Factors to Consider Before Deciding for a Gap Year

Factors to Consider Before Deciding for a Gap Year

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For different reasons of course, there has been a rise in the people who are opting for a gap year between their high school and college years. This is tough decision for many as in every case; there is a separate set of pros and cons of this decision. If you can relate to the struggle, read up to make a better decision for yourself.

So before you analyze the pros and cons of taking a gap year, it is important for you to first know what kind of gap-year you are taking. The first one is the typical pre-admission gap year which you take after completing your high school and apply for a college anywhere in a year’s time period. The other one is the post-admission where the student is required to get in a certain college and then defer the enrollment t next year.

In both the cases it is very important to consider the following factors to determine if a gap-year is the right choice for you.

Firstly, if you think that taking a gap year would boost you application, think again. Despite the vast range of components in an application, the foremost importance is always given to the grades. Although you can take this year to improve your extra-curricular or gain a better sense of the direction you would want your academics to go in, a gap-year cannot enhance your grades.

Secondly, if you plan to get you letters of recommendation from your coaches or teachers, do not wait to get them written after your gap year. This is because when you have not been in touch since a year, it would get a bit difficult for you to get them to write the recommendations. So make sure you have them lined up in advance. However, if you get better ones during your gap year, the previous letters of recommendation can always be replaced.

Moreover, if you are planning to take a gap year because you want to relax, it might not look very good on your application. So make sure to do an activity. Colleges usually don’t object on any kind of job that you; as long as you are doing something. So if it’s anything for your personal enrichment or to save up for college, just go ahead.

Speaking of not being idle, you need to plan in advance. Before your high school ends, you need to line up places you would want to work at or also send applications. Ideally, you should have your opportunities clear in front of you so you get to work as soon as your high school ends. When you keep on thinking that you have an entire year to build your profile, the time is likely to pass in a jiffy.


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How to Kick Start your College Search

How to Kick Start your College Search

Beginning your search for college is a very exciting yet a very hectic task and at one point it might seem like you will never see a single college which is absolutely perfect for you. However, be assured that you will find a college which is an ideal fit for you; only if you work systematically. Below are some of the steps you can take to have a smooth college search. Talking to your family is the best thing that you can do to start your college search. Preferably, have an open discussion with them; talk to them about their reservations about college, their experiences and your goals and expectations from a college. Also, talk about any hindrances that you might think you’d have later on; including any financial problems. Making a wish-list would actually help you narrow down your choices of a college. Make the list of the things you expect from a college; the majors you would like to choose, the extracurricular activities that you want to be a part of. There must be things that might not seem important at first but list them down anyways. To look for a college which suits you, you first need to have an insight into what college really is. The best insight you’ll get will be from the peers; teachers, parents, relatives, friends and everyone who have been to a college. Remember, everyone will have their own story to tell so by the end, you will have a fair idea of what’s coming up. So when you’re searching for a college, chances are that you will sign up on many websites and before you even know it, your email inbox will be flooded with emails of information, brochures and what not. While it might seem a bit tiring, you will have to go through the emails, deleting the unnecessary one but greatly benefitting from the useful and informative ones. Underestimating the informative ability of college fairs is the biggest mistake you will make while looking for colleges. You will get the chance to get into a one to one conversation with college representatives and have the opportunity to clear all your doubts and confusions. Also, college fairs are very good chance to network with people from different colleges. With latest technologies and the revolution of the internet, there is a lot of research which can be done just by a click. Websites have a plethora of information and virtual tours which is the closest you can get to see the university without physically being there. If nothing else, you can get a vibe of the college. If you can visit the campus, nothing like it. Visiting the campus will get you an insight, online virtual tours cannot. Plus, it will cover everything; from seeing what the place looks like to getting the feel of the university to see if it suits you and networking with the people from the college. So if you have decided to visit a university then do consider meeting their ambassadors. Click here to see the list of university ambassadors.

