College

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It’s that time of year when high-school seniors are touring colleges all over the nation, in search of which school they will end up at next year. This time of year is so stressful for many, and the idea of finding college scholarships can only add to that stress. Finding scholarships for college should not be taking up all of your time!

I have rounded up all of my best tips and resources for finding scholarships. I spent a lot of time my own senior year looking for scholarships, and got pretty good at it in the process! So learn from my success (and mistakes!) and let’s find you those precious scholarships!

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How to Find Scholarships

Resources to Find College Scholarships

Check with Your Guidance Counselor

The first place you should look for scholarship opportunities is with your own high school guidance counselor. My guidance counselor in high school gave me a HUGE packet of scholarships that I could possibly apply to. The great thing about this resource is that most of these scholarships are local, meaning that they come from organizations and corporations in your high school’s town. Having knowledge of these scholarships put you at an advantage against some of your peers who may not think to ask their guidance counselor about local scholarships.

Unigo

Unigo is a great online resource for finding scholarships. The website exists as a hub for scholarships, and you can log on to browse all of the opportunities and find some that may fit you. The possibilities are really endless on Unigo. You can even create a profile on Unigo to use that will match you to the best scholarships based on your profile.

Scholarships for High School Seniors Unigo

Another thing I like about Unigo is that you can browse the scholarships by category (see picture above.) Unigo has scholarships that you can search for by your current state, major, and more. Don’t miss out!

Tip: New scholarships are released pretty much every day. Don’t check online for scholarships once and think that is enough! I would recommend checking once a week for any new opportunities.

College Visits

Another great way to find out about scholarships as a high school senior is to meet with someone from the financial aid office when you are on a college campus visit. The financial aid office at colleges expects these meetings to happen and should be more than happy to meet with you, a prospective student, about the real cost of attending their school/university.

Email the school you are visiting ahead of time and inquire about the possibility of setting up an appointment during your visit of the school with the financial aid office. Once you solidify a time, make sure to come up with some questions that you would like to get answered when you visit. Does the school offer any specialized scholarships? What advice do they have for getting scholarships to attend their school? Be respectful + they should be happy to help!

Family Employment

Check with your parent’s employer to see if they offer scholarships for high school seniors! This is often overlooked and it’s a shame because it really is right under your nose. If you don’t feel comfortable or don’t know how to find about scholarships, ask your parents if they would be willing to get you in contact with someone at their work or ask a supervisor themselves.


Tips for Applying to Scholarships

Give it Your All

Scholarships are tricky because, a lot of the time, it’s out of your hands whether or not you will get the scholarship in the end. To help your odds, make sure that you are giving your scholarship applications 100%. Whether it’s just a questionnaire or a long-form essay, make sure that you are trying to convey the best version of yourself. Don’t blow off any application or think you will “never be selected”…you just never know!

Make a Shortlist

Finding college scholarships to apply to can be overwhelming, but once you do find a handful of scholarships to apply to, make a shortlist. Keep a list of the scholarship name, due date, and requirements so that you don’t miss any part of what’s required. Doing this will help you feel less overwhelmed with keeping all the information straight. It’s a life-saver!

Apply to Many

When I was a high school senior, I probably applied to 10-15 different scholarships. These scholarships were a mix of local and national scholarships, but that didn’t matter to me. Apply to as many scholarships you can, to help boost your chances of being selected for at least one. Don’t be lazy with your college scholarship applications…you will kick yourself for not putting more effort in when you see all of your classmates getting scholarship money!


What are your best tips for finding college scholarships? 

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Ah, test anxiety. Unless you are super-human we’ve probably all experienced the nervous butterflies that happen before taking a test. One great way to counteract those nervous and negative vibes are to prepare well and study for the exam. I’m bringing you 20 study tips for college students you can use the next time you are prepping for a test.

As a college sophomore, I’ve endured my fair share of hard tests and exams in my college career. There have been tests I’ve anticipated failing just from rumors from peers, and have actually been able to score a B or better on. The key in acing tests is preparation and being smart about how you study.

Studying for just 30 minutes before a test or the night before doesn’t really cut it in college. Especially if you really want to excel and see your grades rise. Finding a way of studying that works well for you will help make studying for tests feel like less of a dreadful chore, too. Kinda 😉

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These study tips for college will help you to realize which content from the class is important, and might be on the test. Make sure to utilize all of your resources (including your noggin), and you’ll be halfway to an A+!

