So much of the time, we talk about planning for college, preparing for the FAFSA, and other topics. These are the most important. However, there is so much more you'll learn about college once you get there. In this article, we'll highlight some of the unknowns that you'll see during the college planning process and your college experience.
Here are some articles to prepare you for the more unusual parts of college:
45 of the Weirdest College Scholarships
1. Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest--If you love ducks season you may be eligible for $2,000 in scholarships. So get your favorite duck call and get prepared to win some money!
2. Tall Clubs International Scholarship--If you're a male 6' 2" or taller, or a female 5' 10" or taller, you just may qualify for this $1,000 scholarship. To qualify, you simply need to write an essay entitled "What Being Tall Means to Me."
3. Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY) Award--This $7,500 scholarship, free trip to Disney World and spot in a Milk Mustache ad are available to 25 student-athlete high school seniors with 3.20 GPAs who participate in school or club sports.
10 Unique College Student Clubs
1. Fine Cheese Club: The Fine Cheese Club of Scripps College, located in Claremont, CA, is a relatively new phenomenon, having been established only a few years ago, according to The Scripps Voice. Semimonthly meetings center on understanding, appreciating and enjoying gourmet cheese from all over the world. These connoisseurs experiment with pairing exotic and fascinating cheeses with complements such as dried fruit, crackers and chocolate. Members of the club have even tried making their own dairy products, from spreadable home-aged cheeses to tart yogurt.
2. Freewill Folk Society: The Freewill Folk Society at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine helps students experience American folk traditions, such as bluegrass music, partner dancing, group singing and knitting. The society holds monthly dance events throughout the school year, and they form the driving force behind the annual Bates Community Folk Festival, which celebrated its third anniversary in 2013. Once in a while, students can escape the stress of their studies and enjoy partner dancing to live music, with a caller guiding them through the moves.
7 College Majors You Didn't Know Existed
1. Pop Culture
Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH)
Do you enjoy binge-watching television shows on Netflix or obsessing over celebrities? If so, this major might be a dream come true for you. Students who major in Popular Culture at BGSU study TV, popular music and literature, amusement parks and movies. This degree prepares students to pursue a variety of careers, especially in the fields of journalism, mass media, public relations and advertising. Fun fact: BGSU is the only institution in the nation to have a department of popular culture! Program courses include Introduction to Popular Music, Television as Popular Culture and Youth and Popular Culture.
2. Bakery Science & Management
Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS)
If you’ve ever wanted to open your own bakery or cute little cupcake shop, you might want to consider Kansas State’s Bakery Science & Management program. According to the KSU department website, this major trains students for administrative, research, production and executive positions in the baking industry. You can also choose whether to focus on production management, which is more business-oriented, or cereal chemistry, which involves quality control and research and development. Program courses include Flour and Dough Testing, Basic Nutrition and Principles of Milling.
4 Weirdest Colleges You've Never Heard Of
From the East Coast to the West Coast, there are hundreds of colleges and universities that we’re all familiar with. There are certainly the Ivies, big state schools, and select private institutions that we’ve received seemingly endless emails and letters about (and likely know a million people who go there), but what about the ones we may have missed? Here, HC lists four schools in the U.S. that you may have never heard of before, but now you’ll be glad you did...
20 Bizarre College Courses
1. Maple Syrup: The Real Thing, Alfred University
In case students are looking to pursue a career in the maple syrup industry, this course looks into the profession of maple syrup maker and production process as well as all aspects of the business. While in class, students actually create and taste maple syrup recipes and dishes and visit different sites in New York. Most students likely won’t become syrup tycoons, but this class gets them prepped and ready, just in case.
2. Philosophy and Star Trek, Georgetown University
This course gives students the opportunity to use class as an excuse to watch Star Trek. No joke. Then, they get to analyze it over and over again in class by applying themes to major philosophical questions that have to do with time, reality, a person’s identity and free will–all of which may or may not exist.
3. The Art of Walking, Centre College in Danville, Kentucky
You walk anyway, so why not get course credit for it? The class touches upon walking as a lost form of transportation that has fallen behind automobiles and other faster methods of transport. Students will follow lesson plans based around walking and its relation to beauty and art in the world around them.
There's a taste of the unknown of college life - the weird courses, clubs, scholarships, majors, and even colleges themselves.
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