Cool Apps and Sites for Students (and Non-Students)

You know all about Facebook, Snap, Twitter and YouTube, but there are dozens of free or low-cost apps and sites to help you survive high school, college, and beyond. Here are a few of our favorites:Studying and OrganizationEvernote – Evernote is perfect if you take a lot of notes while surfing the web. You can download web clippers, desktop shortcuts, and other handy tools, and you can also sync ...
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Five Tasks to Master Before You Leave for College

Congratulations to soon-to-be or recent graduates!  Now is a good time to take stock of how prepared you are for the independence of college living—and what you might need to shore up before you pack up at the end of August. Here are five things you need to know before you go:Manage Money. Most college students open a bank account on or near campus and colleges often have a bank representative on ...

After the Acceptance Letter: Transitioning to College

Now that you have sorted through the acceptance letters, weighed the pros and cons of each college, and decided where you want to go, you might think that everything is set until you move to college in August. While you should definitely take time to savor your accomplishments and to enjoy your summer, there are also some steps you should take to help you prepare for your transition to college. A little ...

5 Tips For Getting the Most Out of Admitted Student Events

Welcome to the driver’s seat! After months of waiting to learn where you would be accepted, the tables have turned and YOU are now the decision maker. Where to start? Accepted seniors are often invited to admitted student events, which are great opportunities to learn more about the schools you are considering. Here are 5 tips to make sure you get the most benefit out of these events:1. Take a new ...

Student Voice: Major Choices

Four classes. A maximum of 18 credits. An endless amount of course permutations. I sat dumbfounded at the dawn of my assigned class registration time-slot, still hesitant about which classes I found most compelling, and which academic path I wanted to undertake. I hastily referenced the Excel spreadsheets my parents assisted me in assembling, each one outlining a different class combination for the ...

Researching Colleges in Four Steps

Even as the seniors continue the agonizing wait for their college admissions letters, juniors are starting to think about the college process. Winter and spring breaks and the summer before senior year are great times to visit colleges. However, before you sign up for a whirlwind, five-day, ten-campus tour, it is important to start researching colleges even before you book your plane tickets and plan ...

Navigating A College Website: 10 Tips for Getting the Answers You Seek

Most college websites are chock full of useful information if you know what to look for. Whether you are a junior just beginning your research or a senior starting to analyze admissions offers, these tips might help you get some answers.1. News You Can Use – Look at the news on the home page to see if the college seems like a lively, active place. It’s a positive sign if faculty, alumni and student ...

Feeling Lonely? Five Tips for College Freshmen

As a college freshman, you probably just finished a whirlwind of orientation activities, settled into your room and perhaps attended a few classes or drifted to a party with the other students on your hall. You have probably met lots of nice people—but it may not feel the same as it does with your high school friends— maybe it’s not even close. Here are a few points to keep in mind:Give it Time. ...

Great Advice For Seniors From Recent College Freshmen

It’s summer and college freshmen made it through the year and have plenty of wisdom to share. Here are some insights from those who were in your place a year ago.What advice do you have for graduating seniors about choosing courses?“It is extremely helpful to get advice from academic advisors,” said Maya, who just completed her first year at Brandeis University. “I have met with three different ...
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Florida College Tour

Florida boasts a number of liberal arts colleges, universities and a renowned art school. Here are highlights from my recent visit. Walking through the University of Miami campus among the palm trees, lake and outdoor pool, it is easy to forget that you are not at a resort but at a serious institution of learning. A private university with 10,000 undergraduates, Miami has top programs in marine science, ...
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