College Study Tips

20 Study Tips for College Students

  1. Map out any upcoming tests you may have in your planner so you know they are approaching for weeks in advance.
  2. Refer back to your syllabus to see if your professor provides information like how the exams are laid out or formatted.
  3. Ask your professor for a study guide.
  4. If your professor doesn’t have a study guide, ask them how they recommend best preparing for the test. This will tell you what you should spend your time focusing on.
  5. Turn off your phone when studying to prevent any distractions.
  6. Find a “study buddy” if it will help you.
  7. Ask your “study buddy” to quiz you informally or help you play term-memorizing games.
  8. Make a plan for how you plan to study.
  9. Find somewhere comfortable to study. It could be your dorm room, a residence hall lounge, or the library…whatever feels right to you.
  10. Remain positive! Remind yourself you can do it.
  11. Repeat affirmations to yourself before the test in your head, like “I know the material well and feel prepared.”
  12. Don’t save all of your studying for the night before the test!
  13. Re-read textbook chapters that your professor went over during lecture.
  14. Rewatch lectures from class if your professor allows your class to record him/her.
  15. Find out if you are a visual, auditory, or haptic learner and adjust your studying to fit those needs.
  16. Repetition in studying is key! Don’t review a topic just once and expect yourself to recall the information days later. Re-visit content multiple times.
  17. Make flash cards if your content is something that has a lot of terms/vocabulary. I like to use Quizlet.com for online flashcards on various topics.
  18. Quiz yourself on your commute to take the test on exam day.
  19. Ask your professor for help understanding a topic while you are studying, (before the exam.) It’s better to ask than to wish you would’ve clarified that one tricky concept when you’re in the middle of the test.
  20. Learn from your mistakes (and past exams.) What could you do better in preparing for the next exam? Do you need to visit your professor to get some extra help?

Time Management

Personally, I like to study a little bit every night before a big exam, starting about a week out. This helps me break down the topic of the exam into smaller, bite-size pieces that seem a lot less overwhelming to me. Studying doesn’t have to last for 10 hours in the library until 3 a.m. if you plan out your time well and use it effectively.

How to Use Your Professor In Preparation

I find among my peers that lots of them never ever visit the professor or talk to them outside of lecture or class-time. This is absurd! Professors (most of the time) genuinely want to help you succeed and have a grasp on the course’s content. Make sure to include your professor as you prepare for a test. Refer back to your syllabus and see when your professor has their office hours. Go and visit your professor and ask for any unclear topics to be clarified. Or, simply just email them whenever a quick question you have arises when studying. I promise you won’t regret asking for help, and it will show them that you are really trying your best and taking the class seriously.


What are your best study tips for college students? Do you have any favorite tricks?

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Packing to go away to college can seem like a huge, daunting task. I know I was nervous when I was getting ready to leave home that I would forget something crucial…especially because I attend a school 6 hours away from home. However, having a packing and college shopping list while getting everything together for the big move-in day can be so helpful!

I’ve racked my mind and have listed out all of the amenities and supplies that I could possibly think of. I only lived in the dorms for one year, but I know about what you typically can and cannot bring with you, and have tried to take those into accommodation in this college shopping list.

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College Shopping List

A Complete College Shopping List

Make sure you have everything you need for success at college by following this shopping and packing list!

For School Supplies

For The Bathroom

  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Robe
  • Bath Towels
  • Hand Towels
  • Shower caddy
  • Loofah
  • Shower shoes (or flip-flops)
  • Foaming shower cleanser
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Swiffer Wet Jet

For Your Bed

For The Kitchen

  • Basic pots + pans
  • Tupperware
  • Silverware
  • Cups
  • Bowls
  • Plates
  • Soup bowl
  • Coffee mugs
  • To-go coffee mug
  • Microwave
  • Oven mitts
  • Chip clips
  • Hand soap
  • Plastic wrap
  • Aluminum foil
  • Spices/seasonings
  • Can/bottle opener
  • Trash bags
  • Paper towels
  • Napkins

Food + Snack Ideas

  • Ramen (a classic!)
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Easy Mac
  • Coffee grounds
  • Coffee creamer
  • Clif bars
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Cereal
  • Fresh fruit/veggies
  • Popcorn

For The Dorm Room

For Your Closet

For Your Desk

For Personal Use

  • Straightener
  • Curling Iron/wand
  • Facial cleanser
  • Makeup removing wipes
  • Toner
  • Facial moisturizer
  • Hair brush
  • Hairspray
  • Body wash or shower gel
  • Cold medicine
  • Pain relieving medicine
  • Cough/sore throat drops
  • Vitamins
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Band-Aids
  • Tissues
  • Nail polish remover
  • Stain remover pen
  • Cotton balls/pads
  • Feminine care products
  • Deodorant
  • Vaseline

Other Random Stuff


Don’t Forget to Get Cash Back!

If you’re shopping for items online, make sure you use Ebates! The Ebates plugin installs easily into your browser and gives you cash back on everyday purchases. I use Ebates every time I online shop + I love getting paid through PayPal cash back!

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Items Usually Not Allowed in College Dorm Rooms

The following items will most likely be confiscated if found in your dorm:

  • Candles
  • Space heaters
  • Clothes iron
  • Dumbells/Free Weights
  • Nails for the wall/hanging
  • Toasters
  • Plug-in air fresheners
  • Oil burners

I know that sometimes students like to break these guidelines, but RA checks do happen frequently and your stuff can be taken away from you or you can be reported if you break the guidelines.

Tips for Move-In Day

  • Recruit family members and friends to help move you in! It will take several trips (and hours) to move all of your stuff in if you just bring your mom. Bringing extra people also helps as you will probably want one person to stay by the car with the rest of your stuff.
  • Try and use suitcases with wheels on them to make the process easier. Also, try and put heavier items in rolling suitcases so you can roll them to your room instead of carrying. You’ll thank me later!
  • Enjoy the process. Moving in can be stressful but I remember the day I moved into my dorm room vividly. My family + I played fun music while moving in and it made the process so much more fun and bearable.

