College Survival

Leadership is a process

Photo of Selina Jeong holding up an "I love UNION!" sign during Project Impact

At Union, teamwork isn’t just for athletes. I would never have become who I am today without the support of my teammates in ASB and Campus Ministries.

During my freshman year, I received an email saying Campus Ministries was looking for a public relations person, someone to make posters. I had no idea what I was doing, but I applied. Little did I know this experience would begin my path to leadership.

There's more to college than classrooms

Photo of Drew Mekelburg playing for the Warriors.

My Union College experience was shaped by the people who took the extra step to include a quiet guy like me in their community, like my freshman year resident assistant (RA). He bought griddles every Sunday and all the guys on our floor ate breakfast together. If anything could get me out of my room, it was the smell of pancakes.

Don’t cheat yourself out of an education by staying in your room. Classes and homework are just part of college. It’s when you get to know people and see the world through their diverse perspectives that you really start to learn.

The Ultimate FAFSA Tutorial

The government's Student Federal Aid office has already created incredibly helpful tutorials. They are interesting, short and factual. You can see all of the videos here

Learn most the most important things about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) below. Important things to remember:

How to Budget for College pt. 4: Federal Aid

Every student at Union College has some form of financial aid.

Financial aid could include scholarships, federal loans and/or grants. If you pay taxes, you are eligilbe for federal financial assistance for yourself or your children going to college. Here's the breakdown on federal loans and grants available. 

 

How to Budget for College pt. 3: Work During School

My Story

Despite having great grades in high school, I was nervous about heading to college. What if the classes were too hard? What if I blended into the crowd? What if no one noticed if I stopped going to classes? 

Tip #6: Be Considerate of Everyone Else's Beliefs

Corrine Huthoefer became interested in international rescue and relief as a major shortly after her house caught on fire. 

How to Budget for College pt. 2: Summer Work

Education is an investment. As a student, this is an investment in your future. If you want to earn an additional $1 million more over your lifetime (see here), you need to work hard to take out the least amount of loans possible and graduate with a college degree. 

Here's one part of how you can make your dream a reality: work during the summer. Here are some of the most common options:

Tip #4: Be Adventurous

Joellyn Sheehy, Union College 2014 graduate, has daring advice. “Take a gap year and do something,” she advises. “Travel abroad. Volunteer. Get out of your comfort zone. Go!”

After graduating from Mt. Ellis Academy in Montana, Joellyn took her own advice and worked as a nanny for a family in Italy (right outside of Milan). “I met so many amazing people. Italy is beautiful and everything tastes amazing,” she grins. “Plus, I got to learn another language!”

Tip #5: Finish a Degree and Do What You Love

Looking at Nick Bock, I can't help but think, "this is what most high school students dream of being—wildly successful while having fun at work." Nick was featured in the Midlands Business Journal 40 Under 40, a local group of 40 of the top entrepreneurs, executives and professionals under the age of 40. He is the CEO and co-founder of the tech company Five Nines Technology Group—which was named for four consecutive years on the Inc. 500/5000 List of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S.

How to Budget for College pt. 1: Family Contributions

Note: According to the government infograph above, the average private college tuition nationwide is $40,920. However, Union College's tuition for 2014-2015 is only $27,600.

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