Carnival of College Admissions: 2nd Edition

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Welcome to the second edition of the Carnival of College Admissions. We had fifteen articles submitted this time, thirteen of which have been selected for publication. After a successful first run, I am excited to bring a second week of excellent college admissions articles from all over the Internet. I hope to continue this feature long into the future, but I need your help. Click on the links above for more information about this cooperative effort and to submit a write-up of your own for next week's edition.Read on for all of the excellent articles from the 2nd Edition of The Carnival of College Admissions:

Carnival of College Admissions: 2nd Edition

  • May 1, as students will recognize, is the deadline many colleges set for when your ultimate decision must be made. This time is perhaps even more stressful than the actual application season. With some tips for How To Avoid The Pressure of May 1, parent and college admissions blogger Paul Lloyd Hemphill of Your College Blog helps students to deal with this stress and make an educated decision. This article is vital for any high school senior approaching the dreaded decision deadline.
  • Ultimately, that college decision may wind up being the hardest and biggest decision you have made so far in your life, at least so says student blogger Lindsey Moore of The Super Fickle Pickle. She asked herself the same question that almost every student ponders this time of year: Where should I go to college? She offers her insight and personal experience to help students make the choice.
  • But whichever college you choose, make sure that you consider more factors than just the university's rank alone. In his cleverly titled piece, Matthew Doup of Scholars for Students explains Why College Rankings are Rank. He explains why the often-followed US News College Rankings are less-than-helpful in the college selection process and why, ultimately, they should not be trusted. If you have your handy rankings book next to you and have been relying on it, Matthew's piece may change your opinion.

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  • Whew, now that you've made the choice of where to go to college, it's time to face the next hard decision: how are you going to pay for it? Before you start reaching for those student loans, remember that scholarships are still the best way to get some free money to pay your tuition. Ted Reimers of Campus Grotto: College Scholarships gives us an inside scoop with College Scholarships and the College Admission Essay in which he analyzes some of the techniques to help students make sure their scholarship essay stands out. Read his tips and start earning your free money!
  • But of course, scholarships alone aren't going to cut it, and student loans are often only enough to cover tuition, books, and room and board. How is a poor student supposed to afford other necessities like movies pens, music highlighters, and partying notebooks? With some tips on student financial responsibility and some advice for which credit cards are best, Raymond of Money Blue Book talks about Student Credit Card Rewards and how to maximize your college credit experience. Debt does not have to be in your future if you can learn to be a savvy spender.
  • Naturally, the best way to get money is to save money. And with the cost of textbooks, study aids, and flash cards skyrocketing, any student could benefit from knowing the 5 Reasons Why Google and Wikipedia Can be Your Textbook. Tony H. of Pimp Your Grades wants you to know, "college students shouldn't just rely on textbooks and their instructors to learn a subject. The internet provides a wealth of resources to help them in their courses." Save some additional money on overpriced study aids and help supplement your education too by following his tips.

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  • Not only do students go through some stress during the college admissions process, but parents get their fair share of worries, too. College admissions bloggers and fellow parents Ian and Sandra Griffin of Step into College want you to know that you're not alone. From a parent's prospective, they want to help answer the question How Involved Should Parents Get? The answer may surprise and comfort you.
  • One of the biggest challenges parents have to face involve the financial worries about college. Now that you know how involved you should be, make that involvement count. Since your child isn't paying the bills, sometime he or she will not be as diligent about looking for financial aid as you might hope. To help them (and most of all yourself!) in this process, learn the answer to the question Where should parents go to get information about college financial aid? from Todd Johnson of the College Admissions Counseling Blog. According to him, "one of the issues that is most misunderstood by many families is how financial aid works." Help yourself not to be one of the uneducated parents and read his great tips.
  • Parents' concerns are not just all about their teenage high school seniors; parents of juniors and younger have their worries as well. Catherine Johnson of ApplyWise recognizes this and compiled a great list of Campus Visits Dos and Don'ts to help those of you planning college visits in the near future. Read her tips to optimize your time at the university and learn as much information as you possibly can during the trip.
  • I couldn't help but give some advice to parents myself, and I wanted to touch upon an issue that's often asked this time of year. In fact one reader and parent asked me the very question dealing with what to do when your qualified son or daughter doesn't get accepted into his or her dream school. To respond to that question, I wrote the article When Good Students Are Rejected right here at Accepted to College to help parents with that problem. If your child is disappointed with a rejection letter, follow this advice to help soften the blow.

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  • Perhaps even more nerve-wracking than a rejection letter is the nebulous and dreaded "wait list". Being left without any definitive answer one way or the other, students on the wait list often panic and wonder about their options. Peter Van Buskirk of The Admission Game doesn't want students to worry, and has some tips for Gaining Admission from the Wait List. If you're in the application purgatory, or simply want to find out what to do if you get there, this advice is invaluable.
  • Perhaps you think online college or "distance learning" is right for you. But don't make that decision before you consider What Prospective Online Degree Students Ought To Know. David Cassell of Select Courses Blog wants to make sure that everyone makes the smart choice, so don't choose online college until you have a chance to hear what he has to say.
  • We've come a long way in the amount of college admissions advice stuffed into this week's carnival, so hopefully your brain has already had its daily exercise. But what are you going to do tomorrow? Or the next day? Or all of the days waiting for the next edition? Alvaro Fernandez of SharpBrains has the answer with, "a teaser on how to exercise our visuospatial skills / parietal lobes." Get your brain worked out and boost your visuospatial skills before you turn into mush.

And that concludes the second ever Carnival of College Admissions. A big thank you to all of this week's contributors who put together some amazing articles for inclusion. Be sure to submit an article to the next edition by using the submission form. Editions come out weekly, so make sure to check back next week for the latest college admissions articles. Also, feel free to contact me if you're interested in hosting an edition of the carnival.

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