Why WhatsBestforMe.com?

Posted on January 12, 2018

 

 

We’re often asked why we created www.WhatsBestforMe.com. What is it about the current system of students choosing schools – and schools selecting students – that needs an overhaul?

Well, thankfully, The Wall Street Journal and trade publication Education Dive just published an almost verbatim version of our answers.

  • It seems that someone just noticed that more college students are 24 years old or older!
  • Most of those surprisingly older (read: non-traditional) students are part-timers!
  • And non-selective, tier one schools are more often than not the higher education institution of choice!

Well, if you follow us (and thanks for that!), then you’ve heard us talk about all three of those points. It’s nice to know that a higher education trade publication just noticed the obvious.

But there’s a greater disconnect that they missed in this article.

  • Career Advancement is one of the two top reasons these people are in college
  • These are real-life jugglers – managing work, spouse, children, under-compensation and an aging parent population that increasingly need help – and few if any schools are equipped to help
  • Prospective students need more control in the review, consideration, application, financing and enrollment process

It is that last point that is really our wheelhouse; we level the playing field by giving students an opportunity to specify what they want and need. That means: where to study; what to study; when to study; and how to pay for their higher education.

So, what’s the takeaway?

  • Schools are often well behind the needs and realities facing their students
  • Postsecondary Education is an industry that needs to wake up and focus on their “customers” (students) more than any other issue
  • Students have choices and we’re giving them the most-powerful one in the market.

Read the articles for yourself…then head to https://my.whatsbestforme.com/web/student/register and take some control, get accepted to the school that best meets your needs, and demand the financial aid you need…and they happen to have to hang around waiting for you to ask.

Education Dive:  https://www.educationdive.com/news/who-is-the-typical-college-student-you-might-be-surprised/514354/

Wall Street Journal:  https://www.wsj.com/articles/todays-college-students-arent-who-you-think-1515240000

 

 

The Perfect Holiday Gifts For Every Student

Posted on December 20, 2017

Whether you take this list and make it your holiday wish list, white elephant, or you gift a thing or two to someone else, here are some practical yet enjoyable gifts to get college students through the school year. But you’ll probably want to keep everything for yourself.

 

Bath and Body Works Stress Relief Candle

Candles are a great gift for anyone. They smell nice, look good on a table, and will probably last all year. Sit back and unwind with a candle like Bath and Body Works Stress Relief candle after a long day of work and school.

 

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Get it at http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/ or Amazon

 

The perfect bag

The perfect bag is a versatile one what gets you from work to class to other activities without having that “what did I forget” moment. Bags are great gifts because they can be inexpensive or expensive depending on brands and are always useful.

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Coffee

Coffee is the key to success. Or at least that’s how I think the saying goes… Coffee is a great gift because it comes in so many delicious flavors and the smell will warm up your whole house. Throw in a mug with the school’s logo for presentation.

Try this coffee subscription box from The Bean Box

 

Planners and highlighters

A planner can sound a little boring at first, but with all the different types and designs they have now staying organized has never been more fun. For the creative type, consider the Bullet Journal. It allows for total creative freedom. If you like your planners already set up for you check out all the exciting designs. Highlighters and colored pens make checking off your to-do list seem more accomplishing too.

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Electronics

With the world going digital an iPad or Kindle is a useful gift if you give that students can use in class to take notes or get their textbooks on. They’re lightweight and portable so taking them to class isn’t a hassle.

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Amazon gift card/prime

Ahhh the gift of prime. Two-day shipping makes getting what you need but mostly want, fast. Especially for the holidays. Amazon has an endless array of products, including textbooks and textbook rentals.  You can’t go wrong with an Amazon gift card or a prime membership… P.S. Amazon prime for students offers a discounted rate.

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A sentimental momentum

A framed photo from graduation, a frame for their diploma, a shadowbox full of memories. Homemade gifts or gifts from the heart can go a long way.

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Money and gift cards

Let’s face it when all else fails, or you totally forgot to get a gift, money is the best gift. It gives freedom to the recipient and it’s something a lot of us could always use more of. Whether you give them cash. Gas cards and gift cards to their favorite stores so they can buy themselves a nice interview outfit or that cozy study blanket.