I’m Jennifer Friend, A New Magoosh Blogger!

I’m Jennifer Friend, A New Magoosh Blogger!

Jennifer on November 11, 2015

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Hi there! I’m Jennifer and am really excited to be writing for Magoosh!

I am a professional writer with an entrepreneurial spirit and over 15 years of career experience. If you’re reading this blog right now, consider yourself super lucky that you have access to a company like Magoosh that gives you advice on studying, test prep, applications, and managing coursework. I wish this site had been available when I was a student over a decade ago!

I worked really hard to get into college – I kept my grades up, got involved in various clubs and organizations, and studied like crazy for the SAT. Luckily, I also had a lot of support from my high school guidance counselor when it was time for me to choose schools and submit applications. Having someone on hand to guide me through the process was a luxury I realize now that I took for granted. Once I got to college, though, I quickly discovered it was all up to me to figure out how to stay afloat and not get overwhelmed.

As a result, I learned a lot about staying organized and balancing work and life the hard way. I’m here to tell you: Pulling all-nighters and binging on coffee is not the best way to prepare for an exam. (Though, it did prepare me for parenthood.)

I made it through college and earned my degree in Journalism and Communications. Since then, I have worked as a newspaper reporter, started my own Montessori school, and most recently served as communications director for a statewide advocacy organization in Raleigh, NC.

Through trial and error, I’ve acquired a lot of time management and organizational skills throughout my career, and I’m excited to share with you what I’ve learned. Hopefully my tips will be useful to you whether you’re in college, grad school, or preparing for either!

In my free time, I enjoy island living in a small beach community in eastern North Carolina with my husband, four kids, two indoor/outdoor cats, one blind dog, and a bearded dragon who sports a perma-grin. I never walk away from a double-dog dare, and I can still recite all 50 U.S. states in alphabetical order. I also love to read. Most recently, I have been obsessing over non-fiction books about people who have had amazing ideas.

I am here to help so if there are any specific topics you are interested in, please add them in the comments section below and I’ll try to get those addressed!

 About the Author:

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Jennifer is here to help you navigate college and grad school while still maintaining your sanity. She is a graduate of the University of Florida (Go Gators!), with a major in Journalism and Communications and a minor in Psychology. She’s also a certified Montessori instructor and once witnessed a four-year-old correctly label all 54 countries on a map of Africa. She prefers to sing when not in the shower, and she’s not afraid of heights as long as she’s standing on something that is less than 15-feet tall.