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.”

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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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Related:
Here are some ways to save money during winter break
Paying for a car on a college budget

  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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Related:
Here are some ways to avoid debt in college
Ways to make money in college

  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!

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.

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.

Portability

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.

Versatility

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.

Affordability

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.

Hardware

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.

Contests

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.

Sponsorships

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.

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!

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.

Organizing Your Computer for College

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Cut out the Computer Clutter to Reduce Your Stress in College

College is a messy time in a person’s life. The dorm room is messy, the bank account is messy, the car is messy, and of course, the computer is messy. All of this mess can make simple tasks take much longer than they should simply because there is a lack of organization in place. We can’t make you clean your room or the floorboard of your car, but we can help you clean up your computer while in college. Here are some tips that are sure to make you more efficient in the coming months.

Folders, Folders, Folders

We can’t say this enough…folders. Having a clean set of folders on your computer will make finding files so much easier. This is like having a box of papers versus a filing cabinet where everything is neatly placed. Which one would you rather search through? Try to create folders for different classes, different semesters, different software programs, and more. When you look at your desktop, you should see very little clutter there whatsoever.

Get Rid of Old Files

If you have files on your computer that you know you will never need, just get rid of them. They take up extra space for no reason, and they can prevent you from finding the things you actually need to find. After you delete the files, make sure to clean out the recycling bin. This is something that people often miss, so the files still eat up valuable space. You can simply right click on the bin and clear it, or you can use a free program like CCleaner to do it for you. That will clean up other random files on your computer left by programs you’ve installed or uninstalled.

If you aren’t sure if you’re going to use a certain file you want to delete, put it on the cloud or in an external hard drive. That way it’s at least accessible, even if it’s not on your computer. If you happen to need it in the future, you have a way to find it.

Clean up Your Programs

Every semester, you should go through your computer and perform a “spring cleaning” of sorts. Uninstall programs you no longer use, and clear out any files you don’t see yourself needing. Essentially you need to make sure you have a clean slate to work on next semester. If things get messy somewhere along the way, at least you don’t have semester after semester worth of junk lying around. You’ll feel better about yourself if you have a clean computer to work on. We guarantee it.

The next time you find yourself procrastinating with your computer organization, think about what happened the last time you needed a file you couldn’t find. It was probably an hour before a deadline, where you barely made it to class on time to turn in a big paper. Do you want that to happen again? If not, follow the tips above and you’ll be ready to go at any time.

Now Is the Time to Prepare for Fall Semester

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Use the Summer to Jump Start Your Semester

College classes just started back up again, and most students are dragging their feet to get their first assignments done. The transition between summer and school is always tough, but that shouldn’t give you an excuse to be lazy. If you want to make the most out of your education, you might want to get ahead of the game this semester. Here is a guide explaining how to use the summer to prepare for fall semester.

Make an Events Calendar

Take the time now to start putting together a calendar of important dates for the semester. Map out your assignment schedules and any exams you have coming up. If you know that something is probably going to take a few days to prepare for, set up reminders for yourself before the due date. Whether you do this online or on a piece of paper, you just need something to keep yourself on track.

Study Once a Day

You need to get in the habit of studying on a regular basis. Rather than taking this time to extend your summer break, you should start studying for the information coming up. If you do not have anything to study for, read ahead for the next day’s classes. Then you will be prepared when the professor asks a question. Study in small chunks every single day, and you’ll be able to remember a lot more for your tests.

Find a Study Buddy

Now is a great time to find someone to do homework with. You could join a full blown study group, or you could just make a plan to work with your lab partner. By establishing a bond like this now, you will not have to worry about getting help when you need it. As long as the other person knows what he or she is doing, you should be good to go.

Read ahead in Class

Don’t just focus on the required reading. Try to stay a few steps ahead of the professor. Not only will this help you remember the information, but it will also help you prepare questions for things you don’t understand. If you aren’t confident that you’ll get help from your professor, you can do some extra research on your own. People will think you’re super smart, even if you’re just super prepared.

