Studying abroad

Walking around another country, experiencing their culture, eating authentic cuisine… all that while getting college credit? Who would say no to that! Here are some things to keep in mind if you are thinking about studying abroad.

Fees and living costs: make sure you plan ahead and make a budget. Contrary to popular believe all study abroad opportunities won’t leave you without a penny. There are many affordable options depending on which country and program, sometimes a semester can cost less than it would in your current university.
Independence: living on your own in a different country is different from living at home or in a dorm. All the commodities and luxuries you are used to might not be available, it can be a culture shock. None the less this will give you the opportunity to become independent, to manage your own budget, to learn basic things.
Experience a new culture: there is no better learning experience than being immersed in a new culture. You learn the language, taste their cuisine, enjoy their customs, it’s a win-win experience all around. Think about it- you don’t have to take time out of your career, you can choose to stay for as little as a few weeks or as long as a year, and you can experience the world and actually get college credit in return.

Having that said, you must plan ahead and make sure all the credits you take abroad are applicable towards your degree and think: Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages? Studying abroad is definitely not for everyone but it’s a great opportunity to look into.

Do you have any questions or experience you want to share about studying abroad?

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Support for Students Affected by Recent Hurricanes

Hello all!

As you are aware, Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands have all been recently affected by devastating hurricanes. This undoubtedly brought much emotional and financial burdens to millions of families.

One way that College Board is helping out is by offering fee waivers on SAT registrations for students affected by one of these recent hurricanes. Please click on the following link to see if you qualify for this support.

Support for Students Affected by Recent Hurricanes

Source: College Board



President Trump announced is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), however the White house made it clear they want a solution to protect the “DREAMers” who now face the possibility of deportation and there are several bills pending that could make that happen:

Dream Act, sponsored by Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

According to the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the Dream Act has many of the same protections in place as DACA does, and also creates a path for citizenship or permanent legal resident status if applicants meet certain requirements; DACA did not provide such a path.

Qualifications for permanent status in the Dream Act include having lived in the U.S. for a certain length of time and meeting certain educational, work or military service requirements. It would take at least 13 years for those eligible to achieve citizenship.

Recognizing America’s Children (RAC) Act, sponsored by Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla.

“The bill provides immigrants that have been vetted by The Department of Homeland Security with three pathways toward legalization: higher education, service in the armed forces, or work authorization. Following a 5-year conditional status, these immigrants would be able to reapply for a 5-year permanent status,” Curbelo said in a press release announcing the bill earlier this year. At the end of their permanent status — after a total of 10 years, according to the NILC — DREAMers could apply for citizenship.

Hope Act, sponsored by Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.

To be eligible, people must have entered the U.S. before age 18. It does not include any work, education or military requirements, but does reject people who have been convicted of certain crimes, according to the NILC.

It also provides the fastest path to citizenship. Those eligible can apply for conditional permanent residency, valid for up to eight years, and after three years can apply for lawful permanent residence status. After a total of five years, they can apply for U.S. citizenship.

BRIDGE Act, sponsored by Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo.

The BRIDGE Act — which stands for Bar Removal of Individuals Who Dream and Grow our Economy — was proposed back in January, and essentially would codify the current DACA program into law and extend it for three years, allowing Congress more time to come up with a comprehensive, long-term solution on immigration reform. Unlike the other bills in Congress, it does not include a path to citizenship.




“I See the Finish Line”

Hello everyone!

I am so excited to share information about college with you! Just FYI, I currently work as a Student Success Coach at Broward College, a state college in South Florida. My job is to advise people who are coming to college for the first time through the admissions process and also help them pick classes for their first semester. Therefore, I help people “see the finish line” all the time, which is what I want to briefly discuss with you today.

To clearly see the finish line while you are attending college, you have to do things that keep you motivated. This includes aiming for a career that aligns with your interests and abilities and one that you are passionate for. I never recommend students to pursue a career only because it pays well. Rather, think about the following question that one of my colleagues always asks students that are still undecided. She asks them: “If you won the lottery tomorrow and money was never going to be a concern in your life again, what would you do for a living?” I love this question because it helps you dig into your likes and dislikes. It is critical that you select a career that makes you happy because you will be taking a lot of classes in this field while you are in college. If you do not like the classes that are related to the career you chose, then chances are you will perform poorly in them. This will ultimately discourage you and that will affect your overall academic progress. So bottom line, make sure you love the career you pick because this will keep you motivated and it will always help you keep your eyes set on the finish line.

Also, consider the career centers many colleges and universities have that help you narrow down career options. More often than not, these centers offer assessments that survey your likes/dislikes, talents, and strengths/weaknesses. The objective of these assessments is to help you narrow down your career search to those careers that align the most to your personality, talents, and interests. If you are not yet enrolled in a college or a university, feel free to check out the assessment the college I work for offers on its website by clicking on the link below.

Career Coach Assessment

To sum up, it is important that you select a career that you are passionate about so that you can enjoy the classes you take, be successful in them, stay motivated, and see the finish the line throughout your entire educational journey. If you are a current college student who is still struggling to determine the right career to pursue, you should check out your school’s career center so you can get advice on picking the right career for you. If you are not yet in college, it is never too early to start considering career options. This can help you save time and money when you get to college because you will have your career and major defined right off the bat. Also, feel free to take Broward College’s Career Coach Assessment to help you get started. But above all, ask the Holy Spirit, which guides us to all truth, to help you decide what career you should pursue. You will not be disappointed!

