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anielle Metz of Florence, Ky., chose an out-of-state private liberal arts college yet decided to graduate debtfree. She was a full-time student until the money ran out, then took time off to work to fund her “pay as I go� goal, avoiding student loans entirely. A strong faith, financial aid and family’s encouragement helped along the way. Seven years later, Metz graduated from college. “On graduation day I was handed a diploma and presented with a Persistence Award by the Fine Arts faculty,� she said. Now, Metz is a professional artist/photographer and advises the college-bound on how to find a stable financial footing. Page 2


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How to pay cash for a college education By Tom N. Tumbusch Enquirer contributor

When Danielle Metz graduated from Milligan College in 2011, there was one thing she didn’t share with many of her classmates: a mountain of unpaid debt. She did it by sticking to one simple rule. If she couldn’t pay for something with the cash she had on hand, she couldn’t afford it. “I was raised to earn money for things that I wanted that were outside my parents’ budget,” Metz says. “When it came to college they both sat me down and said, ‘So what do you think about paying cash for school instead of taking out loans?’ They had debt themselves and it had caused some struggles.” In addition to her parents’ encouragement, Metz was inspired by Dave Ramsey’s book “Total Money Makeover” and the influence of a mentor, Lynn Pratt, author of “DebtFree College: We Did It!” It took Metz seven years to complete her degree with zero debt, and she admits it wasn’t easy. “Once I got into it I told myself, ‘If I’m going to do this I’m going to have to do it all the way. I can’t back out now.’ ” Metz says. “That, of course, came with sacrifices like sitting out different terms when I

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couldn’t afford it, but I could always rest assured that it would eventually be paid for and that I wouldn’t have that debt hanging over me.” Metz started saving money early on. “I was kind of a little

entrepreneur even when I was a kid,” she says. “All throughout high school and college I taught art and cartooning to home-school kids – things that I was interested in. As I got into photography in college I

did portraits and senior photos. I used what I was learning to earn a little extra money on the side.” Once in college, Metz continued to take advantage of every source of income she

could find. She received some money from her parents, worked an on-campus job when she was in school, sold a car she had been given by her uncle, and even used money she won from an essay contest. “I wasn’t eligible for federal grants because of my parents’ income, and when I got married I wasn’t eligible then either,” Metz recalls. Ultimately she paid a good portion of her tuition by getting a variety of financial aid awards through her school. “Some of it was I just kept calling and asking ‘Is there anything else that I would be eligible for?’ That ended up adding a lot to my final financial aid award package.” Today, Metz is happily married and debt-free, but she hasn’t stopped using the skills she learned along the way. “That’s benefiting me now as we prepare to have our first child,” she says. “I can now be a stay-at-home mom, work out of the home and continue doing portraits and teaching classes. I don’t think I would have that opportunity had I still had debt from school. I think I would be tied to a fulltime job.” You can read more about Metz’s story and the strategies she used to get through college debt-free on her blog,

10 tips to ace your freshman year By Lia Lenart USA TODAY College

So you’ve seen “The Social Network” – that’s what college life is all about, right? Studying hard, inventing online social media platforms, evading the Winklevii. But wait, you’ve also seen “Good Will Hunting,” where those Harvard students are portrayed as living in an ivory tower, separate from the real world. Perhaps you’ve talked with an uncle who claims college was “the best time of my life,” while a cynical older cousin described it as feeling like a

“holding ground before real life begins.” No one would blame you at this point for being confused about what exactly the college experience is supposed to be – or for desperately wondering how to make the most of it. The truth of the matter is that everyone’s experience is different. You might be on a sports team, getting up at 6 a.m. several times a week. Or you might be into theater, spending long weeks before opening night on stage in tights and full makeup. Some schools have campuses, others are more urban – and still

others have mainly students who commute to class. Each school has its own personality and vibe. This doesn’t mean there aren’t some general similarities across the board. College is a time to make lifelong friends, expand and deepen your knowledge, discover new interests and become independent. You will be going through this experience with thousands of other students across the country (and world!), but at the same time you’ll also be defining your own unique college experience. Here are 10 helpful tips

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College essay final chance to get admission boards’ attention By Jeff Wallner Enquirer contributor

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By the time a student is a senior in high school their college résumé is nearly built. Grades, test scores, academic honors and community involvements are stated for the record throughout the application process. But there’s one final opportunity for a student to get the admission boards’ attention: the essay. If written effectively, an essay can force decision makers to look beyond GPAs and SAT scores, and learn more about the individual who desires to attend the university or pursue a scholarship. Whether an essay is intended to gain admittance to a college or gain much-coveted scholarship money, Tracy S. Schafer, a guidance counselor at Ryle High School, says there’s a common goal: to set

the student apart from other applicants. “Colleges look for a diverse student body,” Schafer said. “They want kids who were involved in their campuses in high school to stay involved in college, kids who think outside the box and have a willingness to change the campus in a positive way.” Meghan Eleniak, a senior at Ryle, had not yet chosen a college but already had penned several essays. She’s become well versed in the pitfalls to avoid. “The introduction is so important,” said Eleniak. “You need to hook them and get them to keep reading. I wanted to show them how I was different from other students, and not typical.” Eleniak chose her own subject: “If you were part of a car, what would you be?” She chose a car horn, because she’s an

