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Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

Dear readers, Our world has changed in so many ways since my last letter. As I write this, I’m sitting ...
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Get Smart Guide

Get Smart Guide

Florida’s public and private colleges offer a wide range of degrees, certificates and experiences; many also offer online degree programs ...
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Florida Education Guide

Florida Education Guide

Educational Options in Florida Choosing a college is a major decision. Understanding what is important to the student is the ...
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Pay Less and Graduate Debt-Free

Pay Less and Graduate Debt-Free

Do you want free money for college?  Scholarships are the way to go! Use this extensive list of scholarships to ...
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Learning Online

Learning Online

If you’re planning to attend a 2-year school or certification program, the odds are high that you will be taking ...
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Choosing the Right School

Choosing the Right School

So you know you’re headed to college after high school. You may even know what you want to study. But ...
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Students to the Rescue

Students to the Rescue

We all know that restaurants have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawmakers and service industry professionals have been ...
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What's Your Name Worth?

What’s Your Name Worth?

Imagine that you work both a full- and a part-time job. You love the part-time job: all of your friends ...
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What Do Employers Want?

What Do Employers Want?

Some occupations require specific college degrees or professional certifications, and there’s no getting around that. You can’t become a physician ...
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To Greek or Not to Greek

To Greek or Not to Greek

Greek life hasn’t always been represented accurately in mainstream media. What we see are drunken ragers, massive houses, and outdated ...
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Tips for Transfer Students

Tips for Transfer Students

The number of Florida students enrolling in college as a transfer is going way up. In part, this is due ...
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Do This Before the Test

Do This Before the Test

First off, breathe! Be prepared with a few simple steps. You got this. Be prepared! Learn to breathe and be ...
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Activity: Why Are You Going to College?

Activity: Why Are You Going to College?

Florida State Standards LAFS.1112.RL.1.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as ...
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Activity: Emotion Regulation

Activity: Emotion Regulation

Florida State Standards LAFS.1112.RL.1.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as ...
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Activity: What is a “gap year”?

Activity: What is a “gap year”?

Florida State Standards LAFS.1112.RL.1.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as ...
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Activity: Choosing the Right School

Activity: Choosing the Right School

Florida State Standards LAFS.1112.WHST.2.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in ...
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Make a Name for Yourself

Make a Name for Yourself

These two entrepreneurs use marketing and business acumen to build brand identity. “That commentator with the ‘fro.” A few hours ...
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Teach for America: What I Learned about Myself and My World

Teach for America: What I Learned about Myself and My World

“I was coming from a place of genuine desire to help end educational inequality and a passion for working with ...
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Get Certified!

Get Certified!

There are lots of viable and potentially lucrative career paths out there that don’t depend on a college degree. IT, ...
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Enlisting After High School

Enlisting After High School

Many students matriculate to college right after graduation, but increasingly, American students are choosing to delay enrollment — or forgo ...
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What Is a Gap Year?

What Is a Gap Year?

It seems like all of a sudden, everyone is talking about taking a “gap year.” Popular in the 1960s and ...
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Navigating Life OUT

Navigating Life OUT

After graduation, we head into the unknown — new schools, new workplaces, maybe new cities. It’s exciting! But it can ...
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Going It Alone: Your First Month

Going It Alone: Your First Month

Look at you, all graduated and moved out and … sitting there alone in your new apartment surrounded by boxes ...
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Emotion Regulation: What It Is, and Why You Need It

Emotion Regulation: What It Is, and Why You Need It

Stressors are an unavoidable part of life. Right now, you might be feeling stressed about grades, graduation, picking a major ...
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Don't Be a Victim

Don’t Be a Victim

Understand the Red Flags of Exploitation  After high school, many of you will be on your own for the first ...
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It's OK to Major in FIne Arts

It’s OK to Major in FIne Arts

When you settle on a college major, should you follow your passion, even if it means less job security? Or ...
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But How Will I Pay For It?

But How Will I Pay For It?

Let’s face it — the biggest roadblocks to attending college are financial ones. There are lots of potential funding sources ...
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Be Your Best Self Advocate

Be Your Best Self Advocate

Know what you need and remember to reach out for help. You Got This. Be Loud. Know what you need ...
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Why Are Your Going to College?

Why Are Your Going to College?

A million college-related questions may plague you during your junior year: What will you major in? Do you want a ...
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What Are Office Hours For?

What Are Office Hours For?

All college instructors are required to hold open office hours each week, but many report that this time is underused ...
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What's the Common App?

What’s the Common App?

