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College Search Made Easy

Updated on September 13, 2014

The College Search

The college search is a daunting task for parents and students alike. Finding the right school, filling out applications, applying for loans and scholarships and writing those dreaded essays are enough to make your hair hurt. Many schools use the common application, which will make the process easier. Don't panic and get crazy over the loan and scholarship process. Talk to your guidance counselor, teachers, family members and friends who have been through the college process. They can offer tips and suggestions because they've been there already.

Don't let the tuition price tag prevent you from applying to a school you really want to go to. Believe it or not, if the school wants you, or if you demonstrate need, they will make money available to you in the form of grants or loans. And remember FAFSA. Even though times are tight, your state may offer scholarships to in-state schools, and even if you choose an out of state school too. There are many private scholarships out there also. The competition is tough for them, but if you do the work, you will find them.

So, you've finally made it. You've been accepted and getting ready for the school year? Summer isn't too far away. Relax, enjoy and get ready for the best time of your life. You'll connect with other incoming students, and schools have many orientation programs to make the transition easier. And of course, there's the excitement of finding out who your roommates will be.

What should I study? Not everyone knows what they want to do when they get to college. (aside from partying) Many students start with liberal arts courses, and once you find your interests, you can focus in those specific areas. If you already know what you want to do, that's great. Remember, if you're not sure, community college can be a good cost saving option for the first two years also.

Every year, college textbooks are always near last on the list, but if you know what you need in advance, you have a number of options. You can purchase new or used books. You can also rent, or buy e-textbooks as well. Schools will also buy back your used textbooks, but don't expect much.

What about overseas travel? Want to spend a semester in another country? Come junior year, if you’re looking to spend a semester or a full year in a foreign country, overseas travel is one of the most exciting and rewarding college experiences you can have. Just about every college and university offers overseas study opportunities.

Regardless of what you study, your college years will be one of the best experiences of your lifetime. Take advantage of what your school has to offer. You will be pleasantly surprised at how many things there are to do, if you search them out.

Good luck and enjoy your college years. The opportunities are endless if you're willing to reach out and find them. Don't be afraid to reach beyond your grasp. Follow your dreams and ambitions.

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      8 years ago

      Thank you!

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      Carl Madison 

      8 years ago

      Most students seem to go in state, one they got a scholarship to, or to a college their family attended. I do not know many people who search online for colleges, but if they did then this is a great hub.


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