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Wheelock College: Graduation May 2015

May 15, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Career, Colleges

I am proud to announce that today, May 15, 2015 I have finally graduated from Wheelock College! I am the first one in my family to graduate from college and it is an achievement and dream that I am proudly to announce that it has come true. A lot of people say that college are the best years of a person’s life and I have to admit college was more of an self exploration and self change, according to my experience and thoughts, than fun and exciting. Don’t get me wrong it was fun and thrilling to explore the new independence from my parents and meet a lot of new friends, but the most part of my learning and experiences happened within myself and not with the friends I made.

Wheelock College Graduate!

Wheelock College Graduate!

The best times were the times when I gained new views on social justices, feminism and other controversial topics within the classroom and outside the campus. During these four years, I have learned to rethink, explore, and re-explore my ideas and views. I have never learned so much about my self in any other setting in my life and I have to say that it was thanks to the professors and staff at Wheelock College that enable me to explore and experience something new and different from my views and gave me a new gateway to the same ideas.

Aside from the discovery of new ideas and learning about myself, especially my passions and views, the teachers at Wheelock College are the most wonderful staff members and I will miss each and every one of them very much. I will miss a lot of professor who have pushed me to the fullest and challenge me not only in the classroom setting, but helped me achieve many goals outside the classroom. I will miss those teachers who were patience and understanding whenever I had a difficult time submitting an assignment and when I had a family problem that will affect my academic performance.

Lastly, I want to say to all the freshmans, sophomores, juniors, and soon to be seniors that you can do it! Graduating from college is possible if you put your mind to it and do not give up. I know some have circumstances that enable them to struggle through college, but don’t give up; the end of that dark tunnel is going to be the best day of your life. Talk to your professors, academic advisors and other faculty members whenever you have any problems or need some advise. You will see the different opportunities that will arise in your life as you see people are willing to help you achieve your goals.

I never thought that this day will ever come and 4 years of college went by so fast that by the time I realize it; it was graduation day.  Enjoy your time in college and never forget that you can make a difference in the world by being yourself and as Wheelock College’s mission statement states, “inspire a world of good” and create change by “improving the lives of children and families”.

by Ginny

Four Years of Fun (and some hard work)

May 10, 2013 in Academics, Alive Campus, Campus Life, Career, Colleges, Sports, Top 10 Lists

During your four years at college, you should make sure to do many different things, but I have a list of ten things that most definitely should be done before you graduate.

Make a Resume. At college you have a multitude of resources that focus on finding jobs or narrowing your career field ideas, having them help you with your first, real resume is a must do. Even as early as freshman year you’ll be asked for a resume for almost any job or internship that you apply for, so get a good base one that you can continue to edit over the years.

Write a Cover Letter. A cover letter is almost as important as a resume, but it is always tailored for whatever job, internship, or position to which you are applying. Once you have an original, you can adjust and revise for each job you apply for.

Take Advantage of Career Counseling. Once you graduate from undergrad, you are likely to never have access to free career counseling from then on. Now, I may be assuming that you are someone who may not know your entire life plan as of this point and therefore would benefit from career counseling. So, if you already know what you are going to do for the rest of your life, disregard this advice. Go to career counseling, take advantage of mock interviews, resume workshops and career ‘testing’. When else will you have the chance? Undergrad is all about learning—about yourself, your interests, and you ultimate path or focus in life, so you might as well get a start on it.

Career Counseling

Pick a Career!

Network! Just like with career counseling or other career services, take advantage of meet and greets, career or major forums and other social events where you have the opportunity to meet and interact with other students and even professionals of the career world. These types of interactions will likely be great for future opportunities. Who knows, you might meet your future boss or get a lead on a competitive internship. You never know what network connections you might make that will lead you to bigger and better things down the road.

Network

Network!

Make Friends with a Professor. But, not in a creepy or inappropriate way! I mean get to know one (or a few) professors that you really enjoy having for a class or an advisor who really helped you out over the years. Even as early as your freshman year, you should be thinking about which professors might be willing to write you a commendable recommendation for a job, internship, or eventually graduate or professional school.

Professor and Student Relationship

Build a relationship with your favorite professors.

