And You Will Graduate

Not long ago I wrote about financial aid and the importance of filing early. I just got some information this morning from Christopher Penn of The Student Loan Network that I think is important to pass along to you. Christopher was recently featured as an expert on CNBC’s On the Money, and he gives great advice in the segment regarding financial aid, change in financial circumstance, and scholarships.

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Being a commuter student can be difficult, to say the least. Especially if you’re a first year student or live far from your campus. Commuting to and from school adds a lot of hassles to your routine that other students may not have, like dealing with traffic, finding a place to park, and driving in bad weather, not to mention walking everywhere and carting a bagful of books with you. It also makes it kind of hard to meet people and to feel like you fit in.

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Studying should be at the top of your priority list as a college student. It’s what will lead to your success and to your ultimate goal of earning a degree, and it always amazed me as a college adviser how many of my students didn’t have a regular study routine.

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I just read about an amazing opportunity for single moms and dads wanting to return to college. Project Working Mom. . . and Dads Too! is an amazing program bringing two million dollars in scholarships to deserving single parents who wish to obtain a college degree. Five schools, along with eLearners.com, will be sponsoring free rides to approximately 60 qualified recipients.

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Studying with a group can be a good way to learn information for exams and can be fun as well. If done well, group study can be very effective. If done poorly, it can end up being a frustrating waste of time. Follow these tips when setting up your group study sessions. (more…)

Social activities are an important part of college life, and many students consider joining a fraternity or sorority to fulfill their social needs. As with any activity, there are both plusses and minuses to Greek Life. I joined a sorority my junior year of college. I’d like to talk about some of the things I loved about being Greek as well as some of the drawbacks that can come from having fifty “sisters”. (more…)

A segment on this morning’s Today Show caught my attention. It was titled, “Go Back to School Online”. As soon as I heard that, my defenses immediately went up. You can watch a video of the segment, and you’ll see that they actually do cover a number of the points I had feared they wouldn’t address.

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As an academic adviser, students often came to see me because they needed my signature. Sometimes they needed to register for classes after being on academic probation. Sometimes they needed verification that they’d met the prerequisite for a particular class. It was usually because of a college policy that they came to see me in search of the necessary signature.

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I came across a wonderful blog post written by a very insightful college student the other day, and I wanted to share it with you. In her post, she talks about the response students often give to the age-old question, “How is school going?” This is something I’m sure all of you have been asked at one time or another by your parents and relatives. What’s your typical response?

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An old friend recently sent me a link to an article because he knew of my interest in higher education and in college students. The article talks about the growing trend of colleges and universities toward dropping many of the “soft” courses such as arts and humanities in favor of focusing on a more career based curriculum. Reading the article made me sad and was very disheartening.

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I wanted to take a moment to show you around our blog here at And You Will Graduate. The first place you may want to go is the About page. You’ll find it in the sidebar to the left under “Site Pages”. Here, you’ll learn about me and about the blog.

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Though it was a very LONG tme ago, I remember being excited to see who would be in my college classes each new semester. I looked forward to meeting new people, even though I’m not the most extroverted gal around. Looking back, I usually made at least one good friend every semester, but meeting new people and making meaningful connections can be tough. Believe me, I know. Here are a few tips I’ve given my students for getting to know others on campus. (more…)

This post is dedicated to a particular group of students. This one’s for the mom or dad returning to school. There are many reasons for adults to attend college later in life, either as returning students or for the first time. Additional training may be required for your job or maybe you’ve recently lost a job and need to acquire new skills. Maybe you’re a woman facing a divorce after spending years raising a family, and you’re lacking marketable skills. Or perhaps you’re going to college to start a new path in life. Whatever the reason, going to college as an adult student can be intimidating and overwhelming. Here are some tips to keep in mind when embarking on your journey. (more…)

I just read an article about an online group dating service that is marketing itself on college and university campuses. I must admit that I was a bit taken aback at first, not sure what this was all about. But the further along I read, the more this concept seemed like a really good idea.

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