Theme: Paying for College ~ Joey Buzzell’s Responses
Joey is a junior at Boston University, from Kenduskeag, ME
How much do most colleges cost?
College is fairly expensive and is sadly getting more expensive every year. However, there are smaller local colleges that are less expensive and are often times more favored by students who want to remain closer to home when going to college.
How can I get a scholarship?
You can get a scholarship many different ways. There are businesses and organizations all over the place that want to see students go to college and they have set up scholarships for that purpose. Sometimes your school counselor will have some recommendations of scholarships you could get or you could go online and find applications through colleges you want to go to. Sometimes, colleges will even give scholarships to students with good grades.
What schools in Maine offer financial aid?
All schools in Maine offer financial aid. You just need to make sure to do the proper paperwork for financial aid called the FAFSA form.
Do I have to get a job to pay for college?
Many students get jobs in order to help with the cost of college. I myself have a student job and I am an RA with my college to get free housing. Many students find that they like having a job in college because they have a little bit of extra money to spend with their friends each week.
Why is college so expensive?
College is expensive for many reasons and a lot of them are sadly out of the control of students. As colleges get more expensive however, more and more people are speaking out about how hard it is to pay for college and many of our representatives are working hard to help future students not have to pay so much to go to college.
How long does it take to pay off loans?
One good thing that loan companies do is they work with the student to help design a payback plan that works for students. Many students are able to pay their loans off within 10-15 years after college. Payments can be really expensive but it all is determined by what you will be able to pay each month on your bill. Kind of like paying off a car. It just takes a little while.
Are there ways to save money in college?
There are many ways to save money in college. My favorite way to save is to think about all the extra expenses we have in our daily lives like getting coffee or going out to eat. What I’ll do is take any money I was going to spend on a coffee and put that money in a piggy bank and at the end of the month I will take that money and put it towards something special to reward myself and then put the rest in my bank. This way you can save some money for emergencies while still staying on a budget.
How much free time will I have?
Outside of class, you will probably have lots of free time. But, this will get filled up with homework, sports, clubs, volunteering, and other activities you want to join. In college you spend less time in class than you did in middle or high school, but you will have lots to do (and lots you want to do!) in the rest of your time.
Should I get a job during college?
Some people do get jobs during college; I have a job! It depends if you have the time and if you need to make some money. Lots of colleges offer jobs to students like working in the library or dining halls, or doing research. Some students also get jobs off campus like at restaurants in the area.
How many years will I have to college?
Usually people go to college for 4 years to get their degree. But sometimes, people can graduate in 3 years if they have earned a lot of college credit through AP classes or other extra classes. Also, community colleges and certain technical schools offer 2 year programs. So the amount of time you will spend in college depends on what you want to do!
Will I have to sleep there?
It depends on where you go to school! If you go to school near your home, you might be able to stay at your house. But if it's farther away, you would probably sleep on campus or in a house near the college.
Do colleges ask people to join them instead of the person applying?
Sometimes for sports, colleges "recruit" kids who are really good--they ask the kids to apply. And sometimes you will have people from colleges come talk to you about their school. Otherwise, you decide where you want to apply!
How much money is it if you want to switch your career while your in the middle of college?
At most schools, you are allowed to switch what you want to study, or what you want to do after college! Some places it is harder than others, but you shouldn't have to pay to switch.
How many colleges are there for being a YouTuber?
You can become a YouTuber no matter what college you go to! YouTubers usually have to have good communication and business/marketing skills, know how to use video editing technology, and be creative. So when you're looking at colleges, maybe look for ones that offer classes in communications and business, as well as any classes that relate to your interests. If you want to be a fashion YouTuber, look for colleges with fashion design programs. If you want to be a videogame YouTuber, look for colleges with computer science programs. Most colleges also have media centers where you can learn more about how to make and edit videos. Soon you'll be a successful YouTuber!
Is it too hard?
College can be hard: the classes are advanced, and moving away from home (if you go to a faraway college) is not easy. Still, you will probably make a lot of new friends and you will learn how to manage the classes. There are also a lot of people at college to help you learn.
What do you do in college?
You go to class and do homework. You hang out with your friends. You eat in the dining halls. You sleep in the dorms. You work out in the gym, swim in the pool, and play sports outside. You go to plays, concerts, and other performances. You do arts and crafts. You explore the area surrounding campus. You participate in other fun clubs and volunteer groups. You do all these things and more!
What is the schedule like?
Everyone has slightly different schedules in college, depending on when you have class. But in a typical day, students go to breakfast, go to class, go to lunch, go to more class, play sports/go to a club meeting/hang out with friends, go to dinner, do homework, and go to bed. Every day may have a different schedule. But in general, other than class time, you have a lot of free time and you get to decide what to do with it!
What are the best basketball colleges?
Watch March Madness and you'll see! Here are a few big names in college basketball: Duke University, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, University of Connecticut, Vanderbilt University, University of Virginia (but they just lost to University of Maryland-Baltimore County so watch out for UMBC too).
What is the percentage of people that make it college on a scholarship?
What colleges have vet classes?
University of California-Davis and Cornell University are known for having great veterinary programs, but lots of colleges have them, including University of Southern Maine and University of Maine-Augusta.
Are there any day schools for cosmetology?
Yes! In Maine, some of the top-rated cosmetology programs are: Aveda Institute (Augusta), Cosmotech (Portland), and Spa Tech Institute of Cosmetology (Westbrook). There are lots of programs in other places too!
Do we go every day of the week?
You will go to college classes most days of the week. Some schools you don't have class on Friday. You will not have to do classes on the weekends, but you will have homework and sports and activities then. If you go to a college farther from home, where you live there, you will be at school every day but not necessarily going to class every day.
Do you have to have a major?
At some point in college (either when you start college or in the middle of it), you do have to pick a major. A major just means that you take more classes in that area, but you can still study other things on the side! Some people even "double major"--they have two majors! And some people have a "minor"--they study something else on the side of their major.
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