How to Budget for New Student Loan Bills

June 6th, 2012 by admin

If you took out student loans while you were in college, you may think that you have to live like a pauper after graduation to repay them. Even with low monthly payments, it can be difficult to squeeze in a new financial obligation as a new college graduate. The following are some practical tips to make paying your monthly student loan bill easier. If you are really motivated, you may even be able to pay it off early.

Start by Looking at the Non-Essentials
Before your first student loan payment is due, sit down and create a list of expenses in your life that are expendable. In this age of downloadable movies and $1.00 movie rentals, cable TV is an expense that often can’t be justified in a tight budget. You may be able to uncover other unnecessary monthly expenditures just by walking around your home. After jotting down a few ideas, take a look at your billing history for the past several months. Does the cost doesn’t justify the benefits, consider eliminating these household expenses from your budget.

Eating Out: The Biggest Budget Killer
With the average fast-food meal costing $10.00, going out to lunch can quickly become expensive. Instead of handing over your hard-earned money for food that is likely to be unhealthy, spend 10 minutes each evening packing a lunch for the next workday instead. Your wallet and your waistline will be healthier as the result.

To save even more money, you may want to try growing some of your own food and using grocery store coupons whenever possible. It doesn’t take much more than a small garden plot to grow fresh vegetables for healthy and inexpensive eating. As for coupons, there are numerous online websites where you can download the coupons you want for free. The Sunday paper is another excellent resource.

Consider What You Spend on New Clothes
You can trim your clothing budget considerably by shopping at thrift stores or upscale boutiques instead of automatically buying new every time. Often times, the clothes donated to these stores are either overstocks that have not been worn at all or have only been worn a few times. Another option is to try buying clothes out of season when retail stores dramatically reduce the prices during clearance sales.

Making Savings a Part of Your Everyday Lifestyle
While food, clothing and household utility bills make up a good portion of your budget, you should make it a point to look for ways to save daily. Whether that is checking out a book at the library instead of buying it or taking the bus to avoid parking fees, savings opportunities are all around you.

Keep the Benefits in Mind
By following these tips, you will have extra money available to repay your student loan faster. Soon enough, your loan will be repaid and you can enjoy the small luxuries in life again. You may also find that you enjoy being thrifty so much that you are unable to return to your previous way of life.

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Choosing a Top Business School

December 30th, 2011 by Clifford

ts-71080625Written by featured author Clifford Blodgett. Check out his Google+ profile to learn more.

Unfortunately, when many people think about what they want to do with their lives, they think about the short-term and not about lifelong pursuits. High school graduates are a perfect example of this. They are encouraged to go to college, oftentimes without a clear idea of what they really want to do. They just hope to find a field that they can advance in. The mistake commonly made is to choose the college first – you need a place to go after all, right? While going back to school is a vital step, a college search should be done only after considering your end goal.

When you are planning on a new career path, begin by first considering what field you would like to enter. What would be fun to do? A field, or specialty, is a broad category encompassing many jobs and careers. For example, within the field of accounting, there are public accountants, auditors and bookkeepers, along with all of the faculty at a business college who train these people. Once you choose your future field, you can begin to consider the career path appropriate for you personally within that industry. To find out what you might like, consider the big picture. What are you good at? What do you like to do?

Richard Nellson-Bolles authored a book, What Color is My Parachute, which helps translate abstract concepts concerning career fields into tangible, concrete skills that are useful for careers. He suggests prioritizing your skills into a list. At the top, list those you most enjoy. The ones least liked, place toward the bottom. Alongside this, make a similar list of industries, issues and interests you are passionate about. Finally, combine these lists to find out what you are good at and enjoy.

By keeping your thoughts in the abstract, you are able to stay flexible throughout this process. Rather than performing a college search using the criteria of where you would like to live for the next few years, fit your college search into where you would like to be in life for the next few decades. Instead of going to a specific business school because you like the facilities, choose a business college based on whether it will help you hone those skills you prioritized. Keep your focus long-term, and make the short-term flexible.

