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Supporting Yourself Through College

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Getting into college is a major achievement, however, many people will struggle to pay for it whilst they’re there. In addition to the cost of tuition, there are also living costs to consider, which can make college a difficult time financially for many. Fortunately, there are ways that you can support yourself through college to make sure you don’t have to sacrifice your degree for financial reasons.

Choose a college that’s closer to home

If living costs seem like they’re going to be unmanageable during your time at college, then one of the options you have is to live at home while you study. This will save you a lot of money and means you won’t have to move far away from your family to go to college. While you might be concerned about missing out on dorm life, it’s easier than you think to make going to college while living at home work.

Consider distance learning

There are different ways to earn your degree, and you might find that distance learning is more appealing if you need to financially support yourself while you learn. Distance learning can be particularly beneficial for completing further education, such as pursuing a masters degree after getting your undergrad. Some options include online master degrees in social work, or psychology, and you can take the time to study around work. Distance learning enables you to enjoy a more flexible education, which might be a better fit for your financial circumstances.

Work while you learn

Having a job whilst at college is more common than you think. Many students find it necessary to pick up some part-time work to help cover tuition or living costs. Whether you pick up an on-campus job or you work online doing something creative, there are different options available to you to help you support yourself. Make sure to balance studying, work and your social life to ensure you have a well-rounded college experience.

Look for scholarships

Scholarships can be a great way to help make it through college, and unlike student loans, they don’t need to be paid back. The Department of Education has some excellent guidance for finding and applying for scholarships, and you can also research local initiatives that you might qualify for. While a scholarship can provide your finances a boost, it’s worth bearing in mind that it might not cover your full college funding.

College can be a good opportunity to develop better financial awareness and start learning more about the value of money. By learning to take care of your financial health, you can set yourself up for a positive future and appreciate the value of working hard for the things you want in life. Anything is possible if you’re willing to succeed, so make sure you explore all of the ways you can support yourself through college.

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October 18, 2018
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Learning to Let Go

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One of the biggest causes of stress and anxiety for a lot of people is the sense that their life is somehow spiraling out of their control. One of the hardest things in the world is trying to come to terms with the fact that you may not have as much control over things in your life as you thought but if you can’t come to terms with it then you’re going to end up struggling a lot more in life than you really need to. The truth is that, however hard it might be, one of the very best things in life that you can learn is how to let go and avoid trying to control everything in your life. That can be a real challenge though, so here are just a few ways that you can go about doing just that.

Accept what you can’t change

There are going to be some things in life that you just can’t change. Whether it’s things that happen because of circumstances that you could never have predicted or simply because of the unstoppable march of time, trying to fight against the kinds of things is pointless and is just going to leave you feeling miserable and frustrated. By learning to accept the things that you can’t change with grace and understanding, then you’re going to find that your life becomes a whole lot easier.

Look to the stars

Now, whether you believe in things like the zodiac and astrology and all that stuff is kind of irrelevant here. The truth is that just having something that can help you choose which direction to go in when you feel as though you don’t have any can be a really great way to simplify your life. Places like AstroStyle aren’t going to tell you what to do with your life. But being able to narrow down your options and have at least some kind of guiding principles behind your actions can make those difficult situations in life a whole lot easier than they would otherwise be.    

Pick your battles

Then again, you are sometimes going to have to try and take control over the things that happen in your life. If that’s the case, then you will sometimes have to struggle against the odds and take what it is that you want out of life. This can be a great thing and can offer you the chance to guide your life in the right direction. However, trying to do it at every moment is just going to cause you to feel stressed out and overwhelmed. Think about which parts of your life are worth fighting over and which are worth relinquishing control of, and do your best to figure out which is which.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should throw up your hands and decide that you no longer have to take any responsibility for your own life, far from it. The truth is that your life is your own and no one else’s and you need to be able to guide it in the right direction as much as you can. However, if you spend your time lamenting the fact that you’re not always in control, you’re just going to make yourself miserable.

I hope you enjoyed the post! What’s something that you’ve had to let go of recently? Let me know!

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February 5, 2018
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I Graduated…Now What?

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When you start out at college it can feel like you have got all the time in the world to get your life in order and decide on everything that you want to do. But if you’re getting towards your final year, or have already graduated, then knowing some steps to take can be helpful. I mean, there are literally so many options for you when you graduate; so which route will you take? Here are some things to think about after college, to help you with the next stage of your life.

Get Your Finances in Order

After being in college and living on not much money at all, you may have dipped into your overdraft or maxed out more than one credit card. Throw in some missed payments and it can mean that your credit score can take a big hit. So looking to repair your credit and build your score back up is a good idea. After all, if you want to get a mortgage or any other kind of big loan, then you’re going to need a good credit score. You could look at a credit repair site here for some ideas, as well as looking to set yourself a budget and live within your means. It can take some discipline but after college is a good time to get it all in order.

Work Experience

It can be great if you know what career you want to get into. But if you don’t, having some work experience can be good to help you decide what might work best for you. You never know until you try it. Not only that, but it can look good on your resume to have some work experience in the field you want to get into. So if you know career you want or you don’t have a clue, then work experience can be a good place to start.

Work Abroad

For many graduates, after college is going to be the best time in their life to explore the world, travel, and work abroad. You might not think you have the money to go abroad, but there are many opportunities to work abroad so that you can earn money whilst you travel. You could do anything from teaching English as a second language, interning at a law firm, to working as a freelancer online where all you need is a laptop. It can bulk out your resume as well as give you some life experience before you get into the working nine to five world.

Study More

If you loved college so much and think that post-graduate study may be best for you, as well as for your career options, then why not stay studying? It can be pretty costly, though, so you may consider working alongside your studies to eliminate getting into more and more debt. Just think about what might work best for you.

Have you recently graduated and still deciding what to go? There is no right and wrong thing to do, just what works best for you.

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January 18, 2018
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