Kali Slaymaker

What's the difference between high school and college?
student life

5 Ways College is Different than High School

There are many ways college is different than high school. Many are good, some aren’t awesome, but regardless being prepared is a recipe for success. While some people will try to scare you and make college seem impossible, we are here to inform and encourage. Yes, college will likely be more difficult than high school. …
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scholarship search & applications

Scholarship Search: Where to Begin

A prominent worry that faces students and parents when considering higher education is, “How will I pay for it?” The most appealing option is certainly scholarships or grants. This is money given to you to pay for college that you don’t have to pay back! How nice is that? The trickier question is how do …
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tips tools & advice

Freshman Roommates: Who Brings What for Your Dorm

For your freshman year of college, you will likely have a roommate. Possibly more than one! While you’re still in high school, fantasizing about college life and decorating your dorm room, you may come to a halting question: who brings what? We’re here to help you make the initial contact with your roomie and decide …
Here's our complete college packing list
tips tools & advice

Complete College Packing List

It’s never too early to think about what you need to bring to college. If you have an idea of the supplies you will need you can start asking for them as gifts for birthdays, holidays, graduation, or whatever gift giving celebration you’re fortunate enough to celebrate. This list is meant to be general guidance …
A college syllabus is incredibly important
tips tools & advice

The Importance of the College Syllabus

The college syllabus. The best kept secret weapon to acing a class. But why is it a secret? Everyone has access to it. The reason is because so many students disregard it. You’ll probably hear the term “syllabus week” or “sylly week.” This is often the first week of classes where many classes do not …
Here's how you can create an effective study group
tips tools & advice

How To Create an Effective Study Group

For most students, the biggest struggle between high school and college courses is the autonomy you’re given. Professors don’t monitor your progress nearly as close as most high school classes. The course may have very little homework and tests create a large portion of your grade. It is easy to fall into the trap of …
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Scholarships for Study Abroad: General

A common myth people believe about studying abroad is that it’s not affordable. In certain situations, that may be true, but for many, it is not the case. A lot of programs match tuition and board at the student’s home institution. Additionally, for many of these institutions that tuition match is basing it off in-state …
Here are some study abroad myths.

College Myths: Study Abroad Edition

Studying abroad is an experience many students wish for. This can a very meaningful and inspirational opportunity for students to partake in. However, there are many study abroad myths. We are here to set the record straight.  Myth #1: I can’t afford to study abroad Studying abroad can be less than, equal, or more than …