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October 24, 2009

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Make sure the professors know you. I received a Spanish scholarship simply since one of my Spanish professors liked me. I was also recommended for a major Marketing internship since one of my Marketing professors thought it would suit me.

I agree with that 100%. I used to think the people that talked to the profs were weird. Who would want to hang out with a 50 year old?

In my second year I finally gave it a try and realized that it makes perfect sense. The prof. probably teaches thousands of students a semester. You need to make sure that they know your name.

Once the prof. knows your name and what you have to offer, you never know what could come out of it.

Hustling is the most important thing. Students need to develop relationships with professors and advisors who will recommend them.

I'll be doing a $1,000 giveaway at FS for students looking to go to graduate school, so stay tuned!

Samurai-san, I'm looking forward to what your $1,000 giveaway is!

Too many young folks out of school think they deserve everything. It's not the case. They don't hustle!

See you manana.

Also try to do some savings during college time. This will help you if there is some delay in your first pay or first job. This recession has showed us that saving is important. Try not to spend too much initially so that you can have a bank balance in case of any financial emergency.

Well, lots of people talk about internships, but I think the federal work study program isn't taken advantage of nearly enough.

It's financial aid, so you don't have to pay taxes on your earnings. Plus, I know LOTS of people who were hired full-time after graduating because they'd been work-study in the same office for a couple of years as an undergrad. How can you beat tax-free money and a schedule that always gives you school and federal holidays off in addition to being required to work around your class schedule? You don't even have to drive to work, since you're already on campus.

If you're lucky enough to get hired full-time after graduating, university employees usually get tuition paid (or all but a very tiny amount) so you can go on for your MA without having to take out student loans. Awesome.

One of the best things for a college student to know is this. After you graduate...

KEEP YOUR SAME LIFESTYLE FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS! And save all of the extra money you are making.

Don't go out and buy a new house, new car and everything else and then spend the rest of your life trying to get out of debt. You can save 10,15,20 thousand dollars and invest that and be rich at retirement (living the same lifestyle... just 2-3 years later)

This is SUCH a great resource! I will need to pass the first part of your advice to a friend of mine. University bound high school students have have the best opportunities these days for scholarships and grants, they just need to GET MOVING and not get "senioritis".

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