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Finding a Job Immediately After College

If you wait to complete college to start thinking about finding a job then you might realize that the best ones are already taken. Considering the current economic scenario this is something that you can hardly risk. After all, you need to start earning money at the earliest in order to stand on your own two feet and also pay back your student loan at the earliest. The following tips will help you find employment fairly easily.

– Get plenty of inputs from your college’s career counselor: The counselor will be able to help you understand your strengths and weaknesses with specific reference to the kind of job that you are suited for. You will also get plenty of advice on how to write a good resume. The counselor will also tell you about the different types of jobs that fresh graduates generally get.

– Don’t miss out on career fairs at your college: Most universities organize these events so that students can have access to employers who are interested in picking up fresh graduates. Even if you don’t get job offers right away, you’ll learn how to deal with interviewers and will also have a better idea of what potential employers are looking for.

– Send plenty of resumes out: You ought to increase the chances of getting called for interviews by sending out lots of resumes to potential employers. Make sure that you write the resumes carefully and customize them to each position that you are applying for so that finding a job becomes easier. Your resume should also be accurate and up to date.

– Apply to the right positions: You do need to be aware that many companies offer only entry level positions to people just out of college and that the pay will also be quite low. However, it’s not a good idea to refuse these positions since most of these companies also give plenty of opportunities to you to climb up the corporate ladder.

– Network for a job: Ask your family members and friends for ideas about possible job openings. If you are qualified and have the right attitude then there’s a good possibility that you’ll be offered a good job.

It is a fact that you cannot really afford to be unemployed for long these days. Finding a job straight after college will help you get a good start on dealing with the bad economy.

Five Questions to Ask When Choosing a College

There are plenty of good colleges. But just because a college is popular among your friends or highly ranked by a magazine doesn’t mean it’s a good fit for you.

Hanging out with your high school friends can be part of college, but it shouldn’t be the focus. Attending a college just for the comfort of your friends and the parties that will ensue is a quick path to dropping out. Similarly, just because a college has a prestigious basket weaving major doesn’t mean you will feel comfortable on campus.

To find the college that fits you must weight many factors. Here are five questions to ask when looking at potential colleges:

Do they have what I need? There are a couple of basic questions you should ask yourself when choosing a college other than “How many of my friends will be there?” First, ask yourself “What is my passion?” What are your future goals? If you want to be a writer look for schools with strong English and communications programs. If you want to be an engineer then a small liberal arts school may not have what you need.

What’s my size? Do you want to go to a big school or a small school? There are advantages and disadvantages to both. A big school can be intimidating and overwhelming, but it may offer more programs, options and opportunities. Smaller schools may offer more personal attention in the classes you take, but they may not offer as many majors. If you learn better with direct attention from a teacher then perhaps a smaller school is best for you. If you don’t mind the anonymity and enjoy seemingly endless resources, look into the larger schools.

What are my strengths? Knowing your strengths and weaknesses can help you find a school where you are more likely to succeed. Do you need study groups to be successful? Do you prefer alone time? Do you work better in large lectures or small discussions? Do you like tests or long-term projects? Find what a school emphasizes before you say yes.

What’s my address? Something that is important, yet often overlooked, is a school’s location. A big city offers an endless amount of fun and nightlife, but the campus may be spread throughout. Some schools in smaller towns are community anchors. Recreation activities at these schools are more focused around the university. Also, keep in mind the environment. Does the weather suit you? Too much heat or cold could make your school year miserable. You may want to look at schools in areas that suit your outdoor recreation needs. Not every school is located near hiking trails in the mountains or surf-friendly waves.

What’s plan B? Many students change their major once enrolling in college. Some even go through three or four areas of study. So before you commit to a highly specialized school be sure of your passions. You don’t have to decide on a major now. Giving leeway from the start of your college search could save headaches later. Examine more than one academic department at your school, and see what other areas of study interest you.

How to Study Smartly to Get Great Grades in College

image1-e1442692829271-300x300Students don’t really need to study hard at high school in order to get good grades, but college is a lot harder than high school, you have to work harder and smarter so that you can do great academically in college. Below are a few tips, which you could implement to help you get great grades in college.