Look for Financial Aid

Take this opportunity to score some money for next semester so you don’t have to worry about student loans. The search for financial aid never ends because you can always use more money for college. If you get the right setup going for you, the school will actually pay you to get an education. How cool is that? All it takes is a little effort.

You are the one who controls how this semester goes. Make it a good one. Follow the tips above, and you’ll be able to make every class a success.

How to Calculate Your Cost of Attendance

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How Much Money Do You Need for College?

Your cost of attendance is the amount of money you need to pay for your education, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, housing, personal expenses, utilities, and transportation. By understanding what your cost of attendance is, you can have a better idea of how much scholarship money you need to get through your degree. No two people have the same cost of attendance, even if they go to the same school and have the same major. Use the guide below to learn how to calculate your cost of attendance.

Get an Estimate from Your School

Your school’s financial aid department should have an approximate cost of attendance for you to use as a template. In most cases, this will be available as a calculator on the school’s website. You can enter the classes you are taking and the details of your living situation to get an estimate for your cost of attendance. This will be the price that your school uses to cap your financial aid for the year.

Note that changes in your class schedule, where you live (on campus vs. off campus) and the school you attend in general will dramatically change your approximate cost of attendance.

If your school does not provide a cost of attendance calculator for you, you may be able to find a general estimate through the CNN Money College Cost database. This will not include specific information for your degree, but it may provide a baseline for you.

Do Your Own Research

Once you have your class schedule for the semester, find out how much money you will have to pay for books, lab fees, and supplies you need for the class. Your school may estimate a certain amount of money for supplies and books that does not match what you will actually spend. If you can find used textbooks or rental textbooks, for instance, you won’t have to pay full retail for your books.

Determine Your Cost of Living

Your cost of living is completely base on your lifestyle, your housing, and your personal needs. Spend some time looking over your current bills and see if there are any changes coming for the school year. Do you plan to move? If so, what will the new rent and utility payments be? Are you changing your diet? Are you going to need more money for transportation? Make a detailed list of your monthly expenses and add that to the cost of your schooling.

Apply for Financial Aid

With all of this information I place, you can start applying for financial aid. Don’t just apply for the amount you need because there is no guarantee that you will earn all of the scholarships you try for. If you get more money than the school will allow you to have, at least you will be able to pay for your expenses with confidence. You may even get a refund check next semester. Recalculate your cost of attendance every time something changes with your life, and you will always be prepared for your responsibilities.

Benefits of Getting a College Education

To go to college or not to go to college?

That is the question…for some. Many high school students have known throughout their whole time in high school that they will go to college after they graduate. Whether it is straight away or after a year out to experience life, work or travel is irrelevant. There are also high school students who know that they will not go to college. They may prefer an apprenticeship and learn a trade, they may go into a family business which doesn’t require a college degree and there are people who simply aren’t the academic type and much happier off getting straight to work after high school. And that is all perfectly fine. However, there is also a group of students that simply cannot decide if college is the right choice for them or not. This article is for those students and to what the benefits of getting a college education are.

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The financial benefits of getting a college education

The financial benefits of getting a college education are enormous. Unless you are super brilliant and a natural inventor or entrepreneur, like Steve Jobs for example, you will getting a college a degree will help you get a better paying and more prestigious job. Even on entry level.

Even though unemployment is up and wages have gone down, unemployment is significantly lower amongst people who have a college degree and wages have gone down less for the higher educated.

Have a look at this article if you are interested in an in-debt explanation on the financial benefits of getting a college education. You’ll be quite surprised about what they have to say.

The social benefits of getting a college education

It starts with better benefits for you and your (future) family. And it’s not just healthcare. College graduates are more likely to receive such benefits as retirement matching, tuition reimbursement, travel compensation, childcare, and paid vacation. In terms of earnings, such benefits packages are significant to the extent that are worth a whole extra take-home salary.

