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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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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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Creative Ways To Ace Your College Classes

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College is not easy. If you have yet to start, there are some things that you should know about it first. The decision to stay and live with your parents and go to a local school in your city or go somewhere further away and get a room or an apartment on your own instead is a massive decision. College is not just about what you learn in the lecture halls. It is an immersive experience that gets you ready for life. Depending on what sort of childhood you had, you may be unprepared for all of the little things that come along with leading an independent adult existence. As David Foster Wallace acknowledged in his now famous commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon college, you need to live life with compassion and that means in all of the boring, difficult situations that you find yourself in, like at the supermarket after a long day at work, or stuck in traffic. You also have to worry about cooking for yourself every day, doing all your own laundry, paying your bills on time, maintaining a social life and lots of other things besides. You can be forgiven for thinking, especially in your first semester, that there is simply not enough time left to actually do any studying. This is obviously not the case, but being able to manage your time in a way that will be most effective for you is crucial if you are going to succeed. Here are a few tips for making studying easier:

  1. You will hear this a lot from people who have graduated from college, but there is no reason why you cannot start writing your papers when they are assigned to you. If you are in a class and you get a list of questions to choose from for a paper that needs to be submitted in eight weeks time, for instance, you should start researching and drafting an essay right away. Do not wait for a month because you can. Asking for extensions is a bad habit to get into because it only perpetuates the problem. Being proactive is the best course of action. Besides, the more time you allow yourself, you more chance you’ll have to talk to your professor about something you may not understand that well.
  2. There are some concepts that you will come across in college that you just will not get right away. It is normal, and in fact, it is part of the point of going to college. If you were never challenged, they would not be serving their purpose of expanding your mind and making you a compassionate, thoughtful person. There are lots of things that you can do though, such as playing college educational games. Struggling with calculus? No problem. Do not know Manet from Monet? There is a game for that too.
  3. Finally, picking your classes is an art that lots of people learn too late. Some classes may be more challenging than others, but the best thing to do is take the ones that make you want to learn. An intrinsic desire to know more is the greatest motivation for a class. Taking classes because you think they are simple and will allow you to more easily maintain an average is no way to spend the best years of your intellectual life.

I hope you enjoyed the post! What do you do to ensure success in your courses? Let me know 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

May 28, 2017
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What Life After College Is Really Like?

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If you’re reading this then we can only presume you are gearing up to graduate. You’ve ordered your gown and you’re only days away from throwing your cap in the air (read: staging an Instagram snap of you throwing your cap in the air). It’s an epic feeling. You have graduated college. You’re buzzing with pride, glee and, quite possibly amazement.

However, you can also sense another emotion bubbling away under the surface, one that you don’t recognise, and that is anxiety. Yup. You’re about to enter the big bad world of adulthood. But in order to give you a padded landing, we have come up with some truths about what real world is really like.

Ignore What Grumpy People Say

Look, we’re not going to pretend that the real world is all strawberry milkshakes and unicorn rides on the beach. It isn’t. However, it can be fun if you make it fun. Invariably you are going to meet grumpy people who despise their life and that their job and believe they work five days a week just to enjoy the next two. Ignore these people. Your job can be fun, it can be meaningful and your weekdays can matter. It is an attitude decision you make.

The Paperwork Side Of It Sucks

You really have to stay on top of it, though, trust us. There will be things like taxes, 401K enrollments, dealing with private student loans that will help you consolidate your college debt, healthcare forms, paying rent on a tiny apartment, Netflix emails about how the monthly fee has gone up again and just about everything else you never knew existed. Well, it exists. So get on top of it early so that it becomes manageable.

Don’t Make Comparisons

Everyone that graduates college will have that one friend who moves to New York or Chicago or LA and lands the best job ever, making the whole job search seem a doddle. You will pretend you are mega proud of them – while actually hating them a bit – because within a month they have started making more money than both of your parents combined and you are forced to watch this through the stained glass of social media. Don’t. Don’t make comparisons. Just live your life as best as possible.

You Will Be Labelled Unfairly

You are part of the Millennial Generation, being labelled unfairly is part of it. You don’t have to put up with it, though. Those that label you in this way invariably need you. These people are just a little scared and intimidated, that’s all. They haven’t heard of the latest tech trends like Yammer and they admire your desire to give your life meaning. So be humble, ask lots of questions, be willing to learn and be willing to help. You don’t know everything, so don’t act like you do; it will sting you.

Your Major Will Not Matter

This is a realisation that shocks most recent graduates who end up getting a job that has absolutely nothing to do with their college degree and that life skills are far more important. Try not to worry about this too much, though. You are going to be in employment for around 40 years. That means you will have plenty of time to cement your career and degree in holy matrimony, or indeed find out you actually quite like the divorce and that your degree was almost entirely pointless.

I hope you enjoyed the post!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

May 25, 2017
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Struggling With Studying? Not Anymore!

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Do you ever feel like you’re just not cut out for studying? Perhaps you have a low attention span. You can only stay still, reading a book for five minutes before something distracts you. Before you know it, you’ve spent a good hour staring at a bird sitting outside your window. Or, maybe no matter how long you study for nothing seems to go in. It’s possible too that you pick up all the information when you’re outside the exam. You can recite it, explain it, but as soon as you sit down in that hall…poof! It’s gone.

If you have problems like this, it’s time to look at some different methods for studying and the techniques that could help you ace that next paper.

Not Everyone Learns The Same Way

It’s important to understand this because it will hardly ever be mentioned in school or even college. We don’t all learn in exactly the same way. You’ve probably been told that to study you should read information and then answer questions on that information. However, some people are just better off reading the same information around ten times until it sinks in. Others will find it more useful to learn it like a speech, reciting it back. You might even find that the best way for you to learn is to put the information on a recording and listen to it while you’re asleep. You may not realize it, but subconsciously, you can pick up a lot of information while you’re fast asleep.

Science Can Help

Did you know that there are actually supplements that can help improve cognitive performance? It’s true, and these are called nootropics. Finding the best nootropic stacks and trying them out could lead to immense improvements in your test performance. Taking a substance to improve exam performance isn’t a new idea. We’ve all heard of the people who chugged back litres of Red Bull to stay awake and study for longer. However, unlike Red Bull, nootropics don’t have any nasty side effects and really could improve your learning ability.

Stress Induced Failure

You know you studied, you know you knew the information, and you are quite sure you understood it. Why then, does your mind go blank once you take the actual exam? This is stress induced, and it’s a lot more common than people realize. To the teacher or professor, it will seem like the student hasn’t studied. Actually, they could have studied more than anyone else in the class and still not been able to put down the right answers. To fix this issue, you need to make sure you feel relaxed as you enter the exam. Beta blockers can help here but if you don’t want to use medicine, try breathing exercises. Regulate your breathing, and your brain will receive more oxygen. This will allow you think clearer as you are about to start the exam.

I hope you enjoyed the post and that it helps you out!

But always remember, a grade on a piece of paper will never define who you are, nor what you can be.

Thanks for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

 

May 23, 2017
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