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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.

What High School Freshman Can Do for College Prep

Think college is still four years away so you can worry about it later? There are actually plenty of ways to start prepping for college immediately as a high school freshman that can benefit you in the years to come. Work on Good Study Habits How good are your study habits currently? Good grades and …

FAQs About College Majors

Is your future potential college asking you to choose a major in your application? Some schools require you to declare a major before you’re even a freshman or accepted, while others ask that you choose by the time you’re a Junior. If you’re not sure how to go about choosing a major or just want …

How Studying Changes From High School to College

There will be a lot of changes as you head to college from high school. You’ll probably have a roommate, may be living on campus away from home, and you’ll have half the classes you are used to. Even with fewer classes though, studying is one big change that many freshman aren’t quite ready for …

Interesting Stats About the FAFSA

You hear it time and time again during your senior year of high school: Complete your FAFSA! They’re not saying it idly. Every year, thousands of dollars are left unused by college students not aware that they qualify for federal financial aid. Many don’t bother to apply thinking they simply won’t qualify, their parents make …

Pros and Cons of Large Colleges

  You may be leaning towards wanting to attend a large college versus a small college or vice versa. It helps to know the pros and cons of each! Here are some of the benefits and less beneficial aspects of attending a larger school. Pro: More extracurricular opportunities Larger colleges tend to have a lot …

How to Balance College Cost With Value

Are you worried about going into debt to attend college? You’re absolutely not alone. Thousands of students fret over this and some even skip college out of fear of debt. However, there are ways to help you look at cost versus value when it comes to your education. Cost vs. Value When it comes to …

The Difference Between Private and Public College Visits

As it creeps closer to the application due dates, you may be planning some college visits to make sure you want to apply. This is a great idea and very highly recommended. It gives you an idea of what the town, campus, and students are like. If you’re planning trips to private and public colleges …

FAQs about the ACT / SAT

You may have quite a few questions when it comes to the ACT or SAT. Below are some of the more frequently asked ones. How do I register for the SAT or ACT? You can register online for both the SAT or ACT. For the SAT, you have to make an account on College Board. …