Tips for a Successful First Year of College

Written by University of Utah student and StepUp Federal Work-Study Employee Marcella Sweet – updated 5/28/19 College is a whirlwind of change and new experiences that in some ways you cannot anticipate or fully understand until you are standing on the other side looking back. I would do many things differently in my first year

4 things to add to your summer ‘to do’ list

You’re getting closer to going to college. You are only in high school for a few short years. You’re also probably excited to relax over summer break which is almost here! If you want to make sure you’re on the right track for college this summer, make sure you fit in a few things that

Plan your path to a great summer

Whether you’re about to graduate or just looking forward to summer break, it’s a great time to consider how your interests, needs, and opportunities for education and career are aligned. has plenty of tools to help you do just that: Discover careers that match your interests. Explore Careers with Sokanu on to discover

Utah Summer Camps Part 2: Off-Campus Options (2019)

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – Updated April 24, 2019 In part 1 of this blog, we explored summer camps offered at Utah’s colleges and universities (and had some fun with Will Smith lyrics). There are even more Utah summer camps and activities available if you’re interested in attending a camp

Utah Summer Camps Part 1: Camps at Colleges and Universities (2019)

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – Updated April 24, 2019 Summer, summer, summertime – time to go to camp and unwind! I’d like to start today’s blog by taking us back to the good old days when Will Smith (probably better known to some of today’s students as “Jaden Smith’s dad”)

Maxwell Ayeliya: My Scholarship Success Story

May 4, 2018 was the greatest day of my life because that was the day I graduated from college. I started college in 2014 and, although I was happy to be pursuing my dream, I faced many financial obstacles. When I started college, I did not have any financial support, but I learned how to

Advice from Utah Students: How I Made My College Decision

By Jacob Newman, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert National College Decision Day is coming up on May 1 and the entire month of May is National College Decision Month. Colleges and universities across the nation are asking students to let them know where they plan to attend by May 1. Remember: it’s not too

Six Reasons to Volunteer in Your Community

By Sara Dorsey – Outreach Coordinator at Lt. Governor’s Commission on Service & Volunteerism Happy Earth Day! In celebration, here are some reasons you should volunteer, either for the environment or in other ways! Also find volunteer opportunities at 1. Scholarship Opportunities   Scholarships are available specifically to those who volunteer and give back to their