Starting Your School Year Off Right

start_schoolWhether you’re ready or not, a new school year is upon us. Chances are you haven’t been keeping up the habits that helped you get through the last year; it’s a lot tougher to go to bed at a reasonable hour without the pressure of an 8:00 am class. To help get yourself prepared for the upcoming semester, here are five simple ways you get jump-start your good habits before the school year even starts.

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5 Things You Should Know Before You Study Abroad

reentryPreparing for an study abroad adventure? Taking your studies overseas is often a once in a lifetime experience. Before you ship out, there’s probably a ton of last minute things you’ll need to remember. It’s okay: we’re here to help!

Here are some last minute tips to help you have that extra special time of your life:

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Private vs. Federal Loans: Which is Better?

loansCollege can be a pricey endeavor. For students without scholarships or who don’t have generous parents to fall back on, there are few options left to pay for their education. Working during school is an one option, however many degree paths don’t allow for the time commitment to hold down a job. This leaves student loans as the only viable alternative to pay for school for many students. Continue reading “Private vs. Federal Loans: Which is Better?”

Filing Your FAFSA Form

165Unless you filed for an extension, by now you should have filed your 2014 income taxes. If you’re a student, this means it’s time to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. To a lot of us, the FAFSA process is an inconvenient stop on the path to getting access to our financial aid for the upcoming school year. However, it’s exactly this laissez faire approach to filling out the FAFSA application that allow for mistakes to happen. These short sighted mistakes can throw major wrenches in your fall semester and create some significant headaches. Continue reading “Filing Your FAFSA Form”

Is Graduate School Abroad a Good Idea?

graduate_abroadA graduate program is an opportunity for a student to immerse themselves in a particular subject and prepare them for a specific career. There are hundreds of graduate schools in the United States to choose from, but have you considered studying abroad? Besides a graduate degree, going abroad to continue your education can yield plenty of secondary benefits that you may not have considered yet. Let’s highlight some of the reasons why continuing your education might take you overseas!

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Folk High School Spotlight: Anna Grinde

grinde_2.jpgName: Anna Grinde

Age: 19

Hometown: Madison, WI

Folkehøgskule: Seljord in Telemark

Linje (Course): Friluftsliv (Outdoor Life)

What made you decide to go to a Folkehøgskule in Norway?

My sister had gone to Fredtun Folk high school 4 years before and I visited her while she was there. I was able to visit her there and I was so impressed with the atmosphere of the school and her positive reaction to the year. I wasn’t sure what where I wanted to go to college yet so I decided to move to Norway.

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Folk High School Spotlight: Sigrid Arneson

bio1Name: Sigrid Arneson

Age: 19

Hometown: Stoughton, WI

Folkehøgskule: Hallingdal in Gol

Linje (Course): Idrett

What made you decide to go to a Folkehøgskule in Norway?

Not fully knowing what I wanted to study in college and where to go, I thought this was perfect transition year to do something that was different and fun.

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Last Minute Graduation Details

college-last-minuteAlong with the big preparations made before college graduation and life ahead there are the details that can easily get overlooked or forgotten. Your college will probably do a good job at reminding you to pick up your graduation robe, pay that library fine or give your forwarding address but here is the list of to-do’s just in case you forget. Continue reading “Last Minute Graduation Details”