Show of hands, students: How many of you have known where you wanted to go to college for years? That’s a lot of you…but how many of you have visited said dream school and had a serious change of heart? Iiiiiinteresting. /HTMLCHUNK_5/ Visiting colleges is an important part of the college selection process. It provides students the unique opportunity to experience the campus firsthand because while a college may look good on paper, seeing it for yourself will go a long way in determining if it’s right for you. Now before you start scheduling campus visits, the Huffington Post has compiled a list of questions to keep in mind once you’re there : Which colleges should you visit? Research college websites to learn about curriculum, areas of specialty, activities and even arrange to attend upcoming events taking place at that school. Consider the campus setting/environment, size of the student body and what they’re offering in terms of financial aid and prioritize schools based on your wants and needs. When should a student start visiting colleges? Starting the college visitation process as early as 9th grade is essential given the stakes and array of choices. Since admissions requirements and deadlines vary a great deal among colleges, getting an early start is a must. A student needs to see colleges and prepare early to increase their chances of being competitive. What to do when you visit colleges? Get an overall view of the college through a campus tour and information session. Explore the college on your own for a better picture of what it has to offer. Sit in on classes related to your major , talk to current students about the school and campus life (and ask if they would attend the same college again), spend time in high-traffic areas to help envision yourself as part of the community and visit key areas/organizations of personal interest. How do you make a great college fit as affordable as possible? It is important to be aware that there can be a huge tuition difference among colleges that are private, in state and out of state so be sure to research and apply for financial aid . Examine job prospects of recent graduates. Get the statistics on how recent graduates are fairing in the current job market; consider what the average return on investment for certain majors, too. Are there any tips you’d like to add? If so, please share them in the comments section. For more information on campus visits , visit our Resources section . And don’t forget to try and fund your college education with as much free money as possible – a great place to start is by creating a free profile on Scholarships.com . (Our scholarship search allows you to search more than 2.7 million college scholarships and grants worth more than $1.9 billion!) Copyright © 1998 – 2013 Scholarships.com, LLC, Scholarships.com™ All Rights Reserved, Scholarships.com, LLC, Publisher