expressive person who loves to talk. A car horn also is unique. Most car horns sound different and thus convey a different message. Eleniak also tried to avoid clichés and lists. “Anyone can write an essay,” she said. “But not everybody can write a great essay, one that they’re (admissions board) going to want to read.” The essay paints a picture of the person, their personality, passions, hopes and dreams. And while the story might be spectacular, nothing can divert the reader’s attention quicker than a grammatical error. One common, yet disastrous error: referencing the wrong college. Dan Bisig, founder and CEO of College and Beyond LLC in Florence, Ky., says it happens surprisingly often, especially when students are applying to See ESSAY, Page 9

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I have been on quite a few college tours. During my college search, I visited 17 colleges in nine different states. And now, I am the one with the nametag walking backward as I lead prospective students and their families around campus. The best way to get a feel for a school is to go on a campus tour. But as a tour guide myself, I see so many things that prospective students and their families could be doing to enhance their visit and determine if a school is a good match. Here’s a list of the campustour essentials. 1. Ask questions on tours. As a tour guide, I love answering questions. I stand at the front of my tour group practically begging for people to raise their hands. Your tour guide knows what he or she is talking about, and we want to

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After the tour, ask your tour guide for his or her email. This is a great resource to take advantage of if you think you’ll have questions later down the line. PHOTO BY QUINN HIRSCH/GETTY IMAGES

share our experiences. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even the tough ones. By asking questions, you are taking full advantage of the college-tour experience. If you are fre-

quently stumped for questions, prepare a list of questions in advance and bring them with you on the tour. Also, if you are shy or want to ask a question one-on-one, stick around after

the tour and ask your tour guide any remaining questions. 2. Go off the beaten path. While campus tours are a great way to get a feel for a university, there are parts of campus that you won’t visit on a tour. After the tour, take a stroll around campus to see what the tour didn’t show. You can even ask the tour guide for directions to a specific part of campus, building or any other location. Going off the beaten path will give you a better view of the university as a whole. While you are wandering, take note of the little things. How

clean is campus? Do students seem friendly? Where are the campus hotspots? Does public safety have a presence on campus? What is the surrounding area like? 3. Visit the dining hall. You’re going to be eating at your college’s dining hall at least once a day for eight months of the year, so you should definitely make sure that the food on campus has enough options and can accommodate any dietary needs. If you can, visit a dining hall on campus to get a taste for the cuisine of the university. Even if you can’t actually sit down for a meal, ask if you can take a look around and survey the options. 4. Get the tour guide’s contact information. After the tour, ask your tour guide for his or her email. Most of the time, tour guides are willing to give it out. If they See TOUR, Page 15


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Before you make any big purchase, it is only fair that you are thoroughly briefed on what you are buying. Heavy research and great contemplation go into this process before you hand over that credit card – so why would you treat the college decision any differently? It is easy to ask the admissions officer questions and read through the brochures, but are those really all the answers you need? When you buy a car, of course the salesman is

going to tell you a multitude of positive things you want to hear. Admissions staff, tour guides and brochure writers are essentially the salesmen for universities. You should use those resources because they will be helpful, but there are certain things that you can only find out from current customers – a.k.a. the students. It is important to go past the glossy brochures and scripted tours and receive honest, true-tolife perspectives from people with direct experience. Current students can give you insights on elements of the college

experience that you may not have even known to ask about otherwise. Moreover, they will give you more in-depth, behind-the-scenes types of answers for seemingly general questions that other resources gloss over. What exactly should you ask? Below are some suggestions to get you started. » Who are the best professors and what classes do they teach? Post-grads may have a bit of a selective memory and websites such as are not always up to date. One of the best ways to

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obtain details on professors is to consult students who have recently taken or are currently taking classes with these faculty members. If you have already decided on a major, be sure to ask about the professors in your department. Students will be honest with you about who’s particularly helpful, who’s boring, who gives pop quizzes frequently or who has a zero-tolerance policy for absences. Those details will separate a teacher you will love from a teacher you have no connection with. Moreover, ask if there are particular sections you should register for. Some professors may be more receptive in evening classes than morning ones, or be better suited for larger classes than small ones. The possibility of such varying elements is endless. » What resources for studying, internships and job opportunities are available? Remind yourself exactly why you are attending college – to earn a degree so you can successfully enter the job market. A school that lacks strong career resources

