Ellen Andersen

About

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 Find an Internship in Your Field of Study

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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?

Have you considered going to an ACT / SAT summer camp? ACT & SAT
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, …

College Mascots with Interesting Histories

Mascots - Tufts University – Jumbo the Elephant student life
Often the face of a university, mascots are the epicenter of school spirit and hype! Some mascots, however, have more interesting stories to tell than others. Auburn University – “War Eagle” There are various legends as to how this unofficial “symbol of the Auburn spirit” came to be. The most popular legend is that a …

4 of the Best Colleges for Students Interested in Fashion

A woman kneeling and fixing the model's black dress. college comparisons
Whether it’s for fun or your intended career path, there are plenty of opportunities available for students interested in fashion. “Fashion,” of course, is a broad category: There’s design, marketing, photography, modeling, and other sub-categories. Here are some schools that have activities and programs for interested students. Lasell College – Newton, MA Lasell is well-known …

Get Hyped for College with Social Media!

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You’ve been accepted to schools, and you’ve finally made your decision about where you want to go. You’ve signed up for your dorm room and your meal plan, maybe even your classes. Now what? Time to explore via college social media! There’s a lot of college social media out there. Most colleges and universities have …

How Long Should I Study for the ACT and SAT?

How long should you study for the SAT and ACT? ACT & SAT
Scoring well on standardized tests can help you get accepted by your dream college, so it’s important to study. But how long should you be studying? It’s a question many high school students face as they enter their junior years. There is no one answer, unfortunately: Necessary study time is derived from the individual. Start …

Throwing a Graduation Party with College in Mind

Save up any monetary gifts at your graduation party. tips tools & advice
It’s easy to get excited about your high school graduation and graduation party, and why shouldn’t you be? You’ve put in four years of effort for this moment. Enjoy it, savor it, but keep in mind that if you’re going to college in the fall, there are some ways to plan ahead. Save any monetary …

What Kind of Internship Should I Look For?

The kind of internship you want depends on your interests and goals questions & answers
It is well-known that to get a job in today’s society, one must have some form of experience. Internships are helpful in this regard: They are designed to give you experience. Sometimes they’re paid, which makes things a little easier. Many, however, will be “paying” you with experience and college credit. So other than that, …

Five Fabulous College Campus Spring Traditions

CalTech has its own spring traditions. student life
Every school has their own set of traditions throughout the year. We’ve talked about some of the stranger ones, and many of the holiday ones. Here are some spring traditions that take place when it gets warmer! Liquid Latex at Brandeis University – Waltham, Massachusetts This tradition has been going on for over 15 years …

More Effort, Less Competition: Don’t Ignore Work-Heavy Scholarships

Put on your hard hat and get to work on those work-heavy scholarships scholarship search & applications
When it comes to scholarships, you want to keep the prospective applicant pool in mind. A generic, catch-all scholarship will likely have plenty of applicants. Scholarships specific to certain fields or skills will have fewer. Similarly, the easier an application is to complete, the more people who will apply to it. So a scholarship that …