CORE Blog

December 1, 2018

Student Spotlight Interview with NAJRUL ISLAM

Penn State Abington, BA in Information Science and Technology ’19 CORE: Introduce yourself! ISLAM: My name is Najrul Islam. I am 20 years old. I came […]
December 1, 2018

5 Tips To Reaching The Finish Line

1. Gather Your Goals It’s common for students to become overwhelmed and under kept during this time in the academic year. While Professors may be reminding […]
November 2, 2018

Student Spotlight: Phim

Student Spotlight Interview with Phim CORE: Introduce yourself!   PHIM: I’m 26 years old. Born and raised in Philadelphia. I went to Mastery Charter school. CORE: […]
September 29, 2018

Student Spotlight: Ivy Ren

Student Spotlight Interview with IVY REN Drexel University, Lebow College of Business ’23 Check out the blog for more CORE: What are you studying and why […]
August 28, 2018
Rakeera King

Interview with Rakeera King – Drexel University, School of Nursing ‘19

CORE: What are you studying and why did you choose it? KING: To become a nurse, still deciding if I want to be a nurse practitioner. […]
July 30, 2018

Success Happens: Check out our RISE scholarship recipients

June 1, 2018

Student Spotlight: Isiah Armstrong

Community College of Philadelphia Major: Computer Information Systems CORE: How did you hear about the RISE program? ISIAH: My student advisor at my high school told […]
June 1, 2018

Guest Blog Post: How I Saved Money in College by Anixabel O’Niell Rodriguez

For many students, college can be really expensive. As a freshman, many students have no clue how to control their finances. Most of them do not […]
May 1, 2018

Student Spotlight: Jasmin Hussain

Graduation Year: June 2018 Major: Health Services and Administration How did you hear about the RISE program and what did you hope to get out of […]
May 1, 2018

Tips On Searching for A Job This Summer

Notes by Daria Ross from SaltMoney.org Edited by Jordyn Myers Did you know you can complete your financial literacy requirement by doing research on SaltMoney.org? Below […]
March 31, 2018
Aja, Program Assistant

Introducing Aja Altenhof, Our New Program Assistant

Aja is a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania planning to double major in Linguistics and Cognitive Science. Since Aja’s main role will be getting to […]
March 31, 2018
Danielle, Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight: Danielle Chattin

CORE: How did you hear about the RISE program? DANIELLE: I heard about the RISE program in high school from an educational coach. I am enrolled […]
March 31, 2018

Shoutout to Philly Student Organizing

A few weeks ago was the national student walkout for gun control. I saw groups of middle and high schoolers all over Center City holding signs, […]
March 1, 2018

Black Panther, The American Dream, and Finding Success

So I saw Black Panther a few weeks ago. I hope you, your friends, your kids, and your people already went to see it at least […]
February 28, 2018

Student Spotlight: Khalil Nelson

School: Bloomsburg University ‘21 Degree: Environment Geographical and Geological Sciences Exp. Grad Year: 2021 How did you hear about the RISE Scholarship Program? In a Senior […]
December 22, 2017

INTERVIEW WITH 2017 RISE SCHOLAR, DECHARN

CORE: How did you hear about CORE? Decharn: A counselor at my school talked to me about scholarships CORE: What was your plan for saving the […]
December 22, 2017

SHIFTING THE BALANCE OF POWER

Our Program Director, Jordyn Myers, reflects on Andre Perry’s article in The Root, “Somebody Lied: Education Alone Can’t Dismantle White Supremacy”  When I read, “Somebody Lied: Education […]
April 21, 2016

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 […]
April 15, 2016

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 […]
November 11, 2014

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 […]
October 23, 2014

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 […]
September 23, 2014

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 […]
June 14, 2014

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 […]
January 15, 2014

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” […]
January 15, 2014

“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 […]
January 15, 2014

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 […]
January 15, 2014

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.  
December 2, 2013

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 […]
December 1, 2013

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 […]
November 28, 2013
Concept image of a signpost showing the way to ten different career paths

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, […]
November 26, 2013

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 […]
November 22, 2013

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.  
October 30, 2013

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 […]
October 23, 2013

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 […]
April 6, 2013

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 […]
April 4, 2013

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: […]
December 12, 2012

COLLEGE LIFE DIY

From Iphone cases to string headphones, these cost effective projects are sure to add personal flare to ordinary objects.  Read More  
December 10, 2012

HOW TO ATTEND COLLEGE WITHOUT DEBT

Making wise choices today can help prevent headaches later in life. Read More
December 5, 2012

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
December 3, 2012

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 […]
December 1, 2012

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 […]
December 1, 2012

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 […]
October 12, 2012

FROM THE ED’S CORNER

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, […]
June 25, 2012

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 […]
June 20, 2012

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 […]
June 15, 2012

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 […]
June 9, 2012

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 […]
May 30, 2012

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!
May 28, 2012

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 […]
May 27, 2012

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 […]