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The Best Languages to Learn As A Student

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When it comes to learning a new language, it’s a long road fraught with difficulties. However, it’s something that’s worth doing. This is mostly due to the cultural enrichment and broadened horizons, both in terms of travel and business, and for personal enjoyment. As a student, learning a new language will open up a whole new world for you, literally. It’s better to learn one now whilst your brain still has that extra element of neuroplasticity, and before gaining any experience in your chosen field; you don’t want to be missing out on sleep at the end of the day even after you’ve finished college. If you have the time and commitment we all wish we had, putting in some effort for language studies will practically guarantee you a job at the firm of your choice. But which languages are the best to learn in terms of opening business doors?

French

It’s debatable what exactly is the easiest foreign language to learn, but French is often shoehorned into this role. French is one of the the most common language on all continents, and has a huge role in the history of them. French is considered a beautiful language and rightly so; we think of it in terms of art, food, wine, and fashion. It’s a good choice if you want to move into any of these sectors, not only to communicate with the majority of people in them, but to enrich the cultural statements of your creations as well. If you so choose, you can go on to higher education opportunities like masters and doctorates at some of the most prestigious colleges in Europe if you decide to open up that door by learning French.

German

Mark Twain once described the German language as ‘perplexing,’ but there’s plenty of good reasons for learning it. German is a language on the rise, especially in terms of finance. With Germany at the forefront of stable economies in Europe in the modern era, so many new deals are springing up based on their ability to trade. German is also an easy language to get the hang of, as soon as you know how to make the hard sounds. If English is your first language, speaking German as well isn’t far from what you’re used to. The two languages share a common root, so many of the sounds won’t require too much of a roll of the tongue. German is also considered an intelligent language, with the most Nobel prizes in the world going to German inventors and scientists.

Mandarin

Over a billion people in the world speak Chinese, with roughly 14% of chinese speakers knowing Mandarin. Therefore it’s the most common dialect, and so learning it will make conversing in China easier and more likely to be successful. China is also the fastest growing trade nation in the world, so businesses are always looking for someone who’s taken the initiative to branch out and be a reliable asset for their ability to widen parameters. Mandarin is also spoken in many other Asian countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

China also has the biggest population in the world, so if you know how to speak Mandarin your relationship avenues increase by a tenfold.

Spanish

Spanish is the second most common language in the world. It’s one of the most common languages in the Americas alone, and is a better multi-generational tool than English with rates of Spanish language speakers increasing by 60% in the last decade. This is only set to grow from here. Is it easy to learn though? Spanish is generally considered an easy language as it has more consistency to it than French or English, and has a latin root alongside them. Learning Spanish will give you a better chance of using it in daily conversation if you live in the US compared to the other languages on this list, and being able to use simple sentences and basic grammar to communicate effectively will feel like an amazing victory for your academic journey.

As a student, we have little time on our hands and a lot of responsibilities to cover. But learning a language might just be the best decision you ever make in your academic career. Not only is it exciting and sophisticated, but it’s such as practical and down to earth business move, and is available to everyone. You’ll be able to see out of your own cultural corner, and be a part of the educated future.

I hope you enjoyed the post! Do you speak multiple languages? If so, what? Let me know! 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

August 17, 2017
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How to Boost Your Income When You’re Busy Studying

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College will be one of the best times of your life; it’ll also be one of the busiest. You’ll have new friends to hang out with, lectures to attend, studying to get done, extra curricular clubs and societies to be a part of (the list goes on), so it can be a challenge to find the time to help fund your education. You’ll need that extra cash to be able to eat regularly (not just pizza), enjoy your (limited) free time, and make it home during the holidays to see the family. The following are some tips and ideas for those who need a little boost in their income, while they enjoy a fulfilling and hectic college life.

A Regular Part Time Role

A flexible job in a retail store or a coffee shop is a great way to boost your income during term time, and something you’ll be able to continue at the end of each semester if you so wish. Getting a job in one of your favorite retail stores will also come with the perks of a staff discount on clothing; so you’ll be saving cash in more ways than one. If you decide to serve in a cafe, coffee shop, or restaurant; they’ll often provide you with a free meal and drink when you’re there, so utilize you shift and save money at the grocery store on the way back to campus.

Look into roles within your university or college; perhaps the library needs staff, or the onsite gym needs a receptionist during the weekends and evenings. Working on campus will ensure that you’ll have a short commute and your employers will understand when it’s time for busy periods of study and cramming, and will be more lenient with your time off. Remember that you want your job role to fit around your studies, and not the other way around so that you’re not compromising the effort you put into college.

