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  • How to Afford a Smartphone on a College Student Budget

    Sep 23, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    How to Afford a Smartphone on a College Student Budget

    Do you need to balance giving your college student the cell phone he or she wants against keeping your student on a budget? Don’t worry, there are ways to afford a smartphone on a college student budget. My oldest daughter made a convincing case for having a smartphone before she started college. On campus, the [&hellip...

  • Fit Entertainment Into Your College Budget: It’s Possible!

    Sep 23, 2013 • Loretta Kay • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Fit Entertainment Into Your College Budget: It’s Possible!

    Last year, I lived right next to a movie theater. It was great to see movies all the time, but it was expensive on a college budget. Luckily, a friend told me about AMC’s discount Thursdays, when college students can go to AMC theaters for free. I promised myself that I could only go to [&hellip...

  • No More Excuses! 30 Minute Dorm Room Cardio Workout

    Sep 20, 2013 • Rachel Braedyn • College LifeRead More »
    No More Excuses! 30 Minute Dorm Room Cardio Workout

    No more excuses for not finishing your daily cardio workout. Getting in shape doesn’t require a gym or lots of time. Just 30 minutes in your dorm can provide a quick cardio workout in between study sessions. Between classes, a part-time job, studying, and extracurricular activities, it seemed like I never found time to go [&hellip...

  • A 30-Minute Pilates Workout Is a Great College Stress Buster

    Sep 19, 2013 • Sarah Teczar • College LifeRead More »
    A 30-Minute Pilates Workout Is a Great College Stress Buster

    It’s no secret that college is stressful, but squeezing in a 30-minute Pilates workout before classes or after finishing a paper is a great way to stay healthy while in school. Like many college students, I fell victim to the dreaded “Freshman 15,” even though I played a sport. I was also pretty stressed just [&hellip...

  • Scholarship Scams: 5 Warning Signs You’re Being Had

    Sep 19, 2013 • Brenda High • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Scholarship Scams: 5 Warning Signs You’re Being Had

    Too many students become victims of scholarship scams. Students are enticed with promises of money for school in exchange for service fees or personal information. A major part of my job as a College and Career Readiness Coach is to help students find money for college using free resources. One of my students recently received [&hellip...

  • Squeezing Weight Training Into Your Schedule

    Sep 18, 2013 • Kevin Wandrei • College LifeRead More »
    Squeezing Weight Training Into Your Schedule

    I remember starting college dreading the “freshmen fifteen.” Thanks in part to my fears, I tried my best to work out every day. College, however, is a busy time, and weight training sessions were hard to keep on my list of priorities. I found it was easier to fit in short 30-minute weight training sessions [&hellip...

  • Top STEM Education Textbooks for College Students

    Sep 18, 2013 • Textbooks.com • College TipsRead More »
    Top STEM Education Textbooks for College Students

    Right now, there’s an exciting national initiative in place to encourage more students to pursue expertise in fields like mathematics and technology. This educational program, called S.T.E.M. (short for science, technology, engineering, and math), preps students for rewarding careers as inventors, programmers, engineers, and scientists. The idea, of course, is that the more students we [&hellip...

  • Score College Student Discounts with a Student Advantage Card

    Sep 17, 2013 • Loretta Kay • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Score College Student Discounts with a Student Advantage Card

    When my school offered me the chance to sign up for a card that would give me college student discounts, I was reluctant. I wasn’t sure whether I would use it, and I was worried it wouldn’t be worth the cost to enroll. The card in question? The Student Advantage card. Though it cost $45 [&hellip...

  • Why You Should Consider Joining the Peace Corps After Graduation

    Sep 16, 2013 • Ryan Dwyer • Work & InternshipsRead More »
    Why You Should Consider Joining the Peace Corps After Graduation

    Looking for a way to travel, help people in need, and learn about another culture without spending the money you won’t have when you graduate? The Peace Corps sends young Americans across the world every year to live in what are generally rural communities that need assistance. There are currently 8,073 volunteers in training or [&hellip...

  • College Scholarship Opportunities for Your Current College Student

    Sep 13, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    College Scholarship Opportunities for Your Current College Student

    My daughter had a couple of nice local college scholarship awards going into her freshman year. These were one-time amounts and it was great to save some money on the first-semester bill. But I figured there had to be scholarships available to current college students too, so I did some research. It turns out there [&hellip...

