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Academic and College Planning Tips and Advice


Naiyma Houston is the founder and director of Upper Hand to College, an educational organization inspiring young girls to pursue an education in science and engineering. She founded Upper Hand to College in the spring of 2012, after years of working as a researcher and project manager in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry. Naiyma started the organization because of her strong personal commitment to improving the number of women seeking careers in STEM.

Great Tips for Parents on Where to Find the Best Information for College Planning

College Planning

Helping your child plan and apply for college can be a daunting process. Many times parents do not know where to turn or how to start. Too often parents leave it up to the school to disseminate the pertinent information. While having a relationship with your high school counselor is important, the reality is school counselors often have a heavy  Read More »

How to pay In-state Tuition, While Attending College Out-of-state

How to pay In-state Tuition

Recently Sallie Mae released a survey that showed that parents are contributing less of their income to pay for college than they did four years ago. In 2009 37% of parents income went toward paying for college. Today only 27% of income is going toward college expenses. The survey found that parents and families are relying more on grants and  Read More »

Finding Colleges That Offer the Best Value

Continuing Education

Applying to college should be a family decision. It is definitely important for your son or daughter to choose the school that is the best fit for them socially and academically. However it is just as important that they choose a school that is a good financial fit for themselves and the family. When applying to schools it’s important to  Read More »

The Best Time to Search for College Scholarships is Now!

Search for College Scholarships is Now

Summer, between your junior and senior year is the best time to search for college scholarships. Senior year is guaranteed to be busy with college applications. If you have a high school senior at home, advise them to take the time now to research and apply for scholarships. You won’t regret it! Here are 7 scholarship search tips I recommend  Read More »

How 9th Grade Geometry Changed My Life

How 9th Grade Geometry Changed My Life

My second semester of Geometry, in 9th grade, was the year I fell in love with math. That semester math just finally clicked for me. I remember truly enjoying using a compass to measure angles and loving my introduction into trigonometry. This was quickly becoming my favorite class. When my family learned about my love of Geometry, they suggested I consider  Read More »

Why Should I go to College?

Education Pays

Have you asked yourself this question lately? Thinking of going back to school, but afraid of the tuition costs? If so, you are not alone. When the economy slows down many think about returning to school and finishing their college degree. But with the rising costs of tuition the thought can seem pointless. It’s tempting to just continue working and  Read More »

5 Ways to Reduce the Cost of College

5 Ways to Reduce the Cost of College

The cost of college tuition is at an all time high.  According to Bloomberg, the cost of obtaining a university education in the U.S. has soared 12 fold over the past three decades. With tuition soaring and incomes shrinking, college is becoming less affordable for many American households. As a single parent, with one  income, the dream of sending your  Read More »

Upper Hand to College – Inspiring Young Girls to Pursue an Education

Naiyma Houston

SingleMom.com is proud to present the work of Naiyma Houston, a scientific professional passionate about inspiring and empowering young women to seek careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Raised by a single mom, she was fascinated by math and science since she was a young girl, when she was encouraged to seek a career in science or engineering.  Read More »