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10 Tips On Surviving Senior Year

memory book 22 1 10 Tips On Surviving Senior Year1.Take college application seriously.

If you didn't start your junior year, the beginning of senior year is when you need to decide which schools you will visit and which schools you'll apply to.

2.Make an appointment with your guidance counselor.

If you feel overwhelmed by the number of schools to which you could apply, you're not alone. The good news is that your guidance counselor is sitting in his or her office right now with stacks and stacks of materials to help you develop a list of schools to apply to.

3. Get Rid of What You Don't Need

If you're not already inundated with marketing materials from every college in the land, you will be by the end of your visit with your guidance counselor. Do yourself a favor. If you know a school does not appeal to you, don't take the brochures. If they get mailed to your house, throw them away. Though you should probably consider some schools that aren't you're magically perfect ideal, there are also some that you will know just are not right. For example, if you have no intention of moving to Maine, then you don't need to hang onto that Bowdoin brochure any longer.

4.Keep Track of What You Do Need

You've met with your guidance counselor; you know which schools you want to investigate if not apply to. Your guidance counselor has probably sent you home with some materials, and probably more are on the mail. It's not a bad idea to set up a filing system for yourself so that when you are ready to work on your applications, you know exactly where each one is.

5.Don't Procrastinate.

Applying to college can be a very scary thing, but don't hide from it. The sooner you get to work on your applications, the better off you'll be.

6.Don't fall prey to senioritis.

This terrible condition strikes many students in their last year of high school. You have been working really hard. Don't put the brakes on now.

7.Stay rested.

To do your best in school and on your applications, make sure you're getting at least eight hours of sleep a day. To accomplish this, you will also have to pay particular attention to Tip #5.

8.Don't stay home on Saturday.

Go out and have some fun. People work more effectively when they mix it up with some downtime.

9.Spend time with friends and family.

Without getting too schmaltzy, you might be moving away next fall. Now is the time to make memories that will last a lifetime.

10.Don't take college application too seriously.

Yes, college is important. But, no, applying to it should not take over your entire life. Don't let the stress and pressure get to you.

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Finding Your Strengths and Weaknesses. What Works For YOU?

weak link Finding Your Strengths and Weaknesses. What Works For YOU?Identifying your strengths and weaknesses will help you learn about yourself. Evaluating these skills is a step in the right direction. The more knowledge you have of your capabilities, the better you are to make decisions about your future.

Strengths

Examining your hobbies is a good way to determine your strengths. If you lead a busy life but still find time to cultivate a hobby, then there is something about that hobby that interests you. When you’re interested in a hobby, you tend to be motivated in developing your skills. Take a look at your hobbies. What kind of skills do you use for that hobby? Does your hobby require you to use your hands? Does your hobby require you to calculate math problems? Finding the skills that are needed in your hobby helps you understand your strengths.

Also examine subjects that interest you. Ask yourself why you are interested in particular subjects. Do you love to read about modern art? Do you enjoy watching historical movies? Do you like to play sports? Determine what aspects of these subjects keep you interested. When you identify your interests, you will begin to gather information about your likes and dislikes.

Weaknesses

Identifying your weaknesses is another way for you to identify your strengths and skills. First find out what you’re not good at. Be honest with yourself here. Are you horrible at math? Do you hate to read? Ask yourself these types of questions.

There are two types of weaknesses: weaknesses that should be improved and weaknesses that are dislikes.

After you identify your weaknesses, figure out if they are skills that you need to improve. Just because you are not good at something doesn’t mean you’ll never have to learn those skills. If those skills are needed for the path you want to follow, then by all means spend some time improving those skills.

You will find that some weaknesses are just dislikes. Maybe you’re not good at working in an office environment. This is not necessarily a weakness that needs to be improved. This shows a lack of interest in being cooped up working in an office all day. Don’t force yourself into situations that you don’t like. You may be the type of person that needs to work in the outdoors or in non-office environments such as hospitals or warehouses.

Finding your strengths will help you make decisions about your direction in life. Finding your weaknesses will help you improve your skills but will also help you find your dislikes. You will be much more equipped to make decisions when you have identified these aspects about yourself.