Finish your college earlier

Reasons you might want to Finish your College Early

Before we talk about this, it is important for you to know that graduating early is not everyone’s cup of tea. While some students are able to muster up credit hours and fulfill the requirements before time, other might need full 4 years of education before they can go out in the market; being both ways is totally fine. However, if you are or plan to be the former, here are some of the benefits that you’ll be enjoying by getting out of college on time. As you all must have researched by now, college and housing costs are a great strain on any family and most families often have to give up on their assets to pay for the education of one college-going child. This makes graduating early a very convenient option for the students who aim to save the money and get done with college before time. Economic burden on the family is probably one of the biggest reasons for students to graduate early. Every May and June, there are heaps of students graduating from almost all universities and colleges. This creates a rush in the job market and the amount of students actually ending up with a job immediately drops considerably. Thus, if the student graduates early; preferably around January, the student will have greater chances of getting a job since there will be comparatively less competition. Apart from saving money, as mentioned earlier, graduating before time means that you will be up to be employed earlier, will get a job earlier and will start earning before time. This actually works well for the student and the student’s family who will have their family income increased instead of giving thousands of dollars to the college according to what they might have planned. Graduating early is also very beneficial for the students who want to do their post-graduation immediately. Graduating early would give the students ample time to execute their further plan; fulfilling the requirements of post-graduate, filling out forms and working on their admissions. The students will be saved from the rush that the last minute application process would otherwise cause them. Talking about post-graduation, there are students who want to take longer roads of education, for e.g. want to pursue a medical degree after the basic bachelors. For such students, graduation earlier is actually a good thing because this would just cut the extra time and get on to working for their goal before time.

Things to Avoid in College to Save Time

Things to Avoid in College to Save Time

Since there are numerous ways you can waste your time, especially in college; below are some of the activities that you should be avoiding to use your time efficiently. Emailing is just another branch of the internet, Now if you’re attending college and are away from home, email is nothing less than a blessing for you. Email is a great medium to catch up with your family and friends especially when you’re far from them. Moreover, you can apply for jobs and get in touch with your professors for updates and queries. However, the benefits of email greatly die down when the email starts interrupting the everyday tasks and take the priority. Thus, all is good as long as you don’t check your emails every 2 minutes. Here comes the prime source of procrastination amongst students; as something most of the parents like believing. Considering all the features that a typical smartphone has is enough to keep a person engaged unnecessarily during the day; texting, taking selfies, games and social media. One should simply limit their hours on the cell phone if you know that you’ll be overwhelmed by it every time. However, cell phone is quite a help if you limit the use to the basics and use it to make necessary calls and messages and sorting out day to day matters. While we have talked about the internet and social media being the reasons for procrastination, YouTube deserves a mention due to being extremely useful to students and taking a massive part of their attention for nothing. It’s been ages since YouTube has helped students with documentaries, tutorials, and short films to enhance knowledge for their academics. However, lately, students get indulged in movies and seasons which take their attention away from their studies. Very popularly, 2 minutes on YouTube become 2 hours before you even realize it. We would actually recommend you to have some sort of a video game in your dorm or anywhere you spend your free time. There will be times when you would need some time off your academics and even socializing and would need some time alone. Video games are a very good way to unwind when such a situation occurs. However, if you skip on sleeping or doing your assignments because you have been playing games, then it’s time your pack up your game and hide it away. When it comes to the brighter side of missing your sleep, there isn’t really a productive side of being sleep deprived. However, it can be ‘sometimes’ justified; if you’re completing a paper, having an experience of a lifetime with your friends at college, filling up important deadlines or doing something which is going to take you a long way. However, despite these reasons, you’re still supposed to draw a line and have a strict threshold of being sleep deprived. If sleep deprivation is taking a toll on your mental, emotional and physical health and reducing your productivity, then you need to reset your priorities accordingly.