  • Luxury Student Housing May Be Affordable on Your College Campus

    Sep 12, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • College LifeRead More »
    Luxury Student Housing May Be Affordable on Your College Campus

    Off-campus student housing has come a long way in recent years. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, “Since 2010, private equity firms, real estate investment trusts and private developers have been cranking up delivery of off-campus accommodations, often rich with amenities such as pools and movie theaters.” In many college towns, these options [&hellip...

  • 3 Time Management Tips for Your College Student

    Sep 12, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • College TipsRead More »
    3 Time Management Tips for Your College Student

    My daughter has a busy college schedule: 17 credit hours, the cross country team, work, and an honors college fall musical production. She has to do a good job keeping track of everything to make sure nothing slips through the cracks. When she was in high school, her teachers taught time management tips through a [&hellip...

  • Your College’s Honor Code: What You Need to Know

    Sep 11, 2013 • Kevin Wandrei • College TipsRead More »
    Your College’s Honor Code: What You Need to Know

    Coming straight from high school, you might find the concept of an honor code foreign and hard to grasp. That being said, comprehending and respecting the code is an important part of the college experience. Honor codes typically deal with topics that include cheating, plagiarism, multiple submissions, and misuse of university resources. Violations of a [&hellip...

  • How the Pulse App Helps Me Stay in the Loop

    Sep 11, 2013 • Loretta Kay • College TipsRead More »
    How the Pulse App Helps Me Stay in the Loop

    Some of my friends have told me that college is a bubble. They’ll go home on vacations and be shocked to learn about major natural disasters in other parts of the world or even the latest happenings in their own communities. While I agree that it’s good to fully immerse yourself in the college experience, [&hellip...

  • Parents: How to Maintain a Long Distance Relationship With Your College Student

    Sep 10, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • College TipsRead More »
    Parents: How to Maintain a Long Distance Relationship With Your College Student

    When we dropped our oldest daughter off at college for her first semester, we wondered how to maintain a long distance relationship with her. We knew that our relationship with her would change, but we hoped that wouldn’t mean she wouldn’t want to communicate with us much. We worked on some ways to stay close, [&hellip...

  • Essential Skills All College Grads Should Have on Their Resume

    Sep 9, 2013 • Sarah Teczar • Work & InternshipsRead More »
    Essential Skills All College Grads Should Have on Their Resume

    Marketing yourself to employers is tough when you have no work experience, but there are a few essential skills every college grad should be able to list on a resume. When I graduated from college, I felt behind some of my classmates who had completed internships in fields they wanted to enter, but after my [&hellip...

  • Long-Distance Job Searching: Tips for Success

    Sep 6, 2013 • Kevin Wandrei • Work & InternshipsRead More »
    Long-Distance Job Searching: Tips for Success

    Job searching in a faraway city may seem like a daunting task, but the Internet and social networking have made job hunting from afar much easier. With the help of some technology and a can-do attitude, long-distance job hunting doesn’t have to be any more difficult than searching locally. When I was in college, I [&hellip...

  • Fall Crockpot Recipes for College Students

    Sep 6, 2013 • Kevin Wandrei • College LifeRead More »
    Fall Crockpot Recipes for College Students

    The arrival of the autumn harvest brings an abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables. For students with limited time, fall crockpot recipes are often the best option for taking advantage of the season’s haul. Thankfully, fall foods like pumpkins, squashes, and root vegetables work perfectly in a crockpot. They are hearty, wholesome, and stand up [&hellip...

  • Easy Dorm Room Recipes: Chocolate Fondue

    Sep 6, 2013 • Kaila Braley • College LifeRead More »
    Easy Dorm Room Recipes: Chocolate Fondue

    It’s a fact: everyone loves chocolate fondue. Melt some chocolate, gather your favorite dippable snacks, and you have an instant dorm or common room party. But in the dorms, heating elements are usually not allowed, so a fondue pot or chocolate fountain may be off limits. But fear not! If you’re allowed a microwave, there [&hellip...

  • Internships for College Freshmen: Don’t Be Afraid to Browse

    Sep 5, 2013 • Loretta Kay • Work & InternshipsRead More »
    Internships for College Freshmen: Don’t Be Afraid to Browse

    Internships for college freshmen are a great way to jump-start your career search. Contrary to the impression you might have gotten when choosing a school, you don’t have to have a solid career path as soon as you get to college. I, for example, know that I want to write for a living, but I [&hellip...