If you are having trouble making your those abstract concepts more concrete, try listing your favorite activities and interests. Under each, list why you like each one and what parts of it you are good at. Take a look at these lists. Are there commonalities? What are they? For example, do you consistently enjoy working with numbers, thinking analytically and forming relationships? In which case, maybe business is an appropriate field. Then, armed with this information, you should be able to find a business college ideal for you.

Taking the time to do your research now can save you a lot of trouble in the future. Narrow down your field and career to help you find some great business schools. By knowing where you want to go in life, you will be able to tailor your business school education to your specific needs and desires.

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The pros and cons of day, evening, weekend and online classes

September 23rd, 2011 by rebeccac

nontraditional-students-stk162318rkeTime. It’s our best friend and worst enemy. When you need it, you never have enough of it, but when every minute seems like an hour, it doesn’t go quick enough. It’s something we’ll never have complete control over – something you just have to learn to work around.

This particularly comes into play when you’re contemplating going back to school. As a busy adult, you already have your fair share of responsibilities – work, family, friends, hobbies, etc. Do you really have time to fit in an education? The answer is yes!

Schools everywhere are offering students flexible scheduling options so that they can go back to school and not worry about having enough time. For those who can’t make the drive, there are online classes. For those that work the night shift, there are day classes. For those that work during the week, there are weekend classes. And for those that work during the day, there are evening classes.

So what are the pros and cons of these flexible class schedules? Read on to find out.

Online Classes

Online Classes: Pros

Learning at your own pace
Online classes are time-friendly because students can learn at their own pace. Some students learn faster than others and, as a result, instructors in larger, more traditional classrooms might overlook those slower paced learners. With online learning, you control how fast or slow you comprehend the material at a pace that’s right for you.

Studying when and where you choose
Just because you have time doesn’t mean that you have the opportunity to learn. Online classes allow those students who are already pressed for time the ability to take tests, study and discuss lectures all online – anywhere and everywhere. Whether you’re traveling for business, on vacation or just don’t feel like getting out of bed, online classes can give you the freedom to learn at a place and time of your choosing.

Online Classes: Cons

No face-to-face interaction
Online classes are flexible and convenient, but sometimes questions are hard to convey via an email or phone call. They’re just not as effective as sitting down one-on-one with the professor and going through the material. Although some online courses offer once-a-week, in-class discussions, not all schools provide this feature or have the means to do so.

No motivational force
Learning at your own pace was a pro, but it can also lead to a con where online learning is concerned. Since you’re following your own time table, sometimes lacking that physical classroom or professor can lead you to put off or not take online classes as seriously. Sometimes an instructor’s push is what we need.

Day Classes

Day Classes: Pros

The traditional route
Day classes have been around since schools were formed, and as a result the pros are simple. You wake up, go to class, do your homework and then have the rest of the evening free to complete any other obligations or responsibilities. It’s the way it’s been done since the beginning.

Evening family time
If your family is like most, then odds are that the time everyone is going to be around the house is the evenings, when the standard work and school hours are over, and day classes allow you to be home when they are.

Day Classes: Cons

The 8-to-5 job
Day classes are the traditional route, but for the nontraditional student, they’re not as time-friendly. Those who have full-time day jobs obviously can’t attend classes during the day and maybe can’t afford to quit said job in order to make the traditional schedule work. It’s just too inconvenient for most adult learners.

Not a morning person
Even if you don’t have a job to contend with, daytime classes may still prove way too much of a scheduling challenge. It could conflict with school drop-off, school pickup, practices and games and lessons, errands, appointments – all of the little things you have to do that add up … and can’t be done after work hours.

Weekend Classes

Weekend Classes: Pros

Avoiding the weekday dilemma
Taking classes on the weekend is an excellent way to avoid having to compromise time and travel if you work a job throughout the week. This way, you still get your education without having to sacrifice your existing weekday responsibilities.

