How to Start Preparing for College


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It’s never too early to start preparing for college.  Going to college can be a scary, thrilling, exhilarating experience.  For a lot of students, going to college is a lot like embarking on a grand adventure. They likely have a glorious vision of what the future is going to be like, and can be excited to begin the pilgrimage.  Hard work may also be required to make their dreams come true. If a new college student is leaving their hometown and moving to a completely new location, they’ll probably be excited to meet new people.   In no time, they’ll create new memories with new friends.

Even if the student in your life has yet to be accepted to a university and you’re only exploring your options, the positive energy associated with preparing for college, and such a big change in your life, will surely help you soar.

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Go Back to School with Ivy Bridge College + $1000 Tuition Discount

I attended college way back in the stone age – the late 90s and early 2000s.  When I was in college, we didn’t have the option of attending classes online.  Oh no.  We had to actually get up, and get dressed, go to the campus, and sit there for hours upon hours.  And because I’m a glutton for punishment, and want to get on to bigger and better things. I would schedule all of my classes in one day. 

We would also need to go to the campus for everything that we needed.  Ready to register?  Down to the Registrar’s office and hope that there‘s still room in the classes you want or need.  Have a financial aid question?  Head over to the financial aid office.  Need your student ID?  Well, that’s taken care of at the Student Government office.  You could easily spend a whole ‘nother day running errands around the campus! 

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The Benefits of Music Lessons


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Mental Benefits of Music Lessons

 There are many ways a person can benefit from studying music. The benefits are both mental and spiritual, and many research projects show there is a correlation between the study of music and better performance in academics. If every parent were aware of the evidence, he or she would find the best music teacher available for their children.

 The Benefits to the Brain: Cognitive Development

 Students in high quality music classes score high on standardized tests. Playing an instrument enhances the brain stem’s sensitivity to speech sounds. Experiencing music at a young age can “fine tune” the auditory system according to Nature Neuroscience, April 2007.

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Save for College with GradSave + $10,000 Scholarship Giveaway

Save for college

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Education is one of the best investments that you can make.  Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most expensive investments in your future. 

I remember my first semester of college.  I thought it was outrageous that they wanted to charge me $119 a unit.  I had to pay out of state tuition, because we had been living in the Pacific NW for a couple of years and had only been back in California for about 5 months.  In state fees were $13 per unit.  How little did I realize how good we had it! 

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Box Tops for Education Raises Money for Schools

Box Tops for Education earns money for schools

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Are you familiar with Box Tops for Education?  They’re points that can be collected  and redeemed for all kind of items for schools. 

Box tops for Education was started in 1996 in California.  I think I was in 8th grade or so, and our school was one of the pilot schools for the program.  Back then, when program rolled out, it was only available on a few items, like select General Mills cereals.  Nowadays, there are tons of products that have box tops attached to them.  I mean, I recently purchased a pack of socks that had box tops on them!  As did a package of shirts, 

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