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Secret Time: Part 1

 

I'm a pretty open person, so I thought I would let you in on a major secret about college.

Are you ready? You might want to sit down for this...

It's a major secret...

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...College is expensive.

Now I know this probably shatters any previous misconceptions you had about college. It is most certainly NOT cheap. Fortunately, there are all kinds of things you can do to make college slightly less expensive. The first one is (if you are still in high school and reading this, or if you are in college and stumble upon the right one) applying for scholarships. There are all kinds of scholarships out there, and some of them are for pretty bizarre things (see: a scholarship for being left-handed). Also, if still in high school, your GPA and ACT will impact what kind of financial aid you get from your college/university, so don't slack off in high school. Work hard, study hard, and literally save yourself thousands of dollars.

Another thing you can do is to get a job. This summer I worked at McDonald's (yes, the fast food place), and I am currently employed by the university to type this blog and referee intramural games. While none of these jobs allow to "roll in the dough," I do make a little bit of money to do things like buy snacks and video games and more snacks. A really popular employment option on most campuses is work-study. Everyone I've talked to here at UE that has a work study job enjoys it. The work is not difficult, and for most jobs you have time to study and do your homework while you work. 

The money is out there for you, sometimes you just have to put in a little bit of work to find it. But trust me, it's definitely worth it. College is super duper expensive, so help yourself and your family out by finding the money.

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