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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 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 said, “Alana, secure your own mask before assisting others.” I immediately withdrew the suggestion, and it’s been a motto for me ever since. It can be hard to say no to a friend who needs a small (but time consuming) favor, or a club that needs someone to organize an event. But as a college student, you must prioritize self care in order to succeed in your classes, stay healthy and have the energy to give to your friends and clubs.

Take a look at these self care strategies for dorm life. Read more

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

3 Time Management Tips Every College Student Needs

If you’re like me, your life in college is crazy and time management is non-existent. You’ve probably heard the saying, “good grades, health, and friends, you get to pick two.” Sometimes it feels like I don’t even get to pick one of those things let alone two of them. I’m a student athlete who is expected to maintain a high GPA while spending 20 hours per week training.

I also need to fit in my student ambassador job for Cengage, my friends and girlfriend, and 8 hours of sleep each night (or at least I attempt to sleep that long). I’m not great at math, but those numbers don’t always add up. Here are tricks I use to manage my time better. Read more

How to Cope with Hardship or Tragedy while Going to School

When tragedy happens in your life and it feels like your world is falling apart, it can seem impossible to maintain your grades, friendships and personal health. It takes all your effort just to get out of bed in the morning, let alone complete any task on your to-do list.

I was in 8th grade when my dad had a heart attack and fell into a coma. I spent days in the hospital, praying he would wake up and be alright. My life was put on hold for weeks as I watched my father fight for his. Read more

6 Ways To Be In Control of Your Final Grade

Let’s face it: there’s nothing more nerve wrecking than constantly refreshing the webpage in hopes that your professor has finally posted your final grade! With your GPA in mind, you think to yourself, “I worked pretty hard this semester, I should be receiving no lower than an A-.” *Many late hours* Grades up! C-!!??

Trust me, I’ve been there. There are many steps you can take on how to handle a grade you are unsatisfied with. Here are some things I do that give me confidence in my work. Read more

Is a Double Major Worth It?

A question widely debated, but rarely ever answered. And even when it is, many of the circumstances don’t tend to apply to most people. You hear a variety of things from “I had extra room in my schedule” to “I didn’t like my first major but I was too invested already”.

There is no right or wrong reason to double major, but when is it worth it? 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

Top 10 Artists/Bands You Need on Your Study Playlist

College usually means studying and with studying comes stress. However, have no fear—we have the study playlist of your dreams to get you through it!

We want to hook you up with the top 10 artists/bands that need to be on your study playlist to encourage you to get the best grade possible! Read more

What Do We Know About Community College Graduation Rates?

The world of community college received a lot of attention during the Obama Administration. Many in the academic world were concerned about the graduation rates these schools produced and how the numbers could be improved. But recent research shared in the Hechinger Report found that “Of the estimated one in four students who start at community colleges and then move on to four-year institutions, more than 60 percent ultimately graduate.”

What is the truth about community colleges and their graduation rates that college students considering them, or already enrolled, need to know? Read more