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6 Steps To Green light Your Online Education

Green Light 732415 6 Steps To Green light Your Online EducationThe information age has ushered in the popularity and acceptance of online correspondence courses and degree programs, and if you are ready to get started, congratulations on scratching the surface. Digging deeper, consider these brief, yet necessary 6 online education, school starting steps to move you forward in pursuit of your goal!

Weigh Your Options

What are your goals? If you are somewhat lost and in need of direction, get busy on any one of several education sites to see what is offered and what might interest you. Believe it or not, getting started in the online education process does not have to be painful.

Accreditation

Possibly one of the most obvious yet overlooked necessities in a potential online education. If you want your degree, diploma or job certificate to amount to what you paid for it, your institution of choice MUST be accredited! You might learn a lot from Leroy's Online Business School, but if it isn't an accredited institution there's a good chance it will come back to bite you in a future business interview.

Choosing a school

There are several schools, colleges, etc. that would love to help you achieve your educational goals for a reasonable fee; however, you need to be specific in searching for what you desire. Do you want a degree in art, business, philosophy or some other field? The more specific you get with your goals, the faster you'll find the most appropriate fit.

Financial Aid

Do NOT fall into the mind trap that many students do in regards to financial aid. If you don't have the cash on hand to pay for all of your credits, classes or degree program, it doesn't mean you have to take out a loan. Look deeply into the world of scholarships. There are many available through government and private organizations, as well as grants and low interest loans that can be paid off at very reasonable rates.

Research

If your education is worthwhile, then it's worthwhile to be patient in getting started. You may be chomping at the bit, but you need to find as close to a perfect fit as possible. Take time to read about your options and possibilities and subscribe to a quality over quantity philosophy. Contact universities and be sure you are as important to them as you want to be.

Focus

Don't become easily distracted as your education process begins. Properly dealing with distractions and prioritizing will help create an excellent sense of self discipline that you can use in your research and studies. It is imperative to establish these good habits at the beginning, so your future online educational endeavors are smooth sailing.

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College vs High School: The Truth Uncovered

One thing a prospective freshman will hear over and over before going off to college is "It's nothing like high school." Students never really understand this comment until they are actually on campus.

College is all about becoming an adult and living your life to the best of your ability. Gone are the "popular kids," and the "cool table" in the cafeteria. You don't have that freshman hazing scene in college. In high school the frosh are the low kids on the totem pole. In college there are so many orientations, mixers and meet-and-greets that it's easy to build new friendships before the school year even starts.

Upper-classmen enjoy the fresh faces and new personalities of the freshman crowd. The biggest shocker of all is usually the amount of personal freedom involved in the learning process. In high school Mr. Smith, the English teacher, will hand out a sheet of notes and give a lecture that you are expected to spit back out word for word on the test. In college, Professor Smith will give her lecture an may very well ask for your opinion. There wont be any phone calls if you miss class three days this week and you'll still be expected to take the test and pass it. There is no one to hold your hand or walk you through your classes. You are there because you want to be and what you get out of it is up to you. Because you pay for the privilege of going to college its up to you to get your money's worth.

The personal freedom shocker stretches into your social calendar as well. Not only are there a plethora of dances, clubs, organizations, meetings groups and events to choose from nightly but your also faced with your classes and academic responsibilities. Its sometimes hard to know when to put a damper on the nightlife and get back to the books.

In high school, most of the people you attend class with are lifelong residents of the town. People you grew up with. People who have the same beliefs and background that you do. Chances are you go to church with these same people and your parents went to church with their parents. In college it is very likely that you will meet someone from across the state, across the country or across the world. You will hear and see vastly different ideas and cultural stand points than your own. Its a wonderful learning experience and part of what makes your college experience uniquely your own.

The differences in high school and college can be scary, but rest assured it will take no time at all to feel adjusted and comfortable in your new environment. These are the days that will create memories that last a lifetime.

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Finally.. Summer Vacation!! Enjoy Your Summer With These Tips..

