The trick to finding an awesome school that no one has heard of

You know what’s more important than knowing the school you’re applying to? Knowing yourself. Because the reality is, you don't need to have heard of the school for it to be a good fit. The best boyfriends or girlfriends aren’t always the popular ones. They're just the ones you haven't gotten to know yet. 

We have a limited amount of influencers when you really think about it. You’ve got your parents, your siblings, your friends, their siblings... then there are the teachers that you admire, your guidance counselor, and of course a few school representatives reaching out to you online or mailing you some magazines. The thing is, these are just schools you’ve heard of, not ones you’ve found.

It’s like going into a billionaire’s garage and taking a Toyota, Corolla because you’ve heard of it, when there’s a jetpack in the back. If you want the jetpack then keep reading.

Your first step is to define your college self. Not the person you are exactly, but who you want to be. Be sure to get really introspective and don't just think about what your friends will end up doing. Do you want to join a hiking club? Do you want to frequent music festivals? Do you want to live near a city, or within a tight-knit on-campus community? Most importantly, what do you want to learn? Take some time and think about what matters most to you. After that, research what different schools offer just to find out what’s possible.

Once you’ve defined yourself you need to search for schools based on those traits. You can start with the schools you’ve heard of if you want, but afterwards make a good effort to find less known schools that have what you’re looking for.

Google is a good source, Facebook and Instagram are good sources, Academbot is a good source—but so are your friends and family. While your brother or sister may have only talked about the school they went to, if you ask them "if they know a school that’s close to a beach (lake, river or ocean)" they might just respond with "Oh yeah my friend went to this school on the water that no one had ever heard of. She Loved it." 

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There are countless distractions and obstacles during Finals week--luckily these apps just might help you overcome them!

Social media, roommates, dorm events and even you can be your worst enemy during finals week. 

These apps compiled by edtech digest are here to provide some focus and help you block out those pesky distractions when you might not always have the strongest will power.

Whether you study first thing in the morning, or late at night, both are great times to get the job done.  

There is so much research surrounding how we learn and study, from what music heightens brainpower to what foods could help you to more quickly recite a physics formula. Remember that despite all the research out there, it's most important to figure out what works for you personally.

A long road trip with friends sound like just the thing you need? Don’t forget to download these apps before you start your journey!

We are past the era of folded maps and highlighted routes. GPS and smartphones have made them obsolete. The Spectrum has put together a list of apps that could continue to make your road trip as safe, efficient, and fun as possible.

When finals are around the corner, it is important to remember the simple items that can get you through.

Finals week is crazy. It is a known fact. Students are hopped-up on coffee, screaming, crying, and everything in between. In order to try and keep your sanity, here are the five things USAToday claims are essentials you should not over look during finals.

The official countdown until the end of the semester has begun and the holiday season is on the horizon.

 

Balancing the need for December cheer and the dread of finals can be truly overwhelming.  You need a game plan that keeps your countdown to the merriest holidays, as well as your final semester GPA, intact. Here are a few things to keep you feeling warm and fuzzy while stressing about the end of the semester.

Making your holiday gift list? Don't forget to add these tech items for college.

Let's face it, technology is a big part of what we do every day. It's no wonder that we are using it more and more as part of the way we get and consume information. While college might not be exclusively digital just yet, chances are all your gadgets will be put through the ringer helping you get the grade.

Here's our list of the Top 5 Gadgets you'll need in college.

With everyone talking about how much it costs to go to college these days it's hard to imagine that any university could be considered rich.

But last week Harvard launched a $6.5 billion capital campaign (yes, BILLION with a "B"). The campaign, if successful, would become the largest ever by a higher education institution if they reach their goal by 2018. 

When you find yourself with too much free time and could use a little more cash in your pocket (who doesn’t) a part-time job might be a good idea.

Do you find yourself dreading every class you have…every semester? There is a way out!

There are so many people caught up in a major that they don't even enjoy. You're spending all that time in class and enormous amounts of money to take those classes – it’s important that you do something that makes you happy.

HerCampus has put together some of the tell tale signs that you are pursuing the wrong major. 

Heading home for a much needed break from school? Don't forget to pack these essentials!

Whether it be Thanksgiving break, winter break,spring break - any break from college classes can be a moment to catch your breath and relax.

Consider a not-so-typical college experience. 

When you try to imagine what it will be like going to college, you probably picture an academic year structured into two semesters (Fall and Spring) filled with a number of different classes that you take on different days of the week (typically Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday). Toss in a couple of short breaks or so (Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring) and about two and half months off for the summer, and you’ve pretty much got the standard academic year.

Those two words that strike fear is countless upon countless individuals…

Public speaking.

Yes, we mean standing up in front of any size crowd and just talking – may it be something about yourself or about a particular subject matter

Glossophobia (fear of public speaking) plagues about 74% of the US population.

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