Q: I was wondering if you know of any or how to find scholarships for people who tend to be more introverted? I have hardly any community involvement because I just don't like being around people that much & have mild social anxiety. It really seems to be screwing my chances of getting any scholarships since every application I've done has had a section asking for what I've done in my community. My financial aid is out in two years and my schooling won't be done by then. Any help would be great...?

The best person to ask about this is an academic adviser at your school. Just send an email if you don’t want to go in person. Give them a little background about yourself and tell them you’re looking for scholarships. They will know better what is available at your school, because it’s different at every school.

There are scholarships that don’t depend on you being an extrovert.

Here are a few school-specific examples: 

  1. A lot of colleges reward good grades with scholarships. I got a few thousand dollars every year for being on the president’s list. 
  2. Departments award scholarships to students for exceptional work in their department. You have to just generally be a good student. Get to know all the professors, do your homework, go to class, etc.
  3. There are scholarships for specific fields of study. For example, there were scholarships specifically for people studying elementary education at my school. 

Here are a few national examples: 

  1. Tall Clubs International Scholarship—If you’re a male 6’ 2” or taller, or a female 5’ 10” or taller, you just may qualify for this $1,000 scholarship. To qualify, you simply need to write an essay entitled “What Being Tall Means to Me.”
  2. Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY) Award—This $7,500 scholarship, free trip to Disney World and spot in a Milk Mustache ad are available to 25 student-athlete high school seniors with 3.20 GPAs who participate in school or club sports.
  3. Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest—If you love ducks season you may be eligible for $2,000 in scholarships. So get your favorite duck call and get prepared to win some money!

You can also get scholarships for your ethnic background, military affiliation, religious affiliation, special conditions, and disabilities. (Keep in mind that anxiety is considered a disability by many.)

Q: Hi! Are there significant changes between editions of a book? I managed to download the 2nd edition free ebook for this class, but the required materials lists the third edition. Should I stick with the one I downloaded or spend money on the newer edition?..?
- Anonymous

I’ve done it. It’s kind of a pain, but it’s usually not that big a deal, especially if the printing dates are close together. (If the first edition was printed in 1979 and the new edition is from 1999, they are probably very different. But if your print is from 2013 and the new one is 2014, it’s probably very similar.)

The actual content and material in the book will probably identical. It’s the page numbers and chapter quizzes/questions that will mess you up. 

If your professor relies heavily on the textbook it will be more difficult. If they assign a lot of reading, it will probably be by page number, and your page numbers might not be the same. If they make you answer questions from the book for homework, the questions may be different.

You could always go to the campus bookstore and flip through the book to see how similar it is to your ebook.

I would personally wait and see how much the professor uses the book. If they hardly ever mention it, you probably don’t need the new edition. If they end up using the book all the time, you can always order a copy online.

Q: My American national goverment teacher told us we have a test this thusrsday the 18. It's 85 she said. She canceled class tues and Thursday the days that class is taught. She told us the test is on chapters 1,2,3 and I've read throes chapters and I have highlighted things. She gave us some notes on all 3 chapters. I'm FREAKING OUT!!!! She kinda of went fast on the reviewing and them some she went slow to explain. I took notes I need help advice whatever you got!! Thanks!..?
- Anonymous

I know answering this question so late in the game makes it kind of irrelevant, but check out our blog on important study tips: 25 Techniques to help you study  (The tip about writing down things you don’t know works super well)

Sometimes things like this happen, just DON’T FREAK OUT - that will only make things worse. 

Good luck!

Q: I've been going to a community college since I was 18. I'm about to turn 21 & I'm still there. Is it weird to still be at a community college at 21/22 years old? And is it weird to graduate from a university at 24/25 years old while still living with your parents?..?
- Anonymous

It is absolutely not weird. Actually it is more common than you think. 

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, approximately 58% of first-time, full-time students who began their bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution in fall 2004 completed it within six years and in 2014 those statistics continue to rise. 

There are numerous reasons that contribute to the rise of graduates with a longer degree term, some include taking on work and school at the same time, spreading it out for financial reasons, and working an internship and school at the same time. 

You are making a wise decision to go to community college your first two years, that cuts down costs significantly. Don’t feel pressured to fall into the status quo of the four-year degree. 

Q: So I've been going to college for barely a month and I'm having some really bad separation anxiety from my girlfriend. I knew it was going to hurt, I didn't think it'd hurt this much. I sometimes don't even focus in class because I'm busy missing her. Any advice on how to focus on my studies instead?..?
- Anonymous

Keep in mind that she is not going to want you to slack off because of her. She is going to want what is best for you. 

Also, it.gets.better! It will become easier to be away from her, although it doesn’t seem like that now. And when it becomes easier, that doesn’t mean that you don’t care about her as much, it just means that you are adjusting to your reality.

The last thing you want to do is harbor resentment towards her in the future because you ended up doing poorly in class. 

Just think about all the positives and think about how happy and successful she wants you to be, that should be the drive behind your focus. 

