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Graduation Checklist

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Time is passing very quickly in these last weeks of the semester and this college year is almost over. For seniors, crunch time is now. Between finals, papers, presentations, and finishing up classes – there is a lot on our plates! Unfortunately, these things are not the only things you have to worry about before finishing up your college career. All schools are different, but my university has certain requirements that I am sure most other schools hold up to as well. Here are some last minute things to make sure to finish in order to graduate on time!

1. Apply

You have to APPLY to graduate. The school won’t automatically know if you are graduating or not until you put in an application. Your credits have to be checked and you will be notified if you pass initial examination. At this point in time, almost everyone should have already completed this step. You also have to apply for the graduation ceremony. You have to notify the school that you will be attending the ceremony and how you want your name spelled on your diploma.

Graduation Application Online Form

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2. Pay All Dues

Make sure you have no holds on your account. Check your financial status once again and even if you owe only $1.25, your account will be frozen and you will not be allowed to graduate until it is cleared.

Hands Up Everyone Pay Their Dues

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3. Loan Counseling

I am not sure if this is universal for each university, but we are required to complete “Exit Counseling” for our loans. We go online and learn how to responsibly deal with loans after graduation. This is another thing that can prevent you from graduating if not completed.

Student Graduate Debt Holding Piggy Bank

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4. Pass Your Classes

This may seem basic, but unfortunately it is very common for most courses to hold about 50% of a student’s final grade within the last couple of weeks of classes. Presentations, exams, papers are all weighed more heavily this time of year – so don’t take these assignments lightly! Do poorly on one, and your whole overall grade can suffer and could potentially set you back from passing.

Students In Classroom Group Sitting

Photo © Shane Global Language Centres

Although you need to take all of these things seriously, do not stress about them! Make sure they all get completed on time but also make sure you are enjoying your last couple of weeks at college. Make some lasting memories and have fun!

Good Luck Graduates!

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The Home-Stretch of Spring Semester

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We are in the home stretch! School is almost out! At first it seems like a cinch and we think it will fly by. But then, the temperature outside hits 70 degrees and all of a sudden those last couple of weeks seem like eternity. This is the time when most of us find it really difficult to make it to class and really easy to go out and enjoy the long-awaited sunshine. Resist these temptations!

Students Outside Playing Frisbee In The Spring Sunshine

Photo © University of Oklahoma

These last two months are still important! Think about all the projects you have due at the end of the semester and the finals coming up in May that have a huge impact on your final grade. Unfortunately, almost half of your grade for most classes is from the last month. This is no time to start slacking off!

Female Student Outside Reading A Book In The Spring

Photo © University of Oklahoma

The important thing to keep in mind is that it will be over before you know it. So buckle down and remember classes are still in session. To keep your head in the game, take a walk with some friends in between classes, bring your books outside and study there, or eat your lunch on a bench outdoors. This way, you still get to enjoy the nice weather and soak up your Vitamin D without cutting class and slacking off in your studies. Also, enjoy your time off. If you have fun in your free time, then you won’t feel so motivated to blow off classes to have some fun.

Male Student Outside Studying In The Grass

Photo © University of Oklahoma

There will be many distractions in the next two months but you just have to push through it and summer will be here before you know it!  Keep motivated!

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5 Things To Wrap Up The School Year

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Doesn’t time fly by quickly? It seems like just yesterday we were buying our textbooks to get ready for the first day of school, and now we only have one term left! You may be busy with classes and studying, but don’t get so busy that you forget to do these five things before the end of the school year:

1. Connect

Not with friends, but with your professors! You’re going to want to establish and maintain a relationship with them before parting. Letters of recommendation may be needed for any internship or job you want to apply for over the summer, or if you’re graduating. (This is why it’s helpful to introduce yourself to your professors before the start of the term.)

College Professor Teacher Connection

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2. Link Up

On LinkedIn! Sure, you’ve heard your classmates and professors talk about this site, but is it really helpful? Turns out, 93 percent of job recruiters look to LinkedIn for their next employee. This is a growing trend for future employment. Connect with professors, classmates, co-workers, and other business professionals. Just remember that LinkedIn has a different purpose than Facebook.

LinkedIn Website Page

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3. Portfolio

Put it together. Why before the school year is over? A lot of universities have advanced computer programs to assist in portfolio building. Movie editing software, resume templates, etc. All will help with putting the finishing touches on your secret weapon. When you’re finished, have someone in the career center look it over.

Professional Business Portfolio Binder

Photo © andrew.le

4. Stay On Track

I can’t stress enough the importance of meeting with a counselor to be sure you’re on track to graduating when you want to. Make sure the classes you’re taking count toward your degree.