Hit me with your best shot
Instead of stringing out subjects over the course of the week – during which you have to juggle divided attention and a string of distractions – weekend classes allow you to hit a whole cluster of learning all in one go. It might be more like three hours than one hour, but you have the advantage of sitting down and learning in one clean sweep.

Weekend Classes: Cons

The 1 vs. 2 vs. 3 rule
Weekend classes can help you avoid disrupting your normal weekday routine, but they may cause you to prolong your total time span spent in class. Weekday classes may meet 2 to 3 times each week, but the weekend is a much shorter time period. Classes often meet just once – generally on Saturdays – but they still have to cover the necessary information, so you’ll end up sitting at your desk for a longer time period.

Use it – don’t lose it
Since weekend classes only meet one time per week, students may suffer from a decline in comprehending subject material compared to traditional students who would meet 2 to 3 times throughout the week. With such a big gap between classes, students may find it more difficult to build on the material. You know what they say, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” In this case, it could be true.

Evening Classes

Evening Classes: Pros

Have your cake and eat it too
Similar to taking weekend courses, evening classes can help you dodge the 8-to-5 dilemma. Got a daytime job or other responsibilities? That’s fine! You can save the classroom for the nighttime – hit the books after the sun sets. This is especially handy if you’re working and can’t afford to quit your job in order to start school.

Scheduling freedom
A lot of times, evening classes run on the longer side, which means they often only meet once or twice a week. What does this mean for you? In addition to having your days available for work, appointments, school events or practices, you also have some wiggle room on your calendar for the later hours as well.

Evening Classes: Cons

Working the graveyard shift
Most of the world may function during the day, but there are those who work graveyard shifts. After all, gas stations, retail stores, and 24-hour convenience stores and restaurants need to have someone operating their stores during the night hours. As a result, evening classes don’t quite fit everyone’s schedule.

Busy and busier
Night classes can allow you to squeeze in that much-needed education on top of your current day job, but chances are that you’re in for a long day. You go from work to class, maybe with errands squeezed in between, and there’s still homework, too. It’s tough – but definitely doable with some juggling, a little organization and a drive to succeed.

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Your checklist for choosing an online college

September 9th, 2011 by Brendon

Finding an Online School ss_13703017Considering online college? That’s a good thing. Online learning is becoming more common as more and more schools are getting onboard, and the stigma of an online degree is fading fast. But, you want to be sure that you’re getting more than a piece of paper. While there’s no perfect method for choosing an online college, here are some important factors that you should take into consideration before making a decision:

Class size – You might not think it matters how many people are in your class because you’re sitting in your living room. But, class size definitely makes a difference. Some universities already cram 200 students into large lecture halls, so why wouldn’t they do the same with their online courses? Make sure that you will have a teacher you can get in touch with and the level of attention you need in order to succeed.

Cost – This seems like a no-brainer, but many students don’t do their due diligence by comparing school costs. The price of online learning can be very affordable, but some schools charge much more than others and some have hidden fees, like activity fees to support on-campus events. Make sure you’re also comparing the price of any books you might have to get.

Accreditation – Investigate whether the schools you’re interested in are accredited by agencies approved by the Department of Education (DOE). That’s the simplest way to check the validity of your education as accredited online schools will have met certain standards in their education and training. Not all training requires the DOE’s stamp of approval – but some employers require their workers to have an education that is accredited by the DOE. Schools generally list accreditation information right on their website, so if you can’t find it, you might want to contact the school or check the websites of the agencies themselves.

Transfering credits – If you plan on going to another school after you complete your online degree, make sure that your credits will transfer. You don’t want to earn your Associate degree online and then realize that you can’t transfer your credits to the school where you want to earn your Bachelor’s. It never hurts to think ahead.

