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As a member of the Millenial Generation, those born between the 1980s and early 2000s, we know we like to share. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, WordPress, and Foursquare. Did we miss any? We actively share our thoughts, opinions, photos, videos, location, and just about everything else in between with our social media friends and various networks daily. Some of our notions are simple and humorous while others can be placed in the “oversharing” or “TMI (too much info)” category.
These days, colleges and universities, recruiters, and hiring managers openly admit to scouring through our social media profiles as a part of their background check to get a better understanding of who we really are, both online and in the real world. So before you apply to a college, for an internship, or your dream job take a peek through your social media profiles and ask yourself, “Is this professional enough?”
Here are a few ways you can clean up your social media profiles:
Facebook has a wide range of privacy settings, so make sure you put them all to good use. But no matter what, your name and profile photo and cover photo are still visible to everyone who searches your name. So begin with changing your profile photo to a more professional snapshot, a family photo, or a classy group pic. Take a glance at your cover photo and past cover photos to make for certain that there is nothing offensive on display but something that showcases your interests. Lastly, take a gander through your timeline and “hide” or delete past stories, events, statuses, or photos that you think your professional network may find offensive.
Start with your Twitter name, then the avatar, and then the bio. Even if your Twitter profile is set to “locked tweets” – any user can see your username, photo, and read your 140-character biography.
The same rules apply to Twitter - your username should be something simple and nothing offensive, your profile photo should be a modest headshot, and your biography should simply state your name, location, and maybe a fun tidbit about yourself or interests.
Scroll through your timeline a few times and delete tweets that you wouldn’t want your professional network to read.
Last but certainly not least, think before you tweet.
Think of LinkedIn as your online resume. Whatever you want your future college, employer, or colleagues to know about – your volunteer work, your internships, your work experience and education – you are able to include on your profile. Keep the professional trend going throughout and you should be all set!
We hope you’re finding great matches throughout your scholarship search. Deadlines are inching closer, with many scholarship applications due in February and March. It’s tempting to wait until the last minute and submit your application quickly, but before you do, ask for feedback – everyone needs a second pair of eyes. The sooner you complete your application, the faster you can get them into the hands of someone with the capability and skill to double check grammatical and spelling errors and offer suggestions. ”Who should review my scholarship essays and applications?” you ask? They won’t take long to find because you already know them! Consider enlisting the help of some of these everday influencers in your life:
Not just any teacher, but your favorite teacher. Seek out a teacher who you’re confident will be able to take the time to look over your scholarship materials carefully. Selecting an English teacher will be an advantage because writing and grammar are their expertise and of course those need the most attention when it comes to scholarship applications.
2. Guidance Counselor
Your counselor has probably helped you find scholarships, so why not have them help you revise your scholarship application? They’re your one-stop shop for everything scholarship-related and will be able to share some insider tips on what makes a winning scholarship essay.
You may not realize it, but you do have a mentor out there who’s waiting to help. This person may be your coach, neighbor, tutor, or religious leader. Whoever this person is, they’ll be pleased that you’ve come to them for help with your scholarship application. They know your strengths and can offer tips on how to personalize your essay so it stands out against the competition.
Aside for your mentor, if you have a good relationship with your manager or supervisor, they likely won’t mind helping out. Many managers beam at any opportunity to help their employees grow and achieve educational success. Your supervisor knows you well outside of the classroom and can thus offer important insight into how you craft your responses.
Don’t hesitate to ask your parents or guardians for assistance. Do tread carefully though and avoid letting them write or rewrite your essay. It’s perfectly okay, however, to have them check for grammar and spelling errors and offer suggestions that will make your essay shine.
What Is The FAFSA?
FAFSA, which stands for the Free Application For Federal Student Aid, is a required application for college-bound high school seniors and current college students. In order to qualify for financial aid, students are required to fill out this application. As of January 1st, 2014 the FAFSA is available to fill out and submit for the 2014 – 2015 school year. But what does the FAFSA encompass? Keep reading!
Five Categories of FAFSA
The FAFSA requests information in five categories. Before you begin, grab your social security card (unless you memorized the number), your driver’s license (if you have one), bank statements or investment records, untaxed income documents, your most recent tax return, and then ask your parent’s to bring all of the same things.
