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Whether you’re beginning your search for an awesome college, working your way through the admissions process, choosing a major, accumulating credits toward graduation, transitioning into grad school, or getting on the path to a promising career, you probably have questions:

Lucky for you, we’ve got answers!

We believe there are some things that every student should know. After all, it’s your future at stake: decisions should be informed, investments intelligent, and risks strategic. We want to help, so we’re building this resource to do our best to tackle every question that matters to you as you channel your ambitions into action.

Whatever path you take to further your education, we’ll keep you in mind, anticipating the questions you are likeliest to ask a teacher, parent, guidance counselor, admissions officer, or older sibling, and to answer them accordingly. And if you’ve already earned a college degree and are expanding your academic toolbox, we’ll tackle your questions, too!

Sure, we’re not your teacher, parent, guidance counselor, admissions officer, or older sibling — but like them, we’ve been through it all. We’ve collectively navigated our way through college, grad school, the job market, and the unforgiving task of repaying our student loans. We’ve changed majors, transferred schools, and returned after time-off for post-graduate studies. We’ve explored the benefits of community college, the risks of for-profit colleges, and the distinctions between public, private, and state schools.

In short: we know the higher education landscape like we know our own backyards. Let us be your sherpa as you navigate an often uncertain and even perilous terrain. Each week, we’ll tackle another topic, which means that every week, this resource will continue to grow.

Check out the topics below and get wise!

How to Choose a Major

college students, major, minor, crossroadsChoosing a college major feels like you’re determining your entire life’s direction. Go easy on yourself! Eighty percent of all students change majors at least once. Still, finding a major with a good job market, that aligns with your passions, and you can see yourself enjoying for a long time is important. We help you think through the ins and outs of major selection.

➔ Learn more about choosing a college major…

How to Get Involved in Campus Activities

college students, campus activities, clubs, groupsCollege life is busy. Sometimes it seems as though you couldn’t possibly have any more on your plate. Nonetheless, getting involved in student activities is something that can make your college experience richer and more educational. While it might take up time, the benefits are worth it. Here are a few key things to consider before getting involved.

➔ Learn more about getting involved in campus activities…

How to Adjust to Campus Life

hero image, students, university, hallwayCollege will not always be the heavenly oasis that it’s made out to be. Sure, it will be amazing. But there will be late nights of studying for the midterm you definitely should have started studying for two weeks ago, moments when you just want to be curled up in your mother’s arms, and times when you would give anything to be having coffee with your high school friends. However, there are ways to make this transition smoother and the adjustment to campus life a bit easier.

➔ Learn more about adjusting to life on campus…

How to Pack for Your Dorm Room

hero image, student, packing boxes, overwhelmedPacking for college can be a bit of an enigma, especially if you’re an incoming freshman. You don’t really know how much space you’ll have in that little cube-like dorm room. You don’t know if you’re getting a roommate with an irrational and space-consuming collection of shoes. You don’t even know if you’ll actually need your own manually operated antique sewing table — but it’s nice to be prepared. There are so many uncertainties! We’ve come up with a few tips to ensure that you don’t overpack or leave behind anything you’ll actually need.

➔ Learn more about packing for your dorm room…

How to Apply for Student Loans

How to Apply for Student LoansThere are a lot of ways to pay for college: scholarships, financial aid, juggling for loose change as a street busker. Granted, some methods are more common than others, though none so common as student loans.

➔ Learn more about applying for student loans…

How to Repay Student Loans

How to Repay Student LoansIf the concept of a student loan seemed kind of abstract when you were signing the paperwork, picking your courses, or taking advantage of the dining hall’s all-you-can-eat policy, it’s about to feel very real. But there’s no need to panic. If you approach repayment with a plan that fits your budget and needs, you can take on that debt at a pace that makes sense for you.

➔ Learn more about repaying your student loans…

How to Save Money on Textbooks

How to Save Money on Textbooks It’s the giant stack of textbooks you’ll be lugging back to your freshman dorm. If you feel like you just kind of got hosed for a bunch of your hard-earned money, we sympathize. College textbooks are crazy expensive.

➔ Learn more about saving money on your textbook expenses…

How to Do Time Management

How to Do Time ManagementYou will have a LOT of work to get done in college. There is no getting around that. However, if you make a list of priorities, it will be easier to finish what you need to complete on time.

➔ Learn more about improving your ability to manage time…

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