Future in Real Estate

Amaya White ‘22, Montclair State University 
I had the opportunity to ask my friend Randall from high school about his real estate major and his experience at Georgia State University. Continue reading to find out more information on what it’s like to be a real estate major. 

Choosing my major

Real Estate. This major educates those looking to participate in the commercial real estate industry. Students are provided with an understanding of the phases of real estate activity, the economics of each investment situation, and the forms of business and professional service that support real estate investment.

Why Real Estate

I became interested in investing after reading Rich Dad Poor Dad, which led me to the world of commercial real estate investing. My major advisor has helped me map out my course schedule leading up to graduation.

My experience in high school also led me in the direction of the business, within which I found real estate.

Favorite class

I won’t take my first real estate course until next semester; however, my favorite business-required course was Macroeconomics. My professor was great, and I received great information about the economy.

Friends with the same major

My closest friend here at Georgia State is also a real estate major. His liking for this major also stems from the investment opportunity commercial real estate provides.

Q: What does your future look like?

I’m aspiring to be a founder of a real estate investment firm specializing in multifamily (apartment buildings). We will be in the business of syndication, which is the pooling of money from passive investors in order to purchase large assets that would be otherwise hard to acquire individually, such as apartment buildings. What’s great about the commercial real estate industry is that there are several aspects to the business. One could enter property management, development, lending, brokerage, or private equity. My major will prepare me for life after school by providing me with technical knowledge and demonstrating my interest in real estate to employers.

Curriculum setting

I’ve taken financial & managerial accounting, microeconomics, macroeconomics, corporation finance, marketing, and computer information systems. These base-level courses are required for all business majors at GSU.

Common misconceptions

People tend to associate real estate with residential activity like single-family fix and flips, but the area of study is actually focused on commercial real estate, which is income-producing property used for investment purposes.

Career Goals

If you want to major in real estate, your options may be limited as not every university offers this track; however, a real estate degree isn’t required to enter the industry.

Related majors

Some related majors are economics, finance, marketing & Geographic Information Systems). My original major was business economics before I switched to finance, keeping economics as a minor. In Fall 2019, I decided to add real estate to my degree and double major in finance and real estate.

Tips for high school seniors

Amaya White ‘22, Montclair State University

It’s getting to that time of the year where many high school seniors have decided where they’re going to school and have a hard time finding the motivation to complete school work. However, just because you’ve been accepted into college doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t continue to work hard in school. If anything, these next few months can determine whether or not you’ll be able to attend your college the following year. Here are some tips to avoid the trap of senioritis.

1. Don’t Procrastinate

If you were to get the flu would you just wait until it went away or would you try to treat it immediately? It becomes easy to lose motivation during your last few months of school, however, if you avoid doing work for a period of time it will just pile up and get worse. A way to avoid this is to establish a list of short term goals and long term goals. This can help you identify the most important task that you need to complete regarding school. It also feels so nice to check items off your to-do list when you’re finished.

2. Limit Your Outings

Senior year has some of the most exciting moments of your high school career, yet not completing work can prohibit you from being involved in senior activities. So before agreeing to spend another afternoon hanging out with your friends, analyze whether or not you’ve completed all your work. 

3. Remember How Far You’ve Come

I’m sure you’ve spent the last twelve years grinding in school for the highest grades and accolades, so don’t waste your last year giving up. Continue to push through, write those papers, and complete your final projects. Don’t let all your years of schooling go to waste just because you know what school you’re attending.

4. Colleges Can Change Their Minds

Just because you’ve been accepted into your dream school doesn’t mean they can’t change their mind about accepting you. College’s look at your final transcript which includes all of your senior year grades. If they see that you gave up in the last few months that doesn’t look very good for you. You want to show colleges that you’re a dedicated hard-working student who always strives for success.

Although the senior year may seem like all fun and games, you have to continue to work hard in order to maintain your status as an incoming student at the college of your choice. Remember that you’ve already completed eleven years of schooling, what’re a few more months going to do for you?

College Recruiting Process for Athletes

Are you interested in playing sports in college, but don’t know where to start? In this article, Mike Savello, a high school coach with 15+ years of experience, shares his advice for high school athletes.

