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With college just around the corner and an impending economic depression, what’s one of the most stressful thing to think about right now? Stock market crash? No. No college loans? No. The ever growing sales being cancelled?  No… (although this ran a close second).

LEARNING HOW TO MANAGE MONEY! Whether that be your own money, money given as gifts or money from your parents in the form of cash or credit cards. The United States is in the face of a near crisis and I can speak from experience, one of the most difficult things has been having a credit card for gas and school expenses.  Being a teenagers we are somewhat blind to the all the actual intricacies of balancing a budget, solving credit card debt, paying off mortgages… the list goes on.

Leaving for college in about seven months is starting to turn every little thing into a near tailspin for me.  All the pressure and stress has been making me focus in on things that I never really noticed before. College is one of the most expensive things that you/your parents/both of you will pay for throughout a lifetime. There are so many things that seem to “come up” while you’re away that credit cards or your parents’ money makes convenient. But since you are away and learning to be on your own- this most likely isn’t the most reliable option. Read the rest of this entry »

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At the end of August I had the amazing opportunity to spend some time with my family on the sunny beaches of Florida’s east coast. Knowing that I would be going off to college in two years we decided, instead of flying back to New York City, to pack up all of our luggage on top of our big, tan minivan, and drive home—stopping at seven different colleges along the way. My mom told me we had 4 days, and 5 nights to get back to New York City, and the rest was up to me. I was in charge of plotting, planning, mapping, and scheduling tours and hotels and everything. Although it was time consuming, with the help of Mapquest.com, I was able to map our way through seven schools of my choosing: Davidson, Wake Forest, UNC Chapel Hill, Duke, William and Mary, UVA and Georgetown.

I was initially really excited to visit certain schools (Duke, UVA), and others were just kind of on the way (Davidson, Georgetown). However, all of them sparked some interest. Before hitting each college, we read the 3-page summary in the Fiske Guide to College (I highly recommend it for a brief overview of TONS of colleges). So arriving at each campus, I already had some preconceived notions.
I thought I would love the medium-to-large size campuses, with a great sense of community and school spirit.  I was expecting to love UNC Chapel Hill and was really excited about seeing Duke.

But after our 5-day East-Coast College Tour, I ended up falling in love with totally different colleges than I imagined. What I thought about a school on paper wasn’t necessarily consistent with the feelings I got once I was on campus. I realized that I could fit in a smaller school (like Davidson, with only 1,700 students) or a much larger school (UVA has approximately 22,000 students).

Getting a basic grip on the whole college thing was a great experience. I have no idea where I want to go, but I do know that a school can look and sound great on paper, but you might have a totally different opinion if you visit. Being able to actually walk around the campus (especially if you can sign-up for a tour) really gave me a feel for the different schools, and I would highly recommend seizing the opportunity if it arises.

Hannah and Family Gearing Up For A College Road Trip

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Being a senior, I am on the seemingly never ending task of selecting the right college to attend in the fall. With all these great universities to choose from, I have found myself wondering about the reasons for which I am selecting a college.

Obviously being seventeen years old, friends and boyfriends have influence over the choices you make whether you realize it or not. I am currently sitting in a Berkeley dorm room wondering if I want to go to Berkeley because my best friend goes here, or if I want to go to Berkeley because I genuinely love the school.

To be completely honest, I have always been more of a city girl. I love to shop, eat at restaurants and surround myself with the sounds of a bustling city. When I picture myself at college, I have always pictured myself at a school like USC or USF. All of the sudden I find myself thinking that it would be best for me to be up in the free-loving town of Berkeley.

What causes this sudden shift? What causes this abrupt change in the thought process that I have had for so many years? I think that those two questions are better suited for a therapist or college counselor but as a young woman, I find them rather interesting. I like to think of myself as a mature, level headed young adult. And all of the sudden, all these plans that I have for myself have been over-ruled by a brief thought of spontaneity.

I guess the ultimate question that I am getting at is whether or not to run with this new found excitement. Do I abandon what I always thought would be the right path for myself and attend a smaller, private university? Or do I see myself fitting into Berkeley, California?

Taking the time to sort out all these thoughts is just one minor process involved with college. Compared to applications, essays, transcripts and interviews, ironically, this seems to be the hardest. There is always the fear that once you make a choice, it will be the wrong one. How do you move past that fear to bigger and greater things?

I don’t know the answer to that question, but through my blogging, I hope to find it!

Alex is a Youth Editor for Guide & Seek and a senior at Santa Margarita High School in Orange County, California. Her ultimate goal is to attend law school to become a sports and entertainment attorney, however, before that can happen she hopes to attend UC Berkeley or the University of Southern California in the fall.

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I’m really excited to introduce you to some fabulous young women who have joined the Youth Editorial Board for Guide & Seek and will be writing guest posts on high school and college life, book/movies/product reviews, and their perspectives on getting through the college admission process.  Please welcome Alex, Vaneisha, and Hannah!

Alex is a senior at Santa Margarita High School in Orange County, California. She is the editor of her school newspaper and cites Journalism and English as her favorite classes. Alex has been an avid swimmer since the age of seven and is now Co-Captain of her high school swim team. She enjoys spending her free time shopping, going to the beach, doing yoga, and reading. She also enjoys traveling with her friends and spending time with her boyfriend, Raion (Ryan). Alex’s ultimate goal is to attend Law School to become a sports and entertainment attorney, however, before that can happen she hopes to attend UC Berkeley or the University of Southern California in the fall.

Vaneisha is currently a junior at Foshay Learning Center in Los Angeles, California. She is in the USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative; a rigorous school program that prepares students with college preparatory skills. As a well rounded student, she often balances tough classes such as physics and chemistry with her favorite sport volleyball. Vaneisha would love to attend either Dartmouth College or Stanford University, but her dream school is Columbia University. She would like to major in pre-medicine to become a pediatrician and minor in either philosophy or global studies. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her friends and to explore what she can of California.

Hannah lives in New York City and is a junior at Hunter College High School where she’s attended since she was four-years-old. Now she is the Club Manager of her Student Government, organizing over 80 clubs, and she’s also on the varsity soccer team and taking philosophy as her elective.  She spends most of her free time with her friends in Central Park and earns money by babysitting on the weekends.

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