Ellen Andersen

college social media
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Get Hyped for College with Social Media!

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 you study for the SAT and ACT?
ACT & SAT

How Long Should I Study for the ACT and 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 …
Save up any monetary gifts at your graduation party.
tips tools & advice

Throwing a Graduation Party with College in Mind

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 …
CalTech has its own spring traditions.
student life

Five Fabulous College Campus Spring Traditions

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 …
Essay word counts matter with college essays
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How to Stick to Essay Word Counts

Essay word counts and page limits matter a lot in the collegiate world. Almost every written assignment—whether it’s for a class, scholarship, or college admissions essay—will have some limitation. You need to be able to work within those limitations. Precision and conciseness are valuable skills exemplified by sticking to word counts. With that in mind, …
college comparisons

5 Colleges with Beautiful Gardens

Whether the weather seems like it or not (looking at you, Midwest), spring is upon us: Greenery is popping out of the ground; trees have new budding leaves; campus gardens are becoming the places to be once again. Here are just a few (of the many) colleges with gorgeous campus gardens. Georgia Southern University – …
ACT & SAT

What to Avoid in the ACT Reading Section

Everyone gets a little jittery before a big test, but that’s totally normal! What’s important to remember is all the practicing and studying you’ve been doing, especially for something like the ACT. The ACT tests your skills, so here are some common mistakes to avoid when taking the reading section. Reading too fast. When you …