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Budget 101: My Golden Rules

Happy payday (someone’s getting paid today)! Whether you’re paid bi-weekly, semi-monthly, monthly, quarterly, annually, etc. there is a routine that you should adopt in order to keep your finances organized. Each week of payday, I follow a routine that keeps me up to date with my bills and on track with my budget. Hopefully, my routine will motivate you to make some adjustments to your financial routine for the better.

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Job Hunting Strategies

In my last job hunting post, we discussed surefire strategies in developing the perfect resume, cover letter, and interview presentation. Now it’s time to delve deep into the actual job hunt. Looking for a new career these days can be exhausting. I remember hearing horror stories about needing to apply to 50 positions in order to hear back from 10…and most of those 10 are interview declinations! However, this process can be a lot less stressful with a bit of organization. In today’s post, we’ll go over those key strategies. And I promise they’re simple.

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Set Goals, Crush Milestones Part II: Plans Change

This post was originally published on Columbia College Chicago’s Graduate Blog, Marginalia.


Things never go as planned. Somehow, things still pan out how they are supposed to. I don’t think I achieved a single goal that I discussed in my first blog post on Marginalia (and on B Chic), and I do not feel bad about it. I’ve gained so many valuable experiences in this last year at Columbia College Chicago that would replace every plan I had. You’ll see that all of my achievements reflect an experience that relates to my goal even if it did not help me achieve it specifically.

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Leaving a Legacy: Successful Leadership Tranisiton

Leaving A Legacy: Successful Leadership Transition

I graduated this weekend with my Masters in Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago. I’m still letting that sink in. What an exciting time to be at a crossroads, going from full-time student to full-time employee. Not everything went as planned, but plans unfold the way they do for a reason and in its own season. One thing I did have control over though, was my legacy. Before leaving Columbia, I saw the need for my contirbutions and impact to continue past my graduation. How does one do that? How can you make this work for your own legacy, at school or on the job?

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5 Smart Ways to Spend (Save) Your Tax Refund

Congratulations! You’ve finished your tax return and you’re now patiently waiting for the tax refund to hit your bank account or mailbox. What are you going to do with that money? Do you already have plans on impulse spending most of it? If so, please stop. Like, really. Read this post and consider a few more responsible options. I want to help you make the best decision for your long-term financial health.

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Checklist, You Saved My Sanity


March 14, 2017, I had a mental breakdown. I was slouched over in the office of my professor stressing out about an upcoming large-scale event on campus. I’m usually calm and collected, the one organized person during the craziest time of the semester. However, this time, I was hours away from jetting off to SXSW from Chicago and nowhere near prepared to leave all of my responsibilities behind. This was the result of very poor planning. So how did I overcome it? It was very simple and I have to share it with you! This will help you get your life together…for real this time!

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From Resume to Interview: Landing A Job Post Graduation

Open up your resume file, polish off your business suit, and let’s get to it! It’s that inevitable time of year again, the time where graduating students must polish their resumes and prepare for job interviews after graduation. The May/June date is looming and no one wants to boast a degree along with unemployment. This post is designed to hopefully ease your nerves and offer up a few resources on nailing the application/interview process that lies ahead.

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College Class Registration: The Semi-Annual Draft

In the spirit of college classes registration, I wanted to share some of my thoughts on registering for the next semester. Each semester there is the onset of anxiety to get into the college classes we desire. The fear is very much so justified. Classes fill up fast, certain people have priority access and darn those required classes!

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How To Do Taxes for College Students

It’s tax time and that’s not only applicable to full-time employees. As a college student, you deserve to claim all of your refunds and credits for your hard earned money. College finances are hard enough to tackle, so naturally, taxes are too right? Not so! With the tips on taxes from this post, you’ll be on your way to completing your college student taxes in no time!

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Advice for College Students: Top Daily Email Newsletters

Opens email. Sees 54 unread. Gets depressed. Deletes folder. If you’re like me and subscribe to just about anything mindlessly, it can become very easy to end up with a cluttered mailbox. However, a few email newsletters out there offer some great advice for college students. This article focuses on a few e-newsletters that I am subscribed to that I rarely delete (even during “The Purge”). Look into them for yourself…they’re thebomb.com.

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