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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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Tips for studying

Posted by Matthew

Learn what works for you. Do you like music or need complete silence? Do you study best at night or in the morning? Everyone one is different and requires a different atmosphere to study in. One thing is for sure though; studying is a MUST. And it doesn’t just start at home. Take really good notes in class and ask questions if something doesn’t make sense. Professors are more than willing to help out if you don’t get something and they love participation.

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Which College is Right For You?

Posted by Jennifer

In California, there are four different categories of colleges. Community college, CSU, UC, and private/independent. Which is the best? There is no right answer. There are hundreds of colleges and each one differs in what they have to offer. I’m sure there is a perfect one just for YOU! All you have to do is research schools online. What interests you? Do you want to go somewhere with a large student population? A variety of sports? A school close to home? Somewhere affordable? Think about what your priorities are, what components are important to you, and browse around! Applying to college can seem stressful, but if you think about it you can pick and choose what you like, similar to a buffet!! So relax, take the time to research and visit schools, and have fun with it!

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Money Matters: Budgeting for College

Posted by Jade

College is sure to be one of the most memorable and (for some) most expensive experiences of your life. As such, you must remember that money matters and know how to budget for college. What is a budget? A budget is an estimate, often itemized, of expected income and expenses for a given period. In other words, it is the total sum of money set aside for a purpose based on what you have coming in and how much you plan on spending.


One key thing that will help you not just before college but during and after is to prioritize and know the difference between a “want” and a “need”. A want is usually something you wish for, crave, or desire but DO NOT NEED. A need on the other hand is a requirement or a necessity. For example, most people “need” a cell phone but they “want” an expensive one that costs several hundred dollars. So, with that being said, what do you think you will need and want as college students? Try this: List the top 5 things you think you will need in college and the top 5 things you think you will want in college. Organize that list based on priority and in the order that you will acquire them. The results may surprise you!



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