Go To College For Free
By Katie Petty, Grade 9

$14,510 dollars for tuition, $3,910 for a room, $4,080 for meal plan, and $250 for a health insurance plan. As you can tell, college can get pretty pricey, especially if you would like to attend a private college. Luckily, you don't have to pay for college on your own. You can have others pay your way into college. How you might ask? The answer is simple. Scholarships. Looking for scholarships and applying for them might get confusing at times, but these tips will help you score some awesome scholarships.

First, go on some websites that offer scholarship searches. A scholarship search is in a way like a dating web-site, but instead of being matched with people, you're matched with scholarships! You simply plug in basic information, such as your name, age, GPA, and class rank, as well as your family background and some of your interests and hobbies. Once that's done, the web-site automatically generates a list of scholarships that are best for you. This way you won't have to waste time wandering around the internet in hopes of finding a scholarship you can apply for. Another perk of scholarship searches is that they will more than often transfer the information you've given them right onto the scholarship applications, which saves you a lot of time and typing.

Have you ever seen those scholarships offering a payout of only $300? They seem like a waste of time, don't they? You have to pay over $10K for tuition; they might as well be giving you a penny, right? Wrong. Every little bit counts. Apply for anything and everything. Those tiny scholarships that don’t have much to offer are the easiest to win, and if you win several of those you'd be surprised how much they could add up to. Also, the more scholarships you've won, the better your college application is going to look.

When writing an essay for a scholarship, don't make it "just another essay." Make it shine! Most scholarships want you to write about yourself and your personal goals in life, so let them inside of your world! Tell them a story about how your parents fell in love at the college you would like to attend or about the time when you stood in front of your fellow classmates and gave an award winning speech. This is the time to brag about your accomplishments and describe your hopes and dreams in great detail.

Once you get over the fact that you are spending your free time filling out forms and writing essays applying for scholarships, it isn't all that bad. Sure, you might have to put forth some time and effort, but the feeling you'll get when you win a scholarship will make it all worthwhile. Also, if you win enough you just might be able to attend college for free!

Sources: http://www.flagler.edu/admission-aid/tuition-fees.html

7 Steps to a Creative You
By Nayah Boucaud, Grade 8

Have you ever heard the saying, “Think outside the box”? They don’t really mean that you should find a box and look outside of it. It just means to stop thinking for a moment and get loose. Creativity is important to put in assignments and everything else you do in life. There are some situations where you should not use creativity, like important exams and assignments. This is why it is important to not go overboard. Adding creativity can be as simple as adding a quote or literary device (simile, hyperbole, metaphor, etc.). If you think you are not creative enough then follow these important but simple steps to that creative person you want to be.

Lower your anxiety level - This can be feeling scared or stressed out. Take deep breaths, read an inspiring quote, and think in a calm way. All of these can help you.

Ask more and better questions - Asking questions is not only how you learn, but can help boost your creativity more. The only way to get new is by questioning the old.

Try new things - New experiences lead you to being more creative. Go to new places, read new books, meet new friends, and don’t be against change. Change is how we make new things.

Figure out what you love doing and what makes you happy - Write a list all about you. Write what you like to do, what makes you angry, upset, bored, anxious, and excited. Now put it to the test. Use it in your career, school, or everyday life. It can be very helpful.

Forget about your excuses - Excuses, excuses, and excuses! When you are against something, they are there to help you win over. Stick to the truth and not the excuses. It can help to have an open mind.

Actually do something- They always say, “Walk the walk, don’t talk the talk.” Have you heard of it? Well, they just mean to do and not just say. You have the plan, the research, and the tools. Never be afraid to put your hard work to the test. At least try, and if it does not work out, then go higher. Never lower your confidence because you did not succeed. Everything happens for a reason, and you have to keep going. What you do next is what makes you who you are.

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7/23/2011 11:01:20 pm

Hey, is there a specific website for doing this? I'm pretty interested.


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