Drop out of the College

Times when you’ll want to drop out of College

As you would know by all the research that you might have done, your years in college are not at all a smooth road. There are many ups and downs for students, thus, naturally, there will be times you’d want to quit and dropping out of college would seem like a very justified decision. Those are the times when your willpower will be put to a real test and you will have to stay strong. It becomes easier to withstand these moments when you know about them and you are mentally prepared for them. Below are 10 moments when you’ll just feel like dropping everything and walking out of college. Your financial aid report will be one of the scariest things you’ll ever lay your eyes on. It would just remind of the loans that you will be responsible for and would give you’re a quick run through the responsibilities and the urgency of a job that you are going to encounter in the future. There will come a point in your life when you’ll compare the time you spent studying and juggling tight budgets and that exact amount of time spent in earning and working. You’ll be surprised to add up and it would seem that you’ve forgone a fortune for nothing. However, at this point, it is important that you realize that all of this is for a brighter future. So college is not all about studying. A student also needs to social and indulge in other social activities other than just academics. There will come a time when you wouldn’t be able to balance right and might forget to prepare for a quiz or forget to do a very important assignment due the next day or just in a few hours. At this point, you’ll experience a last-minute panic or a severe emotional background and that’s when you’d feel like quitting college and run out of the campus. One of the things in college which will be very common to you is being a part of a group in projects and assignments where you’ll be the only person working and all the other members of the group will appear at the last moment to make sure that their name is written when it’s time for credits. You’ll feel like labeling the entire college experience as unfair and skipping right into the practical world where only you will get the fruit of your efforts. This is very typical in most colleges and even schools. Each professor will burden you with assignments and work like their subject is the only subject you’re enrolled in. By the end of the day, you’ll have heaps and heaps of work due just the next day and most of the work would be meaningless. Then you’d realize that attending college isn’t tough for nothing. Naturally, when you don’t understand something in college or you need an expert advice, you’d go to the adviser to put in a word of help for you. However, there is no guarantee that you’ll always get an adviser who’ll talk sense, solve your problems and be a superman to your college life. Chances are that you might end up with an adviser who might know less than you and under the burden of all the queries and problems that you might have, the end of the world (or your college life) would seem near. Having friends to talk to and hang around with is a very natural human need. However, you’ll realize that in college, making friends is much harder than making friends in school. Chances are that during all the time that you’re in college, you might not make any friends at all. Thus, during the bouts of loneliness, you’ll feel like quitting college. Since most students are so pressurized about scoring well in each and every exam, each paper seems to be the end of the world. There will be times when you will just mess up an exam of yours and when you come out thinking that it would have been tough for everyone, your friend declares that the questions were a piece of cake. At that time you might think that you’re too dumb to continue studies and dropping out of college is the correct option for you. College is all about independence, whether you ask for it or you don’t. However, not all students meet the responsibilities and might not have the same perspective towards them. Many students become homesick and it gets so much that they just want to quit college and all the independence to go back to a comparatively more secure life before they are ready to attend college again. This is a real reality check! Gradually as time passes, you keep on pushing memories into the background and barely notice the changes in you. However, looking back at old picture instantly brings back everything which might make you want to go back to your comparatively more stress-free life.So this is the time when you need guidance from some seniors of your colleges. College ambassadors can help you in this matter.

Tip for College Students

Time Management tips for College Students

Just being in the college life is tough with so many things to do; attending classes, participating in extra-curricular activities, managing finances, looking for a job, maintaining a social life and what not. Amongst all this, it becomes important that the student manages their time well to be able to fulfill all responsibilities efficiently. While there are many typical tips to be a pro at time management, below are some of the don’ts you need to consider in order to save time. Social media plays its part when it comes to students wasting hours of their precious time and choosing to loiter on whereas, they should ideally be having their noses in books or doing something productive. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat are all the renowned culprits of taking the stealing time off students’ watches and making them the best procrastinating versions of themselves. The ideal way to control this is by setting a fixed time for social media every day or completely shutting it out while you’re busy with more important things. While socializing with people is seen as a good thing, access of it just leads to a lot of time waste. While you must have heard that taking a break from your studies and socializing with people is actually good, like many other things, too much of it is not good. As a responsible student, it is important that you draw a line between the two. While it is good to learn new things from people and engage yourself in healthy conversations, mingling with people and going out of the way to do it leads to worthless gossip and eventually avoiding more important things that you might have to do. There has often been a debate about the usefulness of the internet. While it is true that the internet has opened new dimensions for people, the internet has also opened numerous ways for people to avoid more important things in life and have their eyes glued to their screens. Thus, using the internet for assignments, research or catching up on current affairs is good and will eventually help with your education. However, finding the internet to be an escape from your academics and wasting time on the web in things which are not of your concern surely costs your education a lot. Unlike what many people would suggest you, partying is not actually that bad for your academics, in fact hanging out with your friends during your free time is actually necessary and healthy for you. Apart from relaxing your mind, you get to socialize with new people, make new contacts and get to celebrate special occasions with your friends. However, the real problem occurs when you cross the line and engage in unhealthy activities which impede your ability to function efficiently the next day and harm your health in the longer run. No, we don’t mean dramatics here; it’s the politics that students have between them that we’re referring to here. While we don’t recommend you to completely stay away from it because, let’s be real, if you have friends, you’ll have to help them out when they get themselves into trouble. However, feeling the need to fix things where you can’t, will just waste your time and might also get you into trouble with the authorities. So basically, you really need to see if what you’re getting involved in is necessary and worth it.