Tip #1: You have to take note in classes

Not matter how good you are, taking notes at classes ease your revision later. You can use the traditional method of writing important points taught in the class into your notebook. Most lectures give printed notes for students as reference during the class session, but they may explain in further detail, by examples or case study, which you may need to note down into your notebook. So, always bring along a notebook into the class and write down the important points explained by lecturer. You will find that it is easier and takes less time in revision if you have noted down the important notes during the class session.

Tip #2: Record the class session for review

You can use the advanced technology such as MP3/MP4 recorder to record audio/video for playback during your revision later. You may need to get permission from lecturer before placing the recorder near the lecturer’s table for quality recording. There are many file conversion software available, which you can use to convert the recorded files into various file formats, which you can hear/watch them with any playback system. Moreover, if you convert the file with faster speed, for example 2X of the original speed, then you can shorten your revision time into half. This is one of the methods used by smart students to speed up their learning process.

Tip #3: Form a study group

Getting other students to help you learn and remember the class content is another smart way to learn faster. This is how the study group works out. The discussion in the study group that involves opinion from the members will trigger your mind more efficiently.

Tip #4: Talk to the other students in each one of your classes

You classmates may have extra or inside information that they may share with. So, you should try to keep yourself connected with your classmates. Ask them what they think about the class session just taught by the lecturer and give your opinion on it to share your thought. Don’t wait for other to start the conversation, take the initiative to make friend with your peer and will you find that the learning gets easier.

Tip #5: See your college professors at office

You have to find some time to meet up your college professors and ask questions to get better understand on the subject. When meeting with the lecturer, try to act really that you are really interested in the subject she is offering. Many college professions have vast knowledge in a particular area, which they may not explain the details during the class session. You will get a lot more information that is not taught in the class. Meeting and having discussions with the professors not only help you in getting great grades, but you will also create a network with people in the field known by the professors, who may help you to start your career easier after graduation.

Summary

In order to get great grades in college, you not only need to study hard, but study smart so that you will learn fast and easy. The 5 tips above are among the study techniques implemented by smart students to get great grades in college.

Tips for College Students From a Recent College Grad

1. It will not be the best four years of your life

Well that cliché lasted long. In all seriousness, I hope that when I’m 90 years old and looking back on my life, somewhere in there I had four consecutive years better than college. Don’t get me wrong, they are a good four years, and it can be as fun or as dull as you’d like, but I hope that you’ll have a better four in your life.

If being so drunk that you black out and forget your entire evening, trumps the first four years of your marriage or first born child; well, then you have a rather unfulfilling life ahead of you.

2. Get involved

I cannot stress enough how important it is to get involved with something. A group, club, even a fraternity. Those interactions are where you’ll make your lifelong friends. No one meets their future wife or husband at a bar at one in the morning after God-knows-how-many drinks.

When I first arrived on campus I was very interested in politics. So I went to the first College Republicans meeting of the year. I knew no one there, I went in, sat down, and listened. In retrospect it was rather abnormal for me to go out on a limb like that. During the meeting, an announcement was made for a new conservative newspaper that one of the members was starting up.

Again, going against my personal grain, I signed up. I went to the first few meetings, became layout editor, and the rest is history. Literally it is history, the newspaper folded after two years. However, the friends spawned from that group are not. I met my girlfriend of two and a half years in that group and my roommate of two years. Branching out and getting involved is where you meet your lifelong buddies.

3. Some classes really are “blow off” classes

College is an interesting place. There are people who have no idea what they are going to do in life, and there are people who know exactly what they want to do. I was the latter. I knew I wanted to do radio or some form of media. That eventually evolved into digital media and social media, but I was always confident what I wanted to do with my life.

If you are like me, I recommend ignoring some of the required courses the university will shove down your throat. Sure, Biological Anthropology might be interesting, but if you have already decided to stay away from science, why bother paying attention?

I will admit, there is a satisfaction when four pointing a class you could not care less about, but truth be told, if you know what you want, focus on it. I knew I wanted to be involved in media, so instead of stressing and working hard at required courses that did not interest me, I spent my free time producing media, volunteering at the radio station, and calling play-by-play for basketball games.

However, if you have no idea what you want in life, pay attention in those courses. So long as you have not ruled out the broad subject matter, listen and engage, you might find a gem that will be your calling.

