While college is often called “the best four years of your life,” it can also end up being the most expensive four years of your life if you aren’t mindful of your finances. Between tuition, room and board, activity fees, and other college costs, things can really start to add up (not to mention the price of that shopping trip with your friends or the late night pizza you ordered).
If you’re financing college all on your own, then it’s important to know the steps needed at each point during your college career. If your parents normally take care of most financial responsibilities for your college experience, then being mindful of what steps they are taking will help keep your educational costs in perspective.
Here is your financial checklist to keep you on track at each point during your years in college:
College Financial Checklist
If you’re a social media nerd like me, then you understand just how awesome it is to have an entire day dedicated to celebrating the power of social networking. Thanks to Mashable, an online publication about digital innovation, the annual “Social Media Day” is celebrated worldwide each year on June 30th. This celebratory day first took place in 2010 and has been declared an official holiday by 17 cities worldwide and three U.S. states. Social media enthusiasts celebrated this momentous day by engaging in the conversation via the twitter hashtag #smday or through attending a scheduled meetup event at a local spot. I joined up with other Boston social media geeks at the Mashable Social Media Day event that took place at Boston University.
When I applied to be a resident assistant (RA) at my school, I had no idea how my life would change. Being an RA has helped me grow personally and professionally, as well as helped give me a name and a leadership role on campus. RAs are not only activity planners and policy enforcers, but are also representatives of one of the largest parts of a college – its Residence Life department.
The RA role is life-changing and is something I’ll never regret becoming involved in, but with any accomplishment, it was not smooth sailing from the start. There were many challenges, and even now as an experienced RA, the job is always teaching me something new.
Did you know that there are about 3,800 university housing fires every year? That’s about one fire per U.S. campus. Fires in the dorms are more common than you think and can often be easily preventable. “A leading cause of fires on campus is cooking, with cooking equipment being involved in 75% of the reported dorm fires.”
Campus fires are scary because not only do you run the risk of losing your precious personal items, but you run the risk of losing your health or even your life. Bedroom fires on campus accounted for 62% of the civilian deaths and 26% of the civilian injuries. It’s important to recognize the risks in your dorm room for fires and how to practice fire safety by following campus rules and taking fire drills and practices seriously.
Using social media tools for your job search is one of the easiest, cheapest ways to build your personal brand and attract employers’ attention. According to an awesome infographic on Mashable.com, 14.4 million people used social media to find their job in 2011. It’s clear that social media can not only help you get a job, but is also helpful in showing you what jobs are open and who you might know that works at that company. In 2010, 92% of hiring managers used or plan to use social networking tools for recruitment.
However, it’s also important to note that while social media is a fantastic resource for the job hunt, it can also lead to your demise depending on the content you post. On average in 2011, 1 out of 3 employers rejected a candidate based on something they found about them online. In general, remember the rule that every time you post something on the web, you should think about whether you would want to talk about that post in an interview. If you answer no to the question, then you shouldn’t post it at all. This includes inappropriate or partying photos, tweets or status updates complaining about work or school, and any posts with swears or offensive statements.
Your resume is the key to the front door of your dream internship. It’s the first step in gaining an interview for the career position you’ve been working hard to get to through all your college classes. Along with networking, researching the company, and being a great interviewee, your resume can make or break your chances of getting an offer. I’ve obsessed over perfecting my résumé during my time in college and I’ve worked on my résumé skills with Bentley University’s Career Services office (ranked #8 in the nation by the Princeton Review).
Here are the tricks of the “resume” trade that I’ve been taught:
For many of us, Spring Break is right around the corner. We’re pushing through these last couple of days or weeks of assignments, meetings, and internships so that we can feel the wind in our hair and be free for an entire week.
Whether you’re still searching for a destination or just want to see if your Spring Break location made the cut for the top five, we’ve got the top 2013 Spring Break destination spots for you with all of the details. Check it out!