How to Survive College Without a Job

It’s freshman year of college. You’re so excited. You’re meeting new friends, going out to dinner—next thing you know, all that money you saved up over high school is gone…

You’re now a broke college student. Read more

How to Protect Yourself from Bank Scams

I worked on a sailing vessel the summer after graduating high school. After sailing around Lake Michigan that summer, I packed up my things and set out on a road trip to my first year of college in Alaska. My two friends and I lived on campus, and I was set with the money I had saved from my job. Life was good—the last thing I was worried about was becoming a victim of a bank scam.

My sophomore year, I rented a small place off campus with a few friends. I learned about my bank’s college credit card for students to start building credit, so I applied for the card. Read more

How to Stay on Budget as a College Student

Being a college student is expensive enough. With all the money we spend on food, printing services and tuition it’s easy to fall into a financial hole. Balancing social experiences, food and academic expenses can seem almost impossible, but if you sit down and attempt to make a budget, you’ll be fine. Budgets are essential to saving money and determining how much money you should spend. Yes people, how much money you make determines how much you should spend.

The amount of money you make should be at least 50% more than how much you spend. This leaves you with enough money for financial mishaps, accidents, and hidden fees. Once you’ve picked a budget, you need to learn to stick with it. Here are 4 ways to successfully create a budget and stick to it. Read more

5 Things You Can Do on a Budget For Your Orlando Trip!

To many, Orlando is known for its tourism, entertainment and family fun, but to me it’s home. I have grown up here since the start of grade school, so I certainly know my way around the streets!

I’ve managed to explore all of the “hot spots” without breaking the bank, so if you’re looking for the best summer break destination, here are five things to do in Orlando on a budget.

1. Experience Disney for free

Yes, for free! Disney Springs offers the same entertainment and fun as Disney at no cost to you. Disney Springs is home to a few iconic restaurants, one being the Rainforest Cafe, and there are a lot of awesome shops too, shops like the World of Disney! Legoland is fun for the whole family, you can express your creativity brick by brick at no cost to you! There are other attractions as well, available at a price, which include an AMC Dine-In Movie Theater, Splitsville Luxury Lanes, Cirque du Soleil, hot air balloon rides and DisneyQuest, an indoor interactive theme park.

2. Universal Studios

Located before the entrance of Universal Studios and Universal’s Island of Adventure, Universal’s Citywalk has restaurants, shopping, bars, nightclubs and a movie theater, just like Disney Springs. Universal’s Citywalk also offers a boat ride to and from their most popular resorts such as the Hard Rock and Portofino Bay Hotels. Even if you’re not spending a night at one of these resorts, I still recommend taking the tour because these hotels are unlike any other. To end the night, Universal’s Citywalk puts on a firework show every night starting at 9 PM.

3. The Orlando Eye

Much like the London Eye, the Orlando Eye is a 400ft tall Ferris Wheel located at the heart of I-Drive. If you visit during the day when the skies are clear, you can see all the way to the coast from the top of the wheel. Unfortunately, this attraction isn’t free, but tickets are only $25 for adults and $20 for kids. I’ve seen discounts through Groupon, so double check for coupons before you go!

 4. The Enzian Theater

If you want to experience Orlando like a local, this is the perfect place for you! This theater is not your average movie theater, it shows alternative, independent, and classic films. They host annual film festivals and local community events, such as “Popcorn Flicks In the Park”, which is free and open to the public, otherwise admission is just $10 a person.

5. Feeling adventurous?

The state of Florida is known for its natural beauty and the city of Orlando is no different. Only 45 minutes from downtown, Wekiwa Springs is a charming escape from any overcrowded tourist destination. There is a $5 charge to park, and you can rent kayaks and canoes. I recommend stopping at a store along the way and picking up a few pool toys as well as snacks for a picnic.

Comment below with your favorite Orlando destination!

 


Alisia is a mechanical engineering student at The University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and holds an internship at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. After graduating with her bachelors, she wants to pursue her masters with a minor in environmental studies. With her degree, she hopes to develop alternative energy resources and create a sustainable environment.

Apart from her school extracurricular activities, she enjoys drawing, painting, and traveling. Within the next year, she plans to get involved with Give Volunteers, an organization that combines volunteer work and overseas travel to improve lives. Apart from helping others in developing countries obtain necessary resources, she is also passionate in helping other achieve their academic goals which is why she is so excited to be a Cengage Student Ambassador!

Ways to Make Money in College: 4 Apps That Pay You Back

How many times have you unlocked your phone today? Did you get paid for it? It is time to start a new trend with money-earning apps like ShopKicks, Adme, Slidejoy and S’more!

You don’t want to miss out on “easy money” with your phone through these four easy-to-use apps. Read more

5 Fun Ideas for Your Summer Vacation

One of the best parts about being a college student is enjoying a few months of summer break! Have you considered what you’ll do for a summer vacation this year? If not, now is the time to do so.

Below we have a list of fun—and not crazy expensive!—ideas on how to enjoy yourself this summer. Read more

College Bucket List: 10 Things Grads Wish They Did in College

If you’re in the thick of finals it may seem hard to believe, but someday, after your college graduation, you’ll look back on your college years with fondness. Will you regret that you didn’t make the most of your time in college? I hope not.

As you approach your senior year, why not make a bucket list of things you want to be sure to do before you join the ranks of the employed? Read more

It’s Not Too Late! How To Painlessly Change Your College Major

Even though choosing a college major is a big decision, many schools require you to declare your major right away or after your first year. This is going to impact your future course requirements and set you up for life after college. However, not all college majors are going to work well for you.

And if you find that after a couple of years you’ve headed down the wrong path, what do you do? Read more

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Congrats! You’ve been accepted into your dream school. All your worries and fears that you wouldn’t get in are behind you. Now you just have to concern yourself with how to pay for your education. I remember the happiness of being accepted at the school of my dreams and how quickly reality set in on how was I going to afford it.

I have some DIY tips to share that you can use to make your dream college fit your real budget. Read more

Highlight Textbook Tips for Efficient Studying

When I read my college textbooks, I have a rainbow of highlighters at the ready, coloring different parts of the text with a different color. My book ended up looking like a piece of modern art! There is still debate on whether you should highlight or not and if it’s an effective study tool.

It worked for me, but everyone studies and retains information in different ways. Here are some study tips for highlighting. Read more