Tuesday, January 27, 2015

East Coast Livin'

 Welcome to the east coast in the United States during the winter. Here are a few snapshots of what my street looks like under a light blanket of snow.

Over the past couple of days we've been experiencing a lot of snowfall and I have to say I've been enjoying it. Like the studious student that I am I overly enjoyed the days we had off due to the snow.

How is the weather where you live? Let me know!


Friday, January 23, 2015

Part Three: Scolarships


This College Journey is going great so far! I've found that it's not cheap and finding a scholarship is harder than you think. you would expect they would tell you these things in school, the one place you learn but they don't you find out for yourself! Hopefully I can shed some light on some gray areas of the college process.

To re-establish for any new readers I am in my junior year of high school. College is now starting to become a real thing for me. So as the plan-ahead type of girl that I am I have set out on my college journey! I don't think many people my age plan ahead as much as I do but I can't think of living my life any other way.

So knowing that college is a mere year and some months away I started looking online for scholarships, I still have some digging to do but here are some sites that I found that could be useful to you:
~ Fastweb.com
~ Scholarshipexperts.com
~ Scholarship.com
~ Prospect.net

Most of these scholarships are geared to high school students but I simply gooled "scholarships for juniors" or "scholarships for high school students". And upon this active scholarship searching I stumbled upon one of the best websites. Cappex.com is an awesome website if you are staring the college process its a great tool to use. This website alone helps you:
~ Find scholarships
~ Find colleges that match you and your major
~ Comapare colleges side by side

This website has helped me connect with colleges easily. With this website they calculate (based on your profile that you make) how well you would fit into a certain college. Obviously it is about personal preference and it may not always be accurate but the more precise your account is filled out the more accuracy of college matching. Cappex also has a list of scholarships to apply for and a rate on how much competition is expected for each of them along with a link to the specific scholarship.

As you can tell I love this website but if you would like other helpful links I encourage you to check out:
~ College Board
~ Common App

Hope you enjoyed this and I didn't miss anything. Let me know if this was helpful to you in anyway.
 If you didn't get to check out my previous posts: College~Homework~Tests


Part Two: College Admission Tests

So a couple months ago I had the privilege of taking the PSAT. This is a wonderful test that the State gives to students in their Junior year to see how they would test on the real thing. The SAT or the Scholastic Assessment Test is a standardized college test used widely for college admissions in the United States. These tests are usually taken at the end of your Junior year or the beginning/end of your Senior year. This test has three parts Reading, Writing and Math, each of these sections can be anywhere from 200 to 800 points for a possible total score of 2400. If you are curious or want more information about this test click here. The PSAT or Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test is a less intense version of the real deal but nonetheless scored similarly with the same amount of questions.

This test took three hours (I missed three periods out of my eight period schedule, I don't have a lunch so I have eight classes) and it had Math and Reading sections. In my opinion the this test was challenging but not extremely difficult. I am pretty confident that I scored well on the Reading and Writing comprehension skills but Math on the other hand (which is not my forte) it's usually a hit or miss, sometimes I excel and other times I don't. The content on the test were things that we have learned over the past year but there were some questions about things we have yet to learn.

PSAT Score: 1330

PACT Score: 17

These scores are pretty average but I tried my best. Over these next couple of months I will be studying and preparing to take the REAL test in May. I am not the best person to study with. Honestly I get distracted so quickly and want to do something I actually enjoy. But I know with these test I need to have a different mind set and get working. I've been thinking about setting a day to study for the test. Saturday Mornings consist of sleeping in but over these next few months I'm going too start utilizing that time to study.

Now the actual studying part is going to be a little challenging but I have the help of some great websites to help me, and because I enjoy helping people out here they are just in case you were interested;
~ College Board
~ Number2

As I know I will enjoy studying for these tests (not really) I hope you have a wonderful day.
If you didn't get to check out my previous posts: Road To College ~ Homework


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Feliz día de Los Reyes

For anyone reading my blog this lovely January evening, thank you! Many of you may not know that I am of Latin American descent. I am half Puerto Rican and half Dominican, for anyone that may not know these are Latin American countries that are in the Caribbean in between North and South America.

I live in America with both my parents and my sister and we tend to slip away from our culture while living in America. Most people tend to adapt to the things around them after a while and I feel like we have fallen into this rut.

El "día de Los Reyes" or Three Kings Day is celebrated in most Latin American countries. Instead of celebrating Christmas with Santa Claus coming down the chimney, they celebrate the Kings who visited Jesus after his birth and brought him presents. So on January 6th (as opposed to December 25th) the three Kings will bring the presents to the Children.

 This year we decided to celebrate and participate in this lovely holiday. As I said we do live in America which implies that we celebrate Christmas, which we do. We celebrate the birth of Jesus and give a bunch of presents to each other. So with this being said, Three kings day being a few weeks after we decided to make it simple and buy one gift for each other.

Down below are a few pictures of what my sister got for me. In no way am I trying to brag or show off but I really liked these pieces of jewelry that she got for me and wanted to share it with you!

I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about me and my clear pictures (as opposed to fuzzy/blurry ones).

What holiday did you celebrate? Let me know in the comments!