could leave you dangerously unprepared, even with a piece of paper in your hand that says you’ve completed college. Of course, the school itself will promote its availability of such resources to you, but how can you be sure these resources are actually going to be helpful? Ask current students how often job fairs are held, how genuinely supportive the career services staff is and, most importantly, how closely these resources directly cover your field of study. Additionally, ask about study help that’s easily accessible and whether it actually pays off. Even though a school could offer the classes, programs and type of campus you desire, a lack of sufficient resources to help you achieve your main goal of post-grad employment may be reason enough to change your big decision. » What is there to do in the town? It’s easy to be trapped in the campus bubble and never truly explore the surrounding town and city. Those outside establishments are seldom showcased on campus tours, so make sure to get the low-down on everything that is offered in

this college town. Students will tell you about the unique venues you won’t find anywhere else. Most campuses have the typical chain stores and a mall nearby. What you’ll want to learn about is that pizza place with the menu of crazy toppings that delivers late at night, or the small concert venue that attracts amazing indie bands. Maybe there’s a popular hill a few miles down the road that is awesome for sledding in the winter. There are always secrets to uncover about a college campus and its town. Determine ahead of time if this particular campus’ hidden gems appeal to you. » What should I avoid on campus? While it’s great to find out all the good things about a campus, it’s always good to ask about the opposite aspects as well. No campus is perfect and every student should be able to come up with at least one thing you should avoid. For instance, a dorm with ridiculously small rooms, or a particular cafeteria that serves terrible food. See STUDENTS, Page 15


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friends is interested in the same career after college, and will make a great roommate (or connection) after graduation. 2. Remind yourself: It’s OK to be homesick. It happens to everyone. Maybe the first three days of school are all excitement, and then it hits you, or maybe it doesn’t sink in until you visit your family over Thanksgiving. Everyone’s got his or her own timetable for this, but remember: Everyone’s going through it! Reach out both to high school friends at other colleges and people you meet at school. You’ll find someone who understands. 3. Try something new. Always wanted to learn the drums? Do it. Or get involved in politics? Check out student government. While all schools are different, the one thing that is true for every college big and small is that there are opportunities there for everyone and everything. This is your chance to dabble in just about anything, so take advantage while you can. 4. Keep doing what you love. Sometimes the

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multiple schools. “I saw one recently where they were applying to the University of Cincinnati. I had to ask, ‘Why are you mentioning the Musketeers?’ ” Bisig said. Admissions officers often will provide an open-ended question to give the student a starting point. But the question often is very broad, designed to urge the applicant to offer a creative response. No matter how vanilla the ques-

message “try new things” can get overblown – don’t forget that it’s OK to also stick with what you love. The new people surrounding you will have different strengths and backgrounds and are going to expand your relationship with that old activity you’ve been doing since you were 5. 5. Look for a mentor. Start by building up your courage and talking to your professors outside of class. Your mentor is someone who will write you a killer job recommendation in four years. They will also take a vested interest in who you are as a person, as well as a student. They’ll give you insight beyond school and influence your development. Ultimately, they’re someone who’s been in your shoes and has come out the other end. They know generally what you are going through and can give you that perspective that those your age can’t. 6. Sleep. 7. Form a study group. This is a great way to make friends, plus you learn more by pooling knowledge. Win win! 8. Do the work. Even if you go to lecture and get the teacher’s interpretation, don’t fail to actually read Freud’s

“The Ego and the Id” for yourself and form your own opinion. College is a time when your biggest job is to learn; unless you go on to graduate school, you’re not going to find that again! 9. Get off campus. You’ll quickly realize there’s a big world out there outside of campus. So get out there. It’s a great way to maintain perspective and immerse yourself in a different vibe than the one on campus. 10. Trust your instincts. You can’t take all of this advice at once! Try something new or do something old? Get sleep or go off campus? Ultimately, this is a time to listen to and trust yourself. And perhaps most of all, don’t be too hard on yourself. Given that college is a time to explore, there will likely be points where you are feeling lost. Perhaps everyone around you might seem like they are doing just fine. Remember: You’re not alone. Chances are, if you reach out about your feelings, someone will respond.

tion might be, students should be as specific as possible in their response. They also should avoid being redundant by simply restating many of the items already included on the application. They shouldn’t make excuses for poor academic performance, or dwell on them. They should write about what excites them, and be bold instead of passive in their speech. Bisig believes essays carry even greater importance today when pursuing full-ride academic scholarships where thousands of stu-

dents are competing for the same funding pool. “Scholarships have become so competitive that all kids look the same,” Bisig said. “The essay is one place where the student can share their voice. It’s a critical piece.” For students who have average GPAs and SAT scores, a top-notch essay can help elevate them to the head of the class. “Not everybody is perfect on paper,” said Schafer. “Students bring other things to campus in addition to their test scores.”

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It’s never too late to return to school By Dave Etienne Enquirer contributor

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, of the 17.6 million undergraduates in the U.S., 38 percent are over the age of 25 and 25 percent are over the age of 30. Further, the share of all students who are over age 25 is projected to increase another 23 percent by 2019. These are the socalled “non-traditional” students. What’s behind this trend? Many have gone back to school after working a few years and deciding they want more fulfilling careers, some are former members of the military embarking on new careers, and others are single parents desiring a better life for their families.

