There are so many stories about what people did right and wrong financially while in college. Rightfully so, this is a crucial time because you have a little more freedom from your parents. There are also more opportunities to spend frivolously and little accountability. People are always telling you what to do, and that can get annoying…real fast. So, let’s try this. Here are a few things not to do with your money while in school, and right out of school!
So you want to go to college, huh? Well, that’s awesome! But I can guarantee you that it will be different from high school, very different. However, I am here to make that transition a lot easier.
Want to know the easiest ways to make it harder for yourself? Not being mentally prepared, and not having your priorities straight. So, let’s talk about the mental prep misconceptions of college and how to prioritize your life. I promise it’ll become a lot easier than you expect by implementing these small, yet crucial things.
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.
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?
This past week, the state of New York has managed to pass a new budget in favor of offering free tuition for in-state, full-time students. That sounds like sweet music to the ears for all of us knee-deep-in-debt college students. But what are the tradeoffs? If this is a great offer, how many other states are sure to follow?
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!
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!
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.
Going into my second and final year at Columbia College Chicago is a surreal moment. The first year truly passes you by in the blink of an eye. I learned a lot about my varying interests in the first year and deviated a bit from my original plan. I do not regret having such a change in course; rather I embrace the opportunity to expand my horizon. The MAM program and professors do a fantastic job at exposing you to different industries/industry sectors. Since I spent my first-year soul searching, I am set to reach a few goals this year. Here’s a quick peek into what I hope to get involved with during the 2016-2017 academic year.