Be Smart And Savvy With Your Money

Make sure you do yourself a weekly budget and try to stay within it so that you don’t run out of cash and have to call mom for a loan every month. Keep an eye on your bank balance and question any unusual activity, and know when it’s time to curb your spending habits so that you can pay your rent and get those books you need. Seek expert help and advice if you fall victim to education fraud and are owed money because you’re in debt with your student loan; this is why being aware of your accounts is always a wise idea. Avoid credit and store cards whenever you can; you’ll only be tempted to break up your studies with a little late night online shopping, so don’t give yourself the temptation.

If you have money coming in from your part time job, a student loan, or your parents; try to think long term and save as much as you can. You want to leave with a qualification and not worry about paying things back all the time when you should be concentrating on your new career and your life ahead.

I hope you enjoyed the post! Do you think that working while in college is wise or do you think it’ll take away from your studies? Let me know! 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

August 16, 2017
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6 Things To Get Sorted Before Starting College

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The start of the college year is not too far from us now, and you might be heading to college for the very first time. If that’s the case, you need to make sure that you’ve got everything sorted before you set off on that journey. Here are some of the things that you should be finalizing and sorting out right now if you haven’t already. Read on to learn more.

Financial Aid

Your university should have its own financial aid office, so if you are not sure about anything relating to your financial aid application, contact them. They should be able to sort things out or simply provide you with confirmation if that’s all you need right now. When it comes to money matters, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so don’t forget this.

Accommodation

Accommodation is another thing that is obviously very important indeed. You’re going to need to have a roof over your head after all. If this is something that is still up in the air right now, dedicate the bulk of your time to getting it sorted. Apartments for students should still be available. And contact the college if you’re not sure what to do.

Welcome Weekend Events

Most colleges will have a welcome weekend.This welcome meeting does exactly what it says it will. It gives you a way of meeting new people and attending events to ease you into college life. It can all be a little intimidating, so this gives you a way of making it easier. Decide which welcome weekend events you want to attend now so that you’re ready to go when you get there.

Roommates

If you’re going to be staying in the college dorms, you will probably be told who your dorm-mate is going to be. If they are nearby or you have their contact details, it makes sense to contact them and get to know them a little. It’s something that can help you settle and feel a little more at ease ahead of your arrival.

Buy Accessories

You’re going to need some supplies and accessories ahead of your big move to college. So, make sure that you’ve created a list, been shopping and bought all the things that you’re going to need ahead of the start of the academic year. You don’t want to be caught short by not buying the things you need.
Say Goodbye Properly

Finally, you need to make sure that you say goodbye properly before you leave your hometown. This is a big change, and you won’t see your old friends and family for a little while. Hold a party with your friends who might be going off in other directions to make sure that the departure is done in the right way.

As you now realize, there are lots of things that need to be taken care of before you can leave your old life behind and start afresh at college. It’s an exciting time, and it will all go a lot smoother if you have these things covered ahead of time.

I hope you enjoyed the post!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

August 10, 2017
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6 Adult Things You Need To Start Saving For Now

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In my previous post about a letter to my college self, I talked about not spending all of your money on food while in college. I feel like there are a lot of things that we don’t realize we need to save money for, then when it comes time to go and make these big purchases, we find ourselves scrambling around trying to find money – or even worse, you desperately need money to fix your car or another emergency comes up and your savings account won’t cover it. Keep on reading to find out what adult things you should start saving for now!

1.) Reliable Transportation

I bought my first car when I was 16. I was able to do so because I worked a lot over the summer at a local shop and since I was living at home, I didn’t have any bills to pay. I saved all of my paychecks and I was able to buy a car, by myself! It’s something I’m super proud of. I obviously bought a used car and it worked out for me since I didn’t do a ton of driving, I mainly just stayed in town. This car had some issues, but for a 16-year-old it was perfect. When I started college, I was going to be a commuter and I knew my car would no longer be as good as it had been, especially because it needed some repairs that I didn’t have money for. I decided to go to a car dealership, trade in my old car and get a new 2014 car. Now, I must admit this may not be the smartest decision for everyone, but I knew I could afford it and that I needed it. Basically what I’m trying to say is, save your money for your car. Without a car, you can’t work. Even if just putting $25 a week away in case something happens, it’s worth it! Also putting a down payment on your car can lower your monthly payments, so saving for that is a good idea too.

2.) Mattress

This might sound silly to some, but trust me. A bad mattress can affect your sleep, which then will affect your performance in school and work. Investing in a good mattress is extremely smart and it’s worth it! Mattresses are very expensive, which is why it’s a good reason to start saving for it now. Most mattress retailers offer financing if you’re comfortable with that, but sometimes it’s a better idea to buy it in full (if you can!) If buying a new mattress doesn’t fit into your financial plan, try getting a comfortable mattress topper until you can afford a new one.

3.) Luggage

Again, this might sound silly. Luggage is important! Whether you’re going to spend the weekend at your moms or if you’re going on vacation far away, you need good luggage. Whatever the occasion, you definitely don’t want your suitcase to bust open mid trip.

