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Get the Inside Scoop on Campus-life: Tips for Incoming College Freshmen

Get the Inside Scoop on Campus-life: Tips for Incoming College Freshmen

We hope our college-bound high school grads are considering taking part in pre-freshman programs. These programs give you a chance to learn during the summer and get better acquainted with the school and some of your future peers. If you are not yet convinced  you will want to keep reading. These tips are useful for both college-bound and high school students. 

Pre-freshmen programs often target students that colleges feel will benefit strongly from a nurturing head start. Maybe you’re a first-gen college student or you went to a less competitive high school. That doesn’t mean you’re not ready for college. It simply means you may need some help getting started. Summer Bridge and Pre-Freshman programs are designed to introduce students to the academic expectations of their colleges in a smaller, more structured environment. During the program you will be on campus with a few dozen other incoming students. You’ll receive mentoring from faculty and peers, be introduced to important support offices and resources, and build your confidence. By the time the rest of your class arrives, you’ll have already settled in. Some pre-freshman programs can even be done for academic credit.

If you can’t make it because of travel, work, or some other conflict, that’s perfectly fine. Maximize your summer time with family or save up as much as possible from your summer job. But don’t turn down this opportunity simply because you don’t feel like doing school work in August. If you haven’t been keeping up with your mail and didn’t even know about pre-freshmen programs, stop reading this and open up those letters from school!   

For high school students, you can find similar college readiness programs held during the days on a campus near you or overnight on campuses nationwide. College readiness programs will give you a good introduction to college life, making your eventual transition easier. Look out for these opportunities and add them to your summer calendars.

And remember, summer is a great time to apply for scholarships! 

Financial health starts with staying healthy!

Financial health starts with staying healthy!

School is back in session, the weather is changing, and those scholarship application deadlines are looming. Here are our tips for staying healthy this upcoming application season:

First thing’s first, take those vitamins! Whether it be the gummies, some Emergen-C, or those hippy homeopathic immune system boosters, make sure your body is equip to fight those toxins.

WASH YOUR HANDS. This may seem like a given, but you would be surprised at how many people don’t do this after they do their business. Dirty hands is one of the easiest ways to catch someone else’s bug. Keep some hand sanitizer on deck as well.

Sleep. Now this may be difficult if you’re a student balancing classes, extracurriculars, a job, and scholarship applications, but manage your time to make sure you’re giving your body a rest. Tired body means tired immune system.

Hydrate. Fluids are your friend. They flush out germs and toxins and keep your skin glowy.

Swerve on them sick people. Even if they are your friends. If you live with any, be sure to regularly disinfect surfaces and doorknobs.

Get a flu shot. Some schools and pharmacies do them for free depending on your insurance. And why not protect yourself when you don’t have to spend any money?

Break a sweat. Regular exercise is good for your immune system.

Stay warm. Eat some warm food and drink some tea. When you’re cold, your body spends energy warming you up when it could spend that energy fighting off infections. Help your body help itself.

It’s crucial to stay healthy this fall. This is a great time to apply to scholarships and you need to be healthy in order to balance those applications with school work. Some scholarship programs even like to interview candidates, so tip top shape should be a priority.

Happy hunting!

Three back-to-school survival tips.

Three back-to-school survival tips.

We post mostly about scholarships, scholarship-search and tips about winning scholarships here, but as summer comes to a close here are some other things to keep in mind that will help you stay sharp and on top throughout the year. And trust me, I know what I'm talking about ...  I'm heading into my senior year in one week!


I know you might be thinking that if there is any time you can survive without sleep, it’s college. However, scores of studies show that academic performance tanks when students are getting insufficient sleep. If you ever have trouble sleeping from late-night video game/movie sessions (or anything for that matter), create a bedtime routine for yourself. It’s a good way to wind down the day and it will help you fall asleep faster!


Between classes, friends, and everything else, you can sometimes forget pretty important things. No, not your mom’s birthday (well that too), but food! If you’re feeling worn out or low energy, make sure you eating a couple of full meals a day. Without calories to provide energy, good luck with that marathon study session or plain old marathon.


Some people are just born organized and then there are others that can’t seem to hold it together at all! If you’re one of the latter people, knock out the bulk of your organization at once. Once you’ve gotten the syllabi for your courses, sit down with a planner and/or calendar, and write down all the deadlines for homework, tests, and the like. Rather than having to worry about keeping organized over the semester, you’ll be set after just one day! 

So sleep, eat and organize! Sure, it's not as much fun as what you've been up to all summer, but it's time to take care of business.