Flexible doesn’t always equal convenience – Just because you can attend class from your couch, doesn’t mean you can choose the time that you attend class. Some courses require that you chime in on instant message conversations at specific times. If you have to work from 9-5 but your professor expects you to participate at 2 o’clock, then online learning won’t work to your advantage in that scenario. Make sure you check the class schedule and find out your professor’s expectations.

Find out who hires their graduates – The bottom line is that you should never be afraid to ask lots of questions before you enroll. If an admissions rep gets annoyed with you, then they probably care more about your money than your future. One question you should definitely ask is: “What companies have hired your graduates recently?” If this question is hard for them to answer, then it’s safe to assume that they don’t spend a lot of time following up on their graduates’ success or fostering strong relationships with reputable employers.

So now that you have a solid approach to finding a good online school, nothing should stop you from getting a good online education. If you are still wary of learning online, then first seek out a reputable school that offers online programs in addition to their campus-based programs. Set up a meeting with an admissions representative and ask them lots of questions. You’ll probably find out what a lot of other students are quickly learning: that you can find a good online education that can help you pursue a great career!

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Top 5 fears non-traditional students have about going back to school

August 29th, 2011 by admin

Nontraditional Student Worries ts_ AA018431There are a lot of people considering going back to school right now for various reasons – maybe they’ve been laid-off recently because of economic cutbacks, or they’re stuck in a job with bad pay or bad hours or bad responsibilities, or they’re just finally ready to start doing something they love instead of just something they get paid for.

There are also a lot of people who keep putting off going back to school because of fears or self-doubt – they’re not necessarily happy with where they are, but don’t feel ready to take on a big life change. You might be one of these people. If you are, you’re not alone – a lot of non-traditional students share the same types of concerns about furthering their education after time out of the classroom. What are some of them? Let’s find out.

1.) Putting a burden on your family
Once you’re settled into a routine – however dissatisfying it may be – it can be really difficult to change things up, especially when you have other people to consider. You begin to wonder if you’re being selfish or if you’ll end up making things worse somehow – financially, professionally or personally. You don’t want to miss things happening at home – if you have younger children, you don’t want them to feel abandoned; you don’t want to get too far behind on housework and home responsibilities; you don’t want to make the rest of your family pick up all of your slack.

Mothers especially struggle with this and how their decisions will affect their children. And it’s true that, while you’re taking classes, you will have less free time and there will have to be some compromises made with your routine. The nice thing is that a lot of schools offer evening and weekend schedules, and more and more are offering online programs that mean you won’t have to commute or rearrange your family’s schedule. But the bottom line is, if you get your family on board with your decision to change your life, they’ll understand and be willing to accommodate your needs. After all, it’s only temporary and the benefits afterward should be worth it!

2. Not fitting in with other students
As you get older and the generation gaps widen, it’s easy to think that going back to an environment you haven’t been in for a long time will leave you feeling overwhelmed and out of place. Things change so rapidly nowadays that even just a couple years removed from school can seem like a lifetime. You may worry that you won’t understand basic assignments because of technological deficiencies or that the younger students will think you’re strange and too old to be in school. Your instructors and the faculty members may be younger than you, and you may just feel like you’re out of touch with the entire school system.

However, adults everywhere are choosing to go back to school later in life to begin a new career or continue their education, so there’s a chance you won’t be the only adult learner in your program! Also, if you choose a non-traditional education at a career college or technical school, many of your classmates, regardless of age, are probably dealing with a lot of the same obstacles you are. Because of this, these schools also typically have very supportive faculty and staff who are willing and able to help you with any concerns you may have and guide you through your studies.

3. Balancing your job, family and homework
Adults are busy and getting busier – between a job that may or may not have a set schedule, a family that needs things from you and that you want to spend time with, and basic life upkeep like car repairs and bill payments and grocery shopping and … well, you know how it goes, it can feel like there’s no room for anything else, especially something as major as school. Not only will you have to spend time in a classroom each week, but you’ll also have to complete assignments at home.

