Life After High School Handbook (click to view)

Emergency numbers:

Police/fire/paramedics: 911

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Alcohol/Drugs emergency Oregon: 541-997-8509

Poison Center: 1-800-222-1222

Crisis Counseling: 1-888-989-9990

PFLAG Oregon: 541-991-8550

Work Source Oregon (jobs): 541-997-1913

Planned Parenthood Oregon: 541-902-7861

Legal Aid: 1-800-485-1017

Oregon Youth Line: 877-968-8491

National AIDS Hotline: 1-800-342-2437

National Teen Dating Helpline: 1-866-331-9474

National Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-800-448-4663


Dictionary: a handy app to have with you all the time.

EasyBib: Scan the book bar code to generate the bibliographical or works cited notation

Office Lens: Take pictures of whiteboards or documents; Office Lens cleans them up, makes them readable, and saves in a variety of formats.

Safetrek: Press the button on the app and hold it, to notify local law enforcement that you need help. Cost is $2.99 per month (or $2.50 per month if you purchase by the year).

Uber or Lyft: See below (in the Travel section) for the website links

Venmo: Send and receive money electronically, pay using your cell phone, transfer money to your bank accoun

Turboscan: Use your phone to scan and store documents, receipts, notes, whiteboards, photos, etc.

Suggested Reading

The College User's Manual, Courtney O'Banion Smith

College 101: A Girl's Guide to Freshman Year, Julie Zeilinger

Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman

15 Minutes to a Better Interview, Russell Tuckerton

Freshman Survival Guide, Nora Bradbury

Getting from College to Career, Lindsey Pollack

How to Survive Your Freshman Year, Mark W. Bernstein et al

Life Hacks, Keith Bradford

The Naked Roommate, Harlan Cohen

Stuff Every College Student Should Know, Blair Thornburgh

The Secrets of College Success, Lynn Jacobs and Jeremy Hyman

The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: College, Joshua Piven et al


What I Wish I Knew Before College (12:12)

College Tour (2:54)



EasyBib: Generate bibliographical or works cited notatioins for books by simply entering the title or ISBN number

EdX: Lots of great free online courses from top universities

Flashcard Machine: This free site has a huge library of flashcards on a wide variety of subjects, or make your own

Google Scholar: A web search engine for scholarly material; very useful for research projects

Grammerly: Checks for and eliminates grammatical errors in your writing. Also contains a plagiarism detector.

Khan Academy: Need extra help with a class, or a refresher on a course you took in high school? You might find help here, in the form of short videos on a wide variety of academic subjects.

Mathway: An online math and science problem-solving tool with explanations

Prezi: An alternative to power point for presentations

Quizlet: Make flashcards, quizzes, games, and study guides for many different college and high school subjects

Wolfram Alpha: An amazing "knowledge engine" where you can get information and answers in just about any subject: math, science, engineering, history, language, sports, etc.


Abe Books: Books, fine art, and collectibles (owned by Amazon)

Afford a Book: Discount prices on textbooks and other books for college

Big Words: Compares prices on textbooks and other items

Campusbooks: Buy, rent, and sell textbooks

Cheapest Textbooks: Buy, rent, and sell textbooks

Chegg Books: Buy or rent textbooks at discount prices

Project Gutenberg: 56,000 ebooks for free - many 'classics' and older great literature

Slugbooks: Buy or rent textbooks at discount prices

Textbook rentals: Compares rental prices at dozens of sites

Textbooks: Buy (and sell) textbooks - discount prices

Valorebooks: Buy, rent, and sell textbooks

College Life

Critical Resources for First Year Students from Oregon GearUp

Harlan Cohen: Videos, webinars, a blog, and other useful stuff from the author of The Naked Roommate

Naked Roommate: The website for the book by that name

Naked Roommate Boot Camp: Workshops for a fee ($97.00)

Computer Data Storage

Dropbox: Reliable and safe cloud storage; better than backing up your hard drive.

Google Drive: Same idea as Dropbox: cloud storage for your documents

Finances and Financial Aid

American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC): A tax credit of up to $2,500 per year for undergraduate education. May be claimed by your parents if you are a dependent, or by you if you pay your own expenses and taxes. If the credit brings the amount of tax you owe to zero, you might get a refund of up to $1,000.

Career Onestop: A U.S. Department of Labor scholarship search site

FAFSA: Be sure to renew your FAFSA each year

Individual Development Account (IDA): A savings program for low-income families. If you qualify based on financial need, IDA will set aside $3 for every $1 you save up to $3,000 of your savings. Thus, if you save $3,000 IDA will add another $9,000 for a total of $12,000.

Lifetime Learning Credit (LLC): For those who qualify based on income level, this is a $2,000 tax credit that can be used each year for college expenses. Cannot be used along with the American Opportunity Tax Credit, so this one is often used for graduate work which is not covered under the AOTC.