4. Engage

Sitting in a classroom and taking notes is not learning. Memorizing information and spitting it out on an exam, is not learning. Unfortunately, in many ways this is the sad state of our “higher education.” In my four years I’ve come across plenty of professors that are more concerned about their research than educating the people paying for their research.

The fact is, some professors are just as lazy and disengaged as you are. The best professors I’ve had cared about the subject matter and cared that we learned it. Two of my most memorable professors were in my freshman year. One taught a lecture on Biological Anthropology. It was a required course; he knew most people would not be interested. But his magic was he made us interested. Instead of standing at the front of the room and lecturing, he would take the first ten minutes of each class and walk around with a microphone and ask students about their weekend or about the course material.

It was a fantastic way to take a 200 person lecture, and make it feel small. Furthermore, it broke that “fourth wall” between the professor and the students. All too often professors teach like theater actors putting on a show and reading from a hazily memorized script. Instead this professor was human with us, and in turn we were more attentive and interested in the subject.

My second favorite professor taught a small writing class my freshman year. He never lectured, instead he listened. That was his magic. He would throw out a topic and listen to us talk to one another. He would prod, poke, and play devil’s advocate, but mostly he would listen and make sure the conversation stayed on course. This led to fantastic discussions which resulted in even better papers from the students.

In short, the best professors you’ll have will be ones that listen to you instead of themselves. You might be comfortable only taking notes in a 300 person lecture, but don’t expect it to pay dividends when it comes to actually learning something.

5. Your professor does not speak the word of God

In some respects, professors live in a bubble. They are surrounded by incredibly smart academics studying and teaching very specific topics, and sometimes it is hard to see the forest through the trees.

When everyone around you believes something, it is human nature to assume that the majority feel that way. When you are surrounded by incredibly bright people and they all say the same thing, it is human nature to assume it is true.

Oftentimes it is not.

I spent my four years as a minority on campus; I was a conservative. Even more frightening for the academic crowd, I was an educated conservative. The horror!

I came across plenty of professors that tried to teach their opinions as if they were verified and peer edited facts. And when they did, I called them out on it. But it does not have to be about politics and it does not have to be that vocal.

Professors are human, they will make mistakes, and sometimes they will either accidentally or purposefully try to teach you something that does not quite pass the sniff test. If you notice this, say something. Again, engagement is the best way to learn, and fact checking your professors is oftentimes the best form of engagement.

6. Do not let alcohol define your experience

Part of the allure of going to college is the independence you receive. And part of the independence is the ability to drink, smoke, or ingest basically anything you want. Many college bound kids abuse this independence in their first two years. Most realize there’s more to this whole college experience than drinking, and they begin to implement my seventh piece of advice. However, the dumb ones continue all four years.

I was talking to a friend from work about our upcoming payday and she mentioned that she had to pick up her check in person. “Why,” I asked. After all there’s this great little invention known as direct deposit. “Because if I get it direct deposited I’ll spend all my money at the bar this weekend,” she responded.

I was shocked. She literally got a physical check so she could wait until Monday to cash it, otherwise it’d be wasted on overpriced alcoholic concoctions over the weekend. There is so much more to life than a sticky and dirty bar. I’ll let you have the first two years to figure that out. But if by your senior year you are still spending the majority of your weekends waiting in line to pay a $10 cover charge to get into a dimly lit groping machine, you are probably a lost cause.

7. Do what you love and do lots of it

No, this section does not pertain to sex with someone you love, read that again, it says do “what you love” not who you love. That’s an entirely different topic, one which I will not breach in this column.

At one point during my college life, I was juggling six jobs at once. Yeah, six. Granted not all of them were 15 or even 10 hours a week, but I legally had six different employers. On top of that I had a full time class schedule and, ya know, a life.

During a recent job interview I was asked how I managed to handle so much during my college career. My answer was twofold. One, I found the best way to stay on task was to have so much to do, you have no other choice. If I mismanaged even one hour of my time, I could seriously get behind. And two, everything I did I loved doing.

I was lucky enough to find jobs that fit into my major and my interests. I wasn’t washing dishes at a dorm cafeteria, I was designing websites, working on social media, and prepping to call play-by-play for basketball games. I sought out jobs that I would want to work at and that would further my education. There’s no reason you can’t do the same.