Returning to school a path to new career Many of the most recent are returning to college in the “new economy” as the path to a different career. No matter the reason, all have

specific needs that must be met. That’s the case with Chris Suttles, who is a student at Beckfield College’s Florence campus. “I worked at Comair and lost my job in 2010,” he explained. “I had a few options, so I decided to get out of the airline industry and go back to school.” The Florence, Ky., resident is pursuing a BA in criminal justice under Beckfield’s 2+2=4 program (the first two years provide the student with an associate’s degree, and the second two complete the bachelor’s). Suttles plans to get his master’s degree and then go on to work as either a Kentucky State police officer or a teacher. Tina S. Blakley, a junior at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Delhi township, returned to college for a different reason. “I decided to return to college because I wanted to partner my corporate background with my athletic background,” she said. Blakely is also

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Programs make the back-to-school transition easier Blakley’s and Suttles’ experiences are similar in that their institutions made the back-to-school transition easy. According to Mary Brigham, admissions counselor for adult/graduate studies at the Mount: “We want to make the process as student-friendly as possible for our adult students. That means working with their employers for tuition reimbursement or remission and using our relationships with our academic advisers to make sure they get the help they need in a seamless way.” She adds, “We even hold an Adult Registration Rally that’s a one-stop shop for everything from registration to enrollment to financial aid.” Suzanne Deatherage, corporate director of marketing for Beckfield College, says, “With more than 70 percent of our college student body over the age of 25, we focus on the students’ goals and their needs in achieving those goals. Student and career services, a learning assistance center, accessible faculty and engaged deans all come into play.” Deatherage adds, “Prior to starting a new quarter, we even invite new students to bring family members and friends to campus so they can see where their loved ones will be taking the next steps in their careers.”

Chris Suttles, 51, of Florence, Ky., studies in a courtyard on the Beckfield College campus in Florence. After losing his job in 2010, Suttles decided to switch careers and returned to school. Suttles has completed the associate’s degree portion of Beckfield’s 2+2=4 program and is pursing a bachelor’s degree. He is studying criminal justice and expects to graduate in September 2014. PHOTO BY TONYA BORGATTI FOR THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER

Flexible class schedules appeal to students One of the reasons Blakley returned to the Mount was the flexible class schedules. “They offer classes at various times throughout the week and weekend classes. The class size is smaller and the professors are accessible” Blakley said. “They understand that most students returning to college have many demands on their schedules, such as family and jobs.” That flexibility is especially appealing to students who are transferring from other institutions, who, according to The Choice blog of

The New York Times, account for one in three students at most two- and four-year schools. While they may have recent college experience, their situations can be just as daunting. Size and personal attention were important factors for student Kayla Rosselott, who transferred to Beckfield College’s Tri-County campus because she felt lost at her previous school. “I came from a small town and the other school was just too big,” she said. Rosselott is currently studying medical assisting and plans to enroll in Beckfield’s LPN/RN program. MSJ’s Brigham sums up the needs of returning

or transferring students this way: “We recognize the demands on their time so we offer lots of different options for courses – accelerated, online, weekend, day and evening to match just about any personal or work schedule. And adult students can participate in our co-op program to help them get work experience in a new field, which is particularly important for those who might have returned due to job loss.” Adds Beckfield’s Deatherage, “Non-traditional students have responsibilities and a more focused approach to their education and it’s important to be responsive to those needs.”


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By Kasha Patel USA TODAY College

Before we even get to college, we hear horror stories about dorm life and prepare to move into an apartment ASAP following freshman year. In reality, dorms are more like all-inclusive resorts than houses of horror. Dorms allow students to delay the responsibilities of adulthood for a few more years and fully experience college. What 20-year-old wouldn’t want that? Here are 10 good reasons to live in a dorm for all four years. 1. Cleaning service included One of the greatest perks of

living in a dorm is the cleaning service. Not only does the cleaning service do your dirty work, but it also saves you time. The facility staff takes out the trash, refills the soap and toilet paper, disinfects the bathrooms and vacuums the common areas – all before you even get out of bed for class! You have the rest of your life to do your own cleaning so let someone else do it for you for a year … or four. 2. Proximity This is an obvious but highly underrated advantage. Your dorm is within walking distance to class, readily prepared food in the cafeteria, See DORM LIFE, Page 19

When you live in a dorm you have the opportunity to meet a wide variety of people that you may not normally run into. PHOTO BY JAMES WOODSON/GETTY IMAGES

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According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average student takes an extra six months beyond their four years to actually obtain a bachelor’s degree. And while they’re doing so, many are racking up serious debt. In fact, most undergraduate students graduate with close to $20,000 in student loan debt, according to Students in Southwest Ohio have a program offered by UC Clermont College that can help overcome both of these challenges. The Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP) provides qualified high school students with the opportunity to take college classes for which they can earn both high school and college credit. Sometimes called dual enrollment, the opportunity enables students to achieve one or all of the Ohio Department of Education’s objectives for PSEOP: » increase a student’s college readiness and access; » decrease the cost of a student’s college education; and » decrease the time it takes


for a student to earn a college degree. PSEOP offers two options: Under Option A, the parent or guardian covers all the costs, but under Option B, the school or state is responsible for the costs. Covered costs include tuition, textbooks, materials and fees directly related to the course. In some cases, transportation costs may be reimbursed, but room and board, if necessary, are the responsibility of the student/parent. Talk to your school’s guidance counselor about the options.