Nerd Wallet: A very useful unbiased site for financial information about credit cards, banking, investing, mortgages, loans, insurance, money management, financial, aid, careers, etc.

Oregon Promise: Must be renewed each year that you are in community college. Pay attention to the number of quarter or semester hours you have taken, because there is a limit to how many credits Oregon Promise will pay for.

OSAC: Not just for high school seniors entering college; some scholarships are for college and/or transfer students. For a list of scholarships listed by OSAC that apply to college students, click on the link to "OSAC Scholarships" at the bottom of this page.

OSU Scholarship Database: a searchable database for OSU scholarships

Portland State University Transfers Finish Free If you have completed at least 30 quarter credits (20 semester credits) after high school with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and you have FAFSA/Pell Grant eligibility, you can complete your 4-year college degree at PSU at no cost for tuition and fees.

Scholarship Monkey: Tons of scholarships for college and graduate students

University of Oregon Scholarships for Continuing and Transfer Students

WorkSource Oregon may pay up to $4,500 of your community college or trade school expenses if you are working toward a technical certificate or you are enrolled in a trade school. Contact your local WorkSource Oregon office for more information.


Craigs List Job listings locally by state, region, and category

Eco Employ Environmental jobs and careers

Eco Jobs Environmental career opportunities

Environmental Jobs


Green Job Search

iHirechefs Chef jobs in Oregon

Indeed Job listings by location and/or category

Indeed Culinary Arts jobs in Oregon

Linkedin: A networking site for professionals

Linkedin Job Search Listing of jobs throughout Oregon. Click here for job listings in other states. Chef jobs in Oregon

Snagajob: Job listings nationwide

Ziprecruiter: Job listings nationwide

Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

Worksource Oregon Help with getting a job, gaining skills, exploring training options. To utilize Worksource Oregon, click here for instructions. You may also visit WorkSource Lane at 3180 Highway 101 in Florence or call the office at 541-997-1913. If you are looking for a job, this is the place to start.

Legal Assistance

American Bar Association pro bono service: This website links you with lawyers and law offices offering free advice and services to individuals who do not have the financial resources to pay for attorneys. This is referred to as "pro bono" legal assistance.

ABA Modest Means Program offers attorney assistance at reduced fees for those who cannot pay the full fee for an attorney.

Resume Builders

Google Docs: Free resume and cover letter templates from Google

Safety and Security

Sabre: Pepper spray, personal alarms, stun guns

Womenonguard: A wide selection of safety and security devices


Flipp: Browse flyers for savings at stores near you; find coupons for product discounts and "clip" them directly to your customer loyalty card at a wide variety of stores.

Groupon: Get deals and discounts on dining, shopping, travel, classes, lodging, and more - based on your location.

Honey: Add this website to your browser, and it will automatically apply the best available coupons to your online purchases

Retail me not: Find discount coupons for savings on thousands of items at hundreds of stores

Student Rate: Student discounts on textbooks, clothing, travel, computers, insurance, etc.

UniDays: Online savings for students at hundreds of locations. Save on books, music, clothing, vitamins, bath and body products, travel, food, technology, etc.

Summer Opportunities

WWOOF: World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms

HelpX: An online listing of farms, ranches, lodges, B&B's. hostels, and sailing boats looking for volunteer help in exchange for free room and board.


IRS Form 1040EZ for tax filing if your financial information is relatively simple (be sure to use the form for the correct tax year)

TurboTax: Free if your information is simple; there are fees for more complicated tax returns


Academic Superstore: Hardware and software at discount prices

Apple: Education pricing on Apple computers and iPads

Dell University: Special pricing for college students on Dell computers

HP Academy: Up to 20% off of HP products

Journeyed: Software at discount prices

Macmall: Discounts on Apple products

Microsoft for students: Discount prices on Microsoft software

Travel and Transportation

Airbnb: Unique places to stay, restaurants, and experiences

AIG Travel Guard: Travel insurance

Carrentals: Discount prices on car rentals

Centers for Disease Control: Check this site for diseases if you're going to a foreign country

Cheapoair: Scours the Internet for good airline, hotel, and rental car prices

Fly: Discount prices on airline flights

Gas Buddy: Find the best prices on gas locally or for your trip Save money on hotels and vacation packages

Insure My Trip: Travel Insurance

Kayak: Another search site for good airline, hotel, and rental car prices

Kelly Blue Book: Look up the value of a new or used car (for buyers and sellers)

Passport Health: Find a local office if you need vaccinations for foreign travel

Priceline: Special prices on airfare, car rentals, hotels, and cruises. Beware: once you book it, you can't change it!

Statravel: A travel company (airline flights, hotels, car rentals) for students

Student Universe: Travel deals (flights, hotels, car rentals, and tours) for students

Uber or Lyft for your local transportation needs

U.S. Postal Service: Find a post office near you that issues passports