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Little Known Personal Statement Tips to Make Your App Stand Out

Little Known Personal Statement Tips to Make Your App Stand Out
We all know the saying about never getting a second chance to make a first impression, and that’s absolutely true for college applications. The truth is, college applications are incredibly competitive; for a popular program, there might be dozens of applicants for each spot. Don’t rely on your academic scores carrying you through, either. You’ll be competing with people who...

Degrees That Will Have You Earning 50k or More

Degrees That Will Have Your Earning 50k or More
The average student graduates with a debt of about $29,800, according to CNBC. What’s the best way to ensure your new job is going to pay enough to help you manage your debt (including student debt) and life on all fronts? The answer may be within finding a degree that pays well. These programs can help you earn $50,000...

Hot for Teacher: What to Do When You’ve Got a Crush on the Prof

Hot for Teacher: What to Do When You've Got a Crush on the Prof
Crushes happen! They’re as inevitable as the rising sun. And there’s a good reason why. Scientifically speaking, crushes stimulate the brain to release mood-boosting chemicals, much like love does. These chemicals — dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin — make you feel alive and excited. Your heart races, you have boundless energy and your brain enjoys every minute of it. But these...

Before you Enroll: Fastest Ways to Pay off Student Loan Debt

Before you Enroll: Fastest Ways to Pay off Student Loan Debt
Americans owe over a trillion dollars in student debt. In fact, the country carries more student loan debt than credit card debt. And that debt can be crippling. On average, students graduate nearly $30,000 in debt. The average loan payment hovers just under $400, and graduates are struggling to pay those minimums. More than 11% are in default. Fortunately,...

5 Degrees in the Arts that Actually Pay Off Big

5 Degrees in the Arts that Actually Pay Off Big
When you tell someone you’re majoring in an artistic field, you’re likely to hear, “What are you going to do with a degree in that?” And while it can be difficult to find jobs in certain areas, such as poetry, there are plenty of high-paying jobs in the arts available to savvy students. Here are a few to consider. Graphic...

Dorm vs. Apartment: Which is Most Cost Effective?

Dorm vs. Apartment: Which is Most Cost Effective?
You’re getting your first taste of independence — congrats! After deciding which college you’re going to, deciding whether to live in a dorm or to rent an apartment is one of your next biggest decisions. No doubt, money’s on your mind, so let’s explore the question: Which option is the most cost-effective? The Deceptive Bottom Line Cost is really only one...

60-Second Tricks for Calming a Frantic Mind

60-Second Tricks for Calming a Frantic Mind
Do you ever feel like you’re floating away because of stress — maybe around finals? Or that your schoolwork is getting too overwhelming to handle? Stress may be normal, but it’s often also inopportune. We still have to function, attend classes, and get on with things despite the strain. But there are ways to keep it together and keep going....

Does Music or Silence Help Us Focus Better?

Does Music or Silence Help Us Focus Better?
If you love to study while listening to your favorite tunes, you may be doing it wrong. Recent studies have shown that the brain’s performance is affected by noise and music. What’s more, different types of music can have a more profound effect than others. Music with Lyrics Just like your computer, your brain has what’s called working memory. You have...

What If You Don’t Want to Go to College?

What If You Don’t Want to Go to College?
Taking that next step after high school and going to college is a huge one. There are many factors to think through, including academics and financial concerns. But what if you just don’t want to go? Sometimes the biggest hurdle to trusting yourself is the fear of letting friends and family down. Here’s how to deal with telling them...

Welp, College Isn’t For You. Now What?

Welp, College Isn’t For You. Now What?
Here’s the cold hard truth nobody tells us: College isn’t meant for everybody. The way I see it, you’re better off not wasting your time on something that’s ultimately not the right fit. If you know yourself well enough to know that college isn’t right for you, that’s cool with us. But if not college, then what’s next? Dealing with...