“We hope that a large percentage of these students decide to matriculate at UC after they graduate from high school,” said Debra K. Clark, Ph.D., and director of PSEOP for the past 10 years. “Last year, almost 75 percent of our on-campus PSEOP students matriculated at UC, the majority of whom (55 percent) matriculated at UC Clermont.” Haley Lippmeier graduated from Glen Este High School in June 2012 and is on track to graduate from college in 2016. “I enrolled in PSEOP because it

was an opportunity to experience college before I actually fully jumped in this year. Also, the program has no charge for books and the courses, which is a great way to save money.” The pre-nursing student plans to continue her nursing education at the University of Cincinnati. Another student with a similar story is Peter Sheldon, who is majoring in finance at UC’s main campus and plans on getting his master’s degree. He, too, graduated from Glen Este in June of 2012 and had an asso-

ciate’s degree by August that same year. “I think it gave me a great opportunity to advance quickly and work toward my degree while in high school,” he said. His mother offers a parent’s perspective on the early enrollment option. “Many schools don’t offer programs for gifted students. I think PSEOP provides a way for ambitious students to use their talents and move forward at their own pace,” explained Eleanora Sheldon. “We’ve had two sons go through this program.” According to Clark, total enrollment in PSEOP at UC Clermont (on and off campus) is more than 500 students, many of whom come from the West Clermont School District’s Glen Este and Amelia high schools. “This is a selective admissions program, but for those students who qualify, the rewards can be quite significant,” she said. To be considered for PSEOP at UC Clermont, students must complete an application, have a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and pass a college placement test. For the fall 2013 term students must submit an “intent” form to their high school by March 30, 2013, and an application to UC Clermont by April 2, 2013. Students may also participate in PSEOP at UC Blue Ash.

Matching your college major with the perfect minor By Diane Kollman

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Adding a minor demonstrates a skill set outside of your major, amplifies comprehension of your main area of study and allows you to explore other areas. Although your minor may not matter much to employers, the experiences you gain from those specific courses have many potential advantages. Below are some of the most common majors, along with suggestions for corresponding minors and careers.

Graphic design: Being able to edit images and design Web pages provides a unique advantage for English majors. With the rapid growth of online audiences, more English-related careers are moving to the Internet. Independent publishing companies and copyediting services will appreciate an employee who can create graphics to accompany his or her writing. Business: The ability to effectively communicate and synthesize information are among the core strengths of

English majors. Blending these traits with business knowledge can generate an impressive list of competencies and create a gateway to higher-paying careers. Positions in the areas of marketing coordination, search-engine marketing, sales and financial analysis are all viable options.

» Biology Chemistry: For those whose souls have not been entirely deadened by organic chemistry, tacking on a minor in chemistry is an ideal route for biotechnology and pharmaceutical enthusiasts. In addition, a

chemistry minor (or even a double major) is one way to distinguish an application amid the sea of biology major candidates when applying to highly competitive medical schools. Biomedical engineering: An interest in the realm of bionics, genetic engineering, medical technologies or similar areas corresponds with biomedical engineering, a field that combines medical science and engineering. This minor would allow for the exploration of specific career paths, especially those that involve research and inventing or modifying medical technologies.

» Accounting Professional writing: Accounting may be the language of business, but accounting majors are notoriously mediocre writers. Having the ability to write professionally and eloquently provides an edge in the workplace. Opt for a professional, business or technical-writing minor instead of an English minor to ensure that all courses are relevant to the business world rather than the literary. Computer science: As one of See MATCHING, Page 17


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can’t give out their personal email, they can probably give you the email for your admissions counselor or general admissions. On my tours, I carry business cards that I love giving to prospective students. This is a great resource to take advantage of if you think you’ll have questions later down the line or have specific questions about a major. If a tour guide can’t answer your question via email, most will connect you with another tour guide or friend who can help you. 5. Talk to students who aren’t tour guides. Tour guides can answer your questions and tell you about their experiences, but it’s good to talk to students who aren’t tour guides as well. Don’t be shy. Walk up to someone sitting on a bench on the quad, introduce yourself, ask him or her their major, favor-