If you need a college job, check with your school first. See if there are any paid internships or people on campus hiring. If you are attending a big school I guarantee there are opportunities in the field you are interested in. Procrastination sets in when you dread doing work. However, you can avoid the nagging urge to shirk responsibilities by surrounding yourself with work and tasks that you enjoy. Life is too short, and your college career is too short, to waste time on stuff you are not passionate about.

8. Be passionate about something

It is hard to surround yourself with tasks you are passionate about if you have no passion. College is an opportunity to find that passion. Whether it be animals, helping inner city children, or curling (yes the Olympic sport) I’m sure you can find other likeminded passionate people on campus to interact with.

And I know it is a cliché but, find your passion and make it a career. If you really love animals, why be a financial planner? College is your opportunity to do what you love. It is also an opportunity to explore and find what you love. You have a 22-year window to be a one dimensional passionless human, find your passion in college and ride it for the rest of your life.

9. Savor it

I only graduated from college a week ago, but my biggest regret so far was that I moved too fast. I can honestly say college was the quickest four years of my life. It was like the sole traffic light in a small country town, blink and it is gone. For all the pain, stress, and headaches you will endure, you will also experience joy, happiness, and amazing people. There’s no need to rush through that.

Walk slowly. Eat slowly. Enjoy slowly. Do not rush to get to class, leave five minutes early and enjoy the walk. Don’t waste a beautiful Saturday evening at the bar, go find a lake and stare at it. College is the last four years of your life that are bound to education. The last four years subsidized by your parents. The last four years that you can skip class and enjoy the unseasonably warm weather. Don’t forget to savor that.

Tips For Funding Your Child’s College Career

School is back in session and it is time to start thinking about college fees! In fact, the coming months are some of the most crucial in determining the future of your financial well-being with regard to college costs. Bear this in mind, even though all of your required forms might have been completed, the total work is not done. In fact, it is the activities and decisions of the next few months that will have a profound effect on the education-related bills you’ll be facing over the coming few years.

In order to make our college funding information relevant to a wide spectrum of readers, we have divided this month’s newsletter into two separate segments. First, we will focus on the most time-sensitive population of our readers – parents of graduating high school seniors who plan to attend college in the autumn. For those of you in this group, I have five crucial tips of things you can do this summer to make the most of this time and maximize your benefits down the road! These items will be of interest to our other group, those parents whose children will become seniors this coming school year. In addition, however, you will find three more suggestions for those who have one more year before college tuition and fees will come due.

SEGMENT ONE: Five Tips For Your Graduating Senior

Tip #1: Plan Ahead Now For Future College Years

Gaining a college education is not a one-year proposition, so it is an unfortunate necessity that the college funding process needs to be revisited every year of your student’s academic program. One important fact to bear in mind is that once your child begins college, every single year is going to be considered a “Base Financial Year.” This fact is discussed in more detail in the second section of this newsletter, but for now simply remember that you’ll be completing another Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS Financial Aid Profile (PROFILE) every year that your child is in college!

Tip #2: Encourage Your Student To Find A Summer Job

Naturally, people tend to focus more on enjoying the summer weather than finding a job, but there can be very real benefits – both financial and personal – from working at least part time. The money students earn can help toward college expenses in the Fall, and the self-reliance and work ethic they gain will be a boon in school, as well. In addition, however, there is a magic number to keep in mind as you encourage summer employment for your child.

As long as your child does not earn more than $3,249 a year, their funding package won’t be affected. Part time work will usually allow them to earn that much money in a summer, offering a great sense of accomplishment… and also some financial resources that would not exist otherwise!

Tip #3: Plan For Educated And Responsible Spending

Most of us recognize that earning a full $3,249 this summer is great, but it won’t pay for everything! Many families will need some help along the way. Once you have accurately calculated your student’s tuition and living expenses, the next chore is figuring out how you’re going to meet them. For help in planning out how to do this, you can always feel free to visit our website at http://www.myschoolplans.com. We have experience in helping families achieve their educational goals, and will be happy to assist. For example, we have a useful financial strategy helping many parents pay for college on a “tax-favored” basis. It doesn’t work for all families, but in the right situation it allows parents to meet college expenses without being forced to dip into pensions or raid savings accounts. We will be happy to let you know if this plan will work for you.