Timeline

We tell our athletes to get started at the end of their sophomore year. They should register with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Eligibility Center to begin the recruiting process. This will prove that you’re eligible to play a college sport. You just have to set up an account and fill out your profile with your athletic and academic information. Some people begin this process as early as freshman year, but I’ve found that sophomore year gives students plenty of time.

Steps after setting up your account

After you register, you should take a look at the academic requirements. Depending on what division you are aiming for, you will need to make sure you complete a particular set of core courses and reach certain requirements for your GPA and standardized test scores. 

Once your grades are squared away, you should work to create a highlight tape of your best moments on the field. You and your coach will then post this on a recruiting platform like Hudl or Field Level for recruiters to view. You can also upload your transcript to these platforms.

New Level in College

As you start the process in tenth grade, sit down and have a conversation with your coach. I always tell my athletes to focus on their grades first and foremost. Whatever level they want to play will be determined later on. That will take care of itself. Register for the NCAA first and see what happens.

I recommend going on the NCAA website to learn about the different divisions and related scholarships. (See here)

Looking to be recruited in junior or senior year

Interested schools will reach out to you directly. They often contact you and set up a visit at the end of junior year. Many schools offer an official visit, where you can go to the school and get a sense of what it would be like to play on their team. 

The NCAA site explains the recruiting process in detail (see here) and provides in-depth recruiting calendars for each sport. There are certain periods where college coaches cannot contact students and certain periods when they can, so be aware of that as you’re going through the process.

The school in your mind

If a kid is interested in a school, they can reach out to that coach themselves and send their film. Their coach doesn’t have to be involved. Over the years, thanks to the online platforms, the process is very hands-off in general. You do not necessarily need your high school coach to reach out.

The athletic program

It might sound simple, but it’s just a gut feeling. Go on campus and see if you feel comfortable with the team members, the coaching staff, the surroundings. You will spend four years playing a sport there, so if it doesn’t feel right, chances are you won’t be happy. 

I always tell my athletes to go to a school for academics as well as the sports. They should go to school where they will be comfortable getting an education. As yourself: If you weren’t playing sports, would you still be happy there?

Advice for athletes

Trust the process and work hard. You will end up where you need to be in the end.

Into the Computer-verse: What are my options?

By Jaadyyah Shearrion  
Hello everyone! Today I want to dive into what exactly is the Computer Science field. As some of you may know, I want to study CS in college and I wanted to help shed some light on the different options available within the field. 

Computer engineering 

If you like a more hands-on life then you would love the Computer Engineering path. Computer Engineering is the hardware side of the Computer Science field. If you have a vendetta against your computer because it doesn’t have enough dedicated RAM to run your Minecraft server, Computer Engineering studies can help you through that problem. This major also involves Electrical Engineering, which means that if you were to study Computer Engineering, you would also learn about how wiring and electricity plays a part in everyone’s computer. Depending on what school you go to, you could even get some experience building robots! 

Computer Science

This website that you are reading this on was created by a Computer Scientist! The creation of websites is a really cool aspect of CS. The whole major entails being able to problem-solve and employ technical skills. The skills I’ve been taught in this field include coding, creating a video game, and looking into how AI works. I personally have made my own game using the game engine Unity, which is fairly basic, but has some complex functionality. I even started to look at a concept called neural networks, which is a large part of AI systems. 

Information Technology

Do you ever wonder how those pesky hackers end up getting your information? Well, information technology (I.T.) deals with this side of the computer science world. I.T. also encompasses data collection and sometimes can be combined with a business degree. Cyber Security is a field that is always changing because we humans keep creating more technology, which makes some systems vulnerable. With an Information Technology degree, you could get a job as a server manager, in which you take control of the networks that house people’s information, a company’s information, or cloud information. You could even be a maintenance person who deals with the hardware side of computers, such as a Microsoft or Apple Technician who could remotely fix someone’s device. 

If you are interested in any of these, you should pursue your passion. In addition to doing research at your school’s specific program, you should also look into ways to get some hands-on experience before you arrive as well.

