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Should College Athletes Be Paid? An Expert Debate Analysis

Posted by Ashley Robinson | May 6, 2020 10:00:00 AM


The argumentative essay is one of the most frequently assigned types of essays in both high school and college writing-based courses. Instructors often ask students to write argumentative essays over topics that have “real-world relevance.” The question, “Should college athletes be paid?” is one of these real-world relevant topics that can make a great essay subject! 

In this article, we’ll give you all the tools you need to write a solid essay arguing why college athletes should be paid and why college athletes should not be paid. We'll provide:

  • An explanation of the NCAA and what role it plays in the lives of student athletes
  • A summary of the pro side of the argument that's in favor of college athletes being paid
  • A summary of the con side of the argument that believes college athletes shouldn't be paid
  • Five tips that will help you write an argumentative essay that answers the question "Should college athletes be paid?" 

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59 Great Medical Programs for High School Students + Advice

Posted by Dora Seigel | May 3, 2020 7:00:00 PM


Thinking about a career in medicine? I highly recommend trying out some medical experiences in high school before committing to a pre-med track. Many of my high school friends who hoped to go into medicine ended up changing their major during college when the pre-med courses got too difficult.

Doing a medical internship, summer program, or community service project in high school can help you decide if medicine is the right track for you before you waste time and money going pre-med in college. This guide will explain what experiences are open to you as a high school student, what those experiences involve, and how you will benefit from them.

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How COVID-19 Is Affecting 12 Popular High School Summer Programs

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 17, 2020 12:00:00 PM


As the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to spill over from one week to the next, some pre-collegiate summer programs for high school students are announcing changes. Because of social distancing measures and temporary university closures, some summer programs are making the difficult decision to cancel or reformat their programs for an online environment. 

How do you know if your program has been affected? And what do you do if these changes apply to your summer program? To help you stay abreast of these changes, we’ve put together a quick guide to what to do if your summer program has been affected by COVID-19. We’ll also provide updates on the current status of 12 popular summer programs. 

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How to Impress Colleges With Remote Extracurriculars

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 4, 2020 10:00:00 AM


With the novel coronavirus forcing global shutdowns of schools and workplaces, many students are turning to remote activities to keep busy and still have extracurriculars to include on their college applications. Fortunately, the number of at-home internships and extracurriculars has been growing steadily in the past few years, and there may be many more options for remote activities than you expect. In this guide, we cover everything you need to know about remote internships and extracurriculars, including specific ideas to look into, how colleges will view remote activities, and how you can make them as impressive as possible, even if you can't leave the house.

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What Is the Disney College Program? Is It Right for You?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Mar 1, 2020 3:00:00 PM


The Disney College Program is a sought after paid college internship program in the U.S. Not only do you get to work for Disney, you'll also gain professional and educational experience that stands out on your resume. It's not surprising, then, that thousands of college students seek the chance to put the DCP on their resumes each year.

But, what is the Disney College Program, exactly, and how do you know if you’d be a good fit for it (and a competitive applicant)? We'll answer these questions and more for you in this article! We'll give you:

  • An overview of the Disney College Program, including who it’s for and who’s eligible, how long it lasts, and what the benefits are
  • An explanation of the three main components of the Disney College Program
  • Three tips for deciding if the program would be a good fit for you
  • A guide to the Disney College Program application process and five tips for putting together a stand-out application.

Find out all the details you need to know about the Disney College Program below!


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How to Get a Good Community Service Letter: 4 Steps to Follow

Have you done some volunteer work or community service and want to get a letter that shows how many hours you've completed and what jobs you did? Or maybe you need a community service letter to apply for a scholarship, job, or to a particular college? Do you know who you should ask to write the letter and what it should include?

Read on to learn what a community service letter is, why it's useful, and how you can get a great one written for you.

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Complete List of Extracurricular Activities: 100s of Examples

How do you like to spend your time after school? Did you know that how you choose to spend this time could be one of the most important ways you shape your future?

Extracurricular activities are a critical component of your college application, and you need to impress colleges with your interests. But you might not know what good extracurricular activities look like or what you should be spending your time on.

We've got you covered here in our guide of hundreds of examples of extracurricular activities. Read on to get some inspiration for how to spend your valuable free time during high school!

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Should You Participate in the National Student Leadership Conference?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 30, 2020 2:00:00 PM


Have you heard of the National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC)? Maybe you've heard that participating in NSLC is a great way to impress colleges, and you're wondering if that's true. Spoiler: If you're considering NSLC because you think it's prestigious, you're in for a rude awakening. Keep reading to learn why.

This guide will go over exactly what NSLC is, what its potential benefits and drawbacks are, and how you can decide if you should participate in one of its programs.

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The National Youth Leadership Forum: Should You Go?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 28, 2020 1:00:00 PM


Have you heard of the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF)? Perhaps you've heard that attending the NYLF is a great way to improve your chances of getting into top colleges, and you're wondering if that's true or not. Spoiler: If you're considering NYLF because you think it's prestigious, you'd be dead wrong. Keep reading to find out why.

This guide will explain what NYLF is, what its benefits and drawbacks are, and how you can decide whether or not you should participate in it.

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Hospital Volunteer Opportunities for High School Students: A Guide

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jan 21, 2020 6:48:00 PM


Interested in pursuing a career in medicine? If you are, being a hospital volunteer in high school is a fantastic way to test out the profession. If you're not interested in pursuing a career in medicine but still want to volunteer, that's great too!

Being a hospital volunteer is very rewarding, but it's also a lot of hard work. How can you become a hospital volunteer? Why should you volunteer at a hospital? What are the main duties of a hospital volunteer? I'll answer these questions and more in this guide.

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How to Write a Great Community Service Essay

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 20, 2020 12:30:00 PM

College Admissions, Extracurriculars

Are you applying to a college or a scholarship that requires a community service essay? Do you know how to write an essay that will impress readers and clearly show the impact your work had on yourself and others?

Read on to learn step-by-step instructions for writing a great community service essay that will help you stand out and be memorable.

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The 39 Best Clubs to Start in High School

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jan 19, 2020 8:00:00 PM


Thinking about starting a club? It's a great way to meet people with similar interests, do an activity you enjoy, learn more about an activity you're interested in, and gain leadership experience for your college application! But what are good clubs to start in high school? In this article, I'll give you a list of dozens of clubs you can start!

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137 Pre-College Summer Programs for High School Students

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 19, 2020 6:43:00 PM


Summer programs provide high school students with opportunities to explore their academic interests and spark new passions. They also allow high school students to get a taste of college life and meet other students from all over the world.

In this article, I'll provide a list of 137 colleges throughout the United States that host summer programs for high school students. Furthermore, I'll give you information about what pre-college summer programs are like and how you can select the right program for you.

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Amazing Extracurricular Activity Examples for College Applications

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 17, 2020 8:00:00 AM


Extracurriculars are a great way to participate in an activity you enjoy and meet new people, and they can also be an important part of your college application.

What makes an extracurricular activity particularly impressive to colleges? How do your extracurriculars measure up?

Read this guide to see four amazing extracurricular activities examples. I'll discuss why they're exceptional and how you can participate in similar activities to boost your own college application.

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129 Great Examples of Community Service Projects

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 16, 2020 8:30:00 AM


Are you interested in performing community service? Do you want examples of service projects you can do? Community service is a great way to help others and improve your community, and it can also help you gain skills and experience to include on your resume and college applications.

Read on for dozens of community service ideas to help you get started volunteering.

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