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Allison Wignall
Allison is the Associate Editor of College Raptor. In addition to writing and editing posts, she also works on marketing and special projects. She recently graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor's degree in English: Creative Writing.

What to Do After a College Visit

College visits are a vital part of the college search process. By actually touring the campus, physically being there, you can determine if a college “feels” right. It’s an important thing to discover; you’re going to be spending the next 4+ years there, after all. During a visit you can tour the campus, take a …

The 9 Steps to Creating a College Application Essay

The personal essay is a key element to the overall college application. It’s the chance to let the admission officers get to know the real you. After all, you’re more than just test scores, GPA, and academics! Essays allow you to talk about lessons learned, special skills, awards won, causes that matter to you, and …

Advice for Incoming College Freshmen: You Have Time

My younger brother is getting ready for his freshman year of college, and asked me a great question: “What’s your #1 piece of advice for freshman?” I thought about it for a moment, and remembered my own freshman year experiences. There were plenty of things that stressed me out or made me nervous, but there …

Myth: Only Top Athletes and 4.0 Students Get Scholarships

There is a pervading myth that you have to be the best of the best—either in athletics or academics—in order to win a scholarship. Such a lofty requirement might scare away some students from even trying to apply for scholarships. The fact is, while good grades and sports skills can earn someone scholarship money, they’re …

How Do You Get Out of Student Loan Default?

Well, the best way to get out of student loan default is to not default in the first place. However, if you have already defaulted on your federal student loans, there are ways to get out—in fact, there are four major options. Pay Off the Loan in Full Let’s start off with the most obvious, …

4 Tips for Managing Test Anxiety DURING the ACT/SAT

No one has ever said that the ACT and SAT are not stressful. Beyond the weeks of studying, attending refresher classes, taking practice tests, and listening to ACT/SAT myths—there’s also a lot riding on your test scores. Scholarship opportunities, college acceptance odds, future job and internship prospects. To say that the ACT and SAT is …

ACT / SAT Writing Section Tip: Be Concise

When it comes to writing, being concise is usually linked to being stronger. The ACT and SAT writing sections are not like school essay projects that have a certain page requirement or word count goal. Your objective here is to either write a persuasive essay, or determine what made a certain essay persuasive, and the …

What are Competitive Student Loan Interest Rates?

You may have heard the term “competitive interest rates” while browsing around for a good student loan option. But what exactly makes an interest rate competitive? Interest Rate Percentage The percentage of the rate isn’t the only factor that makes a rate competitive. If Company A offers a loan with a 2.65% rate, and Company …