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Breaking News University of Chicago Goes Test Optional

Breaking News University of Chicago Goes Test Optional

Student’s love for education and their intellectual spirit will demand as a priority in admission application procedures over their test scores. The University of Chicago is a top-ranked university in higher education that will no longer require SAT or ACT scores from candidates. Some schools have decided to make an optional test in past years, the University of Chicago is included in the first top ten research universities to do so. However, the alteration will only apply to USA students- those who are applying from other countries will still require to submit test scores.Moreover, some students who receive great scores on the test will submit to a test-optional setting, thus increasing the average test scores for the college. Without the test prerequisite, more students may be encouraged to apply to a university that previously seemed out of expectations, which will in turn also lower admission applications and make the university appear more selective.Meanwhile, University of Chicago’s Nondorf opposes that the admission will simply serve to “level the playing field” for low-income students and first-generation. They want to eradicate any program or policy that we have that compensations one group of students over the other. It’s important to note that Chicago has a 7% admission rate, so this new policy won’t work it and easy to gain admission. However, the new policy should help the candidates with the kind of remarkable profiles needed for admission to a university like Chicago who doesn’t happen to test well. Most candidates who have all those requirements going for them are also great testers, but some aren’t, and it’s those candidates who will benefit the most from this policy.Being test-optional is a better way they hope to make applying to the University of Chicago easier for those candidates who face considerable resistance in the college admission process. But how useful is a new policy if the candidates it seeks to benefit don’t even know the policy or new rule exists?Students who don’t have access to quality university counseling are unaware of less common practices such as optional testing. The University of Chicago is off to a great start with this statement or new policy, and many people applaud them for breaking with old tradition, but we are hopeful the university will devote great resources to helping all students understand what it means, how to avoid blindly sending scores, and when to use it that won’t help their case.The university made the final decision after taking a lot of time spent on the admission requirements of students who undergo in admission application procedure, analyzing important parts of application could have specified a student was going to struggle or not. The transcript always tells such a prevailing story for us,” Nondorf said in his interview. “We went from institute to institute to see who the actual stars were. Does testing tell you who’s going to be the best student? Definitely, no, these scores can’t identify your place in the future.

How to choose a Degree?

A basic guideline: How to choose a Degree?

When you are at your final stage of deciding about the university or a college, it’s all too appealing and based on your decision, reputation, looks and party environment of the university. The most important factor in choosing a university, course always matters and how to choose which degree is best for you?When you’ll find your course, always prefer your abilities and interest. A strong interest in the course is important, as it is all you’ll be choosing for the next few years. It should be a good match for your skills, as you’ll always want to get high grades. Your choice of degree may also determine your career aims, such as you might want to select a particular degree so you continue a certain career and find the best graduate job in a particular industry. However, it’s worth bearing that some careers have alteration courses, such as the law conversion subjects, that you can choose after you have finished your degree, so you don’t need to study a vocational subject at the undergraduate level. Moreover, you’ll be amazed at how flexible most courses are, so don’t feel like an English degree means you have no other choice but to be an English teaching field. Otherwise, you might want to select a degree which, though not compulsory for a career, will put you at an advantage. When you have got a sense of selecting a degree of your interest, you’ll require checking out the individual course syllabuses. There might be a particular field of your course that you are interested in and other subjects fussed about, so you’ll require to find the courses with your right focus and plans. If you are looking for a subject that is more vocational, find the placement opportunities and where other students have done their placements. Moreover, check the teaching method such as: If you are making a plan on taking a tough subject, you’ll need to check that you can do that and make sure your interest and skills are relevant to your subject. It’s also an important thing that asking around and seeing if you can meet a student who has already completed the course, so he can give you suggestions for insight into it. Make a suitable list of your chosen university and their subjects and then prefer according to your interest, skills, abilities and facilities.If you are facing difficulties in selecting a degree then you can consult college admission consultants in Irvine, California. They will help you in selecting one.