I hope you found this information helpful. If you have any questions, please post them on this blog and we will get back to you soon. I am confident that after “all your days” when you “prayed and prayed” you “can see the finish line.” God Bless You!


Harold Garcia

Free tuition

Going to college shouldn’t be a financial burden, unfortunately it is for most of us. The United States has recently made some updates in providing low cost and even no cost to students in some states on tuition and board.

I’m not talking about federal or state aid such as fafsa, some higher tax paying states offer free tuition to full-time undergraduate students who qualify for their program. Some of the programs require you to work for them after graduation or  to qualify be considered low income. None the less gives these options a try.

tuition free for middle class NEW YORKERS

CNN news said:

“More than 30,000 Tennesseans and 7,000 Oregonians have gone to community college tuition free already. Students in New York and San Francisco are set to start on the same path this fall. And it’s picking up steam, with lawmakers in several other places across the country considering similar programs.”

CNN article here


According to us news:

Alice Lloyd College, Pippa Passes, Kentucky: Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, this school offers a free tuition guarantee, but only to full-time students from one of the 108 counties in the Central Appalachian service area. The area encompasses districts in Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the college’s home state of Kentucky. U.S. News rank: Rank Not Published, National Liberal Arts Colleges

Barclay College, Haviland, Kansas: Students attend this Christian college tuition-free, but students must live on campus to qualify. The school offers a handful of academic disciplines, includingyouth ministry, elementary education and business administration. The college is classified as a theological school, which U.S. News does not rank.

Berea College, Berea, Kentucky: Students do not pay tuition at this Christian college but must participate in the Student Labor Program. All full-time students work at least 10 hours a week on campus, and can receive additional, low wages ($4.65 to $6.80 an hour) for their hours. U.S. News rank: 60 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges

College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri: This Christian school foots the bill for students’ tuition. Students work 15 hours on campus per week, plus two 40-hour weeks each year during semester breaks. At least 90 percent of incoming students must demonstrate financial need, and jobs range from custodial work to dairy farming. U.S. News rank: 4, Regional Colleges (Midwest)

Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia: Students who apply to this small music school are evaluated on “artistic promise,” according to the institution’s mission statement, and must audition for a spot on the roster. The school puts on more than 200 student performances per year, and all accepted students receive full-tuition scholarships. The school has maintained its all-scholarship policy since 1928. U.S. News rank: Unranked

Deep Springs College, Big Pine, California: This two-year school only enrolls about 14 students for each incoming class. Students work on the school’s cattle ranch and alfalfa farm and receive scholarships to cover tuition and room and board for two years. Most students transfer to a four-year college to complete their degree.

An all-male school, Deep Springs planned to admit female students in 2013, but a judge barred the school from doing so after alumni sued the institution. As a two-year institution, Deep Springs is not included in the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings.

• Webb Institute, Glen Cove, New York: Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents pay no tuition or fees at this school, which bills itself as: “The only college in the country devoted to ship design engineering.” This small engineering school offers a single course of study, a dual bachelor’s degree in naval architecture and marine engineering. Students can apply for federal loans and grants to cover their room, board and other expenses. U.S. News rank: Unranked

Service academies: Pledging to serve the country can mean major educational benefits. The five institutions below tend to have rigorous application processes – all but the Coast Guard Academy require a congressional nomination for acceptance – and require students to serve after graduation. Tuition, room and board are free.


United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. U.S. News rank: 32 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges

United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut. U.S. News rank: 2, Regional Colleges (North)

United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York. U.S. News rank: 3, Regional Colleges (North)

United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. U.S. News rank: 19 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges

United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. U.S. News rank: 12 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges


Paying tuition

There is no reason that any student should pay full tuition for college. It just takes time and work to find different ways to pay. Scholarships aren’t just for the 4.0 GPA students, the athletes or the artist. The truth is: there are scholarships out there for everyone.

Service clubs, companies, and charities give out about $2 billion in private scholarships each year. Roughly 1 million students receive this support – meaning 1 out of 13 students wins a scholarship. The average of these scholarships is $2,000. So are you ready to start looking?

The following is a list of scholarships with corresponding links you can research and have an idea of what is out there:

Minority Scholarships. These scholarships are typically reserved for students from financially unprivileged backgrounds and ethnicities.

Employee Scholarships. Many employers, whether yours or your parents, offer scholarships to students just because of the relationship that exists between the two.

Wacky Scholarships. There are scholarships out there that are wacky enough for any student. Just type “wacky scholarships” into a search engine to find more.

School Year Scholarships. Whether you’re college or graduate school, there are scholarships available to students within every school year. Find your school year and apply today!

Scholarships by Personality Type. Did you know you can find scholarships to suit just about any personality trait or interest? Find scholarships that suit who you are, as a student, today.

Situational Scholarships. You can find scholarships to suit just about any situation within, they offer students from all walks of life the opportunity to fund their education.

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– AM