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community college prideSo, you’re going to community college.

Let me be the first to congratulate you on making an incredible decision! Yes, I know that “congrats” isn’t the most common response to sharing your community college decision, but it ought to be. Some of the most successful people of our time went to community college (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Hanks, George Lucas, and Walt Disney to name a few), and there is no reason why you shouldn’t feel like you are walking in the footsteps of giants. I want you to walk away from this article feeling excited and proud of yourself for making the decision to attend community college. I want you to know that you haven’t missed out on anything, you are not at a disadvantage, and a world of opportunity awaits you as a community college student.

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Based on Dr. Gary Gruber’s Complete Guides to the SAT, ACT, and more

Regardless of the test you’re taking, Dr. Gary Gruber has developed a method for breaking problems down to their most basic concepts, so the answers seems obvious. He has made it his mission to share this method to reduce test-taking anxiety and improve scores for a countless number of students. Once you know how to uncover the solution to one problem, you can answer thousands of problems. So, how does he do this simply and quickly?

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Can you answer this month’s SAT question?

Gruber’s Complete SAT Guide 2014 is filled with great questions like this to keep you practicing and boost your scores.

Instructions

The following sentence tests your ability to recognize grammar and usage errors. This sentence contains either a single error or no error at all. This sentence does not contain more than one error. The error, if there is one, is underlined and lettered. If the sentence contains an error, select the one underlined part that must be changed to make the sentence correct. If the sentence is correct, select Choice E. In choosing your answer, follow the requirements of standard written English.

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what to do after high schoolReality check: Nearly half of all high school students will not go to college when they finish. The question that remains is: What the heck will they do instead?

There’s one clear answer: They will all spend 12 hours a day on the sofa playing xBox. Every. Single. Day.

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tips for making your final college decisionYou’ve been running to the mailbox and checking your email for weeks. Finally, the news has arrived. Your college decision letters are in! Now that decisions have been released, your inbox will soon be full of news and helpful links from the schools you’ve been admitted to. The time has come for you to pick a school.

If you’re considering more than one of your acceptances, there are several things you can do to help narrow down your choices.

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Can you answer this month’s SAT question? Check out Gruber’s Complete SAT Guide 2014 and MyMaxScore SAT Practice Test Plus to keep practicing and boost your test scores!

Select the best answer from among the choices given.

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good relationships with teachers and counselorsFrom freshman through senior year of high school, aside from family members and friends, there is no one with you spend more time with you than your teachers. And while some large state universities don’t require any teacher recommendations as part of the college application process, many colleges ask for at least one, if not two, letters. Therefore, it behooves you to develop good relationships with a number of teachers throughout your four years of high school.

Sometimes called a guidance counselor, a college advisor, or a college counselor, a high school counselor is also a part of your high school team. Their availability is much less predictable, since they are often responsible for anywhere from 250 to over 1,000 students at many public high schools. Even private school counselors are in charge of a considerable number. High school counselors are the go-to person that college admissions representatives contact if they have any questions about a particular student.

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tips for first-gen college studentsI often have the chance to speak to parents whose children will soon embark on the path toward college. This can be a scary time no matter where the student comes from and especially if his or her parents have not had their own college experience. There is much to learn about the processes, the culture, and the financing of college and how to achieve the ultimate outcomes of a college career and a successful life after.

Try these tips that other parents have found interesting and useful:

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This month’s big NCAA tournament is the ultimate democratic sporting event—one where schools from the most humble of athletic origins get to strut and fret their hour upon the national stage and entertain visions of knocking off a Division I powerhouse or two before succumbing to an inevitable fate by the Round of 16.

The March mania also reminds us that the U.S. is the only country in the world where varsity athletics often play a huge—even defining—role in campus life and culture. Can you imagine undergrads at Oxford or Cambridge painting their faces in the appropriate shade of blue to cheer on their oarsmen in what the Brits refer to simply as “The Race”?

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ultimate-guide-to-community-college-summer-classesAre you a community-college student who’s thinking about enrolling in courses this summer? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Taking summer classes is a great way to get ahead and ensure that you’ll graduate on time. Registration for summer courses usually begins in April/May and classes fill up quickly! Be sure to make your plans early to avoid missing out on the classes you need.

I’m here to help you make the most out of your summer courses by taking the right ones, avoiding common pitfalls, and knowing how it will affect your financial aid. Let’s get started.

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