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applying to college
Applying to colleges is exciting for many high school students. But
that excitement is sometimes tempered by anxiety. The college
application process can affect students’ lives for years to come, so
it’s understandable why some teenagers might feel stressed as they
apply to college.
The National Center for Educational Statistics says 69 percent of
high school graduates in the United States enroll in college the fall
after graduating from high school. Many students begin applying
to college before entering their senior year of high school. Students
can employ various strategies to make applying to college less
Create an inventory of student experiences and awards
When completing their college applications, students submit
a variety of materials. In addition to students’ track records in
the classroom, schools will be interested in kids’ extracurricular
activities, hobbies, volunteer work, and even things they do during
their free time.
Parents and students can work together to develop a master list
that includes information about what students have accomplished
during high school. These may include involvement in certain
clubs, participation in sports teams, advanced ranking in scouting
programs, or even a list of books read. Having this document handy
will make it that much simpler to fill out college applications.
Investigate the Common Application
The Common Application began as a niche program for
select private liberal arts colleges, but now has grown into an
organization that services more than 750 schools. The organization
enables students to create an account and complete one basic
form that will be accepted by all institutions who are members. The
CA helps students streamline the college application process and
reduce redundancy. An alert system also helps applicants manage
Avoid applying everywhere
Some students think that applying to dozens of schools will
improve their chances of being admitted. However, applicants may
be wasting their time applying to schools they have no intention of
attending, and that only adds to the stress of meeting deadlines.
Narrow down the possibilities to a handful of favorite schools and
go from there.
Use the resources at your disposal
Students who have access to guidance counselors, mentors,
college centers, or even teachers who are willing to help with
the application process should use these resources wisely. In
addition, iPhone and Android apps can help streamline the college
Consider scholarships concurrently
Some schools automatically consider applicants for scholarships,
grants and work-study programs. But that’s not so with every
school, so students may have to apply on their own or rely on third
parties for scholarships. Fastweb is a leading online resource to find
scholarships to pay for school.
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to school as
For those people resolving to return
to school this year, these tips can
help them confront any uncertainty
they may have about cracking the
books after a long layoff.
Education opens many doors. Sometimes life throws a person a
curveball and education gets put on the back burner. Even if school
plans have been derailed for several years, one can explore how to
return to school as an adult.
Adult students are often described as nontraditional students, while
traditional students are those who enroll in a college or university or
go on to trade school immediately after graduating from high school.
Nontraditional students are those who return to get their degrees
as adult learners. According to a 2013 National Study of Prospective
Adult Students by the higher education marketing group STAMATS,
students over the age of 25 are the fastest-growing segment in
For those people resolving to return to school this year, these tips can
help them confront any uncertainty they may have about cracking
the books after a long layoff.
• Recognize you’re never too old. If you have the time and the
means to attend school, you can likely find a program that can
benefit you regardless of how old you may be.
• Remember that education can help you get out of a rut. No
matter your age or experience, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut.
Going back to school can help a person get out of that rut
and on a path to something new. A return to school can help
professionals earn more money, update their skills or learn a new
• Ask for the support of friends and family. Students’ success often
depends on a strong support network. Be sure to discuss plans
to return to school with a spouse, family members or others
who can lend a helping hand. Schooling will take time out of a
schedule and certain responsibilities you handled may have to be
taken on by family members.
• Explore accessibility. Now more than ever schools are adapting to
the changing times by offering an abundance of classes online.
Remote learning became a necessity in the wake of the COVID-19
pandemic, but it may be an increasingly popular method of
conducting classes in the future. For adult learners who worry
about juggling time inside of the actual classroom with work and
home responsibilities, virtual programs can be the perfect fit.
Goals for the new year may include returning to school. Whether
a person is completing a diploma program, finishing a degree or
learning new skills, there’s no wrong time to continue your education.
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People rely on the internet every day. In recent months, reliance
on digital technology was pushed even further as social distancing
measures had the world going online for school and work and to
maintain relationships with friends and family.
A 2018 report from Pew Research Center indicated that nearly 25
percent of young adults in America reported being online almost
constantly. Common Sense Media says teens spend an average of nine
hours a day online, compared to roughly six hours for those between
the ages eight and 12 and 50 minutes for kids younger than eight.
Students must exercise caution when spending time online.
Connectivity can be empowering, but it also puts students at risk from
others and even their own, sometimes irresponsible behaviors. Staying
safe online should remain a priority for students who must spend more
time on the internet and using digital education tools. These are some
tips for maintaining cyber safety.
Exercise caution when sharing information like your name, address,
phone number, and other personal data online. Check with a trusted
parent or teacher before sharing private data.
Report any online activity that makes you feel uncomfortable,
scared or confused, whether it is directed at you or a classmate.
Think carefully before you post comments online. Data remains
online indefinitely, and your words and actions today can greatly affect
Respect others online by refraining from demeaning or bullying
Do not try to get around firewalls and blocked websites set up by
school administrators. These limitations are there for your protection.
Stick to school-sanctioned assignments and internet browsing
when using school-issued devices. Administrators may have the right
to monitor student activity without students’ knowledge and you can
easily get yourself in trouble.
It is easy to hide or fake one’s identity on the internet, so never take
someone you meet or speak with online at face value. Never meet up
with someone you do not know or only met online.
Talk to your parents or educators about extortion and ransomware
that tries to trick you into providing payment in some shape or form
to prevent a perpetrator from releasing private information about you,
advises the Readiness and Emergency for Schools Technical Assistance
Various steps can be taken to promote cyber safety among students,
parents and administrators.
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Shopping for school supplies once entailed stocking up on pens,
pads and notebooks. Students today still buy many of the same
items, though they also now stock up on electronics.
Technology and education now go hand-in-hand. For students to
find success both in and out of the classroom, the right tech can
make all the difference.
High-speed internet Connectivity is key in a digitally driven
world. Students need access to the internet for homework, lectures,
email, entertainment, and much more. The faster your internet
speed the better. According to the resource HighSpeedInternet.
com, streaming videos on a single device or web browsing
requires between five and 40 Mbps. Downloading large files or
using multiple devices simultaneously requires high speeds. When
accessing the internet via smartphones, make sure your plan has
unlimited data or provides enough data to ensure interruptions do
Laptop or notebook computer: Laptops and notebook devices
are similar in that both offer many types of software preloaded
that a student will need. The devices seem interchangeable, but
there are some differences. Laptops are generally larger than sleek,
light notebooks. Notebooks are sized to fit easily into backpacks.
Notebooks tend to have minimal features, including less RAM
capacity and slower speeds, helping to keep their costs down. Some
notebooks may have very small amounts of hard drive storage space,
requiring users to purchase external storage devices.
Headphones: Most schools now require students to have their own
dedicated pair of earbuds or over-the-ear headphones so that work
conducted on a computer does not disturb others also working on
their own devices. Headphones also can make it easier to hear and
comprehend videos and other digital lessons while doing homework.
Chargers/battery packs: Devices must maintain power to help kids
learn. Students can benefit from having a backup charger or battery
pack to maintain functionality on their devices.
Storage and charging base: Keeping electronics neat and
accessible for the family may mean rethinking countertop or other
storage spaces. Charging stations hold multiple devices and allow
them to charge simultaneously.
Touchscreen pen: Many notebook and laptop computers have
touchscreens that respond to pens/styluses and make drawing or
writing on the screen more detailed.
Printer/scanner: While many schools have adopted paperless
formats, there may come a time when printing an assignment or
report is necessary. A quality ink-jet printer can fit the bill. A scanner
to scan photos or documents also makes it easier to complete
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