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How to Build an Awesome College List!

Categories: Admissions Advice

Dear High School Juniors,

Your college search process can be a great experience! In fact, it should be. It’s like a shopping spree for your future. My advice? Build a college list with a strong foundation, some exciting choices, and a few options that’ll have you on the edge of your seat.

If you are serious about attending college and earning a degree, it’s imperative to have at least one “safety school”. Two is better, but having at least one school where you are basically guaranteed admission will make your entire process less stressful. Be honest with yourself. Take a look at your grades, test scores and activities and find schools for which you are over-qualified. Find out if these schools are rolling admission, and if that’s the case, apply ASAP. Think of rolling admission as first-come-first-serve; the earlier you get your application in, the more open spots there are!

The best part of your college search is finding your ideal schools. The schools that you think you can get into with your credentials, a killer essay and great teacher recommendations. Some might be a little stretch, others might be right on par with your GPA and test scores. These are the schools that offer the majors and programs in which you are interested! They’re located in the  parts of the country where you want to live–whether it’s 5 minutes from home or a plane ride across the continent! Take a few leaps with the schools in this juicy section of your college list.

If you need help finding ideal schools, ask yourself what you might like to study. Love English classes? Look for schools with terrific creative writing programs. Science nut? Search for schools with excellent research facilities. You can also think about where you’d like to study. If you’re a skiing fanatic, seek out schools in Colorado or Montana where skiing can still be a part of your life. When in doubt, create a profile at Cappex! With hundreds of colleges and scholarships, Cappex can help you find your perfect school and a way to pay for them.

The final tier of your college list can be a couple schools that are big challenges. These schools are more selective or schools you’ve dreamt about but can’t guarantee you’d get into. Pick one or two colleges that will certainly test you – first on the application and later if you wind up attending. You never know what they are looking for and you just might surprise yourself!

One thing to keep in mind: don’t completely overwork yourself. Take time on each application so you can be proud of the finished products you send out.

This process can be stressful, but find ways to make it fun and you’ll be surprised how excited you’ll be for your future as you build your college list!




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I’m Going to College, Now What Should I Take with Me?

Categories: College Life

wamcIllustrationIconBesides snakes, the boogie man, spiders, and the occasional un-dead, packing is one of the most feared phenomenons known to man. How can an ordinary human effectively and efficiently decide on which selective assortment of belongings will have the privilege of moving from point A to point B? The mere thought of it could put any person in a tizzy.

When you’re packing for not just a little vacation but for a year of college, things can get pretty heated. There’s just no way you can take both your lava lamp and study lamp! You’ll only have room for one.

To help quell your fear, here’s a list of 7 things you should bring with you to your freshman dormitory:

1. Extra-long sheets and bedding
Definitely double-check this one, but most college dorms have extra-long mattresses. Some simple math brings me to the conclusion that if you have a longer mattress, you’ll need longer sheets. Also, you might want to bring a study pillow if you’re ever too tired to head out to the library.

2. The smallest kitchen you’ll hopefully ever use
There will be a point in your college career when leaving your 10′ X 15′ room is just not an option–think extreme weather or wee small hours of the morning. To prepare for instances like this, you’ll want a mini fridge and/or microwave. There’s no way you can pull an all-nighter without something delicious to nosh on.

3. Laundry bag/basket
The laundry bag/basket serves multiple important purposes including the obvious, to hold and transfer laundry from your dorm room to the laundry facility. The other utilization of the laundry bag/basket is for the quick fix before your parents show up for visitors’ weekend. If you don’t have time to really clean your room, just temporarily stick everything in there. Old college trick.

4. A tiny bit of nostalgia
Take a little morsel of what you had back home with you to college. A couple of pictures of the “Fab Five” or that guy trying way too hard to grow mustache that you took to prom is fine. Maybe throw in a couple pictures of mom and dad. But don’t go too far. College is about moving forward.

5. Sustenance
What’s your fuel? A protein bar? Some V8? Whatever non-perishable it is, buy it in bulk and keep it in a container under you bed. You’ll thank me later.

6. A lot of boring stuff
Bring all that stuff you don’t really have to purchase at school because you have an abundance of them at home i.e. hangers, coffee mugs, notebooks, pens, hula skirts (maybe I just grew up in a weird home)–all the lovely little things you take advantage of while living at home.

7. School supplies
This one kind of piggy backs on #6, but you can save some money by bringing school supplies you already have at home with you to college. Look through your house for extra things you might want, like pens, calculators, books etc. Also, definitely figure out what your computer situation is going to be. Will you purchase a laptop or desktop with a student deal? Or will you opt on using the school computer labs?

Do you have any packing tips? Comment and share!