“Awareness Month” Video Contest

Students today are passionate about many issues and causes. Some issues/causes receive more attention because an entire month is dedicated to raising awareness. 
In 2-3 minutes, tell us in a video what issue or cause should receive its own “awareness” month and why. 

Eligibility
To enter this contest, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Current high school and transfer students
  • Ages 14 and up
  • Must have a complete CollegeFindMe profile

Video Essay Length

  • 2-3 minutes; files cannot exceed 5MB

Winner Selection

  • Winner will be selected based on their ability to demonstrate thoughtfulness, creativity, quality of filming and eloquence – be mindful of sound quality, lighting and background. 
  • Winner will be notified via email on September 15, 2019.  
  • Winner will be asked to provide a picture and brief testimonial to be used on our social media channels and website.
  • Winner will be required to provide a photocopy of their current student ID to verify their eligibility.

Prizes

  • One winner will receive Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX Earphones.
  • The winner will be announced in CollegeFindMe’s monthly e-newsletter and on the Scholarship Winners page.

To stand out with college admissions teams and to learn more about colleges and the application process, visit us at collegefindme.com.

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Dream Career Essay Contest

Paolo Coelho once said, “Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy.” You’ve probably daydreamed about what you’ll pursue as a career after college. If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why? Tell us in 200 words or less. 

Eligibility
To enter this contest, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Current high school and transfer students
  • Ages 14 and up
  • Must have a complete CollegeFindMe profile

Essay Length

  • 200 words or less (please check word count before you submit)

Winner Selection
The winner will be:

  • Selected based on their ability to demonstrate thoughtfulness, creativity and proper grammatical usage.
  • Notified via email on October 15, 2019.  
  • Asked to provide a picture and a brief testimonial to be used on our social media channels and website.
  • Required to provide a photocopy of their current student ID to verify their eligibility.

Prizes

  • One winner will receive Apple AirPods.
  • The winner will be announced in CollegeFindMe’s monthly e-newsletter and on the Scholarship Winners page.

To stand out with college admissions teams and to learn more about colleges and the application process, visit us at collegefindme.com.

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Back to School Blues?

Last summer I visited family in China, and there was a really pretty scenic spot with lights on a pier overlooking water! – Emily Sun

By Emily Sun, Junior at Boston Latin School

I stretch my arms and lean back in my beach chair. The sun is still shining brightly in the sky, and I can smell the slightly salty scent of crashing waves. I love summer. 

As much as I’ve enjoyed my share of beaches, an entire month has already passed and now it’s August. To me, August means… school starts in a month! I bet many of you aren’t the most excited at the thought of going back to school. Me neither! After all, what’s waiting are nights of grinding away at homework and stressing over tests — even college app deadlines if you’re a senior. 

However, going back to school also means seeing friends and either playing sports or joining after-school club meetings. It was fun having copious amounts of free time, and snacking whenever I wanted, but inevitably school is looming ahead. 

As I think about the good and the bad of returning to school, I have some suggestions for how you can make the best of your August before school starts.

1. Finish your summer homework! That might mean summer math packets, or books on a summer reading list, but either way you will need to complete it. I’m trying to spend an hour 2-3 days a week getting it out of the way so I’m not staying up late the night before school starts to finish everything.

2. Prepare yourself mentally and physically:

  • Mentally: Each year of high school becomes more important and the courses are harder. Similar to finishing my summer homework, I’m also reviewing some of the notes I took in class last year. I’ll be taking AP classes this year, so revisiting some concepts that weren’t easy will help build my confidence. I’ll also know where to ask for extra help from teachers once school starts. Getting back into concentrating and homework mode is not fun, but I did this last year and it made starting sophomore year much easier. 
  • Physically: Since I’m free from getting up early for school I go to bed VERY late and therefore wake up VERY late. My summer sleep schedule has been quite… wacky. To avoid being overtired during the first few days of classes, I try to adjust my schedule the week prior to school so waking up at way-too-early-in-the-morning for school isn’t so painful. And now that I’ve finished binge-watching Black Mirror, I can get to bed at a decent hour too. 

3. Keep in touch! Summertime is a great time to establish personal connections at jobs, internships or summer school while exploring your interests or passions. I’m interning at an education technology start-up called CollegeFindMe. I plan to keep in touch with my manager so if I need advice, a reference on my resume, or a recommendation letter for college, I’ll have someone other than a teacher or coach to help me.

4. Enjoy the rest of your summer! Even as you prepare yourself for school, summer is still a time for you to have fun. Catch up with your friends, see a good movie or enjoy being outside – whatever makes you happy! 

Good luck everyone!

Emily

Guide to having a productive summer!

By Wiener Douyon, CollegeFindMe Intern, Incoming Freshman at Colby College

Your time has come!

I’m excited to share how I took advantage of my summer vacation last year as a rising senior to focus on extracurricular activities. I also share suggestions for you to make the most of your summer. Whether it’s an internship, community service, or even working, these school breaks are crucial as you apply to college. Use these tips to make your profile on the Common App and your resume more appealing to admissions.

Continue reading “Guide to having a productive summer!”