Entries by Alana Joli Abbott

5 Self Care Strategies for College Students

One of the most important life lessons I ever received was as a TA on a study tour. The college students on the trip were not a cohesive group, and I was discussing ideas with the prof on how to mitigate some of the conflicts. I made a suggestion that was self-sacrificing, and the professor […]

Short on Cash? Start a Business in College

While I was working on my B.A., I had five on campus jobs—sometimes all at once!—to offset the high cost of college. But while I was tutoring, filling all my work study hours in the library or the public affairs office and working as a resident assistant and a student driver, there were other college […]

Finish Your Research Papers Before Making This Windows Upgrade: Here’s Why

You may recall reading about my anxieties with my Windows 10 upgrade last March. (You can read about it in “Tech Tips: Should I or should I not upgrade my desktop?“—if that’s TL;DR, the short version is that upgrading a too-old PC to Windows 10 crashed the box, made it lose the Internet, and resulted […]

Changes to FAFSA and What To Do About It

Filling out the FAFSA is frustrating under the best circumstances. While I was excited about some of the ways the application process was made easier this past fall (“Get ready to apply for the FAFSA“), it looks like some of the tools to make life easier actually got harder in the past month. If you’re […]

Don’t Want To Pay $9 For The Unicorn Latte? Make It In Your Dorm!

I’m always on the lookout for crazy new drinks, especially healthy beverages, to indulge my café cravings. Hearing the name “unicorn latte”? Color me intrigued! While even I’m skeptical of paying $9 for a latte (reportedly the drink’s price where it originated at The End Brooklyn), when I started looking into the unicorn latte I […]

Delicious Ramen Recipes You Can Make In Your Dorm Room

Okay, I’ll admit it. Once I moved into a college dorm that had its own kitchen, I did not frequent the campus Dining Hall, but I also didn’t want to spend a ton of money on food. Enter: ramen. True, the noodles can get old if you don’t do much with them, but if you […]

6 Last Semester Senioritis Do’s And Don’ts

Confession time. I loved my undergrad experience, but last semester of my senior year, it was really hard to stay motivated. I had already technically earned enough credits to graduate, so I was only taking enough credits to stay a part-time student. Something I didn’t realize at the time was that by taking minimum credits, […]

Do You Have #ObsoleteJobSkills On Your Resume?

If you’re avoiding putting together a resume for after graduation, a great way to pretend you’re being productive is to check out the #ObsoleteJobSkills that Twitter users have collected. It’s an entertaining way to remember the type of thing to not put on your resume. But what resume skills should you include? If you’re creating […]

The College Student Guide on How To File Your Taxes

Do you need to file your income taxes? I wish I didn’t! But here’s the great thing about filing income taxes—there are good odds, especially as a college student, that you’ll get a return with some money back from what you’ve earned over the year. If you’re wondering about how to file your taxes, or […]