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The One State with Low Student Debt

The One State with Low Student Debt

There is only one state where the average college student has less that $20,000 of debt when they graduate.  In all 50 United States, we can only find one state with this statistic and that award goes to the western state of New Mexico.  Student debt is becoming a bigger and bigger issue in America. In a study released in November 2014, New Mexico was found to be the only state where the average college student graduates with less than…

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Update and a Restart

Update and a Restart

Hello everyone, Where did my blogging drive go?  I have no idea!  Somewhere in between life and school and work I got too busy to keep up the blog.  I kept writing (couldn’t stop that!), but it never made it onto the blog.  But I have resolved to do better in 2015 and journal all the interesting things I am learning with school and work.  So here is an update and a map for the new year.  And I will…

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Compostion CLEP – with or without the essay?

Compostion CLEP – with or without the essay?

Questions: Can you take the Modular CLEP for English, instead of the full CLEP? Will it count as English 102? Can you avoid the essays? Before deciding which test to take, look up your college and see what they accept.  For CollegePlus students, or other kids who are going to use Thomas Edison State College, you can not take the Modular.  TESC doesn’t even accept it.  You have to take the College Composition CLEP with essays. But I have some…

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"Make it a close second"

"Make it a close second"

I’ve always like algebra.  Geometry never really was my favorite, but I liked Algebra.  So I actually enjoyed the daily math grind in a way.  But I also discovered that I was not called to any career where I did math 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  After to much math my brain became mush.   And my 15 year old neighbor told me I didn’t look so good.  Thanks, buddy. During this little algebra intermission, I took and…

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My battle with ALEKs Math (part 1)

My battle with ALEKs Math (part 1)

Yes, I know it seems that I dropped off the face of the earth. But I did not. In fact, I am still very much here! Here’s what’s going on. I met with my CollegePlus coach and degree advisor. We picked my remaining courses and lined up what I needed to take. Because I switched to a business degree, I needed a greater amount of math credit. I needed College Algebra and Intro to Statistics. CollegePlus recommends that you take…

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October Focus: Hunt Accountability

October Focus: Hunt Accountability

If you are choosing to be a “uncommon” or “distant” student, you will lack the accountability that normal students get a brick and mortar school.  To tell you the truth, no one will be telling what to do.  Which, to some of you, sounds like a dream come true.  It’s not.  It’s a nightmare and can be exhausting.  If you have unlimited income, you don’t have to worry about taking the wrong test, but for most of us… each decision…

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October Focus: ACT Prep

October Focus: ACT Prep

So, you are going to take the ACT?  Here’s some information on preparing for it. You have to have photo ID with your first and last name printed on it.  You can use your learner’s permit, drivers license or passport. Your ID must be in English and not a duplicate or copy You must have preregistered for the ACT, and take your ticket with you on Test Day.  You must have your ticket to take the test!!! Register within the…

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October Focus: Taking the ACT?

October Focus: Taking the ACT?

Should you take the ACT?  That is the question that most students I know are facing.  If you know that you are going to “CLEP out of College”, do you need an ACT score?  Or, if you are like my sisters, and you don’t think you’ll go to college do you need an ACT score? My answer is… Yes.  Go take the ACT if you can.  3 reasons why. There is an age limit.  If you decide you need it…

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Relating to People

Relating to People

I bring up this subject a lot, probably because I deal with it a lot.  And I think it is extremely relevant.  How are we supposed to explain to people about our college experience, and deal with the criticism that inevitably comes our way? When people ask about your college, you inwardly cringe.  How much do they really want to know?  Here are three things to keep in mind when you explain to people what you are doing… at church,…

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Textbooks: The Big Ripoff

Textbooks: The Big Ripoff

I’m just going to say it… Textbooks are a ripoff.  You are required to have this book to take a class, and you have to have the new edition, and the price is through the roof.  Look at the chart below… That is according to 2013.  Textbook inflation has far out passed every other expense out there. It has grown by 812%!!!  Does this make sense?  Students will easily spend $500 per semester in textbooks.  In fact, CollegeBoard puts their…

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