How To Make Extra Money in College

College is expensive and can be a great burden on families, even with scholarships. Most often students attempt to procure work study jobs when they have the allocation but what happens when one has no work study awarded and employment is scarce? Below are some innovative ways to make money! Continue reading

How To Build Credit the Smart Way

Credit is required for nearly every monumental purchase one can think of, as an undergraduate student and/or recent graduate what options are available to you with a limited or non-existent credit history?  Continue reading

What Can I do in High School to Prepare for College?

As a freshman in high school, senior year may seem so far away but in actuality, it’s not.  Here’s a guide to help you get a head start on college as well as become informed and go in knowing the ropes a bit!   Freshman Year: The summer after your freshman year is the PERFECT time to find an internship or part-time job!  It will help you know what you like and don’t like as well as give you the opportunity to begin building your resume.  Also, with this job you’ll have the opportunity to save money!  (This is monumental, SAVING and BUDGETING are two skills needed in all facets of life.) Most banks offer student checking and savings accounts.  Ask a parent to get the necessary documents and help with opening an account. 

Living on Campus: Pros and Cons

It can be a huge decision when choosing whether to live on campus or off. While you may be tempted to decide one way or another, it's imperative that you weight the pros and cons of living on campus before making your final decision. Here are the pros and cons of living on campus. Continue reading

Master's Degree

What is a master’s degree? A master’s degree is an academic qualification granted at the postgraduate level to individuals who have successfully undergone study demonstrating a high level of expertise in a specific field of study or area of professional practice. Students who graduate with a master’s degree should possess advanced knowledge of a specialized body of theoretical and applied topics, a high level of skills and techniques associated with their chosen subject area, and a range of transferable and professional skills gained through independent and highly focused learning and research.   Read More  

Next Steps is Teaming Up with Americorps

Next Steps is teaming up with AmeriCorps for the 2014-2015 Academic year for a new part-time service opportunity. The Next Steps Americorps program will be working with 100 rising college sophomore’s and junior’s who were Philadelphia high school graduates, who also participated in a pre-college program while in high school. Continue reading

SAVE THE DATE: 2014 Annual College Send-off

CORE Scholars is proud to announce the 2014 Annual College Send-Off Conference! This is a mandatory event for all of our Promise Scholarship applicants. There will be college prep seminars, entertainment, prizes, and much more so you don’t want to miss this. Continue reading

Financial Aid and Study Abroad: How To Make It Work!

How much will this really cost you?  The first step to answering that question is looking at your Financial Aid package. Read More.

New Survey Shows College Graduates Who Study Abroad Land Career-Related Jobs Sooner, with Higher Starting Salaries

IES (Institute for the International Education of Students) Abroad survey shows that nearly 90% of study abroad alumni found their first jobs within six months of graduation compared to only 49% of recent college graduates in the general population who found jobs within a year. Read More.

“When You Study Abroad, You’re Helping to Make America Stronger”

First Lady Michelle Obama focuses on the importance of studying abroad in support of the President’s “100,000 Strong Initiative” – a program that aims to increase the number of Americans who have the opportunity to study in China. Read More.

International Study Up

The number of international students at U.S. universities increased 7.2 percent in 2012-13 to an all-time high of 819,644, according to the latest “Open Doors” survey of international enrollments and American study abroad participation. Read More.

Happy New Years CORE Scholars

We at CORE would like to wish you a Happy New Year! We believe that studying abroad is a very important experience for all college students. If you haven’t started looking, we hope that this newsletter will inspire you to study abroad.

Break Through to Student Success: Majors Edition

It’s that time of year. The fall semester has taken off, and many new or returning students are seriously considering what to major in for their academic careers. The only question is … “How to choose?!” Read More.

Penn College of Technology Approves New Academic Majors for Fall 2013

Four new programs in dynamic career fields – mechatronics, emergency management, applied technology and magnetic resonance imaging – will soon complement the list of more than 100 academic majors offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read Article.

Can’t Pick a College Major? Create One

More than 900 four-year colleges and universities allow students to develop their own programs of study with an advisor’s help, up 5.1% from five years ago, based on data from the College Board, a New York-based nonprofit organization of colleges and universities. Read Article.

