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November 14, 2012
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  On Campus 
  • How to differentiate yourself from fellow applicants
    When applying to college, it's important to try to stand out in a crowded field of fellow students. This article suggests five ways students can make their applications catch the eye of admissions personnel. Among other things, students should apply to schools that are aligned with their lifestyles and goals, apply early, offer specific details, be themselves and share where their future aspirations may take them. Fox Business (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Interviews are largely absent from college admissions
    While the college admissions process included an interview until about the mid-1980s, most colleges today have eliminated the step, according to Lee Bierer, an independent college adviser based in Charlotte, N.C. The decline is primarily because of the surge in applications, she writes. However, some universities, including Wake Forest University in North Carolina, do conduct interviews -- either in person or online. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Next Step 
  • How college students can land a job after graduation
    In this blog post, Dan Schawbel, a Forbes contributor and founder of Millennial Branding, offers six tips to help students land their first job after college. He suggests students create a LinkedIn profile, establish a blog, get an internship early on, connect with a mentor and utilize the school's career office. He also suggests students join a professional-development or industry-related group. Forbes/Leadership blog (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A 5-step process to help graduates create a budget
    As recent college graduates transition to the real world, one important step in that process is creating a budget. In this blog post, columnist Sabah Karimi offers a five-step process to help graduates craft a budget in 30 minutes or less. It includes listing income sources, identifying fixed expenses and new expenses, setting aside money for savings, thinking about variable expenses and selecting tools to use to manage a budget. U.S. News & World Report (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Extracurricular 
  • Students could see changes to financial aid next year
    Changes could be on the way for financial aid programs in 2013-14, despite the re-election of President Barack Obama. Possible changes include an higher interest rate for Stafford loans, but a small increase in the maximum amount that can be awarded to low-income students through Pell grants. A tax credit, giving families $2,500 back for college expenses, could be eliminated, while students could be offered some relief in paying back student loans. U.S. News & World Report (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NSCS News 
  • Queens College collecting donations for Hurricane Sandy relief
    The Queens College NSCS chapter is collecting donations to benefit those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The chapter is collecting canned goods, blankets, gloves, hats, coats, toiletries, emergency kits, diapers and cleaning supplies to deliver to shelters in need across Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. Learn more about the Queens College chapter here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UTEP collects food baskets for Thanksgiving food drive
    The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) NSCS chapter collected 37 baskets of food for their Thanksgiving food drive and delivered them to a local Baptist clinic. The delivery went very well and nearly every family at the clinic received a basket. View photos from this event and learn more about the UTEP chapter. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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