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College Campus Horrors and How to Survive Them

Dawn Papandrea | September 10, 2015

shutterstock_37935349They’re scary and they’re kooky, obnoxious and spooky — they’re the stuff of your college campus nightmares! If you want to survive the potential horrors of dorm life you’ll need to sharpen your stakes, put on your garlic necklaces, and — oh, nevermind… just read this post and keep your guard up! [Read More]

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shutterstock_177415865If you’re getting ready to head off to college in the fall, you’re probably in dorm shopping mode. In addition to following a list of rules and regulations that the college provided you, you should also think ahead to where you’re going to put all of that cool stuff during the school year, as well as when you head home for summer. [Read More]

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shutterstock_131727851There’s no doubt that being a new college student can be a stressful experience. From adjusting to the differences between high school and college and a new set of academic expectations, to learning how to stay motivated and organized, the transition can be a challenge.

We caught up with Dr. Jenny C. Yip, a clinical psychologist and executive director of the Renewed Freedom Center in Los Angeles, Ca., as well as the author of Productive Successful You.  If you’re a stressed out college student, what she says about beating procrastination and changing your perspective on anxiety can be a game changer that helps you maximize and enjoy your college years. Read on… [Read More]

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Congratulations to this year’s Academy Award winners in the best acting categories. We’re equally impressed with their college smarts, too! See if you can guess the alma maters of Oscar’s 2014 winners… [Read More]

College Olympians Bring Smarts and Skills to Sochi

Dawn Papandrea | February 12, 2014

westminsterAnd you thought you had a busy schedule! Imagine studying for finals while training for the Olympics?

A big shout out and big cheers to Westminster College’s 23 student Olympians who are representing Team USA in Sochi right now. As reported in Forbes, the Westminster contingent represents 10 percent of the 230-person team, more than any other school. [Read More]

These College Students Earn an A in Winter Fun

Dawn Papandrea | February 10, 2014

While college students all across the country suffer through a brutal winter full of Polar Vortex cold, snow, and ice, Paul Smith’s College students wouldn’t have it any other way. As the only four-year college in the New York Adirondacks, they know cold, but instead of sleeping away their snow days, they incorporate the frigid outdoors into their coursework and extracurricular activities.

In fact, the Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) encourages students to explore miles of nature trails all year long. From cross-country skiing to owl watching to maple sugaring to winter astronomy, Paul Smith students laugh and learn in the face of winter. Take a look… [Read More]

profileWhen a friend recently sought advice about her daughter’s financial aid situation (she hadn’t been offered anything from her top choice college), I was surprised to hear that she didn’t fill out the FAFSA. She was under the impression that because the school required the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, that that was all she had to do. I thought to myself, doesn’t everyone know that they have to complete the FAFSA?

Apparently, confusion is common among college financial aid applicants who are asked to complete the more in-depth aid application administered by The College Board. According to The New York Times, a lawmaker is looking into some misleading PROFILE instructions/information given by colleges that require both forms. In those cases, people were made to think that the PROFILE was a requirement for Federal aid.

With so much misinformation out there, it’s time to set the record straight. Here’s what you need to know about the two major financial aid applications… [Read More]

shutterstock_124814947If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you probably know that we usually encourage taking college rankings with a grain of salt. They can certainly be useful, insightful, and encourage you to do further research on institution you may not have been aware of, but “top colleges” lists should be only one (minor) component of your research. [Read More]