But take a step back and imagine yourself in college. All of a sudden you are surrounded with people who have the same goals and passions as you have. People you can really talk to about things that matter to you and make lifelong friends with. College is the place for networking and make professional as well as social connections.

The hidden benefits of getting a college education

Besides the very obvious financial and social benefits of getting a college education. There are also plenty of hidden benefits like illustrated in this cool infographic below.

Regardless of what you decide to do after you finish college, make a careful decision based on proper research of the pros and cons for you.  Even if you decide not to go to college right after you finish high school and you end it up regretting is, there is no harm done. You can always go the year after and if a lot of time has passed, you can start college as an adult learner.

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Tips on How to Pick a College

Why you need to pay close attention when you pick a college

It’s a huge deal, right? Picking a college. I mean, it’s not like choose between a red or a blue sweater or where to go for dinner with your friends. Picking a college is something fundamental, something that will influence the rest of your life. It’s about the education you will get, the people you will meet, the networking you will do, the clubs you will belong to. And all these things will contribute to what kind of college student you will become and what your life will look like afterwards.

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What factors play a role?

Some kids have it easy. They just go to the same college that their family has been going to for generation and that is the end of it. Their name has been established at the college making life a lot easier. Well, it depends really on what kind of students their relatives were, but let’s assume they were good, hard working folk.

For a lot of kids this is not the case. Some simply have to go to the only place that actually accepted them. Nothing to pick or choose there. Most likely they are relieved to have gotten in anywhere, though some people choose to take a year out to work and develop their resume in order to get in with more choice the next year. If you have the time to spare and a good plan of what you will do with your year off (could be community work, volunteering, internship) it may be beneficial for you to do just that so you are be able to pick a college of your choice the year after.

For some people distance is a key factor. They may decide they want to stay close to home and their family or go as far away as possible for  complete change of scenery and to get a whole different, independent college experience.

What every student should pay attention when they pick a college is of course the college ranking. No matter whether you are a straight A student or pretty average one you will always be wise to try and get into a college that has a good reputation for turning out successful graduates. Even students that are mostly interested in all the activities that go on outside the classroom need to knuckle down at some point and get the work done, so best to do it at as good a college you can get into.

There are student that pick a college based on how easy it will be for them to get a degree there. These are less prestigious colleges of course, but so are those kinds of students, so they could make a good match.

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Any good tips?

Sure, we’re always happy to give some tips. First and foremost: do not set your mind on just getting into that one specific college. Of course you will first pick a college you really want to get into, but make sure to have a few backup options in case it doesn’t work out with the college on top op your list.

Talk to people from different colleges. The best information on how to pick a college will come from the students who are attending there. Ask for random recommendations from people you know and you may hear great things about places you never even considered.

Pick a college that fits your goals! If you want to major in science, make sure to pick a college that has a high ranking science department. Same goes for arts, humanities and every other subject. Make sure you make the right fit for the best chance of success.

There are many more tips and focus points on how to pick a college that are useful to look into. Do your homework on this so you won’t have to regret your choice later on.

And while you’re busy with all this, do not forget that you will also need to apply for scholarships to help fund it all.

Is Getting a College Education Really Worth It?

When students have to make a decision whether or not to continue their education, it is one of their biggest decisions that they have to make and it ought to be the right decision since their future depends on it.  Balancing out the pros and cons is one of the best ways to go.  It is about making a decision to get a degree and land a good job or finding alternative ways to be successful.  A college education not only takes a long time to complete, but it can also be costly.  Some students are forced to get loans in order to pay off their college education and in some instances, it can lead to debt.  However, is getting a college education really worth it?

Although cost of education can be burdensome, there are alternative ways to bring down some of the cost.  That is where scholarships come in handy.  Some students may have been granted scholarships for their hard work in high school or community while others can apply for scholarships in hopes of getting some money towards their education.  Although it can be a hassle to fill out so many applications for scholarships, but students get a greater chance at winning scholarships by applying to as many as they are eligible for.  With scholarships students are able to save thousands of dollars and feel more comfortable about getting a college degree.

