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I Got My Summer Refund Check!

  It’s my favorite time of the semester you know the one where free money is involved?! My semester started a week ago and my refund posted shortly after. If you’ve been reading my blog or watching my YouTube channel, then you know I am a champion for scholarships and free money. This past year my employer decided to pay for doctoral degrees in full which greatly assisted in my debt free journey. Figure 1: This is a thumbnail of my latest YouTube video “I Got My Summer Refund Check” where I am sitting in my office with my hand under my chin with a smile while looking at the camera. Although my schooling is paid for, I still have several scholarships that provide some overage. My goal is to not only obtain my doctorate degree for free but to make money while doing it! This summer I received two scholarships for $500 each for a total of $1000! One scholarship was given to me by the university without me having to apply while the other is for my work with a local community college.  With

High School vs College What’s the Difference?

 

(This a photo of me with my hand propped up on my chin while smiling at my desk used as a thumbnail for my YouTube video on High School vs College What's the Difference?)

The differences between high school and college are vast and they don’t quite hit most people until they arrive on campus. I remember being a first generation college student and feeling so defeated at times. There were just so many things that I did not know and was not expecting. As someone who works on a college campus, I see this over and over again from parents and students. 


I‘ve especially noticed this among students with disabilities who received services through an IEP or 504. Many times students are amazed when they don’t get the same services listed on their IEP because they fundamentally alter or change a course. Any accommodation that modifies the curriculum will not be used in college. For example, an accommodation where a student can only be given multiple choice exams while all the other students are doing an essay format would not be appropriate. Even with accommodations, students must meet the same standards and rigor.



Also, a student’s 504 or IEP does not “automatically transfer” you must put these services in place through each office’s application process. You can do this by calling the office and asking how this process works. This brings me to my next point of organization. For every course in college, you are doing at least 2-3hours of homework. This is a drastic change from high school. To stay on top of things you will have to be organized! I typically help students do this by utilizing a planner, printing off your syllabus, and organizing everything in a binder with dividers.



Now here is my favorite part...parents (not really). Most students are used to their parents doing everything from scheduling appointments to asking simple questions. In college you will need to get used to doing this on your own as different laws are in place regarding what information can be shared. College is where your independent and advocacy skills come into place. If your unsure of something feel free to consult your parents but you should be the one in the driver seat. 



One of the great things about attending college are the services. Things like tutoring, counseling, financial aid, and health services are so important. You want to be sure to take advantage of all of these things especially since you’ve already paid for them through your student fees. Check out the video below for more information on the differences between high school and college

 

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