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If you’re a high school senior, get ready for a whirlwind spring. This season will be full of college acceptance and rejection letters, waves of nostalgia, and loads of graduation events. A lot of seniors hold big graduation parties with food, family and friends. Not to mention: GIFTS!
Being original is hard when everyone is buying useful and fun presents for a college-bound 18-year-old. Here are some ideas that will help you find a great graduation gift for your friends!
For A Lady: Perfume
I have a friend who chooses a new perfume when she begins a new stage in her life. She wore only one perfume all through high school, a second perfume all through college, and now a third as she enters medical school. For her, choosing a new scent is like rewarding herself on a job well done and getting excited for the next stage of her life. The coolest part? Any time she smells a past perfume she instantly remembers that time in her life when she wore it every day.
For A Gent: Magazine Subscription
He’s going to be doing enough reading for class, so he might enjoy a cool magazine subscription. Depending on his interests, he might like Sports Illustrated, Discover or Esquire to name a few. Also, who doesn’t like to get mail actually addressed to them? Living in the dorms away from home as a freshman isn’t always the greatest, so getting a fun piece of mail every once in a while will be a treat.
Dorm living doesn’t require much maintenance, but it can’t hurt to have a Miniature Tool Kit available. Something small and portable with the basics – hammer, pliers, screw drivers – is a great present for college freshman beginning a life on their own.
Nearly every college student has a laptop these days, and it’s often hard to tell which computer belongs to which person. Personalize your friend’s laptop with a decal! Made for both Macs and PCs, decals make a laptop stand out. They’re also just fun and look cool!
News Flash: college freshman have to do laundry. Quarters will become your best friend freshman year because you’ll need them for laundry machines located in your dorm. Giving the gift of a roll of quarters (along with a card describing your intentions) is a very practical present. Your buddy will thank you when they get to school and realize a month in that they have no more clean undershirts.
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You read the books. You visited the campuses. You wrote a million versions of your essays. You sent in all your applications. YOU’RE DONE!
And now you’re waiting. And waiting. And… waiting.
Waiting to hear back about your college applications can be the most stressful thing in the world. It is an understatement to say that you have given a lot of your time and energy to something very huge. Now that it is out of your hands, it’s easy to fret about it all day, every day. Put a positive spin on this – it is out of your hands! You’ve done all that you can do and now you can move on to other fun activities to take your mind off of college for a while. Do some activities you probably have not allowed yourself since you began your big search. Things like:
1. Having a movie marathon. In the afternoon. You know, Saturday afternoon? The time you used to spend editing your essays and researching which schools have the best business programs? Use that time for a movie marathon of those Oscar nominations you never saw because you were too busy APPLYING TO COLLEGE.
2. Reading for fun. No, not reading for research. Read that book you saw on a best-seller list or that your friend recommended. The one you never had a chance to pick up because you were too focused on reading your ACT Prep booklet. Read for fun and enjoy NOT writing a reflection about it afterwards.
3. Writing for fun. Or write a reflection and don’t turn it in. Write for yourself. Journal your experiences or use a creative part of your imagination to write something goofy and weird. Turn it in to no one!
4. Celebrating your friends. Some of them may hear back from their schools before you do. Do not let this get you down. I repeat: DO NOT LET THIS GET YOU DOWN. Be happy for friends who get into their first choice schools and supportive of those who don’t. Go out to celebrate with friends who have finished their application process, too.
5. Working for some extra cash. With college right around the corner, you’ll want some extra money for either tuition or recreation. Or books. Or food. Or everything. Find a reasonable, laid-back job that will let you earn some extra money without wearing you out. It will keep you busy and help you at the same time!
Whatever you do, treat yourself in some way. Even if it’s just an ice cream. You did it! Congratulations.
For all you college-bound seniors on the brink of graduation, get ready, because we’ve found 7 great college scholarships that you should apply to today!
You may have already fallen ill with senioritis, but paying for your college education is not an option, and here are 7 easy scholarships to help you start chipping away at that big tuition number.
1. AFSA High School Senior Scholarship Contest
You’re probably tired of test-taking, but for a chance to win $2,000, we have a feeling that you’ll muster up motivation. 10 scholarships will be granted to applicants who read an essay about automatic fire sprinklers and take an open-book test about it online.
2. CEO of Tomorrow Scholarship
If you have an interest in business and entrepreneurship, completing your application for this big money $2,500 scholarship should be no big deal.
3. Replace My Contacts Academic Scholarship
In just two simple steps, your college dreams will be in focus. After completing a quick survey, submit an essay of 500 words or less to apply for this $1,000 scholarship opportunity.
4. Conestoga Bank “Future of Banking” Scholarship
Have an idea about what the next big thing in banking will be? Bank on your college education and apply for the chance to score $1,000.
5. Potential Magazine Countdown to College Scholarship
Looking for an easy, no-stress scholarship to apply to? Applying for this $1,000 scholarship will take you shorter than the time it takes reading this description!
6. Empower Orphans Annual Scholarship
Involved in community service? Snap a of photo of yourself participating in any community service activity, small or large to become eligible to win a scholarship between $300 and $1,000.
7. Kelsey Harris Writing Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship is designed for all you aspiring writers out there! You’ll have fun with this one; all you have to do is submit an essay answering, “Why is life more interesting when you’re happy?”
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If you’re a high school senior, you have less than a semester left of school and your highly anticipated start of college is on the horizon. After spending 4 years in high school, you might want to prep yourself for the changes you’ll experience going away to college. And one of the biggest changes is making new friends.
This post from the Uloop blog gives college students 5 easy ways to network and make friends in college:
Switch It Up
Although it is very easy to be a part of the same organizations that you have been a part of for your entire life, it is more beneficial to branch out to various organizations that have different backgrounds, connections, and client bases than your own. For example, even if you are not politically driven it may be rather prudent to join Young Republicans, Campus Democrats, etc. Or on the flip-side, if you have been a part of a politically affiliated organization for a long time, then maybe you should switch it up and join the Adventure Club or Fencing Club. By doing this, your face and name gain recognition across demographics.
Approach the Unfamiliar
Oftentimes people get so wrapped up in their own lives that they forget that there are six billion other people on the planet. Yes, friendships are amazing, especially the lifelong ones. However, someone that you have known since pre-school will not vanish if you do not hang out with them for a couple days. Be approachable and approach those that you don’t know. For example, if someone is wearing a shirt that says “Combat Airsoft” you may feign interest in order to spark a conversation which could lead to a friendship. No one ever got anywhere by staying in their shell, and neither should you.
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