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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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Benefits of Using Study Groups

Posted by Jade

One of the most effective ways to prepare for class discussions, tests and exams is by using a study group. Study groups provide a number of benefits to the learning process. As such, many college professors agree that group study enhances students’ performance.

 

Why does it work? In a group environment, you’re less likely to procrastinate and are also forced to become more organized. Group study also encourages you to explain things aloud. By speaking to and listening to others, you often improve on recall ability, or ability to remember information on test day. Group members have many perspectives and will always bring up ideas and thoughts you’d never considered.

 

Finally, you’ll likely find that the benefit of group study reaches far beyond good results on tests. It will build self-confidence that you can use for the rest of your life. Speaking to small groups will prepare you for speaking to larger groups in the future—or more official groups such as college admission panels or hiring boards for a job.

 

So go ahead and start building a group of like-minded students who share your goals for success and learn from one another!


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Career/Major options

Posted by Adam

As a high school senior I was very interested in government and my favorite class was U.S. Government. Therefore, when I applied to colleges during my senior year I knew I wanted to apply as a Political Science major. My advice would be to pursue a major in something you’re passionate about or to apply undeclared in order to discover what your interests are during your first two years of college since you typically don’t have to declare a major until your junior or third year of college.


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Freshman Year

Posted by Matthew

My freshman year was the most amazing year of my life. It’s when I met friends that I’ll keep forever. It’s when I figured out how to balance those friends and school life. College is not like high school. It requires a lot of self-motivation and discipline. Most people get the hang of it but some take advantage of the freedom you get and don’t do so well. Just learn how to create a balance of both fun and work. You can’t have too much of either but you definitely need both.


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