College Academic Counselor

Photo © SIUE

5. Be Prepared

At the end of each term, you may feel differently about post-grad plans. Make sure that any options you are considering will still be available (ex. Peace Corp, AmeriCorp, etc.), and that you will be a qualified candidate. Some programs only take young adults up to a certain age, or require you to have a specific degree or course experience. Consider following the programs you’re interested in via Twitter or Facebook – that way, if any changes are made, you’ll know right away.

Girl Outside On Laptop Doing Research

Photo © CollegeDegrees360

Have any other tips for finishing the year on a positive note? Let us know in the comments!

Good luck with the rest of the term!

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Choosing A College: Urban Or Rural?

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

In my last blog post, I talked about how to choose a college in the East or West coast. If you have got that down, now it’s time to start thinking by scale: urban or rural?

First, just to clarify, urban means areas with a high population density (50,000 or more), such as Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., or Philadelphia. Rural means anything outside of what would be called a city; the smaller towns.

From the time we’re little, we usually know which we prefer: a bustling city full of life and commotion, or a quiet, wide open space with room to breathe. Our parents usually decide where we live, though, and some of us never have the opportunity to travel and experience a different type of living. Determining the type of environment you want to live in is as important as determining which study method works for you. If you’re unhappy, it can affect your grades, and eventually career and internship opportunities.

So, before you decide on a college, consider these factors that go beyond the school itself:

1. Transportation

If you don’t have a car, public transportation may be necessary. Check to see what the school has to offer and how far things are for walking distance.

Bus Stop Transportation

Photo © Seattle Municipal Archives

2. Entertainment

When you live in the country, a trip into the city is just that, a trip. Museums, shopping, and concerts are all typically in the city. Entertainment can be harder (but not impossible) to find in a rural area.

Shopping Boutique Stores

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3. Hobbies

You’ll find a huge range of outdoor activities in rural settings. Some smaller towns have a great sense of community involvement, which can be a comforting feeling, especially if you’re far from actual family.

Outdoor Basketball Hobby

Photo © mydogbeasley

4. Privacy and Safety

In the city, apartment windows often directly face another apartment’s windows. There’s no “view,” and consequently, no sense of privacy. Cities do also tend to have higher crime levels.

City Apartment Window View

Photo © Franki47

5. Internships

Most internships and jobs are in the city. It’s a trade-off; while you may not be able to have both the country life and a great internship, you can rest easy knowing you’ll be able to pick and choose later.

Girl in City Office Internship

Photo © Internshipeurope

It might be a good idea to make a list of what’s important to you in your choice of colleges. If you can, try to visit the area you’re considering before making the actual move.

Good luck!

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Choosing A College: East or West Coast?

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

It’s one of the biggest decisions you’ll make in your life: where to go to college. A lot of students-to-be simply choose the one conveniently located in their town, or at least in their state, to avoid out-of-state tuition costs, which can be pretty steep. However, if you’re considering attending a college outside of your state, there are several things you should keep in mind.

1. Cost

This is usually a big factor in the college decision, but don’t let the expense be the only factor. Remember, there are loans, grants, and scholarships available. Apply, apply, apply, and then, based on which types of aid you are offered, make your decision. Include transportation in costs too. Will you have to drive everywhere or is public transportation an option?

Money in a bag college costs

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2. Family

Is being close to your family important to you? If you tend to get homesick easily, consider choosing a college somewhat close to home. Some students like being able to drive home on the weekend, or being able to attend family gatherings.

Family Group Portrait

Photo © Gerry Slabaugh

3. Location

A lot of people would argue that people are friendlier on the West Coast than they are on the East Coast. The East Coast is generally stereotyped as being stuck up and for the “rich kids,” while the West Coast is stereotyped as almost too laid back. If you like to spend your time outdoors, a West Coast college is perfect for you with more wide-open spaces for more outdoor activities. Recreation on the East Coast usually means city activities.

United States Map of Locations

Photo © NASA Earth Observatory

4. Weather

For those wanting four seasons, consider a college in New England. Like the laid-back, comfortable climate? Consider down south. Also, there tend to be less serious natural disasters on the West Coast.

Weather Conditions Outside

Photo © DrVassilis

5. Safety

There is going to be crime anywhere you live, but some areas have a lower level of it. Also, some colleges are more on top of campus security than others. If that’s important to you, make sure to research it.

Campus Police Safety

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If possible, try to visit the colleges you’re considering before making a decision. Also, to save money, consider community college for the first two years and then transferring to a university. There are great colleges everywhere – spend the time finding the one that best fits your major, your budget, and your lifestyle.

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