Getting paid for your passions

Julie Lee ‘20, Boston Latin School 

You just finished applying to all of your colleges. Congrats! Acceptance letters will come rolling in soon, and you’ll be comparing the financial aid packages from the different universities. But what if your top school doesn’t provide a lot of financial aid? What can you do right now to pay for these costs? Apply for scholarships! 

Right now is a great time to start searching for scholarships. There are scholarships available for just about anything, ranging from sports and academics to family background and field of interest. We recommend searching for scholarships based on what you are most passionate about. 

What are the passion-based scholarships?

Passion-based scholarships look past academic achievements and athletic ability. Instead, these scholarships are based on your hobbies and personal interests, no matter how niche they may be. Some examples include art scholarships, scholarships for students with a particular major, scholarships for charity work, and even scholarships involving social media participation.

How do you apply? 

The submission process varies depending on the scholarship. For example, if you’re creative and enjoy graphic design, painting, or anything art-related, they might have you submit your portfolio or create a design specifically for this scholarship. For the Doodle for Google scholarship, you can submit a drawing related to their theme before the deadline on March 13, 2020. Other scholarships are as simple as writing a short essay on your interests. 

How to search

You can start by searching “[insert your interests here] scholarships” into Google. You can also check out the scholarships we have with our partners on our website (www.collegefindme.com/student/scholarships). 

Tips for applying for scholarships: 

  1. Start your search early on. It’s never too early to apply for scholarships. Make sure you meet the scholarship requirements.
  2. Sit down and write. Make sure to allocate the time needed for the essay. Spend some time after school or during the weekends to work on your scholarship. Don’t put off writing the scholarship supplements until the day before. (Trust me. I’ve been there and it’s stressful!). Have someone read it over and give you feedback. 
  3. Deadlines, Deadlines, Deadlines! When applying for scholarships, keep in mind how much time you need for it. Allow time for your teachers or guidance counselor to write recommendations, if needed. Set reminders or mark the date on your calendar so that you won’t accidentally miss the deadline either. 
  4. Have a positive mindset. Remember, there’s no harm in earning some extra cash for your education. Even if you didn’t win, you can always apply for more scholarships. 

Good luck with your scholarship search!

Slide into Spring Sports

Jaadyyah Shearrion ’20, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

Calling all sports fans, athletes, and everyone who goes to their high school football game just for the experience! As the winter sports season ends, spring sports take center stage. Baseball, lacrosse, outdoor track, crew, rugby, sailing, softball, tennis, and boy’s volleyball are just a few springtime favorites. But how can you make the most of your high school sports experience this spring? Read below to find out!

Sticking to a Schedule

Spring season often marks the beginning of the countdown for summer vacation. Some classes start to pick up speed as the school year comes to an end, so make sure to set up a solid schedule. For seniors, this is going to be the last three or so months of high school and we all have to make them count. Even for those who aren’t graduating, you should work hard to finish the semester strong! As you choose your springtime sport, ensure that the required time commitment is compatible with your course load. If you are taking a class that is very time-consuming, you should also consider how much time you’ll have to dedicate to games and practices.

The Benefits of Sports 

Everyone knows that sports help you stay physically healthy, but what else do they do? Sports can also help you improve mentally by challenging you to problem solve, strategize and work towards a common goal. Sports also tend to bring people together. During the springtime especially, the weather is amazing and it’s easy to make plans with teammates after practice. Even if you don’t play a team sport, you can still connect with others who enjoy your sport and help teach your friends who don’t participate.    

Hitting a Homerun on Your College Apps

If you’ve been playing a spring sport in high school, include it in your college applications! Colleges love to see which activities you’re passionate about, and your commitment to a springtime sport can be a great way to stand out. Plus, what you’ve learned from your athletic experiences can also help you come up with material for your college essay, supplemental writing, and college interviews.  

Continuing in College 

For those who want to keep playing sports in college, the opportunities are endless! Collegiate sports have three levels of play: Division 1, 2, or 3. D1 and D2 schools offer scholarships for students whose skills are high level. Usually, D1 and D2 schools tend to be large public universities and D3 schools tend to be private colleges. Though D3 schools won’t offer you an athletic scholarship, you can always get an academic scholarship. If you plan on going pro, talk to your coach about the recruitment process. You should also be aware that almost every college has a variety of sports at the club and intramural levels, which means you can continue playing what you love on your college campus, without the intensive time commitment of collegiate sports. 