4.) A Tool Box

This is something I wish I had saved for earlier. When Tyler and I moved into our apartment, we had to furnish it and most furniture nowadays you need to build. We didn’t have the right tools and it was such a pain and caused a lot of unnecessary frustration. Save for a toolbox that has a lot of different things in it – you never know when you’ll need to repair something or build a new kitchen table!

5.) Sofa

You can probably see a trend here, most of these items you might be purchasing when you move out on your own. Moving is stressful but trying to furnish your place is even more stressful! Tyler and I couldn’t figure out where to get a sofa from, how much we wanted to spend and if one would fit. We opted for a cheap futon, but I really wish that we had saved our money and spent it on a nice sofa instead since the futon isn’t entirely comfortable. Tuck away about $400 for future furniture!

6.) A Savings Account!

Lastly, start putting money into your savings account NOW. You never know when you’re going to run into an emergency and you have to dish out hundreds of dollars. Having a backup plan is smart and will give you peace of mind knowing that you have backup funds. Try not to touch your savings account unless it’s absolutely necessary (something I need to start telling myself more!) This money could be used as a security deposit for your future house or apartment, a down payment on a car or could help pay a medical bill.

I hope you enjoyed the post! What’s an “adult” purchase that you’re saving for? Let me know!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

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July 14, 2017
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A Letter to My College Self

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It’s really crazy to think that on September 7th, I’ll be starting my senior year of college…where does the time go? I feel like just yesterday I was a freshman in high school. Since I will be finishing my degree over the next year, I thought I would write a blog post about things I wish I knew before college or things I wish I had done differently. I hope it helps you out if you’re in college now or if you are going to be a freshman in the fall!

School comes first.

This should be a given, but I feel like for some people it’s not. You’re paying to attend school, so that means you should go to your classes! I know that waking up at 8 AM absolutely sucks, but failing a course (that you paid for!) sucks even more. I’ve definitely had my share of skipping classes to nap or hang out with friends, but for some of my courses, I wish I hadn’t. You may not think that skipping a class here or there will affect you, but it can. Study before you go out with friends. Finish your homework before you go to work. Make school your priority.

Don’t spend all of your money on food.

I’ve lived on campus and I’ve also commuted and I’ve noticed that doing both has made me spend a lot of money on food. Whether it be a breakfast sandwich on my way to class or ordering a pizza for myself just cause, it adds up. If you have a meal plan at the dining hall – use it! I had the unlimited plan so I could go in multiple times for lunch or dinner, which worked out for me. I suggest doing unlimited (although it costs more) so you don’t accidentally run out of meals before the end of the week (my school offered other meal plans, ex. 15 meals per week, 3 per day for 5 days, or however many days you split it between). I definitely wish I went to the dining hall more (even though the food wasn’t that great) so I could have had more money in my pocket. If you’re a commuter, bring food with you. No one is going to judge you for carrying around a lunch box – you’re being smart and not spending extra money.

Be yourself.

College is so much different than high school. College doesn’t have cliques and everyone is there for the same reasons – to further their education and to make friends. I found it so much easier to make friends in college than I did in high school. I was worried that college was going to be worse and that people weren’t going to like me or they were going to judge me – I was totally wrong! I have made so many friends by just being myself and starting conversations with strangers. Don’t let other people sway you, stay true to yourself and you’ll be so much happier.

Save your money.

Trying to keep a job while you’re a full-time student is pretty hard, it’s also hard to keep your money in your pocket. Be aware of your spending and create a weekly budget if you have to. You never know when you’ll actually have to buy the textbook that your professor had on the syllabus and that would be a bad time to have an empty wallet, right? I like to use Swagbucks to earn some extra money. You can earn Swagbucks and redeem them for gift cards or Paypal credit, which can be quite handy! I also like to use Dealspotr to find the best coupons and deals, you can even earn points from validating or reposting deals which you can also redeem for Amazon gift cards. Putting away $50 a week (if you can afford it) is a good option too, you never know when you’ll need to dip into your savings account!

Review your financial aid.

Does anyone else find the word “financial aid” scary? Maybe it’s just me, but I do get worried thinking about my student debt and having to pay it off in the future. As a student, you have the option to accept or decline financial aid awards from your college, which also includes certain loans. Make sure that you are aware of what loans are being offered to you and the interest rate on them. You can also pay the interest on your loans while still in school, to help avoid super large loans when you graduate (if you can afford to do this, I do recommend it!) Interest rates can be anywhere from 2.7% to 7% and above. Check out Earnest if you’re interested in refinancing your student loans! Refinancing can get you a lower interest rate.

I hope you enjoyed the post! What’s one thing you knew before starting college? Let me know!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

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July 11, 2017
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