If you’re applying to a Florida college, chances are that you’ll do so through the Common Application — 31 of ...
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Countdown to Graduation

Countdown to Graduation

Ideally, every Florida student will begin thinking about life after graduation no later than the start of their junior year ...
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Maximize Your Campus Tour

Maximize Your Campus Tour

Checking out colleges requires an investment of time and money, so you want to make the most of every visit ...
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State University System Standouts

State University System Standouts

SUS schools offer programs in growing fields and seamless transfer admission. Cybersecurity Engineering Degree In 2021, Florida Polytechnic University (Lakeland) ...
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How to Conquer the Personal Statement

How to Conquer the Personal Statement

Stressed out about writing your primary admissions essay? Don’t be! We’ve got tons of proven strategies and a foolproof method ...
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Personal Branding: A Success Story

Personal Branding: A Success Story

It turns out that we often start establishing our personal brand without being fully conscious of what we’re doing. When ...
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7 Steps to Build Your Brand

7 Steps to Build Your Brand

Once you understand how important personal branding is, your next move is to put theory into practice. But how? We ...
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Be Who You Are Not What You Do

Be Who You Are Not What You Do

Alex Grant and Lyndsey Silva show us how doing what matters to you can define who you are and help ...
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Building Your Personal Brand

Building Your Personal Brand

In 2019, Merriam-Webster officially added “influencer” to its dictionary, marking yet another way that social media culture has trickled into ...
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Growth Industries

Growth Industries

SPOTLIGHT ON: Child Life Nursing has always been and continues to be a booming industry. And we all know that ...
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Treat Yourself

Treat Yourself

When you’re juggling school, work, friends, and other responsibilities, it can feel like the easiest ball to drop is your ...
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Budgeting 101

Budgeting 101

Creating a budget is pretty simple, once you find a solution that works with your lifestyle. Here are the most ...
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How to Solve Roommate Conflicts

How to Solve Roommate Conflicts

Let’s face it: sharing personal space is HARD. Roommate squabbles are inevitable, but we’ve got you covered. Let’s imagine a ...
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3 Easy, Flexible Non-Recipes

3 Easy, Flexible Non-Recipes

Cooking at home can benefit your mind, your body, and your wallet. Get in the kitchen with these simple, healthful, ...
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Success at a Distance

Success at a Distance

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. last spring, schools across the nation pivoted to distance learning. You probably can’t ...
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The Best Decision I Made in High School

The Best Decision I Made in High School

“Stay[ing] in-state for college. I didn’t get the financial aid I needed for out-of-state, and I wanted to save money ...
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Give Yourself Some Credit

Give Yourself Some Credit

Give Yourself Some Credit(s) As a high school student, taking college courses before you graduate can save you time and ...
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SAT or ACT?

SAT or ACT?

SAT or ACT? Which is Right for You? SAT ACT Cost $52 (+16 essay) $50.50 (+17 essay) Fee waiver? Yes ...
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Volunteer Resources

Volunteer Resources

Want to Volunteer? Here Are Some Resources to Help Get Started. Check the websites for your county and city for ...
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Housing Insecurity

Housing Insecurity

Almost 100,000 Florida K-12 students reported being homeless or having housing insecurity in 2018, according to data from the Shimberg ...
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Develop Your Skills at a Non-Profit

Develop Your Skills at a Non-Profit

Working for a non-profit organization sometimes gets a bad rap. It’s true that the pay, especially at first, is lower ...
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Do I Really Need Extracurriculars?

Do I Really Need Extracurriculars?

It may come as no surprise that anxiety levels among high school students are through the roof. What might be ...
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Financial Literacy: Terms You Need to Know Now

Financial Literacy: Terms You Need to Know Now

Financial Literacy: Terms You Need to Know Now 401(k): An optional retirement account funded by your employer and yourself; money ...
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To Gig or Not to Gig? Try It Out and See What Happens

To Gig or Not to Gig? Try It Out and See What Happens

Starting your own business can be a low-key affair. Take Nikolas Garcia, 19, a first-year student at the University of ...
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Make Your Voice Heard

Make Your Voice Heard

“The time is now.” That’s South Florida native Lauren Bartel’s life philosophy. When she has a question, she answers it; ...
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Be Pointy!

Be Pointy!

For decades, the most common advice for college-bound students was to be well-rounded. Do a little bit of everything. Show ...
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Learning Accommodations in College: Who, What, Where, When, Why?

Learning Accommodations in College: Who, What, Where, When, Why?

Believe it or not, most high school systems are designed to make sure everyone succeeds. But in college, you will ...
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It Started with a Sign: Need Food. Lost My Job

It Started with a Sign: Need Food. Lost My Job

Four-year-old Joshua Williams of North Miami Beach asked his mother to read it to him, then to explain what it ...
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Getting Out the Vote: Madeline Feiock

Getting Out the Vote: Madeline Feiock

Florida has one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the country, and those rates are especially low among young ...
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Changemakers Launch People4Tomorrow

Changemakers Launch People4Tomorrow

What do food and medicine have in common? They have the same goal: the health and happiness of all people ...
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Real Life Hero: Joshua Mizels

Real Life Hero: Joshua Mizels

The University of South Florida named this third-year medical student as the first USF Hero in May 2020, recognizing his ...
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Your First Month Alone

Your First Month Alone

NOW WHAT? Week 1: SPACE Try to get your room set up so that it’s easy to find things and ...
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How to Beat Test Anxiety

How to Beat Test Anxiety

There’s no way around it — taking big exams like the SAT and ACT is stressful. But with the right ...
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First in Your Family to Plan on College?

First in Your Family to Plan on College?

Here’s what you should know. More than half of all students enrolled in Florida colleges and universities are the first ...
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Do I Need a Mentor?

Do I Need a Mentor?

The effects of COVID-19 have hit our high school students especially hard, disrupting important years of academics, athletics, socializing, and ...
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