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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Some Ways Avoid College Debt

Look for tuition financial aid

According to College Board, most students receive some sort of financial aid, and this is what helps make college education remain within the reach of many families. Our federal government spends billions of dollars every year in scholarships and grants for deserving and qualified college students. Though the amount of grants/scholarships varies, it can actually pay amounts up to the full tuition and fees of a college education for qualified students, depending on the award.

In addition to federal financial aid for those who qualify, state governments, professional bodies, military and individual colleges also run financial aid programs that students can take advantage of, if they qualify.

Graduate early

Another means of avoiding college debt is to hasten your graduation. Just think about it: the less time you spend in college, the lower your cost will be. And how exactly does one graduate early, you may ask? A couple of ways to graduate early from college are:

  • Taking Advanced Placement (AP) classes in high school to earn college credits.
  • Enrolling in accelerated degree programs that can be finished in less-than-normal completion time.

Choose your college wisely

It might be tempting to choose a college that’s thousands of miles away from home-after all, it maybe your first brush with independence. But there are certain benefits of staying close to where you grew up. First, out-of-state students have to pay a surcharge for attending public four-year colleges and second, many students find it possible to cut down on college expenses like room and board by staying put at home. It’s an option you should consider if money is really tight, because what’s important is that you get the education you deserve, even if it means missing out on the whole “college experience.”

Consider going online

Online courses provide yet another means of avoiding college debt. Not only do they turn out to be more economical as compared to classroom-based programs, but online degrees also often allow students to keep a full-time job and pay their way through college.

You can choose a fully online school or take online classes from a brick-and-mortar college. As long as your degree is earned from an accredited institution, most employers accept degrees from online institutions. Moreover, some employers provide tuition assistance to their employees, and you can use this benefit to finance your attendance at a legitimate online degree program.

Spend responsibly

Student credit cards are a reality of modern-day college life, and even necessary to some extent. But having this kind of spending power also means that you must learn to use it responsibly. Every year, college students pile up a huge credit card debt. When added to the already mounting debt from their student loan, it can put them into a bad financial situation once they graduate.

Plan a Campus Tour

Campus tour

Mostly the campus tour of university starts from a particular point. The 45-60 minute student-guided tour encompasses the main areas of campus and includes a narration of the academics, student life and history of the university. The campus tour also provides an excellent opportunity for you to pick the brain of a current university student.

The benefit of student interaction, especially, for international students is that they come to know about the university campus jobs that they will need to do while studying for personal expenses. Moreover, an initial interaction helps break the ice that will go a long way in getting help during their stay.

Residential tours

The campus tour of university is generally designed in a manner that addresses the individual interests of the participants. Tours typically include information of the residence hall facilities, but can be adjusted to the interest of the group. The typical completion time for a tour varies from one university to the other.

The tour guides are mostly the students who currently live on-campus. They will provide you with information regarding the building facilities and amenities, offer the opportunity to view actual rooms in each residence hall, and articulate the traditional and current events occurring in each residence hall.

This provides a golden opportunity for the students to know more about the actual life in the university. They need to ask the tour guide some important questions related to the scholarship programs, or financial aid offered by the university and how to get it.

Meeting a faculty member

If you are interested in knowing more about a specific academic department (or two) you can meet the faculty of the relevant department. These meetings take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour and will provide information about the program and future career options for students within that department.

If you are uncertain about a field of study, you may want to visit with a University Studies advisor who can give you a broad overview of the academic opportunities at the university.

Classroom visits

During classroom visit you can get a glimpse of actually what happens during a classroom session. You will know about the proficiency of the faculty on the subject they teach and kind of topics that would be covered during the actual academic session.

Students are advised to request for such sample classes during their campus tour of university and get well acquainted with the ambience of the university.

World Class Welcome

Personalised service

The reservations team try to tactfully collect information about the guest when they confirm the booking. The rest of the hotel can then look forward to any needs during their stay. Personalisation is a key and it makes a real difference.

Homely touches

The person should have a comfort zone while staying in the hotel. It’s a simple, affordable initiative, but one that makes all the difference in making the hotel a home away-from-home. There is a strong sense of family among the hotel team and we want to make sure guests feel part of that. Regular guests also generate new business because they suggest the hotel to friends and family. Guests can interact with our “crew” as much or as little as they like. Also make sure about the exterior and interior of your property and the self-check in facility is easy to use.

Expert tips to ensure a perfect welcome

Hotel Management College in NCR 2017 follow the rule “First impression is the last impression.” Ensure your hotel is clean and well-presented outside and inside. Keep your car park litter-free, and have clearly marked-out parking bays and good signage. Be sure the hotel door is opened for the guest by a well-mannered member of staff who smiles and warmly greets them.

If a guest is staying, escort them to the reception desk and introduce them to the receptionist who will take them through the check-in process. If your guest is staying for a special occasion, leave a small gift, such as chocolates, a fruit bowl or a bottle of Champagne with a handwritten welcome card from the hotel manager. Once in the room, staff should show the guest where the main facilities are.

College Scholarship Interviews

One mistake that most students commit during their college scholarship application is failing to prepare for the interview. Yes, they have filled out the college application form in detail yet, they do not realize that it’s the interview that really counts. So, how do you prepare for the interview? Here are some tips:

Practice your interview skills by simulating the interview. Ask your friend or roommate to act as the interviewer and ask you a couple of questions. Interview questions can vary from your academic achievements to your extra-curricular activities. You can search online for possible questions that might be asked during your college scholarship interview.

Never be late for a college scholarship interview. One way to assert yourself and show that you are serious about getting the scholarship is by being on time. Arriving on time creates a good impression and, whenever possible, arrive a couple of minutes early.

Watch yourself during the interview. Be very conscious and avoid being fidgety as this may make you look nervous. It would be best to sit still and maintain eye contact all throughout the interview yet not appear to be too frigid. What’s important is that you project a calm posture and appear professional.

You need to dress appropriately for the interview. You are not expected to wear very formal clothes but smart casual can always do the trick. For men, a suit and tie would always be appropriate clothes for a professional look while a dress or skirt with a fitting shirt or blouse would be perfect for a young lady. Avoid wearing clothes that easily wrinkle and, of course, make sure that they are clean and free of any stain.

Other than being aware of what you wear and how you project yourself, it would also be good if you are conscious of what you say. If you are faced with a question that you can’t answer, you can simply say that you don’t know rather than faking an answer which may be obvious to the interviewer. Remember, college scholarship is not just about what you know, but also about having the courage and honesty to accept things that may be beyond your comprehension.