One other thing to note about college expenses – they include spending money and other costs for your child. Granted, tuition and living costs might be the bulk of college bills, but textbooks, transportation, mobile phone bills, and the all-important social life are nothing to sneeze at! In the right situation, with a responsible student, some parents help their child to meet these expenses with a credit card. In this circumstance, it is crucial that the parents and student set very distinctly understood limits regarding the use of the credit card. For example, some families will use credit only for emergencies and/or travel tickets home. Others are in a situation to allow credit purchases of some meals out at restaurants, concert tickets, and recreational trips. First and foremost, parents must be able to track the spending so that there are no unpleasant financial surprises and/or credit disasters down the road.

Bear in mind that in the case of emergencies, many schools offer money through “bridge loans” or “emergency loans.” These are funds set aside by the school specifically for student emergencies. These loans usually must be repaid within 90 days, and can be a good option instead of an emergency credit card.

Tip #4: Search For “Last Minute” Strategies To Meet Your EFC

If you are still convinced, after reviewing your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) numbers, that the difference between the EFC and the amount you think you can afford to pay is more than you can afford… well, take some comfort in the fact that you’re far from alone! In fact, many parents and students find themselves in exactly the same position. If you’re still not sure how you’re going to pay your EFC, then visit our website for a free video on how to understand the process. There are a number of good options and with careful planning now, you can make the most of the money that you have available.

Tip #5: Nobody’s Perfect… So Learn From Any Mistakes!

Sure, filing that FAFSA every single year may be monotonous… but there is a benefit to the extra work! In the event that you ever make a mistake by missing a deadline, making a calculation error, or anything else, you will only pay the price for one year. In the future, you can remember what you did wrong, and fix the error for all following years.

SEGMENT TWO: Three Tips For The Last Year Of High School

Tip #1: THIS Is Your “Base Financial Year…” Craft It Wisely

This is an almost overwhelming year with regard to the reams of forms and applications you will need to fill out over the coming months. These forms are crucial because colleges will use them to review your income and assets as they determine the makeup of your college financial package. In short… your Base Financial Year starts NOW. If your child will graduate and begin college in 2008, know that your 2007 figures will be the ones that make the difference. This means that there are consequences to all your financial changes this year. Any purchases, such as a new car or home, new business expenses, pay raises, or changes to your asset portfolio will have an effect on the funds that your student can receive as part of their “need-based” aid package.

Obviously, then, families need to thoughtfully consider any financial move this year. However, that knowledge should not paralyze you when it comes to financial matters! We recommend that you arrange your finances so that you minimize out-of-pocket college expenses. If done correctly, the structure of your tax plan, placement your assets, and planning of your savings can all collectively boost your child’s education fund.

Tip #2: Start Your Student Thinking About College Options

For many high school juniors, college is a rather distant concept obscured by the present reality of the upcoming senior year! Still, this is the ideal time for students to start thinking about different colleges. Parents can request school catalogs and applications to introduce juniors to various campuses, and some families use vacations and other trips to visit schools of interest in a particular geographic area. Students who become interested early in a certain school may also find extra motivation to maximize their academic performance during their senior year.

In order to improve the odds of being accepted to at least one school, we recommend that students apply to six or seven colleges and universities. Receiving acceptance letters not only boosts your child’s confidence, but multiple offers can give the family additional options in negotiating with schools over aid packages! Certainly, the more options you have, the better.

Tip #3: Tell Your Own Future… Predict Your EFC

As mentioned above, your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is the amount that the federal government expects you to pay for your child’s education. Regardless of where your child attends college, the EFC amount remains the same. Now, there are two ways in which the EFC is calculated; Federal Methodology and Institutional Methodology. Interestingly enough, not all schools utilize the same method for calculating this important number!

Eating Cheaply on a College Budget

With all the other college expenses it is hard sometimes to find money in your college budget for food. Rather than give you some unrealistic advice about cutting back on your alcohol consumption, I have put together some of the best ways to save money on food in college. By implementing even just a couple of these money saving college tips you won’t have to decide between buy gas for your car or your text.

