DeBlogs > Logan Paluch
Although I am sure I wrote a
blog on scholarships before, I want to reiterate the importance of applying for
them because it amazes me how many students won’t after their freshman year.
They’ll receive the same or perhaps less financial aid while the cost of
attendance rises. If you finance your own
college education, I’m sure you are all too familiar with the ins and outs of
financial aid. If you aren’t, then please take my advice and relieve your
student debt. Even if your parents pay for college, be generous back and reduce
each of their quarterly payments with these simple tricks.
First, I encourage everyone
to fill out the general applications available on Scholarship Connect. My
senior alone, I received an extra $6,500 from the finance and accounting
scholarships. There are few questions where the answers must be 500 words or
less, but each general application puts your name in for multiple internal
scholarships, so your odds are better than you think.
Also, if you have already
filed for financial aid, if you need to, consider filing a financial aid appeal
form. The 2019-2020 forms were recently posted and you find them at this link. As my dad always says to me,
“The worst they can say is no”. My father and I sent an appeal form as an
incoming freshman and every year since. The results can truly vary.
If you are
a prospective student who has been admitted into DePaul University, I strongly
recommend attending the admitted student days to hear first-hand from current
students on their experiences at DePaul. Yes, you can read DeBlogs and gain a
good sense, but these events are a great opportunity to ask questions and
express any concerns you may have.
hear from a panel of students from 10:00AM to 10:30AM in the Lincoln Park
Student Center on the following dates:
Friday, February 22
Friday, March 15
Friday, April 12
I will be
speaking at the student panel on Friday, February 22. If you are thinking of
going into the Strobel Accountancy Honors Program then you were probably also
invited to attend a Strobel Honors Reception. The receptions take place from
1:30PM to 2:15PM in the Loop at the DePaul Center on the 11th floor
in the DePaul Club room on the following dates:
see me at the March 15 and April 12 receptions and I’d be happy to answer any
questions you may have before finalizing your decision on what college to
enroll in. You can register at go.depaul.edu/admittedevents.
Aside from the campus eye candy, I remember my first impressions of the Loop campus ’ DePaul Center. The contrast between the two campuses was stark. On one hand, there is subtlety and community, and then there is formal and professional. As an incoming accounting major, I saw the facilities of the business school as something that would truly prepare me for a career. I noticed the classroom sizes were smaller than a typical five hundred-student lecture hall, thus making DePaul’s curriculum more inviting and engaging. All these factors aligned together just right because it did not take much convincing for me to enroll a few months later. I hope others can experience the visit days as I have. If this is not possible due to snow or rain, there are surely many other attributes to DePaul that will entice.
On the other hand, choosing to attend DePaul, or stay for that matter, solely based on the premise it is located in Chicago does not by any means constitute a valid reason to study here. Truth be told, I think it is the field experience - in terms of jobs and internships - that separates DePaul from most universities. I see firsthand the dedication of studying in honors programs, declaring multiple majors, working a job as a full-time student (whether it be on or off campus) and attaining internships before graduation; all to which typical DePaul students will have the luxury of accomplishing as opposed to those of a state school. I see old high school classmates in their state universities partying and tailgating, to which I must admit seems so fun, you know that stereotypical college experience. But, it is no wonder as to why parties are the dominant theme; they don’t have some of the world’s most renowned cultural institutions, corporate employers, and recreational parks in their backyard. There is a reason why Chicago is the first destination they flock to when summer break comes around.