Student Advice Blog

A Collection of Our Most Popular College Planning Advice Articles

Top 10 College Towns

There are thousands of college towns across the country. The size, ambiance, and offerings vary from one town to the next, but there’s something for everyone within these communities. Here are our top college town picks! 1. Chapel Hill, North Carolina University of North Carolina You can get a bit of everything in Chapel Hill. ... Top 10 College Towns

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Building Your College List

If you’re applying to college, you know there are a lot of options! It can be overwhelming to narrow down what you’re looking for in a college experience. Building a list of top colleges takes time, research, and patience. The first thing you should remember is this is YOUR education and YOUR choice. As you ... Building Your College List

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5 Reasons to Choose the Affordable College

If you’re experiencing pressure to choose a college, you’re not alone! When you factor in cost, the choice gets even more confusing. If you’re caught between choosing your dream school with little to no financial aid or a more affordable school further down your list, here are five reasons to choose the more affordable college ... 5 Reasons to Choose the Affordable College

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How to Embrace the Future with Confidence

Uncertainty about the future is one of the biggest stressors students face. It’s completely normal to feel anxious about the future, especially if you aren’t sure what you want to do. We all want to find that unique, tangible purpose for our lives. While it’s impossible to eliminate uncertainty in our lives, there are ways ... How to Embrace the Future with Confidence

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The Best Way to Build Your High School Resume

It’s never too early to start building your resume. A resume can be used for college applications, internships, and volunteer work. Creating a resume may sound intimidating, but it only takes a few simple steps. Start with the basics, and add to the resume as you gain more school and job experience. Here are some ... The Best Way to Build Your High School Resume

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How to Decide Which College to Attend

Choosing a college is one of life’s most exciting decisions! It’s normal to feel nervous and even a little unsure about which college is best for you. Instead of worrying, let the decision-making process empower you.  You’re in a position that puts you in the driver’s seat of your life. Your college decisions are going ... How to Decide Which College to Attend

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10 Tips for Time Management

Time management is a crucial skill with life-long benefits. If you can learn time management skills early, those to-do lists won’t take as long, and you’ll have more time for the things you love. If you struggle to get tasks done (like most humans), these time management tips will help you increase your productivity! Don’t ... 10 Tips for Time Management

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Tips for Crafting a Stellar College Application Essay

Your college essays are an important part of the college application process. While most of your application is clear-cut, the essay is one of the only places you can showcase your unique personality, goals, and passion for the college.  Some colleges have specific prompts, and others ask you to describe your story. Whatever the topic, ... Tips for Crafting a Stellar College Application Essay

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Cutting Costs in the College Search and Application Process

If you’re unsure how you’ll pay for the costs associated with the college search and application process, you’re not alone! Thankfully, there are ways to help offset these costs. We’ve highlighted some areas where you’ll see fees and some resources that will help offset the costs. Some of these resources can be utilized by all ... Cutting Costs in the College Search and Application Process

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How to Get Hands-On Experience in High School

The best way to determine if a career path is right for you is to experience it yourself. For example, you may have your heart set on becoming an attorney, but until you sit in the courtroom, you won’t know what it’s like to have this career. Expectations often differ from reality. When you test ... How to Get Hands-On Experience in High School

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How to Pick a Career (That Makes Sense For YOU)

It’s easy to let the world tell you who you should be and how you should get there. Thankfully, it’s not up to the world. It’s up to YOU! The only way you know if a career is for you is by researching, asking the right questions, and getting your hands dirty. Try out some ... How to Pick a Career (That Makes Sense For YOU)

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5 Ways to Celebrate Yourself + 3 Ways to Celebrate Your Friends

You are one-of-a-kind and totally worth celebrating! Don’t wait for a holiday to remind yourself of how special you are or a special occasion to tell your friend how much their friendship means to you. Here are a few ways you can celebrate yourself and your friends today. 5 Ways to Celebrate Yourself 1. List ... 5 Ways to Celebrate Yourself + 3 Ways to Celebrate Your Friends

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Finding Your Passion

Most high school students are searching for their passion – that thing that sparks their curiosity and helps them choose a college and career. High school is the perfect time to start exploring your interests and figuring out what motivates you. Understanding yourself and your values will help you make big decisions later, especially when ... Finding Your Passion

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6 Tips to Help You Set Goals

It’s easy to move through high school just going through the motions. If you have big dreams about college or a career and don’t know how to reach them, it’s time to set some goals! But first, you need to learn how to set a goal. Here are six tips to get you started! 1. ... 6 Tips to Help You Set Goals

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5 Tips For When You’re Struggling in Class

Classes don’t always go as planned. Sometimes you fall behind in your reading or get stuck on a tough math concept. If you’re struggling with any of your classes, here are some tips to help you turn your grade around! 1. Ask for help Meet with your teacher and let them know you are struggling ... 5 Tips For When You’re Struggling in Class

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5 Tips to Cure Senioritis

Most students define senioritis as an “ailment” that affects graduating seniors. Symptoms may include a lack of motivation, excessive stress or panic, putting things off until the last minute, and an overall sense of blah. Some would argue that the only cure for senioritis is graduation. But here’s the good news! If you feel senioritis ... 5 Tips to Cure Senioritis

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Handling Stress in Your College Search

Searching for the perfect college takes time, energy, and a lot of patience. If you’re feeling stressed, here are some ways to reduce stress and channel it into something positive! Steer clear of caffeine Drinking more caffeine than you are used to affects your nervous system and increases your heart rate and blood pressure. Trade ... Handling Stress in Your College Search

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Top 10 Tips for an Epic College Campus Visit: Plus 8 Questions to Ask During your Tour

Visiting a college or university campus is one of the best ways to get a feel for a school and one of the most exciting parts of the college search process! This interactive experience helps you decide if a particular college is right for you. We want your college visit to be the best, so ... Top 10 Tips for an Epic College Campus Visit: Plus 8 Questions to Ask During your Tour

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Should You Consider a GAP Year?

You’ve likely heard your friends talking about taking a year off before getting back to the grind in college. But what is it? How do you do it? What’s the likelihood of making moves after? Whatever you choose, you’ll find that taking some time off after high school can be beneficial to your mental health ... Should You Consider a GAP Year?

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Ways to Avoid Summer Brain Drain

Summer is meant to recharge and unwind, obviously. But we have to keep it real, you run the risk of catching what we call the “Summer Brain Drain” by not exercising your mind while you’re out of school. Keep reading to see how many items you’ve accomplished this summer. Dive into a good book You ... Ways to Avoid Summer Brain Drain

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