Getting a college degree is vital nowadays.  At the same time, college education brings knowledge and gets students prepared for their future career.  It will, in return, prepare them for all the challenges that they will face in the future.  More knowledge has never hurt anyone and, in fact it helps students advance in their chosen field of study and get equipped with information and experience.  A college education serves as work experience and in many instances can bring numerous job opportunities to the table.

Getting a college degree will not only make loved ones be in high spirits, but it will also look good on one’s resume.  A college degree serves as a medal for fresh out of college individuals.  It can seem as an award or an honor of student’s hard work and commitment.  Obtaining a college degree will open many doors to finding a dream job and can bring many future opportunities, as well as a higher salary.  A college education has become a key to success today.

Community College Studies

Transferring from a high school to a university is a big step and a lot of work is anticipated from students.  Moving from a dependent life to an independent life is a process that everyone has to go through.  However, some students take small steps to help them prepare for such changes.  Students are able to attend a community college in preparation for taking the big step to a big university and an independent lifestyle.

Community colleges are two-year colleges that offer students to get a two-year degree, also known as the associate’s degree.  It is a good way for students to prepare for bigger opportunities.  Community colleges are similar to attending a high school but a step closer to attending a university.  Although four-year institutions offer on-campus living, community colleges do not.   While in a community college, students have less worries, can save money, and are able to go to a college close to their home while still living with their parents, unless they choose to rent an apartment.  At community colleges students find it more flexible to choose courses they need and at particular times that suits their schedule.  Students get an advantage of being able to transfer all or most of their courses to a four-year institution.

Although community colleges offer general classes, they also offer courses related to programs that students may be interested in.  While the options are limited, students should make sure that their community college offers specialized majors that interests them.  This option helps them prepare for a four-year institution where they will continue with other courses needed to get a degree.  Community colleges are the best option for those students still unsure of what field of study they want to pursue.  It helps students figure out what they want to do after having some college experience.  Since most four-year institutions require a good GPA, community colleges do not.  However, many students get the chance to improve their GPA at a community college before applying and attending a four-year university.

Those students wishing to save some money should attend a community college for their first two years and then transfer to a four-year university to finish their last two years.  Students get to save thousands of dollars this way since community colleges are about a few thousands a year where attending a university could be twice as much or more a year.  Students in a community college still get a chance at some financial aid, even as part-time students.  Students attending a community college get to worry less about financing their education and about college debt.  Best of all, students are able to work a full-time or part-time job while attending a community college and without feeling overworked.  The students that choose to attend a community college first end up saving a lot of money even if they attend a four-year institution for the remaining two years.

In the end, a community college is the best option for those students not sure of what they will expect or perhaps which direction they want to take.  For those students paying for their own college education, a community college can lower their debt since education at two-year colleges is a lot cheaper.  It is best that students attend a community college the first two years and then transfer to a four-year university.  It is the paramount and most secure way to getting a bachelor’s degree.

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How to Plan for When College Is Done

Getting a college degree can be very rewarding and individuals can feel a sense of security with a diploma in their hands.  But what now we ask? What is expected after college?  Entering a competitive job market can be fun yet stressful for many and it is up to the individual to make the right choices for their future.

College years are the best years.  It is the last resort to having fun before entering the job market.  Students have put all their time and effort in completing their college education in hopes to a better and brighter future.  The years spent in college can seem like they are never-ending at times, but many people do not realize how fast time flies and before they know it, those years are gone.  Now that the fun stuff is over and the next thing is getting to business.

