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One of the latest websites to join the ranks of online college guides is InsideCollege, which helps students research campuses by publishing a wide range of “college lists.” From more serious topics like looking for an honors program at a public university or knowing which schools offer a loan-free education to low-income students to finding colleges known for their school spirit or discovering obscure programs of study like glass blowing, Inside College is a great jumping off point for creating your own college list. The site is also currently promoting a monthly $2,000 scholarship contest, so you just might score some extra cash for school while perusing Colleges Where Geek is Chic.

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Stingy gets a bad rap, unless, of course, you are referring to the new campus resource website StingyCampus.

On the site students can buy and sell textbooks, find housing near campus, browse for class notes, search for jobs and internships, and connect with other students at your school. Seems kinda like Craigslist - university style.

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On Sept. 21 the U.S. Department of Education launched the video contest “I Am What I Learn,” challenging students across America to imagine how an education can help them realize their dreams.

For the chance to win $1000, submit a video answering the question, “Why is your education important to fulfilling your dreams?”  Let your voice be heard in our nation’s capitol, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll help inspire others to believe in the power of education.

Deadline for submissions is November 2nd and winners will be announced in December. For more information about rules and submission guidelines visit the I Am What I Learn website.

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It’s officially fall (although the 88 degree weather outside would beg to differ) and the college admissions marathon is in high-gear. There’s a lot to stay on top of no matter what year of high school you’re in, but senior year is especially hectic with looming application deadlines, tests to be taken, recommendations to get written, and last minute-college visits.  To help you stay organized and on top of everything, check out the FREE college admissions counseling program My College Calendar.

My favorite feature is that once you log-in and create an account, you can upload your own school calendar and start receiving daily reminders to help you stay on top of your college admission deadlines.  It’s like having your own personal college counselor, and it doesn’t cost a thing!  Hmmm…anyone going to develop an iPhone app for this?

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And you thought video games were just extra-curricular activities.  Well, next time your parents guilt you for spending too much time gaming, just tell them you’re preparing for college.

This fall New York University debuts a new course “Guitar Heroes (and Heroines): Music, Video Games and the Nature of Human Cognition” which aims to tackle the topic of why human beings invest so much time into playing video games, according to the New York Post.
The class, which according to its instructor will focus primarily on the effect of video games and human cognition, proved to be so popular it reportedly already has a waiting list for upcoming semesters.

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Schools across the country are having to make some tough budgetary decisions this fall.  And oftentimes the first programs to get the boot are art and music.  But you can do something about it!

VH1 Save the Music and Do Something are calling on you to lead the fight for music education in schools.  From now until October 16th, take action — tell everyone to “Save Our Music!” Organize an instrument drive. Create viral videos on what music means to you. Run an awareness campaign in your school. For more project ideas check out the “Save Our Music!” website.

Sign up on DoSomething.org to get started, and if you submit your project ideas by October 23rd you’ll put yourself in the running for a ton of great prizes including:

  • The top 5 advocates will receive $1,000 for their school music program and Rock Band Video game packages.
  • One grand prize winner gets $2500 in music funding and a Beatles Rock Band game system.

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Growing up it was an August ritual to go shopping for new school shoes, and the habit has kinda stuck because end of summer is my favorite time to shop for shoes.  But, like many women, I’m also guilty of having an already full closet of shoes, some of which are rarely worn, and in fact, I found out that Americans (men and woman) have about 1.5 billion shoes that they never wear!

So this year I’ve decided to give up a few of my rarely used kicks in hopes that someone else will put them to good use.  An organization doing a really fantastic job of collecting and distributing new and gently worn shoes is Soles4Souls, a non-profit whose mission is to give the gift of shoes to people in need both in the U.S. and abroad.

They’ve made it easy to donate, too, by partnering with large and small businesses across the country.  You can find a participating donation center just by entering your zip code on their website, or you can even host a shoe drive at your school if you want to get others involved in your altruistic endeavor.

From disaster relief to homeless shelters, summer camps for disadvantaged children and orphanages, there are millions of people across the globe in need of shoes, and this is just one small way that we can help.  So, goodbye, cute pink running shoes circa 2001 (and not-so-cute old school orange Pumas)- here’s hoping you make some other feet happy.

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I’ve been traveling a ton this summer for work, which means lots of long plane rides and the chance to make a dent in my stack of books to read.  So far my favorite read of the summer has been the YA novel The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It’s not for the faint of heart (I cried at least twice, possibly 3 times), but it has all the elements of an exciting, thought-provoking, and heartfelt read.

If you have time to read one more book before the end of summer, I definitely recommend this one. I already can’t wait to read the second book in the series Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games), which comes out in September.

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It’s the time of year again for building up that stockpile of pens and folders and trapper keepers (do they still make trapper keepers?).  But while you’re at it why not help out the nearly 13 million students who can’t afford new school supplies by joining the Do Something 101 School Supply Drive.

It’s easy to get involved by becoming a fan on Facebook, and there you can enter the “Adopt A Pack” sweepstakes for your chance to win a trip to LA and rock your choice of events at the Staple Center with 5 of your friends. Stop by your neighborhood Staples to purchase your supplies and donate to students in need.  Do something today to help a student tomorrow!

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Nope, not the awkwardly creepy Devo music video, but the directorial debut of Drew Barrymore hits theaters this October 9th.  It stars two of my favorite actresses, Ellen Page of Hard Candy and Juno fame, and the very funny Kristen Wiig.  Yep, I can hardly wait…

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