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Perhaps you should avoid a particular library where loud groups hang out or always have a warm sweater on hand when you take classes in that freezing building across campus. Students will not be shy about sharing the campus’ flaws in order to help you get situated. Be thankful this knowledge can be so honestly passed down to you and take advantage of it since you’re not likely to get it from anyone else. » Who are some people I should get to know on campus? Your first inclination may be to meet as many people as possible and make numerous new

ite classes and anything else you are curious about. They will give you an honest opinion that a tour guide won’t necessarily give you in front of the entire group. Talking to average students will give you some insight into the types of students who attend and the atmosphere of the university. 6. Find out more information about the student ambassadors. Tour guides are typically a part of a larger student organization. At my university, we are called ambassadors. Ask your tour guide or the welcome center for more information about the ambassadors like Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, blogs, videos and more. The student ambassadors are there to help you find out if the university is right for you. Doing some further research about them will give you a better idea about the student body and what students are doing during their free time. 7. Make a pros and

cons list. After your tour is over, take a few minutes to evaluate your visit. Sit down with your family and make a pros and cons list. When you go on a seemingly endless amount of college tours, they all start to blend together. You’ll be happy you took a few minutes to sort out your thoughts when you are making those tough decisions come spring. I made a pro/con lists for each school I visited and it made my decision-making process easier. The one with the most “pros,” American University, was ultimately where I chose to enroll. During your college search, you spend time carefully planning visits, looking at potential courses and weighing your options. Make sure that you are taking advantage of the information and resources available to you on your visit. Tour guides and admission representatives want to help you find out if the school is right for you.

friends, but there are always people who fit special molds: that person who’s a great study buddy, that girl who always knows of a great party, that guy from your hometown whom you can carpool with. Mainly, ask current students about the best ways to meet these people – and all people, for that matter. Socialization is one of the key parts of the college experience, so make sure this school is one that helps you to expand your network in beneficial ways. If you don’t directly know a current student, do your best to track one down; it’s not as difficult as you might think. It could be a friend’s older sibling, a relative of a co-worker or a neighbor down the street. Tapping into your

“acquaintances” network – friends of friends – will significantly increase the number of people to whom you can turn to. Additionally, look into over-night programs that many schools offer for prospective students. These programs allow you to stay with a current student for a night or two to experience campus life. Students usually love talking about their colleges in any sense, so don’t worry about imposing on anyone. The college experience is truly invaluable so be sure to make the right selection. Keep asking questions, keep researching, and you’ll find treasures instead of lemons. Cathryn Sloane graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in English.

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By Tom N. Tumbusch Enquirer contributor

Filling out an application for a four-year institution can be a daunting prospect, but don’t let the multiple screens of questions overwhelm you. Here’s a quick rundown of a typical university or college application, plus tips on what the people who read them are looking for.

Personal Information Here you’ll be asked for basics like your name, address and Social Security Number. Some of this information is required so that the institution can contact you. Optional information

such as race or veteran status isn’t considered for admission, but providing it may help you connect with campus groups that support your demographic.

Education History This section summarizes your grades and other academic information, but doesn’t replace transcripts and other documentation. Most institutions also want SAT or ACT scores, though many now prefer to get these results directly from testing agencies. In most cases, schools focus on grades at the end of junior year, but there are exceptions. “Sometimes we

don’t choose to make an admissions decision until the seventh semester so that we can see if a student is trending upward,” says Peggy Minnich, director of admission for the College of Mount St. Joseph. Many schools also watch what a student is currently taking. “It’s important for students to keep up the rigor in their senior year,” says Thomas Canepa, Ed.D., associate VP for admissions at the University of Cincinnati. It’s a red flag if a senior seems to be “coasting.”

Extracurricular Activities and Work Experience “Academics are important, but we

want to see what else the student has been involved with,” Canepa says. A part-time job, community service, involvement in sports or other activities suggest that a student has desirable traits such as leadership potential.

Essays, Short Questions and Personal Statements Canepa advises students not to write answers to these open-ended sections in the online application itself, but to prepare them in a word processor after carefully reading the instructions. See APPLICATION, Page 17


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“Take your time and make sure that it’s your best work,” Canepa says. He adds that while a parent, counselor, or friend can help proofread or make comments, the essay must be the student’s work. “I can tell when mom or dad has crafted an essay for a student.”

Additional Information Some applications allow students to provide information that isn’t requested elsewhere. This is a good place to mention any extenuating circumstances that negatively affected a high school record, like an injury, long-term illness, or death in the family. An admissions office may respond by contacting your school counselor or asking for letters of recommendation, potentially improving your chance of success. “Motivation is one thing that we can’t gauge, especially if a student is borderline,” Minnich says. “Sometimes we call a

guidance councilor and hear a comment like: ‘wow, this student has finally realized the importance of this.’ ” Applying to multiple schools? Check to see if more than one of your choices participates in the Common Application (, a standardized application accepted by multiple schools. Current participants include Xavier University, Miami University (Oxford), Ohio State, the University of Dayton, Marietta College and the University of Kentucky. The University of Cincinnati will also begin accepting the Common Application on Aug. 1 for 2014 freshmen class applications. Applications for two-year institutions tend to be less complicated, without open-ended questions or essays. They focus primarily on personal information, grades, and proof that the student has completed high school. If you’re still feeling overwhelmed, ask your high school counseling office to walk you through the process. Or contact the admissions office of the institution you’re applying to.

