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Finding the Right School for You

May 29, 2015 in Academics, Admissions, Alive Campus, Campus Life, Career, Colleges

You now what’s crazy? You graduate from high school, barely 18 and you’re expected to know exactly what you want to do with your life and where you want to go. Yeah, that makes sense. If you graduate from high school and are planning to attend college, there are so many decisions that you have to make. It isn’t easy, but luckily there are some resources out there for you to make you “life defining” decision.

Decisions, Decisions!

Decisions, Decisions!

1. Collegeboard.com: I used this site a lot when I was looking for colleges because it gives you a breakdown of each school from the ratio of boys to girls to the price. It’s fairly easy to navigate, and it allows you to see which college is best for you. This is especially useful if price is a big factor for you, because they are fairly accurate and you can compare the prices of each college that you are thinking about attending. Another perk is that this site gives the acceptance rate, which can save you some money from applying to schools that may be out of your league.

2. Guidance counselor: For me, my guidance counselor was very helpful in my search and helped me narrow down my choices. It’s best to find a counselor that is realistic in your search so that they don’t give you any high hopes for schools that aren’t a good fit. If you talk to your guidance counselor about your interests and everything that you’re looking for, they should have enough experience to help you find the right school. They can also connect you with other students that are in the same situation so that you can talk with them and get some extra advice.

3. Studentsreview.com: This site wasn’t so helpful for me, as much as it’s a sort of complaint center for people who weren’t happy in college at all. I made the mistake of visiting this site before I attended my school, and was scared off a little bit. Basically it’s like every other review site – people only leave reviews when they are bitter and rarely leave them when they are content. Most of the reviews on this site are about how certain schools have no parties etc. While some of the things said were a bit true, they hardly reflected the entirety of the school that I chose. I could tell that whoever wrote them must have been more unhappy with themselves and their own lives more than anything.

4. Word of Mouth: This is probably the best way to start your college search, or at least that’s my opinion. I didn’t even know about the college that I chose until I was talking with someone who went there. After hearing them talk about the college, I looked it up and ended up being really interested. If I had never talked to that person, I wouldn’t have even known that the college existed. Just because a college doesn’t have a huge name or isn’t well known, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not the right place for you. Try talking to older siblings or your friends older siblings that are currently in college to help narrow down your search.

The most important thing to remember when looking for a college is to stick to your gut and make the best decision for yourself. Don’t go to a school because all of your friends say it’s the best “party school” and don’t go to a school in Boston just because you think the city is cool. Once you visit the right college for you, you’ll just know it. Weigh all of your options, and don’t forget to do what’s best for you! Good Luck!

Goodbye Alive Campus (and Thank You)

May 22, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Career, Colleges

It has been exactly one week since I graduated from college and I have to say, that I am still not use to the idea of being a graduate. I will no longer have to go to school and attend classes after the end of a long summer, since I have decided not to attend graduate school for the time being. I will dedicate my time to working and see what path and opportunities arise. Now, another ending is happening. This is the last article I will post for Alivecampus. After two years of writing weekly articles, it has come to an end. I have decided that it is time to focus on other opportunities, but through alive campus I have learned a lot of useful skills needed in a job and life: time management, creativity, and writing skills.

AliveCampus

Time Management: Once a week, I had to write an article, plus write and/or post questions on the forum, aside from doing homework/studying for my classes. It can be stresses full to balance two things at the same time, but it is manageable through time management. I am thankful for Alivecampus to help me develop skills of time management. Before, I was not very good at being able to balance work evenly and not leave work to the last minutes. Even though I still procrastinate from time to time, I have a better way of managing my work and time to get work done on time.

Creativity:  This is a skill that I had a difficult time developing, but by writing the articles every week, it helped me think about different topics. Especially when the question for the week’s article was in the theme of Alivecampus, which meant that I could write about anything about being a college student and what concerns me. The creativity followed me to not only through the articles, but with the weekly forum posts we had to get done. Writing, answering, and replying to questions in the forum helped me be creative with the questions I was posting. It also helped me connect with other college students and see that we have similar questions, concerns, and interests.

Writing Skills:  My number one skill that I am grateful for Alivecampus to help me develop is my writing skills. English is not my first language, so I have always not been confident about my writing skills. Yet, though Alivecampus, I was able to express my thoughts and improve my writing. I feel that throughout these two years of being an advocate writer at Alivecampus, I have improved my writing.