Q: Hello, I wanted to ask you something that has been stressing me out a lot lately. For a while now I have been questioning what I wanted to be - I have always love literature and poetry and the stuff I learned in my AP Lit class, so I was thinking I should become a literature teacher but I hear the things they say about teachers and how they were too lazy to do something with their lives and 'if you can't do, teach.' stuff and they make so little money and I'm afraid of that because living with....?
- Anonymous

Teachers are awesome! Well, most of them. If you are thinking about teaching, there are multiple opportunities to make a pretty great living

It is up to you as to how far you are willing to take your education in order to make more money. The minimum level of education required to become a college professor is a master’s degree. 

However, if you invest the time and money into furthering your education to that level, English college professors make upwards of $75K on average a year.

Q: Hi! Hope you can help me, I'm about to finish the collage, but I'm really interested in make it to the police academy in US, Do you know of I can make it if I'm from another country, and if that is the case, wich are the requirements?..?
- Anonymous

If you are from a different country, you can absolutely become a police officer once you are an official American citizen. Once you become a citizen, you simply just have to apply for the academy.

To become an American citizen you must apply for Naturalization. The requirements for Naturalization and directions on the process can be found here: http://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship/citizenship-through-naturalization.

Hope this helps!

Q: Little money has always been a kind of fear of mine and I know that's so shallow to think but I can't help it. So, now I am a political science major to go to law school but my heart isn't in it and my parents tell me that in anything they will support me but they pushed me for law school and I just don't know any more and I am really stressing out about this. What should I do, I am so nervous all the time to the point where I am afraid to even say I am rethinking my whole life plan I had before..?
- Anonymous

Follow your heart! If your parents support you like you say they do, then they absolutely do not want you to spend the rest of your life miserable and doing something that you don’t love. 

Do you enjoy your political science courses? If so, there are multiple jobs outside of law that you take on in areas such as:

  • Journalism 
  • Local, state, and federal government careers
  • Nonprofits 
  • Campaign management
  • Teaching
  • Electoral politics
  • International organizations
  • Business

… and many more. You can always talk to your adviser and look at other career routes for your major. 

Also, this is YOUR college career. Do what you want! If none of the above sound like something you would want to do, then your adviser can also put you on a degree plan you’d like that best utilizes the courses you have already taken. 

Q: I just started my sophomore year of college and I found out that my expected graduation date from my community college is May of next year when it should be May of this year. Should I talk to counselor for advice for graduating on time or just take a bunch of classes next semester to keep up?..?

Absolutely go talk to your adviser first! Stuff happens, things can get mixed up. Before you waste your time and more money, you definitely need to talk to them and get your schedule straightened out.

You absolutely do not want to bulk up on unnecessary courses! No one knows your schedule better than you, so go talk to them and they will definitely help.  

Q: So how exactly do online courses work at a community college? If I choose that over regular courses, do I still have to go on campus? Or can I take them at home for a semester and then somehow transition into regular courses? I'm so confused. (PS, this community college is a bit far from home)..?
- Anonymous

Ah, tough question because this really depends on your school. It would be best to go visit or call and speak with an adviser. 

  • There are some online courses that require you to take your exams at the testing center on campus.
  • Some online courses don’t require you go on campus at all.
  • Some online courses even require you to attend a “class” once a week or once at the beginning of the month.

I am sorry we cannot answer this question better for you. However, your adviser will be able to point you in the right direction without a doubt. 

Q: This is kind of a stupid question but how do you create a study time schedule ? I never done one before and I've seen a lot of 'personal' study schedule but i have no idea how to create mine...?

It’s not a stupid question at all, apparently tons of people struggle with creating a study schedule - because there is a plethora of online tools out there.

Here are a few sites that look like they offer awesome solutions: 

https://www.examtime.com/study-planner/

https://www.mystudylife.com/

http://cramfighter.com/

Let us know what helps! 

Q: I DON'T WANT TO STUDY ANYMORE :( WHAT AM I GONNA DO?..?
- Anonymous

Like ever? Or have you been studying hardcore for one test? Take a break! But, if you’re just talking about studying in general… you’re going to have to suck it up and push through. You can do it!

Don’t procrastinate. Schedule out study time for yourself for a little bit each day. That way, when it comes down to crunch time you are not feeling overwhelmed. 

Q: Hi, I'm a freshman and a Graphic Design major, and I'm required to take Intro to Design, Our first project is due very soon and I'm far behind because I don't understand my way around InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. I don't know what to do, I'm serious about Graphic Design, but I don't have the experience using those programs. And my professor doesn't seem to care. I honestly don't what to do, is Graphic Design suppose to be this challenging? Thanks in advance for any tips! ~Katie..?

Odds are, no one in your class knows what they’re doing. 

Adobe products take a while to learn. They say it takes 12 years to really, fully understand and take advantage of all the functionality of Photoshop - seriously. Your professors know that. They are just trying to get your feet wet.

My advice is just do your best and keep it simple. Sketch out a simple design on paper before you try to use the software. That way you won’t over complicate your design or get bogged down in tech stuff during the creative process. If you need inspiration, look at examples of whatever the project is online.

If you don’t have to use all three programs, just use one of them. If it’s a vector project, you should use InDesign or Illustrator. If it’s a raster project, you should use Photoshop.

It gets easier. I promise.