How to get a fully funded scholarship

How to get a fully funded scholarship

If you are looking for higher studies but worried about the university costs. Then there are a number of scholarships that every institute offering every year including specialized to more general scholarships funding schemes. Some scholarships are offered by government agencies, some offered by individual universities and some offered by external funding agencies and charitable enterprises. How to get a scholarship is a pretty mammoth task. But we have tried to make this task easier by developing a list of different scholarships, grouped into various categories. This includes the international scholarship lists to how to get a scholarship in a particular country, scholarship of particular subject and scholarships for particular groups of students. If you want to increase your chances of getting scholarships, here are some ways to increase the odds which you’ll win.  A scholarship application procedure often includes the sponsor’s scholarship selection criteria but looks difficult to attain. Search the scholarship sponsor on the internet. Go for the organization’s mission statement that you’ll often find in the “About Us” section on the given page. Some students who enjoy a huge number of advantage having scholarship sponsors, easily get their desired destination. This bias towards students makes sense from scholarship providers that are nonprofit committed to helping others.  Make an online professional presence; remove any improper material from your Facebook, or any other social account. Don’t use inappropriate email addresses. Keeps it boring? Adopt some suitable and mature way to look professional. So, the team can easily analyze your abilities. When showing your data on scholarship search engines, answers all the optional questions. Giving their answers can develop double chances of getting a scholarship. These answers show your work ability and passion for your studies Always check your search engine and keep an eagle eye on every scholarship related to your interest. This will enables you more active towards attaining a scholarship. It is a numbers game and even in most talented students, luck is the major factor. Don’t ignore the small steps. Some scholarships having worth $1,000 or less but may have only 19-20 eligible students.  Sometimes, students may be lazy and skip the scholarship contests which require an awesome essay statement. Applying for these scholarships can increase your number of getting a scholarship.  Always focus on your goal, stay motivated and passionate about gaining high success.If you want more information about scholarship then you can consult with college admission consultants in California.

An Admission Insider's Guide to Make the Final College Decision

An Admission Insider's Guide to Make the Final College Decision

Getting multiple college admission acceptances is a great thing- until you can’t differentiate between the best one! Don’t take the stress. Just think about it and follow the given tips. After getting acceptance letters, it is perfect time to pull out the college brochures, revisit each note of the university, and make a final review of getting admission and financial aid awards. If you are facing any difficulty in choosing the best school, here are few things to consider. After all these factors discussing, reflecting and soul-searching, here are additional questions to ask yourself:Re-visiting these factors and other relevant questions can help the students to check the pros and cons of institutes and universities, that can make your decision-making body reliable. Once you have written down the pros and cons of each institute, make a comparison. Remember, if the institute you really want to go to didn’t have the pros, you may want to make a toss of your list and choose it anyway. For each student, the decision-making body represents the first choice that has had to make a substantial decision. Each student reacts to the reality in her or his own way. For some students, the perceived grandeur of the selection procedure is paralyzing. Many students set a methodically, determining the pros and cons of a college as though a single rubric and a bit of calculus will facilitate the task. No matter what the admission application procedure you select to aid your interest, the following tips may helpful to consider:Some other factors may help you in the decision-making body such as:Remember that this is truly your decision. Your family has a stake in your education, especially if they are footing the bill, but you are the one who can be shaped by your university experience for whole life.If you are looking for a college admission consultant in Irvine click then click on the link.

Role of Test Prep Centers in Admissions

Role of test preparation centers in admission: a basic guideline

Everyone has an eye on his Dream College and schools. You have been watching GPA such as taking extra-curricular, hawk, practicing your admission statement and lining up reference letters. This is good for you, but wait! Could you be forgetting something or not?If you have not started test preparation, you should. This is an important part of the admission application process. There are many reasons you require to give your test prep at least as much consideration as other aspects of the admission application. Some important reasons are listed below:All these factors have covered by test preparation centers by providing all information and material for test prep. These factors are discussed by test prep centers in a better way. Your test score on the ACT, the SAT, or other college entrance tests are easier to quantify as compared to other application materials. College admission application official has to think carefully whether your offer letter is good. Your GPA is somewhat subjective. College can’t know if your grades are higher or simply linked to show how difficult your preparation was. Reference letter is certainly unreliable, while often required. College officials can never be sure that a letter is giving you fully accurate or genuine. Test prep gives you a standardized test score. When a college admission has any doubts about your application worth, the management will look right at your test scores. A good score might help you to get in if other material is not perfect. Test prep centers help you to retain all the things you have studied previously, turning the knowledge into real learning, such as ACT math section, those are terms you are already studying right now. Make sure recall all the terms. Test preparation centers help you to pull together each and everything you have studied, turning academic content into the long-term learning. This is the important thing because there is a direct association between your learning before college or after college. Test prep gives a chance to broaden your skills in reading, writing, and math. Taking your ACT, SAT or other college test is a time-sensitive endeavor. Test preparation centers will guide you according to the terms and condition of every college. Test prep is no secondary task that means you need to start your preparation early before the application procedure. Minimum test score and average test score requirements vary widely from institute-to-institute. This is the responsibility of test prep centers to provide you full details of every institute test score and preparing you accordingly.