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With the popularity of YouTube and reportedly returned home Facebook, where posting a video is just a click away, video-based scholarships are becoming increasingly popular for students who have other strengths besides essay writing . Video scholarships provide students the opportunity to highlight an array of skills from directing and editing to staging and production. But remember a video scholarship will require a great deal of time and effort. Don’t assume a video essay will be like shooting fish in a barrel. You should be encouraged by the fact that the odds are in your favor when doing a video contest because so few people take the time to enter. Here are the top 10 tips we’ve compiled to help you increase your chances of winning and helpful suggestions to keep in mind before beginning production. /HTMLCHUNK_5/ Follow the Rules: We can’t stress enough the importance of following the rules when competing for any scholarship opportunity, but you should be aware that the guidelines for a video contest are usually very specific and somewhat technical. For instance, there may be a certain format the scholarship provider is looking for (.avi, .mpg, .ram, .swf, etc.), file size restrictions, and surely time restrictions. Before diving in, make sure you fully grasp what it is they’re asking for. Judging: Be aware of how your work will be judged prior to writing your script. Will there be a panel of judges or will the winners be determined by voting that’s open to the general public? Knowing this ahead of time will help you in creating the most appealing video for that audience. Brainstorm: Begin thinking of a short but powerful story that fits in with the theme of the contest that will really connect with the viewer. Think about your strong points. Are you somewhat of a comedian? If so, humor is a great way to appeal to the masses because people love to laugh. If you’re a great story teller, try tugging on the heart strings of your viewer with an endearing tale. No matter what path you choose, remember to keep your story compelling – you don’t want the viewer to check out halfway through your video. Once you’ve established your storyline, think about a really gripping way to start your video entry. If you can captivate your audience within the first few seconds, you’re well on your way to a winning entry. Flatter the Sponsors: Don’t take this as an opportunity to gush over the wondrousness that is the sponsor, but rather as a “tip of the hat” to their company. Think of clever ways to incorporate them in your video such as using their product as a prop or mentioning them subtly in the dialogue. Considering the video will ultimately be judged by their distinguished panel or, at most, they’ll decide who the public will vote for, this can be an excellent and easy way to earn brownie points. Finalize Your Script: A finalized script will prevent you from adlibbing or stumbling over your words when you’re in front of the camera. Practice reading your script in front of a mirror to get a feel of what the viewer will see and memorize your lines – viewers don’t want to watch the top of your head! Test for Timing: After running through your script often enough that you’re familiar with it, test how long it takes you to read through it. Will it fit within the time constraints? It would be unfortunate to be disqualified after all your hard work for something as adjustable as timing. Possible Rewrite: By now, you’ve worked out all the pauses for emphasis and drama you want to include but still find your script flawed – well, change it! Fiddle with your script to remove awkward phrases, cut down what may now seem unnecessary and incorporate suggestions from friends and family. It’s a good idea to practice in front of friends and family members to see how they respond to your video. Location, Location, Location: Depending on the contest, where you decide to film your entry is as important as the script. You shouldn’t film in your bedroom if it’s messy and there are tons of distractions going on in the background, because no matter how great your video is something like that could ruin your chances. Instead, choose a plain backdrop like a white wall or a solid-colored door, or possibly setup your equipment outdoors. However, take into account that, just as clothes all over your bedroom floor can be a distraction, traffic can be just as bad. Begin Filming: At this point, you’ve polished and perfected your script and have practiced to the point where you can say your lines in a natural and animated way. Finally it’s time to begin filming! It’s a good idea to recruit the help of a friend of family member to do the camera work for you. Consider the importance of good lighting and good audio and be sure to record many “takes” so you’ll have options when selecting a final cut to submit to the contest. Submit and Hope for the Best: Once you’ve selected the video that you think is scholarship-worthy, go back and double-check that you’ve followed all of the rules. There’s no harm in verifying that your time and formatting are what the judges are looking for. Remember that not following the rules is the quickest way to weed out entries. Next, depending on the rules, you may send in a copy or upload it for voting to begin. If voting will determine the winning entry, do your best to get your work out there; utilize Facebook and Twitter to your best ability to get your entry votes. Scholarship video contests are increasingly popular and are offered by a variety of sources. For more scholarship opportunities, complete a free scholarship search on Scholarships.com. You’ll be matched with awards that reflect your interests and characteristics, including film and video. Copyright © 1998 – 2013 Scholarships.com, LLC, Scholarships.com™ All Rights Reserved, Scholarships.com, LLC, Publisher

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If you’re in college, chances are you’ve been reminded – on a daily basis, no less – about the importance of networking in the adult world. Why wait until then? Get a head start on building your network and you might connect with someone who could potentially help you find a job after you graduate . Need some help getting started? Check out U.S. News & World Report’s six tips to network while still in college: /HTMLCHUNK_5/ Play the student card : Take advantage of the fact that you’re still a student. Alumni are more likely to help you while you’re still in school because you’re just asking for advice and not looking for a job, says Heather Krasna, director of career services at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs. Ask questions, request an informational interview and grow those relationships while there’s no pressure. Use your friends’ parents as resources : Believe it or not, your friends’ parents are great contacts. Not only do they offer decades of experience but since there’s already a relationship established, you’re more likely to be comfortable asking for advice and possibly their contacts! Get out of the bubble : Some campuses offer that country-like feel, a pastoral paradise if you will. And while it’s great not having big city distractions, it can hinder your networking opportunities. Emily Bennington, who helps college graduates transition into careers through her company, Professional Studio 365, suggests, “Rather than using your savings for a spring break in Daytona…go to a conference that’s within your industry.” Use LinkedIn : So you’re a whiz when it comes to Twitter and Facebook but if LinkedIn isn’t on your radar, you’re going to fall behind professionally. The sooner you familiarize yourself with LinkedIn, the better. Boasting more than 300 million members, it’s a great way to engage with professionals in your desired field. Use Twitter strategically : Sure, Twitter keeps you posted on what’s most important to you (be that Kim Kardashian or Scholarships.com ) but it can also provide an avenue for you to connect with professionals in your field. Make a list of people in your industry who you look up to and use the network to connect with them. Get an internship : This tip is an oldie but a goodie. The value of an internship is undeniable – not only will you walk away with real-life experience to put on your resume, an internship puts you in eyesight of people who work in your field and positions you conveniently ahead of other job seekers. Do you find these tips helpful? Do you have any that you’d like to add? If so, please mention them in the comments section. And for more tips on preparing for life after college , visit our Resources section. Plus, for more information on finding money for college and how to properly fund your college education, check out Scholarships.com Financial Aid section and conduct a free scholarship search today! Copyright © 1998 – 2013 Scholarships.com, LLC, Scholarships.com™ All Rights Reserved, Scholarships.com, LLC, Publisher