Matching the fastest-growing career fields, computer science complements an accounting major because many accounting firms depend on an increasing number of computerbased systems. A mastery of computer programming and mathematical reasoning is a great asset for accounting students seeking a position in the IT auditing industry.

concerned with advertising, political-minded students will appreciate the focus on communication between organizations and their clients or constituents. In addition to becoming familiar with various forms of media, students involved in strategic communication must learn to modify messages depending on their audience. Careers related to political science and communication include political campaign work, journalism, sales, marketing and legislation.

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Economics: Amassing information on world events, statistical analysis, market systems and government operations will ultimately build a stronger foundation for the practical knowledge required for both political careers and law school. Enrolling in a series of economics courses also helps one comprehend how economic policies affect both individuals and global governments. Strategic communication: While this field is largely

Biology: Careers in psychiatry require expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. A biology minor supplies a broader understanding of how the human body responds to psychotropic drugs and other medical treatments. Certain areas of psychological research may also depend heavily on anatomical knowledge, especially physiology and genetics. Graduate school is a must for most psychology majors seeking

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these occupations, and undergraduate minors can serve as preparation for a future specialization. Criminal justice: Forensic psychology exists within the criminal justice system and civil courts. In this profession, psychologists may conduct child-custody evaluations, assess the mental stability of individuals or provide psychotherapy services to victims of crime. Undergraduate psychology majors can investigate forensic studies through the minor in order to determine whether such a career matches their interests. While this may be a relatively short list, keeping these examples in mind when considering minors can be beneficial. As evidenced above, it may help to think about the areas where your major falls short of your future career’s expectations. What additional skills can you pick up to set yourself apart from your peers? Above all, make sure to choose a subject that fascinates you.

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Cincy State horticulture students land scholarships By Cliff Peale

Three Cincinnati State Technical & Community College landscape horticulture students won scholarships from the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association. Lynda Smith, Kat Smith and Jamie Helbig all are active in the LH Club at Cincinnati State and will attend the annual Student Career Days competition in March at Auburn University. A total of 17 scholarships were awarded to students at 10 Ohio colleges from the program, one of the largest of its kind in the country.

MSJ to honor 15 for roles in the college’s history The annual scholarship benefit for the College of Mount St. Joseph this year will honor 15 people who have

played significant roles in the history of the Mount during its 50 years on the current campus in Delhi Township. Proceeds from the event, held April 24 at Music Hall in Over-the-Rhine, will benefit the college’s general scholarship fund that provides scholarships for more than 700 students a year. Visit for more information.

UC to expand cancer oral vaccine testing A research team at the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health determined that a new oral vaccine that attacks cancer cells could be effective in preventing the recurrence of breast cancer. UC said it was the first scientific report using oral delivery of a unique virus as a cancer vaccine.

UC researcher Jason Steel said the virus “is special because it survives the stomach.” “Normally you introduce a virus by mouth and it is broken down in the stomach. This virus is resistant to breakdown, which opened up the possibility of administering it orally as a cancer vaccine.” The UC team expects to begin testing the vaccine for prevention of other cancers, including lung cancer, sometime this year.

Miami U awards top undergrad professors Miami University professors Steven Tuck and Rose Marie Ward received the university’s top teaching award at fall commencement Dec. 14, 2012. Tuck, associate professor of classics, and Ward, associate professor of kinesiology and health, received the E. Phillips

Knox Teaching Award. The award recognizes creative, innovative and engaged teaching of undergraduates. Tuck has been at Miami since 2001. He has mentored and directed 31 student projects during the last six years and has directed study experiences both abroad and in the U.S. Ward started at Miami in 2002 and has supervised more than 100 independent study projects. She also helped develop the health promotion major.

Local churches honor XU’s Benjamin Urmston The founder of peace and justice programs at Xavier University earned the “Keeping the Dream Alive” award from the Church of the Resurrection in Bond Hill. Benjamin Urmston, professor emeritus at XU, was pre-


sented the award Jan. 21. Urmston, 87, joined the Xavier faculty in 1971 and saw the need for student involvement in peace and justice issues. He also has been active in community groups including the Evanston Community Council, the St. Francis-St. Joseph Catholic Worker House shelter and the Cincinnati NAACP.


KY music educators name NKU prof teacher of the year By Cliff Peale

Brant Karrick, a music professor at Northern Kentucky University, was named the College-University Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Music Educators Association. He is the fourth NKU music teacher to receive the award, following Jon Gresham, Randy Pennington and David DuneKarrick vant. Karrick joined NKU in 2003 as director of bands. He also taught at the University of Toledo and several public high schools. “It is a very special honor for me to be recognized by my peers and fellow music educators in the state of Ken-

tucky, and to help bring positive attention to NKU,” Karrick said.