The biggest challenge that people have to face after college is finding a job.  Many find that completing a college education is a relief, however those individuals might not realize that they have a lot of work ahead of them.  The competitive job market is getting tougher and it is up to the students and their ambitions as how they approach the next step.  Students may go door to door or from a website to the office and show their qualities and self worth.  Whether it is looking for a job before finishing college or after completing college, it is the biggest choice that students have to make.  Their career depends on all the hard work that they have done in the past.  It is highly recommended that students start their job search well before finishing college to help them be ready in advance.                 On the other side, many feel nervous about starting their lives over and having to be prepared a new challenge.  Many will miss the years they had and having fun like they used to while in school.  Students also have to figure out where they will live and how to start their lives from scratch. Some students are stuck with student loans and have that responsibility.  Without a job that may not come off that easy.  Students with a job have a greater opportunity at advancing and achieving so much in the future.

Now that the school years are over, it is time for students to get prepared for their second part of their life.  Landing a dream career can open many doors to other opportunities such as buying a house or a new car perhaps.  Life after college can still be fun, but it is even more rewarding with a college degree, great job and a good salary.

Choose the Right School

Choosing an educational institution is like looking to purchase a new vehicle.  It can be difficult to make the right decision when looking at all the possible choices given.  Knowing that so much money will be given towards it makes people want to make the perfect decision.  The next few years depend on the choice the individual makes.  A good-quality vehicle makes people feel secure and gets them ready to move ahead.  Students want to feel secure when it comes to choosing a good college/university knowing that their future depends on it.  Their future years will shape their future even more down the road and may bring many more future prospects.

Some students choose to apply to a two-year community college in order to save some money and eventually they choose to transfer to a four-year institution.  Community colleges cost a few thousands of dollars a year while major private universities go up to six digits.  Many students choose their college/university depending on whether they want to stay close to their home or move away and live on-campus.  Students choose an institution based on what it has to offer them such as choosing a specific institution based on their field of study or on their financial limit.

Students have a choice to choose between a private or a public educational institution.  Although private institutions tend to be more pricey, some students prefer private universities because they get the most attention from professors and tend to learn more.  Public institutions have a tendency to be a lot cheaper while still offering many great benefits to the students.

Students can choose to go to a college in-state or out-of-state, but this is where the students have to be careful.  Out-of- state colleges charge out-of-state tuition and other fines which can be thousands of dollars more than an in-state college.  Public in-state colleges are the best and the cheapest way to when getting an education.  Makes students focus more on education than on paying off college or perhaps being left with many student loans.

It is a tough for those students applying to numerous universities and waiting to see if they get accepted because it makes them not know what is awaiting them.  In the meantime, students should still search for other opportunities and have a backup plan.  Applying earlier for colleges gives students a great amount of time to see if they get accepted and at the same time, students will have enough time to prepare everything else.  Students that get accepted in a university feel as if they have reached the highest of their goals knowing how hard it can be to get accepted to some big name institutions.  Those that do not get accepted have alternative choices and can still have time to apply to other universities.

Students that are not sure of which educational institution they want to attend can get help by searching through online college search engines which can help students find a college based on their major, location, financial choice, as well as many other aspects.  Students are able to see the statistics such as dropout rates, the cost of tuition, and other items such as class size to find a good fit.  Best of all, it is highly suggested that students go and visit the colleges before applying.  It is important to know where to look so students can get prepared ahead of time.

Whether it is a Toyota from Japan or a GMC from the U.S., a car is a car just like education is an education.  People expect more when they pay more and it is education that brings people bigger opportunities in the future.  Students should choose an educational institution that best suits their needs and should always make sure to go further and building their knowledge.

Attention All High School Students!

Here is some unconventional wisdom for some of you wondering whether college is for you or not.

Instead of deciding if college is for you and then figuring out where to go and how to pay for it, start backwards. With literally millions of scholarships available every year in the US, the ability to pursue higher education and finance it is more real than ever before. Finding a scholarship that caters to a specific major or career path can be a great motivator to study if you had perviously thought otherwise. In fact, scholarships intended for specific majors and course study can be some of the most valuable for prospective college students.

