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The New Year is inching closer and if you’re a high school senior or current college student, the scholarship search for the next academic year may be fully underway. You may find yourself lacking motivation at a certain point, but there are people out there with some wise words to keep you going.
1. To help you realize that scholarships are going to help you live out your college dreams.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”– Mark Twain
2. For when you have trouble finishing or even starting your scholarship application.
“Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity.”– Albert Einstein
3. When you think that you’re not going to stand out amongst the competition.
“You are so busy being YOU that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are.” – John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
4. When you feel like you’re not in control of your college path.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” – Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You Will Go
5. When you’re about to give up because you think winning a scholarship is impossible.
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible!” – Audrey Hepburn
6. If you’re feeling uncertain about your scholarship winning prospects.
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln
7. To help you realize what it take to win a scholarship.
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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It’s about that time of the year – every college student’s favorite holiday. With the Spooky Season in full effect, you and your friends have probably already started thinking about your Halloween costumes. But let’s face it, a cool and unique costume can end up costing more than your tuition! So why pay for something you may already have in your dorm, apartment, or house? Cappex is here to save the day with 10 awesome Do-It-Yourself Halloween Costume ideas!
1. Waldos and Wendas
Red and striped shirt. Red beanie. Jeans. Black-rimmed glasses. Your camera around your neck. A cane – if you’re really into it. Done! Just make sure your friends can find you.
2. Any Animal with Ears
One of the oldest and easiest costumes in the Halloween book. Pair your favorite animal ears with a cute outfit and voila, you’re a giraffe for the day!
3. A Bunch of Grapes
Being a bunch of grapes is so simple! Put on a purple or green shirt, matching leggings if you have them, and inflate the color-coordinated balloons. Use safety pins to attach them to your shirt, but be careful not to pop them! Bring some extra balloons along wherever you go, just in case your bunch of grapes turns into a bunch of raisins.
4. Revenge of the Nerds
Fellas, grab all your buddies and hitch those pants well above your waist, button your shirt to the top button, and buckle on those suspenders. Don’t forget your black-rimmed glasses, pocket protectors, pens, calculators, and color knee socks. If you’re feeling really nerdy, put some tape on your glasses. This also makes a cute couple costume!
5. Polaroid Picture
Create this costume in an instant. Simply cut out a square shape from a white foam board that’s large enough to frame your head and shoulders and voila! Use a colorful background for extra effect. Make sure to take a photo of yourself as a photo!
6. The Brawny Man
Impress the ladies with clothing you likely already have in your closet. This costume could also double as a lumberjack if you want to carry an ax around all night!
7. Rosie the Riveter
Denim shirt. Red bandana. Red lipstick. The biceps are DIY.
8. Mario Kart
Ever dreamed of living in the world of Nintendo’s Mario Kart? October 31st is when dreams come true.
9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Leonardo. Michelangelo. Donatello. Raphael. Us ‘90’s babies grew watching them. Why not be them for a night? Take an aluminum foil serving tray and spray paint it, find a green t-shirt in your closet, and buy the appropriate color headband for your ninja turtle!
10. Words with Friends
Turn this awesome Scrabble-like game into a group costume! Wear all black and pick your favorite letter.
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Need to do a crazy amount of research for that paper, but don’t know if you’ll have enough time for the library? Don’t worry – you have one right in your pocket! With today’s ever-growing advances in smartphones and mobile devices, there’s an abundance of convenient apps and mobile sites you can use to conduct research. While the “physical” library provides you invaluable resources, the following apps and mobile sites are especially handy if you find yourself on the go:
Questia’s app helps students research, accurately cite sources, format papers in different styles, and organize notes. At no cost, students can research from a librarian-vetted collection of over 77,000 academic books and 4 million journal articles.
Using the mobile site or app, you can search for and read articles about a variety of topics. Students can take advantage of many features like the ability to choose which databases to search, retrieve full text results in HTML or PDF formats, save results for offline access, and email results to themselves and others.
This site and app allow you to search for and request books from libraries closest to you and around the world. You also have the ability to renew books.