Sounds exhausting, right? It doesn’t have to be as inconvenient as you might think – as mentioned above, get your family to help you out if they can so you aren’t spreading yourself so thin. You can also opt to enroll in an accelerated program that will allow you to complete your studies more quickly, an online program that will allow you to fit class and homework in when it’s most convenient, or a program that allows you to take just one course at a time so you’re not trying to learn too much at once. When it comes down to it, career colleges understand the difficulties their students sometimes have and will work with you to make sure you’re successful.

4. Worrying the material will be too difficult
Starting something new is often a lot more scary in your head than it is in practice – it’s people’s nature to anticipate the worst and blow unfamiliar situations out of proportion, only afterwards realizing that whatever it was really wasn’t that bad. The same is true with any educational program you choose – it’s going to be something new, and even though you’ll have a course list and descriptions of what you’ll learn and how, until you’re actually there, doing it, there will probably be fear that you’re getting in over your head.

The important thing is to realize the difference between being challenged and being overwhelmed. Easy, throwaway coursework probably means you’re not getting a quality education and learning what you really need to know to be prepared. Plus, many career colleges provide a laboratory environment where you can practice classroom theory in a simulated – or real, in the case of internships and externships – work setting. Many students find that this is what really prepares them for what they’ll do after graduation and what gives them confidence in themselves.

5. Wondering if getting more education late in life is worth it
Let’s begin by saying, “It’s never too late to go back to school!” And it’s not – if you’re in a place where you’re unhappy or unemployed and need a change or a different career path with opportunities, it doesn’t matter your age. Of course, there’s the argument of the costs vs. the payoff to run through to determine if any loan amounts you have to pay off are going to be manageable.

But in the end, it’s the quality of your life that’s at stake – if beginning a new career doing something you’re passionate about will have a positive impact on your professional point of view, then it will also overflow into your personal point of view and allow you to enjoy life in general all that much more.

Basically what this all comes down to is deciding whether school is the right thing for you right now, and knowing that there are others out there going through what you are. A good way to get support before you decide what school to choose is to post on back-to-school forums or message boards so you can communicate with others who are in your situation or who have been there and can offer advice. And once you enroll, use the resources your school offers to their highest advantage – whether it’s the financial aid or admissions office, your instructor or fellow students, the support system you create can help you get through anything.

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What has Social Networking done for Colleges?

March 8th, 2011 by admin

Remember when the social networking pioneers were early Facebook (you know back when it was only available to college students) and that one site called myspace? Well, several sites have come and gone and after about 6 years there’s a new group of cool kids on the block – Twitter and Youtube and one keeper – Facebook.

There’s no denying the impact that these sites have had upon our society and now schools are jumping on the band wagon. Schools are now using these sites for recruitment and to boost admissions – pretty dang smart if you think about it.social-networking-for-college ts_82557772

Now when you visit the website of your select college of choice, you can see links to its specific social networking sites. If you become a friend of a college on Facebook or decide you want to follow it on Twitter, you can and here’s the kicker. When the admissions rep receives a request, they’ll direct them to recruitment in their area. Forming a relationship from that moment really helps resonate with the student and could be a contributing factor in their overall decision of where they want to go. Maintaining this connection allows a school to keep an open professional and personal line of communication.

Updates via Facebook and Twitter are also beneficial to schools because they allow potential students to read posts and find the most current news on their schools of choice. Reading a long list of positive student comments on Facebook wall posts can help sway potentials to enroll. A long list of negative comments and…well, you can guess the outcome.

Youtube, on the other hand is the perfect site for getting your school some buzz. You’ve heard of viral videos, heck, you’ve probably seen your fair share of them. These types of videos really help propel a school into the spotlight. And, in most cases, if a schools video is deemed cool by potential students, then almost automatically the school is dubbed cool as well.

