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Monthly Archives: May 2017

How Students can Realize their Lifelong Goal of Becoming a Lawyer

1. Know what you want, and how to get it.

First, reflect on the reasons why you would like to pursue this career. If you are just looking for the ‘flash’ or recognition of becoming a lawyer, remember that becoming one is sheer hard work. Just like in every profession, you need to give yourself into studying, then working as a lawyer.

You may have this idealistic view as a kid that you want to save the world from the injustices that is why you would like to become a lawyer.

If you find yourself still passionate about this cause, there is no harm in pursuing your dreams.

More importantly, remember that once you decide on taking up law, you need to work very hard as a student.

2. Take off your rose-colored glasses.

You need to understand that not every student who takes up law ends up with a job as a lawyer once they graduate.

You will not necessarily end up as a courtroom hero saving an “innocent criminal” in this field.

You may find yourself dealing with real estate, corporate law, divorce cases, or even drafting up wills.

Prepare yourself for all possibilities because anything could happen.

3. Ask yourself, “Am I competitive enough?”

From the time that you send in your applications, to the time that you take the exam to be a licensed practitioner, there will be competition.

Applications for entry into law schools soar every year. What are your chances of being chosen and accepted as compared to thousands of other applicants?

Check the skills that you have and once you are confident enough that you can get into law school, then you have gone through the first step in achieving your goal.

4. Go to a university which has a record of getting a lot of students into law school.

It is safe to say that if you are a graduate of a school which “produces” a lot of great law students, then this should be a plus factor for you.

There are universities that help the students get into law school by providing mock exams and interviews, and also offer letters of recommendation.

5. Having a good grade-point-average (GPA) is not enough, you need to pass the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) with flying colors.

Maintain your GPA, and make sure that you perform well in the LSAT’s. There are web sites where you can take practice tests at a certain cost. You may also enroll in a course that aims to prepare you for this particular exam.

6. Be an early bird.

Once you have decided on entering law school, make sure that you submit your applications way before the deadline. This should give you ample time to prepare.

Finally, you need to organize your letter of recommendations, transcripts and all the paperworks that you will need to get in.

You may seek the advice of a consultant, undergraduates or lawyers who have already passed the stage that you are now going through as a hopeful law school student.

If you combine hard work with determination and you prepare everything in advance, you will surely gain entrance to the prestigious law school of your choice.

 

Tips to Survive in College

The first thing that a student can do to prepare for his college education is to plan ahead. Write to the college for a catalogue. Get a list of courses offered. Get a handbook. Go to the admissions office. Get as much information about the college you plan to attend so you can prepare yourself for what lies ahead.

Check out any organizations the college has such as special clubs or support services. Knowing where to go based on what you need can save you a lot of time and anxiety.

Before you enrol, go to the campus. Pay them a visit. Meet with your financial aid councillor. Go to admissions. Meet with anyone you can who can help you get situated in your new surroundings especially the department chair of the major you’re planning.

Make sure you give yourself a tour of the whole campus. It’s good to know where everything is in advance. This way you’re not looking for things last minute and driving yourself crazy trying to find them.

When registration day comes, relax. These days are always long, boring and frustrating. These days are chaos for everyone involved, not just the students. Just know that there are others going through the same thing as you.

Don’t be afraid to meet and get to know other students. There are going to be a lot of strange faces. You’re going to want to make friends because college can be a lonely experience if you try to go it alone. These kids are all in the same boat as you. Right there you already have something in common.

In the first couple of weeks of classes take the time to meet with all your teachers. Let them know what you expect to get out of their classes. Show them that you are really serious about your education. If they see this that will make their relationship with you much stronger right from the start. Having a teacher in your corner puts you ahead of the game.

When given an assignment, give yourself plenty of time to complete it. Don’t leave things for the last minute. College work can pile up on you very fast. By starting assignments right away you give yourself the best chance of not getting buried in your work.

