Welcome back readers. With college right around the corner, many of you are beginning to realize that, in a few weeks, you’re going to be leaving home to start the next chapter of your lives. For many, the idea of going to a new school by yourself is overwhelming. As excited as you are for college, you’re dreading the first few weeks of adjusting to college life. I’m here to alleviate some of that anxiety. In this article, I have compiled a handful of suggestions on how to handle your first few weeks at college, some of which I personally did, others that I wish I had done, but all of which I would do now if I had the opportunity.
Your transition to college will be much easier if you are sociable. When going to the cafeteria alone, don’t eat alone. Instead, sit with a group of people you’ve never met and introduce yourself. In addition, introduce yourself to your classmates and the kids in your residence hall.
Learn People’s Names
The first piece of advice is useless if you can’t remember the name of the person to whom you just introduced yourself. Here are some useful tips from CNN on how to remember names.
Keep an Open Door
When you’re in your room, prop the door. An open door is a way of welcoming anyone to stop by, and doing so will encourage others to come into your room to meet you. (more…)
With the summer winding down, many of you are starting to wonder if you put aside enough money for college. You had a great summer, but you only worked 10 hours a week, and you know that you will want to spend a lot of money in college. Fear not, there is still hope! With a month left until you leave for college, there are still plenty of opportunities to earn money without missing out on the rest of summer.
Be an Extra in a Movie
Lights, camera, action! If you’re looking for your 15 seconds of fame, you can make it happen…and get paid for it! Movie sets are in constant need of people to serve as extras in their movies, so look online and sign up with a casting company. Signing up is free, and you’ll be notified of opportunities such as these that are close to home. Plus, if you have any unique skills, you may be eligible to be paid extra.
Join Focus Groups
Imagine getting paid $50 to talk about Facebook and Twitter for 2 hours. Would you believe me if I said that you could? Focus groups are constantly in need of teenagers to discuss their views on school, social media, and hobbies to figure out how to make their product more appealing to our age group. A quick Google search will reveal focus groups close to you. Sign up, and you will be notified of upcoming opportunities that you qualify for. Just show up, have fun, and cash that check. (more…)
The most important aspect of this is to remember that your school has the right to reassess certain circumstances, a process called professional judgment.
Some students have no contact with their parents, and therefore cannot use their tax information for filing the FAFSA. If you find yourself in this situation, you’ll need to go to your school’s financial aid office and ask them for help. Chances are, you’ll also need to bring plentiful documentation (rent, utilities, etc.) to prove that your situation is as you say it is. You’ll be asking for a professional judgment override on dependency status.
What this means is, if you’re under 24, in order to file as an independent, you must first go to your local courthouse and ask to appear before a judge to be ‘legally emancipated’ and apply as an independent student.
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