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How Her Relationship With a Virtual College Advisor Led Vanessa Toro to Emory University

The college application and decision process can be difficult and confusing, especially without guidance, which is why CollegePoint emphasizes the importance of a student and advisor relationship. One such duo, Vanessa Toro and Natural Baptiste, are an instance of a perfect match. Vanessa and Natural were paired when Vanessa was a high school junior in Land O’ Lakes, Florida and Natural was a freshman at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Vanessa first heard

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How CollegePoint is Changing the College Admissions Game for High-achieving, Low Income Students

No sooner had I pressed the call button, than Oge’s brilliant smile lit up my screen. She radiated confidence and bliss, and I found myself grinning right alongside her as she detailed her summer agenda. As a rising sophomore at the College of William and Mary (WM), Ogechukwu Okali is already knee-deep in lab research investigating social trends, including everything from implicit bias in in-group and out-group members to the consistency and severity of school-assigned

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How To Seriously Write For Yourself

You’d think that this would be a no-brainer for most writers. We are always writing for ourselves, right? Not necessarily. For some of you it might be true, but for me it isn’t. Since I’m trying to become a published author, I’m constantly nit-picking about everything I write. Does it fit into the page length for this genre? Will someone interpret this the wrong way? How many rewrites is too many? And on and on.

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Ways To Deal With Student Stress And Burnout

If you walk down the halls of any high school across the country, you’ll notice a common theme– students are tired. Tired from a lack of sleep, tired from the stress of school, tired in general. It’s so easy to tie your worth to your grades, get lost in the machine of the American education system, and lose yourself in the process. It’s no surprise that students are stressed– they have been told ever since

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Black Women Face a Continually Increasing Risk of Pregnancy-Related Deaths

The overall rate of pregnancy-related deaths has increased, and America leads the industrialized world in its maternal mortality rate according to a 2016 analysis published by The Lancet. To make matters worse, African-American women are three to four times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related causes than white women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is an obvious racial disparity regarding maternal mortality in Black women. “Basically, black

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Maximizing Your College Experience As A Commuter Student

College is hard and there is no getting around that. It does not matter if you attend the prestigious university or just go to community college first, each institution comes with its own set of challenges. As a commuter student, or someone who does not live on campus and has to travel varying distances each day to attend, the college experience can quickly become isolating and unrewarding. The first step to avoid this is to

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12 Strategies To Prepare For A Job Interview

Your interview is your one shot. These tips for interviewing are things that are simply prudent and helpful.  It is truly up to you, but do not discount the value of preparation for your interview. It’s like studying for the big test. You may not like to or want to do it, but it is undeniable that you have a better shot at an “A” with preparation than without. A job interview is no different.

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To All The Girls Without A Date to Prom

TO ALL THE GIRLS WITHOUT A DATE TO PROM, It’s okay. I wanted to be sure to start off on such a comforting note in case you’ve been sweating the big night. But seriously — it’s fine, for more than one reason alone. But I will start off with the most obvious one: you are not alone. This letter isn’t just for you, but it’s also for friends of mine and yours who claim they

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Know Your Rights: Stand Your Ground With Law Enforcement

Remember that it is always easier for people who are white and cis to exercise these rights. Thus, allies and members of the majority can and should use this privilege to stand up to law enforcement. To support both themselves and minority groups. In a country with an abundance of accessible, clearly defined rights, it would be ill-advised not to familiarize oneself with the legal tools at one’s disposal, or take advantage of their power.

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March For Our Lives’ Latest PSA Explains The Grim Reality Of Rampant School Shootings

In February of 2018, a mass shooting occurred in Parkland Florida, killing 17 students and inciting national outcry. That was one of 307 mass shootings in 2018 alone. The students of Parkland formed “March For Our Lives”, and held one of the biggest youth protests since the Vietnam War.  On their website, their mission statement is, “To harness the power of young people across the country to fight for sensible gun violence prevention policies that

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