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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 Scholarships and Financial Aid

financial aid Finding Scholarships and Financial AidIf thinking of attending nursing school, you will want to know how to find scholarships and financial aid. Whether this is your first crack at school or a return visit for an advanced degree, you have a variety of financial tools available to you. Here, you will learn how to find scholarships and financial aid. This process cannot all be completed in one step. There are many aspects to preparing yourself for financial coverage for your courses. Keep in mind that you can get a scholarship even if you do not have the highest grades or are the most in need. Scholarships and loan packages can meet the needs of various types of students. Because of the nursing shortage, there have come about many ways to fund your education.

Find scholarships and financial aid. The first step you need to take is to fill out FAFSA or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The schools financial aid office should be able to provide you with a copy of the application or you may obtain the application online. Locate the application online as well as find out more information by going to www.fafsa.ed.gov. If in high school, your guidance counselor should be able to obtain a copy for you. Keep in mind that tax information is needed in order to fill out the FAFSA. Try to fill out the application as soon as you can, as they are looked at in the order received. The United States government’s Department of Education has financial aid options available as well as Stafford loans and Pell Grants.

While you look to find scholarships and financial aid opportunities, keep in mind that there are some scammers out there looking to take advantage of students in need. Contact the Federal Trade Commission or visit the web site at www.ftc.gov for tips on how to escape these scams.

You can find scholarships and financial aid by visiting your own state’s board of nursing web site to check for offers. Also, if you aim to specialize in a particular field of nursing, contact that specific organization to inquire about any awards available. Also, your own college of choice might have scholarships or grants for nursing students. Contact the financial aid department or the nursing department to get your answer.

Private loans and grants may also be an option for you. Local service organizations may offer you low interest rates. Make sure you read the fine print. Keep in mind that scholarships you do not repay while loans you do. If you perform enough research and contact the right people, you can find scholarships and financial aid available for your specific nursing program. Take a trip to cyberspace for some searches on scholarships and loans.

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Learn More About Applying for Scholarships

Applying for scholarships can be time consuming, but viewing it as a part time job, even one modest award can be worth several hundred dollars an hour in spent researching and applying. Considering most scholarships have similar criteria, and similar essay prompts, applying can be easy as cut and paste.

The most typical and readily available scholarships are sponsored by the university or the state and are merit based. Merit-based scholarships from universities might not even have a separate application for scholarship consideration and will automatically award money when they grant admission. Depending on the number of people who meet the criteria, and the applicant's scores, these awards can be anywhere from a few thousand dollars a year to full-tuition.

State scholarships have to be applied for, although some financial aid offices in universities streamline the process, if the applicant lives in the sate. Many state scholarships do not apply if the applicant goes out of state, and applicants from out of state typically do not receive scholarships from the state in which they will be attending school. Some state scholarships require community service; be sure to talk with a guidance counselor or teacher for more information on state based scholarships.

Scholarships from private foundations, charities, corporations and religious organizations can be a bit more exotic in the application process and requirements. Many foundations and charities require interviews as part of the selection process, but generally require similar scores and essays. They may also require special projects, or community service. Corporations generally offer some scholarship money to the children of employees who will be studying in an industry related field. A software company may offer scholarships to computer engineers only. Some place a requirement that recipients study at a state school. Some require that the applicant stay in state, but the applicant is free to attend private or public university.

Religious organizations often require that applicants be member of the church, and then the standard mixture of grades, need and essays. The more exotic requirements might come departmental scholarships offered within a particular university. These scholarships often require the applicant meet basic criteria, plus admission. Memorial scholarships make up the bulk of this type of scholarship and sometimes have additional requirements based on the interests or characteristics of the memorial scholarship namesake.

Applying for these loans can be a long process involving interviews and non-standard essay prompts, but they are often very lucrative. Applicants should gather as many scholarship and admission applications as possible before beginning an admission/application essay. Generally the prompts for these are similar, and a well-crafted broad essay can fit neatly into many applications, which streamlines the process. Be wary of application deadlines, as many scholarship deadlines, especially from private organizations come much earlier than university deadlines.

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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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10 Tips On Surviving Junior Year

1. Keep Those Grades High
If you're a junior, you might be sick of hearing this truism uttered over and over. The reason it's called a truism, though, is that it's true. Your junior year grades will matter the most to college admissions committees. While colleges do look at the whole picture of your academic performance, they most highly value the junior year for several reasons: it's the most recent indication of what kind of student you are; it's their last chance to see your performance over the course of a whole year, and it's the time when many students take their most challenging course loads.

2. Focus Your Extracurricular Energies
Colleges want to know that in addition to being an excellent student, you're a well-rounded individual with something special to bring to their campus. Note: I said "something special," and not "they want to see a million different activities." Colleges want to attract specialists, people who are passionate about their extracurricular efforts.

3. Begin Your College Selection Process In Earnest
Begin reading about colleges to see which ones spark your interest. Talk to your parents about any of their expectations — if you want to go to Stanford, but they don't want you to leave the Boston area, now is the time to find out and address the conflict.

4. Know What Schools You'll Apply To By The End Of Junior Year
Sit down with your guidance counselor, and again with your parents, and formulate a list of schools to which you'll apply. Dream big with colleges, but also be realistic. With your guidance counselor, make a list of dream (or "reach") schools, schools you'll probably get into, and schools you'll definitely get into.

5. Arrange To Visit Colleges To See If You're Interested In Applying If Possible
Once you have your list of places you'll apply to, try to get out and see them. You might end up eliminating one or more and need to replace them. You might fall in love with a brand new dream school.

6. Look Into Scholarships For Which You're Eligible.
There is a lot of money available for talented college students. A discussion of available scholarships is worth another visit to your guidance counselor.

7. Consider A Prep Course For The SAT.

8. Apply For Any Financial Aid For Which You Might Be Eligible.

9. Make Time For Fun, Family, and Friends.

10. It's Never Too Early To Start Drafting Your College Essay.

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