Go Into The Summer Proud Of What You've Accomplished
Study hard! The first piece of advice you should hear about having an enjoyable summer is that you should work hard in school BEFORE your summer vacation. Go into the summer break as a triumphant young scholar who has had victory over every exam and paper they threw at you over the course of the school year. Of course, you can still have a great summer even if you got a D in physics, but you'll have an even better one if you buckle down and get that B, or A.

Make Sure You Enjoy Your Summer By Planning It
How will you plan this summer when you're busy studying for physics? Especially if you're having a challenging year at school, you might not have a lot of free time. However, the most enjoyable summers take a little planning, and you want one, right? You also deserve it. So, the next time you catch yourself daydreaming about when all of your homework will finally all be over, switch over to a productive mode and make that dream a reality.

Vacation Getaways
If you're chained to your computer this semester, or stuck in the library 24/7, you might be fantasizing about the perfect vacation. If you start your plans early enough, even if you don't have a lot of money, you and your friends can have a great time. Figure out where you'd like to go and start a savings plan. If you don't have a job, you can probably get one that will fit into your busy schedule if you stop by the career services office.

Volunteer Opportunities and Internships and Your Ever Increasingly Important Resume
As long as you're at the career services office, maybe you should look into work for the summer as well. While it's true that you've already worked hard all through the school year and the idea of work during your vacation might not be so appealing to you, consider this: the work that you do this summer, if you do it, will not require you to write papers or do homework in all likelihood. It will be a different kind of work, and because you're choosing it, it will probably be more fun than what your physics professor makes you do. Equally important (at least), any work that you do during your summers in college will help you down the road when it's time to apply for jobs after graduation. If you do an internship or a volunteer position in a field you like, your experience will make you a stronger applicant when you're applying for a job in that field. And, if you happen to think an industry sounds great, take an internship in it, and find out it's not for you, that's information you should be very glad to have.

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10 Ways To Maximize Your Time Off From School

College life can be tense and a bit stressful at times. Students who excel in college are self-disciplined and know how to manage their time. The constant managing of time and priorities does not suddenly stop when your vacation starts—it’s an ongoing process.

Here are 10 ways that you can maximize your time when you are off from school:

1. Review what you have learned
Although your classes may all be completed for the quarter (or the semester), it’s not a bad idea to review what you’ve just learned over the course of many weeks. Reread your notes, papers, tests and skim through the books you’ve just read. Finalize the imprinting of fresh information in your mind so that you can retain what you’ve learned over the long term.

2. Read ahead
If you already know what courses you will be taking in the upcoming quarter, start reading ahead. If you are going to have some time to kill, might as well get a jump start on your upcoming classes. Contact your professors and collect copies of syllabi. Purchase your materials and begin reviewing them before your class begins.

3. Go back to your roots and reconnect with family and friends
Go home. Say hi to the family and reconnect with old friends. College isn’t about severing all of your previous ties. Keep up your network and pay the people you love a visit.

4. Stick around and explore the town
Forget about going home. Stick around and explore your college town. Find new places to buy groceries and new bars to frequent. Take a mini-road trip to some nearby destination that you’ve always wanted to see. Take your time off of school as an opportunity to experience your surroundings.

5. Travel
Drive cross-country or travel abroad. See the world, or a tiny piece of it. Take your new outlook on life and expose yourself to different peoples and places. Visit a destination or place of interest that you have just studied. Travel with a partner, in a group, or go venturing off on your own.

6. Get an internship
Find an internship in the field that you are studying. Supplement your classroom work with real life on-the-job training. This way when you graduate, you will already have solid academic and professional experience.

7. Lay the groundwork for future employment.
Explore your career interests. Market yourself and your abilities. Try to find an organization that you want to target for employment once you’ve graduated. Find out what the minimum professional and educational requirements are for the specific job that you are interested in. Take measures to fulfill those requirements before you graduate.

8. Explore the course catalog and schedule of classes
Get lost in the pages of your course catalog. Map out different schedule scenarios. Find out if that class you really want to take is offered in alternate academic years, and then plan your schedule accordingly. Pick a focus in your major and consider all the courses that you’d like to take. You’ll be surprised how quickly your time in school will fly by, so you need to construct a solid schedule.

