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.

3 Things to Do During a Gap Year

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Have you weighed your options after graduation and decided to take a gap year? It can be a great choice for students! But that doesn’t mean you should waste the next year. You have a few different options on how you can spend the next 12 months and get some meaningful lessons out of your …

Why Going to Safety Schools Isn’t a Bad Thing

When it comes to searching for colleges, schools are typically divided into three categories—safety, match, and reach. Safety colleges are those you’re highly likely to get into—schools with higher acceptance rates and less competition. Many people think that attending a safety college means “you weren’t good enough” to get into a match or reach school. …

Career Planning During the COVID-19 Quarantine

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Although many states are still shut down completely due to the coronavirus, there are plenty of ways you can work on your career planning and strategies during quarantine. Here are some great ideas to help you get started. Network Conferences and businesses may be closed in response to COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean you still …

How to Adjust to Online Learning During Quarantine

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Almost all students are currently studying and working from home during the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re in this boat, you might find the switch to online learning a little jarring. In some cases, it can be a struggle. Here are some tips to help you better adjust. Focus on Communication Communication is key when it …

COVID-19 and Graduation Ceremony Alternatives

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With many states saying students will not be returning to school for the 2019–2020 year, seniors are left wondering what exactly will happen to their graduation. There’s no clear answer yet, but here are some of the graduation ceremony alternatives they’re currently opting for. Each School is Handling it Differently Each school across the United …

How COVID-19 Affects Grades in High School and College

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COVID-19 is affecting everyone’s lives, and one area where it’s causing some chaos is grading for colleges and high schools. Wondering how COVID-19 affects grades? The schools themselves are wondering the exact same thing. There are a few things to know when it comes to your grades and graduation. Schools Are Opting for Different Solutions …

How COVID-19 Affects AP Tests

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Are you taking an AP course this year for high school? You may be wondering about your AP tests, especially as we get closer to the end of the school year. Here are some things to note on how COVID-19 is affecting AP classes and tests. The AP Tests Will Be Given at Home The …

How to Apply for Coronavirus Relief for College

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If you’re in college or have recently graduated and have student loans, you may be wondering how your loans and financial aid will be affected in the coming months in response to the coronavirus. Do you have to apply? How do you apply for coronavirus relief? What will you receive? We cover the needed info …

Academic Things to Do During the Quarantine

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With much of the world under a stay-at-home order, you might be wondering what academic things to do during the quarantine. Fortunately, you can keep on top of your work, education, and college plans. Here are three things to keep in mind or work on in the coming weeks: Write Your College Essays Part of …