Have any other ideas to add to this college shopping list? Tell me in the comments!

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No, it’s not too good to be true. This way of making money online fast isn’t a scam, but it also isn’t a “get rich quick” scheme. However, I do know how to make money fast for some extra cash, using and completing online surveys.

I discovered online surveys back in high school when I was looking for ways to make extra spending money and wanted to start saving up. I’ve tried many different programs and websites, (trust me there are a lot of them out there), and Opinion Outpost is genuinely my most favorite option to make money fast.

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This post will introduce you to the wonders that are online surveys, and more specifically, Opinion Outpost. Ready to make some cash (or should I say, fill up that PayPal balance?) Let’s get to it.

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Make Money Fast Using Opinion Outpost

What is Opinion Outpost?

Quite simply, Opinion Outpost is a website that pays people to complete surveys. After completing a survey, you can earn points, which can later turn into rewards, as a member. These rewards can be anything from cash to Amazon gift cards, etc.

Companies and brands rely on customer and user feedback in order to create new ideas and improve their existing products and services. Lots of companies need consumer opinions, and Opinion Outpost acts as the go-between between you and the brand. It’s like an online focus group! The truth of the matter is that your opinion is valuable, and providing it to companies is definitely means for getting rewarded 🙂

How to Start Earning With Opinion Outpost

Completing surveys and being on the road to earning money online has never been easier. I love Opinion Outpost because of how user-friendly it is, and uncomplicated.

Create an Account

The first step you need to take before you can start earning is to create a new account. Click here to be brought to the page where you can sign up. 

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To make it even easier, you can actually join Opinion Outpost and become a member by using one of your social media accounts (like Facebook!)

Take Screening Tests

The companies that partner with Opinion Outpost want to get real and valuable answers for their surveys in order to make a better experience/product/service/etc. Because of this, Opinion Outpost will “screen” you by asking you to answer some questions before you even enter a survey.

Doing this allows Opinion Outpost to match you up with the most relevant survey and brand, based on your interests and profile (age, gender, etc.) When you first sign up for an account, you will be asked to complete a profile so that the website can accurately pair you to the right surveys!

Completing Surveys

If you sign up for emails from Opinion Outpost, you will be notified whenever a new survey is available for you to take. In order to complete the survey, log into your account like normal.

Click on the “Take Survey Now!” button that will allow you to enter into the screener test or survey. Keep in mind that not every survey available is going to be right for you. If the area in which you work (or any other factor) seems to contradict the survey or interfere, you may be redirected back to your homepage. It can be frustrating at times, but stick with it! The right surveys will present themselves and you will be earning points in no time.

Make Money with Opinion Outpost

I would definitely recommend signing up to receive emails whenever new surveys are available for you so that you don’t miss out.

What are the surveys about?

The surveys on Opinion Outpost range from anything from entertainment, food, shopping, lifestyle, and more. I love the surveys because a lot of the time, they are genuinely interesting and fun. I once completed a survey that quizzed me about the TV shows I had watched in the past month, and about their plot lines/characters. It was like a trivia game, but even better, because I was getting paid to play 🙂

Earning + Redeeming Rewards (Cash!)

My favorite way to redeem my points when using Opinion Outpost is with a PayPal balance because I can easily transfer that money to my bank and then spend it on whatever I want. I know my sister has done this, too.

However, there are lots of different options on how you can redeem your points, like gift cards to places like iTunes and Amazon. It’s all personal preference!

How long does it take to cash out?

It’s hard to put an exact amount on how long it will take you before you can cash out the first time. Back in high school when I was a hard-core Opinion Outpost user, I would log into my account and complete any available surveys for me before I went to bed. I usually was able to rack up 100 points/week, which equated to $10 in PayPal.

However, the earning potential for Opinion Outpost (and any other online survey site) is unlimited in many ways. The amount of time and effort you put into completing surveys will prove to be fruitful in your return. I’ve read that some people make upwards of $100/week by completing online surveys…it really depends!

The great thing is that you get to decide how much time you want to put into it. If you have some free time, why not answer a survey or two? It’s a great way to utilize your free time and make money fast online.

Opinion Outpost Testimonials

You don’t have to take my word for how awesome Opinion Outpost is! Check out these testimonials from people have been using Opinion Outpost for themselves.

“Due to family issues, I had to quit my job to care for my elderly parent. Opinion Outpost has made it possible for me to always have extra funds in the event a bill is higher than expected.” —Ila, Texas

“I like being part of the driving force in developing new products and being part of the pulse of the imagination nation.” —Jo, Missouri

“I have been able to buy all of my families Christmas presents with my survey money only!” —Cheryl, California

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What are you waiting for?

Seriously! Opinion Outpost is awesome and I can personally tell you that because I have been using it for years to make money fast online. I also told my sister about it and she has used it too!

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I love it so much and hope that I can help even one person make some extra money with this post. Click here to set up your account and start earning today!


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