The Cost of College: What Students Are Really Getting Themselves Into

Graduate Debt Free

Hi Students,

Are you concerned about paying for your college education? If so, you are not alone. While I value higher education, I also value debt-free living. With the cost of a 4-year education in the United States, graduating from college debt-free is rare. Have you ever thought about whether taking out loans to invest in your education is worth it? In this post, I outline some of the averages and statistics regarding paying for college, and then outline some ways to avoid drowning in debt before your first real job.

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FREE Goal Setting Planner! Make a real plan to achieve your goals.

Goal Setting Planner
Hey There Students,

It is nice to have you back! 🙂

In this post, I would like to give you all a free printable Goal Setting Planner. Write down your goals and the steps you plan to take to turn them into a reality! Writing down your goals will help keep you on track and accountable. This particular design was made to be sleek and simple. And, it is only available to YOU, my blog readers! 🙂 You will not find this design in either of my Etsy shops. Please share it with your friends and family who also want to make progress toward their everyday and life goals.

Here we go!…

The first page is your 5-year plan! This is the big picture of where you would like to see yourself in five years. Include specific and realistic goals that you would like to accomplish each year.

5 Year Plan

5 Year Plan

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What to Write About in Your College Admission Personal Statement

Greetings Students!

Your college admission essays provide you with an opportunity to make a personal impression on college admission officers. Instead of being described by numbers, like your GPA and standardized test scores, you get to use words to show them who you are. Be sure to spend plenty of time brainstorming and outlining exactly what you want to portray in these essays. You usually have few words to say a lot about your character. Use this space to explain something about yourself that is not already included in the rest of your application. You want your essay to be honest, interesting, and as unique as possible. Admission Officers are often reading thousands of essays, and comparing to all the hard work you put into applying for college, they spend very little time actually reviewing each individual application. Therefore, if you can stand out and keep their attention you will be at an advantage.
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Transfer Students – Beware Not All Courses Transfer

business-19156_1920Hello Students,

Today, I would like to warn you about the reality that not all courses are guaranteed to transfer from your community college to your university. Even if your counselor at your community college tells you otherwise it is still possible you will not be able to apply all of your units to your bachelor’s degree.

I am not telling you this in attempts to scare you or to make you lose trust in your Community College Counselor. For the most part, we College Counselors really know what we are talking about. 😉 In fact, I highly encourage students to see their College Counselors once a semester. However, from my own experience, a College Counselor at one college cannot advise students regarding policies for another college with 100% certainty. As a College Counselor from a 4-year university, I saw many transfer students who were rightfully upset when they found out they could not use all of the units they earned at their community colleges.

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Introducing The Practical Student

introducing the practical studentHello Students!

I am The Practical Student.  I am here as a guide to help you understand just how education works and how it applies to real life, most notably how to use your education to prepare you for your career. Whether you are in middle school, high school, junior college, university, grad school, or you are a proactive parent, there will be plenty of valuable insight and information for you in The Practical Student Blog. I am an analytical and objective thinker with five interesting and distinct perspectives on higher education. Together, these perspectives provide me with a well-rounded knowledge base about everything related to college.

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