With this site and app, you can search, read, and manage life science PDFs. You have a choice to read them on the spot or download them for later. Have an iPad? The app allows for the delivery of full text journal articles straight to your device.
This site and app allow you to search hard-to-find information, including a lot of scientific data about physics, chemistry, astronomy, and math. Students also benefit from diagrams and images in results, making it easier to understand the data and text.
With art at your fingertips, search and browse the ARTstor’s Digital Library of over a million images. You can also view search results in list form; tap to enlarge or rotate images; and study and quiz yourself with the flashcard view.
Often the most dreaded part of research, fear citations no longer. EasyBib has been a go-to website for students for years. But if you find yourself away from a computer, the app also allows you to create MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations in seconds by scanning a book bar code or typing a book’s name.
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If you plan to attend college after graduating high school, taking the right classes while you are still in high school can be quite beneficial. If you want to go to college with the most advantages possible, choosing the right classes based on the career you hope to get is highly recommended, both to potentially gain college credit and to be more well-rounded and knowledgeable in various areas of life.
Whether you plan to work in business or you simply want to become more knowledgeable with finances, taking an economics class in high school is a great idea. Understanding how to balance a budget and invest and get involved with the stock market is all covered in a basic high school economics class. Learning about supply and demand and how it affects business decisions will help you grasp new concepts if you plan to pursue a future in business yourself. You will also learn more about the current market and how the global economy affects specific markets you are interested in working in.
Public Speaking and Debate
Enroll in debate and public speaking classes to learn how to feel more comfortable talking in front of your peers and larger crowds. With required live debates and speeches, you are able to overcome any anxiety or nervousness you may experience and have to go through once you are in college.
Taking a foreign language class is also highly recommended before you head to college, as it may offer additional credit while making you more well-versed in an ever-growing diverse world. Understanding a foreign language can help you to get ahead in classes in college while also allowing you more opportunities for careers once you graduate.
Marketing and Business
Take marketing and business classes to learn more about how to start a business and how to appeal to specific demographics, regardless of the industry you plan on working in.
If you qualify for advanced placement, or AP, classes take them in high school to potentially earn college credit. Advanced placement classes are often more difficult and challenging, but better prepare you college and the type of course load you will be experiencing once you are attending college yourself.
Taking the right classes in high school to prepare yourself for college can ultimately save you time once you are paying for college while also allowing you to feel more prepared. Having an idea of the type of industry you want to work in will also help to guide you through the process of choosing the best high school classes that are right for you.
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First of all: Congratulations! This is the culmination of 12 years of hard work (I don’t count kindergarten) even if you didn’t realize you were working hard. Honestly, you were probably only working really hard for the past four years. Regardless, you earned these moments. You know the ones: moving your tassel from right to left, walking across that stage, throwing your cap into the air….
Perhaps these moments happened just yesterday, a week ago, or even a month ago. I don’t mean to rush you but do you have any idea what comes next? If you’ve submitted your intent-to-enroll forms, then you’re probably well on your way to finding a roommate, shopping for your dorm, and registering for classes. What if you didn’t get accepted to any of the schools you applied for? Uh-oh….
Really, it’s not the end of the world. I promise. If you want to pursue a bachelor’s degree but you are uncertain of your options, here are some to consider:
Take the year off. Okay, maybe this doesn’t appear to be the most proactive thing to do. However, if you’re on the fence about what you want to study, need some extra time to get your finances in order, or have no idea where you would even want to go to school, this is certainly a feasible option. Make sure you’re not just sitting around for a year though! Find a part-time job, do some volunteer work, pick up some extra hobbies, and keep yourself busy. You’ll be surprised by the experiences you have that might even come in handy in a personal statement next year.
Sign up for online classes. There are many self-education materials all over the internet, especially in technical areas like computer programming. This is a great way to get a head start on some college-level courses without having to leave home. Although not all classes transfer over to college credit, many of them might get you through a placement exam. The worst case scenario is that you have to retake a similar class when you decide on your college, but think of how much easier that class will be now that you’ve aced it once!
