5 Half-Truths of Your Financial Aid Office

5 Half-Truths of Your Financial Aid Office

It’s officially admissions season, the name of the game is “whitewashing,” and financial aid offices are not exempt. I’m not saying that your financial aid office…

14 Fortunes to Get You Through College App Season

14 Fortunes to Get You Through College App Season

I started collecting fortune cookies during my senior year, when I was working in a Chinese restaurant as a hostess. Every day, customers would drop…

Freshman Year of College: Expectations versus Reality

Freshman Year of College: Expectations versus Reality

Blame it on TV, movies, or maybe even your college-aged friends, but we all have certain ideas about college life when we first step foot…

An Awesome Trick to Help You Write Your Personal Statement

An Awesome Trick to Help You Write Your Personal Statement

I wrote a story for a high school English class exactly twice in four years. Needless to say, when the Common App came along and…

Should You Go Far Away for College?

Should You Go Far Away for College?

“I have often dreamed of a far off place/Where a great warm welcome will be waiting for me…” – Go the Distance, from Hercules When…

What Happens if Your AP Test Doesn’t Matter?

What Happens if Your AP Test Doesn’t Matter?

For many seniors in high school, AP testing comes after the end of a long journey, which ended with submitting that enrollment deposit on May…

An Open Letter to My Freshman Roommate

An Open Letter to My Freshman Roommate

Dear Roomie, First, I don’t know how you’ll feel about having your name attached to whatever I’m going to write here–don’t worry, I won’t talk…

5 Things to Do After Getting Accepted to College

5 Things to Do After Getting Accepted to College

You did it! You’ve been accepted to a school and no longer have to resign yourself to a lifetime of work at McDonald’s. Those application…

Environmentalism for the Broke But Idealistic College Student

Environmentalism for the Broke But Idealistic College Student

It’s the perpetual problem of the idealistic college student: We want to save the world, but we don’t know how, or we don’t have the…

4 Ways to Make Your Financial Aid Process Miserable

4 Ways to Make Your Financial Aid Process Miserable

For a senior in high school, the hardest truth to face–admittedly, if you haven’t had to deal with many soul-crushing truths–is that an acceptance to…

4 Ways the TV Show ‘Community’ Prepared Me For College

4 Ways the TV Show ‘Community’ Prepared Me For College

A lot of things have changed since my freshman orientation week, but my go-to “fun fact” has not: My favorite TV show is still Community….

Don’t Listen to Your Gut: How to Stop Falling in Love With Schools

Don’t Listen to Your Gut: How to Stop Falling in Love With Schools

One of my closest friends in high school had the misfortune of being accepted into a million great schools. Luckily, after visits, she learned she hated…

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