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.

6 Myths About Federal Student Loans

Here are 6 federal student loan myths. myths
Taking on student loans is how many college students can afford to go to college. They are often part of financial aid packages from colleges and universities. These student loans can seem daunting, especially with student debt being the highest it’s ever been. But one of the best ways to make something less scary is …

Scholarships for Architecture Majors

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Walking into the world’s biggest cities, it is clear to see the impact of constantly evolving architecture. As we move forward in society, we continually discover better and more innovative ways to build things. The people who do that, those architects, have some pretty cool scholarships to help get them through school. A skilled architect …

Pros and Cons of Taking Summer Classes

There are pros and cons of taking summer classes that you should consider tips tools & advice
“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

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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. People share their cultures through food, and food creates long-lasting relationships. In our day and age, there are so many food …

The Pros and Cons of Different Times to Visit Colleges

When's the best time to visit a college, summer, spring, winter, or fall? college search
You’ve probably heard various opinions on when you should plan to do 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 visit option. Summer Break Visit Pros: You don’t have to worry about missing school. You see the school …

4 Ways to Manage Your Time on the ACT/SAT

White wall clock against red background. 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

Grow your scholarship money from outside scholarships! scholarship search & applications
One great way to pay for college is scholarships. Scholarships are gift-aid, meaning that you don’t need to repay anything. Many people think of college scholarships as coming only from the government or from colleges themselves—and most do. However, there are many other “outside” scholarships that can also offer aid. Community centers, private companies, and other …

Why You Should Consider Taking Summer Classes

You should consider taking summer classes. tips tools & advice
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. Taking summer classes during college In …

Why You Should Study for the ACT/SAT During the Summer Break

Studying for the SAT and ACT is probably the last thing you want to do. ACT & SAT
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. Start the summer …