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Staving off Senioritis: 8 Tips to Avoid Burnout for College Seniors

Posted by Christopher LeBlanc on Sep 21, 2015 11:03:00 AM

If you’re a college student stepping into your junior or senior year, and you’ve never heard of “senioritis,” you’re lucky.

But don’t be fooled. Academic burnout is a real phenomenon that is especially prevalent among students with jobs, heavy extracurricular loads, and high-stress internships.

When you’re tired, weary, and burned out your responsibilities as a student begin to weigh on you.

Fortunately, you’re not alone in your late school blues. We’ve compiled eight tips to help you keep or regain your focus as your college years come to a close. 


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Topics: Boston Campus, Boston Student Experience, Day Student Posts

What Should You Do Before a New Semester

Posted by Christopher LeBlanc on Sep 3, 2015 10:46:00 AM

For new and returning students, beginning a new semester means beginning a new round of paperwork for course scheduling, financial aid, and healthcare information.

Although many students are able to navigate the process of entering—or reentering—college life somewhat seamlessly, there are several who hit snags when they arrive on campus that may keep them out of their first few days of class.

Here are a few of the common missteps that can cause undue stress for new and returning students in the early days of the semester, and how to avoid them.

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Complete the financial aid process

Students unfamiliar with the college financial aid process often arrive on campus when their financial aid award has not yet been processed.

Make sure you’ve completed your FAFSA and turned in all the required paperwork before you step onto campus. If you still haven’t received an award notification, contact your school’s financial aid office as soon as possible.


Make sure housing information is in order

If you’re planning on being a campus resident, pay attention to registration requirements and deadlines. Student housing often fills up quickly, so if you dally you may miss out.

If you’re going to be off-campus, make sure you’ve cemented your living arrangements before the start of the semester. As with campus housing, the best locations near college campuses often fill up quickly.

Also, the first few days of class are already stressful. You won’t need the added strain of apartment hunting.



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Take care of medical requirements

For new students, before you are able to begin your classes, you’ll need to get your immunizations taken care of. Returning students should be all set as far as checkups and immunizations are concerned. 

But students at most universities are required to either accept or decline their school’s health insurance before the beginning of each semester.

If you have another form of health insurance (either your own or your parents’), you’ll still have to decline coverage. Otherwise you may end up paying hundreds of dollars extra for healthcare coverage you don’t need.


Make sure you close the “gap”

 A common misconception is that if students are awarded scholarships or financial aid, they are automatically covered for the entirety of their tuition and fees for the coming academic year.

This is not necessarily so.

Often students are not allowed to register for classes—or their classes are purged before the start of the semester—because the balance of tuition and fees left over after financial aid and scholarships have been awarded is left unpaid.

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There are several options to close the gap. But the most common is taking out a student loan to cover the difference.

If you do arrive on campus with an unmet financial need, make sure you visit the financial aid office to register for a payment plan as soon as possible. This allows students to make smaller payments to get into class until loans or additional financial aid awards are available.


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Topics: Boston Campus, Financial Aid, Day Student Posts

5 Helpful Tips to Apply for Financial Aid

Posted by Pamela Walker on Jul 7, 2015 10:18:02 AM

College is expensive, making the topic of financial aid a very important one. The term itself makes most students panic. To help deflate this anxiety, we offer 5 helpful tips to get you started.

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Topics: Boston Campus, Financial Aid, The College Search, Day Student Posts, Advice from Admissions

Music & Fashion: A Fisher College Visual Merchandising Event

Posted by Jessica Broneske on Jun 22, 2015 2:34:00 PM

Fisher College recently held a visual merchandising display contest open to the public that had students, faculty, families and guests flowing in through the doors on April 15th, 2015. Orchestrated by Professor Susan Mullins, the student competitors (who are in Fisher’s fashion merchandising program) were separated into seven groups and given the theme of "Music & Fashion".

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Topics: Boston Campus, Boston Student Experience, Fashion, Day Student Posts

Fisher College: Blogs from Abroad

Posted by Colby Gray on May 19, 2015 12:09:00 PM

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to go to school in a different country, or for that matter, 10 different countries all in the same semester?

Well, you’re in luck! Fisher College offers both a Study Abroad program, that traverses 16 countries across the globe, and a Semester at Sea program, which allows students to live on a cruise ship and travel to numerous countries all within one semester.

Fisher’s own Rebecca Lake, Lisa Morris and Ana Da Cunha have all just finished their respective journeys abroad and have offered to share their experiences with us.

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Topics: Boston Campus, Boston Student Experience, Day Student Posts

Patriot Matthew Slater Hosts Fisher College Students

Posted by Ira Haywood on May 13, 2015 10:01:00 AM

"Do Your Job!" This has been the mantra of the New England Patriots during their epic run to four Super Bowl wins since 2001. We've seen how this work ethic and eye for detail manifests itself on the field, and now a group of Fisher College seniors has seen how this comes to play off the field as well.

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Topics: Boston Student Experience, Day Student Posts

A Career in Early Childhood Education Will Keep You Moving

Posted by Theodore Kokoros on Apr 30, 2015 6:22:40 PM

Are you the type of person who could never seem themselves sitting in a cubicle for nine hours a day? Are you the type of person who likes to be outside a lot? Are you the type of person who enjoys active games and sports? If so Early Childhood Education (ECE) may be the field for you.

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Topics: Boston Campus, Early Childhood Education, Day Student Posts

Captain to Captain: An Interview with Matthew Slater

Posted by Ira Haywood on Apr 24, 2015 5:31:40 PM

Captain to Captain - Fisher College men's basketball co-captain Ira Haywood goes one on one with Matthew Slater, 2015 Fisher College commencement speaker and co-captain of the 2015 Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, about leadership, building a championship team and his advice for graduating students.
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Topics: Boston Campus, Athletics, Day Student Posts

Criminal Justice Spotlight: Community Policing in the Wake of Ferguson

Posted by Peter Cassino on Apr 10, 2015 2:13:18 PM

From the classroom to the dorm room, there has been much talk among Criminal Justice students and college students in general about the thin blue line now walked by police officers as they patrol urban neighborhoods in the wake of violent unrest in places like Ferguson, Missouri and New York City after two unarmed African-American men were killed during altercations with officers in those cities. The stories dominated the headlines in 2014 and intensified the underlying mistrust between residents of the inner city and those men and women sworn to protect them.

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Topics: Day Student Posts, Criminal Justice

Fisher Falcons Men's Basketball Season Recap

Posted by Ira Haywood on Mar 26, 2015 4:09:00 PM

Boston, MA - The Fisher College men’s basketball team put together a phenomenal 2014-15 season, ending the regular season with an astounding 21-7 record, with two games being the team’s longest losing streak (.750 winning percentage). This is only Fisher’s third season with 20 or more wins, and the first season since 2010 where the Falcons received top-25 votes twice. The Falcons were also the No. 1 team in weekly Association of Independent Institutions (AII) voting from December through January.

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Topics: Athletics, Day Student Posts

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Fisher College first opened its doors in 1903 in the predominantly working-class city of Somerville, Massachusetts, just two miles north of Boston. The school was founded on the belief that the immigrants of that city should have an opportunity to advance beyond unskilled labor jobs.

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