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NAFSA creates multiple opportunities for international educators that provide long-lasting benefits and career growth. Some of our latest NAFSA members already know that firsthand. One of NAFSA’s newest initiatives, the NAFSA Diversity Impact Program , rewards those working with underserved student populations on a variety of campuses. At the 2014 Annual Conference & Expo in San Diego, 27 honorees, all working at tribal colleges; historically black colleges and universities; Hispanic-serving institutions; and community colleges and associates colleges, attended workshops, sessions, and luncheons on a variety of international education topics. After the conference ended, many NAFSA Diversity Impact Program participants found themselves and their work transformed by their experience. “My attendance at NAFSA has added legitimacy to the development of an Office of Global Studies,” said Cynthia D. Rapp Sandhu, global studies coordinator at San Juan College, on how her attendance in San Diego benefitted her school. “I never knew how an interaction at NAFSA could lead to more possibilities at our college,” added Drew Gephart of Peralta Community College’s Office of International Education. The program allowed participants to attend the conference with a complimentary registration, which for many was their only option for participating in the event. Many were either new to the field or in the process of building or expanding their institution’s program. Recipients also received a one-year NAFSA membership. Initiatives like the NAFSA Diversity Impact Program will continue enriching all NAFSA members by connecting them with new perspectives and encouraging dialogue on diversifying internationalization efforts. “‘Diversity’ (however one may define it) is at the core of what NAFSAns do and are,” says Ebony C. Majeed, director of Hampton University’s International Office. “Being able to interact with a diverse membership is simply a microcosm of our daily roles. It allows us to have a continuous reminder of our purpose in the field of international education. Diversity in membership keeps us on our toes for the people we serve.” NAFSA plans on growing the NAFSA Diversity Impact Program to provide more opportunities for those selected next year. To assist that, the program will be the main beneficiary of upcoming fundraising. The list of this year’s honorees can be found at the NAFSA Diversity Impact Program page. Visit the Support NAFSA section to explore our fundraising efforts.

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Mail handmade birthday cards to children and teens experiencing homelessness and you’ll be entered to win the $10,000 Everyone Deserves a Birthday scholarship from DoSomething . /HTMLCHUNK_5/ 1 in 3 homeless people in the US is under the age of 18 and unfortunately many of them cannot afford to have a birthday. No one should have to miss their birthday, so they’re asking young people across the country to come together to create birthday cards for children experiencing homelessness . Create two birthday cards, send us a photo, mail them in, and you’ll automatically enter to win a $10,000 scholarship. Every 2 cards you make and mail after that enters you for an additional chance to win. No minimum GPA. No essays required. Please do not mail in hard copy applications. Only those submitting their application online will be considered. To apply, please visit DoSomething or complete a free scholarship search to find additional opportunities. Copyright © 1998 – 2013 Scholarships.com, LLC, Scholarships.com™ All Rights Reserved, Scholarships.com, LLC, Publisher