Finally, allow yourself to be a human being. Nobody is expecting you to be superman. Many students try too hard to fit in by joining every social club they can. By taking on too much you’re only going to wear yourself out. If you want to do something then do it. But don’t do it just to be “one of the boys”.

 

Tips to Beat Homesickness when Begins Life on Campus

For starters, get involved! There are plenty of school activities you can do. Most colleges have fraternities and other social groups that are the core of on campus life. Just look at the campus calendar or newspaper and you’re bound to find a ton of things covering a number of interests. Go to a concert. Attend a sporting event. Just don’t sit around in your dorm room.

Outside of campus activities, there are also those things that you yourself enjoy doing. Got a hobby? Bring it with you to the campus. Maybe it’s even something that your roommate and you can share together. Bring some books if you like to read. That’s always a great way to kill time, especially if you’re reading something like “Lord Of The Rings”.

Another thing that will keep you busy and also be quite beneficial is to get organized. Don’t just let your college experience happen. Plan as many things as you can. Keep a datebook. Make sure you keep track of all homework assignments, tests and papers that are due and when. The last thing you want is to walk into class and realize that you had a test scheduled for that day and you forgot all about it. Don’t trust your memory.

Make friends and make time to go out with them. Most campuses have local ice cream shops or other retail places where you can hang out and have a good time. Making friends will also make you realize that these kids are going through the same things that you’re going through and they probably miss their parents as well.

Need something else to keep your mind off your problems? Volunteer. There has to be a student who could use some help with a tough course. Maybe they have a local radio station or some other activity you can volunteer your time to. Nobody will turn down help if you offer it for free.

And of course the number one thing on your list is to keep in touch with your family. All of a sudden, that little sister who used to drive you crazy isn’t such a terrible person any more. Give her and your parents a call or write them a long letter. Let them know what you’re doing at school and how things are going. If you miss them, tell them you do.

This is a great time to realize just how much you really love your family and at the same time embark on a part of your life that you’ll look back on someday with a great big smile.

 

How to Getting Scholarships

There are many ways to get scholarships. The traditional way and your main scholarship will be from good grades. There is no getting around that. A student at the top of his or her class with good SAT scores, when accepted to a college will most likely get a full or at least partial scholarship to the school of their choice. Of course a lot of this has to do with the school itself. The more elite schools will have stricter requirements for giving out scholarships. For example, a student applying to a county college may get a full scholarship for being number one or two in the class while that same student when applying to an Ivy League school may only get a partial scholarship or none at all. But again, good grades and SAT scores are only part of the equation.

The next part of the equation is economic need. There are many organizations who provide funds for students to go to school who simply can’t afford it. The main organization for this is FAFSA. A student’s first step in financing their education should be to file an application for financial aid with FAFSA. You can get an application for this at any college office or fill one out online. After filing, their program will immediately tell you, based on your reported income, how much money you will be expected to pay towards your child’s education. For example, if your child is going to a school that is going to cost $40,000 a year and the FAFSA application says you are responsible for $30,000 then that means you should be getting $20,000 in aid from the government after you have submitted the paperwork to them with your school expenses.

Does that mean you’re stuck with paying $30,000 for your kid’s education? Not at all. Even if the college itself doesn’t give your child any money, there are plenty of other places to get funds from.

Go to your local library or do an online search. You will find literally hundreds of private organizations that offer scholarships for students. Each one has different requirements but they all usually fall into one of several criteria.

The first criteria is that some of these organizations offer scholarships based on grades and SAT scores. In these cases, simply submit this information to the organization. They will get back to you and let you know if you’re going to get a scholarship.

Some organizations base scholarships on essays. They pick out the students who wrote the best essays and these are the ones who get scholarships. There may be three scholarship awards for these essay contests.

Then there are organizations that offer scholarships based on some affiliation that you have such as if you had a family member who fought in a foreign war. Then there are organizations like the Masons, Elks and Rotary, that offer scholarships if a family member is part of their organization. Most of these organizations are districted and usually give out only one or two scholarships per district.

So, as you can see, there are more ways for your kid to get money for college besides just getting good grades. But they do help.