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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.

How To Start Narrowing Down Your Final College Choices

Your acceptance letters have come in. Congratulations! But now comes the time to narrow down your options. For some people, it’s easy. For others, it takes a little while. Here are some tricks to lead you closer to your pick. Know your priorities. What are you looking for most about a school? Is it the …

5 Scholarships for Gamers

When it comes to the world of gaming, progress continues to be made. Console and PC games are considered by many to be works of art. Games on handheld devices such as phones and iPads are increasingly popular. It is a great time to be going to school for game design! As such, here are …

What Did the First ACT Test Look Like?

As far as standardized tests go, nothing much has changed about the ACT since its conception. The test has always been composed of four sections. The sections when the test first rolled out in 1959 were English, mathematics, social studies, and natural science. The ACT has always been an achievement test—a study of what you …

Turning a Bad Semester Around Before It’s Over

It doesn’t matter what point you’re at, sometimes life gets in the way. When you’re in school – whether it’s junior high, high school, or college – this can have a detrimental effect on your grades. Maybe you had to miss classes because of mono, or a close family member died, or your mental health …

What Is Tuition Assistance?

Tuition assistance programs are rewards that certain employers give you for going to school while working. The most well-known one is joining a branch of the military, whether through your campus’s ROTC branch or having served already. Such employers will offer aid to help pay for your schooling. How much aid depends on the company. …

Why Companies Like Hiring Liberal Arts Majors

  Sure, everyone may say that STEM and business majors are the ones set after college. But even CEOs are telling college students that Liberal Arts still has an important part to play in the future job market. Mark Cuban, businessman and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, believes that many “in-demand skills, such as writing …

When to Start Searching for Summer Internships

Summer internships are great opportunities to gain some experience in your field (while hopefully getting paid, but no guarantees there). Because most students don’t take summer courses, these internships can be competitive. It pays to start looking earlier than you think. One option that students can utilize is your school’s career and internship fair. Schools …

What Is An HBCU?

In your college explorations, you’ll hear the term “HBCU” tossed around every now and then about a school. These letters, which stand for “Historically Black College and/or University,” are able to convey a few facts about the school they are associated with. By hearing this acronym, you can understand that the school was established with …

Should I Take Both the ACT and SAT?

We’ve discussed some of the pros and cons of taking the ACT and SAT. Recent statistics show that many high school students—especially those applying to more exclusive schools—are taking both tests. But statistics cannot make a decision for you, especially when it is not necessary to take both standardized tests. Here are some questions you …