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Growing up, were you a Pizza Hut BOOK IT! kid? Who wasn’t? Their pizza-based incentive program helped motivate millions of young readers over the years and it’s back: To celebrate the 30th anniversary of its reading program, Pizza Hut is inviting alumni to participate in BOOK IT! one last time ! /HTMLCHUNK_5/ If you’re a bit rusty on the terms of the program, allow me to remind you: Students kindergarten through sixth grade who meet monthly reading goals are awarded a voucher for a one-topping personal pan pizza. Since its inception in 1984, 60 million students have participated in the program. And if you are indeed a BOOK IT! alumni, you can register at Pizza Hut’s alumni site and get your very own personal pan pizza Oct. 1st – 10th. “The number one thing we get asked by any adult who went through the program is can we please develop an adult version of the BOOK IT Program ,” Shelley Morehead, BOOK IT! Program Manager, said in a statement. “With the creation of the BOOK IT! Alumni page, we now have a destination to celebrate the positive memories that so many kids, now adults, have with the program.” If Pizza Hut extended the program to adults, would you participate? Share your thoughts on reading-incentive programs in the comments section below. And don’t forget to create a

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Growing up, were you a Pizza Hut BOOK IT! kid? Who wasn’t? Their pizza-based incentive program helped motivate millions of young readers over the years and it’s back: To celebrate the 30th anniversary of its reading program, Pizza Hut is inviting alumni to participate in BOOK IT! one last time ! /HTMLCHUNK_5/ If you’re a bit rusty on the terms of the program, allow me to remind you: Students kindergarten through sixth grade who meet monthly reading goals are awarded a voucher for a one-topping personal pan pizza. Since its inception in 1984, 60 million students have participated in the program. And if you are indeed a BOOK IT! alumni, you can register at Pizza Hut’s alumni site and get your very own personal pan pizza Oct. 1st – 10th. “The number one thing we get asked by any adult who went through the program is can we please develop an adult version of the BOOK IT Program ,” Shelley Morehead, BOOK IT! Program Manager, said in a statement. “With the creation of the BOOK IT! Alumni page, we now have a destination to celebrate the positive memories that so many kids, now adults, have with the program.” If Pizza Hut extended the program to adults, would you participate? Share your thoughts on reading-incentive programs in the comments section below. And don’t forget to create a

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Washington DC: The camaraderie between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Obama during the former’s visit to the United States of America has yielded good results for the Indian higher education system.

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Reality check: For some students, heading off to college for four years isn’t ideal. And while college isn’t for everyone, an education should be. In order to stay competitive in the workforce, it’s important to realize that there are opportunities in the form of both trade and vocational schools for students who don’t see themselves attending classes on traditional college campuses…or are there? /HTMLCHUNK_5/ According to a report by Boston-based labor analytics firm Burning Glass Technologies , more employers are demanding college degrees for positions that historically didn’t require one. The shift is most significant for occupations traditionally dominated by workers without college degrees: For example, fewer than 20 percent of currently employed executive secretaries and executive assistants have bachelor’s degree but now 65 percent of postings for such roles require the degree. Why? One reason may be that employers are requiring a bachelor’s degree to narrow the applicant pool to a more manageable size. “For an individual employer, that may be an understandable step,” said Matt Sigelman, CEO of Burning Glass Technologies , in a statement. “When everybody does it, however, this becomes a trend that could shut millions of Americans out of middle-skill, middle-class jobs.” (For more on this study, click here .) What are your thoughts on upcredentialing in the workforce? What problems do you see arising? Share your thoughts in the comments section. And don’t forget to fund your college education the right way – free! Create a

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The Cambridge Trust  and the Science and Engineering Research Board of India have signed an agreement and created the ‘ Cambridge India Ramanujan Scholarship ’ for meritorious research students from India to pursue doctoral studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at the University of Cambridge.

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