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Mary Ann Barge

Mary Ann holds a BA in Classics and Russian from the University of Notre Dame, and an MA from University College London. She has years of tutoring experience and is also passionate about travel and learning languages.

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39 Top Scholarships for High School Sophomores and Freshmen

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Feb 15, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Financial Aid

It's never too early to start saving up money for your college education. Even if you are only in your first or second year of high school, there are plenty of opportunities to start bringing in money that will pay for your tuition, books, fees, and living expenses a couple years down the line.

You may be surprised to learn that there are hundreds of scholarships available to underclassmen.

If you're just starting your hunt, use this list of 39 of the best scholarships for high school freshmen and sophomores to get started.

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Complete List: Which Colleges Require ACT Writing? 300+ Schools

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Feb 1, 2017 12:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Writing

You’ve just signed up for the ACT. But did you know that there is an optional writing test for the ACT? Do you know if your dream schools want to see it?

Check out our regularly updated list of schools to find out if the Writing ACT is worth your time and money. Then learn how you're going to ace the ACT Writing section.

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81 Colleges with Full Ride Scholarships

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Feb 1, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Financial Aid, College Info

You’ve worked hard all through high school and are an extracurricular superstar. You’re looking forward to the challenges that college will bring.

But are you ready for the challenge of paying for college?

There are a lot of ways that students come up with the money to fund their higher educations. Did you know that it could be as easy as getting one award?

In this article I’m going to show you a list of 81 colleges that offer at least one full ride scholarship that will cover all of your tuition costs.

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How to Create Successful Community Service Projects

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Dec 11, 2015 6:00:00 PM


Have you considered doing some community service work during high school but can't find anything that fits your interests?

Do you want to have more ownership over what kind of service work you do? If so, then making your own community service project may be the right idea for you.

Read on for a step-by-step guide that will tell you everything you need to know to complete a successful community service project.

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The 3 Best Extracurricular Activities for Your College App

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Dec 11, 2015 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions, Extracurriculars

As you know, extracurricular activities are an important part of your college application. The things that you choose to do outside of the classroom help college admission officers understand your personality in a way that your grades and test scores can’t show.

With so many activities to choose from, how do you know which ones are going to make the biggest impact on your application? Do colleges prefer students with traditional activities like sports and student council, or are you better off if you have something unconventional on your activity list?

If you're unsure about how to strategize a list of activities that will make an impact on your application, read on to see the three best extracurricular activities that will really get you noticed.

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How Many Volunteer Hours Do You Need for College?

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Dec 10, 2015 7:00:00 PM


Community service is one of the most popular extracurricular activities for high school students to do in their free time.

There are hundreds of different ways that high school students can get involved in their communities. There is really something out there for everyone, no matter what your personal interests are!

Admissions officers also love to see community service on college applications. Having community service experience means that you're passionate about making a difference in the world and are ready to take action and be involved.

But how many community service hours for college do you actually need in order to make sure your contribution is “good enough” for admissions officers? Is there a certain number of hours that you need for different schools?

Read on to find out!

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423 Amazing Community Service Ideas

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Dec 3, 2015 5:00:00 PM


Volunteering is a great way to fulfill community service requirements for school, strengthen your resume, and give back to your community.

However, some students have difficulties finding a volunteer opportunity that they are excited about.

Need some inspiration to do good deeds? Read on for a list of over 400 community service ideas for teens.

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How Many Extracurricular Activities Do You Need?

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Dec 3, 2015 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions, Extracurriculars

You’ve been working hard in high school to get good grades and test scores, but there’s another part of the college application that many students find more confusing: the extracurricular activity section.

How many extracurricular activities do you need for college applications? How many are too many? Will you get rejected from a school if you don’t have the right amount?

Many students who have participated in activities throughout high school are shocked to look at the Common App and realize there are ten spaces to fill out. Does that mean you have to be involved in ten different activities?

In this article I will tell you:

  • The important things colleges need to see in your extracurriculars
  • The ideal amount of extracurricular activities
  • The minimum amount of extracurriculars you can have
  • What to do if you have no extracurriculars
  • What to do if you have too many extracurriculars

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The 67 Art Scholarships You Need to Know About

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Nov 14, 2015 1:30:00 PM

Financial Aid

People are always saying that art doesn’t pay.

Fortunately, they aren’t right. Prospective art students will be happy to know that there is a multitude of art scholarships out there that will help pay for their educations.

We have all the details on the best art scholarships below, so read on to see which scholarships you should apply to!

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22 Amazing Scholarships for Moms and Single Mothers

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Nov 14, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Financial Aid

Mothers and single mothers have it harder when trying to get a college education.

In addition to balancing a full academic course load, they are also responsible for feeding, clothing, and financially supporting their children.

Studies suggest that up to 60% of families headed by single mothers are living in poverty - which makes the idea of spending money on education even more difficult to fathom.

Fortunately, there are multiple companies who want to help moms and single moms improve their situations through education. Read on to see a list of scholarships directly aimed at mothers who are pursuing higher education.

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The 61 Best Engineering Scholarships

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Oct 11, 2015 4:45:00 PM

Financial Aid

Do you have the brains and passion to become an engineer, but you're worried about the cost of the education?

The following list of scholarships will show you that you have nothing to fear. Students of all backgrounds will find that there is an engineering scholarship out there for students like them that will help to make that seemingly unaffordable education slightly more palatable.

Read on to see what engineering scholarships you may be eligible for!

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Benefits of Community Service For You

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Oct 11, 2015 1:00:00 PM


Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, high school is a great time to try things that you haven’t done before – including volunteering.

Students may think it’s not worth their time to get involved in the community because it doesn’t pay like a normal job would. However, there are several benefits that volunteering can give you that no other job can.

Read on to find out about all the benefits of community service for you, your personal fulfillment, and practical purposes like college applications!

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The Best Volunteer Abroad Programs You Should Try

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Oct 11, 2015 12:30:00 PM


By now you probably know that one thing colleges want to learn about you is how you spend your free time. Did you spend high school sitting around playing video games? Or did you get out, actively involve yourself in an activity and your community, and make a difference?

One way of doing just that has become increasingly popular over the past several years: volunteering abroad.

Read on for more on why students volunteer abroad, tips for choosing a volunteer abroad program, and our pick of some of the best volunteer abroad programs out there.

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No Extracurricular Activities? Here's What You Should Do

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Oct 11, 2015 8:30:00 AM

College Admissions, Extracurriculars

Extracurricular activities are one of the most important parts of your college application. After your test scores and grades, they are the best way for a college to get to know more about you and to understand what kind of student you might be on campus.

But what if you have no extracurricular activities? Is all hope lost?

Read on to find out why things might not be as bad as they seem and what you can do to make up for not having extracurriculars.

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What Are Extracurricular Activities and Why Do You Need Them?

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Oct 9, 2015 6:30:00 PM

College Admissions, Extracurriculars

You may have heard that extracurriculars are an important part of your high school life. You've probably been bombarded with stories about how everyone who is successful in getting into college played a varsity sport and was student body president and built homes for the poor in Costa Rica.

But do extracurriculars have to be so overwhelming? What are extracurricular activities, exactly? And just how important are they when it comes time to apply to college?

Read on for a better understanding of this important topic.

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