Professionalize Your Social Networks. I can see you rolling your eyes as you read this, but believe it or not, the job world is starting to check out your Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. This benefits them because they can see with a few glances whether you’re a partier or a ‘boss basher’ or whether you’re smart enough to keep your profiles private, or at the very least clean. I’m not saying to not have fun, just be tasteful and use common sense about what you post on your social network sites, almost nothing is private anymore. Another great way to check to see whether you are presenting a good image is by using a program like Socioclean which will view your sites as an employer or admission officer would and shows you what may need to be changed or deleted.

Socioclean

Socioclean

Go to a BIG Sporting Event (Football, Basketball, etc). If you go to a smaller school that doesn’t have a huge focus on the ‘money sports’, i.e. football and basketball, then you can still partake in one of the larger sports on campus. This is important to do during college because soon enough you’ll have to actually PAY for your tickets. While some schools with really large football teams may already charge you to attend games, most schools incorporate an athletic fee with your school fees allowing you to attend sporting events for free. So, take advantage! When else will you be able to stand in a crowd of yelling, excited students (likely with a majority being drunk) all rooting for the same team? True, its not a once in a lifetime experience, but there is something really awesome and kind of special about being in the student section and cheering on your team alongside your classmates…but, then again, maybe that’s just the crazy Carolina fan talking.

V-Tech v. UNC

Cheer in the Student Section!

Take a Fun Class. DO IT! You’re at school to learn, but nothing says you can only learn stuff that applies to your field or major. Take ballroom dancing or skiing, or bio-chem…whatever your fancy, take it!

Road Trip. Again, DO IT! This is the time of your life to explore, have fun, and be stupid. Now, being stupid doesn’t particularly apply to road-tripping, but I figured it was best to throw it in there anyways. Grab a couple of friends and climb into a car and head towards the coast for a long weekend. Or, if you want to be super adventurous plan a cross-country trip. This is the time to do it, so do it!

Roadtrip

Take a Road Trip!

Study Abroad. This one, of course is different. Studying abroad is usually expensive and means being out of the country for at least a month or as long as a year. But, that being said, it is worth it. You will be able to go somewhere and learn about the world, different cultures and approaches to everyday life, to food, to everything. You may be able to travel later on in your life, but there aren’t going to be as many opportunities to go abroad and take classes without the hassles of visas. If you’ve got a dream to explore a new city or country, why not fulfill it during your college years?

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Now, this is my short list of things to do in college, none of which are required but as a rising senior, I now know more about what you need to make sure you do. Clearly, I’m pulling the “I’m older than you, so I know better than you” card. Most of all, enjoy your years in college, learn a lot but have fun!

Changes to Student Loans

December 25, 2012 in Career, Infographics

For more than four decades, students have borrowed money from the U.S. government to pay for college education. The borrowing continues, but recent changes make all loans originate from the federal government and not private lenders. Remember that no matter who originated your loan, you still need to pay it back or face very strong penalties that could include paying out the lender through your monthly paycheck or social security when retired. Direct loan interest rates are 4.5% for subsidized stafford loans – these are loans that are offered to students who are in need of special subsidies. Unsubsidized stafford loans carry a 6.8% interest rate – these loans are for all students regardless of financial need. Plus loans are closer to 8%, yielding 7.9% to the originator.

However, there are limits to what students can borrow at certain rates. For a freshman, the direct loan limits are $5,500. A sophomore has a maximum of $6,500 while a junior can borrow up to $7,500.

The government will save a lot of money by allowing students the ability to originate directly from the government. Estimates say that the government will save approximately $68 billion over 11 years (from the Congressional Budget Office). The affect of changes in student loan regulation will result in more pell grants being extended to students and their parents. Colleges and minorities in need will get a bulk of the additional savings allocated to their budgets via grants and loans. However, the changes will not bring down college costs – Obama has asked colleges to their part to make the experience less expensive for potential students. The maximum pell grant amount per student is $26,273. Average student loan amount vary between public and private colleges, but generally students pay less when attending public in-state universities. Remember to read up on student loans before putting yourself into debt!

Changes to Student Loans

Changes to Student Loans