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What I Wish I'd Known About College

by Mitch Krpata

The most important lessons I learned at college weren't the ones my professors taught me. Instead, I learned unpleasant truths about things like money, socializing, and self-sufficiency – usually the hard way. If I could go back and give advice to my freshman self, this is what I'd say.

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Apply for scholarships and grants.


A good education will eventually pay for itself, but the more you can accelerate that process, the better. Leaving college with tens of thousands of dollars in debt can be crippling. There are countless individual scholarships and grants out there for the taking, and sometimes nobody applies for them. College students leave free money on the table because they don't know any better. Take the time to research available scholarships – here's a good place to start – and apply! There's no downside to trying.

Next: Be aware of all financial aid requirements and deadlines.

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