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Simple Guide For College Students

By Tom Tessin

the-college-prosCollege is one of the best actions that people can take in order improve the quality of their lives. By going to college people not only increase their earning potential and employment opportunities; they also learn how to become more productive members of our society. The process for turning college students into high quality citizens begins in school. Here is a simple guide for students so that they can get the most out of their experience.

Go to Your Classes

Students pay money to attend a university and this means that they should go to their classes. The college experience is ultimately about the education process over anything else. It’s through this education process that a student is being prepared for the profession that they want to be involved in. So the best thing that any student can do is to show up for their class, be on time, and make sure they absolutely learn something.

Pay your Tuition

You can’t go to school without paying your tuition, well if we don’t take scholarships and grants into consideration. Students who have to work to attend school should make it a point to pay for their expenses while attending. Again, this is because the education for your profession is the most important reason why you’re there.

Have a Social Life

Being social in college is okay as long as it doesn’t interfere with your education. Many people get sidetracked in college because they allow the other aspects of the college life to get in the way of their main purpose for being there. Have a social life in college because it’s a part of the process for you becoming a productive member of our society but don’t allow this social life to get out of control.

Stay out of Debt

Many college students have charge cards and loans that they blow on things they more than likely didn’t need. Spending extra tuition money on foolish pleasures or things is not the best thing to do. Don’t get it wrong, it’s okay to spend some of the money on getting some of the things you want, but remember that you’re going to have to pay that money back one day. Also, charge cards are a college student’s enemy. The laws are
changing because credit card debt is out of control in this country and one part of these changes has to do with college students and credit. The bottom line is students under the age of 21 won’t be able to get a credit card unless they can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that they can pay it off or if they have parents who can.

There are plenty more areas that can be covered for this simple college guide for students but the main thing to remember is that college is about your education and that education is what you will need in order to help you make a better life for your family and yourself.

About the author:
Find great student articles like this, and more of Tom’s work all on his student blog.

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Ivy League admissions: a unique way to set yourself apart and

By John Dorian Chang

Are you interested in the internet? Technology? Business? Are you simply looking to standout in college admissions? Challenge yourself to a new opportunity?

Here’s an out of the box idea that will help your quest to get into Stanford: offer to be an intern at a startup!

It’s easier than you think – it requires leg-work and initiative on your part, but it looks great on college applications and can help you move your careers and professional interests to the next level.

Here are two examples of how it can be done:

1) Search for local startups through Google. Email them with a brief description of your background, and tell them you’re interested in an unpaid part-time or summer internship.

The key here is local – these will give you the best shot since it’s convenient for you and them, and there’s greater overlap in interests, backgrounds, etc

2) Browse through the online services that you use the most and love – such as Facebook, Myspace, Imeem, and so on. Look through their websites and get in touch with human resources staff or recruiters. Explain your story. Again, offer to work in an unpaid position or any position they have available

Startups are always looking for more help, especially if it’s free. Showing initiative like that in high school will impress any company. Even if they say no, you have nothing to lose.

An internship will strengthen your college application – it will bolster your work experience and leadership/initiative-taking. It will also be one helluva story to tell in college essays or alumni interviews.

Finally – and here’s the best part – it could lead to a unique and outstanding recommendation. Everyone else just has recs from teachers – what if you got one from your CEO? Win-win-win. Harvard here we come.

This is just one example of great out-of-the-box thinking. What unique ideas do you have? Share them with me by emailing john AT hopelesstoharvard.com and I’ll give you feedback!

Unique risk-taking is a surefire way to help your chances of getting into Ivy League schools. Start today.

About the author:
Are you an average student who wants to go to Harvard? Hopeless To Harvard is the story of how a B+ student got into Harvard,
Stanford, and Princeton
. Click here to learn his strategies for admissions success. Get into Stanford now!

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Are there College Jobs Available?

By Dustin Hubbard

You’ve finally been accepted to the college or university of your choice. Now all you the-college-pros15have to do is find a job to be able to stay at school. Most colleges and universities know that the normal average student will have to have a job while they are in school. Because of this the school will usually have websites that enable their students a viable way of finding on-campus and some off-campus jobs.

The on-campus jobs that most universities and colleges offer are for the student body only. These jobs will be in the classes, for the different departments, and for the university itself. Some examples might be a job in the school cafeteria or perhaps in the cashier department of the university. Many departments will have job openings that the student can apply for, such as needing a student to log in students that participate in Chemistry Labs or a student to be a receptionist at the Math Department Office. These jobs tend to start at around $8-10 dollars an hour and can be anywhere from a few hours a week to a 20-25 hour work week. The student will have to check their class schedule with the work schedule to make sure it will fit.

The off-campus jobs that might be offered through the university or college website will usually come from companies and employers that are local to the area. The school might even host a job fair that will allow these companies and employers to actively recruit for employees. This is an easy way for the student to access potential employers and see if he or she will fit in with a certain company. Local companies that might be hiring college or university students could be the local grocery store or if there is a mall nearby it could be a retail store like the nearest bookstore or clothing store. More mainstream jobs available might be receptionist at a local clinic. The pay for this type job will be the same as an on-campus job.

Most college jobs have very few requirements and can be filled by the local population but there are jobs that are sometimes offered for specialty positions. These would be those jobs requiring a certain amount of college attained or perhaps a person that has already completed their associates or bachelors. The specialty jobs might also be available for a particular Major only. These type’s college jobs will typically pay more money than the others.

After checking you university or college website for sources of college jobs, there is of course always the mainstay of job search which is the newspaper and the internet job search. This will not typically give you any jobs that are available for on-campus employment but will be able to show you what other off-campus jobs might be available in your particular area. Again always check your class schedule with what the potential employer will require from you and it’s always a good idea to let your new boss know you are a student at the local university or college.

About the author:
The mission of UGrowU is to be a one-stop solution for Entry Level Recruiting, internal employee growth, and expertise while establishing a professional growth network, and job opportunities for students and early career professionals. Visit http://www.ugrowu.com

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