Tag: grad school

4 Things College Students Need to Know About Student Loans

August is here, which means hundreds of thousands of students are gearing up to head back to campus. Freshmen are excited to FINALLY be done with high school and leaving their parents’ house, while seniors can’t wait to see all their friends and start the count down to graduation. What I’m pretty sure no one is worrying about is their student loans. When I was in undergrad, and admittedly grad school too, I wasn’t thinking anything about my student loans. I knew I’d have to pay them back eventually, but I was just happy to have the semester paid-in-full and impatiently waiting for that refund check to hit my account. Now that school is done and my loan providers basically want my first (unborn) child as payment, I’m realizing I should have been worrying about my student loans from day one! (more…)

3 Tips to Not Letting Student Loan Debt Ruin Your Life

When I finished undergrad, my only concern was finding a job and not being back under my mother’s roof for too long. I wasn’t terribly worried about how much student loan payments would or even how they would impact my life years down the road. Now that I’m a real life adult and trying to plan a wedding, buy a house, buy a car, and generally just trying to live, I’m realizing how much of a hold my student loans have on my life. The truth about student loan debt is that it sucks. I don’t know a single person with student loans that feels as though their education was worth it. Despite those feelings, we still have to make those payments, but I have a few tips to avoid letting student loan debt ruin your life. (more…)

How to Make the Most of Your Winter Break

Undergraduate and graduate students are breathing a sigh of relief as they enjoy the fact that their finals are either behind them or will be by the end of the week. Most are now staring a few well deserved weeks of winter break in the face and may be a little overwhelmed with their new found freedom. Many may be tempted to spend their entire winter break catching up from the numerous all nighters school forced them to pull. The problem with that is that your break is temporary and you will eventually have to return back to the struggle that is higher learning. Here are six tips to help you make the most of your winter break. (more…)

3 Tips to Get Ready to Go Back to School

I can’t believe that as I write this, the kids I babysit go back to school on Tuesday. It seems like we were just going out for celebratory ice cream on their last day of school in May. It’s pretty wild how quickly the summer has come and subsequently gone. Despite how shocked I am that summer is almost over, it’s time to get ready to go back to school. Whether you’re getting ready to go back to grad school or getting your little one ready for their first day of kindergarten, there are a few things you can do to prepare to head back to school. (more…)