Money Saving Tip: Maximize College Meal Plan

Fully utilizing your college meal plan is the best way you can save money on food. Before the start of school you will usually be given several different meal plan options. Decide which plan you think will be best for you, and then choose the one above it. Your college meal plan is going to be the biggest bang for your buck, so don’t skimp. The end of my freshmen year my friends and I had lots of money still left on our meal plans and stocked our first college apartment with food and household goods from the student market.

Money Saving Tip: Shop at a Bulk Store

While going to the grocery store can save you lots of money over eating out everyday, shopping at a superstore like Costco will save you even more money. Get together with some friends and buy your food in bulk, and make sure to buy items with good shelf life or that you know you will eat a lot of. While buying a two pound block of cheese may seem like a good deal, it’s not if you let it go bad in your fridge.

Money Saving Tip: End of the day Deals/Dumpster Diving

This was one of my personal favorite ways to eat for free in college. A lot of restaurants make food fresh everyday (pizza by the slice, bagel shops, etc),and if they don’t end up selling it they will throw it in the trash. By showing up at closing time you are practically guaranteed free food. If you are unlucky to find an employee not willing to give you the food, move on to your next target. You are bound to find a restaurant that will hook you up. Become friends with the employees and even give them some money to guarantee yourself future success.

Although not very glamorous, dumpster diving behind grocery stores is equally as effective as going to eateries at closing time to pick off their excess food. Grocery stores are constantly throwing away food that they can no longer shelf, but is still more than good to eat. They will even nicely package the food to avoid animals from hanging out around the dumpsters, which doubles to preserve the food for thrift minded college students.

Money Saving Tip: Care Packages

One of the best ways to save money on food in college is the care package! If you can’t get your parents to send you more money, you can almost always get your mom to send you some food, including your favorite cookies. By timing the arrival of your care packages with some friends, you have the potential to create a consistent stream of incoming food packages.

Tips to Help You Get Accepted Into the College of Your Choice

Junior and Senior high school students all over the place have many decisions to make when it comes to furthering their education. Unfortunately, everyone will not be accepted into their first choice. However, if you want to increase your chances of getting into your first choice, consider the following tips:

As a student, your grades must meet the requirements of the college you wish to attend. This means keeping your grades up, even if it means extra tutoring sessions and staying after school everyday. Those who have proven they can meet the demands of college will be the ones who get accepted.

You must also understand that you are more than your grades. Of all the college tips you will read or hear about, you must realize that the well-rounded students are the ones who get accepted first. Get involved with high school activities and you will find yourself attending the college you placed as your first choice.

College will also place a lot of emphasis on your ACT or SAT scores. To make sure that your scores are more than adequate, consider taking an SAT or ACT prep course. Even if your time is limited, you will be able to find online classes that will help you prepare.

One of the recommendations that you will hear a lot about has to do with the application process. When filling out your applications for colleges, have someone else proofread what you have written. The worst mistake you can make is sending in an application that is filled with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors.

Also, be sure that your applications are written in legible handwriting. If your handwriting is not the easiest to read, make sure that every application you send has been typed and is free of typos.

As a college education can be a large expense, do not forget to fill out college financial aid forms and apply for as many college scholarships as you can. This will help to ensure that your education will be more affordable.

Tips For Writing a Better College Scholarship Application

The application form that you fill up is the manifestation of who you are and of what you are as far as your application for easy scholarships for college are concerned. If you are dead serious in getting that scholarship or grant you had better give attention and time to what you are going to put into that scholarship application form.

You need to fill in your application as if your life depends on it. In reality it is because getting a scholarship can change your life. “Who is this person?” This is the prevailing question in peoples minds when they read through each and every application a few feet high that is staring back at them. You realize that as they pick each form, they could so easily throw it aside. Give them a reason to throw it away and they will. After all, their task is to find the people that are worthy and deserving of money from easy scholarships that will come their way.

What does it take to make a few hundred dollars? That could require a lot of sweat, hard work, patience and perseverance. How about a few thousand dollars for the next 4 or 5 years in college? Don’t you think that it will take a little something serious from you to get it?

What is it in the application form that can speak on your behalf the most? Have you thought about this? If you haven’t yet, this is the time to do so. The one single thing that has the capacity to speak about who you are and what you are is your personal statement. If you will just type in the first thought that comes to mind this spells disaster for your effort to qualify for a scholarship. You should take extra attention, extra care and deep thought in crafting your personal statement.

