Have you ever stressed out over having an application due for a scholarship or a study abroad program you are dying to do? Well, I have. I have a dozen of tabs open, flipping between the requirements, the program, fees, and other things. Why don’t I make this easier for all of you?
Copy and paste the following into a word document and go through writing all of it down no matter how useless the answer. You can delete anything that doesn’t apply.
If you understand the application and the program better you will write a better application. Plus, it is good to have it all in one place.
Duration of Program:
- Classes required
- Room and Board cost
- Flight cost
- How many?
- Any specific instructions about the letters?
- What does the recommender need to write about?
- Where do they need to send it to?
Transcript required? If so, official transcript?
Why are you applying to this program?
What skills are required?
What will this program do for you?
What can you as a participant add to this program?
Essays are almost always required in applications and they almost always require you to at a certain word count.Here are steps to make it easier:
- Open a word document, title it, and save it. Auto recovery is awesome if your computer suddenly decides to die.
- Copy and paste the question into the header. This way you can write your essay and have a reminder of what the question is at the top of every page. It also doesn’t add to your word count.
- Write them then walk away. Come back and read them again. Make sure each sentence counts and it should flow.
Do you have documents everywhere on your computer? Can’t find the scholarship or study abroad application?
- Create a folder (right click when you are saving go to ‘new’ and then ‘create folder’)
- Label this Study Abroad and Scholarship Applications
- Create another folder for just this one application, label it.
- This where you save the summary sheet, essays, and other information for the program.
- I always save essays with the date so if you apply again you don’t end up getting them mixed up
The Ultimate Goal
Don’t sell yourself short. Use your weaknesses and make them your strengths. For example: I am not politically savvy but I driven to learn and work. I can show this through my improvement in a [insert subject] over the course of a year. Happy Application writing!
One of the biggest shocks I had when starting university was that the study techniques I used in high school, did not work the same way anymore. So I don’t know if you’re in uni or high school, but I’ll just assume uni, and if not, I guess this could work for you too..
1. To increase cardiovascular fitness levels?
20 Mins, 2-5 times a week.
2. To lose weight?
20-30 mins, 3 times a week.
3. To tone up?
2 sets of 15 reps, 2 times a week.
4. To maintain fitness / weight?
20-40mins, 3 times a week.
5. To increase flexibility?
5-10 mins, everyday.
The moment you’ve all been waiting for. The moment I’ve been procrastinating forever. Here you go. The list of what to bring to college. Just a little something before I begin:
One of the most important things to remember is that you don’t need to bring your life to college. You have a limited amount of space that you’re probably sharing with another person. Keep it light, keep it neat. Your life now consists of dorms, classes, dining hall, and parties. You’re going to be seeing the same people every day and doing the same thing every day. Don’t let this list influence you to buy stuff that you’re not going to use, because the main thing here is saving money and downsizing. On the other hand, you’re going to be on your own for the first time and there are probably a lot of things you usually don’t have to think about (laundry supplies, dishes, extension cords, etc).
Anyways, enjoy the list, reblog the shit out of it, and HAVE AN AWESOME TIME SHOPPING.
Okay, I know I promised this would be last week, but I got busy and forgot, so here it is!
First off, what to take it in. By the time you’re 18, most people will have gotten a basic suitcase set (either three piece or five piece), but if you don’t have one that’s fine.
Generally with your suitcase set, going from the three one with the big, small, and carry-on, your biggest suitcase you want to carry your clothes for college. Clothes for fall/winter/end of summer, depending on how long between breaks you’ll be home because of distance from home.
Textbooks are fucking expensive, and if your professor doesn’t require a physical copy (most don’t - they just want you to have the book at hand. Or maybe even not. Some professors literally give no fucks about whether you have the book or not) and you don’t mind having your copy as an electronic copy - this is the post for you!
Most textbook companies put out new editions every year or so even though there isn’t really that much new information. Sometimes they’ll eliminate questions if it’s something like a math or chemistry book or they’ll add in a few sentences about updated legislation (the professor I work for teaches human sexuality, and the newest edition of the book she uses included the 2009 decision to allow same-sex couples have hospital visitation rights). These new editions are pointless and only created to make the textbook company money and to cut down on students selling to each other. You’re going to ignore that. We love older editions. Make sure when you’re searching on the following sites that you don’t include the edition number to give you more search results. If one with your edition comes up - great! If not, you can usually stick to something one to three editions behind without any major changes.
Sites you should be searching:
- FilesTube - FilesTube searches THE ENTIRE INTERNET for files uploaded to file-sharing websites such as MegaUpload, Mediafire, or WuUpload. Sometimes people will upload pdf files of your textbook. This is always an important first search.
- Google Books - You usually won’t find your textbook on Google Books, but it’s always worth a look. Sometimes pages are missing because it’s only a preview of the book, but again - always worth a look.
- Scribd - People upload documents to Scribd and by becoming a member (free!) or connecting through Facebook (if you’re lazy!), you can download whatever files you may find. This sometimes includes textbooks.
- BookBoon - website specifically for finding pdf versions of textbooks
- Curriki - free open source materials
- Flat World Knowledge - free business, humanities, and science textbooks
- California Learning Resource Network
- Open Culture
- Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
- TorrentScan - textbooks are also uploaded to torrent sites in some cases - you may as well check.
- If push comes to shove, you can try variations of googling “textbook name torrent” or “textbook name download” or “textbook name download free.” Sometimes things pop up and I never would have known about them.
- LibraryPirate is a torrent search site specifically for textbooks. (Added 10 October 2011)
- AMAZING Reddit post (Added 2 November 2011)
- JenkThat - I haven’t tried this out yet, but I’ve heard good things from others. It’s also a good place to find other ebooks that aren’t textbooks. (Added 29 December 2011)
I’ve found all 8 of my textbooks for this term (19 credit hours, six classes) through one of the methods above. I’m not even going to look at retail prices, but checking BigWords.com (which, if you want to buy your books/can’t find them anywhere with one of the previous methods, will give you the cheapest price on the internet), I saved $497.87 by doing this. It takes time, but it’s definitely worth almost $500 worth of time. If you know of more ways to find free textbooks - please let me know!