Penn Law Presents: The Pre-College Summer Academy

High school students from across the United States and around the world enjoyed exposure to different perspectives as they discussed legal issues with each other and Penn Law faculty and staff. A student explained, “One minute we would be passionately arguing and the next we were laughing. Read More.

Study: Many Choose Major Not Aligned to Interests

Nearly one-third of this year’s freshmen class plans to major in something that doesn’t match their interests, according to a study released this month. Read More.

Finding Balance: A College Rant

As a college student, I have realized that life can be and will be very stressful. Sure you always hear before you go off to college that you’re going to be entering the “real world”, but what does the “real world” really mean?  Read Article

Mid Terms!

Here are some simple tips for you that will not only help you ace your exam but they should reduce your stress level as well when studying for your mid-terms. Read More

Study Tips from our fellow CORE Scholars

For many students, the midpoint of the semester means spending late nights in the library, pairing up with classmates to hold study groups, and occasionally meeting with the professor for an update on grades.  Check out the advice from fellow CORE Scholars on how they prepare for an exam: Read Article

College Family Night

CORE Scholars, in conjunction with Steppingstone Scholars and Russell Byers Charter School, hosted a College Family Night on Monday, October 14th. Admissions representatives from St. Joseph’s University, Amherst College, Tufts University, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Arcadia, Holy Cross, and Villanova were all available to provide insights into the admissions process to local high school students along with their parents. After a brief welcome, students broke up into small groups to participate in a “mock admissions” process where only one applicant could be accepted into a school. Students not only grasped a sense of the admission process but were also informed on what exactly the admission counselors look for when viewing an application.

The Cost Of Interns: By the Numbers

According to the 2011 survey, 61 percent of students working paid internships in the for-profit sector had job offers at the time of their graduation, compared to 38 percent of students who worked unpaid internships and one third of students who had no internship experience. Read More.

Congratulations to Our First RISE Award Recipient

CORE Scholars would like to congratulate the very first recipient of the RISE scholarship. Here’s what Corian Wells (PSU) had to say about his experience: Interview: Corian Wells Continue reading

College Life DIY

From Iphone cases to string headphones, these cost effective projects are sure to add personal flare to ordinary objects.  Read More

How to Attend College without Debt

Making wise choices today can help prevent headaches later in life. Read More

50 Smart and Easy Ways to Save Money in College

Finding college a little more expensive than you expected? Check out these tips to help you save cash during the college years. Read More

The Politics of College Costs

Ballots cast in November will help decide how the federal government confronts the costs of college and what role the private sector plays in higher education. Read More

Financial Health for Students

There is no time like the present to take control of your financial future. In this November edition of the CORE Scholars newsletter, we have provided some helpful tips to get you financially fit.

Half of Us

Did you know that depression affects about 19 million people in the United States every year? College students are especially at risk with half reporting that they have been so stressed that they couldn’t function during the past year. Through Half of Us, mtvU and The Jed Foundation want to initiate a public dialogue to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues and connect students to the appropriate resources to get help. READ MORE.

Top Five Things that Stress College Students

College students have always experienced academic and social stress. Now financial stress is in the mix in a big way and helping push student anxiety to record levels. READ MORE.

Changes to the Promise Scholarship

The CORE Promise Scholarship was founded in 2003 as a means to place a college degree within the reach of Philadelphia young people. After careful observation, we have decided to build upon the application process in an effort to increase college success for our scholars. Please expect details in a formal announcement in the November newsletter.

