships and grants, nor is there an ideal place to find them. You can talk to a financial aid adviser at school for information about local scholarships, and then you can turn to the internet to find some not-so-known awards to apply for. Some cities also have pageants and other contents that you could enter for scholarship money. You just have to find something you think you can win and go for it.

Never Stop Applying

You may be tempted to stop your applications after you cover the cost of tuition, but that is not ideal in the slightest. You can never have too many scholarships. You just can’t. If you have excess money in your account at the end of the semester, you will get a check from the school for the overage. Thus you need to make finding scholarships a secondary job for you if you want to truly get the most out of your time in college.

Take the tips above to heart and use them to get as much financial aid as you can throughout the year. If you get the right rhythm going, you should be able to find enough money to cover the cost of attendance for your school of choice.

Paying for a Car on a College Budget

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How to Get a Car for College

Cars can be incredibly expensive, no matter what you want to buy. It is hard enough to pay for a car when you have a steady career, let alone when you’re dealing with a college budget. Nevertheless, there are some simple ways to adjust your spending so you can have the ride you need to get on campus. Here are some tips to help you pay for a car when you have no money.

Save Your Financial Aid

If you get money back from school each semester, try to put some of it away. You’re not technically supposed to use scholarship money for this, but there is no harm in doing so if you already have your school costs covered. Don’t take out a new student loan just to put a down payment on a car because you will have to pay that back after graduation. Just put back a little extra money if you can.

Get a Steady Job

If you’re still living on your parent’s allowance money, you need to think about getting a job. This may be hard to do between classes, but it is something you’ll need to think about if you want a car. You could get a job tutoring or writing online, and that would save you from having to leave the house when you go to work. Any extra income you get can go toward the car fund.

Avoid Financing the Vehicle

It may be tempting to finance a car in college because you don’t have to come up with the money all at once. This is an option, but it is one that you must think about carefully. If your job isn’t steady enough to support a car payment each month, you shouldn’t put yourself in that situation. You could destroy your credit early on if you start missing payments, and that will only lead to problems later on. You will also have to carry full coverage on your car if you finance it, which will raise your insurance payments each month. Do you think you can handle all that?

As a disclaimer, we will say that getting a car financed will help you build credit, which will help you if you want to get a better car in the long run. From a savings perspective though, you want to stay away from getting a loan on a vehicle.

Settle for Something Cheap

You probably won’t be able to afford the Bentley of your dreams on a Ramen Noodle budget, so don’t set your expectations too high. If the car has four wheels and a reliable motor, it should be good enough for now. You can always sell it later on and buy something better, but this will at least get you around until you can afford a bigger, better ride. Don’t get in over your head.

Follow the tips above as you start looking for a car in college, and you will hopefully find something you can afford.


The Ultimate Guide to Easy Scholarships

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Easy Scholarships Are Closer Than You Think!

Easy scholarships may be the right thing you are looking for if you are searching for opportunities to fund your college education. After reading the same type of scholarship information over and over, the task may seem boring and tedious. However, some scholarships break free from the confines of traditional scholarships. The unique scholarships listed below offer interesting ways to make some quick money to help pay for college tuition. Read on to see how you may be able to pay for your college education.

How to Find Easy Scholarships

You may define “easy” in a different way than others do. For some people, an easy scholarship is a no essay scholarship because they do not write well naturally. For others, essay scholarships may provide the perfect opportunities for them to showcase their creative writing abilities. The key to finding easy scholarships is to focus on your talents. What can you really do well at? Once you target some of the special qualities you possess, you can start looking for easy scholarships that match your skills and aspirations.

You can always contact organizations in your area that relate to your special talents. If you are an artist, for example, you could contact a local art club to see if they have any scholarship contests you may be able to enter your artwork into. There are similar organizations for just about any talent you may have, so you simply have to take a little time to find them. You can further explore your options by speaking with a college financial adviser or by searching online. Regardless of how you look for scholarships, you should be able to find something easy for you to apply for.

Popular Easy Scholarships

The term “easy” scholarships is somewhat misleading because they aren’t always “easy” to find. Nevertheless, there are a number of options out there for you. Here are a few distinctive scholarships that offer propose a fun, easy alternative to their traditional counterparts:

  • Tall Clubs International Scholarship: One interesting and unusual scholarship is offered through the Tall Clubs International (TCI) group. This scholarship awards up to $1,000 to individuals who are tall of stature. The requirements for this scholarship are quite simple: female applicants must be at or above 5’10″in height and male applicants must be at or above 6’2″ in height. In order to apply for the scholarship, you must join TCI. Once you’ve joined, fill out the simple downloadable form on their website, and contact a member to be your sponsor to recommend you for the scholarship. All the information can be found on their website.
  • VRG Scholarship: Another unique scholarship aimed at vegetarians is sponsored by The Vegetarian Resource Group. In order to apply for this scholarship, the applicant must be vegetarian, must be graduating from high school in spring of 2012, and must have promoted vegetarianism in their school or community. If you meet those qualifications, you may be eligible to receive one of two awards of $5,000. Simple ideas to promote vegetarianism may include, but are not limited to, setting up a garden for your school’s cafeteria, writing an article for your local or school newspaper about the benefits of vegetarianism, or rallying to have your school or local community center offer vegetarian meals as a part of their menu. To apply for the scholarship, please visit their website listed above.
  • Elks Foundation Scholarships: Did you ever think that an elk might give you a scholarship? The Elks National Foundation gives out 400 scholarships as part of their Most Valuable Student Award scholarship, and each scholarship ranges from $1,000 to $15,000 a year per student award. The only stipulations to apply and receive the scholarship is that the student pursue college full-time (12 or more credit hours per semester), be attending a U.S. college, be enrolled in a four-year degree program, and be a high school senior. Applicants do not need to be a member of the Elks National Foundation to qualify, nor do they need to know anyone associated with the Elks. However, having a good GPA and being active in your school may help improve your chances of being selected.
  • Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest: Practice your duck calls because they may just earn you a scholarship. The Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest awards four different scholarships (in denominations of $2000, $1000, $750, and $500) to high school graduates each year for their duck calling expertise. In affiliation with the World’s Champion Duck Calling Contest, the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest is open to any high school senior in the United States. How do you qualify? Just attend the contest held each year, and you could qualify for financial aid.

Many easy scholarship opportunities exist outside of the ones mentioned above. What is the best advice to follow in order to receive scholarships? Apply, apply, apply! With a little time on your hands and a little effort you will be racking up award after award.