No Accomplishment is too Small: How a Rubik’s Cube Turned into a College Degree

As I completed my last final as an undergrad and prepared to graduate, I couldn’t help but reflect on a special day that led me to this moment. Many people can’t recall a specific moment that inspired them to pursue higher education. For me, college didn’t seem attainable as a high school student because I…

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Why it’s Okay to Take a Gap Year

We are made to believe there is a set timeline we should follow on the path to finding a career. It is the “norm” for high-schoolers to go directly into college and then immediately into graduate school or the workforce. This leaves those of us who take breaks or side roads on the path to…

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3 Things I Wish I Knew as a Transfer Student

When I first transferred into La Salle University from Manor College, I was so eager to jump right into all the things I had previously been a part of. I wanted to do it all! This included joining student government, volunteer groups, a sorority, the tutoring center, and student research in the biology department. I…

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New Year’s Academic Resolutions

It’s that time of year again where the semester has ended, the holidays have passed, and we need to embark on a new year and semester. As a fellow student, I know that at the end of every semester I always find myself saying, “Next semester I’ll do better” or “I’ll do things differently next…

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What Makes Someone a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar?

As a Jack Kent Cooke scholar, I’ve met some of the most incredible people in the country. This is a privilege I don’t take for granted. Other JKC scholars have taught me how far hard work and perseverance can take you. When I was applying, I didn’t think I was qualified to win. However, I…

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How To: Support First Generation College Students

The biggest reasons I thought I couldn’t go to college was because my family didn’t have the money for it and I didn’t think I was “college material”. I assumed you already had to know everything before you even went to college. I had to build my own support system because I had no idea…

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Going to College as a First Generation Student

As kids we expect that our parents have already experienced every milestone we’re going to go through in life. There’s a sense of comfort in knowing that they can advise you on what’s next and how you should prepare. As a first-generation college student, this is far from the case. You are the first in…

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My Story: The Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

Applying for scholarships can be very stressful. The Jack Kent Cooke scholarship application is one of the more extensive applications I’ve dealt with, but if you are willing and dedicated enough to put in the effort, the payoff is incredible.   I was awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship in May 2016, a…

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