I would like to thank Alivecampus for giving me the opportunity to improve my writing skills and to express and share my college experience for others to read.  Alivecampus is a wonderful website to have because it helps college students and high school seniors know about the myths of college and read real experience of real college students. Once again, thank you Alivecampus and thank you Radek!

I will definitely miss writing and posting weekly articles!

Clubs and Organizations at Assumption!

May 17, 2015 in Academics, Alive Campus, Campus Life

The second you step foot on Assumption’s campus, you’ll have people encouraging you to join clubs and to participate in any organization that you can. Assumption has a number of clubs and organizations to join, so it can seem overwhelming. I’ve narrowed them down to the best ones that I know of and have heard of, if you’re thinking about going there…here it goes.

Assumption Relay for Life!

Assumption Relay for Life!

1. CAB: This is more of an organization than a club, but it’s probably the biggest one on campus and the one that you will hear about the most. CAB stands for campus activities board, and it’s exactly what it sounds like. This group of people or students organizes many events on campus from Sibling’s weekend, to weekly events with comedians and musicians. Basically, when you go on a tour and a parent asks what “goes on” on the weekend, the tour guide will talk about CAB events, rather than the binge drinking and parties. CAB puts on some awesome events, and you technically pay for it with you’re tuition so I have tried to go to a number of them. You always get free food, prizes, and other fun stuff. As far as joining, it personally wasn’t my cup of tea, because I hate planning things and just never had enough time, but the people that I know that were in this organization absolutely loved it and made so many friends. If you’re looking for something to be involved in, this is a great way!

2. Reach Out Center: If you’re into volunteering, or just have some free time, I would encourage you to join the reach out center. They have so many opportunities for you to take part in, and the handling of everything is pretty professional. Through this club you can volunteer in many different places in Worcester that people have already volunteered at, so you will be welcomed and they will be familiar with an Assumption student their. It’s also really nice because at the end of the year they have a “social” where you get free food and t-shirts. This is the best way to get involved, volunteer, and make a difference on campus!

3. Academic Club: Of course, Assumption has an academic club for almost every major on campus. If you’re really passionate about your major or a subject, I would suggest joining one of these clubs. They’re a great resume booster and you can meet other people who have similar interests as you!

4. Relay for Life: This is  one of my favorite clubs/organizations on campus, because I have seen it grow tremendously in my four years there. The relay committee plans and puts on the Relay for Life event each year, and they spend almost the entire year preparing for it. Over the year they have fundraisers and other fun things to raise money to put on the event and to donate to Relay For Life. So many people on campus have gotten involved in Relay because it is for a great cause that has affected so many people, and because the event is awesome! From what I’ve seen, people involved in this absolutely love planning it all year and then seeing how great the event turns out. Each year, the event gets stronger and the money raised increases as well – they also pick really cool themes for each event that make them really fun! Just this past year, Assumption’s Relay committee and event raised almost $30,000! That is amazing for a school as small as Assumption. If you’ve ever been affected by cancer any way, or if you just want to help raise money for a great cause, I would highly suggest participating or even joining the committee!

So, there you have it – these are my favorite clubs/organizations at Assumption College that I think you should pursue! Of course, there are over 60 different clubs that you can choose from, so if you decide to go to Assumption, make sure your attend the majors fair that will showcase them all! Good Luck!

State School Vs. Private School

March 20, 2015 in Academics, Admissions, Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges

When you’re deciding where to go to college there are a million different things running through your mind. You’re probably considering the cost, location, programs, activities offered etc. One thing you may want to consider above all is whether a private or state school is right for you. With each option there are different pros and cons for everyone. As I have attended both a state university and a private college, I feel as though these are some of the things you might want to think about when you are trying to choose between the two:

Public vs Private

Public vs Private

Cost

People like to assume right away that a private school is going to be way more expensive than a state school, but that’s not always the case. Typically, the outright cost for a private college is more expensive than a state school, but when it comes to financial aid, scholarships, and grants, they may make up for the difference. Because private colleges are funded by tuition, endowments and donations, there is no limit to how much money they can give you. On the other hand, state schools are largely funded by our taxes, so you may not be awarded as much money due to restrictions and budgets. It really depends on your situation – if you apply to a private college and you are awarded more than half of the cost in scholarships and grants then it may be worth it to go, but if you apply to a state school and receive free tuition due to MCAS scores or any other achievements, it may be worth it to go there instead. Don’t rule out either before you do your research and figure out the real cost of each.

