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Writing an Essay for a Study Abroad Program

If your university abroad requires you to write a personal essay or statement for your application (some don't!), doing so isn't as big a deal as those essays you wrote for admission to college — unless [more…]

Considering the Reasons to Study Abroad

After you've gotten through the first year at your home university, you probably feel like you finally know all the buildings on campus, can find your way around town, know which professors to avoid, which [more…]

The Hope Scholarship Credit: Giving Tuition Payers a Little Hope

One of the best tax incentives aimed at middle class parents of college students is the Hope Scholarship Credit. Under this plan, the government offers up to [more…]

Who Gets Free Money for College?

Free money gets awarded to the students who are most attractive to people awarding the money. "Attractive" in this case doesn't mean the ability to win a beauty contest, so exposing yourself in a bikini [more…]

Hitting the Target Word Count in Your College Admission Essay

Don't worry; even if the application calls for a word or page limit, your reader is not going to bother to count your words and hold you to a ten-word range. However, you don't have a completely free hand [more…]

Identifying Themes in Your Autobiography for Your College Admission Essay

The stories of your life are an important ingredient of the admission essay, but they're not the only ingredient. You also need to identify the themes that run through the information you present to the [more…]

Getting Scholarships and Grants

Winning free college money is rather like earning money for writing. You have to work at it, and you only get paid if you do it right. But, unlike being a professional writer, pretty much anyone can win [more…]

Finding College Tuition Discounts: Cha-Ching!

Confusion in terminology comes when discussing the forms of financial aid known as tuition discounts and waivers.Some people consider these to be strictly the financial aid offered based on eligibility [more…]

Capturing the Reader's Attention in Your College Admission Essay

When you begin reading a piece of writing, what inspires you to keep reading? Here are several techniques that will super-glue your reader's attention to your essay. [more…]

Understanding Your Audience: The College Admissions Officers

They're overworked. They're underpaid. Fairly often they're also bored. After all, how many hours are you willing to stare at test scores and course lists? How many pages of student writing would [more…]

Staying Safe While Studying Abroad

The first step to staying safe is becoming familiar with the area in which you live and go to school. Ask other students, campus security, your program director, or the International Student Office for [more…]

Evaluating a Program for Studying Abroad

After you've selected a variety of potential study abroad programs, you need to take a careful look at each program. Maybe you're wondering why you placed a particular program on your list of possibilities [more…]

Weighing One Semester or Two When Studying Abroad

With the notable exception of universities that do not follow a semester schedule, most study abroad programs offer you a choice of studying away during the fall or spring semesters or a full [more…]

Spotting Scholarship Scams

Always be extremely wary of any unsolicited scholarship offers, especially the ones that you've never heard about before. Think about it. Unless you have perfect SAT scores, you lettered in varsity track [more…]

How to Get Going on a Grant Application

Applying for a grant requires plenty of preparation and research. To begin the grant-seeking process, you need to understand the different types of grants, what grant money can be used for, and what grantwriters [more…]

Choosing an Alternative Career Path with a Law Degree

You put in the time, money, blood, sweat, and tears necessary to make it through law school, but find that you don’t really want to be a lawyer. Rest assured that you’re not alone. Many law school graduates [more…]

Qualifications of the Ideal Law School Applicant

If you’re considering going to law school, you know your reasons for applying, but you may not know what law schools look for in a candidate. For a law school admissions committee, the ideal applicant [more…]

Elements of a Great Law School Application

The application process for law school can be nerve-wracking. You have to present yourself in your law school application in a positive, engaging fashion without straining the admission committee’s credulity [more…]

How to Survive Your First Year of Law School

The first year of law school, or 1L as it’s called, is the most brutal. To make it through your first law school classes, you need grim determination and a sense of proportion. Successful survival tactics [more…]

How to Survive Law School Exams

Law school is hard — everyone knows that. And, possibly the hardest part of law school are the exams. You need to know what to expect and be able to adjust when the exam covers something you didn’t prepare [more…]

Tips for Finding Summer Jobs during Law School

It seems that every aspect of law school is fraught with competition and consequence — including the summer jobs you work. Summer job-search strategies that work for law students include: [more…]

How to Make the Most of Your Second and Third Years of Law School

After you survive 1L — the first year of law school — you don’t get to relax exactly, but you do get to catch your breath and glance up from your books to consider the world around you and your place in [more…]

How to Choose the Right Extracurriculars during Law School

Law school offers more than just studying books and briefs. You can choose extracurricular activities while in law school to enhance your studies and to help you prepare for the type of law you want to [more…]

Law School For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Law school is a major challenge — especially the first year — and a major opportunity. Knowing how to make yourself a standout applicant gets you into the classroom, where you can make use of techniques [more…]

Obeying the Dissertation Rules and Regulations

Keep yourself on the straight and narrow when writing your dissertation, not only because illegal practices can land you and your university or college in trouble, but also because you’re likely to get [more…]

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