Hopefully, you feel prepared to start up the season with these tips. Get ready for a spring full of self-discovery, dedication and fun with friends. I can’t wait to see you at tryouts! 

5 Scholarships for Latino Students

There are resources for everyone – here are some suggestions for scholarships available to Latin students who want to study in the US!

Anhelo Project Dream Scholarship Application

Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020

Requirements:

  • Be an Illinois resident attending a high school, college, university or vocational training program located within the State of Illinois.
  • Must be enrolled full-time for the Spring 2020/Fall 2020 semester at an accredited college, university or vocational training program located in the State of Illinois.
  • Be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA minimum of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Should demonstrate leadership through community involvement either on and/or off campus.
  • The Anhelo Project Dream Scholarship recipients must commit 20 hours of volunteer time to The Anhelo Project events during the following academic year.
  • Holders of F-1 student visas and international students are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.
  • DACA recipients are eligible to apply due to ineligibility for federal financial assistance.
  • High School Seniors graduating in June of 2020 are eligible to apply with proof of college, university or vocational training program for enrollment in Fall 2020

McDonald’s HACER® National Scholarship

Deadline: February 5, 2020

Requirements:

  • Must be a current high school senior who is eligible to attend a two- or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school.
  • Must be a legal U.S. resident.
  • Must be less than 21 years of age.
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Must be of Hispanic/Latino heritage.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Deadline: February 15, 2020

Requirements:

  • Must be of Hispanic heritage
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school students
  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, not-for-profit, four-year university, or graduate school, in the US, for the 2020-2021 academic year
  • US Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)
  • Complete FAFSA or state-based financial aid application (if applicable)

META Foundation Scholarships

Scholarship Application for the 2020-21 School Year will open in late February 2020.

Requirements:

  • Must be applying, accepted or enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education as a full-time undergraduate student pursuing an academic discipline.
  • Students enrolled in community or junior colleges are also eligible to apply provided they intend to enroll in a four-year accredited institution in Fall 2019 and plan to complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • Must have a 3.00 GPA and be in good academic standing.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident of Hispanic origin
  • Must be graduating (or have graduated) from a high school in Southern California

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Scholarships

Available scholarships will be announced in the spring and open for application in April 2020.

Requirements:

  • Graduating high school seniors beginning a STEM undergraduate career at a community college or 4-year university.
  • Undergraduate students pursuing a degree in STEM at any stage of their undergraduate career. Students must be enrolled full-time at a community college or 4-year university.
  • Students or professionals pursuing technical certificates or graduate-level professional education that increase their professional competencies with select institutions.
  • Graduate students pursuing a master’s or doctoral STEM degree program at an accredited university.

Financial Aid Twitter Chat

On December 11, we hosted a Twitter chat to discuss all the ins and outs of financial aid with non-profit organizations, counselors, and colleges. Our contributors shared some great tips to help you understand how to get ahead when applying for grants, scholarships, and loans. Check out our questions and some of the best answers below:

Question 1:

When it comes to college financing, many students and their families are unsure where to begin. What are the initial steps in creating a financial plan?

Question 2:

With so many different types of financial aid available (grants, scholarships, work study, federal and private loans), what do borrowers need to know about these options and how are they different?

Question 3:

As they begin learning about financial planning, students need access to reliable resources. Where can they best find straightforward, comprehensive information about financial aid?

Question 4:

How do you suggest students figure out which financial aid option (or combination of options) will work best for them?

Question 5:

Financial aid planning goes hand in hand with the college admissions process. As students apply to colleges, what is the timeline to learn and apply for each type of aid?

Question 6:

What factors should students and their families consider as they compare each college’s school aid offer?

Question 7:

After securing financial aid, the work is not over. What advice would you give students to stay on top of their plans and payments throughout college?

Our Application Motivation Playlist

This is it. The final month before your college applications are due. It’s stressful, and it’s tiring. So to give you that final boost to make it through your applications, we’ve asked the CollegeFindMe Team to put together their favorite songs that get them pumped. Check out our playlist and get to work… you’ve got this! 

Good luck! – Cindy, Sam, and Jeremy