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What I Like About You (Barnard College)

Barnard College was my dream school when applying to colleges. I had made the decision to apply ED to Barnard after a month of going to campus and understanding the environment and community that I would be a part of if I was lucky enough to get accepted. December 12...

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Conquering FAFSA

Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Otherwise known as FAFSA. When I look back to high school, filling out FAFSA felt like this daunting task and scarier than applying to colleges themselves. What made it even scarier was that a lot of students tend to feel...

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Finances makes the world go around

Coming into college I knew I had saved up some money from working summer jobs and was looking forward to using that money at as many places I possible could. Coming to college I realized I had to change that mindset, or rather learn how to budget better. I never...

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Dear College: An Honest Letter

Dear the University of San Diego, First I want to say thank you. Thank you for being my second home, a place where I can learn, and for being a symbol of my future. To this day, I look proudly to the white and blue letters of USD and the picture of the Immaculata as a...

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My Summer (and future) plans

To say that I'm not terrified of the future or my after school plans would be a huge misgiving on my part. So I will not begin this post talking of how I have my life together and how I know exactly what I want to do in life. Because the truth is: I don't. And for...

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A love letter to college

Dear Catholic University of America, I love you. I love you because in this home away from home I have found freedom and friends and I could not be more grateful. While I may have a love/hate relationship with some classes and especially homework, the CUA life is like...

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Red Light, Green Light. Follow the Signs.

In general, continuous motion is good. From high school, you begin working or start college. In college, you go to classes, then complete homework, and try to squeeze sleeping, eating, extracurriculars, and additional employment in your schedule. Whether you’re...

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New Year, New Me?

As 2021 begins it is filled with hope and the promise of something new. It also means the end of winter break... and that means back to school! While having a month-long break to come home see friends and enjoying some at home cooking has been amazing, I am itching to...

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New Years Resolutions

If you asked what my New Years’ Resolutions were three years ago, I probably would’ve laughed in your face and made a joke about how useless they were. There is an obvious negative connotation when it comes to New Years Resolutions. However, it is often because the...

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Feeling Motivated After Break

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all are doing well and staying safe. I trust you all are excited for 2021 and for all the exciting things that are to come in the future. I recently just started school earlier this week and wanted to share with you some things...

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