From the ED’s Corner

tand up, CORE family, stand up! Hopefully that gave you a smile and made you think, “Okay, but stand up for what?” Well, for starters, the upcoming Presidential election is fast approaching, so we want you ALL to stand up to VOTE and be counted.  Our October newsletter theme is “Healthy you, happy you”, and includes a few reminders on the importance of taking care of your body, mind, and spirit as you knock out those mid-terms and prepare for finals (Christmas break is only 8, yes, 8 Saturday nights away!)  And even though daylight hours are harder to come by than a Philadelphia championship in any sport, just because it’s dark doesn’t mean that what you do doesn’t count.  As my grandparents told me as a student, and my parents still love to tell me today, “It’s what you do when no one is looking that matters most.” Chances are, you don’t have to look far to find the unwanted face of obesity, and who wants to buy a school hoodie in XXXXL?  So here’s to a few things to keep the pounds at bay:  get more sleep, fewer all-nighters, exercise portion control, and as the First Lady reminds us all, “Let’s Move!” In scholarship and service, Donyale “Donnie” Reavis, Esq.

10 Companies That Can Help You Pay for College

Here’s one easy way to get a degree without going deep in debt: have someone else pay for it. What if you could go to college with a job lined up and your tuition covered? If you land a spot at a company with a tuition assistance program, that may be a reality! CLICK HERE

The Weight of Student Loans

Kelsey Griffith graduates on Sunday from Ohio Northern University. To start paying off her $120,000 in student debt, she is already working two restaurant jobs and will soon give up her apartment here to live with her parents. Her mother, who co-signed on the loans, is taking out a life insurance policy on her daughter… READ MORE

The Sacrifices of College

Between the ages of 18 and 22, Jodi Romine took out $74,000 in student loans to help finance her business-management degree at Kent State University in Ohio. What seemed like a good investment will delay her career, her marriage and decision to have children… READ MORE

Cities With a Low Number of College Graduates Struggle Economically

DAYTON, Ohio — As cities like this one try to reinvent themselves after losing large swaths of their manufacturing sectors, they are discovering that one of the most critical ingredients for a successful transformation — college graduates — is in perilously short supply. READ MORE

Lose Your Debt, And Lose It FAST!!

Joe Mihalic graduated from Harvard Business School with his MBA—and $95,000 in student loans—in 2009. After two years of loan payments, Mihalic resolved to pay them off in 10 months. He started a blog, No More Harvard Debt to chronicle his experiment in cutting costs and earning more money. In March, he paid the last of his loans several months ahead of schedule. To learn more CLICK HERE

Opportunities for next summer

Are you interested in government? The Mayor’s Internship Program (MIP) with the City of Philadelphia is an opportunity for current college undergraduates and graduate-level students to gain hands-on experience within a city government that manages operations for the nation’s 5th largest municipality. READ MORE

A Summer Abroad

Last summer a cohort of  Bloomsburg University students embarked on an amazing journey to China. Click HERE to read more about their experiences and to consider studying abroad for yourself!

Summer Medical and Dental Education Program

Are you interested in the medical or dental field? If so, the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) may be perfect for you! This program is a FREE ( full tuition, housing, and meals) six-week sumer, academic, enrichment program that offers freshman and sophmore college students intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation. READ MORE.

Spend your summer with Management Leadership for Tomorrow

Together, African-Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans make up a small 3% of all senior leaders in corporations, entrepreneurial ventures, and non-profit organizations. If you’re a student of color eager to engage in business, then you should utilize this upcoming summer opportunity with Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT). MLT is a career development program that equips young people with the necessary tools to unlock their career potential. APPLY TODAY!

Keep Striving

In life you must stick to the fight when your heart has been hit. If you have a goal, dream or vision the only person in charge of the outcome is you.  Life will happen and throughout that course life can break you. If and when that point occurs, you have to recover. I have just successfully completed my junior year at Millersville University. This semester was a challenge for me, however I pulled through.  On top of taking 5 classes, being on two executive boards, and becoming a member of a sorority, I also had a death in my family that completely turned my world upside down. At that point in my life I wanted to give up on everything– I wanted to withdraw from classes and quit my job. Although my heart was saying, “ Give up,” my mind was trying to think clearly. So I ended up contacting the dean of my department, notifying her of my loss. My next step was to alert all of my professors of my loss. Although I began to reconsider withdrawing from classes, this one particular professor’s response to my email made me want to leave his class and never turn back. In short, the email basically said that I would still be held accountable for my multiple absences– which basically meant if I missed more than two classes my grade would drop a letter grade. I was livid and thought he was being so cruel. I didn’t understand how that was fair and how someone could act that way towards someone who was grieving. I had about four days to calm down and I decided to speak with him in person. I explained to my professor everything I had going on in my personal life and the impact the death had on my family. The conversation ended positively and we mapped out a plan for me to finish the semester strong, which I did. So like I stated previously, this semester was a hardship for me, however I didn’t let it conquer me. Never give up and always remember pain is temporary and that no hard time lasts forever. But the success of your accomplishments will forever be humbling and be proof that you can do whatever you set your mind to do.