Thomas More College extends writers project Thomas More College is continuing its Appalachian Writers Series, a collaboration with Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Crestview Hills and the Urban Appalachian Council. The series is a project of Thomas More’s Creative Writing Vision program. The series started earlier in February and extends until April 11, when author and nurse Jeanne Bryner is the featured reader at the annual celebration of “Words,” Thomas More’s official literary arts magazine. Sites for the events include Thomas More’s Crestview Hills campus, JosephBeth and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton

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NKU students use new teaching technique to study obesity epidemic

Gateway College appoints new dean

Northern Kentucky University students are studying the nation’s obesity epidemic using the new-age college teaching technique called the “flipped classroom.” Students in the initiatives through NKU’s wellness program get most of their information outside of class by viewing a series of documentaries, then use class time to discuss and engage on the topic. They can then apply those lessons through a final “Take Action” assignment.

Gateway Community & Technical College has named Carissa Schutzman of Villa Hills as dean of workforce solutions. She will collaborate with partners in industry and local secondary Schutzman schools to create programs that will train workers for local jobs, particularly in manufacturing. Schutzman joined Gateway in 2008 as an adjunct faculty member and has served as chairwoman of its development education division.

State council says future jobs to require higher ed More than half of Kentucky’s jobs will require at least some college education by 2020, the state’s Council on Postsecondary Education says.

The CPE, which oversees Kentucky’s public universities, said those with at least some college training will earn at least $289,000 more over a 40-year career than someone with no higher education. Those with a bachelor’s degree will earn an additional $879,000 compared to those with a high school degree over a career, while a graduate degree means an average $1.34 million more. Kentuckians with a high school diploma or GED were twice as likely to be unemployed than those with a bachelor’s degree, CPE officials said after issuing a brief in January called “College Still Pays.” “The 21st century economy is requiring more highly education workers and the demand for those workers will only grow in the future,” CPE President Bob King said.


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the perfect study environment in the library, on-campus parties, sporting events and your best friend’s room. Plus, you don’t have to worry about driving to campus or getting parking tickets. 3. Great place to meet new people Often housing over 100 students, dorms allow you to casually meet people outside of your usual social scene. Whether you are gathering people to play an impromptu game of volleyball or rallying people to make a latenight fast-food run, you have the opportunity to meet a wide variety of people that you may not normally run into. 4. Safety Unless you are living in a highly secure apartment complex (which is usually pretty expensive), most apartments are only protected by the door lock and maybe an entrance gate. Dorms, however, usually require special keycard access in addition to a door key and are monitored at night by the RA. College campuses often have blue-light security phones around campus and have surveillance by a campus security patrol and/or video cameras. Many schools also provide night shuttles to dorms and escorts for students upon request. 5. Free stuff from your RA Do you remember freshman year when the RA would shower you with candy for every holiday, throw tie-dye parties and assemble finals week stress-reliever packages? That doesn’t have to stop after freshman year. All RAs are usually required to provide

monthly activities for their residents that normally involve giving away free stuff, especially food. These freebies may sound like inconsequential perks, but you can really fill your stomach and accumulate a lot of free stuff over the years. 6. No bills You may not fully appreciate this luxury until you live in an apartment. Unlike apartments, dorms do not have leases or monthly bills so there is no worrying about legal contracts or late payments. You pay one big price at the beginning of the semester that usually includes all utilities, Wi-Fi and cable. Also, you don’t have to deal with resetting that pesky Wi-Fi router or running out of hot water. 7. No furniture moving With everything you want to bring and everything your mom snuck into your bag when you weren’t looking, you already have enough stuff to bring to college. Why add heavy furniture to that list? Plus, an unfurnished apartment will probably require shelves, a dining table, couch and television. All of that is in addition to your bed, dresser and desk. I’m getting stressed out and tired from just thinking about searching, buying, moving and then selling and disposing of all of that furniture at the end of the year. 8. Ultimate entertainment centers Most dorms will have a game room or at least one form of entertainment. At my university, each dorm had a PingPong or pool table, a large television in the common rooms and shared access to outdoor basketball and volleyball courts. Sometimes, friends

who lived off campus would come to the dorms just to play volleyball or Ping-Pong. If your dorm does not have any form of entertainment, your hall can put in a request to the RA. My freshman hall requested a new PingPong table and actually received one within reasonable time. 9. Customize your dorms Just because you live in a dorm doesn’t necessarily mean you have to live on a hall, share a bathroom with 12 other people or even have a roommate. Many schools offer different types of dorms for upperclassmen. If you don’t want to share a hall bathroom, look into your school’s option for a suite-style dorm. If you don’t want a roommate, then live in a single-occupancy room. If you enjoy cooking, look into the dorm with the best kitchen or look if your school offers an apartment-style dorm. You can still reap all the benefits of living in a dorm without compromising what you really want. 10. Once-in-a-lifetime experience Dorm life is an integral part to having the complete college experience. People who are ready to turn in their shower shoes after one or two years of dorm life may forget that the dorm experience is a unique opportunity. That not-sopleasant roommate or that awkward bathroom encounter becomes an amusing story to tell. You will never be this age again and have the convenience – and fun – that a dorm provides. Remember, living in a dorm is only available for four years out of your entire life. Kasha Patel recently graduated with a chemistry major and journalism minor from Wake Forest University.


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