9. Apply for scholarships
Find some more money. Buy a book or do Internet research. Apply for as many scholarships as you can. Each application may seem like a bit of a hassle, but the results could seriously alleviate any financial burdens you may have accrued.

10. Just relax and take a break
Don’t do a damn thing! You’ve spent months cramming, pulling off all-nighters, and wowing you professors with your polished intellectual abilities. You’ve earned a break, so enjoy it, and come back to school refreshed and ready for anything.

If you utilize your vacations properly, you will be a better student. Just remember not to stress out too much. Whether you are in school or not, you are in control of your life, so make the most of it.

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Free Money??!! Apply For A College Scholarship Now!!

Have you started applying for your scholarship yet? No? WHY NOT!?! This is free money for your education. Following these quick and easy steps will help make this process painless.

First, Eliminate the Scholarships That Don’t Apply To You
There are many scholarships available for people who want to attend college. The most practical approach to winning the money you need or want to go to school is to do some research and figure out the scholarships for which you’re eligible. Because of the overwhelming amount of scholarships out there, you will save yourself a lot of time and potentially wasted effort if you identify at the outset of your process which scholarships just don’t apply to you.

Next, Make A List of the Scholarships That You Are Most Likely To Receive
Once you’ve eliminated the list of scholarships that have nothing to do with you, you’ll probably see that the amount of scholarships is still pretty large. Of course, this is basically good news, but if you are eligible for a very large number, the clock might run out on you before you have a chance to apply to them all. To mitigate this possibility, take your research skills in a different direction by learning about the scholarships you could apply to and prioritizing the ones that you most would like to receive, and/or have the best chance of receiving.

Look Around — Are There Experts Available To You Who Can Help You In Your Quest?
The above tasks may sound daunting. Before you get too overwhelmed, ask yourself if there is someone who could help you make sense of all of the scholarships. If you are still in high school, before you do anything, you should make an appointment with your guidance counselor and let him or her help you figure out which scholarships might be the best for you, as well as which ones you are the likeliest to be awarded. If you’ve been out of high school for a while and are looking to get that college degree, chances are there’s someone in your current circle of friends, maybe someone who’s already been to college and been through this, who can help you cut through all the paperwork to get to the scholarships that are best for you.

Don’t Forget The Internet When It Comes To Tracking Down Scholarships
There are a number of Web resources at your disposal to aid you in your search for money for college. For example, Fastweb.com is a very popular site devoted to helping people match them up with scholarships for which they’re eligible. A great feature of a site like Fastweb.com is that once you enter your profile information on the site, it will e-mail you with news about upcoming scholarship deadlines.

And of course, regardless of how you find out about your scholarships, as soon as you determine which ones you’ll go after, the most important thing is to request the application materials and complete them as soon as possible.

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Spend Your Summer Vacation Getting Ahead

In high school, students longed for summer because it was a three-month free ride. Sure, some students needed to get a summer job, but just as many would spend their time on an extended vacation. During college, you might have the same impulse. After all, the college curriculum is far more demanding than high school so you might feel like you’re owed a break.

Certainly, there’s time to relax on a summer break, but college students should also be thinking about the future. A summer internship is a good way to build up your resume so you’ll have some real hands-on work experience when you enter the job market.

Students on a work-study program at college may not have the time to take on an internship during the school year. For instance, those students who work at the library, cafeteria, or other job on campus may not be able to add an internship in addition to classes. For these students, a summer internship is a good alternative.

A summer internship is a good idea even if you worked at an internship during the school year. The more experience you have, the better your resume will appear. In some cases, a summer internship can carry over from the internship during the semester. This may be set up ahead of time or as the internship progresses. In other cases, students can think about getting an internship in a different wing of an industry than a previous internship. In this way, students can gain a wide range of knowledge about a particular business.

Because the internship occurs during summer when there are normally no academic classes, summer internships can be more intensive than internships during the school year. If you also need to work a paying job as well as work a non-paying internship, you should determine the hours required for a summer internship. Some summer internships can be as many as 40 hours a week—no different than a full-time job.

The best way to find internships is to go to your department and find job listings. Often these job listings are listed online. These jobs go quickly—much like a paid position—so it is important for you to apply early.

