Road to College: Your Future Starts Now

Kristoff Albanese For Students

Graduating high school is a very important, transitional period that will influence the rest of your life. It’s important that you make the best, most-informed decision you can.  Based on where you think you want your life to go.  All the choices that you make will effect your future, so choose wisely! The information and resources available to you now …

Road to College: Take a Graduation Trip

Susan Simmons For Students

If you’re worried about starting school––or if you need the chance to recuperate from your senior year––it’s a good idea to take a graduation trip. A relaxing vacation to the family cabin in the woods might be enough, but something like a driving, biking, or hiking trip “away from it all” can also be beneficial when clearing one’s mind. Sometimes, …

Road to College: Being Safe and Responsible at College

Jesse Alexander For Students

Free, at last! Living on your own is a whole new experience for new high school graduates.  Instead of living with your parents, you’re suddenly living with peers or by yourself.  Your first year of college can be incredibly exciting but all that freedom can put your safety and health at risk.  Read on to find out how to be …

Road to College: Alternatives to College

Claudia Artandi For Students

If you’re not planning on continuing your education after high school, finding alternatives to college is easier than ever.  Although the job market is more competitive than ever,  it’s still possible to establish yourself within a trade that interests you.   If you know you’re going to start working right after high school it’s a good idea to get an apprenticeship.  …

Road to College: How to Choose and Apply to College

Susan Simmons For Students

When choosing a college, you’ll want to look for a program that meets your academic and social goals.  The simple rule of applying to colleges, however, is to find more than one that fit your criteria. Applying to only one school is never a safe choice and is not highly recommended.  Similarly, applying to too many schools indicates that you …

Road to College: Getting the Best Education for Your Money

Jesse Alexander For Educators, For Students, Uncategorized

State Colleges are helpful for students with modest financial means because they receive subsidies from the state. Private colleges may offer more individual attention but are usually too expensive.  Thus putting them out of reach for students without some kind of substantial scholarship or grant.  Follow this easy guide to understand how you can get the best education for the …

Road to College: Should you go to Community College?

Claudia Artandi For Educators, For Students, Graduation

Another route for students who want to go to college without breaking the bank is Community College.  These colleges are not as difficult to get into as four-year schools and are more economically feasible.   Community colleges were once less favorably looked upon.  However today, things are different. “CCs” are funded by the county they are located in and are far …

Road to College: Public University vs. Private College?

Jesse Alexander For Students

As with financial aid, the decision between a public and a private university depends on personal need and preference. State-supported universities can be great for students who flourish in a communal, lecture-based environment.  At an institution like the University of Maryland, you will spend your first year or two in a stadium-type lecture hall with 300-400 other students.  Your opportunities …

Road to College: Applying for Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Grants

Kristoff Albanese For Educators, For Students, Graduation

Financial aid is an immeasurably valuable resource when paying for college.  While many students worry that the cost of a higher education will keep college out of their reach, assistance packages are available to four out of five high school graduates. Applying for aid is not only helpful but, in many cases, necessary.   One option to consider is a program’s …