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Ellen Andersen
Ellen is a guest blogger for College Raptor. She is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa. She holds a BA in English with Creative Writing and Psychology. Her current focus is applying to the Fulbright Scholar program.

Pros and Cons of Taking Summer Classes

“Summer school” may bring a sense of dread to high schoolers, but it takes on a new meaning once you reach college. Many students enjoy taking summer classes since campus is less busy, or to get a head start on earning credits while they work, or even to catch up to ensure they graduate on …

Scholarships for Food Science Majors

Ah, food. We all have great memories surrounding it—from Thanksgiving to 4th of July BBQs, to family recipes and traditional delicacies from all around the world. Food brings us together and satisfies our taste-buds. Food Science is aptly named. It is the scientific study of food, and can be applied to many facets of the …

The Pros and Cons of Different Times to Visit Colleges

You’ve probably heard various opinions on when you should make your college visits. During the school year? Summer break? Winter break? Spring semester or fall semester? Here are some quick pros and cons for each option. Summer Break Pros: You don’t have to worry about missing school. You see the school at probably its most …

How to Manage Your Time on the ACT/SAT

One of the most crucial things to manage when taking standardized tests is your time. It can make all the difference, letting you feel comfortable and in control than rather than rushed. Practice Makes Better Timing yourself on practice exams will help you understand how to work most efficiently. You want to be able to …

The Pros and Cons of Outside Scholarships

Many people think of scholarships as coming only from the government or from colleges themselves—and most do. However, there are many other “outside” sources that can also offer scholarships. Community centers, private companies, and other organizations are just a few examples. Here are a couple pros and cons of utilizing these scholarships. Pro: Fewer people …

Why You Should Consider Taking Summer Classes

While the prospect of a relaxing summer sounds delightful, it might be time to consider summer courses. Internships and jobs are important to consider as well. Each course of action has its own pros and cons. Here are a few reasons to think about the choice of summer classes. In college, taking courses over the …

Why You Should Study for the ACT/SAT Over the Summer

I know, summer is supposed to be a time of relaxation. No classwork, no school requirements, just lounging, or a summer job, or vacation. But there are benefits to studying over your summer break. It might be the most crucial time to study for the ACT or SAT before you take it. Now, this doesn’t …

How to Find an Internship in Your Field of Study

Internships are amazing resume-builders, and the experience you gain from them is incredibly valuable. Really, any internship is a great opportunity to learn, but an internship in your particular field of study—or related to your future dream career—is even better. Here are some tips for finding the perfect internship. Talk to the faculty in your …

What Are ACT/SAT Summer Camps?

When people imagine summer camps, intensive study sessions probably aren’t the first things that come to mind. And yet, that option is available for ACT/SAT test prep. Summer programs vary: There are online options available, meaning you can do all this studying at home. But there are also very real camps that you go to, …