Register at the community college. Most community colleges have open enrollment, meaning that you can register as long as there is space available in the classes that you’re interested in. This is a good option, especially if you know which four-year school and program you’d like to apply for next year. Get the details of what your program or major covers in the first year, find the community college equivalents, and sign up! This is a great way to get ahead at a fraction of the price. Also, many community colleges offer online courses.
Any combination of the above. Maybe you only want to take a couple community college classes and do some volunteer work. Or maybe you’ll be working and taking online classes. The key is to be proactive and keep learning. It demonstrates that you’re determined to learn and your actions may just speak for themselves on your next college application.
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Senioritis – there’s no doubt that every high school senior knows the feeling. With classes winding down and the start of college quickly approaching, you might be experiencing a decreased sense of motivation. Overcoming it involves the right balance of studying and fun. Bring your attention to a few of the following cures for some of the most common senioritis symptoms:
Lack of Motivation
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that once you apply to college, you’re free to slack off for the rest of the year. Even after college acceptance letters arrive, it’s required for most students to send final transcripts at the end of the school year. Admissions decisions can be revoked if your GPA takes a significant dip. Keep going to classes and remain focused!
With all the end of the school year excitement, studying sounds like the least appealing item on your list of to dos, but it will only become more intimidating the longer you procrastinate. Set a certain amount of time to study each day and stick with it. Keep your head clear by taking short breaks; go for a walk, have a quick snack, or exercise. Partnering up with a classmate for study sessions may also help. You can keep each other motivated by quizzing each other, creating flashcards, or comparing notes.
You’ve had a long four years, and now it’s time to celebrate! With prom and graduation parties, dresses, dates, and dancing on your mind, don’t forget that you actually have to be on track to graduate to fully enjoy these festivities. Create a schedule so you don’t lose track of major assignments that are due. By getting work out the way first, you will have more free time.
College Over/Under Excitement
It’s common to feel one or both of two extremes before you start college: (1) You’re more than ready to move on and already have your bags packed for new adventures, or (2) you’re feeling nostalgic and will miss high school friends and memories. Look forward to all the new possibilities of college while making the most out everything before it starts by spending time with friends and family. If you’re worried about losing touch, schedule time between breaks to hangout.Photo credit: sharkattackol.com
Attention high school students: your guidance counselor can be a great resource in your college application process. As a large part of a guidance counselor’s job is helping seniors get into college, they can usually give you answers to every question you might have, or have the connections to find the information you need to know. When you do meet with your counselor, it is important to be prepared with questions to help the appointment run smoothly and ensure you cover all the bases to make yourself an ideal applicant.
1. What core classes do I need to take?
College admissions offices like to see a certain number of years of core classes on your high school transcript. When starting your college search, it will be very helpful to know what the admissions team may be looking for. Some colleges only consider applicants who have studied a foreign language, have four years of English classes, or have an array of AP classes on their transcript, among other requirements. Knowing what you need will influence what classes you register for in your senior year and help you pick your reach, target and safety schools.
2. Where can I look for financial aid?
Your guidance counselor will have very valuable information on the different financial aid options including FAFSA grants and other scholarships you may qualify for. Cappex is also a great resource for researching college scholarships.
3. What information do you need for my recommendation?
Many universities require one or two recommendations from teachers or guidance counselors, and if you go to a big high school, you may not know your guidance counselor on a more personal level. To make sure you get the best recommendations possible, ask your guidance counselor what would be helpful to know about you that they can’t find on your transcript, including clubs, sports teams or other organizations you may be affiliated with, community service projects you’ve completed, awards you’ve won, or your future education goals.
4. How does our school compare to others with test scores and reputation?
Depending on where your high school ranks with test scores, AP classes offered and other indicators, you may have a better or average chance of getting accepted to a certain college. Knowing more about your school’s reputation will help you get a more accurate feel of how this affects your admissions chances.
5. Are there any college fairs nearby?
Your guidance counselor will have important information on local college fairs and which ones you should attend to meet with representatives from your prospective colleges. Some high schools also host their own college fairs and invite university representatives to come from colleges that have historically been popular with your school’s students.
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