Phoebe Brown

Phoebe Brown

Phoebe Brown is the former SEO Strategist for USF’s Office of Innovative Education. She enjoys writing blog articles about all aspects of the college admissions process, so students, parents, and counselors find the information they need when they need it most.


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Take a Campus Tour from Home

Visiting colleges is an important part of the college admissions process. You want to make sure that the college is the best fit for you and offers the resources you need to succeed. Over the past few years, more and more colleges have started using virtual campus tours to make it easier for students and their families to check out potential schools.

We know how busy students and their families are, so we’ve developed virtual tours of each of USF’s three beautiful campuses for you. Now, you can meet students and take a campus tour from home.


The Pros and Cons of Having a Double Major

College offers you the freedom and independence to choose the field of study that interests you the most. Some students decide to major in two different fields or double major. Check out some of the most common pros and cons of having a double major in college.


5 Best Fall Semester Weekend College Activities

The fall semester at college is an exciting time of year. College students are busy studying, attending classes, and getting involved on campus. With so much going on during the week, you might be wondering what there is to do on the weekend. Here are the 5 best fall semester weekend college activities to help you have fun, connect with friends, and engage with your school and community.


FAFSA and Financial Aid Tips to Keep Your College Cost Down

As you begin your journey to college, figuring out how to pay for it will likely  be an important part of the conversation. You might not know where to begin when it comes to financial aid, but filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be one of your first steps. Here are some financial aid tips to help you successfully fill out your FAFSA and get the greatest amount of aid available.


How to Use Winter Break to Help Your Students Prepare for College

College counselors stay busy throughout the school year. Often, counselors use winter break to help them complete important tasks to help their students prepare for college. However, all the planning and time it can take might leave counselors feeling overwhelmed and tired. Instead of working your fingers to the bones, check out our time-saving tips to use winter break to help your students prepare for college, so there’s still time for you to have some fun.


The Scoop on Being a National Merit Scholar

Typically, during the fall of your junior year of high school, you’ll take the PSAT/NMSQT. PSAT stands for Preliminary SAT, and it helps you get familiar with the SAT format and time constraints. NMSQT stands for the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which is used to identify potential National Merit Scholars. Here’s the scoop on being a National Merit Scholar.


How to Apply to USF with These Easy Steps

Completing college applications can be a frustrating and confusing process, so we want to help make the USF application process as easy as possible. Whether you’ve started your application or not, you can follow these easy steps for how to apply to USF to streamline the process.


How to Find the Right College for You

Finding the right college for you is a big task, but it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming one. You’re unique and have your own goals for college and your future. Before you start your search for your college soulmate, you’ll need to decide what is most important to you. Think of the big three categories: academics, culture, and financial aid.


How to Prep for the SAT and ACT in 3 Easy Steps

During your junior and senior years of high school, you will take college admissions tests, such as the SAT and the ACT. Colleges use these test scores to help them make admissions decisions, so you will include them in your applications. As with any test, you want to prepare for it and do your best. Here are some tips for how to prep for the SAT and ACT.


How to Stay Motivated During the College Admissions Process

If you are embarking on the college admissions process, you may feel a mix of emotions. It’s normal to feel confused, overwhelmed and excited all at the same time. Sometimes, these feelings along with the college application process can cause students to procrastinate on finishing their applications and submitting them. To help you along the path, check out these simple tips on how to stay motivated during the college admissions process.


Understanding College Admissions Lingo

When you start the process of applying to colleges, you’ll come across many different college admissions terms. You will know what some of the terms mean, but you may not be familiar with all of them. At times, the college admissions process can feel overwhelming and confusing. However, understanding college admissions lingo is essential to making your admissions process as easy as possible.

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