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Hilary Cairns
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.

Pros and Cons of Switching Your Major

While most declare their major by the end of their sophomore year or earlier, some students may find they do not particular enjoy their major or original intended career path after taking courses in the subject. In this case, students may wish to switch their major, but there are pros and cons to this change. …

How to Change Your Student Loan Repayment Plan

Your student loans will generally come due about six months after you graduate or leave college, though some loans will not have that grace period. You may discover at this point that you can’t quite afford the current repayment plan. Here’s how you can go about changing how much you pay. Talk to the Lender …

Common Things People Overlook when Selecting a College

When it’s time to start the college search, it’s easy to overlook aspects of each school. You’re often concentrating on your intended major and the academics. However, there are some things that many students overlook when selecting a college. These below are only a few examples. Freshman Retention Rates You have your list of colleges …

Pros and Cons of Declaring Your College Major Right Away

When completing college applications, some schools may ask you which major you are interested in pursuing. However, even if you already know your intended major, there are pros and cons to declaring it so soon. Here’s what you need to know. Pro: It’s attractive to the school. Declaring your major on your applications may actually …

How to Keep Up Scholarship Search Motivation

During your junior and senior years of high school, there is not doubt that you have a lot going on. You have your regular classes, the extensive college search that includes campus visits, applications, essays, and more, potential part time jobs, applications for financial aid, and other responsibilities. In addition to all this, you should …

What is Job Shadowing?

While deciding on your major and potential career, you may have heard the term “job shadowing” thrown around. But what exactly does it mean and how does it affect you? Here’s a quick run down on how job shadowing could be a vital part of your career planning process. What is Job Shadowing?  Job shadowing …

How To Hype Yourself up for Taking the ACT/SAT

You’ve studied for months and the day is nearly here. It’s time to officially take the ACT or SAT. You may be stressed leading up to the event, but it’s important to keep perspective, especially the morning of. Here are some ideas on how to hype yourself up before you sit down to take either …

College Towns with Exciting Summer Events

Most students are only on campus from August to May, but quite a few also stay in their college town during the summer months, whether they call the area home, are taking summer courses, or they work in town. Attending college is about education, of course, but it’s also about the experience. The town you …