Or, if the viral buzz caused by a school’s youtube videos isn’t enough incentive, then how about asking the student to create their own youtube video as part of their college application? Well, that’s exactly what Tufts University in Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts has been doing for its incoming students. It’s another clever way for schools to allow their potential students to express themselves and establish a relationship by putting a face with a name.

The possibilities of social networking are new, effective and endless for colleges anywhere and everywhere across the world.

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Top 10 Weird and Unusual College Mascots

February 10th, 2011 by admin

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Traditional team college mascots are meant to strike fear in the hearts of the opposing team – to intimidate and unnerve. And yet, some have taken a different approach. Check out our list of the top 10 unusual college mascots!

Weird and Unusual College Mascots:

fighting-pickleUniversity of North Carolina School of the Arts Fighting Pickles
Though there are no official athletic teams, in the 1970s, students wanted a mascot for an annual touch-football game with Wake Forest. The slogan then was “Sling ‘em by their warts!”

The University of California – Santa Cruz Banana Slugs
The banana slug was chosen by the students as an alternative to the proposed official college mascot, the sea lion, in response to the fierce competition encouraged at other universities.

University of Arkansas at Monticello Boll WeevilsBollweevils
The men’s athletic teams are represented by the boll weevil and the women’s by the cotton blossom – a strange pairing since the boll weevil is the most destructive cotton pest in the country.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Hokies
Derived from a new cheer contest, the word “hokie” was made up solely as an attention-getter. The official definition is now “a loyal Virginia Tech fan.” The HokieBird, evolved from a turkey, which is the costume representation – the teams were once called Gobblers!

Webster University Gorlocks
This mythical creature with cheetah paws, buffalo horns and a Saint Bernard’s face was designed by school staff and students through a contest. Its name is a combination of the two streets that intersect in the heart of the town, Gore and Lockwood.

The University of California – Irvine Anteaters
UC Irvine is home of one of the largest student spirit squads on the West Coast, The Completely Insane Anteaters. Students chant “Zot, zot, zot!” during games – the sound the anteater’s tongue makes when he’s catching ants in the comic strip B.C.

Southwestern College Moundbuilders
“Moundbuilders” was coined in 1910 when the school was looking for a new nickname based on the fact that students lived on “the hill” on campus. It has inspired a Moundbuilding Ceremony tradition, allowing participants to add decorated rocks to a large pile.

Saint Louis University Billikens
Manufactured as a bank and statuette in the early 1900s, the billiken is a symbol of good luck representing “things as they ought to be.” HowFightingOkra it became tied to SLU is under debate, but the common element seems to be because of its resemblance to football coach John Bender.

Delta State University Fighting Okra
Though “Statesman” is the official college mascot, in the last 20 years, students have embraced the Fighting Okra. It originated from a discussion about how the Statesman wasn’t intimidating; that it should be something mean and green. Okra was the winner for being green, fuzzy and tough.

Evergreen State College Geoducks
“Goo-ee-ducks” are long-necked saltwater clams native to the Pacific Northwest that accompany the school’s Latin motto, which translates to “Let it all hang out.”

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Taking a Gap Year

January 27th, 2011 by admin

The Gap Year has nothing to do with students wearing Gap clothes for 365 days in a row. It has everything to do with taking a year off between high schgap-year-ss_55469992ool and college.

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal reported that more students are taking a gap year off to travel abroad or participate in a study or volunteer program. One key reason is burnout after high school. Another is a quest to learn if the career you have in mind is truly right for you.

But why does The Gap Year only have to apply to graduating high school seniors? Why can’t you during one of your college years or adult years take a year off from your studies? Wouldn’t backpacking across Europe provide a wonderful learning experience? What about community service in South America or Africa? What about studying language and culture and blogging about the experience from a rural village? The possibilities are endless!

Before our enthusiasm gets carried away, let’s review some things you need to keep in mind if you’re thinking about taking a Gap Year.