Write down whatever comes to mind. Then read it back to yourself. Do this until you can choose one which best represents who you are. Then look over the others and choose the words that are important to you and add them to your main statement. Then, rephrase the whole thing ensuring that the statement packs a punch. This means that the statement should have clarity, easy to understand, meaningful and draws out the emotion of the reader. If you can achieve this, you are well on your way to getting easy scholarships for college.

There are also many easy to get college scholarships that do not even require this much and all you need to fill in a brief statement about what you ant to study or why you need financial aid. Apply for a scholarship today and get yourself a degree.

Tips to Finding the Best Degree Online

Nowadays, more and more people are losing their jobs and being out of income. Many people are looking at their options as far as getting back into school, but schooling can get very expensive and rather time consuming, especially for those who have kids and no one to watch them. For this reason, people are starting to look into affordable online colleges as well as the benefits that online courses can provide.

There are several advantages to online schools and courses and the first and main one if the fact that you can stay home and still get your degree. This saves on gas, and if you have a job, you have the convenience to do schoolwork when it is convenient for you.

As far as finding the school online that is best suited for you and your needs, this can be tricky as there are more and more scams out there nowadays. There are sites that can help you find schools that are legit and that will fit in your budget as well. More and more people are turning to the Internet for all of their needs, and now schooling had made its appearance.

Affordable online colleges exist and can be the next step you take to a better future. You can get a better job and obviously a pay that you will enable to support your family. You can also ask around to friends and family that are or did go to online school. This can be a great personal reference and they can even tell you what to expect as well as what you are going to be doing.

An additional feature that you should consider in affordable online colleges is getting into one that offers chats or online forums that way you can interact with other students and faculty when needed. Online schooling is beneficial in many ways and can help you get the degree of your choice when needed.

How to Find Safe and Affordable Off Campus Housing

If you’ve decided that you can’t handle living in the dorms for another semester and are ready to move off campus with some friends, the toughest part – besides figuring out who to live with – is probably figuring out where to live. You want to be close to campus, and you want a place that’s big enough for you and all your roommates. You also probably have other things in mind that you want out of off-campus housing, but you can’t afford the nicest place on the block. Before you jump into an off-campus house or apartment, spend some time looking, and use these easy steps to find the perfect place for you.

1. Get together with your roommates and figure out what you want in a house or apartment. How many bedrooms do you need? Is it important that you have a big living space or a big kitchen? Do you want to get a dog or a cat? Do you need a laundry room in your apartment or house? How far away from campus would you be willing to be? How many cars do you need to be able to park conveniently? Once you’ve answered all these questions, it’s time to start searching.

2. Look around in ads, classifieds, campus websites and newspapers, and for-rent flyers to see what’s available in your area. Find at least three or four apartment complexes or houses to look at, and then start touring. Before you go on a tour, grab a camera and a notepad. Take pictures of each apartment or house’s good and bad points, and jot down a few notes. You don’t need to document every detail, but you do need to be able to remember which apartment had the amazing kitchen or which house had the largest bedrooms.

3. When you’re looking at apartments and houses, be sure to ask about things like rent, average cost of utilities, and rules for tenants. Now would be a good time to ask if you can have a pet if you want to, if you can paint the walls, or if you can hang things up with nails.

4. Deliberate. Get together and look through your notes and pictures before you decide. If you have to, rank which things are most important to each roommate, whether that’s low rent, being able to have a pet, or everyone having his or her own bedroom. No place that you find is going to be perfect, so you’ll have to eliminate some of the things off your original list. When you find the house or apartment upon which everyone feels they can compromise, lease it. Don’t waste too much time at this stage, though, especially if you’re talking about a house, which may be off the market within just a couple of days.

5. Sign the paperwork. One problem with this is that the lease will probably be primarily in one person’s name. If none of your roommates has good credit, you may have to have one of your parents sign the lease for you, which means they’re taking on the risk of you missing your rent payments. Also, you might have to prove that you’ll be able to pay the rent by offering employer references.

6. Before you move in, find out about things like utilities and cable. You may luck out and find a place where the water and electric bill are rolled in with your rent, which is convenient, but otherwise, you’ll have to call and switch those things into your names so that you can start paying them.