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College Dreams Blog

No matter who you are or how you’ve prepared for college, you’re bound to have a long list of questions. Our student ambassadors had college dreams just like you do and they worked hard to achieve them. Read their stories below and share your own with us on Facebook and Twitter!

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In-state vs. Out-of-State

Posted by Evelyn

When I was applying for college, I faced the struggle of whether to choose colleges that were in-state or out-of-state. Many of you may find yourselves in a similar situation. Here’s a list of pros and cons that I came up with:


In-State Out-of-State


Cheaper tuition New environment

Family close by Independence

Friends close by Family far away

Sense of comfort Sense of discovery



Feeling stuck Expensive tuition

Same environment Unfamiliar weather

Family close by Family far away

Lower independency Friends far away


I hope this list helps you point out what are the most important to you and aids in the process of narrowing down colleges to apply for!

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Back-to-School Tips

Posted by Jade

Where has the summer gone? It seems like just yesterday we began our much awaited break. Fast forward a couple of months and it’s time to begin another school year! So here are some helpful tips in order for you to have a successful year!


  1. Don’t just start with a positive attitude, keep that attitude throughout the year; it’s helpful to your friends and teachers. You’ll be more efficient and the year will seem to fly by. Positivity will also help with getting all your work done.
  2. Stay organized. School can be frustrating when you’re getting a lot of work, so it’s best to keep everything organized. For example, having a separate binder for each class will make life a lot easier.
  3. Join a club or after school activity! This is a time in your life to figure out what kinds of things interest you…so get involved and see what sparks, or ignites a passion in you!
  4. Come up with a plan/schedule to help you manage your time after school. Prioritize academics, athletics, family time, social time, etc., and devote a specific amount of time to any of these things that are important to you.


Last tip: Work hard, play hard! HAVE FUN!

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1st Year vs 2nd Year

Posted by Xiomara

My first year of college was a blur now that I think about it. I was constantly discovering new information about my campus and my education so it all seemed a bit overwhelming at times. My first year of college was where I spent most of my time figuring out how to stay organized, how to study, where to park and where to find my classes. Each quarter presented a new struggle which I finally overcame by my second year. During my second year of college, I realized the “do’s and don’ts” of college life to make my day a productive one. I learned from my mistakes and felt in charge since I was more aware of my surroundings and my needs as a student.


The first year is, really, a learning experience. You are challenged to think and act like an adult and although it may seem like an endless mission, you will get there. I suggest asking questions, look for a mentor and making every experience an opportunity to gain new information so that you become a smarter student with better tactics for the next obstacle. So hang in there, your degree is that much closer!



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