1. Student Demographics: Basically, the FAFSA needs all of your personal information. Make sure to triple check it for accuracy!
2. School Selection: You will be asked to input your high school’s basic information. If you already know what college you’re going to attend or if you’re already enrolled in college, you will be asked to enter their basic information as well.
3. Dependency Status: If you have special circumstances (e.g. deceased parents or if you were adopted), this is where you will make those circumstances known.
4. Parents Demographics: This section will ask for your parent or guardian’s email address, marital status, and how many people live in your household. Make sure to get the correct information from your parent or guardian because these answers may affect how much money you will receive from financial aid.
5. Financial Information: In the last section, you will have to input your parent or guardian’s tax information to complete the FAFSA.
How To Apply For FAFSA
Visit this website to apply for the 2014 – 2015 FAFSA online, or you can apply through mail with a printed paper copy. Applying online is recommended and preferred by FAFSA because it processes immediately and assists with spelling errors. The application should take around an hour to complete, but you will have the option to save it and return to it later – but make sure you finish it!
If you’re still struggling a bit with all the forms, visit this page for additional assistance and resources.
Take a few minutes to reflect on 2013 – do you remember your resolutions from January 1st? What worked well? What didn’t work at all? Do you even remember what your resolutions were?
When beginning a new year, we enter with a lot of enthusiasm, momentum, and overall excitement for what is to come. Especially for the clean slate. But sometimes we lose steam, focus, and motivation to hold ourselves and our goals accountable.
Before you pen your list of New Year’s resolutions, ask yourself this question: What do I really want to improve? Read on for some 2014 resolution suggestions:
- Get Healthy
First off, take it easy on yourself. You’re busy, you’re on a budget, and no one transforms into a model overnight. Begin with setting realistic, long-term goals. Getting healthy has nothing to do with weight loss but everything to do with losing the unnecessarily bad food! (Little secret: just by adjusting your diet you’ll lose the weight anyway as your body’s way of saying, “thank you.”)
Start here: Set workout goals that fit your schedule (aim for three days a week), make the conscious effort to eat one more fruit or vegetable per day, vow to sleep for longer periods of time, and cut back on your caffeine intake.
Think of your resolution as an ongoing process throughout the next 12 months and eventually it will become your lifestyle.
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- Devise A Game Plan
Write out a blueprint. Step by step. Know exactly what goals you would like to accomplish and by when. Hold yourself accountable for those goals. Be consistent. Remember that if you wrote it down it must mean something to you. Why not make 2014 a personally productive year?
P.S. Reward yourself! Not everyone can be strict with their goals, so every time you have a victory (big or small) - spoil yourself.
- Make A Budget
Perhaps a part of your game plan is to travel more. Maybe it is to join a new gym or attend a fitness class. Possibly it is to change your eating habits and go gluten free or vegan. Unfortunately money trees don’t exist, so all of these things require money.
So along with your blueprint, include a section for finances. Figure out how much the essentials cost and then map out how much extra you will need to do the activities you’d like to participate in. Check out this website for tips and a template.
Tip: Try to only use your credit card for the necessities – ask yourself, do I want it or do I need it?
- Apply For Scholarships
The average amount of student debt in 2013 was almost $30,000 according to CNN Money. Whether you’ve already embarked on your undergraduate career, are about to graduate high school, or have just entered a graduate program – it’s important to use all your resources to keep your debt to a minimum.
So, carve out some time to apply for scholarships at least a couple times a month for an hour or two. There are multiple scholarship deadlines every month, so no excuses!
Create a student profile with Cappex to search and locate multiple scholarships to aid with your financial situation and specific needs.
- Be Persistent
Every year is filled with highs and lows or ups and downs. We all have our own personal struggles and our situations are uniquely different. And as difficult as it may sound, try not to lose focus on the resolutions you have for 2014.
Adjusting to a new lifestyle, working towards new goals, and changing certain learned behaviors can be extremely trying. You may slip up on the way but as opposed to stressing out and wasting energy, think of ways to get back on track to making 2014 the greatest year.
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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