Ellen Andersen

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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.

Myths About College Upperclassmen

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The class divisions in high school can be stark and unforgiving, and you might think that college will be more of the same. This really isn’t the case. Here are a few myths about college upperclassmen to break down for you. I won’t see any upperclassmen in my courses. While there are a few exceptions …

Colleges with Great Career Help Services

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One of the hardest things about college is knowing that you’re going to need a job once you graduate. The job market isn’t the most promising right now: Colleges know this, and they try to help as best they can. Job fairs, alumni networking, internship opportunities-–all these help you to find employment in your field …

Top Ranked Colleges for Students Interested in International Studies and Study Abroad

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The prospect of going abroad or learning about governments and cultures besides those in the USA can be a strong draw for some students. There are plenty of schools that offer great programs. Whether you want to travel the world, help teach languages, do international business, or something else entirely. If you’re interested in majoring …

What Is Economic Hardship Deferment?

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Economic Hardship Deferment is a student loan borrower protection. It allows borrowers to temporarily defer payments toward their loans. If the borrower has a subsidized loan, it will not accrue interest throughout the deferment period. Deferment periods are taken in one-year increments, up to three years total. This deferment plan is only eligible to people …

A Breakdown of Student Loan Borrower Protections

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Taking out student loans is a huge commitment that can potentially greatly impact your life after college. When taking out student loans, borrowers need to be aware of the loan borrower protections they have. It’s very important to do plenty of research into student loan borrower protections before signing the dotted line. Read the fine …

Pros and Cons of Job Shadowing

What are the pros and cons of job shadowing? careers & internships
If you’re not quite certain about a professional field, job shadowing is a great option to consider. It’s also a good way for employers to train new employees so that they aren’t being thrown into the deep end, as it were. This is generally a useful time to ask questions about the field and get advice …

Colleges for Students Interested In Space!

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There are plenty of reasons for people to like space. Space is cool. It’s a great medium to work with problem-solving skills. And let’s be real, who wouldn’t want to go up in a rocket? There are plenty of job opportunities for people interested in space, too. Here’s a list of schools that might be …

Use the Summer to Cultivate Essay-Worthy Experiences

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As tempting as it is to lounge around all summer playing video games or binge-watching shows on Netflix, it’s going to be difficult to turn those experiences into application essays. (It might be possible, but probably not.) So it might be a good idea to use the time to explore your options. How to use …

Reasons Why You Should Revisit Colleges

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When it comes to finding the right “fit” with a college, visiting campus is almost essential. The space around you can have a huge impact on your psychological well-being. If you don’t feel happy wandering around campus, it will be a rough four or five years ahead. That’s why you should revisit a college. So …

Application Essays That Got Students Into Their Dream Colleges

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It’s not always easy to choose an essay topic for your college applications. Even more difficult sometimes is finding a way to make it uniquely yours. But there are plenty of ways to find inspiration. Here are some application essays that got the authors accepted into some big-name schools. Brittany’s Costco Essay Brittany was accepted …