We all know the the drill in senior year of high school; Exams, SAT/ACT prep, planning for your future, while trying to enjoy the last days of school. Work, Extra curricular activities, the yearbook and the prom. The life of a high school student is full of stress and important decisions, and that is even before we know how to pay for it all. On top of everything, once you have decided, comes the most pain staking part; the applications.

Financial aid, student loans, scholarships, work study, you name it. Page after page of redundant information that you must fill out. First Name, Last Name, Email , Telephone, GPA, all the same fields written over and over again in black ink, just to be eligible for maybe getting financial  help.

Here at GetUSScholarships we know this can be the most annoying part, so we want to recommend a great site to you. Its called Scholarship Owl, and to make a long story short; One registration, One application for all the scholarships you are eligible for. Once they find you a set of scholarships, the only thing you need to add (when necessary) is an essay.

So if you weren’t sure about studying, try them out, fill out the application and maybe then you will realize your true collegiate value.

Study Online and Find the Scholarships to Help

With the ever growing number of scholarship opportunities for students, the dream of studying at the next level has never been greater. Even more inspiring is the ability of students to choose what they really want to study as early as high school and look for universities and scholarships geared directly towards them. Want to study medicine, no problem, or how about Culinary Arts? Choose from a selection of scholarship money just an application away.

One great option is studying online.

Online university has become a great choice to learn at your own pace, wherever you may be. Scholarships for online studies are slowly growing and the characteristics of your average student differ from campus schools. Getting started early in online studies can help you find new scholarship opportunities that differ from those of traditional schools. Private funds, corporate sponsorship, and university backed awards have all begun to add scholarships solely for online studies. This could in some cases increase the exposure to your application and help get you ever so closer.

 

Today students can choose from a group of accredited, smart and organized online universities. Enrolment is simple and class structure can be conveniently built  around your own time. Most of the online schools offer a large selections of majors and class curriculums, allowing students to focus on what most interests them.

Online university can be a great choice for those students needing more flexibility. Check back to getusscholarships.com for more information on scholarships for online education and many more.

 

 

How to Excel in Studies in US Colleges?

Success comes to those who are serious about it and work hard to achieve their aim. Most of the international students who get themselves enrolled in the top colleges of US usually waste their time rather than focusing on their studies. Time flies at a very fast pace, therefore it is necessary to understand the importance of time or else you will be able to lose the opportunities that come your way. As soon you become the part of the college, your first year will pass in no time and you will have more responsibilities to shoulder.

Most of the students get carried away with the charm and the lifestyle of their new college that they deviate from the studies and involve in other activities. If you want to fulfill your aim and want to do something in life, just avoid the three mistakes which can certainly destroy your career and also lose the faith of your parents.

Never skip the campus activities

Plenty of activities are organized by the college to keep the students busy. This is a great chance for the students to show their talent and become a part of different activities. In this way, they will be able to learn something new and get in touch with other people. So never stay away from the various kinds of activities that are arranged in the college as you get a unique experience which you can share with your other friends too. Such activities are also fruitful in the all round development of an individual and transform their personality. Your confidence will go up and it will be easy to fight with the challenges of life. Thus you can learn a lot from these activities and stay fit too.

Connecting with a few people and friends

There are many students who do not like to connect with people and this is the reason that they always stay confined to themselves. Getting in touch with new people will help you to know more about the college, the culture that prevails in US, people living around, the lifestyle and lots more. It is a great opportunity to get familiar with the people around you and make yourself comfortable. Thus you will get used to the new environment in a small amount of time thus enjoying your life.

Not utilizing the professor’s office hours

The professors’ office hours are specially meant for the students so that they can come up with their questions and get the answers. But most of the students waste their time in other activities thus losing the chance to get deep knowledge from their professors. Every college provides this facility to the students so that they can contact the concerned professor and get the answers to the questions going in their mind. You can intimate the professor through an email so that they can keep themselves free for your questions.

Coming to US for studies is a lifetime opportunity that one should not miss. Try to grab all the chances so that you can utilize them and look forward to a bright future.