Size

Typically, state schools are a lot larger than private schools, so if you’re interested in classes of 20 people or less, you might want to consider a private college. If you’re looking for a large school with lots of diversity and large lectures, a state school may be a better choice for you. For me personally, I attended a pretty large high school, so I knew that I wanted something on a smaller scale so that I could really take advantage of professors and small class sizes. I also wanted to find a tight knit group of friends because I never really had that in high school.

Experience

If you decide to go to the large state school in the state you have lived in your whole life, than you have to expect to see a lot of the kids you’ve seen in your hometown and high school. If you want a completely fresh start with new people and new experiences, you may want to consider a private or out of state school. Something else to consider is the diversity at each type of school. Typically, private schools attract people who have gone to private high schools who are either on the wealthy side or upper middle class. At a state school, you will probably experience a much diverse student body and people from all social classes. Again, it really depends on exactly where you are going.

Education Quality

For some reason, people tend to assume that the quality of the education they receive at a private college is better than the education at a state school. As someone who has attended both a state and private college, I can honestly say that I found the quality to be the same. At a state school it may seem like less quality because of the larger class sizes, but other than that I didn’t find that it was much different. At both the state and private schools that I have attended I have had amazing professors and not so great professors, as well as hard classes and easy classes. I honestly could not tell the difference between the quality education that I have received at each school, and I don’t think that you should assume a state school education isn’t as good as a private school education.

So, as you’re considering where to go to college, take these points into consideration and do your research. Everyone has an opinion, but you don’t want to base your higher education decision on what anyone else assumes. Really weigh your options and consider what is best for you before you decide! Good luck!

10 Things NOT To Do In College

October 17, 2014 in Academics, Alive Campus, Campus Life, Top 10 Lists

Learn what NOT do to in college.

Learn what NOT do to in college.

  1. Do NOT violate your school’s Honor Code.  At Longwood University, we have a very strict Honor Code that if violated, students can possibly be kicked out of school.  This Honor Code involves not lying, cheating, or stealing.  If found in violation and reported, students are sent to a student-run Honor Board that selects their punishment.
  2. Do NOT start off college on the wrong foot.  You do not want to be known as the mean person or someone who is unapproachable.  Come to college and be open to meeting new people and experiencing new things.
  3. Do NOT not study.  Study for all of your test, quizzes, and exams.  This is important especially when you first start off college, because you take the easier classes for general education credits.  After those are done (near junior year), classes become upper-level and increasingly harder.  It is better to get your grade point average up high at first, so that when those hard classes come, it won’t take as hard of a fall.
  4. Do NOT avoid joining clubs and organizations.  This is where you will make your friends and build unique experiences.  It also opens up the way to take leadership positions and to build leadership skills.
  5. Do NOT challenge people who can help you.  Professors, resident assistants (RA), and other people appointed to high leadership positions on your campus are there for a reason.  They typically know what they are doing, and are there to help you, not hurt you.  Do not be rude to your professors, RA’s, or advisors.  These are people who can help you in the long run with letters of recommendation, job/internship connections, and much more.
  6. Do NOT take the easy way out.  Challenge yourself.  Take hard classes that are challenging and will develop you into a better person.  Go outside of your box and join organizations that you typically would not.  These experiences will help you be more resilient and learn more about yourself.
  7. Do NOT run from problems.  You will experience tons of problems in college.  Do not avoid them and think they will go away.  Be active, address problems and make a mark on yourself and others by helping solve them.  Running from them, never helped anyone.
  8. Do NOT stop networking.  Always network where ever you are.  Every moment is an opportunity to get you to where you need to be.  Everyone is a connection, and treat everyone that way.  Your never know you knows who, who knows who.
  9. Do NOT avoid get an internship or job.  Get and internship or job to help you gain knowledge and experience for after you leave college and go out into the big and scary real world.
  10. Do NOT stop asking for help.  Ask for help no matter what.  You cannot do everything on your own.  Use your support systems like your friends and family to lean on in times of happiness, anger, or stress (all of which you will experience in college).  This is the only way you are ever going to make it through.