Gap year can come at a price

A Gap Year can be expensive. It can also be inexpensive. There are gap year programs that pay a stipend, offer a scholarship or provide room and board. There are also low-cost programs like City Year and AmeriCorps. Don’t forget also, that by delaying a year that you are also graduating a year later, which impacts your first year earnings.

Your college might offer a Gap Year program

If you can, try to get admitted first to your school of choice and then work out a gap year arrangement. This way, you’ll know you’ll get in the following year. Additionally, many colleges and universities are jumping on the gap year and offering their own gap year programs. USA Gap Year Fairs is another resource to check.

A year of your life or the time of your life

For many who have take and are taking a gap year, the experience is transforming. It’s immersive learning x 10. The real-world experience is so unforgettable and impactful on shaping who you are and what you believe. Look at this way. Technology connects the world. The Gap Year makes you a person of the world.

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The Dream Act – How will this affect your education?

December 16th, 2010 by admin

The US Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors act, known as the Dream Act, has been proposed as a way to help illegal immigrants who are under the age of 18 become American citizens if they meet certthe-dream-actain criteria. The Dream Act would only apply to students who came to the United States as minors. The idea of the new policy has caused students to speak out both for and against the Act in demonstrations across the United States. There is a chance that Congress will consider the Act during the lame duck session this December.

Current Policies for Illegal Immigrants

Right now, illegal minors are treated the same as illegal adults. They are arrested and imprisoned before their deportation is arranged through the US Immigration Department. Regardless of how old these kids were when they were brought into the United States, they do not have the choice to stay. An illegal minor may have spent all of his or her formative years attending United States elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools only to be deported to a foreign country when their illegal status is discovered.

What would the Dream Act Do

The Dream Act offers those illegal students an opportunity to work toward legal citizenship. If an illegal minor is willing to serve at least 2 years in the US military or spend 2 years in a US college, that student could be put on the fast track toward legalization. This new policy would only apply to illegal residents who came to the United States before the age of 16. It does not change the status of any other family members, but does offer a route to legal residency for younger illegals who have grown up in the US.

Potential Benefits for All Students

Many student organizations are embracing the Dream Act as a way to support immigrant children who often had no choice about coming to the United States. A child who has lived in the United States long enough to graduate from high school and consider military service or college has usually developed a strong sense of belonging in the US. Having these students involved in college campus life and classes could help bring a more diverse education for every college student, not just the immigrants. Offering easier citizenship for those who are willing to serve in the military could also help swell the ranks as thdream-acte United States faces a higher need for soldiers around the world.

Opposition of the Dream Act from Some Student Groups

Not all student groups support the Dream Act. Some groups worry that the immigrant students would achieve the dream of going to college without having to meet the standards that regular citizen students have to meet. The immigrant students would also take coveted positions in colleges that have limited enrollment, pushing out legal residents who earned the right to attend the college on their own merit. The opposition sees the Dream Act as a reward for illegal immigrants who break the law simply by being in the United States.

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Cougars Spotted on Campus!

December 3rd, 2010 by admin

shutterstock_64607965Cougars spotted prowling the student union, the library and yes, fraternity row. What’s going on, you ask? Are cougars, women in their 30s and 40s, off to college to conquest the male student body population?

Our point is, the student population on campus is no longer made up of mostly 18 to 21 year-olds. Today, we have a lot of non-traditional students. Military veterans are taking advantage of the GI Bill to go back to college. People impacted by the recession are going back to college. Many are going back to school to pick up technical skills.
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Data from 2003 study shows that women are the majority of traditional and non-traditional college-age student population, 55 and 58 percent respectively. And among non-traditional students, 35 and older, two-thirds are women.

Hence, we have cougars spotted on campus!  But contrary to the perception this gives, studying, not dating an 18 year old, is mostly on the minds of non-traditional students. They get good grades and are focused on excelling and graduating.

Have you seen any cougars on your campus??

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