Ramblings of a Simple College Student

Ashlee’s response to The Regrets of the Young by Daniel Gulati Continue reading

How To Create a Great Resume

By Penny Loretto, About.com Guide An effective resume is one that gets results. The purpose of a resume is to obtain an interview and ultimately to get the job or internship. All the effort spent on writing a good resume is worth it and the tips below will help you write a resume that gets results.Be selective in the information you share on a resume and include only the details that are relevant to the employer and the position. Be concise and succinct in all descriptions and avoid the use pronouns and articles (a, an, the) whenever possible. Take a look at this resume template for ideas on what to include on your resume. Difficulty: Average Time Required: 1 – 3 Hours Continue reading

Top 10 Internship Myths

By Rebecca Zissou While most students know that an internship can be a valuable resume booster and a great way to establish career contacts, several myths exist about these positions. I’m sure you’ve heard it all before: interns perform the grunt work of a company; they aren’t paid for their time; they are treated poorly by their coworkers and supervisors. As an intern myself, I’m here to dispel those rumors. Rather than let you continue to hold fast to these misconceptions, I’m here to let you know what internships are really all about. Continue reading

The New World of Internships

By Lisa Takeuchi Cullen Like many of his new classmates at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, freshman Cory Hipps spent the summer working. But instead of stocking jeans at the mall or pulling sodas at the Dairy Queen, Hipps, 18, clocked 9-to-5 days at the accounting firm Deloitte, testing software designed to help customers manage debt. He earned wages, kudos from his bosses and the promise of internships at the firm throughout his college years. “Anyone my age can say they want to do something with their career,” he says, “but I already am.” Continue reading

Making the Best of a Bad Internship Experience

It was December 23rd, 2005 when I received word from Byron Industries (the real name of the company has been disguised) that I would be invited to take part in their fall internship program. With more than 2,000 employees and several hundred million dollars in revenue, Byron is one of Boston’s largest companies. Studying human resources as an undergraduate had been challenging. There were few educational opportunities within my university. I felt that gaining an HR internship was key to building a successful career. Achieving not only an internship position, but one at such a prominent company, was extremely exciting.   Continue reading

How to Find a Summer Internship

By Deborah Federico A student came into my office recently, bearing a worried expression. A friend had told him there weren’t any more summer internships available, he lamented to me. “What! That’s definitely not true,” I exclaimed, and  quickly reassured him that there were still plenty of internships available for the summer. Then I told him to stop listening to his friend—at least when it comes to career advice. As an undergraduate career counselor in the School of Management at Boston University, a large portion of my job revolves around dispelling myths such as this one. So, whenever your friends give you advice about the job market or your career, make sure to get the facts from your school’s career services office. I can almost guarantee that you’ll find some kind of internship for the summer by using the strategies outlined below. You might even find yourself in the enviable position of having to choose between multiple internship offers. Continue reading

Top 10 Internship Interviewing Tips

By Penny Loretto, About.com Guide You’ve already sent out your resume and cover letter and the employer has recently contacted you about scheduling an interview. Below are some tips to help ensure a successful interview, which is the next step in the internship process. By following these ten interviewing tips you will be well on your way to having a successful interview and ultimately an internship offer. Also, be sure to check out Alison Doyle’s video on how to prepare for a job interview. Continue reading

Internship Cover Letter Guide

By Penny Loretto, About.com Guide Cover letters tend to follow a very simple format: 1. 1st Paragraph – Why you are writing. 2. 2nd/3rd Paragraphs – What you have to offer. 3. Last Paragraph – How you’ll follow up. Continue reading