Hilary Cairns

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Hilary Cairns is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and has a BA in English/Creative Writing. She's an established freelance writer who also has a hand in marketing, social media, and editing for various businesses across the United States.

What to Major in to Be a Dentist

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Do you dream of being a dentist? When you enter undergraduate school, it’s a good idea to major in something that will help you achieve that dream. However, there are a few different things to consider. Here’s what to major in to be a dentist. What are Dental Schools Looking For? Dental schools, above all …

Are There Transfer Scholarships for Community College Students?

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Often, students who attend community college decide they want to continue their education at a four year college or university after they’ve received their Associate degree. While you can still apply for FAFSA and may be eligible for some grants, you may be wondering if there are scholarships available to you. The short answer is: …

How to Prep for AP Courses Over the Summer

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Are you starting any AP Courses this fall in high school? You definitely don’t want to wait for first day to get ready. Preparation needs to start over the summer to ensure a good grade and a smooth semester. Here are some tips for prepping for AP courses over the summer.  Complete Your Summer Assignments …

Are Extracurriculars Important for College Applications?

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Wondering if extracurriculars are important for college applications? The short answer is YES! While you can definitely get into schools without them, you will have a much easier time getting into more competitive colleges with them. It could even be a deciding factor in those competitive schools. Here’s what you need to know. The Benefits …

Are You Guaranteed a Scholarship From the College You Attend?

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Did you know that many scholarships come from the colleges themselves? They’re known as institutional scholarships. While many students rely on institutional scholarships to help pay for college, you are never guaranteed a scholarship from a college you attend. Although you may be granted one, it is never set in stone. However, there are ways …

Can You Use Scholarships to Pay off Student Loans?

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When you’re trying to pay off your student loans, it’s a good idea to explore all your options. Some students wonder if they can pay off their loans with scholarships. If you received a scholarship your junior year, for example, can you use it to pay off a student loan from your freshman year? The …

What are the Easiest College Majors?

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If you’re not quite sure what to major in or you can choose from a few different majors to meet your career goals, you may be wondering: What are the easiest college majors? First, it’s important to first define what “easy” means. What is “Easy” Varies From Student to Student What’s easy to you may …

What You Need to Know about Non-Traditional Scholarships

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Are you heading back to school after your original education was interrupted? Or are you considering studying abroad? Some students fit the mold of “non-traditional.” Finding scholarships and grants may prove difficult for these types of students, but it’s not impossible. Here are some tips, tricks, and information you need to know if you are …

Pros and Cons of Going Out-of-State for College

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While you’re putting your list together of potential colleges, you may want to consider adding a few out-of-state colleges and universities. There are pros and cons that come with going out of state for college, so it’s important to weigh all your options before making a decision when you receive those acceptance letters. Here are …