Depending on the department of your major, some summer internships will not be at local companies. Many science related internships will be at on-campus laboratories at colleges and universities throughout the country. As such, you don’t necessarily have to apply for an internship at the college where you are attending. Often science internships are considered research opportunities—the equivalent of a non-paid research grant.

Finding a summer internship is much like finding a scholarship. Just as there are scholarships for minority students or students with particular skills, the same goes for internship programs. There are summer internships primarily for minority students and internships for very specific majors: medical research, marine biology, accounting, etc.

In addition to unpaid internships, there are also paid internship opportunities as well—jobs with a specific time frame. These are highly competitive so apply early.

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What to Do with Your Summer Break

Most college and universities start their summer break in early to mid-May. The return date is usually in August or September. There is a drastic difference between having a full schedule of classes, studying and paper writing and then having nothing to do. What do you do with all of this free time? There are many ways to fill the time during your summer break.

Signing up for a few hours of summer school might be a great way to pass the time while earning some additional credits towards your degree. It might make your degree plan a little easier and get your college career over a little sooner. Check with your college or university to see if you might be able to go back to your hometown, take credits at a community college and transfer the credits back to your school. This might make it easier to get some of your prerequisite classes out of the way and be home to visit with friends and family.

If you have decided not to earn any school credits over the summer, then take the opportunity to go home. Visit family and friends. Spending time with family will be important because if you are not going to school in your hometown, time with family is especially precious. Summer offers several opportunities to have large gatherings like Memorial Day or Fourth of July.

Summer is a perfect time to catch up with old friends from high school or your hometown. Start in the first part of the year, talk to your old friends and arrange a get together. Take the time to suggest a group vacation. The options are endless, you could go camping, on a cruise, skiing or go exploring overseas.

No matter where you land during summer break, a great option is to get a summer job. Working during the regular school term can be difficult and money can get tight. Most students tend to be on tight budgets. A summer job can be a good opportunity to make some cash that will get you through the year. Check with theme parks, local shopping malls, country clubs and daycare centers, or check in with the campus career center to find out about available summer employment.

Summer break presents lots of options for each and every type of student. Depending on your preferences and what your total overall goals are, the above suggestions should give you some ideas to get started on your planning.

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How To Avoid Stress And Be Awesome

Do Not Procrastinate
Of course you’ve heard this a million times before, but avoiding procrastination is the best thing you can do for yourself in terms of avoiding stress. Ironically, stressed out students usually turn to various forms of procrastination to alleviate stress. Taking breaks is okay, even necessary, but wandering away from a project for hours to zone out in front of TV or to distract your friends down the hall from their projects is only going to lead to more stress when you finally do have to confront the realities of your homework situation.
To avoid stress, stay on top of your homework. Don’t let deadlines sneak up on you. If your imminent deadline is what’s stressing you out, the only way for you to deal with the stress is to confront it. Once you start chipping away at whatever it is you don’t want to do, you’re sure to find that it’s not as bad as you thought it would be.

Take Breaks That Refresh You
After you’ve gotten some work done, it’s important to reward yourself with time away from what you’re working on. If you plan your breaks, you will find your work less stressful to begin with. And because you know there’s an end in sight, you will probably work more efficiently, too.

When you’ve earned your break, do something that’s going to make you feel good. Going for a walk is a great option because it will clear your head and give you some exercise, as well as some perspective on your work. In fact, many students find that if they are having trouble with an assignment, that the solution to their problems suggest itself if they go for a walk. Once you’ve started to work on something, even when you walk away, your unconscious mind keeps going, and sometimes rewards your efforts with the answer you’ve been struggling over when you least expect it.

Exercise in general is great for a break, and for a way to avoid stress. The exercise you do works out tension you’ve built up in your muscles, and the endorphins your body releases after a great workout will literally make you feel great.

If you don’t feel like exercising, do something else that you do enjoy. Call your mother or your best friend from high school, catch up on emails, or read a book for pleasure. Just remember that you’re on a break, not a vacation. Set limits for yourself. Maybe talk for one half hour, and then go back to work with the promise of another break in a couple of hours.

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